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Ford vs Ferrari: Prototype Sports Cars 1966-7

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Eligible Models

Any model by NSR or Slot.It of the Ford GT40. This includes the Mk1, MkII and MkIV cars.Any model by Policar of the Ferrari 330P4 and 412P (330P3/4). All other models of these cars are ineligible.

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Finances

The DSCC will provide every entrant with £25 to be put towards the purchase of these rather expensive models (typically £50-60). All are also available as white (unpainted) kits for about £10 cheaper.

Appearance

All cars must retain the scale representation of the real cars. White kits will need to be fully painted with styles in keeping with the period (see pics above and on the web). Because these cars are expensive and hard to obtain, all liveries supplied by the model manufacturer are eligible, even fantasy or 'revival' (modern repaints). All cars must have race numbers.

Modifications

Only the mods described below are allowed:

General

No magnets are allowed.. The usual oiling and greasing of all parts of the running gear are OK. Guides and the bottom of the car can be trimmed to reduce fouling or bottoming. Performance tuning by adjustment of any of the internal adjustment screws is OK.

Tyres

Either the original tyres supplied with the car or appropriate replacements from any of the three manufacturers may be used. See below:

NSR: Only Supergrip replacement tyres are allowed (cat # 5236)

Slot.It & Policar: Only C1 compound replacements are allowed (cat # PT2120C1).

Tyres should be glued to the hubs with Superglue to avoid detachment at speed. Tyres can be trued by sanding but be careful not to remove too much rubber or the cars will 'bottom' on the track and performance will suffer greatly.

Extra weight and Car Handling

To help stability extra weight can be added. Ten grams is a good start point. Lead sheet can be obtained from Andy (be careful, lead is toxic so wash your hands carefully, and any tools you've used, after use). Blue-Tack can be used to attach the lead to the chassis.

Weight can be placed anywhere within the car and the effects will be different depending upon where it's placed. First, always try to keep extra weight as low as possible on the car - the car will topple over at corners if you don't. Try experimenting, keeping in mind the advice below. Weight added at the front reduces deslotting at the entry to corners (understeer), while weight added to the middle and rear of the car helps handling by slowing the 'tail breakaway' (oversteer). If your car just keeps going straight when you over-cook it into a corner, then add weight as close as possible to the guide/front wheels until this stops. If instead your tail breaks away at the corner, add weight in the middle and rear (never behind the rear axle though!). Acceleration can also be improved by the latter, by improving tyre adhesion to the track but braking is reduced too.

Race format

Thirteen rounds. Twelve of these will be regular Rounds (Six Rounds in each direction on the circuit) and one will incorporate the Une Heure de Dundee 2020. For regular Rounds each driver races on all 4 lanes per night, with random selection of opponents. Each race is 4 or 5 minutes long, depending upon time available and follows our usual endurance racing format.

The Une Heure de Dundee Team Event will be held as usual in June, nearly half-way through the Series. Four eligible 'Ford vs Ferrari' Series cars will be used, fitted with lights for the UHdDD, which will be run in the usual way. Each driver will use their total recorded distance for the UHdDD to give them a ranking, which will be converted into points for the Series. Team positions will be irrelevant to the Series.

Because each lane is different, lane assignment will pair closely competing drivers together, to reduce bias in the Series. For example, if the Championship order at the time is Chris, Andy, Les, Gordon, Evan, Alastair etc then the Team pairings will be Chris/Andy, Les/Gordon, Evan/Alastair etc. To even up the UHdDD, the 'Top Team' will also contain the slowest driver and will race on the slowest lane, the next best Team will contain the 2nd slowest driver and race on the 2nd slowest lane and so-on.

Points system

Winner 9 points, 2nd 6pts, then 4, 3, 2, 1. One extra point for fastest lap of the evening. Series lasts 13 rounds, entrants count their best 10 results.
 

