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Although we were competing with a rare spell of good weather, Andy Murray playing at Wimbledon and Wales meeting Portugal at the Euros, there was a healthy nineteen racers at the Barn for some WHO Mod racing.
We welcomed Colin and Nye for their first WHO races. Colin had an AFX set as a kid, so stumbling across the club was a pleasant surprise. Nye is a budding engineer and the little HO cars might well become a perfect hobby...
We started the heats without Mike D, who was due to arrive late after he'd got Ned ready for a school trip to Naples and Rome. It would be a 3am start, so no racing for Ned this time. That left us with Corey, Alex and Nye battling for the junior medal.
Nye and Colin would be joined by Ash to race the Life Like club cars for surely the
very last time. They'd be in the Tuners sub-
Simon had designed a fast looking track that used every 15-
It was such a good racing track that many racers put aside the mantra of "don't race, concentrate on getting your best score" and enjoyed some exciting and very close racing in the heats.
At half way, John lead the way, followed by Neal, Corey and Tony. Mike D had missed
his first heat and turned up just in time to race his second, leaving him in last
place. Hayley was best of the Tuners, Corey top junior, Alex top (and only) under-
Often nothing much changes in the second half of the heats, although racers tend
to get faster and less crashy. This time, Mike D put in some cracking scores and
went from last to first, his twenty-
With the heats over, Andy Murray victorious and Wales two-
The F final saw Alex take on the three Life Like club cars. It should have been no
contest with Alex running a lexan Super-
Alex stepped up into the unfavoured yellow lane in the E final. He'd join Mike Mc, Richard and Andy, the latter two battling for third place in Tuners. Mike's modified Turbo was spruced up and quick, but poor heats had let him down again. So would this be another climb up the field? It certainly looked like it with a relatively comfortable victory, although a fast and very tight Tuners battle left Richard only just over a lap back. Alex had a crashy race, but almost caught Andy at the chequered flag, all four cars covered by two laps.
If Mike's first final had been closer than expected, he certainly hooked everything up in the D final, winning with the best score in yellow of any of the finals. Keeping him honest was the battle for the Tuners prize, Duncan and Hayley pushing each other hard and with Duncan prevailing by just under a lap. That left Simon a disappointed fourth, his Viper just not having the speed nor the road holding it needs to be a front runner. Back to the drawing board...
Mike's rise was halted in the C final. Both he and Stephen were eclipsed by an astonishing
battle between Neil and Deborah. Neil was stuck on the line, but was soon back in
the race, overtook Mike's Turbo and set off in pursuit of Deborah's Viper. Deborah
and Neil traded fast times and Neil very slowly closed the gap. It looked very close
coming down to the wire, but as the power turned off and the cars came to rest, it
was Deborah's car ahead by exactly one car's length or just under three-
Up in the B final, John seemed confident that he had a workaround for his car problems
The race settled into a very clear pattern early on with Tony and John running at
an identical pace and Keith trying to hang on a little over a second back. John lead
the early stages, then Tony took over for the middle of the race, handing back to
John with about thirty seconds to go -
Even without John, the A final was looking very tasty. Corey, the Mod winner last time out took on last year's WHO Mod champ Tony, the reigning club champion Mike and our 2015 Rookie of the year Neal. It was Neal's best WHO Mod qualifying and on the evidence of the heats, it was the Bognor man who looked most likely to challenge Mike. Not unusually for an A final, it was a scrappy start and Mike was gifted a lead that it would be difficult to claw back. Neal was desperate to get back on terms with the leader, but the added pressure was too much and he lost more ground. Eventually, it was Corey who got into a rhythm and laid down some scorching laps, including the quickest of the race.
However, Mike was long gone. His race was very nearly flawless and he stretched his
lead over Corey to three laps by the end, setting the highest score of the day -
So on a night of ups and downs, triumphs and tragedy, it's huge congratulations to
Mike D on his win; Corey on his second place, fastest lap and junior medal; Alex
for the top under-
Massive thanks to everyone who made it such an excellent evening at the Barn, especially
to the set-
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