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The first WHO/digital Wednesday of 2020 saw twenty-
Nascar Club Car Team Race -
With some new and new-
Segment Two: 40 minutes
For the start of the second twenty minutes, the teams swapped cars – first with sixth,
second with fifth and third with fourth. The RCS64 tyre wear simulation was added,
so teams would need to keep an eye on both tyres and fuel and call the driver into
the pits. It was a familiar outcome. Team Two – Ryan, Mike D, Graham and Charlie
– led the field by one lap, scoring 72 laps this time. Team Three – Oliver, Andy,
Peter and Alan – just beat Team One – Alex, Alex, Terry and Steve C – to the line
to both score 71 laps. That left them level-
Jerome’s Team Four were fourth on 68 laps, Harry’s Team Six fifth on 64 and Daniel’s Team Five finishing with 62 laps. Their battle would be for fourth place. The top three teams all stopped seven times in this segment – Oliver’s team spending the least time in the pits, 67 seconds compared with 112 seconds for Team Six. That difference could be worth five or six laps. Slick pit work does make a difference.
Segment Three: 60 minutes
We threw some weather changes into the mix for the final twenty minutes – the track starting dry, with rain turning it damp and then wet. But when those changes would happen was anyone’s guess. The teams would have even more data to process and strategy would be vital. The rain came after eight minutes and teams switched from Hard tyres to either Intermediates or full Wets. Leading the way after ten minutes was Alex’s Team One, running a lap ahead of Ryan’s Team Two and Daniel’s Team Five – all three on the Inters. Three laps back were Jerome’s Team Four and Oliver’s Team Three on Wets. Harry’s Team Six were another two laps adrift, also on Wets.
By the next pit stop, the track had got wetter and all the teams had switched to
Wet tyres. With low tyre wear, pit stops would be fuel-
Huge congratulations to Ryan, Mike, Graham and Charlie on their win. Charlie is not
the first racer to win on debut, but it is a pretty special feeling. Team photos
and medal presentation completed, it was time for Trans-
Harry, Alan and Daniel departed, leaving us one driver short for eleven pairs. Finally, we managed to twist Ed’s arm to have a go. He partnered Simon in the Brut Boss Mustang. New on the grid was Dean’s black and silver 1969 Camaro, which he shared with Alex. Otherwise, the rest of the cars were familiar – seven Camaros, two Mustangs and two Javelins. In terms of slot car manufacturers, nine Scalextric and two Pioneers.
The first ten-
The second qualifier was rather more chaotic and lower-
The mad five-
If any extra spice was needed, we added some weather changes to the feature race.
The track was wet at the start and forecast to dry out by the end. Graham was first
away, but an early off dropped him to third, behind Ryan’s Camaro and Ash’s Javelin.
Jerome jumped the start and the stop-
By now, the rain had stopped, but the track was still wet. When the sun came out – about a minute before the driver change – the track started to dry rapidly. Did anyone notice this? John had already changed to Intermediates at the first stop and was lapping quickly. At the driver change, Andy and Alex S both fitted Inters, but both Alex F and Oliver gambled with Hards. Mike took Intermediates, Peter staying on Wets. Yet, with four minutes still to go, the track was nearly dry.
Oliver held a decent lead over Mike, with Alex S third, Alex F fourth and Andy just behind in fifth. With two and a half minutes left, Oliver made what would be his final pit stop, gifting the lead to Mike, who would pit the next lap. Oliver changed to a new pair of Hard tyres and Mike staying on the same pair of Inters to save a big chunk of time in the pits. After those stops, Mike held a slim lead of Oliver, Alex S was two laps back, with Andy fighting off John a further two back. Meanwhile, Peter had huge car troubles, the bonnet had come off the Camaro earlier in the race and everything underneath was sounding rougher and rougher.
The final minute was intense – Mike hanging on out front with Oliver snapping at his heels as his Intermediate tyres wore out and his braking points got longer and longer. If Oliver could keep calm and focused, it was only a matter of time before he’d get past. The pass finally happened with about twenty seconds to go… Mike’s tyres were in the red and fuel down to 17%. With Alex a long way back, Mike coasted it round to finish second. In fact Alex S was nearly caught by Andy and Alex F’s battle – a late pit stop for the Ferrigno Camaro dropping them to fifth at the line.
The were celebratory scenes at the end of the race, Oliver and Ryan utterly delighted by their win – which was hugely deserved after an almost flawless performance in both the qualifying heat and the final. Their driving and strategy was the best on the night.
And that was it – the end of one of the best Worthing Digital Wednesdays so far.
Huge congrats to all our winners and a big thanks to everyone for coming along and
making it such a fun and competitive evening of racing. Special thanks goes to the
We’re back for another Digital Wednesday next month – on 19 February.