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This year’s June digital Saturday was the longest WHO day ever -
All the results and some pictures are on the right, with more pictures via the Flickr button. Cieck the images to make them bigger. A video of some of the action is available via the YouTube button.
First on the timetable was BTCC qualifying and Race One. This was the first time
we’d host our full-
Six drivers were fighting for the final spot in the top race. Aiden and Alex had
qualified quickest of the bunch and they led the way for the early part of the 16
lap race. Alex got ahead of Aiden and Oli muscled his way into second by halfway,
only to lose the place to Matthew. Matthew’s BMW was the only car on the option ‘soft’
tyres in Race One and these wore out at the end, dropping him back to fifth. Alex
grabbed top spot and the step-
Mike and Andy got through some first lap mayhem at the start of the A final. Mike built up a decent lead, but Andy was fighting off the chasing pack. Simon moved ahead just before halfway, but Andy was back up to second on lap nine. The defending got frantic, with Gary coming off worse from a coming together at the last corner. It looked like Andy might hang on, but an off dropped him back to fourth, Alex and Gary getting by with three laps to go. Mike crossed the line to complete 16 laps, followed on the same lap by Alex, Gary and Andy, with Jonathon and Simon a lap back.
Our first BTCC podium trio were a happy bunch, but they’d be contending with a power loss to simulate ‘success ballast’ in the next BTCC race after lunch.
After a frantic opening race, we switched to the GT rotation to take us up to the
lunch break. We all enjoy the rotation -
The first race saw five identical scores of 10 laps and one of eight. Pretty quickly,
the better scores increased to eleven and it wasn’t too long until Mike banged in
the first twelve. All but four racers managed at least one score of twelve laps,
with the final car (the yellow Audi R8) providing a particularly good opportunity
for a big score. It was with the Audi that Gary managed the highest score of the
In terms of consistency, Jonathon was looking ominous. Up against Aiden, Oliver and Ryan, he knew he needed a good performance to win yet another GT rotation junior medal. He was the fifth racer to finish all six heats and sat top of the standings with 70.75 laps and only Oliver of the juniors to come. When Oliver failed to better that score, Jonathon knew he’d grabbed the junior medal. After both Duncan and Andy fell short, his rivals for top spot overall were getting few and far between.
Jonathon’s dad arrived to whisk him away to a family event when there were just two
heats to go. I’m not sure he thought he could win overall, but he was delighted to
take home his junior medal, copy of Slot Car Magazine and to pose for a picture.
It turned out that picture would be required for the race win image… Less than ten
minutes later, Jonathon was confirmed winner -
And that was it for the morning session, finishing bang on schedule and ready for Simon’s rather excellent tacos and chilli. Lunch was so good that the track was quiet for nearly twenty minutes. Then it was time to get ready for the afternoon session.
The afternoon kicked off with BTCC Race Two, another 16 lap race with the grid determined
by the result of Race One. The top five would all receive a power reduction to simulate
‘success ballast’, Mike got a 15% reduction, Alex 12%, down to 3% for Simon in fifth.
Jonathon’s place on the grid had been taken by the late-
Aiden had again started on pole in the B final, but after some early wheel-
There was some hard racing at the start of the main race. Alex and Andy both crashed and fell to the back, leaving Mike, Matthew, Gary and Simon in close combat at the front. Gary had muscled his way through to take the lead on lap four and slowly opened a handy gap. At half distance, all six racers were still on the same lap, although Gary was closing in on Matthew, who’d dropped to last in line. Simon was up to second, just ahead of Mike.
Gary was pushing hard and started lapping the rest of the field, helped by errors
from Matthew and Andy. Mike was in second again, ahead of Alex and Simon. Adding
some spice to the strategy, Mike, Simon and Andy were all on the soft options tyres
for Race Two -
After the quick-
The first heat was all about the two Ferrari Prototypes -
The race would be decided in the third and final heat. Ash and Andy’s combined score
of 74.25 laps was definitely beatable and it was down to Mike and to Duncan (with
Simon’s 330 P3) to beat the score and beat each other. Mike soon had a lap lead on
Duncan and that stretched to two before the E-
Mike responded to his error, finishing exactly two laps up on Duncan who had matched
team mate Simon’s score. That left Mike and Aiden the Goodwood winners, with Simon
and Duncan second and Ash and Andy third -
Our DiSCA GT4 Trophy always gives us a good-
The first qualifying heat saw Gary and Ash throw down the gauntlet with a rapid 40
lap run. Keith and Debra confirmed qualification for the feature race with second
place, but Andy, Mandy and Martin in third and Oli and Matthew in fourth would have
to wait to see if their scores were enough. Mike and Aiden took pole by scoring 41.50
in heat two. Ryan and Oliver claimed third on the grid with an excellent 39.75 laps.
