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We had twenty three racers to try out WHO/digital, including first-
The evening started with an intensive digital driving school session, with racers learning how to change lane, drive cars together on the track and to refuel.
At 7.30pm, track power was switched off and Mike D gave a drivers' briefing for the
main event of the night -
The race would be run in four twenty minute segments, with each an individual race in SSDC. A 60 second driver change 'window' straddled every five minute mark, so that drivers would run for one stint of four to five minutes in each race.
At the end of the segment, the team who'd won swapped cars with the sixth place team, second place swapped with fifth and third swapped with fourth.
Shortly before 7.45pm, we were off.
Race 1: That first segment was a true learning experience for all the teams and all
the drivers. The 'no-
The scores for that first segment reflect the steep learning curve. Race Control managed just 97 laps, by far the lowest winning score of the night. However, everyone looked as if they'd had a brilliant first twenty minutes of competitive digital racing and were looking for an improvement in their next stints.
Race 2: With cars swapped, the lights went green a second time. Three teams -
Race 3: The race for the win became intense in the third segment. Team Rambo equalled
Blue Blurs 108 laps from race 2 -
Race 4: The tension and excitement in the room reached fever pitch for the last twenty minutes. It was a brilliant race through the field with five out of six teams smashing the hundred lap mark. The aptly named 'Oh Bugger I Hit Him Again' won the segment with a score of 106 laps, with the two Mikes and Stephen finally hitting their stride. It wasn't enough to catch Blue Blurs in fourth, with John, David, Fin and Alex regretting a disastrous first segment, without which they could have been contenders for the win...
Behind those two teams in sixth were Red Robins. Simon, Jonah, Tyler and Paul just
couldn't hook things up all night -
So that just leaves the battle for the win. Team Rambo looked to be in pole position
with their lap lead, but nerves would come in to play for both teams -
Pit stops, penalties and crashes saw both teams tumble down the leaderboard and then recover back up again. Going into the final stages, nerves certainly became frayed! The lead in the battle for the overall win continued to change. Race Control needed a two lap margin, but as the chequered flag fell, that gap was just one lap and the total scores after eighty minutes were identical.
A brief captains meeting decided that the tie-
It was a highly enjoyable evening at the Barn and a brilliant introduction to Scalextric digital and SSDC racing. The unanimous verdict was that there must be more.
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