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It was all a bit déjà vu at the Barn for our second WHO/digital SSDC Saturday at
the start of May half-
Firstly, we had yet another brilliant track, designed by Mike D and built by a dedicated
team in record time. The track utilised plenty of wide radius 3 and radius 4 turns
and had a nice long pit lane entry. The stand-
First up was the GT competition. With a bijou round dozen on the grid for the morning,
we'd run four twenty-
It was intended be a quick-
Andy picked up two routine qualifying wins, with Stephen and Simon also grabbing a maximum score that got them in the A final. The next three were Duncan, Ned and Mike D, with the rest in the C. Thankfully, by the time we got to the finals, everything that was going to go wrong had done so and we had three excellent races.
The top three finishers in the C final would move up to the B, giving us an epic contest. Twenty laps meant at least one pit stop for refuelling, two if you were pushing and three if your car was a bit too stuck down. Different driving styles meant different strategies and it could be anyone's guess who would be up there at the end...
The battle looked like it would be between Tony, Mike McCann and Paul at the start,
with Hayley, Neal and Daniel waiting to profit from any slip-
As all the pit stops ended and we approached the end of the race, it was Neal who'd
driven the best twenty laps to beat Mike for the win. Behind them, the big question
was whether Tony could overhaul Hayley for that last step-
The B final was an equally compelling encounter. This time it was the two Mikes and
Ned that got away and tussled for the win. Duncan and Neal kept in contact, which
meant it still looked like a five-
It was Mike McCann who reached the line first, getting the better of Mike D. But
it was another massive battle for the final step-
The A final got off to a frantic start, but it was Andy who lead the way into the
first pit stops with most of the field breathing down his neck. Coming out of the
stops, the pressure was starting to take it’s toll and the two-
The two Mikes and Duncan took over the battle for the winner's medal and the pace was intense. Mike D eked out a lead and he kept his cool and his car on the track to finish just ahead of Duncan, with Mike McCann a lap back in third. Simon pipped Andy to fourth, with Stephen sixth and top junior. Mike was rightfully well chuffed with his win having qualified only sixth.
Lunch came an hour or so later than expected, but Simon's feast hit the spot. Replenished and refreshed, we waved goodbye to Duncan and welcomed Andrew, Ben and Nathaniel for the Nascar team race.
It looked like it would be yet another close team race. After the first fifteen minutes, the Three Amigos of Paul, Tony and Andy lead the way with 59 laps, just one lap ahead of Stephen and Simon's Better Than The Actual McLaren (we called them BTTAM).
It was BTTAM who broke the sixty lap barrier in the second segment and took the lead.
One In Ten -
As always, the pace continued to rise as the race went on. With the top four covered
by just six laps, the last fifteen minutes was going to be interesting. BTTAM faced
a challenge with the unfavoured blue Scooby-
Stephen did a good job to protect that lead, which they just about still held on
As the siren sounded and the cars stopped, The Boss had won the segment, followed by Awesome Sauce, The Three Amigos and One in Ten. It looked very close, but we needed to wait for Hayley to update the spreadsheet to see who'd won the race...
Incredibly, One in Ten, The Boss and BTTAM had all finished with 178 laps. It would
all rest on that final track position -
In fourth were the Three Amigos, just three laps back. Awesome Sauce had jumped Aperture Racing with their excellent final segment. The whole field was covered by nine laps.
Sadly there wasn't time for the Goodwood Revival race this time, although the cars
looked great in the paddock. Our WHO/digital events are still taking shape and packing
away gave us time to think and chat about the format -
Many thanks to all fifteen racers who took part and to everyone who helped set-
Until next time -
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