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Formula One -
Nineteen racers gathered at the Barn on the eve of the 2017 General Election. Over
the years WHO 'A' finals have proved a reliable predictor of election results -
Mike McCann designed us an excellent track for the second F1 race of the year. It was his first truly original McTrack, rather than a layout based on a real circuit. It proved to be enjoyable, tricky and pretty even across the four lanes. A real triumph, but sadly Mike was not with us to enjoy it... he was on his holidays, leaving F1 race control duties to his son Stephen.
Jean made his HO debut, stepping down from the bigger digital cars, but liking what
he saw. Jean was one of five rookies on the grid -
The heats were a slow burner, getting quicker and quicker and throwing up some surprises.
Mike and Ned had arrived late, missing practice, so Keith and Aiden took advantage
Keith had car issues at the start of his run in blue lane, but laid down a very decent
marker of 57.40 laps. Aiden came close, beating Andy to what looked like third place
and a spot in the 'A' final. However, the Dadsons were now getting the hang of the
track... First it was Ned recovering to beat Aiden's score and fall just a lap short
of Keith's marker. Then Mike smashed out the top two scores of the heats -
The Tycos of Duncan and Andy Phillips raced off in the F final, accompanied by the
Up against three Mega-
Stephen stepped up into red lane in the D final and despite a poor start, battled
hard with Ash for third place. Both ended up with the same score, but Stephen had
a lead of just over two car lengths. Ahead of them was another superb battle -
The C final was another all-
That put Rick into the B final alongside Aiden, Andy and Simon. The race got off to a frantic start, Andy pulling out a lead until an off at the chicane dropped him back to third behind Simon and Aiden. Simon was next to falter, letting Aiden and Andy slip past. Then it was just fast and faultless until the chequered flag. Andy sat and hoped, but Aiden just got faster and faster until he was a lap ahead. A great win for the youngster.
Aiden stepped up into his first WHO A final, where he'd be up against Mike D, Keith
and Ned -
Huge congratulations to Mike and Ned on their medal wins and for keeping their Mega-
A big thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a great night of racing.
Special thanks, as always, goes to Stephen for running race control so wonderfully
and to those who came early to set up and stayed late to pack away. And there's huge
thanks to Keith and Deborah for bringing back the awesome 'Welcome Race Fans' from
their recent Nascar holiday in the States -
So what about the WHO election prediction... Mike won the A final from white lane. What on earth does that mean? There is no white party... A hung parliament perhaps? Or has the WHO oracle lost its touch?
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