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WHO/digital celebrated its first birthday with another evening of Scalextric digital
action at the Barn. Mike had tweaked last January's Brands Hatch-
The first new gismo to get our heads around was KERS -
Speaking of which, Mike had done great work on his track design to help ease congestion
in the pits. Unfortunately -
With the track and electronics installed, we started welcoming racers -
The main event of the evening was a non-
We'd run four 20 minute segments with the team winning the segment swapping cars and controller with the sixth place team, second swapping with fifth and third with fourth.
Most racers were still getting to grips with the track, the cars, lane changing,
Top of the leader board after 20 minutes were Team McLaren -
The rest of the pack were a little way off the leaders -
Something clicked for Team Porsche in the second twenty minutes as WHO regulars Corey,
Keith and Simon sorted out their pit stop woes and put in a massive 96 laps, taking
them up from dead last to third place overall. Ahead of them, Team Bentley overtook
McLaren for the lead -
Team Mercedes had taken third place in the second segment and were fourth overall, just a lap behind Team Porsche. The Mercedes team of Ryan, Ned, Andy and Deborah spent the least time in the pits during this twenty minutes, driving smoothly, conserving fuel and avoiding penalties.
The Ferraris and the Free-
We now had a battle for the win and a battle for fourth place. And both battles were very tight.
Team Porsche had continued their ascent of the leader board, setting a score of 95
laps, winning this segment and moving up to second place, just two laps behind Team
Bentley. They did this despite sixteen pits stops -
Team Bentley continued their smooth, consistent racing with fastest laps being nothing
to shout about, but with the number of pit stops the lowest in the field. In third,
Team McLaren had been perfectly consistent -
With the battles so tight, adrenaline was pumping and nerves were jangling going in to the final twenty minute segment of the race.
On the track, speeds crept up and contact between cars became inevitable. More penalties were called in this segment than the rest of the race put together. There's no doubt that as adrenaline flowed at the driver stations, it did too on race control. We need to look at that for next time.
Nonetheless, the battle at the front was absorbing. The contrasting styles of our
top two teams meant Bentley's lead ebbed and flowed with Porsche's more frequent
fuel stops and -
It was a combination of the two that saw Porsche dramatically drop out of contention in the final five minutes, ultimately ending up thirteen laps behind. In front, Bentley drove superbly, winning the final segment by maintaining their discipline and picking up far fewer penalties than the rest of the field.
Team McLaren were unable to pip Porsche for second place as they were also hit by
a rash of penalties. Indeed, Team Mercedes closed up a big gap and finished just
one lap behind McLaren, having finished second in the segment with some smooth, trouble-
The Ferraris and Free-
Congratulations to James, Alan, Richard H and John -
For the other teams, hopefully a lot of fun was had and some strategy lessons learned
for next time -
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