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Latest Racing Results - Winter 2022
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March 31st 2022
This is the 5th week in the month so something a little different. With 8 drivers making it we had a team race using Cub Cars and using a handicap system based on previous racing with these cars. The data available is very limited at the moment, so we hoped the handicaps would work out to be pretty reasonable, and I think that's how it turned out.
With a decent amount of time available we decided to run 2 races of Euro Round Robin of 5 minutes each. This gave all drivers 5 minutes on each lane so each one had 20 minutes of racing time. Teams were made up matching seeds 1 & 8 (Woody/Ian), 2 & 7 (Bob/Geoff), 3 & 6 (Chris/Kev) and 4 & 5 (Corky/Nick).
After 40 minutes of racing the difference between 1st (Chris/Kev) and 4th (Bob/Geoff) was only 31 laps, so with a bit more tweaking the handicaps could work out for some good and close racing in future, if/when we do this again.
6 drivers tonight for some good and fast Sports racing, good to have Corky back after a bout of the dreaded Covid. We're all coming up to speed now and some new best times and laps were recorded. In qualy both Bob and Chris beat the previous best qualy times, Bob taking the quickest and TQ with a time of 3.504 with his Super Wasp. Chris's time was 3.589 to take 2nd spot and Woody took 3rd in the A with 3.747. Nick took top spot in the B, beating Corky's Wasp with his Falcon and along with Kev these were in the B race.
In the B it was Corky with his Wasp that set the pace and was quickest all the way as expected and was a comfortable winner of the race with 179.07 laps and eventual 4th overall. Nick had some niggling problems early doors and couldn't stay with Kev who had an 8 lap lead at half way. He picked up in the second half and the racing was much better, but Kev was just that bit quicker and took 2nd place by some 9 laps and 5th overall.
The A was a classic with Bob, Chris and Woody contesting it. Bob took a very early lead but an intermitent niggle with his car saw him drop right back to 3rd in the race and 4th overall behind Corky. His problem seemed to clear and he picked up pace to eventually take 3rd spot from Corky by just a couple of laps. Meanwhile Chris and Woody were having a battle Royale. Chris took over the lead half way through the 1st and stayed there, leading by 2 laps at half way. Woody then fought back in the 3rd and at the end of it and going into the last they were level on 145 laps each. The last segment was fast and furious with Woody eventually catching and passing Chris. The last couple of minutes saw them nose to tail at a furious pace but a couple of mistakes from Chris meant Woody stayed in front and ended up the winner by 34 bits. They both beat the previous best total of 182.71 with Woody setting a new best of 194.86. Phew, we needed a couple of lemonades after that !!!
7 drivers tonight for some good G12 saloon racing, Graham & Chris Thomas were here again getting some good track time for the Area round. In qualy it was Chris Aldridge in good form, breaking the 150 lap barrier to TQ with 150.94, just over a lap ahead of Chris Thomas with 149.88. Bob took 3rd spot some 8 laps back, then Woody took 4th another 5 1/2 laps down.
Graham, Nick and Geoff contested a 3 man B final and this was a good tussle between Nick and Graham. They swapped the lead in the first minute or so until Nick established a slender lead for the next (nearly) 2 minutes. Going into the last few seconds Graham was pressing Nick and they were virtually together with 10 seconds to go. The pressure got to Nick and unfortunately he had a crucial off in the esses on the last lap but one which left Graham to run out the winner by just half a lap. Great stuff !!!
In the A it was Chris Thomas taking an early lead, but only for 4 laps or so. A costly off put from first to last and he never recovered. Meanwhile the race settled down into a bit of a proccession with Chris A staying ahead of Bob all the way, neither of them having an off. Woody was only only a lap or so down but a couple of off's meant he couldn't challenge for the win. In the end it was Chris A who ran out the winner with exactly 50 laps, from Bob on 49.23 and Woody 3rd with 48.50. Chris T rolled in 4th spot with 43.75, just shows that a couple of offs can make all the difference on this fast track !!!
Only 6 drivers tonight for various reasons, and a welcome visit by Mick Metcalfe, getting some sneaky practice for next week's Area round !! We decided to go with 4 drivers per race which left us with only 2 marshals, it proved a bit hectic and hairy at times but didn't work out too badly.
In qualy it was Chris setting the pace again but he only finished up 0.23 laps ahead of Bob in 2nd spot and they took top spots in the A Final. Mick got to grips with the track fairly quickly to take 3rd spot with Kev, Nick and Geoff making up the B Final.
Some fast and furious Production 24 Saloon racing tonight. We were joined by 3 drivers from the Black Country Club, Martin Jackson, James Noakes and Chris Thomas. They had their own race as they were running different spec Sports cars - standard C43 chassis with Mid-America Phoenix motors and any sports shell. This resulted in a win for Martin as Chris Thomas suffered a broken lead wire, but he recovered after a quick repair to take 2nd from James.
We had a separate race for us Leicester guys and this showed that we weren't quite as quick as the 'lower powered' BC guys - we were running with standard BSCRA Group 12 motors. A good surprise for Ian, a very credible 4th place in qualy and a place in the 'A' final. Woody and Chris proved to be the quickest with never more than a couple of laps between them, and resulted in a win for Woody by a couple of laps from Chris. Bob took 3rd and Kev 4th. A break down for Nick after switching shell onto a different chassis, pin holes pulled thru - early retirement.
We got some good Sports racing tonight, although still have a minor problem with lap counters. A win for Woody.
RC data is unreliable so I haven't processed it.
February 10th 2022
Sadly no racing this week. With 8 drivers raring to go the lap counting hardware did not want to play ball. After alot of head scratching we decided to install the old Trackmate module after fetching it from the Scout Hut. It seemed to work OK but we didn't have time to test it fully. Hopefully all will be well for next week's Sports/GT racing.
February 3rd 2022
With all 10 drivers not having any experience with F2 cars on the new track, it was virtually a level playing for all, including visitors Graham & Chris Thomas. Chris proved his class by taking the overall win.
First night of competitive racing on the new track. Woody seems to have got the hang of it quicker than most, but time will tell...