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Who were your top two drivers of the season?
Andy Whorton1137.93%
Dave Hannington00.00%
Craig Homewood724.14%
Paul Homewood00.00%
Marc Townsend00.00%
Clive Harland00.00%
Andy Player827.59%
Mike Dadson13.45%
Lee Taylor (top rookie)13.45%
Other (please specify)13.45%
 

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PM Class selection

Things were pretty even for the afternoons.

Pro-Mod was the most popular class, with 51 'participations' (26.3%), followed by Nascar on 49 (25.3%). Both classes ran 9 times out of the 10.

Mod and LMP1 ran all 10 times, and were picked 47 times (24.2%).

Mod was the most stable class, never having less than 4 but never having more than six. By contrast Pro had 9, a record if one ignores club cars, at round 2 having not run at all at round one!

LMP1 started strongly but tailed off as the seaon wound down. Nascar had a mid-season dip, but recovered.

Round 8 saw all classes feature 5 runners.

Much more to follow.....
 

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Average attendance for the season was 21.1, a new record.

It was always a dream of mine to get the av attendance over 20, bearing in mind it started out in single figures, it feels ''right'' to do it in the 10th year.

Much more to follow, in the meantime please complete the poll and post your personal thoughts and highlights....
 

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Looking back to the start of the season I assumed that the person who would follow on from Martin Hill and win the EAHORC cup would be another member of 'the 2000 club', the select few who have sccored 2000 points or more in a single season.

Andy Whorton belonged to that club, so it should of been no surprise that he was the man to step up. I had my money on Marc Townsend, based on the previous season where he had been very strong, but it seemed Andy stepped it up a gear once the ultimate prize was up for grabs. Craig and Paul Homewood also stepped it up to take the two remaining podium places, again not that much of a suprise when one thinks about it as they had a lot more days where they were strong both halves of the day.

In the end Andy scored the most E-cup points on six of the 10 days, winning at rounds 1 and 3 before sweeping the final four rounds. He was the only driver to make all nine OW A finals he was up for, and that was the key to the season. Craig had a very strong middle to his season, getting the most E-Cup points at NSR in Andy's absence, and beating him at ECHO whilst taking his first outright OW win. Andy Player took the joint E-cup win at NSR, ushering in a much stronger second half to his season that saw him get back to form in OW and also produce a jaw-dropping WHP Pro-Mod.

John Ferrigno had his day of days at round 2, an OW win combined with a strong afternoon saw him promoted to Prem grade and score more points than anyone else. Martin himself was the only other driver to win the most E-Cup points, during his home round in December. He joins Andy W as the only guys to score 327 points in a single day.

Several drivers came close to getting the most E-Cup points of the day, including Marc and Jon Cryer.

Next season? I don't think Andy will get as many as six wins, but he is clearly going into the new season as the man to beat....
 

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Round 1

This nearly did not happen. John Ovens doing a real number on his thumb meaning we lost the Edmo venue very late on. Paul Homewood stepped up, so we raced at SCHORC instead.

We had worked through a summer break during which the disadvantage the Tyco faced in OW was a hot topic, so it was ironic and funny to see one grab fourth place overall! Andy W took a comfortable OW win, but Mike Dadson and Paul Rose has shown very strong form for relative HO rookies.

LMP1 got off to a flying start, 7 entries and Andy and Marc putting on a great battle for the win, with the former edging it.

Paul got his campaign to follow his son as Mod champion of to the best possible start, and Dave H took another Nascar win. Robin Cornwall ran him closest, at this stage of the season Paul W was well down the field.

Pro-Mod did not run at all, jitters from Deane and Marc forcing Craig H and Clive to scatter to other classes....
 

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Round 2

This round sticks in my mind because Andy W had one of his early lap wobbles in the OW A final. He still had a very strong day, but it left an opening for anyone who could get their act together for round 3 to put pressure on him. It also allowed John Ferrigno to sneak a very impressive win and join the ranks of Prem grade drivers.

Dave and Paul H took their customary PM wins, but Jon Cryer was on fire to dominate ProMod, and Rob Lees took a superb LMP1 win as Andy had more drama.
 

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Round 3

This round saw the début of the awesome™ permanent track in Chatham. I was so cool to hear people saying 'this track is amazing' and 'I love that section' and to be practising with big grins on their faces.

There was a great build-up to the meeting on SF, you could tell everyone was buzzing about the new venture.

Andy Whorton took the first ever win on the track, winning OW ahead of Marc and a flying Darren McHarg (who took the first pole on the track).

Afternoon winners were Rob Lees in LMP1 after an excellent scrap with Gareth and an out of character meltdown from Andy despite being on pole, an amazing almost dead-heat for Craig and Clive in Pro-Mod, Robin finally taking the Nascar win so long promised, and Paul H edging Mod after Al had comfortably taken pole. The fact so many pole sitters did not when suggested the four lanes all gave good shots at victories.

The day ended with a group photo being taken, now framed and proudly hanging on the HONK clubroom wall.
 
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