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Gp5 Round 1: A bright start

The much-awaited Group 5 Championship began on Wednesday. A varied field of beautiful cars from Racer Sideways, Scaleauto and Fly showed up. The BMW M1 in both Sideways and Scaleauto guises was the commonest, with the Sideways Ferrari 512BB and Capri (both Fly and Sideways) also popular, and solo Scaleauto Porsche 935 and BMW 320i.

The race format was identical to our recent GT3 series - 5 minute Round Robins with total distance covered determining the winner. As the setup of the Sideways anglewinder is very close to that of the dominant NSR GT3s, it was expected that roughly similar excellent performance would result which would put the Scaleauto sidewinders and inline Fly Capris at a disadvantage. To compensate, the motor for non-anglewinders was capped at 25K and the anglewinders to 20.5K for our twisty and quite bumpy track.

Race 1 featured two beautiful BASF red M1s (Scaleauto for Alastair and Sideways for Chris) a dark blue 512BB for Les and a pretty red/white squares kit Capri for Andy. Andy was on the top green lane and just disappeared into the distance , setting the fastest lap of the night (8.221 sec) in the process and winning by 3 laps from Chris, with Alastair a shade back in the rapid red Scaleauto M1. Les had a nightmare Heat with just 19 laps that put him out of the running for the evening.

In Race 2 Chris on green repeated Andy's dominant performance, setting the same number of laps (34) with Alan 2 laps back and Les a further 2 behind. Gordon appeared to be struggling with his pretty black BMW M1.

Alan did the same again in Race 3 - 34 laps on green but the difference was Andy on red who finished on the same lap, putting him 3 laps clear on total distance. In Race 4 Alan (33) edged Chris by a lap, with Les and Alastair in touch on 30 and 29. Chris livened up proceedings by attempting to mount Alastair from the rear all the way along the long straight. In Race 5 Andy and Les posted 33 laps apiece with Alan trailing on 31. In the final Race 6 Chris netted 33 laps on yellow with Andy a lap back on blue.

The final positions were Andy (133.6), Chris (130.8), Alan (130.1), Alastair (119.7), Gordon (113.9) and Les (112.4). Alan posted 2 race wins and 3 fastest laps, Andy had two apiece, Chris had 2 RWs and Alastair an impressive FL on red in the highly competitive Race 6.

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A good start with potential for exciting times ahead as the cars get more development and tuning for the DSCC track.

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Round 2: A thin field

Only four regulars were in attendance for the Gp 5 race but Andy 2 was off the leash, with his family away on hols, so Andy 1 loaned him a Sideways BMW M1 and he jumped into the fray. In the event, he performed very creditably as a newcomer to these very fast mag-less cars, posting 115 laps in 20 minutes, with a Fastest Lap of 8.699 - the second fastest driver of the evening. Benjamin stayed after the SCX Escorts race to act as the lone Track Marshal, which did a lot for his fitness levels!

Victory overall went to Andy, with 129.7 laps, despite a 24.5 second holiday while Benjamin tried to get his Fly Racing Capri back in the slot! Andy rather selfishly also took all the Race Wins and Fastest laps. Alastair came second, on 121.8 laps, Andy 2 third (115.3) and a puzzled Les fourth and last (105.1) with his gorgeous Sideways Ferrari 512BB which seems to hate going round corners.

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Round 3: A star is born

The third Round again brought a clear victory for Andy (132.9 laps) with his Fly Racing Capri on steroids. There were two big news items though. First was the massive improvement of Gordon who very sensibly sabotaged his own BMW M3 before the start and was loaned one of Andy's well-prepped machines - a Scaleauto BMW M1 with a 25k sidewinder. The result was a well-deserved 2nd place with 125.5 laps.

The second item of note was the huge performance of Andy 2, in only his second attempt with these extremely rapid and sensitive cars, who improved his pace by 8 laps over last time to 123 laps over the 20 minute period and upped his fastest lap too to 8.556, once again the second fastest driver on the night and only a couple of tenths off Andy's best. Andy 2 captured 3 race wins and 2 fastest laps - a pair of these vs Andy who was suffering on the bumpy yellow lane. Andy 2 finished 3rd on race distance after a woeful time on that yellow lane but his 5 extra points for RWs and FLs projected him ahead of Gordon who somehow managed not to win a bonus point at all.

