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Our September Digital Saturday was a lot of fun with some extremely close and competitive racing. Fifteen people raced at some point during the day and we also welcomed Patrick for a good natter and an update on his digital home track.
All the results and some pictures can be found on the right of the page, with more pictures via the Flickr button. Click the images to make them bigger. A video of some of the action is available via the YouTube button.
Simon served us up a monster 132-
BTCC Qualifying & Race One
BTCC qualifying started a little after the advertised 10.30am with seven racers setting
times. Despite no practice and the full success ballast -
Andy, Terry, Jonathon and Alex qualified fourth to seventh and would take part in
a B final that would eliminate only the last place car. Jonathon and Andy fought
for the win, Andy's MG slipping past Jonathon's Civic at the start of the final lap.
Two laps back, Alex and Terry had tricky races, Terry having to recover from a stop-
Gary got away at the start of the A final and never looked back. His wonderful A-
GT Club Car Rotation
Following the BTCC podium ceremony, we moved on to the GT Club Car Rotation. Ash
and Jean joined us for the nine-
Spurred on by those big scores, all the later drivers managed twelves and Mike, Gary,
Jonathon and Jean all managed thirteen laps -
We broke early for lunch and with Simon still finishing off at work, there was a
dash to the local chippy and supermarket for provisions. Back at the Barn, Mike was
presented with his prize for setting the best time on the Scalextric track on the
Friday of the Goodwood Revival -
BTCC Race Two
Our numbers grew to ten for the start of the afternoon and BTCC Race Two. Unfortunately,
Dean couldn't get his Passatt running, so did not start. Jean had got his new BMW
125i prepared and joined the back of the grid for the B final. It was starting to
drizzle outside so RCS64 was set up with a damp track -
It was another frantic race, with the Civics of Jonathon and Alex having a magnificent
fight for first place. Jonathon ended up disappointed again, a late trip to floor
whilst leading handed Alex the win. Thankfully, Jonathon was quickly returned to
the track and finished second. The final place in the A final went to Terry, who
was beginning to tame his new eBay-
More rain had fallen outside, so the track was now officially wet and all six drivers
chose wet tyres. Gary, with maximum ballast after winning Race One, was cleanly off
the line and into the lead -
Simon joined us just in time for a five-
Starting on a damp, but drying track, the Mercedes and McLaren were the early leaders
At half distance, the track was still damp but everyone had anticipated dry conditions
and had switched to hard tyres at the driver-
Then disaster struck for Dean and Alex. Pushing the wrong button at the end of the main straight sent the McLaren over the barrier and onto the floor. The car no longer worked and something was rattling inside. A lengthy pit stop eventually saw the car back on track, but Dean and Alex had lost twenty laps.
That put Andy (and then Simon) in pursuit of the Mercedes. Simon put in a great final five minutes and shaved the lead to just a little over one lap at the end, thanks in part to ten seconds less time in the pits. Three laps behind came Terry and Jonathon, exactly a lap ahead of Gary and Matthew's Nissan. Terry enjoyed driving Gary's Aston Martin so much that he bought it straight after the race.
A brief mid-
The main event of the afternoon was a 30-
It was another damp and drying track, with all five cars starting on Intermediate
tyres. Simon got his Ferrari out in front, ahead of Jonathon in the 250 GTO and Terry's
Chaparral. Matthew was gradually getting to grips with the Falcon after a slow getaway
and Ash was finding the Carrera Ferrari a little off the pace -
A round of pit stops at quarter distance saw Simon re-
Meanwhile, Matthew had moved the Falcon ahead of the Chaparral into second place and handed a four lap deficit to Mike at the driver change. Everyone had chosen to change to hard tyres, anticipating a dry track. Dean was driving really well, getting the Carrera Ferrari up to third place, a lap behind Mike and just ahead of Jean. Alex was four laps behind the Chaparral.
As the race approached the final ten minutes, Gary pitted four laps ahead of Mike. Jean had moved ahead of Dean, who was about to hand over to Andy. After a frustrating day of mechanical woes, Alex was on a mission and closing in on the little Carrera Ferrari. With five minutes left, he was just a lap behind. At the front, Gary pitted again, now five laps ahead of the Falcon.
If the lead was growing, then the battle for third was narrowing -
BTCC Race Three
As usual, the day had flown by, but we still had one race left -
Mike and Andy both got dumped off track and stranded on the opening laps, Mike suffering
the worst. Gary quickly got in the groove, moving ahead Jonathon who was also driving
a great race. Simon and Alex battled hard for that all-
The final stages were exciting. Gary closed out the win ahead of Jonathon, Andy dispatching
Simon and Alex who then got tangled-
Starting fourth, Gary failed to get a clean start this time, getting shunted off
by Andy's MG going into the first corner. By the end of the first lap, it was the
MG that had the lead, followed by Jean, Jonathon and a fast recovering Gary. Before
long Gary was closing in on the lead, the Mercedes quicker round the first part of
the track but the MG stretching the lead through the final third. It was a close
battle, but only very briefly -
Andy continued to push, but his composure and his race fell apart, dropping right to the back. As in the B final, Jonathon proved fast and consistent and the closest challenger to Gary, who was simply unstoppable today. Jean and Matthew had a great tussle for third, Jean prevailing at the end and taking his place on a BTCC podium for the first time.
That was the end of a superb day of digital racing at the Barn. Huge congratulations
go to all the day's winners, especially to Gary on an amazing BTCC hat-
A very big thank you goes to the set-
Out next Digital Saturday is on 17 November. Expect three BTCC races, a club car rotation a short Goodwood pairs race and a long GT4 trophy race. I can’t wait!