I've hardly been a regular in the opening quarter of 2012, but enjoyed some great races when I have... although I've also been a bit perplexed as to how I've managed to bin a good result in new and inventive ways. So here's a summary of the classes we've been running.
Class for Sebring chassis and skinny motors, no magnets. My AC Cobra remains evil, spinning its tyres in true Cobra fashion at the slightest whiff of throttle - and this with 12g of lead in (as much as can be shoehorned in). Still, it has been competitive. Messy, but competitive. The Ford Mk.IV remains the car to have, however.
Lotus and Caterham 7s
My 'Team Lotus F1' livery replaced the Team Rizla Suzuki colours that it came with, and one thing's for certain: this was a quick car. Both Chris and myself bought these last year and they seem to have an edge in power and grip over the older Sevens for some reason. Most times mine was first or second, and for some reason I threw it off the track far less often.
Modern LM GT
With magnets in, there are few cars to touch the pace of Fly's good old Viper, especially in later guise with the 27k Racing motor up front and that big powerful magnet holding it all together. However the wobbly stub axles have been my undoing. I only managed one clean race, the rest of the time one of the fronts would work loose, snag on the wheel arch and tip the car into a violent departure from the scene. The Scalextric Aston Martin DBR9 and TVR 400 are the closest to the Fly Viper on pace, albeit some way back, but they tend to pick up places when the Vipers throw themselves at the scenery.
Modern 4x4 Modern Rally
With the magnets removed, Ninco still rules the roost when it comes to rally cars. We've got some odd interpretations of 'modern' - 1997 Subaru, 1991 Escort Cossie - but it's all academic. The Mitsubishi Lancer is the preferred option, although my Citroen C4 could more than hold its own. Personally I'm struggling a bit for consistency, but the car's certainly up for the cup.
Once again it's a Ninco-fest in this class, with the 2WD Schlesser Buggy head and shoulders above the 4WD opposition. To try and prevent yet another class becoming effectively a one make formula I opted for the Avant Slot Mitsubishi Lancer, with its harder suspension, drop arm that can be screwed in place and real 4x4 with two pinions/spur gears. In testing the car looked mighty, but in race trim it took too long too get up speed and then lose it for the next bend, so Ninco prevailed.
For this class I went to the 'dark side' and got an NSR Audi R18 in kit form, which I then painted up. Once again NSR's combination of brilliant mechanicals and ludicrous proportions came good: both Avant Slot's previously dominant Audi R10 and the Slot.It RAW Audi R8C looked decidedly tame next to the steroid-enhanced sharky thing in their midst.
Group B Rally
Soon to be renamed the MSC class, as nothing else comes close to the silky, sideways nature of their RS200 and 6R4. Sadly my 6R4 arrived with the gears refusing to mesh, and without the tools to fix them I've resorted to other offerings. The Fly Audi Quattro proved remarkably effective against such vaunted 'performance led' technology. Still last, but closer than you'd think. Meanwhile my TeamSlot Renault 5 jumped around like a freshly-landed trout, deafening everybody with the graunch of its cogs until the gears stripped themselves faster than Tulisa in front of her boyfriend's handicam.
Super Magnet F1
Not a class I enjoy too much. Fortunately on the nights I was attending we seldom got to run it, as with 10+ racers it's easy to run out of time. I'm told that the car to have is the Renault R23 with a big magnet and the standard Mabuchi motor rather than the nasty skinny MotoGP motor. However I got a good deal on the skinny-motored Renault R24 in 2006 colours - cracking looker - and lo and behold, did rather well. Having done nothing more technical than remove it from the box, the R24 notched up an encouraging number of wins, only denied a clean sweep when the Mercedes GP that I was about to lap fell off and took me out.
All in all, I haven't really been at the club often enough to know whether or not either my preparation or driving skills are improving. There seem to have been more wins each time, but my scores stay rooted in the midfield - meaning too many non-finishes.