The one spare point went to Alastair with a FL. Lastly, Evan had his first ever experience with this car class and managed to drop below the 9 sec lap time mark but will need some time to learn how to stay on the track while he's doing it!

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Andy's got a big lead now, with Chris and Alan away but it's going to be very interesting to see the improvement of Gordon and Andy 2 - and we keep forgetting Les who is persevering with an ill-handling Racer Ferrari 512BB. When that gets going things should hot up more.

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Those works M1's are really quick
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if you can do the same to the 320 Andy I'd be obliged & I've got some lovely ultra softs which might help.
 

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Alan if you're reading this, that lease car is still in one piece, just the yellow lane that scuppered me, thought it was my controller!
 

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Well Andy, I do hope that retirements everything you'd hoped it would be (probably better).

Have you been able to fettle the 320 for me? If not i'll need to spend some money.

Cheers & relax

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I believe that it's now sorted. Just needed a proper grub screw on the crown gear.

See you Weds

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Rd 5 of the Grp5 championship seen Gordon narrowly take the honours ahead of Chris. The racing was very close between Gordon, Chris, Les and Andy2 with other factors such as throttle jamming, track bumps, marshalling mistakes and collisions with back markers unfortunately affecting all of them.

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You remember, Fife lad, used to put is pit box in the corner, does the running stuff!

Glade to see you're back with all your faculties in perfect working order.
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Round 6: Mishaps at the pointy end

Wednesday's round was as ever a hectic affair. Chris was up to full race pace after his Summer sabbatical and won the night (133.3 laps; 1 Fastest Lap, 3 Race wins), despite a disagreement between his front air dam and the Dundee Karoussel bend that deslotted him three times and lost him a lap. Andy was back from his USA adventures and as fast as usual (4 FLs, 2RWs) but it all unravelled on Red (Lane 1) when his Fly Capri on steroids deslotted 8 times in the esses, even when he slowed to a crawl in this section. A post-mortem revealed a narrow spot in the rails that only became apparent with this car (and, strangely, Chris's Scalex Legends Eagle) in this particular direction of travel. These mishaps lost Andy a good 3 laps but his other strong finishes ensured 2nd overall (131.2 laps).

Elsewhere, Gordon was fast (3 FLs) but failed to convert his pace into race wins and big distance. Les had 2 race wins but was hampered by a chattering rear axle that turned out to be due to a worn axle bearing. Andy Finlay netted a race win.

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Moving into the Winter Rounds, at last we have a real fight for Round wins, though it would take something very strange to unseat Andy at the top of the heap.

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Round 7: Andy's back

The latest Round saw the return of Andy to the top of the heap. Again, it was a huge struggle at the front between Andy (135.4 laps) and Chris (134.5), both distances easily beating the previous record for the Series. Chris posted the first ever 35 lap stint in his chase for the lead and 34 laps is starting to become commonplace for the two fastest drivers since its first appearance in the previous Round. Chris won three out of 4 stints and set 3 fastest laps and Andy had a clean sweep of 4 + 4.

In the second rank, Andy 2 (127.7 laps, 1FL) and Gordon (126.1, 1 RW) were also very quick and close. Good performances were also set by Alastair (123.5 laps, 1 RW, 1FL), Evan (120) and Les (117). Brian (104.8) was learning the handling of his new Capri and Benjamin (BMW M1) had a tricky time learning how to deal with these very fast, very sensitive machines.

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Chris is shooting up the rankings and is now beginning to threaten Gordon for second place in the Series.

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Round 8: The pace hots up even more

Everybody is going faster and faster as this Series moves towards its end. 133 laps was the benchmark for the first 6 Rounds but in the previous Round this was raised to 135 and in this Round Chris (MRRC Toyota) scored 137.1 and Andy (Fly Racing Capri) posted 138.2. Next up was Andy Finlay (Racer BMW M1) with 126.2, a full 11 laps further than he managed early in the Series. Evan and Alastair (both Scaleauto BASF BMW M1s) were neck and neck at 123.3 and 123.2, then Les (115.5) with his rattling Racer 512BB, Brian (108.5) with the gorgeous Racer Rindt Capri and, especially unfortunate, Gordon (107, Racer BMW M3) at the bottom, thanks to a detached guide wire that lost him about 24 laps. That equates to a probable race distance of 130-plus which would have won several earlier Rounds.