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Round 1: Three in the Ring

The new Ford vs Ferrari Series featured a beautiful array of high performance sports prototypes from NSR, Slot.It and Policar. This Series is all about total distance covered, like the Slot.It GT1s it is replacing. With new cars and a track with reversed direction for the first time in over a year, there was a slightly cautious approach from some drivers. Chris and Les were more on the ball and they placed first (135.1 laps) and second (134.1) respectively. Andy was a whisker behind (133.7), trying out four different cars in his four Heats. Evan, with reasonably good pace but coming off too often, placed 4th (115.7), Trai was 5th (111.1) then Alastair (110.1) brought up the tightly bunched middle order, with 5 laps separating 4th to 6th. Brian (101.2) and Andy 2 (100.9) brought up the tail, the latter struggling with his brand new NSR GT40 that had no grip - confusing!

Heat 1

Chris (Yellow, Red Policar P4) had a fault-free run, netting 34 laps with Les (Blue lane, dark green Slot.It Ford GT40) just behind after a similarly accurate display. Alastair and Andy 2 were slow and suffered.

Heat 2

Andy (Yellow, Light blue NSR Ford MkIV) was error-free too but less rapid than Chris, gaining 33 laps (just!). Trai, (Green, 28), Evan (Blue, 27) and Brian (Red23) failed to come to grips with the new conditions and cars.

Heat 3

Andy (Green, Maranello Policar P4) fared better, with 34.5 laps. Les raced well on Red, gaining 33. Trai had a better time on Yellow (30) and Alastair continued suffering (25).

Heat 4

Chris (Green lane, dark blue NSR Ford) continued his fault-free progress with another 34 laps. Evan (Red, 28) was best of the rest and Brian (24) and Andy 2 (25) were both in the doldrums.

Heat 5

Les (Yellow) and Andy (Blue) both gained 33 laps, Andy this time using his very pretty red Slot.It Scuderia Filipinetti GT40. The end of the Heat was bizarre, with Andy finishing his 33rd lap with his car straddling the finish line under the timing beam. We didn't know what to do about this but in his next Heat Andy started a few inches ahead of the beam. This turned out to be a mistake, because the lap recording software failed to count his previous passage across the line and awarded a 19.8 sec final lap (combining the final Blue lap with the first lap of his next Heat). Alastair (Green) was more enthusiastic than previously (30) and Andy 2 continued having a bad evening (26).

Heat 6

Chris (Blue) lost about a second on lap 20, when Evan landed in his slot - no errors in nearly 90 laps, on his way to 33 (Blue/white Ford MkIV). Evan had a not too bad 29 on Yellow, Brian was improved too (28) on Green and Trai was 4th (27) on Red.

Heat 7

Les (Green) ran away with this one, grabbing 35 laps despite an off and a half. Andy (White & black NSR Ford MkII) raced hard but he too had a couple of offs, gaining a shade under 34 laps at the finish. Brian (Yellow) and Trai (Blue) were side by side on 26 laps at the finish.

Heat 8

Chris (Red) was probably behind Les going into his last Heat and he was also on the trickiest lane. Armed with his favourite car, the MkIV Ford), he turned up the go-faster screw and went for the win. His first two serious deslots of the night resulted but his speed was sufficient, attacking the twisty Red lane with great purpose. 34 laps was the reward and that was enough to beat Les by a lap for the Heat win. Evan (Green, 31) and Alastair (Yellow, 30) also came out to play and Andy Two (24) had given up the struggle long ago.

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Chris takes an early lead, Les is just behind, picking up the fastest lap of the night point (8.265), Andy is 3rd then it's the youngsters Evan and Trai followed by old fogies Alastair and Brian. Gordon is yet to compete and Andy 2 badly needs to sort out his car problem.

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Round 2: Les enjoys himself

In the second Round of this new Series with beautiful and fast 60s racers Chris, Les and Andy resumed their struggle and Gordon appeared for the first time with a lovely white NSR Ford MkIV. The pace for this Series turns out to be rather similar to the recently deceased Slot.It GT1 Series and the fast boys are posting mid 30s laps (34-36) on the fast Green and Yellow lanes and low to mid 30s (33-34)on the slower Red & Blue lanes.