We're now moving to a new three month season and I'm having to miss the first third of it through work! Still, I'm looking forward to getting back and to a lot of classes that are familiar from last year:
Super Magnet F1 - carried over from this quarter: can the Renault keep its early form?
Ninco GTR - NC1 heaven but if you haven't got a McLaren F1 GTR you might as well go home!
Classic Hornby GP - Looking forward to this. With magnet out I'm hoping the Ferrari 375 can stomp the little FF motor cars
F2 Rally - Modern 2WD. I've got a Ninco Clio, which used to set the pace, but the PowerSlot VW Polo looks the favourite
Auto Art Supercars - It's now legal to swap the wheels, tyres, axles, pinion and crown gear. So into the unknown we go!
Revell Long wheelbase - I've gone for a Mercedes 220, but expect hordes of 1960s NASCARs to contend with!
Muscle - Playing it safe with the Scalextric Corvette, but will the Pioneer and SCX cars shake up the order?
SCX SRS2 LM - Also known as the Jaguar XJR14 one make class. So who's the best at fettling???
I found a Fly Kit version of the venerable C5.R going for pennies last year, and added some Patto's decals to it before putting it away. I kept the body in its white finish rather than painting it yellow, and finally found a couple of hours to assemble it today. The result? Well... I like it, but testing it against my Fly Viper reveals that it doesn't have half the grip of its littler muscle car sister.
Still - it's great fun to blast around the track. And a nice father/son memento of the Earnhardt clan in action.
Quite a layoff from the club since the autumn, due firstly to a lack of work and therefore slot club funds, then by an overdose of work and a trip to Dubai each side of Christmas. Quite what's in store for 2012 remains a mystery, but meantime I got back to the club in time for the second 'own cars night' for the new season. Seven fresh classes and one carried over from the final quarter of 2011 brings a lot of variety - and healthy numbers turning out too!
Carried over from the last quarter, this brings together the Sebring chassis cars with skinny FF motors and no magnets. My own car is the AC Cobra reviewed elsewhere on the Forum, and after a few months I've got the car and my driving style somewhere close to where they need to be. The ideal cars to have remain the Chapparal and Ford Mk.IV - although Graham's Porsche 904 is running very sweetly. The Cobra remains a fairly untamed beast by comparison, with precious little grip and manic powerslides, but it's not far off the pace and I managed to squeak a win in the last heat after everyone fell off.
Verdict: I really am not a fan, but after a long layoff anything's fine with me!
Scalextric Caterham/Lotus 7
Last time I really failed to get to grips with this class with my repainted Team Lotus F1 car. Team Lotus is now Team Caterham but the livery is the same, and for some reason something else has changed too - I've finally got on top of the little chap's handling. Each of my four races brought a lights-to-flag win and my first ever 16 point maximum score. It was clear that the night wasn't going to get much better - maybe the whole season - but what the heck, it was a memorable moment!
Verdict: as good as it gets, although I've no idea why!
Modern 4WD Rally
My Avant Slot Peugeot remains in pieces from a rebuild and my Ninco Citroen C4 is still being reliveried, so I opted for a Ninco Peugeot 307 that I bought for spares. As last time, the Ninco Mitsubishis are the most consistent performers, while the Avant Slot Peugeots and Subarus are the more exciting. My 'bitsa' Peugeot has quite soft springs in and dug in on tight corners, tipping me out of three races. Fourth race brought a win, however - and a determination to get the C4 back on the track ASAP!
Verdict: Plenty of competitive options - I just need to get one running!
A class I've long wanted to have a go at, and have had a Fly Viper stashed away for that very purpose. This is one of the few classes in which we run magnets and the Viper is one of the best, thanks to a low floor, massive magnet and front motor layout featuring the 28k Racing unit. However, with no time to fettle the car before the race night I simply took it off the plinth for the first time in its life and gave it a run - with the result being four no finishes! A lot has been written and said about the sloppy stub axles on Fly front motored cars, and all of them are true. My front wheels wobbled both up and down and back and forth, fouling on the inside of the body and causing a lurch which, at magnet-enhanced cornering speeds, resulted in some spectacular 'offs'. Adrian and Gareth ran their Vipers with great success, while the many Scalextric Aston DBR9s ran them close - as did Alec's rocket-assisted Scalextric TVR.
