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Our digital race at the Barn came just two days after the terrible loss of life in Manchester, so it was inevitable that those affected would be in our thoughts... Maybe a little subdued, we cracked on with setting up another of Simon's superb track designs and getting the new Truspeed controllers ready so WHO/digital could go fully wireless for the first time.
As the Barn filled up with racers, everyone got some practice and enjoyed a little
bit of roaming round the track with the Truspeeds. Moving away from the traditional
'driver station' was a little disconcerting, but rather exciting at the same time.
Along with the big monitor, there was also a smaller screen next to the pit boxes
However, the main event of the night would be a final hurrah for SSDC, the race management
system that we've been using since the start of our digital racing at the Barn. We
selected six GT club cars -
We ended up with seventeen on the grid, with Pete racing at the Barn for the first
time since the summer of 2011. It wasn't technically his first WHO/digital race -
Pete had to wait to race, as SSDC introduces drivers in strict alphabetical order.
That did mean our three juniors got to race early, with Aiden putting in a big score
of 17 laps and winning the first race, a lap ahead of Corey. Aiden, Duncan and Graham
all hit 17 laps in the second race -
Duncan was the first driver to complete his six races, scoring 99.25 laps -
Graham wasn't getting too excited... He'd seen Mike D start his races with a huge
eighteen laps in the stars & stripes Trofeo. Mike followed that up with two seventeens,
two more eighteens and finished with a nineteen -
Mike's strategy had been to run hard and to fill the tank at halfway. Others had
Somehow, Andy managed to stretch the small tank of fuel almost to the end, whilst keeping up a decent pace, scoring 18 laps in his second race and following that with three more 18s and a big 19 lap score in the middle. Amazingly, that put him on 107.75 laps, squeezing into the lead just a half a lap ahead of Mike D. A tantalisingly close finish.
Simon was running just behind Andy -
The SSDC rotation brought the juniors back on track for some late excitement. Going into the final race, Aiden had a slender lead over Corey. Aiden finished with a 17 lap score and Corey had a disaster, scoring just ten laps. That gave Aiden his first individual junior medal and dropped Corey behind Aaron.
After a brief medal ceremony, it was time to close down SSDC and launch RCS64 for
the Goodwood Revival pairs race. Negotiations about cars and pairings were concluded
as Andy and Mike D set up RCS64 -
We'd decided to offer racers just the pure driving experience of RCS64 this time,
turning off all the extra features. That meant getting used to the brake button and
adjustable sensitivity knob on the Truspeed controllers. The cars certainly felt
very responsive and being able to brake at the end of the straights was lowering
lap times. After a two minute practice session, each qualifying race would be eight
minutes long, with a mandatory driver-
The first heat saw championship leaders Mike D and Graham up against the father-
Neil and Corey negotiated another loaner car from Mike D, this time an orange Scalextric
'69 Camaro. And they were really quick, defending their lead from another fast '69
Camaro in the hands of Ash and Andy. The orange car would win the heat by exactly
two laps -
The feature race was lengthened slightly to ten minutes, with the driver-
After the driver change, Mike D had a four lap gap over Andy -
That was the end of the action, just a little after ten o'clock. Congrats to all
Digital racing returns for a full day of WHO/digital action on Saturday 17 June, when we'll be running only RCS64 and we'll introduce all the features of this amazing digital race management system.