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Racing Results Summer 2022

6 drivers tonight for Group 12 Saloon. With 6 drivers we decided to run with 4 per heat with 2 marshals and track calls at the driver's end of the track. This worked - sort of - with multiple track calls causing some very frustrating racing at times. It didn't seem to bother Woody too much though, he put in several PB's to top the qualy leader board by nearly 4 laps over Chris in 2nd and then Bob just 13 feet behind Chris.

That meant that we could have 2 x 3 man finals with the extra marshall in the corner position making all the difference. The B line up was Corky, Kev and Geoff. This proved to be a bit of a procession with Kev taking the early lead and never looking back. Corky settled into 2nd but a very scruffy race for him meant that he was never in contention and Kev ran out a comfortable winner, 5 laps ahead of Corky. Geoff also didn't have a good race and he ended up a further 5 laps behind Corky.

On to the A race and this turned out to be the race of the night (see lead change chart below). Woody and Bob raced off into the lead with Chris starting off quite slowly. Woody held the lead for the first 6 laps or so but then Bob caught up on to the same lap and they circulated virtually together for the next 22 laps until Woody had a costly 'off' and Bob took over the lead on his own. Bob held on to this lead for another 18 laps or so, driving at a steady but not particularly fast pace. Woody on the other hand put in some very quick laps in an effort to catch Bob - including a new best overall G12 lap time of 3.204 on his very last complete lap - but he couldn't quite manage to catch him and ended up just 6 feet behind - another 5 seconds 🤔 .....?? Chris had a very quiet race for him and ran in 3rd place nearly 3 laps back.

Refreshments tonight at the New Inn on a barmy summers' evening. 🍻

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6 drivers tonight for F2. A bit of mayhem with Corky suffering with body shell problems and Woody and Kev both having motor issues.

Anyway, all this resulted in a couple of overall bests for Chris, and he took the overall win from Bob in 2nd and Corky in third, allbeit with a slightly 'iffy' body shell !!
A bit more later when I get the time.

Refreshments tonight at the Dog and Gun. 🍻

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9 drivers tonight and some fast and furious racing. The track is getting a bit sticky and needs a clean before next week's F2 and maybe resulted in a few dissapointing qualy totals. Going first both Corky and Ian were a couple of laps don on their PB's. Then Woody went and his car looked well planted and he set a new PB of 17.94 which would eventually take TQ. Bob got to within half a lap to take 3rd qualy and Chris was just 12 bits back in 2nd. With 9 drivers we decided on 3 x 3 man finals for a change which lead to Ian, Geoff and George contesting the 'C', Keith, Kev and Corky the 'B' and Woody, Chris and Bob the 'A'.

In the 'C' Ian was the class of the race, all the time stretching his lead and finishing with a total of 195.51 to take the win. Meanwhile Geoff was building a decent lead over George with George's car handling like a double decker bus. At the second changeover it was discovered that he had far too many guide washers which lifted the front too high. A little adjustment and it looked alot better. By that time he was 3 laps down on Geoff and set about catching him, but Geoff had a reasonable finish and ended up a couple of laps up to take 8th place with George 9th.

In the 'B' it was Keith dominating, consistently in the 50's and finishing with a 52 to end up with 218.65 (PB) and the win. Kev and Corky were having their usual very close tussle all the way. At half way they were level on 109 or so laps apiece. The 3rd segment saw Corky pull out a 2 lap lead, so it was all to play for going into the last. Corky had a scruffy last segment allowing Kev to get closer all the time, but as time ran out and a frantic finish, Corky had managed to hang on to take 2nd in the race by just 30 bits.

Not to be out done the A drivers also had a bit of a ding-dong race. Woody raced off into a 2 lap lead over Chris but Chris got the 2 laps back in the second so they were just about level at half way. Bob wasn't out of it though, just a couple of laps back. The 3rd segment saw a change of lead, Chris got just ahead of Woody by a lap with Bob still those 2 laps down. On to the last then and a really dissapointing run on Orange for Chris had him only doing 46 laps and letting Woody power on for the win, and letting Bob overtake for 2nd spot, still those couple of laps back !! Woody took the win with 230.42 from Bob on 228.17 and Chris in 3rd with 223.35.

We finished a little later than usual so it was off to the 'Dog and Gun' for 7 of us and a couple of lemonades to settle the dust 🍺

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7 drivers again tonight

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6 drivers again tonight, holidays illness and work commitments seem to be taking their toll at the moment, but good to have Woody back after his few weeks away. We decided to go with 4 drivers per qualy race which left just 2 marshals. This actually worked out reasonably well, with track calls allowed on the bottom corners, and there weren't all that many as the plethora of new records will show. New overall best totals on Orange and Blue for Chris and one for Bob on Yellow (3 drivers breaking the old one on yellow). Chris also posted new records for overall total and best 3 for qualy. Most drivers posted various personal bests, both in qualy and the finals.

2 x 3 man finals then followed with Corky, Woody and Kev lining up for the B. This race was quite spaced out with Woody gradually pulling away from Corky, and Corky doing the same over Kev. The win went comfortably to Woody by 4 laps or so over Corky, and Corky took 2nd some 5 laps ahead of Kev. Woody actually posted the best total of the finals but only took 4th overall as it was the "B" final.

Moving on to the "A" and Bob, Chris and Keith contested this one, and what a cracker it was. Keith took the early lead for just 1 lap before Bob took over for the next 3 laps. Keith then got back in front and held it well into the second half. Then Bob got back in front with Keith in second until Chris got past him with about 20 seconds to go. With time running out Chris was catching Bob but Bob held on and took the win with 51.82 from Chris on 51.78 and Keith with 51.37. Some fantastic racing and unusually all drivers finished on the same lap.

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A footnote: the fastest lap times for both the qualifying heats and the finals are now exactly the same at 3.215 seconds. Bob fastest for qualy and Woody for the finals - both on Yellow lane 😲 😲

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Group 12 Saloon

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Due to illness, work and other commitments there were only 5 drivers for F2. We decided to use 3 lanes and 2 marshals with track calls on the other corners. Although the track didn’t seem to initially have a lot of grip, Chris was fast straight away breaking the lap record numerous times. Everyone else was fairly even until Ian’s really quick car went in the wrong lane and was terminated. Luckily Nick had a spare car which Ian drove impressively for the rest of the night. Chris and Bob topped the qualifying and awaited the winner from the 3 man B final. Corky drove well to take the win from Nick and Ian. Corky built on his B final win to follow Chris home with Bob struggling to stay with him.
Nice early finish meant we could refresh ourselves at the New Inn. 🍻

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