Verdict: The Viper is certainly one of the best cars to have, but it needs careful handling.
At this stage I ran out of cars, having sold a lot before Christmas to cover presents and with my LMPs currently residing with Milan Tomasek awaiting relivery. So it was time to beg, borrow, steal - and learn!
Starting out with the Ninco Mitsubishi Lancer raid car proved that there's a world of difference between the fastest and the rest. And this one is at the wrong end of the scale. Two fairly rubbish outings with this car before it was required elsewhere meant a change to Jamie's Schlesser. Wow! Two good races capped by a win - no wonder these are the most popular and numerous in the club!
Verdict: 2WD and wide, low stance makes the Schlesser the car to have.
With my Ninco Lightning Acura still somewhere in Bratislava being repainted it was time to beg, borrow and steal some cars again to have a run. The club has a pair of Fly Panoz's to use - which reveal what a Fly car is like without magnets. Slipping and sliding along with my yellow teatray was entertaining in a way, although getting lapped by the Avant Slots and Slot.Its was less so. In a no-mag class the Avant Audis and Pescarolos seemed to have the edge at Farnham, although Alec's Slot.It RAW Audi R8C was more than up to the challenge and produced some lovely races. I borrowed Jamie's Avant Audi for two races, pitching in with a second and a third.
Verdict: Really lovely racing: mag-free, smooth and speedy. If only every class was as enjoyable!
Group B Rally
I didn't bring my MSC Metro 6R4 as I had mislaid my toolkit and had yet to get the magnet out or oil it. This left me scratching around for cars again, with the discovery that this is now a class that MSC dominates. No other makes came close, and in the last round I was able to borrow Norm's 6R4 which gave me a win. Looking forward to getting my car fettled now!
Verdict: I want to give my Team Slot Renault 5 Turbo a whizz, but the form book is all about those deliciously driftable 6R4s and RS200s.
Super Magnet F1
This was another class I failed to gel with last time, and as I've sold all my F1s it wasn't going to be a great class. Fortunately there were 12 people on show so we had to skip this class after running out of time - but now the rule change means that we'll have to run it first in a fortnight.
Verdict: Didn't miss not running them!
Results: 28 races, 9 wins, 72 points (ave. 2.57 points per race) 6th out of 12
‘Lane cars night’ brought a strong turn-out of 10, with Gareth and Lawrence rejoining the fray and Alex and James making a half-term outing. It was the Alec and Jamie show, however, with a predictable amount of banter going on between the pair, who were separated by a point with one class to go.
That last class was like the last scene in Rocky, with our pair of daring race aces repeatedly tripping over their throttle fingers, which only added to the entertainment, while Gareth and Lawrence were in close company for third.
With Graham having gone down with man-flu the next gaggle was headed by Norm on a very strong night and young Will, returned from university (although Alec still insists it was three years at Her Majesty’s pleasure) and is already right on the pace in most classes. Then came Chris, who shaded me by a point, and finally James and Alex.
The downhill trend in my results carried on unabated, even with several classes in the mix that usually work out OK. Record low scores and no wins with the Slot.It Porsches, Fly Quattros, Sloter Lolas, Power Slot Quads put me at the back of the field and the rest of the night kept me there - when the Carrera Enzos are a strong class you know you're in trouble!
I was OK for pace, having a few brilliant little dices with Jamie, Alec, Gareth and Lawrence through the night, but seldom getting to the finish. No ‘feel’ for what was going on seems to be the problem, whether I was running fast or slow I just didn’t get my head around the track and so usually wandered off into the scenery.
