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WHO F1 -
The first race of the autumn fell on the hottest September day since 1911. Not even
Tony could remember that one. But the glorious weather may have been a factor in
Mike Mc continued his theme of real life circuits and we raced on a Barn-
The new WHO Mega-
The heats were fast and marshals at the Old Hairpin were busy. The mix of Mega-
As the attendance was on the low side, we were able to run 3 minute heats at a WHO race for the first time (I think) since 2010. That gave us all more time to build a rhythm, but it also required a longer concentration span. It made it a slightly different challenge to usual.
During the second round of heats, Corey's Mega-
That left us with Mega-
The F final was a run off between Stephen and Aaron. Neither had particularly good heats and Aaron's difficulties continued into his final, dropping him back a couple of laps early on. He did eventually get going and didn't lose much more distance by the end of the race. However, by the time the chequered flag fell, Stephen had won by nearly five laps.
Stephen joined fellow Tyco runner Deborah in the E final. They were up against Jamie's
Corey stepped up to yellow lane in the D final and tried to go as fast again. He certainly set some very quick times, but only on the occasions he managed to get round the Old Hairpin, which wasn't often. He did manage to pip Neal to third. Up ahead, Richard had a small but consistent lead over Tony and the race looked to be in the bag. But it wasn't. A whole season's worth of bad luck dropped Richard back to second with too big a gap and not enough time to get back on terms. Tony took the win and Richard stepped outside for a wail of anguish, comfortably winning the sympathy vote on his return.
The C final saw the Tycos of Tony and Duncan attempt to break into the B final and
challenge Simon for the Classic Cup win. They were up against the Mega-
Mike must have fancied his chances stepping up into white lane in the B final and
he managed to lead the opening lap. This was most definitely a race of two halves.
Mike and Simon ran very close for the first ninety seconds and swapped top spot,
just feet ahead of Hayley. Alex was struggling a little in red, but hanging on. The
second half saw Mike drop back dramatically and Hayley take the lead ahead of a faltering
Simon. The gap wasn't huge, but Hayley seemed in control. Then, inexplicably, Hayley's
race fell apart. Whether it was the pressure or simply the length of the race, a
series of offs at the Old Hairpin gifted Simon the lead and that was that. Simon's
winning margin was a third of a lap. Hayley -
After all that, we had our top four qualifiers in the A final. The Old Hairpin accounted for John on the first lap and Simon on the second. That left Keith and Andy absolutely flat out and running side by side for lap after lap. Keith was possibly closest to the edge and was first to blink, an off dropping him three seconds behind Andy. It would be hard to get back on terms. Another off for Keith put Simon up into second and those two would have quite a scrap through the middle part of the race.
Going in to the final minute, Andy had stretched his lead to three laps and Keith was comfortably back up into second. And that's how it ended. Andy went through the three minutes without an off and set the highest score of the night of just over 38 laps. Keith was four laps back in second and Simon a further two and a half back in third. John trundled home for some important club championship points.
Congratulations to our winners, Andy on a rare HO club night win and Alex on yet
another clean sweep of the junior and under-
A huge thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a fun evening at the Barn, especially to Dolly for being such a cute canine and to Barbs for marshalling all evening without the excitement of racing. Maybe next time?
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