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The second WHO/digital team race lined up with twenty racers divided into five teams of four. Like last time, the teams were mostly based around families.
Team Rambo had Duncan deputising for the absent Gareth and they looked a formidable
foursome to take on January's winners Race Control. Zoë had joined John and Alex
in the Ferrigno team -
The Coombes and McCanns had joined forces to form the Magoos and the final team were
Haven't a Clue -
Following a brief Dadson Digital Driving School session for those new to digital, we went green flag racing for the first of four twenty minute segments.
Mike had prepared the new fleet of WHO/digital non-
Race One: The first race was a comfortable win for Race Control, two laps ahead of Team Rambo and Spectra Plus a further four laps behind. With three digital rookies, Haven't a Clue stayed in touch, but Magoos were already struggling.
Looking at the detailed stats, all the teams managed very similar fastest laps, but
maybe it's no surprise that the teams with the better scores had fewer pit stops
and spent less time in the pits. During the first 20 minutes, Magoos spent nearly
two minutes more in the pits than Race Control -
Something else that was very obvious was that there was much less contact than in January. That might have been partly to do with the bigger track, but improved driving skills were definitely on show. The penalty pit lane that straddled the start line sensor was rarely used.
Race Two: Team Rambo responded very well in the second 20 minutes, beating Race Control by two laps and drawing level overall. It had looked even better for the Rambos at one stage, but Race Control narrowed the gap and limited the damage by the end.
Teams had changed cars, with the winners of race one swapping with the fifth place team, second place swapping with fourth and third place keeping, in this case, the yellow Jetsons car.
With the top two tied on 153 laps, the battle for third was almost as close, Haven't a Clue overhauling Spectra Plus with 143 and 140 laps respectively. Magoos were part of the battle too after a much better score, taking them up to 137 laps.
Race Three: Four of the teams really turned on the heat in this segment of the race, setting some big scores. Unfortunately, it was Magoos who fell away. They'd not enjoyed the orange Home Depot car in race one and they got it back for the third twenty minutes.
The top two both set a huge 82 laps, the first teams to break the 80 lap barrier. Again, Race Control had clawed back a deficit during the latter stages. With driver changes every five minutes, gaps can ebb and flow depending on who is driving for each team.
The battle for third place closed to just two laps, Spectra beating Haven't a Clue by a lap and leaving them seventeen laps off the leading pair.
Race Four: Everything came down to the last twenty minutes. Would Team Rambo get revenge for their defeat in January? Or could Race Control make it two out of two? And who would take third place on the podium?
The first five minutes were incredibly close, with the leading teams neck-
Moving into the final ten minutes of the race, Race Control started to pile on the pressure and Team Rambo couldn't respond. A four lap gap separated the two teams after fifteen minutes of the final segment. This had been the decisive five minutes out of the eighty minute race.
The final five minute stint was a formality. Race Control drove smoothly and without errors. Another three laps were added to their lead. But victory by seven laps was flattering to Race Control, it had been an incredibly close and exciting race.
Haven't a Clue took second place in the final segment to secure third overall. They were pushed hard by Spectra Plus who scored 80 laps for third place in the segment and fourth place overall. Magoos struck back with their top score of the day to finish 19 laps off fourth place.
Congratulations to Race Control for their second visit to the WHO/digital Victory
Lane. A big thank you to Mike for putting everything together and letting us all
enjoy another excellent SSDC race night. Thanks to everyone who helped set up and
pack away -
WHO/digital will be back on Saturday 24 May for an extended digital session. The
day will include a team race and the introduction of a box-
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