32 races, 4 wins, 59 points (ave. 1.84 points per race) 8th out of 10.
Practice some more.
James T, the man responsible for encouraging me to take part at Farnham, returned to the fray after more than 6 months away through work – and won! Oh how the other long-standing members rejoiced at his reappearance!
While James strutted his stuff with Adrian and Alec in hot pursuit, Jamie seems to have recovered his mojo somewhat. Graham’s pace and confidence is right up there with the other old hands now, and with Paul remaining the most consistent finisher, Norm now well and truly on the pace and Alec’s son Will joining us on a regular basis it’s a battle for every point.
Add the missing Gareth, Lawrence and Jim to the equation and the squeeze will really be on!
All this left me and Chris battling not to be last. It was a good clean fight and on pace Chris had me cold, but I got lucky with falling off a fraction later than him in a couple of races.
F1 with or without pants
A little bit more fettling of the March 721 brought dividends in practice, with an 11.67 second lap – 1.5 seconds better than my previous best with the car. In the first heat a lovely little three-way dice with Jamie’s Cartrix Lancia-Ferrari and Alec’s feisty little BRM fell in my favour – but then it all went a bit pear-shaped. Suddenly I was lapping back in the mid-13 second sector and losing out horribly to the flying Tyrrells and the Cartrix, logging a second, third and last place.
Small Wheel Saloons
A rootle through the parts box saw a new and straight rear axle added to the Escort. A leap in performance duly followed, but nothing like enough of a leap to contend for victories. Seven points from four races saw the slide setting in.
The Flyslot Grande Punto lined up alongside some of the usual suspects – Ninco Clio, Saxo and Punto, SCX Suzuki and SEAT Ibiza – plus an outbreak of Power Slot VW Polos. The little Polos waltzed off into the distance like NSR cars in a classic race. Alec questioned whether they’re legal or not, with an anglewinder motor, but they are. Watching them going round with their motors sucking them to the rails was a bit like the debut of the ground-effect Lotus in F1. My Punto meanwhile renewed its initial tendency to trip up over its front wheels in S-bends. The reason: I’d had the body off in the week and did the body screws fully tight. Amazing what a difference it makes – although it was academic really once the Polos came out to play.
Jamie brought out his old SCX truck, while the rest of us stuck with Fly. Jamie’s choice looked good – trading less power for lighter weight and better handling – but ultimately it was a lottery. I managed to win one race by default, but with three more last places.
Ninco NC1 GTRs
To be competitive in this class you need to have a McLaren. I gave the Porsche GT1 another run and my best lap was 1.2 seconds off the pace, catching second place in one heat after a pile-up while being accused of taking a Sunday afternoon drive. With most heats seeing all the cars reach the finish, going flat-out for 10 laps to achieve last place, a lap behind, is not the most enjoyable sensation!
SRS2 Le Mans
Once again, there’s only one car to have in this class: the Jaguar XJR-14. Having a Mazda 787b means hunting for scraps. Best finish was third.
Fly 1960s Le Mans
At last there was some cause for hope. This was the first time we’d run this class and marked the debut of my little Porsche 906. Acceleration and braking were among the best, but lack of testing showed weakness in my setup – no weight over the front. Watching the car you just knew at some point she was going to understeer out of the slot and she never failed to do so – but with a little bit more weight, I think this little bug will give those big Ferraris a fright.
We didn’t have time to run it – thank God. In pre-race practice James showed a phenomenal amount of grip and composure with his Ford Mk.IV, while the Cobra went sideways a lot and spun its wheels the length of the main straight.
28 races, 2 wins, 53 points (average 1.89 points per race). 10th out of 11.
I started the night knowing I'd got the wrong car for two classes and ended the night knowing I'd got the wrong car for four classes! The old Scalextric saloons, F2 Rally, Ninco NC1 and SRS2 results were largely out of my hands as a result, although all my cars could benefit from better fettling. It's clear that the Power Slot Polos are set for domination in F2 Rally, as seen in Slot Rally GB and which really shines through on a big, fast track. A real drop in my own performance doesn't help - the highs of last season now seem a very long time ago!
