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WHO/DIGITAL Scalextric Sport Digital Racing in Worthing

Over two hundred Scalextric fans attended two simultaneous final events of the Scalextric World Championship in Worthing and Harlow on Saturday 19 December.

Racers of all ages and experience tried their luck, but no-one could beat the best time of 2015 - a very rapid 24.493 seconds for a 10-lap race set by 14 year old Ted Trim from Theydon Bois in Essex, set at the August round in Harlow.

Following confirmation from Scalextric, Ted will be crowned the 2015 Scalextric World Champion.

On the south coast, around a hundred people attended Saturday's racing at the English Martyrs Church Hall. After 64 ten-lap races, local Goring schoolboy Vlad Howe was the winner, having set the fastest time of the day - 32.537 seconds with a Maserati Trofeo car. Following close behind were Worthing father and son John and Alex Ferrigno with times of 33.047 and 33.927 seconds respectively.

Worthing HO Racing club secretary and event organiser Andy Player said "We had a fantastic time at the Barn, welcoming loads of people to our club and everyone had a lot of fun. Vlad's winning time was impressive as he was up against plenty of seasoned Scalextric racers. It really was a day when youth triumphed over experience."

The club also showcased their Scalextric digital system on a second, larger track which featured overtaking, pit stops and refuelling. Dozens of people took part in races on the big track during the day.

Vlad's father said "We really enjoyed the Scalextric digital. I've got boxes of Scalextric in the loft. Maybe it's time to get it down".

... That was what was released to the media the day after. We’d had fantastic coverage before the event on Splash FM, Spirit FM and on BBC Sussex radio. The Argus included us in the top five things to do of the week! On the day, the BBC website posted a great story, which was updated on the Sunday with pictures of the racing.

And what a great Saturday is was at the Barn! The Scalextric World Championship track was busy all day and the cars got a right bashing. Plenty of people tried out Mike’s big SSDC layout and it was particularly excellent to welcome Lee down from Essex for a day of digital fun.

We managed to get through two complete non-mag GT series - six races followed by the six winners meeting in a grand final. First time round it was six-year-old Noah - a star from this summer’s events at the Brighton Open Market - who won. Second time, Duncan took the win, with Callum top junior.

A 45 minute Nascar team race followed and it was an incredibly close finish with Mike Mc, Neil and Duncan (aka Haven’t Got a Clue) beating the Millennium Falcons (John, Alex and Andy) by just one lap.

A few more GT races followed for an eager public, before we ended the day with a ten minute, six car Goodwood Revival pairs race. This, the proper debut of our new class, saw Mike D and Duncan pilot the awesome George Turner Ford Galaxie to an impressive win.

Congratulations to all our winners today. Vlad was the brightest star on the World Championship track and Duncan was pretty handy on the big SSDC layout.

Many thanks to all the WHO racers and visitors who helped set up, run the day and then pack away after a busy, but very enjoyable five and a half hours of racing.

Fingers crossed that a few of today’s visitors will come back to the Barn in 2016 and become fully-fledged WHO racers!

From all at Worthing HO Racing, have a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

- Andy P

After the event, you’ll be able to click on the logos to watch the video and look at more pictures.

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