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We managed 7 racers for the final round, after a short wait while troops mustered we ran through the full 5 classes and finished well before 10pm.

Picks were: Police Golf (with full on Blues), Pajaro, Austin Healey, Ninco DTM and Ninco F1. Racing was hot with lots of out of slot action, I didn't start well so after the first class of many 1s' I decided to take it easy, tending to hang back for a couple of laps while I got the feel of each car and kept clear of early chang action, then just tried to pick off any stragglers I thought were catchable. This worked pretty well as well as I netted a few 5s' I also lucked into a win
With Tony, Jim and Ruben well up to speed in reverse direction there was no way I was going to get a "good finish", all very boring but I nearly beat Keith which would have been a bit of a scalp.

The spreadsheet threw up a glitch in the total marks allocated, this was down to Tony adding up himself an error of 10 marks in the 4th class. Before you rise up with a chorus of "cheat" he had actually done himself out of the points, it made no difference to the final placings.

Results are on the web site along with the final corrected Championship outcome and the master spread sheet. The series was comprehensively won by Jim who scored the max poss., followed Tony then Chris just 2 points apart, a good result as they both missed 2 rounds. In the Clubmans I was 30 points clear from Dicky, with Wez 3rd (he missed 3 rounds). As this was my second Clubmans win in the Bolwextric Clubmans - I have been upgraded - which just shows what you can do with an ambulance!

The next Championship starts on August 6th, it will be called "2012 Autumn".

We are a bit short on numbers so if you know anyone else who would like to join us, get them to come along, remember they do not need their own cars so this is an ideal starters series.
 

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We settle into the Autumn Champs with R2 (I missed doing a blog for R1, due to pressure of work! - well it sounds good).

Robin went for Ford Focus and they did him all right with an equal 3rd with me on 21. I started with two 5s' and this raised my hopes for the night as I had also done comparatively well against Chris in our warm ups. Four 6s' and 27 saw Jim in front with Chris snapping at his heels.

Jim picked Pajaro and for him it was service as usual with another quad 6 and a 29. This time Keith joined Chris for the "just a point behind" snapping. For me it was hopes dashed as two 1s' and a miserable 12 saw me crash out with the equal lowest class score of the night - huh!

I went for Scalex Indy, because I had a bit of luck with them on a recent Jim's night. Jim again won on 29, this time it was Tony following with and unimpressive 25. My 17 was only good enough to prop up the round equal with Robin.

At the break Jim was the only one with his head above the clouds, everyone else was in the gloom and I was crashed in the bog, Wez and Robin were nearby but I was in the deepest with 50. (Sorry about this cloudy stuff, I saw my brother in law do his birthday treat "glide" at Lasham at the weekend.)

Keith had been restoring some of the Go Karts and we managed a full set and we raced Go Karts for the first time in ages. They were a variable bunch but provided some excellent racing and a real spin of the dice. Jim finished off with a "rare 1" and this let Wez get an equal win with him both on 25. Tony did all the crashing with a tail end 16. Keith is going to try and get an even set of Karts together - that should be fun.

With a round to go Mr M was off into the distance, while I was last just a point behind Robin - huh! Chris played the Pro Truck card trick, I have done OK with these and thought perhaps I could stave off my first "last" for a long time. Jim got into the thirties for the first time, but all of a sudden Tony was HOT and just pipped that with a 32. Back in the bog it was another "HUH" for me as I equalled my previous evenings record low of 12.

At the end of a great evenings racing it was U NO WHO up top on 141, Chris had just kept in front of Tony on 114. Wez took Clubmans (he is the only one at the moment). And guess who came last - double huh!

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Round 3 and with several regulars away it was a surprise to to use all lanes, this was because of two new racers in the form of Bill and Dan. I think Bill races at Milland and Dan runs a rig on the Radio Control Track. A BIG WELCOME to them both.

Jim started us off with Healeys, and the curse was upon him, his 24 included the first of his two 1s' of the evening. But it was smiles from Wez and a very surprised me, both on 27 joint winners and this was a start of an evening of tussling between us.

Bill went for SCX Touring, this motley bunch is made up of 4 Orange Focuses and a couple of wild cards (BMW & Volvo?). One interesting thing about these newish Orange Focuses is when we go to use them one always has a front tyre missing - WHY? Bill's pick got him a class of 15 and Dan got a 5 and totalled 14, good steady work from these rookies. Up front is was business as usual as three wins and 31 for the class got Jim up to speed with Keith on 27.

Dan went for Pro Truck, I guess they must be the nearest to the Buggies and Truggies we get to. Now it was Keith with three wins and 30 to win the class.

At the break it was nothing between Jim and Keith on 80 apiece, Wez was just 5 behind them but sadly 5 above me, damn it!

