Round 6 Race Report
Front room curtains were twitching in the sleepy village of Yelling on Wednesday evening as the locals were once again left wondering what exactly was going on in the village hall as the usual collection of reprobates and ne'er do wells filed into the hall carrying a varied selection of bags and tool boxes. With SCHORC stalwart, resident techno wizard and all round good egg Al 'Tigger' Wood absent for the first time in recent history along with fellow championship high flyer Paul 'Win it or Bin it' Rose, all present were keen to make the most of the points available. Lee 'KMIHO' Henderson was obviously not feeling so keen or maybe just resting on his laurels after his F1 win last time out.
Tony had laid out a very fast and flowing track that was to the liking of all assembled. On his last visit to the club before moving overseas Fabien brought along his wife Laetitia (hope that's spelt right!) which added some much needed glamour to the evening along with the future champ Esteban.
Even with the notable exceptions SCHORC hosted a field of 14 racers in the F1 class. It was great to see Roy back and the visiting John Chell.
Racing got underway about 7:15pm. The early heats were fast and furious featuring some big crashes on the fast track. Paul 'Poppa' Homewood setting the early pace with a pair of 25's a score not bettered until the 6th heat.
Once the heats had completed Jim aka 'Sausage Fingers' had taken pole (thanks to the straight line speed of his car and his appalling show of marshalling during other drivers heats (I hang my head in shame) by 3 laps from Paul and a hard charging Tony. Lee, Roy and Craig were 4th, 5th and 6th respectively all separated by only 4 tenths.
F1 E final
After his success last month out qualifying his Dad, Esteban was dismayed to find himself in the E final against his mum! Although it was her first time racing he showed her no mercy and not only beat her by 4 laps he declared it was too easy only half way through the race! Laetitia took it with good grace however. Esteban hopped up to the D final.
F1 D final
The D final featured relative newcomers Mark and Nick up against Steve and Esteban. Mark drove a great race and put in some blistering lap times to finish on 26 laps a PB for the night, 5 laps clear of Nick who had a race long tussle with Steve who finished only 2 tenths behind with Esteban 4th.
F1 C final
Mark stepped up to the least favoured yellow lane to meet Fabien (who much to his relief had out qualified his wife and son!), John Chell and Dave. John's car was a rocket in a straight line, but looked like it took some nursing round the bends. Fabian had been going well and Dave had been getting faster every heat. From the start Dave and John had been neck and neck for several laps the lead changing every few seconds until an off from John gave Dave a little breathing space, he made good use of it and had a clean race until the end with another personal best performance of 26.1 laps, John was chasing hard but ultimately finished 4 tenths down. Fabien finished 3rd ahead of Mark.
F1 B final
The B final featured Craig (unfamiliar territory for him), Lee, Roy 'The Master' Masters and Dave. Obviously upset at finding himself 'down' in the B final Craig set about putting in some very fast laps, Lee and Roy hanging on to his tail gamely. Dave finding the yellow lane a little trickier slipped back a little. Craig took the win with 27.9 laps, 2 laps up from Lee with Roy just 8 tenths behind in 3rd.
F1 A final
Jim, Paul, Tony and Craig lined up for the A. The start of the race was very close with all 4 cars running very close on the track. As the pace started to pick up the difference in lanes started to show and offs from Craig and Tony left Paul and Jim racing for the lead. Jim's straight line speed gave him the edge and an off from Paul let Jim get away a little. I can't remember much after that! A good close race finished with Jim taking the win from Craig, Paul and Tony. All 4 split by only 4 laps.
Fabien, Laetitia, Esteban and Roy departed after F1 leaving 10 racers to compete in the modified class. On the fast sweeping track the speed differential of these cars from F1 was very noticeable.
Early heats saw the Homewoods putting in some big lap scores with John flying too in his Lifelike T. Qualifying was a close and a little frantic, one crash making all the difference. Paul taking pole by just over a lap from Craig. They had a comfortable 10 lap gap back to 3rd, but John, Lee, Tony, Nick and Dave were all separated by just seven laps. Jim, Mark and Steve rounded out the line up.
Modified C final
Dave, Jim, Steve and Mark lined up for the C final. Dave got a good start from the red lane but it was close behind him. Mark was running well but an off left him across the track to be struck at high speed by Jim's car which knocked his car onto the floor, once recovered he had too much ground to make up. Steve drove well to keep ahead of Mark with Jim taking 2nd. Dave drove a steady race at the front to take the win and a hop up to the B final.
Modified B final
Lee, Nick, Tony and Dave lined up for the B final. All the drivers got away clean and fast and were really shifting by the time they reached the tricky complex before the back straight where disaster struck and a massive pile up occurred. 3 cries of 'restart' went up from the driver's stations but went unheeded much to the delight of 'Nitro' Nick who had judged his speed just right and was away on his toes in the white lane! The other 3 put in some really fast laps and were chasing him down but Nick managed his race well and finished in first without a single off the in the 3 minutes. Lee took 2nd, Tony 3rd and Dave 4th.
Modified A final
Father and son Homewood lined up next to each other in the A final along with John Chell in his lone Lifelike-T with Nick taking the hop-up to claim his second consecutive Modified A final. The pace was hot from the start, the race resembling a red arrows flying displaying as the twin red Homewood F40's swooped round the track in formation. John's Datsun was really shifting too but an off in front of a fast approaching Marchon left it spinning on the table with the body next to it, by the time the body was attached and the car re-slotted he had lost too much time. He chased hard but ultimately could not quite catch Nick who finished in 3rd. Up at the front an off by Craig gave his dad the chance he needed to get away and as Craig pushed to catch up, setting the fastest lap of the night by nearly 2 tenths more crashes let Homewood Snr take a comfortable win to complete an excellent nights racing.