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Our first ever WHO/digital SSDC Saturday was a cracker. Designed to be a low-
Henry joined us for the morning session and it was great to see Keith in the afternoon, the day before his big move to the south coast.
GT practice started a little before 11am and we began qualifying at 11.40. Groups
of three drivers would have 60 seconds to post a quick lap that would determine which
final they would start in -
Unfortunately a short circuit caused a lengthy interruption to the session, with the track taken apart and the Barn's vacuum cleaner deployed. In the end Paul suggested a reset on the powerbase... It's always the simplest solution that gets overlooked.
Back to qualifying, and the top four ended up as Mike D, Paul, Andy and Simon. The other would need to battle it out in the finals to get to the feature race.
The C final was a full grid of six racers. The twenty lap race saw John and Tyler
battle for the lead, but both wary of missing out on the step up. John had his first
Tony mounted a late challenge with his hastily repaired Audi R8, but fell just short of moving up to the B. Jonah just beat Daniel to fourth and Henry was left very disappointed with a breakdown after just two laps.
The B final saw an exciting four-
With the twenty-
The feature race was to be 50 laps. That made it less of a sprint and much more tactical. Mike's red Ferrari F430 and Paul's yellow Porsche 977 shot off the front of the grid with only Andy's black and orange car keeping in contact. Offs by the front to two handed the lead to the Mad Butcher after four laps and that lead was never relinquished.
Andy kept his nose clean and controlled the race. One late drama unfolded when he missed the pit lane and crawled round for half a lap. Perhaps he was feeling the pressure of Stephen and Simon's Gallardos, both of whom drove a very quick second half of the race to take the other podium positions.
Behind the top three, Mike had faded -
The morning ended with a surprised, but delighted, duo taking the medals. Stephen's
Following a sumptuous lunch by our on-
This time they were joined by Jonah and Tyler -
The first fifteen minutes saw Jonah and Tyler on fire -
Behind the top two, Almost There -
Race Control pulled out another three laps over the CSB Crew in segment three, giving them six laps to make up in the final fifteen. That would be a big ask, but not impossible...
It was a cagey last 15 minutes for the top two teams, with penalties, offs and fuelling
errors. In the end, Race Control edged out another lap, winning the race by seven.
However, in front of them on the track, Almost There and Speedy Nitro Wheels had
a superb scrap for third place. Both posting huge scores, SNW won the segment by
two laps over Almost There, giving them third by just one lap -
The usual pics of the teams, presentation of medals and prizes (thank you Slot Car
Mag) ended the formal racing for the day -
Well done to the winners and to all the competitors who made it such an excellent day. Much fun was had and much was learned for future events. Many thanks to everyone who helped set up, pack away and contributed to the day in whatever way.
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