I have done OK with Indy in the past so that was my choice for the 4th class, a just about OK choice and I did pull a measly 1 back on Wez. Jim had his other 1 and Keith took the class with 31. Dan got two 5s' and beat both Bill and Dicky it was a case of steady rather than speed.

Dicky thought Karts would be a good way to end the night. They were, Keith has been working on getting an even set of these slow but entertaining rigs and hasn't got far to go. Keith has removed ballast from those that had it, this make them spin out in a realistic manner, Keith thinks perhaps they all should carry weight to be easier to drive, personally I think different/tricky is good for us but maybe not for parties. Jim just took the class on 31 but Keith was only 2 behind. Wez started the class with a win and I got two last places so I was surprised to finish this class only a point behind him.

A most enjoyable evening with some good racing mainly down to the low incidence of changs, and those were mainly dealt by Dicky. Keith managed to steal the night from Jim 140 to 137, Wez pipped me for third 119 to 114. Then it was Dicky in no mans land. Bill faded in the later rounds with a rash of 1s' so Dan was best of the newbies with 74 - a decent score for a beginner. Nearly half way in this Championship and Jim is edging a slender lead on Keith. In the Clubmans Wez is clear in front but now has some competition, that may prove interesting later.

R4 is on Sept 17th when we will be running in REVERSE direction, this can often prove a fertile ground for beginners, so an upset perhaps? + The thing is: if all regulars and newbies turn up we will have a pretty full evening - bring it on!

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Round 4 saw us indulging in some reverse direction racing, this was a baptism of fire for two new racers to the club, father and son Terry and Greg. They had some arrive and drive experience and did well with the challenge of racing the "wrong way" for the first time. Welcome Guys.

So with 9 racers we started with Chris's pick of Escorts. After some close racing these ended with Tony on 27, Jim 26, Chris and Dicky 25, Keith 24 ....

Tony went for Skylines, his 25 was well beaten by Chris's 33 and Jim's winning 34. Wez had his worst round with 15. I usually do well with Skylines but blotted my copy book when I charged in to the first corner in my 2nd race and went off taking Dicky with me, this was the chang of the night as he was 3 lanes away, what goes around comes back around eh Dicky !

Terry was helped to choose Cobras, which Jim won from Chris. Keith had a dire round with a mere 11, while new boy Greg notched up an impressive 20 in this class.

At the break Jim was in charge with 92, only Chris was close 4 behind.

Keith thought that Pro Trucks would change his luck - they didn't. Jim was a clear winner from Chris. I had my best round with 25 getting me 3rd spot.

We all groaned as Dicky went for 2CVs', these have a terrible reputation as being real bleeders to keep on the track, but thay have been worked on and didn't seem so bad. Chris really mastered them with some good racing against Tony and just took the class with 29. Jim had a poor class by his standards with a low 22.

But Jim still took the evening in a commanding style on 152, Mr reverse direction Chris was Jim's only close competition ending with 144. Some of the chat during the break was about my potential trip to the Silverstone F1 next year. Jim recommended the Spa round in Belgium would be a better bet, cheaper, good dramatic racing and scenery, and also not far to drive. Silverstone did not come out of the conversation well, a general impression of limited racing for a lot of money and facilities struggling to cope. You will be able to see more about this in this thread where I will let you know what we decide.

The spreadsheet flagged an error with the totals, that's why Jim ended up even more in front than was first thought as he had been totalled 2 points short in the Pro Trucks.

Bolwextric Racing results are here, and then next meeting in this series is on 1st of October when the direction will be back to normal.
 

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This is the right place for this - I think!

We had 8 racers for Round 5 which was a normal direction event.

Tony picked Puntos', it wasn't too much of a curse and his 28 got him 2nd in class just 2 behind Jim. It was a very even scoring class with Chris getting a sore score of 18 which he managed without a single 1.

Austin Healey was Greg's pick and they served him well, some sensible driving got him a 5 and 18 all told, beating both Ruben and myself. Jim was in a class of his own with 34, just missing out on a full house in his last race. Keith was on 24 but everyone else clustered below 20.

I went for Pajaro as I had been practising with them, I wasn't doing too well so I needed all the help I could get. I managed a couple of 5s' but also a dreaded 1, it only added up to 19. Mind you that was easily enough to stuff Tony whose three 1s' lead him towards an "only" 16 total. Jim "only" scored 27 but that was enough to take the class - a very close class of good racing with a spread of only 11 points first to last. Newbie Greg had a brilliant round, 22 got him 4th in class - well done!

At the break Jim was in clear air, Keith lead the rabble a long way behind.