Simon and Duncan scraped through, but Alex and Paul missed out -
Aiden had the better of Gary in the early stages of the feature race. Those two pulled away from Keith, Simon and Ryan, with Mandy a lap back. Mandy handed over to Martin after five minutes, but the other five teams had another two and a half minutes to wait. By that time, not only had Gary got ahead of Aiden, but he’d pulled out a three lap lead. Simon was a further lap back, ahead of Ryan, Keith and Martin.
After the driver change, Mike pulled out all the stops to chase down Ash in the leading
red Aston Martin. The gap gradually narrowed, but Ash held his nerve, both of them
driving away from the rest of the field. Back in the pack, Ryan and Oliver’s borrowed
Bentley required re-
As the chequered flag fell, Ash was a lap and a quarter ahead of Mike, grabbing a
The final action of the afternoon was BTCC Race Three. A full reverse grid put Debra
on pole position and Race Two winner Gary bottom of the B final, with a 15% power
reduction and soft tyres. Oli had to depart early, so two racers would step-
Mike and Gary blitzed their way through the grid to get to the front of the B final.
Gary had to manage his soft tyres so they would last sixteen laps -
Gary and Mike scythed through the cars ahead of them to lead the A final by quarter distance. Keith and Aiden put up a good fight and stayed in touch; Keith was also on the same soft ‘option’ tyres as Gary and Debra. At half distance, Gary was controlling the race, protecting his lead and managing his tyres. It looked like the perfect drive from back of the grid to a race win… until his tyres ‘expired’ on the last lap meaning any further laps would not count. Mike cruised through to take the chequered flag, leaving a devastated Gary in second as Keith suffered the same fate to score 14 laps for third. We’ll instruct Dunlop to provide more robust ‘option’ tyres for the next three WHO BTCC rounds in September.
That was the end of a breathtaking afternoon of digital racing. It was time to chill out and clear our heads before we started again for the evening session…
The big evening event was the WHO Tourist Trophy endurance race. This year it would
be a 400 lap (15 km) race for Slot.it Group C cars. An original eight car entry became
just six after Oli was unable to re-
Graham did make it to race -
Andy and Simon both led four-
A very short and sharp qualifying session saw Gary’s Jag taking pole ahead of Andy and Alex’s Porsches, Mike and Keith’s Lancias and Simon’s Toyota. With 400 laps ahead, the grid didn’t mean too much…
The race started on a damp but drying track, with most teams choosing intermediate
tyres. A right old battle started on track between Gary and Ryan, who ran neck-
After fifty laps and just over ten minutes, Gary and Ryan were locked on the same
lap, with Keith three laps back. As the first driver change window approached, Mike
took over from Ryan too early and was penalised with a drive-
Heading towards the 45 minute driver change window, Gary was closing in on 200 laps, the red Lancia just a lap and a half behind. Those two had pulled a massive gap on the rest of the field. The Martini Lancia was still in third, but 31 laps back. Simon’s Toyota was up to fourth, nine laps back, after Alex and Oliver has needed time in the pits, also reprogramming the car’s chip. Even so, they were just three laps behind. The Skoal Bandit boys had dropped back, sixteen laps adrift, but their captain was about to drive for the first time.
Gary handed over the Jaguar to Ash at 45 minutes and it looked like the exciting
battle for the lead would continue. Not long after, there was panic in Mike’s Lancia
team. The car had stopped. Re-
All credit to Mike, Graham and Ryan -
At what would be the final driver change, the gap between first and second was down
to twelve laps, but only thirty-
It had been a long day and a hard-
Third was the Martini Lancia, 59 laps behind the winners. The Miller Porsche was 80 laps off first place. Simon drove the socks off his Toyota to finish just four laps behind Alex and Oliver. The Skoal Bandit Porsche brought up the rear on exactly 300 laps.
A very big thank you to everyone who took part in a superb day of racing at the Barn.
Huge congratulations to all our winners, for many memorable performances and for
a few ‘what-
We couldn’t have put on the day without the hard work and commitment of the set-
Looking forward to next time…