The first two Heats produced major blows to the fortunes of Chris and Andy. In Heat 1 Chris on yellow with his Policar P4 Ferrari found himself coming off at the Esses at normal racing speed in laps 1 and 2. Chris had to cruise through this section for the rest of the Heat and ended up with just 32 laps. Andy followed him in Heat 2 with the same car type and the same lane but without handling problems and was lapping half a second faster than Chris and heading for a healthy 34 lap total until lap 28 when his car stopped with a guide wire sheared, ending his chances for the night. Bizarrely, Andy 2 had also ground to a halt on lap 6, needing 80 secs of work to get him back in the race. Thus, three competitors were effectively out of contention after only two Heats.

Les started his campaign in Heat 3 on Blue. Les is using a single car, unlike Chris and Andy, and his Slot.It dark green Sutcliffe Ford GT40 is clearly well sorted. Les had a couple of offs and posted 33 laps, putting him in a reasonably good place for the evening. Meanwhile, on the Red lane Gordon was getting to know his new car and the new reversed track direction and scored 31 - OK for a start but needing improvement if he was going to challenge. Evan was also doing rather well, with 31 on Blue and 33 on Green.

In Heat 4 Chris on Red switched cars and had a good run to 34 laps. Andy2 was also doing well on Green, after his disaster in Round 1, netting 33. In Heat 5 Les (Green) and Andy (Red) raced each other, both with Sutcliffe GT40s. Les, on the better lane, was quicker, with 36 and Andy was fast too, with 34. Evan, in the same race, was still on the pace with 33 on Yellow.

For Heat 6 Andy2 (Yellow), Gordon (Blue) and Alastair (Red) were all fast, the first two scoring 33 and the last 32 - showing what might be for Alastair if he could banish his racing demons for a whole night.
 

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In Heat 7 Les (Yellow) and Chris (Blue) faced up for the first time. Les was monstrously quick, gaining 36 laps with a median lap time below 8.3, a fastest lap just under 8 seconds and just a single off. Chris, on the slower lane, was only a couple of tenths slower and gained a shade under 35, also with one off. Meanwhile, Trai was doing well on Green with his Ken Miles black and white Ford GT MkII (33 laps).

In Heat 8 Gordon (Green) and Andy (Blue, light blue Ford MkIV) both netted 34 laps, with Evan (Red) not far behind (33). In Heat 9 Chris (Green) really came out to play, with his Ford MkIV scorching round for 37 laps and the fastest lap of the night (7.899) to boot. Trai (Yellow, 33) and Andy 2 (Red, 32) were also doing well but Alastair imploded despite good pace ( FL 8.5) on Blue.
 

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For the final Heat, Les (Red), Gordon (Yellow) and Andy (Green) faced each other. Les was clearly enjoying himself, setting the fastest lap of the evening for Red on lap 4 (8.010) and chasing Andy on the better lane hard.
 

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Both Les and Gordon scored 35 laps. Andy, out of contention, threw his beautiful Slot.It red Filipinetti GT40 at the track, ending up with 36 laps and a FL of 7.943.
 

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The result of all this fun was a clear victory for Les, with a huge 140.9 lap haul that would have won the night by a large margin, even if Chris and Andy hadn't been handicapped. Chris was 2nd, over four laps back, with 136.2. Andy was another four laps back in 4th place, with 6 laps lost in Heat 2 that would have put him, together with Chris, around 138-9 if they had had trouble-free runs. Gordon (133.8) was in 3rd place with a very good 133.8 to show for his first taste of this Series. Evan had also done well, with 5th place and 130.3, Trai had his moments too (121.6), Andy 2 (119.0) would have been up with Evan without his breakdown. Benjamin (116.2), Brian (110.5) and Alastair (99.5) filled the lower orders.
 

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At this early stage, Chris and Les are tied at the top, Andy is languishing in third, Evan is smiling in 4th, Gordon is moving up, Trai is quietly amassing points in 6th, Alastair is stalling and the rest have yet to score.
 

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Sorry guys, that's what I had to do to get this single post onto the Forum. Even then, a single sentence was unpostable!

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