Dicky went for Ninco Porsche GT, but they let him down badly, up top Jim and Tony shared 29 points each.

In the final round Jim went for a cobble of SCX Tourings', he could win the night easily by now. The line up included 3 each of Accords and BMWs. One of the BMeems was quick along with 2 of the Hondas. Despite a Honda win I also collected a couple of 1's so not a good round for me. Chris was happy to see the line up and his 25 got him runner up behind Tony on 29. Keith had a grotty round with only 14 - ugh.

So at the end it was Sir Moys collecting the gold, so no change there, Tony was runner up a long way behind. The last round really put a spin on 3rd spot which went to Chris - just! Wez was away so Clubman cheers went to Dicky with Greg runner up.

Another night of close racing, not that I was involved with much of that. I was drawn next to Dicky and spent much of my night trying to sneak safely by him, but in the end he changed me one too many times and so towards the end of the night I was forced to give the cub a "clip round the ear" by changing him several times. Of course I should not treat the lad thus, but I did get a few cheers


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Next round on the 15th which will be a reversio.
 

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We had 8 racers for a night of reverse direction action.

I started the ball rolling by picking Austin Healey. This was won by Jim on 28, followed by Keith then Wez. Chris had some bad luck and two 1s' gave him a poor result by his standards.

Hornby F1 was Wez's pick, they didn't really do him any favours, but I had a good round, two wins helped me to 26 just 1 behind Chris's round winning score. Dicky managed a class without a 1, and got a good score.

Jim went for BTCC which he won decisively on 32, I managed another win but my total wasn't that good. Chris had another good round while Greg hit rock bottom with 4 of the dreaded going towards his 10.

At the break Jim was not smelling of roses as he had been under his car unblocking the petrol filter in the dark, but he did have a healthy lead. Behind him just 9 points separated Chris from Wez then Keith and myself.

Keith pulled out the Ninco JGTC, these are a beaten up bunch of old tom cats but all still very quick. Jim took the class again followed by Chris. It was Terry's turn to do the four 1s' trick as he got the lowest score of the night, a 9.

We ended with Terry's pick of Pro Trucks and he did well with them, getting his highest score of 22. Again Jim was in charge with the highest score of the night, a well clear 33. Keith was behind him on 26 but Chris crashed to a low 19 just 4 points ahead of the lowest score in the class.

So at the end of an enjoyable night Jim was the glorious leader on 149 but Keith and Chris ended level on 124 each, count backs went back to 5s' and Chris just got second place, Wez was next on 110.

Next round is on Oct 29th and the scores are here.
 

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WOW - where was everybody? Round 7 saw just 5 protagonists.

We used just the four middle lanes and wizzed through 8 classes. And pretty good racing there was to. In the company of Jim, Tony, Keith and Chris I was only going to finish in one place - LAST. And so it was, but some good luck for me and some bad for Chris saw me a point up on him after the 3rd class. Somehow I got 5 race wins under my belt and at the end I was only 10 points behind Keith who had finished second.

Way out in front was Jim who was top man in almost every class and got the only full "16" of the night. No one else got better than 2 wins in a class.

It was hot racing al the way, with an interesting result in most racing, not a good night for betting. No one clocked up a dreaded 4, worst class score of the night went to Keith and that was a 6, mind you that BTCC class, when pressing on these serve up the equivalent of "Russian Roulette", the yellow car at first flattering but then always deceiving.

So great night for me, most enjoyable, but not a good night for the Bolwextric Club especially with no runners in the Clubman class. mmmm!

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Don't forget, if you would like to get your own controller, let Keith or Tony know, they are looking out a special deal.
 

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The last round of the Autumn Championship was needed to sort out the 2nd step on the podium, Keith and Chris were level after round dropping and this was the sort it out night.

Jim kicked us off with SRS 2 BTCC, and it seemed business as usual as he won the class. But it was close with Jim only 29 and Terry propping things up with 13, Chris and Tony shared 27 each.

Chris needed to get the best out his pick and he went for Accords, despite only one win it was a wise choice, 30 gave him the class and again Tony was 2 behind this time Sharing 2nd with Jim. As far as the championship was going I would have put all my money on Chris for getting that runner up spot.

Keith went for Indy IRL, I think his theory being with open wheelers any thing can happen, and if he was going to beat Chris it needed to. But oh dear, for Keith it was another DISASTER DARLING as he could only manage 20, and it was worse for Keith as Chris took the class with 32, a point ahead of Jim.

At the break it was Chris followed by Jim and then Tony all in the 80s. Keith was leading the followers - just.

I had selfish reasons for picking BTCC, I didn't do Keith any favours as he crashed out of the class on 16. But up front things took a different turn as Tony got 34, the highest class score of the night. Terry was feeling unwell so he sat out the last two rounds, hence his low total score. Greg had a good round with 17.

