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We had a great day of digital racing at the Barn to finish of the year. An exciting
GT Club Car Rotation competition was followed after lunch by a one-
All the results can be viewed by clicking on the images to the right. More pictures are available to view on Flickr and the video is hosted on facebook this time. The final championship tables are over on the 2017 WHO/digital championship page.
Our December WHO Digital Saturday has become quite a tradition; an escape from the
relentless festive season and a return to the true spirit of Christmas -
This year we welcomed twenty-
Mike had designed another exciting track, thirty-
As people arrived for practice, we'd just about got everything connected up and ready
to go. The racing started with the GT Club Car Rotation -
We opted to run three-
A new Jaguar XKR had been added to the pool of GT club cars. Running on the blue controller, it was the first car most drivers got their hands on. Fast, but rather slippy in the corners, it was a handful and needed careful handling. A good score with the other cars was ten laps, but with the Jag a score of ten was out of this world.
Aiden was the first to finish his six races and scored an excellent 59.75 laps -
That remained the top three for some time, until Jonah -
Alongside the battle for the race win was a GT championship showdown between Mike
D and Andy Player. Mike needed to beat Andy by seven laps to grab the title. Although
Mike was putting in solid ten lap scores, he needed more than that, especially as
Andy had banged in a couple of twelves. All the while, Graham ended with a massive
13 lap score and put himself into pole position to become a first-
The final heat of the race featured Andy and Mike alongside Duncan, Alex, Simon and
Ash. Barring an utter disaster, the championship was Andy's and a decent score might
just give him the race win too. At the end of the final three minutes, it was Duncan
who'd smashed the highest score of the morning with 13.25 laps, Andy managing another
twelve lap score to take the win by four laps. Graham finished runner-
Then it was lunch -
To mark the visit of his Australian relatives, Simon had put together a quartet of 1970s Ford Falcons to form an Aussie Saloon Car grid alongside Mike's XB Falcon. It was great that Alan had joined us to give us three Aussies and seven Brits with Aussie connections (some very tenuous) to race the Falcons for ten minutes.
At the half distance driver change, Jonathan handed the blue number 13 XB over to Mark with a four lap lead over the light blue XY driven by Alex and Matthew. Simon handed the black XC over to Aiden a further two laps adrift, with Alan's digital baptism giving Mike a seven lap deficit to the leaders, just ahead of cousins Jonah and Tom with the red XB.
Mike drove his blue number 33 Falcon XB like a man possessed. These are big heavy cars and they looked superb thundering round the track. Setting a fastest lap over half a second quicker than anyone else, Mike overtook Aiden's XC and Matthew's little XY. Up front, Mark was driving the XB he'd prepared and he was driving it very well, successfully defending the healthy lead that Jonathon had built up in the first five minutes.
Congrats to Mark and Jonathon on their win -
Next on the schedule was the one-
A brief practice/qualification session gave us the grid. We'd be starting in a rain
storm on full wet tyres. As the cars lined up and the lights came on, Andy jumped
the start but somehow managed to serve his stop-
Some teams changed drivers after ten minutes, some split up the race into three twenty minute stints. At third distance, Ash had closed down a two lap lead that Andy had eked out and they were back to being neck and neck, Mark taking over in the McLaren and Ash handing the Porsche over to Alan. Those two were three laps ahead of Terry, now driving the Massive Motorsport Aston.
Hanging on in fourth were Simon, John and Matthew in Simon's Bentley Continental,
just two laps behind the Aston. A further five laps back, a junior trio of Jerome,
Alex and Jonathon were battling with some iffy traction on Jerome's new ASW Aston
Martin Vantage. It wasn't so much a wrong choice of tyres in the simulation, but
the standard rubber tyres on the car weren't as good as the urethanes on the top
four cars. However, they were doing a much better job than Aiden and Jonah had with
Peter's Audi R8, whose tyres were sliding all over the shop -
The RCS64 rain was still pouring down, the ASW Aston had lost its windscreen wiper
and that Audi was an accident waiting to happen on those tyres. At this point, the
race control laptop decided on an unplanned and unexpected red flag simulation -
When the race was stopped, Alan had driven the Porsche into a two lap lead over the
McLaren and the Bentley had moved up onto the same lap as the third-
The race changed dramatically after the re-
With twenty minutes remaining, the battle for the win was between Mike's Falken Porsche
and Graham's Massive Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage. Graham had a seven lap deficit
to make up, but he was the man on the move. An incredible five minutes of mid-
It still left Graham four laps behind with only five minutes to go and Mike did manage to regain his composure and some rhythm. That's how it stayed, Mike doing enough to win the race by six laps in the end, repulsing Graham's spectacular late charge. Simon comfortably held on to third, ten laps ahead of Jerome's Aston Martin, despite some car troubles for the Bentley dropping them back from the leaders. Alex had driven a good final stint and ended up just four laps of fourth. The former Audi team enjoyed the second half of the race rather more than they had the first.
Congrats to Alan, Ash and Mike and a big thank you to Slot Car Magazine for the prizes.
After a breathless GT4 Trophy race with plenty of on (and off) track action, it was
time to pause and prepare for the final two races of the day -
We had eight cars on the grid for the BTCC race -
The A final was also run over 16 laps and was incredibly close throughout. Errors
from the two MG drivers dropped them back a lap as Graham, Alex, Mike and John battled
hard for that all-
Congratulations to Graham on his win -
We finished off the day with a twenty minute Goodwood Revival pairs race -
Off the line, the surprise package was Aiden in Mike's loaned '69 Camaro, holding
the early lead and reaching halfway neck-
Third was a hard charging Simon, finishing just a lap behind Alan and two laps ahead of Jonathon and Andy's Torino. Alex and Ash brought the Ferrari home fifth, ahead of John and Alex who had plummeted from third to sixth after running too many laps out of fuel, tyres or both. And that was the end of racing for the day... although the chance of another ten minutes of practice was snapped up before we packed away.
Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all the twenty-
We're back for more digital action on Wednesday 24 January 2018, the start of our biggest season of digital racing so far.