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Mike designed an absolutely massive layout for our seventh WHO/digital event at the
Barn. The track was a smidgen under one hundred feet long (or 30 metres, if you prefer),
used up most of Mike's and the WHO/digital track stock, plus it had a bridge -
The construction process was an epic task, requiring many hands and agile minds -
New to the track were six non-
New on the digital grid was Hayley -
We had decided to play with SSDC race management system a little more -
Would savvy race strategy pay dividends?
First though, we drew names out of Alan's hat and divided our nineteen racers into five teams of three and one team of four. The four would be a race control team including both Andy and Mike, with Ewan and Barry taking most of the driving responsibility. They'd be 'Scumbag College'.
There's be another father-
Our last two teams were 'In It To Win It' -
With teams of three, we ran five fifteen minute segments, each driver having five minutes each time. The Scumbags, with a team of four, saw Andy and Mike alternating on the final stints, Mike running the first, third and last races.
As always, the first segment saw all the teams and drivers finding their feet, easing into the rhythm of fuel stops and driver changes and getting used to driving in racing conditions, where there's more pressure than in practice.
Penalties were ready to be dished out, but only four were awarded throughout the first fifteen minutes, two of those right at the end. The Scumbags came out on top, just one lap ahead of the Imps, with Clash of Cars and In It To Win It tied for third just one lap further back and the Turbo Thundercats one lap behind them. The I Don't Know trio were five laps adrift, which hopefully would be retrievable...
Mike had certainly served up a very different track. It had four big straights and
wide, sweeping corners in between. On previous tracks a smooth, fuel-
In this second segment, the Imps were one of the smoother driving teams and they
came second, finishing on the same number of laps as hard-
After half an hour's racing, we had the Imps leading Clash of Cars by just one lap. In fact, the top five were covered by just five laps. Team I Don't Know had a lot to do back in sixth. One problem was that they were picking up the bulk of the penalties.
The start of this fifteen minutes was heart-
Things calmed down a little for the middle stint, but it was pedal to the metal to round off this third race. Scores were down a little over segment two, although In It To Win It set there best score of the night to finish first, a lap ahead of the Scumbags, two ahead of the Imps and Clash of Cars and five ahead of I Don't Know and the Thundercats.
This closed up at the top of the leader board even more. The Imps had 175 laps, Clash of Cars 174, In It To Win it had 173 and Scumbag College 171.
There's no doubt that the six Nascars we use for our team races each have their own
characteristics and quirks. Some love just ask to be driven hard, like the red Coca
Cola Ford Taurus, while others -
It was the Turbo Thundercats who did the business this time, driving the Coca Cola
Taurus just hard enough to post the highest score of the night so far -
Going into the final fifteen, the leader board remained the same, but the Imps and Clash of Cars were now tied on 236 laps and In It To Win In just two laps behind...
The start of this segment was as frantic as the third had been, but exhibited significantly
more skill. The pace was high, but the cars stayed on the track -
As we passed the first driver change, the race was starting to spread out. Scumbags held a comfortable lead, but nowhere near the five laps they'd need to draw level with the leaders. Following behind them were In it to Win It and Clash of Cars. Then followed the Imps, I Don't Know and the Thundercats.
Clash of Cars' only focus was on the Imps and things were looking good -
The Scumbag's efforts in the last segment has meant they set the best score of the
night, jumped In It To Win It by one lap, and finished just one lap behind the Imps.
The Thundercats had clawed back some ground and were just two laps back in fifth
Coming home sixth were I Don't Know. Corey, Hayley and Andrew never gave up, setting
their best score of the night -
Huge congratulations to Alex, Simon and John on their win. Alex, as always, was a brilliant captain. Thanks to everyone who made it such a great night of Scalextric digital racing at the Barn, especially to those who gave their time setting up and/or packing away.
Our next WHO/digital event is a full day of racing -
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