Dicky had been showing some evidence of maturity during the evening with some steady racing earning him some decent points. But he decided 2CVs would be what was wanted, perhaps he was trying to help Keith. Like all the classes of this night the wobbly old garlic burners provided some interesting racing. Keith had one of his better rounds but up front Chris had his eye on another prize, his first evening win, and he was a clear winner of the class on 30.

At the end it was Tony who sneaked in to win the night on 145, with Chris 2 behind. Jim was 3rd which, as he pointed out, was very unusual for him in The Bolwextric Cars Club.

In the Championships Jim took another clear win with Chris runner up just 2 marks ahead of Keith. In Clubmans Dicky's steady work got him a reward as he won the Championship, well clear of Wez.

Scores, Championship outcome and the very geeky raw data spreadsheet are all on the web site.

The 2012-13 Winter Champs start on November 26th.
 

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A new Championship and another upset - WOW!

With just 7 racing we skipped through in record time, most of us were tucked up with cocoa by 10pm - that was a possibility


Dicky got us started with Escorts, it was close at the top with Keith just shaving it on 29. But Greg started off poorly getting just a solitary 2 to stop a full house of the dreadeds while Terry did some steady work to finish on almost double that score.

Jim got into Focus with his pick - Focus, his 31 was not the Jim style runaway victory we have expect.

Greg went for the racy looking Fly Daytona, these are pretty unpredictable, de-slotting just when you think you have their number - so creating some roulette results. Dicky did very well his 26 beat a real big name, and Keith and Tony took joint first just a point ahaed - nice work Dicky!

At the break Keith was in charge with 85, but Terry was hot with a creditable 40.

Skylines were Tony's choice, he did well poor, but managed to keep all his toys in the pram - Well done Tony! Jim just got the class with 30 but I was well chuffed to be runner up just a point behind. That left me just 3 behind Tony and a chance for a podium place at the end of the evening - wow.

Jim and Keith were tied in the lead when Terry got out some American Muscle, this was going to be interesting. After out first race a win for me had brought me level with Mr T, would I get on that step? Jim got off to a good start and it looked like business as usual for him. But Keith turned it around as he finished with three wins. and he took the class and the night, well done Keith! As ever I got all over excited and threw it all away ending 10 behind Tony - sucks!

So after round 1 we have a rare leader in this Championship - Keith and not Jim - what an upset? In the Clubmans only three racing meant everyone was on the steps but the order was Dicky, Terry than Greg - now who would have put money on that?

Next round is on Dec 10th, I assume we will not be racing on Xmas Eve so that puts R3 on Jan 7th. All the dates and scores can be found on the web site.
 

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8 of us braved the cold for round 2 and Jim got us off to an interesting start with D Type Jags. These as a class are pretty neglected, I can't remember racing them before and I would of because they were ghastly, slippy and boberly tyres being the common compliant. However, as they say "It is the same for everyone" and they did make for some interesting racing with most race finishes featuring just 2 cars. Chris led the class home a very close field on 28 with Keith, Jim and Tony snapping close behind, They all shared the race wins with Dicky who totalled 21. I had a pretty dire class, starting with a brace of 1s and that really summed up my evening, much of my grief caused by too much speed going into little bridge corner after the hairpin. YES FOLKS we were going in reverse direction for the evening.

Terry went for the DTM Mercs, considering they are the newest cars in the shop they are right bunch of bangers, especially compared to some car classes that have done so much hard work over the last 8 years. Tony seemed on the pace with 3 wins but AGAIN it was Mr Fast Backwards Man Chris who sneaked it with 30.

With a healthy lead already under his belt Chris went for the wildcard - Trucks. Very clever tactics leading to another slender win with Jim 2nd as Chris engineered 3 different runner ups behind his slender class wins. If Chris wasn't such a nice guy I would suggest we just ban the blighter.

So by the break my dire performance meant my 52 was miles away from Chris's 87, of course I shouldn't moan on about this as poor young Greg was lingering on 31. Chris's only challengers were all stuck in the 70s.

Perhaps Greg thought Escort Cosworth would act as his springboard, they didn't, though he did get a 4, his highest finish of the night. Up front Chris was in the slow lane as the big names really got some speed out of the first quick cars of the night, Keith's 29 just pipped Jim but 25 was still very useful for Chris.

Hornby 911 was the last ditch stab by Tony, more to try for runner up than win the night. a good try Mr Bolwell, the best round score of the night with 33 including 4 wins. But there was very steady work going on with his competition and Tony ended the evening in 4th place. A poor round for Chris but he had done enough to take the evening - Well done Chris (you git). Count back was needed to sort the runner up place with Jim taking it from Keith. My evening was summed up by at least one 1 in each class, not good. Dicky had a brilliant evening only slipping a bit in the last round - a little bit too much excitement perhaps?

