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It looked like we would have 9 of us for round 5, but Tim became unwell and had to sit for a while before heading home, get well soon Tim. So it was 8 racing in forwards direction.

Jim kicked off with Golfs, we seem to have some new cars to strengthen this well used but rather worn stable, at least one of these is a bit slow, but seems to keep up OK. Jim's pick - Jim's win, so business as usual - not quite as he shared top honours with Wez. Somehow I was runner up, all this set the agenda for the night.

Tony picked 512, didn't do well, Jim won with 30 and I was runner up.

Skylines are tricky beasts, why I picked them I do not know, perhaps I felt sorry for them. Tony won with 32 followed by Jim them Wes. They did me no favours and also Alex who generally is pretty quick succumbed to the evenings lowest score.

At the break Jim was well in the lead with 90, only Wes was anywhere near on 82. We chatted about the BTCC from Snetterton, where Wes and Kate watched some great racing and just about survived the ghastly weather. I may have spelled "Snetterton" incorrectly but the spell checker is suggesting only "Testosterone", how does that work?

Jason chose Nascar, they gave him his best score of 20. Jim won on 32 with Wes not far behind. Keith had a terrible class, we all tried hard not to laugh in case he took it to heart.

Keith tried Ninco F1, he did Ok sharing runner up with Jim and me, 32 gave Wes the win.

A win for Jim with 147, but Wes was not far away on 142, I took Clubman with 116. Next round we be in reverse direction on 13th August. Points are here.
 

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Are you handing out random points now Will? 9 points for Keith? Haha, "spot the deliberate error" prize goes to me.
 

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Wow, I don't think I have ever achieved a 9 point random error before, even if it was a good week to give Keith some extra points.

Well done Peter, you have the "spot error" award for this week. :)
 

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Despite a holidaying Jim we had 9 racers including another new member. Josh who works with Wes, welcome to the madness Josh. It was also great to see Tim back and well, in fact he seemed to have had an upgrade and had some good races that he pressed to the very end. Being round 6 we circulated in reverse.

Keith's pick of GT3 could only get him a runner spot, shared with Jason of 26. Wes won easily with 34 that should have been more - or so he kept saying! Josh got his club racing off to a good start with 12 points, he was just 3 points behind Tony!

205 was a number Luke would like to forget as his pick gave him one of his lowest scores. Some close racing for some of us which finished Wes, Keith and me on 29, 28 & 27. Some of us were secretly relieved as Josh got the nights lowest score of 7.

Wes went Clio, I think they were NC2 (purple can), although one was a 206(?). As it turned out they suited Wes well and it was another win 32, with Keith and I on 27.

At the break it was all going Wes's way with his leaders 98, while Keith and I scrapped it out for runner up. Talk was of BTCC with Wes just back from Rockingham and both Wes and I with families soon off to Knockhill. Tim shared the top tech features of modern farm machinery. There was some chatter about.. https://www.slotforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=5566&page=67#entry2178037

Alex went for SRS 2, many don't go much on these but I rather like them, to me they seem very real life in the way they respond to the smooth docile controllers that many of us use. Despite Tonys' best shot at knocking me off (that ended in tears - FOR HIM) I cruised to a winning 30 with Wes and Luke following with 24s.

Tim picked the recently sorted (by him) spriteley 512, although one is still has a bit of a front end wobble (just to add extra interest). Still with my Wambulancer set on full smooth from the SRS 2 worked for me and I just managed another class win with 27, Tony had his best class with 26.

A great win for Wes with 142, but I surprised myself coming 2nd just 10 points behind, that got me the clubman win as well. It was a well deserved clap for Josh as he finished with an impressive Newbie first score of 64. Another enjoyable night with lots of good hearted banter and some close racing, due to the bank holiday next round is on September10th. Bolwextric Racing results.
 

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Just the 6 of us for the penultimate round.

Jason got the forwards direction racing off with his pic of Ninco McLaren, Jim won with 22, with 6 classes a max pos is 25, Keith next with 17.

Focus was the choice of Keith, 23 was Wes's winning score with Jim on 22.

Hornby 911 was won with 20 points by the picker, Wes, I was 2nd with 19.

Auto Art 911 was picked by Jim, tricky to drive after the Hornbys but Jim still won with 18, Wes and I shared runner up with 16 each.

At the break it was Jim ahead on 80.

