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The Saturday before Christmas has become an annual feast of digital slot car racing at the Barn. With the demise of the Scalextric World Championship, this year's event was rather more low key, but no less festive in mood.
After setting up Simon's fabulous track, we welcomed Jack and Finlay for their first
tastes of racing at the Barn. And it was excellent to see Jonathon return, exactly
a year after his WHO debut. The three of them captained Nascar teams, along with
Alex and Ash. In fact, we had three pairs and a pair of threes, although Finlay and
Phil would be co-
The first of five ten-
The second segment saw the top two draw out their lead and finish level on 72 laps overall. The others remained close together, but now nine laps back. The Flappers shaded the third segment, pulling out a one lap lead over the Humbugs, with the Pudding Wheels finding some form and matching the top two. The final two teams were really struggling to keep up.
The Pudding Wheels really began to roll in the penultimate segment, setting the top score. Behind them there was drama and a crucial turning point in the race. The Flappers were having a poor ten minutes, losing ground to their closest rivals... until disaster struck for the Humbugs. With Keith at the wheel, their car lost its guide pin and it was darned difficult to get it fitted back in. Having lost three, maybe four laps, the car returned to the track, trailing the Flappers by a lap and the Flappers' lead stretching to two laps going into the final ten minutes.
The Flappers only had to defend and Alex did a great job in the first five minutes, pulling out another lap against Jonathon, before handing over to Mike. Push all he could, Keith couldn't make enough headway to put Mike under pressure. The Flip Flopping Flappers took the win by three laps. Still, second was an excellent result for Jonathon and it was more than enough to give Keith the inaugural WHO/digital Nascar championship.
Behind the top two, the Pudding Wheels continued their late surge to finish nine laps adrift, with the Mean Green Team also finishing strongly a further five laps back. Catch the Pigeon came in fifth.
The morning's racing over, Simon conjured up some lunch -
Fourteen racers meant fourteen heats in the GT race. Everyone would get to race each
of the six cars for four minutes. We had the Bentley, the Camaro, two Trofeos and
two McLarens -
As always, the GT racing was fast and furious. Andy Player set the early pace -
Keith knew he only needed to finish ahead of Andy to win the GT championship. He
was Mister Consistent and finished on 99 laps, taking the lead and looking good for
the championship. Equally consistent, but scoring even higher was Mike D, breaking
the hundred lap mark and shoving Keith off the top step of the podium. Andy came
back to tie with John for third, but the winners' medal went to Mike, the championship
to Keith and a superb performance by Jonathon gave him a well-
We now moved on to the final race of the 2016 season. The Goodwood Revival cars took to the track for a bit of practice as car owners negotiated with the guns for hire to give us eight pairs. That meant two qualifying races of four cars each, with the bottom two scores being eliminated.
The first heat had four Chevys -
The second heat was all Fords -
That left us with four pairs covered by half a lap! Patrick and Vlad were eliminated, leaving Neil and Corey tied with John and Alex on laps, but beating them by having a better fastest lap. That was tough on John and Alex, but Corey and Neil were delighted.
And that was the end of the day -
It has been a great season at WHO and the racing starts again on Wednesday 4 January.