Jan 7th is when this series runs next, so it's Happy Xmas and New Year from me and the scores are on the web site.
 

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After what seemed a long wait it was all go at Manor Farm Raceway as the Bolwextric Cars Club welcomed some fresh meat in the shape of Matt from Chichester. Welcome to the fray Matt.

I got the new year rolling with Escorts, these are always good racing but I was surprised when in the first few races hardly anyone failed to finish, perhaps "I must try to finish" was a common New Years Resolution? Jim took the honours with 33, Keith and Tony were not far behind.

Scallee Muscle was Terry's pick, these again served up some good racing with Keith's 30 just edging Jim for the class.

Wez went for SCX DTM, the only reason for his choice must be that one is a BMW. Many of these machines are comparatively new but they have a poor track record for reliability and sure enough it wasn't long before Tony had to break out a brand new one to keep us all rolling. Jim was well clear in this round and so at the break he had very healthy 95. Terry was bringing up the rear but after getting a decent 15 in this class his total was not that shameful. Wez had done pretty well out of his pick but by the break I was only 7 behind him and fancied I might just catch him.

Dicky went all French, thankfully not the 2CVs but the rather quick Clio class. I found these much to my liking, the green car had a bit of an edge and when using it I managed to keep my head and won a race, I was well chuffed as I had to catch up with and overhaul Jim, and then hang on to a slender lead for a few laps. Wez, on the other hand had terrible time, coming almost last in class with a couple of 1s and little else to show. I think it was about this time that Wez's car had crashed at the start of a race but he was unaware until the scores were being sorted, he had driven an ENTIRE RACE watching someone else's car. Nice one Wez! Jim had taken another class with 32 and this put him in line for a magic 160 finish.

Gregg pulled out the Fly Protsm (that what it says on the sheet, help me please). These weren't as quick as they looked as they needed a steady hand on the tiller. I was now 5 ahead of Wez but came off for a 1 in the first race, Wez kept his head and with 3 wins took the class on 30. BLOW IT!

This scuppered Jims 160 hopes but he won the night but only with a mere 156! Still a massive victory as runner up Keith was 21 behind. Dicky had kept his head down (by his standards) and notched up a handy 91. Newbie Matt had done well to clock up 80. Gregg had showed some pace and Terry, though last, had netted a creditable 60, it doesn't seem long ago that I would have been well happy with a score like that.

The score sheet proved to be an amazing 20 points over, so both Greg and Matt really finished with 10 points less that they thought. Scores are on the web site. Next round is on the 21st.
 

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Round 4 already, as several said on the night "time just flies by", what a mainly old bunch we must be. A reverse direction night, Tony had a new controller and we had Mr Backwardsman Chris in the house, so a range of potential winners.

But youth got us started, Greg chose Escort Cosworths. Jim was the victor on 30 followed by five other racers in the 20s'.

I went for Healeys as I needed to collect data on the the group for use on another night. Actually they served me well I had some good steady races and my only win of the night. It added up to 26 for me just 1 point behind class winner Jim. Greg seemed to have stepped up his speed a bit and was in front in one race just half a lap from the finish when he totally lost it blasting down a straight and cleared five lanes and the barrier to end up on the floor - WOW!

In this Championship one of my rivals is Wez and he was starting to trail me, he decided the scruffy NC1 Hatches might dig him out of his hole. Wez started with a win but didn't shine thereafter and finished on 20 tied with Dicky. Chris managed 2 wins and with more steady work took the class with 30.

So at break Jim's lowly 82 was leading with Chris spanning just 3 behind. Greg and Terry were only 3 points apart et the other end, Greg's speed was being matched by Steady Terry. Oh - and I was just a point behind Wez - race on!

Tony thought Clios might help him overcome his "bad luck", and they did help as he drew for 2nd spot in the class with Keith while Jim fought back from a 1 to just take another class. I had a poor round but Wez did even worse so with just a class to go we were level.

Dicky was now ahead of both Wez and me and went for Porsche GT3, he then crashed his way to three 1s, so we asked why he had picked the class. Apparently it was because Porsche are German like BMW ? ......... no .... still computing ....... no SORRY ?? - You will have to ask Dicky. On the track it was another 29 and a win for Jim as he smothered out yet another 1. With Greg narrowly last on a high 15 this was a very close and exciting class for all. I had a pretty tidy round despite getting tangled up a couple of times, but Wez finished his night with a win and I feared the worse.

