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WHO Mod -
When we get to October, it's crunch time -
As the tension mounted, we had twenty racers join us on the grid, including Peter and Jerome making their WHO debuts. It was also our first race without Stephen on race control, so all eyes were on his successors, Daniel and Hayley, as they set the heats in motion.
Simon had designed us another wonderful Mod track, with a dizzying whirl of loops
and bridges leading on to a fast, flowing section that looked like a leg and foot.
It was all pedal-
And the quick cars -
Corey had struggled in his heats and was ten laps adrift, back in fifth place. Ahead of him were Andy Player and Tony, who were not far off the pace of the top two and had battled all night for that last automatic spot in the A final. Andy won that scrap and left Tony with the task of winning the B final to still be in with a chance of the race win.
Further back, Hayley had qualified an excellent sixth, giving her new Mod car a first
run, ready for next year. Debutant Peter had the eleventh best score -
The G final was a head-
Mike stepped up into yellow lane in the F final. His Viper had not been running well
in the heats and after a strip down, re-
Mike stayed in yellow for the E final and the result was the same. This time he had
Rick chasing him in blue lane. Rick's rapid Mega-
In the D final, Mike would be up against the fastest three Tuners cars -
For a change (maybe a permanent one), the club cars were kitted out with the Peugeot
Le Mans Prototype bodies, giving them a slightly lower centre of gravity. Peter drove
the car superbly, taking advantage of the late-
The C final was Mod-
Deborah joined Hayley, Corey and Tony in the B final, all four of them racing Vipers.
Hayley crashed heavily on the first lap and lost loads of time while a popped axle
With Corey stepping up to the A final, we still had three title contenders. John
needed to win or finish two places ahead of Keith to be crowned champ. Corey needed
just one result -
Keith had a lot to think about. All the others could do was to focus on the race win. When the light went green, it was Andy who rocketed away into the lead in yellow lane. John was close behind, wary about pushing too hard and blowing his championship chances. Andy lead the first five laps at a blistering pace, but then took off over the bridge, hit the barriers hard and dislodged the car's body. Game over for Andy and a relieved John inherited the lead. Where was Keith? That was the big question as our pole man was nowhere in sight. A stodgy opening few laps had left him half a lap back from John and by the time he got properly up to speed, the race leader had sight of him and had a better chance to control the race.
With Andy still repairing his car and Corey dropping back, John and Keith were lapping
fast, but not taking too many risks. Keith hoped John would make an error, but could
not pressure him into one. It was an incredibly tense run down to the finish, with
John closing in on Keith and lapping him near the end. Keith was first with the congratulations
It was delight for John on his eleventh WHO championship, putting him two clear of
Mike D at the top of the all-
Thank you to all those who came along and made it such an exciting WHO Mod night. Hayley and Daniel did a grand job on race control. I'm sure Stephen could suggest some areas to work on, but it was an impressive debut for the new race control dream team. A very big thank you to all those who came along early to set up and stayed late to pack away. We couldn't do it without you.
Next up at the Barn is the final AFX Endurance Championship team race of 2017 on Wednesday 25 October.
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