I thought with 6 classes we should have at least one open wheel class and found a serviceable set of SCX F1 lurking in the pit lane. These were surprisingly close racing and there was plenty of racing in adjacent lanes. In the end Wes and Jim were both winners with 19.

Luke went for Accord, we all said what a long time it had been since we had used these, which was strange as they were for many years the mainstay of both Bolwextric Club and party racing. Some one reminded us that I used to be a bit of an Accord specialist and I could remember winning my first race ever with them (by actually racing and beating everyone, as opposed to being the only ambulance to turn up). They are a varied bunch now but I soon felt at home and was winning races. Again it was desperate close racing I got knocked out for a 1 in the last race and ended runner up with 18 behind Keith and Jim both on 20. All jolly good fun, we must pick them again.

So after a great evening of close combat it was Jim that stole the show followed by Wes 119 to 104. I won Clubman with 98. The final round with be on September 24 and the scores and archives are on the web site.
 

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The final round of this series was raced by 8 of us.

The reverse direction fun started with 512 picked by Wes, won by Keith with 32 well clear of runner up me with 26. Tony came last with 10 the nights lowest score and more than he deserved.

Golf was Jim's pick and it was another win for Keith with 29, Was and Jim were next with 25 each.

Jason got everyone groaning with his pick of 2CV, some of us think apart from the "fast" one (which seems to have disappeared) they are getting better, or we are getting used to them. 27 for Keith was enough for another win, Wes got the runner up's 26

Keith was lording it at the break with 88, Wes was best of the rest with 75.

Accords picked by Alex saw some very close racing, I was up for it but threw one away and suffered a Bolwell backhander in another so that was me done for. Tony had his only decent class to win with 30, Jim was next with 27.

Tony's pick of SCX F1 did him no favours, but did get another win for Keith with 29, Jim was a point behind.

Keith won the evening with 137, Wes was runner up on 126. I was best Clubman with 119. At the end of this series It was Jim who won with a corrected 90, followed by Wes on 84. In Clubman I won every round I raced, not sure how long I can hang on to this as a couple of young pretenders are starting to nibble at my heels. my winning 98 was followed by Jason on 78 with Luke on 60.

The final out comes and how they are worked out are on the web site, click on the archive link to see scores and classes going back for ages. The next series starts on October 8th.
 

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Discussion Starter · #267 ·
7 on the line for round 1 of series 3.

I picked my old happy hunting ground, Accord, for the first class, I didn't really put on a good show. This has become a fragmented class, with some of the old originals still soldiering on an other fresh meet still to give of their best. 4 of us shared wins but it was Wes that made the most noise with a winning 30. Luke got the nights lowest score, for him things could only get better, and they did.

Luke got close to getting double his first class score in his pick of Saxo. In the first race of the night I wasted no time in taking Jim out, and now he wasted no time in returning the compliment, this lead me to my worst class. Jim also won with 31, followed closely by Wes then Keith.
 

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Whoops, not sure what happened there, I seem to have been auto published - here be the rest-----

Ninco F1 was all Keith's fault, it didn't do him much good. Another win for Wes with 29, followed by me with 25.

By the break, Wes had a healthy lead on 87.

Wes went for Hornby 911 GT3, it wasn't a good night for pickers as he collected his worst class score. Tony score of 30 was enough for a clear win, Jim was runner up 5 behind.

Tony went all crisp packety with SRS 1, these are an acquired taste, but I like them, but not on this night as it didn't work well for me. The cars are varied with one clearly the best, hence all of us won one race each. Yet again it was Wes who somehow came up smiling with a winning 24, just a point ahead of Keith.

135 total means that Wes won this first round to take an early lead, Keith was next with 124. I took Clubman with 105, not sure I deserved the honour.

Next time we will be circulating in reverse, will Wes be able to hang on to his lead, we will find out on the 22nd. Bolwextric Racing results.
 

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Discussion Starter · #269 ·
Apology: Some of you may have noticed the top scoring racer in the on line scores has been listed as "Carrerra", when in fact, it should have been "Wes". Now corrected, this mistake was something to do with copy n' paste - sorry about that. Lucky it referred to our racer least likely to make a fuss...........

FINGERS CROSSED.

