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Our July digital evening saw another great turnout of twenty-
The evening’s results and some pictures are on the right, with more pictures via the Flickr button and final championship tables on the 2018 season page. Click the images to make them bigger. A video of some of the action is available via the YouTube button.
Twenty four is a perfect number of racers for our WHO/digital Wednesdays, giving
us six teams of four in the Nascar team race and twelve pairs for the Trans-
Simon provided us with another eye-
Nascar Team Race
The top six drivers in the championship were separated by just eight points, so we
made sure they were all in different teams. As usual, it would be the juniors who
captained their teams -
Stage One: 20 minutes
The race started with a false start for Alex's Shady & Speedy team. A Stop-
As we approached the end of the twenty minutes, two teams were out in front -
Stage Two: 40 minutes
We added in the tyre wear simulation for the second stage, meaning that captains needed to concentrate a little more on their tactics and drivers had to keep their wits about them in the pits. Sometimes we've seen a dip in the second stage scores, but that wasn't the case this time.
The Four Lions -
Too Many Jeans -
With just the final 20 minutes to go, the championship leader on the road was Aiden (Two Eyes...), who was one lap (and therefore one point) ahead of Simon (Famous Four), with Jonathon (Four Lions) three laps back from Aiden. Ash (Too Many Jeans) and Mike D (Shady & Speedy) were five laps adrift and Neil (Corey's team) eleven points back.
Stage Three: 60 minutes
It's been pretty hot on the South Coast this past two months and we are all crying
out for some rain. Thankfully, RCS64 came to the rescue and we set some random weather
conditions for this final stage -
The first half of the race saw the Eyes and Too Many Jeans pull out a lap lead over
the Famous Four and the Four Lions. It was that close. Corey's Team and Shady & Speedy
were just another couple of laps back. Rain started falling earlier than expected
Too Many Jeans seemed to have the upper hand in the second half of the race. They went a lap ahead of the Eyes, but that wasn't enough to win the race or hand Ash the championship. The Eyes and the Famous Four found themselves on the same lap and that was the battle for the overall race win and the championship. Whoever finished ahead on the track would win the race, but Simon needed his team to be more than a lap ahead of the Eyes to go home with individual honours...
At the final pit stops, the Eyes had a small advantage over the Famous Four, but
both were still behind Too Many Jeans. The run to the chequered was tense, but when
everything was done and dusted Ryan's Too Many Jeans won the stage, with the Eyes
finishing half a lap ahead of the Famous Four in second and third. That gave Two
Eyes Good, Four Eyes Better the overall race win and Aiden the Nascar championship.
Simon was runner-
Well done to Aiden, Alex, Terry and Duncan for their race win and huge congrats to
Aiden who becomes the first junior racer to win a WHO/digital championship. After
all that excitement, there was still the Trans-
This race was the final round of our inaugural Trans-
The first ten-
The drivers in the second qualifying group knew what they needed to do, but were under enormous pressure after such a fast opening heat. Andy & Ash topped the list with 36 laps, just ahead of Alex and Jonathon. Mike D and Jean sweated in third place, crossing the line for 35 laps and qualifying for the feature race. The other three cars didn't. Mike & Stephen fell short by three laps. It also meant John & Alex had missed out.
John & Alex did start in pole position for the five minute consolation race. Mike
& Stephen took the lead from the line and their Sunoco Camaro battled with John &
Alex's Brut car for the entire race -
All six pairs in the feature race were focused on the race win. The first lap was hectic, Jonathon quickest off the line with the Pioneer Camaro and then Ash coming together with the rest of the field just coming out of the technical section. Only Jonathon and Ryan's cars got through, giving them a decent early gap on the other four cars as they were returned to the track.
Ash soon worked himself up to third, then passed Ryan & Oliver's car for second and set his sights on Jonathon. Everyone was driving hard and the whole field was separated by less than two laps. The top two stopped last for their driver change, Alex rejoining half a lap ahead of Andy and a lap ahead of Graham & Jim's Mustang.
Alex and Andy threw everything at the win -
Meanwhile, Graham had brought the Mustang in for a splash and dash to ensure he'd get to the finish. He was driving fast and smoothly and not getting involved in the dogfight for the lead just ahead of him. Mike, Neil and Oliver were a couple of laps back from the leading car.
Marshals and spectators became transfixed with the battle for the lead, which closed up as Alex and Jonathon tried to figure out their fuel situation and Ash passed on the info to Andy so he could push as hard as possible. Both had small offs as the final seconds ran down. Then what we know is that Alex ran out of fuel on 36 laps, the Javelin slipped past and Andy & Ash celebrated. Then confusion set in as Graham's Mustang was also scored on 36 laps, but an extra half a lap ahead.
A stewards enquiry looked at the facts and what people thought had happened at the
end. It was certainly possible that the Mustang had slipped through the chaos -
A lap behind the top three, Mike & Jean came in fourth, giving Mike the Trans-
Congrats to Graham and Jim on their first Trans-
And that was the end of the evening. We'll need to wait until January for the next
Digital Wednesday, but we do have all-
Huge thanks to everyone who came along and made it such an excellent digital evening.
Special thanks go to the set-