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WHO Mod -
Simon designed another fabulously fast and flowing 100+ foot track. There were lots
of parallel lines and brilliant twisty bits, but we were left scratching our heads
over how to fit the power system into the layout. We decided on using the ex-
Typically, for the first race of the year, there were quite a few new cars and newly-
Hayley and Daniel worked their magic on race control to get us through the first
half of the heats right on schedule. After everyone had completed two runs, it was
Andy Player at the top, two laps ahead of Deborah, who was half a lap ahead of Gareth
Working swiftly through the second round of heats, Gareth went first and improved
his scores, finishing with 18.40 on white. That put pressure on Andy, but with four
scores over 18 laps, he'd done more than enough -
Most racers improved, but only a little and the changes in position were mostly down
to dropped scores. John just pipped Corey to fourth, with Mike D recovering to sixth
but nine laps off pole. Ned and Aiden followed close behind, with Ollie qualifying
as top rookie in eleventh and Rick easily top Tuners in fourteenth -
After all the trouble at the chicane, the I final got off to a clean start with all
four cars negotiating it perfectly on the first lap. It was an all-
The H final reverted to type, the chicane claiming only Mike, but setting up a chaotic
opening thirty seconds. Bob's Life Like took the early lead ahead of Ryan, Mike and
Ash. By half distance, Ryan had moved into the lead, just a second ahead of Bob.
That stretched to just over two seconds, but then Bob started to reel in Ryan. With
seconds to go, Bob's green Life Like passed Ryan's Mega-
William and Terry made it through the chicane carnage at the start of the G final. It was Ryan and Simon that got caught out. William had his moments at the chicane on subsequent laps and it was Terry who looked comfortable out front. Just before half distance, an innocuous off saw the rear axle dislodge and Terry drop down the order, William and Simon cruising through as roadside repairs were completed on Terry's stricken car. William brought home an excellent win, with Terry breathing down Simon's neck at the end. Ryan came home fourth.
The F final was a steady and reasonably uneventful race. Daniel gently spun rather than crashed at the chicane on the opening lap and Hayley led William in the early stages. Matthew had moved up to second by half distance, with Daniel still in fourth. Daniel seemed to change gear for the second part of the race, moving past William into third and then overtaking Matthew for second place with around twenty seconds to go. But Hayley was long gone and took a comfortable win with her stylish purple Viper.
Jerome, Andy, Hayley and Rick served us up a cracking E final. A perfectly clean
start saw all four cars lapping within inches of each other for the first thirty
seconds, Rick's Tuners Mega-
Hayley stepped up again and was the only non-
Keith moved up to join Tony, Aiden and Ned in the C final. A clean start saw Aiden move his updated G3 into the early lead. An off in the chicane allowed Ned to move into the lead, but then Ned returned the favour and Aiden was out front again. The two youngsters were completely outclassing Keith and Tony, both of them WHO Mod race winners. In the end, it was another error from Aiden that let Ned take control of the final. It was the first time Aiden had raced such a fast car, so he will undoubtedly come back stronger next time...
Ned stepped up to battle Corey for the junior medal in the B final. Alongside our
top two juniors were the top two racers in the WHO Hall of Fame, Mike D and John.
That was quite a line-
Spreadsheet hassles before the start of the finals had delayed proceedings by about
ten minutes, so it was a later than usual finish. Nonetheless, plenty had stayed
to watch the A final -
At the halfway point, Deborah was up to second place and taking tenths of a second
out of Andy almost every lap. With the lead shrinking to not much more than half
a lap, Deborah had another off, letting Andy off the hook and Gareth up into second
place. Andy could relax a little and brought home his first WHO Mod win since September
2010, scoring a massive 20.15 laps in the process. Gareth held on to second, finishing
half a lap ahead of a disappointed Deborah, who certainly showed she had race-
Congratulations to our medal winners, Andy and Corey. Deborah set fastest lap and so is inducted into the WHO Hall of Fame. Ollie finished top rookie and Rick dominated WHO Tuners.
A big thanks to everyone who came along to start the season in such great fashion. Special thanks goes to Daniel and Hayley for the exceptional work on race control and to all those who came early to set up and stayed later than usual to pack away. It was a long, but excellent evening.
Next up at the Barn is a digital Wednesday on 24 January. Then it's our first Nascar
race of the year on Wednesday 7 February -
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