Only five of us could make the third round, we went for four centre lanes only and such was the pace of our progress we ended up racing 10 classes. With only 4 cars to find per class we broadened our horizons, with only four sometimes odd ball cars in each race we often didn't bother to re colour code the cars, given the low concentration status of many of us this led to some spectacular "watching the wrong car" turn one upsets. The huge difference within each car set gave us lesser mortals the chance to race against the greats, this was fun for us, probably annoying for them but in the end the points sorted it in predictable fashion.

Too much fun and racing for me to remember much of the evening detail which ended thus: Jim won with 123, Keith was next with 114, I managed 100 which also gave me best Clubman. Best score in class was Jim with 15 out of possible 16 in Nascar. There were several instances of 6 in class. Everyone won at least one class - there is hope for us all.

Class pickers n winners:

Luke picked Indy, Jim won with 13.

Jim, Ninco SGTC, Keith 14

Will, Fly Truck, Will 14

Jason, SCX Truck, Keith 14

Keith, Hornby BTCC, Jim 14

Break - short

Luke, Nascar, Jim 15

Jim, Carrerra Muscle, Jason 12

Will, SRS !, Luke 11

Jason, Ninco McLaren, Jim 12

Keith, Golf, Keith 14.

Bolwextric Racing results.
 

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Discussion Starter · #270 ·
Seems some of you do not know about the upcoming Farnham Challenge series of three rounds:

At Bolwextric on Monday, Nov 12th.

Farnham on Wednesday, Nov 21st.

Home Farm on Tuesday, Nov 27th.

see more detail.
 

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The dates have changed for the Interclub with Farnham:

Farnham leg will now be Wednesday 28th November and Home Farm will be Tuesday 4th December.

Meanwhile back at Manor Farm Clanfield only 4 of us could make round 4 of the Bolwextric Club. We ran the 4 middle lanes and all got to pick twice.

I will give a table of pickers, winners and top score below, but this bit is all about my evening, yes all about ME !

Bolwextric cars and reverse direction - for me that is a good start. But looking around at the competition, my "target" was not to finish last.

Chocs away and straight away I get a dreaded 1, and these docile police Golfs should be a happy hunting ground for me, surely things can only get better. Punto, another chance for me to get safely into 3rd spot, I am doing well till the last race when I chuck it all out with the bath water DOH. Things are getting dire. It is my pick, I have no choice "wheel out the Accords".

In the first race I finish third - that is not in the plan. But it turns out my first car is the slow one, so the rest of the class is happy days and despite throwing away a win I get to win the class.

In the next class I beat Keith again and so at break Jim is winning with 49 while I am second with 42, now I need to calm down.

We start off again with The worn out Ninco BM M3 from the end cupboard, this got groans of "I bloomin hate these", I actually like them and do rather well and could have won the class if I hadn't tried to win when I had the "slow" one. Like many of the classes the racing had been close with Keith, Jim and me all finishing with 11.

In SRS2 BTCC I have my worst class, meanwhile Keith wins with a clear margin, must have been his second cup of tea kicking in. Keith goes on to better me in the next class so all thoughts of a second step on the podium a driven from my mind.

In the last class it's all about Jim, who all evening never scored less than 11 in a class, he won the class with a full house of 16.

A clear win for Jim with 102, with Keith second with 85, my 80 was enough to win Clubmans. Next round is forwards on December 3rd. Bolwextric Racing results.

Keith picked Police Golf, Keith won with 14.

Jim Punto, Keith/Jim 11.

Will Accord, Will 13.

Tim Audi A5 DTM, Jim 13.

Keith Ninco BMW M3, Keith/Jim/Will 11.

Jim SRS2 BTCC, Keith 15.

Will Ninco Merc DTM, Jim 15.

Tim Ninco Healey, Jim 16.
 

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Great night racing away at Milland in the Farnham inter club challenge. Result was very close for the night and series see the relevant thread for more detail. Tim in particular was on good form, as it happened that wasn't good for us as it was a case of "Turncoat Tim". Out biggest asset was Keith.

Meanwhile all the way back to Monday evening where five of us had fantastic nights racing in Round five of the 3rd series this year. Some small upsets along the way meant that 4 out of 5 of us at some time were leading the evening. Everyone won at least 1 class. With wins in the last 2 races Keith came from nowhere for victory with 118, just a point ahead of Jim. I was the one that never lead the evening but I did finally get the better of Luke to take Clubmans.