A strong turn out of 11 slot jockeys (boosted by welcome visitors James and dad Alex) heralded the start of the new season. Jexy was somewhere hot and Jim not in evidence - don't worry Jim, no NSRs this quarter! - so those of us in the midfield could hope for an extra point or six.
F1s With or Without Pants
I tried the March 721 before racing began but opted for the Tyrrell 001 for the first race, got a good start and then scythed out of the slot at the first bend, clattering into Adrian's class-leading Tyrrell 009 en route to the scenery and thereby denying his habitual 16 points. In fact 16 points were awarded - to Graham, whose black March 721 is running very nicely and a controlled display logged his first full house to deserved applause while Alec showed that a well-honed BRM without pants can still be a mighty runner in the class and Lawrence debuted his freshly-restored Ligier.
Verdict: I got a couple of wins and a distant second to the Ligier... time to fit new braids to my March, I think.
The little Fly Grande Punto reviewed elsewhere made a brilliant start in its first heat, only to trip up halfway round the first lap. It doesn't have the same grunt as the Ninco Clios and that shows, but it corners brilliantly and pulled back some of the points lost in the first heat. Of course it's not a Super 1600 or an F2, and I sense a committee debate on whether to rename this simply modern 2WD Rally is in the offing.
Verdict: Lightweight Punto can get grumpy in S-bends, but when it works it's great.
Small Wheel Saloons
Wibbly wobbly old Scalextric class - in which my Escort was about the wobbliest of all. Several onlookers thought I had a loose tyre, but it was just running a bit 'lumpy'. Took a bit of my over-cautious ballast out after the first heat, improving the pull but making cornering more nervous. Class of the field was between Adrian's Mini, Alec's Datsun 260Z and Lawrence's Capri.
An all-Fly class, in which I was heartened to see that the weight I'd put in my Mercedes seemed to be about right in terms of how much and where it had been wedged. Rocketed off the line in the first heat and got about a quarter of a lap over everyone else on the first lap, at which point delusions of grandeur were shattered by going straight on. Everyone else with experience of these mosters knows that the sprung guide is under a LOT of pressure from these things and prone to waving the white flag on a regular basis. In the second heat I'd just been overtaken for the lead when we both deslotted at once. Same thing in reverse in the third heat, earning me a 'lucky four'. In the final heat I was in second place of two survivors, so decided to give it the full moo to try and catch up - remarkably the truck stayed on the track and got a second win.
Verdict: Pay attention to the guide and don't get carried away!
Ninco NC1 GTRs
There are times when I get it hopelessly wrong, and turning up with the only non-McLaren in the class was a bit of a giveaway. The Porsche went beautifully and had a lovely scrap for several laps with Graham's West McLaren, but ultimately I couldn't hold on to the three-seat supercars with my pretty GT1. So a mortgage may be required to get an NC-1 McLaren.
Verdict: Reminded me of when I campaigned a Lister Storm in Fly GTs at Oxford - took me 18 months to get a lucky win back then!
Thank goodness I'd done a few cosmetic updates on the Mazda, as there was a sea of orange and green in this class. Yet those in the know looked past the cheap toy looks of the Jaguar and had clearly got the better race car of the two. A promising class, though - and a real joy to drive.
Verdict: Lovely little cars, all of them. Just need to catch the Jags.
That was it as far as the racing went. A bit of a late start and lots of racers meant that the classes took too long to get through to the MRRC Sebring and Fly Classic Le Mans. Adrian prevailed over Alec by the narrowest of margins while Graham held out from a charging Lawrence for third. With the midfield now very closely bunched, Paul just pipped me to fifth while I just edged Norm out from sixth after Jamie had to dash before the last class of the night with Chris keeping in front of Alex and James.