So clearly another night for Jim with 140, Tony and Chris had 132 each (there was a small error on the score sheet) but Chris had 3 more wins so took runner up spot. Keith had a quiet and unproductive night by his standards and ended 4th with 120. Greg and Terry had fought each other to the end and finished just 3 apart. But I had a pleasant surprise as it turned out Wez had a torrid last class except for his last race and it turned out I beat both Wez and Dicky - which was a real turn up.


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Round 5 was a forward direction affair, sadly only 8 racers for this night, partly due to Tony and Keith who where both unwell and had to stay away. Get well soon guys.

Before we started I had a quick try of my new car that was given to me by the Bolwextric club members as a 60th birthday pressy. It's a bright yellow / black SCX Chevrolet Corvette C6R. I did half a dozen laps, it didn't seem as fast as it looks but I am sure with a bit of use it will get quicker. It has increased my stock of cars by 25%.
Thanks everyone.

Matt started us off with Pajaro, Jim hit the ground running with a comfortable 33 followed by Chris on 30. I had a dire round to finish on 18 but was buoyed up a bit when I discovered my arch rival, Wez, had the same score.

DTM SCX where Gregg's choice, but it ended with him in bottom slot with 13. It was King Jim again on 33 nobody came close. Wez had the best shot on 27. Hot favourite Chris scored a dire 22, just a point ahead of Dicky and me.

Dicky dug out the JGTC class, can't remember them so they were having a rare trip out. Jim started with a 3rd place but then it was business as usual as he cruised to 34 and another class victory.

So at the break Jim had his head in the clouds with 100, Chris was the best of an even spread behind him. Talking of spreads we had an extra on the table in the shape of some cup cakes purloined from my surprise party on Saturday.

So heavier and slower Chris got us re-started with F40 Ferrari, he did well scoring 31 but inevitably he was over shadowed by you know who with 32.

Terry went for NC1 Hatchback and they helped him to one of his better scores of 15. Chris only scored 27 but amazingly that was enough to take the class as Jim "crashed" to just 24 and a second place.

We had been wizzing along and went for a 6th class and Jim dragged out the Ninco DTM, the winner of this class was no surprise. Chris tripped up to a rare 1 which left him floundering with 20. This let Wez take class 2nd and Dicky and I equal 3rd place. During the evening we had been discussing the likelihood of getting a 6 as a class score. We reckoned it was pretty rare but in this class Greg showed us all how it is done as he scored 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 and 1.

We still got our 10pm finish, with Jim well out front, Chris was runner up with Wez snapping at his heels. The rest of a wide spread were lead by me, Greg's final flourish just about summed it up for Greg as he came in last. My fight with Wez was soon out the window as I fended off the increasingly quicker Matt and Dicky, Greg often gives me a run for my money but it never seems to get him points. The great thing about this night is if I am using the "fastest" car I can sometimes get a good race against the likes of Jim, Chris or Wez if they have a slow car, it's great fun and excitement for me but often ends in tears, as in my tears - HUH !

Next round will be a reversio on the 18th, hopefully we will all be back fighting fit, meanwhile the Bolwextric Racing results are here.
 

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It was good to see Dan racing in this series for the first time, it was also first time in reverse direction for Matt. Big congratulations to Chris as it was his actual birthday and he bought us some cakes, yummee.

The classes were not recorded, I expect someone will put us straight as I am going on memory, did I hear a groan? The scores were 1 short but it didn't matter as final places were widely spaced.

Matt picked picked a new class to get us going, they were big and in 24th scale (I thiink), Citroen 4WD rally, that's as much as I know. They were slow to accelerate and even slower to brake, handling wasn't to good either so there was initially plenty of off piste action. We soon got the idea and had some very good races. Jim won the class on 31 with Chris a point behind.

Dan picked another new set of cars, they took a bit of sorting to get a full set (yes, I did say new), they were low sporty things. Despite lots of TLC one of them developed a taste for slipping its drive gear. Some good if rather fragile racing, with Chris coming out on top with 32, Wez was runner up on 29.

We then had Pajaro (I think), another win for Jim.

At the break we sampled Chris's excellent cakes and heard that Chris and Jim both had 89 points.

Keith picked some open wheeelers, little white thingies. Good racing won by both Chris and Jim, Chris had three wins but a surprise 2 while Jim had two wins. Dan excelled himself and finally got the class of 6 he had been trying for all evening, well done Dan.

With Jim and Chris neck and neck it was Chris's pick, what could give him an edge over Jim. Chris went for Healeys and they both ended with three wins, but had a 1 and then a 2 and the birthday boy prevailed. I had my best round with 23. Dan messed it all up and he clocked up a crazy 14.