The pickers, picks, winners and their scores for each class follow:

Keith picked Fly Trucks which was won by Luke with 12 out of a possible 16 (yes, LUKE)

Luke, Accord, Jim 13.

Will, Hornby F1, Will 14.

Jim, SCX 206, Wes 13.

Wes, Golf, Wes 14.

Keith, Ninco 911 ,Keith 14.

Luke, NC5 Clio, Jim 14.

Will, Fly 512, Jim 14.

Jim, Hornby Focus, Keith 15*.

Wes, Hornby BTCC, Keith 13.

Bolwextric Racing results.
 

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Round 6 - reverse direction racing, the welcome return of Tony, 8 racers so 5 classes using all lanes.

Keith got the ball rolling with Skyline, not a bad pick as he clocked a joint 1st with Jim both with 29.

Hornby Indy was my pick, class winner was Tony with 28, Tim came last in class with 15 despite winning a race. In my first race I knocked Jim flying at the hairpin, giving him a 1, which didn't go down well, sorry about that. It gave Wes an early chance to deploy one of his favourite phrases "BLOODY BLATANT", used in the congratulation sense rather than his default complaining!
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Keith won the next class with 30 which was Pro Truck, Jim's pick.

At the break it was Tony was just in the lead, mainly by being the only racer yet to score a dreaded 1.

It was groans all round as Tim picked 2CV, although later consensus was they were either getting better or we were getting better with them. The main fly in the ointment was the green lane offering which soon decided that life was better if it randomly jammed a front wheel into the wheel arch, causing instant decampment. Out of all this Russian roulette came Jim as the winner with just 27.

Carrera F1 was Jason's pick, the outcome of that was most of the potential winners clustered in the low 20s. Way out in front was Tony with 31, the evenings best score.

After an evening of tears and jeers it was Tony who came out tops with 139, followed by Jim with 135. I somehow managed to grab top spot of Clubman with 96.

We will not by running on December 31st, next round will be on January 14th. Seasons greeting then, your Christmas reading starts HERE.

PSSS: Forget ye not that this Thursdays NNR night has been declared a biscuit bashing special - although biscuits should be cakes, Trigger said. Which ever way you take it

- KEEEEEP MUNCHIN !
 

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7 of us were back at Bolwextric for the first chance to race with Bolwextric car sets. Tony had been getting some older sets working again, so we had some new classes to race.

Jason started us off with Caterham. a real pickers curse as he could only net 9 points, the lowest of the evening. Wes took first blood with a low winning 27, with Tony and Keith on 26. This was an evening of some spectacular wipe outs, which probably accounted for Jim's poor showing in this class.

It was business as usual with Jim winning Tony's pick of Group B with 32, the evenings best score. I had my best class, starting with a win and going on to a score of 26.

BTCC was picked by Jim and he looked on track for a high score until outrage intervened in his last race, he still took the class with 31. This was the only class in which I didn't get a win, but with no low finishes I had another good round.

At the break, despite a shaky start Jim had gone into a healthy lead with 84, 10 ahead of Wes.

I picked Carrera F1 as Tony had just bought a new car to make the class viable again. The new car had plenty of go but limited grip, which made a big contrast with the rest of the field. With just 10 points split between first and last it was a close class which Wez just won with 26, Jim and I had 24 each.

Wes picked Ibeza, I don't remember using these before but they made for some great close racing with wins shared by 5 of us. I realised I was only 3 points behind Wes and was in with a rare chance of a second place finish. I started with a win and I decided to throw Wambulance to the winds and fight for every point. I was doing well with my task until I got involved in a tussle with Wes that I had to win. It inevitably ended in tears in Wes's favour and my chance of second place glory was gone. As it happened Wes and Jim shared winning scores of 28.

Another evening won by Jim with 135, with Wes runner up with 128. I won Clubman, which means I have won every round of Clubman that I have raced so far, so there is a target for the other clubman contenders - stop me winning clubman in the last round. Introduction of some new classes has made this club's racing much more interesting and I am looking forward to that last round on the 28th. You can see the state of all the scores here.
 

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We started with 9 racers for the first round of the new series, sadly at break time Jason had to go home as he was feeling groggy. Get well soon Jason.

Tim got things rolling with Ninco 911, he was using his spare controller for a change, so instead of half a dozen knobs he was slumming it with just 2 switches, he had his best class of the night. I had a couple of wins, enough to put me in 5th place, although as I won the first race of the night it was pointed out that I was then leading not only the class but also the night the championship and the 2019 season - at that time. For me things could only get worse, which they did. Jim also had 2 wins but ended up winning the class with 26.