24 races, 6 wins, 60 points (ave 2.5 per race) 6th out of 11
Formula 1 'With or Without Pants'
The last class from the previous season gets carried over to the start of the new season, meaning there will be plenty more slow and sideways action leading up to Christmas. Although the rules have become less defined, giving scope for anything from Cartrix 1950s cars and even Scratchbuilds if you want (it's now a class for any F1 without a magnet, provided that it's not powered by a Mabuchi can motor or an SCX post-1980s), I'm sticking to my Seventies cars.
SCX Vintage Tyrrell 001: Smooth delivery from its age-old Triang motor and lovely drifting in the corners makes it the first choice
Scalextric March 721: Wide rear track and new tyres give it an edge in cornering but it's a persistent rough-runner
Scalextric BRM P160 and Shadow DN1a: My reserve cars 'without pants' are reliable but a bit tippy on their fresh new rubber.
Formula 2 Rally
Putting my money where my mouth is after the glowing review, I'm running my Fly Grande Punto. Not a Super1600 as per the original class description, but a modern 2WD slot rally car to go up against the ranks of Ninco Clios and Puntos and hordes of SCX SEAT Ibizas, Suzuki Swifts and Citroen C2s.
Small Wheel Saloons
Another class for 1970s Scalextric cars - and with the likes of the SCX Fiat Abarth now banned it's purely for Scalextric. I've gone for the Mk.1 Escort, but it's a tippy litle thing that requires enormous amounts of ballast.
Class of carnage, I have no doubt. This is the Fly truck with its 27k motor running without magnets on a track with no brakes. Survival of the fittest, methinks.
Ninco NC1 GTRs
A choice of thre cars only - Ferrari F50, McLaren F1 GTR and Porsche 911 GT1. I've gone for the Porsche because it's relatively affordable compared to the collectors' favourite, the McLaren (and the Ferrari looks awful). Should be a very close class with one of the most treasured motors in slot racing, the long-lamented NC1.
A choice of two cars - the Mazda 787b and Jaguar XJR-14. I've opted for the Mazda because it's just about in proportion to the 1:1 car, while the Jag looks a bit charicatured.
MRRC Sebring Sports Cars
Not a class that inspires confidence for me: whizzy skinny can motors and MRRC gears, which I've never managed to get running nicely, on a big track with no brakes does not sound like fun. However the cars are pretty and the new Cobra is the prettiest of all, so whatever will be will be.
Fly 1960s Le Mans
A curious class in which only pre-1970 Fly Classics are eligible. So no Porsche 917s or Ferrari 512s are allowed. A bargain bin price on the Playboy-liveried Porsche Carrera 6 sort of made my choice for me, and I'm very happy how she runs at home. We'll see what the other guys are bringing! We're going to be racing these ones right through until March, so choice is important...
Two weeks on domestic duties while Mrs. 8 convalesced from surgery meant that I missed the last chance to run my own cars for this quarter and felt like a bit of a new boy upon return. A full house of 11 runners on club car night as well - not easy.
For some reason the cars I'm more confident with like the Fly March 761s and the Sloter Lolas just didn't pan out, while the ones I traditionally don't get on with - Ninco Gallardos in particular - brought a few wins.
Almost recorded my first full house of '16' for a class but when this was pointed out - loudly - by all concerned I predictably binned it on the first lap of my last heat.
It was snakes and ladders night for most of us while Alec and Jexy hogged the lion's share of the points on offer, with myself hanging onto Lawrence's coat tails in a battle for third for most of the night... until the final class.
A disastrous final quartet of races netted just six points, and allowed Norm, Jamie, Graham and Neil to get past in the final round-up of the season. Norm also deservedly took the newly-inaugurated 'Biggest Improvement' award by a hair's breadth from Paul - this is unofficially renamed the QI Cup as most of us seem to have minus scores like Alan Davies.
