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With the temperatures a bit parky on the south coast, twenty intrepid souls gathered at the Barn to complain about the weather and race some Scalextric digital cars.
We welcomed Simon, Graham and Terry for their WHO debuts. The latter two had returned
after earlier visits to 'have a look' -
Mike had designed us a layout that was both aesthetically-
The field of twenty was the largest we'd had for the full GT rotation, meaning that there'd be twenty races with every driver spending four minutes racing each of the GT club cars. As the action began, it looked like 16 laps would be a good score, 17 very good and 18 excellent.
Jonathon, our junior GT winner from December, was the first to finish his six races.
After a slow-
Keith soon beat that, having recovered from a huge slice of bad luck in his first race. He ended just a quarter of a lap off 100 laps, a barrier that was broken in the next race as Mike D finished his six races on 102 laps. Neil and Simon C both just failed to better that score, ending on 101.25 and 101 laps.
Meanwhile, Andy had made an extremely strong start with two eighteens, followed by
two seventeens and another eighteen. That left him needing just 15 laps from his
final four minutes. A tricky start saw him struggling and more than a bit worried.
On just seven laps at half way, Andy pulled himself together and ended two and three-
That was that for the overall win, but the battle for the junior medal went to the final race of the twenty. Jonathon had been biting his nails for most of the evening as he watched and waited to see if Aiden, Vlad or Corey could beat his score. When it came down to that last race, Corey needed 18 laps to win, 17.75 laps to tie. We all know how cool Corey is under pressure and he gave us a magnificent drive, scoring 17.50 laps. So close, but the medal went to Jonathon.
Goodwood Revival race
It had been an enthralling GT race that had taken our full allotted time. However,
once we'd said goodbye to those who had to get home to bed, there was just time for
a Goodwood Revival pairs race. With seven pairs, we had two quick-
The feature race was a ten minute scramble for the silverware. Pole-
The race for third was much closer and no less spectacular. Corey and Neil has really
clicked with Mike D's on-
As the clock ticked down, Corey and Keith were in an almighty battle, with the on-
All agreed it was well worth the late finish for a memorable high-
Huge congratulations to our first WHO/digital medal winners of 2017 and thanks to everyone who raced so hard and so skillfully throughout the evening. Massive thanks goes to those who came early to set up and stayed late to pack away. It's a big job for a digital night, but we're getting pretty slick at it. Finally, an extremely big thank you to Mike D, without whom we'd not be racing digital at the Barn.