Wes won with 30 in Ninco F1 picked by Keith.

Nobody likes to race clunky cars, so I was suitably gratified with the large groan when I picked Skyline. Jim won with 33, which on an evening of very random sets of cars was by far the best score of the night.

At the break it was a shared lead with Jim and Keith on 80 each, Wes was within nibbling distance on 77.

Ibeza was Wes's pick and he came 2nd to Keith who won with 30.

30 was also Keith's winning score in the final class, Hornby L88 picked by Geoff. I shared 2nd place with Wes with 26, my best class of the night. In fact I finished the evening as a started - with a race win.

In the end it was Keith who took victory with 140 and he now leads the championship, followed by Wes on 130. I had a good night by my standards and had great races with just about everyone, and was pretty chuffed at coming 4th only 2 points behind Jim. In fairness Jim was a bit Lexus Lagged having just got back from a weekend slot racing in Switzerland accessed by tunnel and road. Having spent my evening battling it out with Luke, Tim and Geoff I was surprised to find I was best Clubman by a huge margin.

Next time we will be racing the circuit in reverse direction that will be on February 25th. Bolwextric Racing results.
 

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Blow it., just penned what I thought was a rather good blog about round 2, but when pressed "post" I got an error and lost the lot. I am too hungry now, and after tea I will be too tired, so I recon this concludes the round 2 blog........
 

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When I used to write long posts, I used Microsoft Word, then saved the document, before copying and pasting to slot forum. Saved a lot of grief.
 

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Peter, with hindsight you are right, something I used to myself back in the day of dodgy dial up and flaky forums. compose a long diatribe in a text program before copying on line. The added bonus being being a spell checker. But nowadays with browsers spell checking I have got blasé and in all my 500+ posts on SlotForum I have never had a problem. Perhaps I should go back to the good old days.

Main interest from the disappeared blog was with just 7 racers it was a very close night, both in racing and in how the scores progressed. By the end of the 2nd class Luke, Geoff and myself were all tied for last on 31. At the end of the 4th class the lead was shared by Keith, Jim and Tony, all on 101.

Jim won with 131, the only time he had been in sole lead, 4th placed Wes finished just 7 points away.
 

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Great to see Alex back racing, so we had 8 of us for round 3.

Tony picked Escort, this class included a brand new red car, much against expectations it proved to be the quickest by a huge margin, this caused 6 of us to get a win. The class winner mainly by dint of 3 wins was Jim with 29, Tony was a point behind.

Keith picked Dorvans, it could be I have spelt Dorvans incorrectly, I did try to look it up but the nearest I got was American horse racing called Dorvan. I think Jim said they were Daytona replicas, I am sure someone will enlighten us (and Google). Whatever, it was an ace pick for Keith as he clocked 4 wins leading on to the highest class score of the night, 32.

Accord was Geoff's pick, maybe he picked them because one of the fleet included one that used to be his. Somehow the Nipponese phalanx has been infiltrated by a couple of Audi, one of these had only two wheels but it seemed the way to go as it was by far quickest, giving wins to five of us. It was close racing in the end giving Tony and Wes a joint victory with 29 each.

At the break it was between Tony from Jim on 82/81. In clubman Luke had been leading the way, but the Audords had given me a chance to sneak ahead. Tony was bemoaning why some of his hump lanes worked well while others caused a terminal bump, even though they looked similar. Many of us thought we were lucky not to be flying in a type of craft in the news.

It was wins for 6 of us again in Carrera Muscle picked by Alex. After the carnage had subsided Tony was top with 26, Luke was 10 marks behind that, despite 2 wins he finished last, a very close spread of scores.

Clio said Luke, it was a stock car drivers choice, but not for Luke, as it was Jim who had a clear victory with the joint highest score of the night of 32.

It was that last class that sealed it for Jim, he won with 135, Tony was 2nd with 134, Wes also had a good night ending with 129. I managed to hang on to Clubman with 101, though I can feel the hounds are getting closer. Alex was last but his 58 was a handy score considering his lack of experience.

Next round is in reverse direction on March 25th. Bolwextric Racing results.
 

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Hi All, despite the footy on TV - tonight's racing is on. - See you later :)
 
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