Gordon's performance was a real eye-opener in other ways. First, he gained 32 laps on the difficult Red and Blue lanes and second, he scored 35 on Green with Andy's donated super-Capri - just as quick as Andy himself! The gaps between the top four drivers are quite narrow and car preparation is clearly crucial.

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These scores include two drops to show likely rankings. Chris has moved ahead of Gordon into 2nd place, despite 3 absences (two of which are dropped), Andy 2 is a reasonably solid 4th and Les and Alastair are fighting for 5th place.

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Round 9: A close finish

The penultimate race in the Series was extremely close between Andy and Chris. Andy drove his Racer BMW M1 for a change and Chris kept with his MRRC Toyota with modern bits under the hood. The races distances were again high and couldn't have gotten closer without a dead heat - 137.3 laps for Andy and 137.2 laps for Chris!

Next up was Gordon on 128.4, a tiny bit disappointed with his pace, then Andy Finlay (126.9), Alastair (125.2), Evan (122.8), Les (115.5), and Brian (108.8). Andy gained 3FLs and 2 RWs, Chris had a pair of each, Andy 2 got 2 RWs and a FL and Gordon and Evan both had a RW and a FL.

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It looks like the finishing order in this Series is now settled, unless something seriously weird happens in the last Round.

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Round 10: Gruppenfünfdammerung

There was an autumnal feel to Wednesday's final Round of the Group 5 Series. The Series results had all been pretty much wrapped up but apparently nobody had told Les, who finally decided to fit a proper pair of rear bearings to his chattering Ferrari 512BB. Suddenly he was posting 8.6 sec laps and won Heat 1 against stiff opposition from Andy and Chris.

Heat 2 went Chris's way against weaker opposition and Andy expected a similar outcome in Heat 3 but it all started going wrong on lap 4 when his previously reliable Fly Racing Capri popped its rear axle, losing only a lap thanks to ultra quick diagnosis/marshalling from Chris. Back in the groove, Andy motored on until lap 23 when it happened again, this time in front of Brian who couldn't reach it for a while then didn't know how to fix it then threw it at Chris who did his thing and wahey Andy was back in the running with only 2.5 more laps lost. Gordon won the heat with Les close behind, both on 33 laps.

Heat 4 went Andy's way, this time with his backup racer BMW M1 (35 laps), from Chris (34), then Gordon (32).

Heat 5 was a close one with Gordon (32) just beating Alastair, Les and Brian, all on 31.

Heat 6, the last of the Series was a fun goodbye, especially since Andy and Chris (modded MRRC Toyota), the Series leaders, were parked next to each other at the start by chance. They spent the whole race close to each other and finished less than a foot apart on 33 laps each.

In the end Chris was the Round winner on 134.5 laps (2 FLs, 1RW), Gordon was 2nd on 129.9 (2RWs), Andy 3rd with 129.5 (3FLs, 2RWs), Les on 128.1 (1FL, 1RW), Brian 111.1 and Alastair 110.3.

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In the end an emphatic Series win for Andy, then, with Chris crippled by absences early on. Gordon was a quickie in his BMW M3, Andy Finlay was another Rennmeister and Les would have been if he'd decided to MOT his Ferrari. Alastair and Evan were both quick in patches and Brian was starting to come to terms with his Rindt Capri by the end.

The spiritual offspring of this Series, namely Slot.It DTMs, will begin on May 16th.

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Well done Andy. Very comprehensive Series win. Thankfully the racing was often closer than the scoring shows.
 

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Well that was good fast attractive cars and close racing. Well done Andy for consistently being mega.
Again close racing all the way down the table.
 

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Well done Andy, another great series, with some of the nicest cars. Maybe we should have another one, now that I’ve got my Car sorted lol hopefully the Slot it DTM cars will be just as much fun, and this time, I’m going to look after the car, put a drop of oil on the rear bearings.
 
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