So at the end Chris was the winner on 151, with Jim 6 behind. Keith was third. Dan was lucky to stay under 50 with the lowest score of the night 49. Matt did well to get 84 points at of his first reverse evening.

Bolwextric Racing results. Next round is on March 4th.
 

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Ninco Pajeros to start, followed by 1/24 AutoArt Citroen Xsaras, then Ninco McLarens to finish off the first half. Hornby Indy cars started the second half and then we finished on Ninco Healeys.

No SCX at all, no wonder Chris won!
 

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We had 8 on this night, with Chris away sorting out his "real car".

Keith got us going in forwards direction with Escorts, and jolly close action it was with Jim victorious on 30, Keith was second with 26 with Wez, Dicky and Me all snapping away on 25. Terry got the evenings Lowest Class Score with 7.

Wez said let it be SCX DTM, and it was thus. But the boy Wezly did come upon just 23 points and his ground was indeed sandy. Jim's pastures were somewhat greener to the total of 29 so after 2 classes he had won both, scored 59 but with only thrice wins, here endeth the first lesson from the book of Moyes. Keith was again next with 28 and no one else had anything to shout about.

It was Terry's Healeys next, a rather boring gift for the endurance runners from the day before, they took all the top places from Jim's 32 to Tony's 19, like me Mr T was having a dire night.

At munchies it was Jim swinging in the trees with 91 with Keith on the trunk while everyone else was rooted to the ground, though it must be noted that Dicky was in 3rd place.

Jim took a great fall when he picked Carrera Muscle and scored the same as Terry, 17. Wez was now basking in the sun with a winning 30, Keith was only just in his shade and Matt loved the class and his 3rd place of 27 showed it.

Everyone was after Clio as Dicky's pick, always great racing come from these sprightly little pieces and at last Tony was on the pace to catch the girl, but with only 29 points it didn't turn his evening around, except to beat me. Keith, Wez and Jim were all in the high 20s hunt.

At the end of an enjoyable evening it was a single point victory for Keith with 137 from Jim. There was an additional point in the scores but not in theirs, no other finishes were close so I left it as written. Wez was handy in 3rd on 129 while Tony just snitched 4th with the last class - damn it! Terry propped things up with 56.

The last round of this champs is almost nigh - that will be on the 18th no doubt we will be joined by the reverseo master himself. Meanwhile there are the scores to look at.
 

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With no Wez, Terry or Greg in evidence we had just 7 racers to battle for the last round of the Championship. Most notable feature of the evening was the very tight spread of scores in almost every round.

I got the ball rolling with Ninco 911, my 20 points included a win but I wasn't far off coming last, that honour was taken by Matt and Dickey with 17 each. 3 wins and a total of 28 was the best Jim could do but that was enough to take the class - easily. I did say it was close.

Matt thought Pajaros would change his fortune - they most certainly didn't, his 9 was by far the worst round score of the evening. This was a reverse direction evening and it wasn't long before the "Backwardsman" showed his hand with a winning 29.

Keith thought things would run better with the police in charge and deployed the force of Police Golfs. Somehow I wobbled my way to my best score of the evening 25, enough for runner up behind Chris with another 29. Everyone else was very close behind us.

At stoppage time Chris was starting to crow while Matt was tail end Charlie on 47 which would normally be not a bad score at this time. My good police work had got me ahead of Tony who had been nabbed with 1s four times - banged to rights eh Tony? The screwdrivers came out to investigate some poor running by the new big scale Xsaras. It seems the 4WD drive mechanism is very fragile with several weak points, this does not sit well with the powerful motors driving the heavy bodies. This was a change of use for the screwdriver which up till now had been busy trying to dispense the chocolate digestives which had overheated and bonded themselves together.

True to annoying form Dickey went for 2CV, luckily this turned into a poor round for him so we weren't too miffed. Tony got out of jail with the best score of the night a mere 31. I was next to Matt and we had some good tussles luckily with me coming off best most of the time, Matt is still coming to terms with his fancy new controller, his main problem seems to be getting the pace right in the slow corners. Luckily for me he seems to have turned off the Changomatic function that seemed to be his controllers default feature last week. I did get "removed" a few times, but that was by Tony who was 2 lanes away from me!

With the Xzaras duly fettled Chris thought they merited a chance to shine, sadly they needed more spanner work throughout the round. This is a pity since they make for some interesting racing. Chris did badly with just 21 to show from his choice. Jim sneaked a win with a minuscule 27, could that be a record low win? I was last in with 16 making just 11 points spread this was the tightest class yet. At last Matt came good, he had no wins but 25 got him runner up in this class - nice work.