28 races, 5 wins, 67 points (ave 2.39 per race) 8th out of 11.
So, my second three month season ended. Although I only made it to nine race nights, compared to 11 the first quarter, there was a net improvement, rising from an average seventh place on the night in my first season to fourth on the night in my second, with average scores per race rising from 2.25 to 2.47. In short: more wins but also more silly mistakes!
Spending more time prepping my cars - cleaning, oiling, trueing the wheels and tyres, getting the gear mesh right and balancing the weights better in the chassis - all played a big part. The only class that I couldn't get a handle on was 4x4 Rally, due to relying too heavily on the Avant Slot Peugeot which simply had one issue after another. If I'd have used the Ninco Citroen I think the results would have been consistent rather than the occasional win and lots of mechanical failures.
With Graham now fully on the front-running pace of the old hands at the club, Norm adjusting to the Farnham style of racing from Pinewood, Neil coming on strong and Paul's consistency being matched by a real dose of pace in the second half of the season it's getting enormously competitive - let's see what the last quarter of 2011 brings!
Early in the year, when I came back to slotting, I intended to build a car to enter Slot Rally GB - a Fly Alfa Romeo 147 converted to rally trim with Campari sponsorship. It didn't get built - or at least finished - and with a week to go before the Farnham Summer Stages I doscovered that several key parts had gone missing.
As a result I scratched my head, looked in the parts box and found a rather tired-looking Scalextric Porsche GT3 - Stig version - which I bought for pennies on eBay to put the wheels on my 'Intimidator' Camaro.
Striping what little tampo there was, pulling out the interior and refitting the axles with Fly 911 Fuchs wheels on the first night, I then put the spare Rally GB decals on her and fitted a lexan interior. With a bit or weight to help get some bite on the track she's by no means the fastest Rally GT ever built, but I'm rather fond of her now, resplendent with Salma Hayek's Campari calendar pose on the bonnet!
The smaller Fly wheels help give her an extra kick on acceleration, while keeping the fronts out of harm's way over the bumps to prevent needless deslots. I was amazed to find that she could get around Lawrence's mountain track without grounding out, so maybe she could be a useful rally performer one day.
Over the winter I'm going to try a few additional mods, find a new rear wing and perhaps give her a full run-out in the 2012 Slot Rally GB!
A cracking night's racing with Mr.M joining us once again. No Alec, Lawrence, Adrian or Gareth but Jamie always gives a good guide to whether or not you're running well.
In Mr.M's case - definitely! A resounding victory.
In Graham's case - absolutely! His style of going just fast enough in the early stages and then putting on a final spurt is like Fangio in his prime.
Then came the scrap between Jamie, Paul and self for the last spot on the podium. Paul started brightest, Jamie and I equally rubbish, then improving, then I handed the initiative to Jamie in the Carrera Hot Rods but he fell off twice in the last class. My second podium - by a gnat's whisker!
Scalextric Starter Cars - Off to a predictable 9 point start with the Astra-shaped tupperware
Scalextric Ferrari F430s - More impact resistant shenanigans, magnets removed, one win and lots of slithering. 11 points.
Ninco karts - Now renamed 'Ooh!' as that's the noise we all make when they deslot at random. Two wins, however. Oooh! 11 points!
Spirit BMW 2002s - Usually a good class for me. Tonight a dismal failure - 6 points in total. Beyond miserable.
Sloter Opel Corsas - Usually a good class for me. Three wins and the curse of 'Nick's on for 16' duly delivered a first corner flip! 13 points.
Powerslot quad bikes - Three more wins! And another last place to scupper my clean sweep! 13 points!
Carrera Hot Rods - nasty, mean-spirited German tupperware going the wrong way round the track. 8 points.
Ninco Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas - I love them. They gave me 13 points. And third place. Yay!
32 races, 11 wins, 85 points (average 2.66 per race), 3rd out of 7
Verdict: Never thought I'd be thankful for quad bikes!
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