At the end Chris was top boy with an unimpressive sounding 129, but in reality he was well clear of Jim in second place. Matt's last minute charge had sneaked him one point above Dickey's 82 in last place. I thought I might have held on to beat Tony but it was not to be. No worries I think like me, everyone enjoyed the evening.

End of Championship as well, dropping worst round scores had no affect on the outcome which was an easy victory (should I say another) for Jim followed by Keith then Chris. And The Clubman class loses another racer as Dickey scored his second Championship win and will now have to race only the big boys. Well done to all the winners. The scores are here.

PLEASE NOTE - owing to Easter the first round of the next series is not until April 15th.
 

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A new championship - called 2013 SUMMER - well it might turn up eventually! After a false start as Chris turned up late, Chris's first race of the night had been getting from work in Bournemouth to the club in record time. We waited a few moments while Chris changed from smart suited work wear to his slot racing casuals.

Matt got us rolling with Ninco Porsche GT, they didn't work for him as he crashed to his worst score of the night. Several cursed the waiting for Chris as he started with a race win and then took the class for 30. Wez then Jim followed close behind.

Jim had more luck with his pick of Austin Healey, 4 wins led to 30 and the class win.

Hornby Ferrari are a motley class, some needed some newer tyres to give them at least a minimum amount of grip, Greg's pick didn't help him at all but he couldn't do worse than his dad, Terry managed a full house of wooden spoons and a class of 6. Jim just won his class with 29.

By the break Jim had 87 and was in charge but only just as Chris was a point behind. Keith was the best of the rest while the middle order had squabbled their way to a right old mix up.

Wez did well with his Clios, sharing 26 for runners up with Tony, but Chris had slipped into the lead with a winning 29.

Tony went for Wobbly Bobbly Skylines, these often make for some close racing, their slow pace and wayward handling somehow link with a capability of "hangin on in there". Wez had a lucky escape from a semi spin and manage to recover and finish, but other wise the racing was unremarkable. EXCEPT Mr Moyes sneaked in the best score of the night, 33 gave him an easy class win.

And his late charge gave Jim victory for the evening with 145, Chris was next on 142. Following were Keith, Wez and Tony. The 90s' saw an mini upset as Dicky lead the sub 100's with 98, then me on 96 and Matt on 96. In the father and son scrap Greg managed to put one over on Terry. Wez was best Clubman.

Next round is on the 29th April for some reverse direction therapy. Bolwextric Racing results
 

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With some regulars away we ran with only 8 racers for this first reverse direction evening of the "Summer" Championship. We had no heating on and the unit remained "cool" which may have affected traction all evening.

Chris got us off the line with Healeys, he clocked up 31 which was enough for runner up 2 points behind Jim. Keith was next with a lowly 21 everyone else clustered in the teens.

Dicky confirmed his chimp status by picking the 1/24th scaled Xsaras, these huge malingerers are not popular, not because they are a unique drive (that could be good) but stupendous unreliability on all fronts means they need continuous fettling after each race. White was the top runner, not only a smooth stable rig but it loved the barrier and this made it difficult to beat. Dicky must have known something as he generated 23 points by far his best score of the evening, perhaps Dicky is a closet one twentyforthist! Up front the Jim and Chrisy show continued as they won with 29 each. I could say I had an unlucky round, my 13 would confirm that with only Terry below me - it was a bad round for me.

SCX WTC was Gregs choice, it didn't really work for him - or anyone else except Chris who was well clear for a 33 win. next were Keith then Jim.

So at the break the Reversio Meister Chris, was in charge 93, predictably followed by Jim then Keith. I wasn't doing to well, trailing Matt and Dicky and also having my toes nibbled by a very on form Greg.

Terry went for Megans, he didn't score that well but he was just a couple of points off putting me into last place. Again at the top it was Chris from Keith and Jim.

The last round was my choice, I wanted to see if open wheels would lift me out of the sh...(muck). Indy Cars did get me my best score of the evening, 23 is not much but it was enough for me to beat all my challengers, while the big three did spin around a bit so that Keith won with 31 followed by Jim then Chris.

A funny old evening with some strange racing, lots of short or 2 car finishes, but it lead to a predictable result at the top with Chris on 152, then Jim 149 and Keith on 138. Best of the rest was Dicky with an extremely annoying 92 followed by Matt on 90. My better final round pulled me clear of Greg who had beaten me in 2 classes. Chris's win looks impressive as he didn't win masses of races but it was more down to a trio of 3s' being his worst scores, Jim had a the same number of wins but also a couple of the dreaded 1s'. There must be a lesson in there somewhere.

Remember there will be no MRF meeting next week due to the BH, but we have Jim's on Thursday and this Championship will be back going forwards on May 13th. Bolwextric Racing results after 2 rounds.
 
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