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Here's the race results and reports for 2018, new look race calendar, new club car class, more team events, more qualifying, more fun...all racing in the new race direction - clockwise.

...have fun, enjoy, let the fun begin!
 

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The racing calendar kicked off with a Team Club GT40 race with qualifying. Thanks to Dave C. who fit new tyres and prepped the cars...unfortunately they ended the nights racing in more pieces than they started with but that can be remedied.

5 qually laps on the same lane with the same car, the car/lane decided by the first driver which was Kev. The Blue car was lovely to drive and once the teams were matched we all had 3 minutes on each lane with our closest rivals to keep racing close...in theory
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I think it was fair to say Blue was by far the easiest to race and the cumulative lane scores showing this to be the case. Yellow and Red were close and would have been closer with the original Red car raced by everyone.

There were race long neck & neck races through the evening and was very well enjoyed by all. Roll on the next Team race + qually
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Race results/report - 11 Jan 2018 - GP/F1 on Ballayorkley...hopefully a few classic GP cars would turn up...

...and they did! and what a brilliant night we lucky spectators had, easily the most interesting F1/GP night in the 2+ years I've been at the club.

First up we had the F1 competitors, how would the drivers cope with these rapid machines the other way round the track, would it be quicker, would the 6 second barrier be breached???

The drivers managed just fine, it wasn't quicker...yet...and yes the 6" barrier was breached. Kev managed a couple of 29 lappers to end up winning comfortably clear of a very tight set of races between Mark and Brian. Mark finished in runner up spot but Brian managed a faster hot lap.

Dave was thrown in at the deep end having not raced clockwise before, struggled in the tight Red lane but ended up hugely improving in the Blue lane.

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Next up we had an exciting series of races with some great classic Grand Prix cars entered. The cars meeting CSCRA guidelines are marked CSCRA whilst the rest are marked MSCC.

The spectacle was too good not to enjoy and this class will grow through the year as other club members build a car...at least two have promised to join the next GP meeting.

Andy was top of the MSCC spec cars, the 1935 Alfa Romeo 16C Bimotore looking very comfortable on the track finished a couple of laps ahead of Pauls Porsche 804 with Chris having some bodywork issues in third spot.

The CSCRA cars were comfortably led by Steve's Merc W196, getting quicker as the evening progressed, a 25 lapper matching the best of the night to finish comfortably ahead of Mike B's Vanwall. Mike's trio of consistent results was just enough to finish ahead of Mike D's Merc W154, both drivers hot lap times almost the same and both managed a 22 lapper.

This was the first of hopefully many CSCRA filled races to come...bring it on!

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Race results/report - 18 January 2018 - Falcon Sport 1/32 on the Coastal Circuit + Club Gr5 BMW on Ballayorkley

Nine members entered the first 1/32 Falcon Sport racing on the Coastal Circuit for 2018. There were quite a few really quick times, some super close racing and some unfortunate trips over the wall.

Heat 5 was particularly close with Steve, Andy & Kev less than a second apart for half the race, all three leading at one stage or another. Steve finished top with the most laps, Andy was runner up with the fastest hot lap and Kev took last podium position with best lane score.

Brian and Mark were very close and separated by half a second overall after 125 laps. Brian's result in the White lane only beaten by Andy with Mark struggling in the same lane.

Mike D had a great race with Mark in heat 8, both drivers led for roughly half the race each.

Mike B was very consistent to finish ahead of Andi who raced a club car whilst Dave also raced a club car.

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After the superfast racing on Coastal it was time to race the Club Gr5 BMW 320i's.

Steve's run in the Red lane was enough to ensure Mark was runner up whilst Mike D and Andy both had the same number of laps.

Kev, Mike B and Brian were separated by a lap and Dave managed a couple of consistent scores to finalise the results.

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Next week...Club 1/24th Sports (which were awesome last time out) and the new look Sports classes on Ballayorkley...I can't wait!
 

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Race results/report - 25th Jan - Club 1/24th Sports on Coastal + Sports on Ballayorkley

To start the nights racing we got the Club 1/24th Sports cars out, there were plenty of incidents and much close racing, everyone managed great hot laps and the end result was very close indeed.

Steve and Mike D were separated by less than a tenth, both drivers managing to achieve four good runs unlike the rest of tonights racers with Steve just managing to keep Mike in runner up spot. Both drivers hot lap within one thousandth of a second and Mike getting the second best single lane score of the night.

The last podium position was a four way fight with Brian managing to keep ahead of Paul. Brian's run in Yellow was the third best lane score of the evening. Paul managed the second best Red lane score to finish ahead of Mark (who managed the best Red lane score). Just behind Mark was Andy who managed the second best Blue lane score to finish ahead of Kev. Kev managed the best hot lap and best single lane score of the evening and just managed to keep ahead of Mike B. Mike managed the third best Yellow and White lane scores. Andi completed the scores and although obviously not as practiced as the rest of tonights racers still managed the fourth best hot lap of the evening.

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Over to Ballayorkley now for the Sports race, now separated into Standard and Scratch groups.

It was mentioned that at least one of the Standard cars was running different wheels to the car manufacturer, just to clear this up, Standard cars have the original body and chassis, tuning is up to the driver. Cars having aftermarket bodyshells and/or chassis are classified as Scratch, again tuning is up to the driver.

Sports (Standard) turned out to be a very close affair, this class being full of NSR Moslers in the past only saw one tonight with Brian just managing to stay ahead of Mark for runner up spot. Mark's Slot It Audi coming alive on Yellow and Blue for the last podium position. Kev raced a Black Arrow Aston Martin to a couple of 28 lappers to win the Standard class ahead of Brian. Paul's super consistent Riley managing to keep Brian & Mark's cars within sight to complete the Standard class cars.

Sports (Scratch) was to be a very close run thing tonight, Andy's Mosler breaking into the 5.7" lap times just managed to keep Steve's UOP Shadow DN4 in runner up spot. The DN4 managing a 6.0" lap seems to get better as the evening goes on. Last podium position was Mike D, his ultra rapid Ferrari 312P ballistic down the straights comfortably ahead of Mike B's UOP Shadow DN4. Mike equally comfortably ahead of Andi's Porsche 917. Andi raced the Porsche in the Red lane then raced Paul's Matra Simca which he raced well in Yellow and Blue lanes.

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Race results/report - 1 Feb 2018 - Team race with own cars...double bill

Eight people turned up tonight with a wide variety of cars to try out prior to deciding what to race in two different classes.

It was decided the most interesting way was for everyone to race a 'slow' car (e.g. Small Saloon/Sport) plus a 'fast' car (e.g. Saloon or Sport). Everyone did 5 qually laps with both cars on the Yellow lane...nobody matched their predicted score but Brian was closest with his Big Healey.

After qually was over the aggregate times of each driver were used to match up the teams. Two teams of four drivers raced the slow cars first with two drivers from the same team plus one driver from the other team racing together. There were some amazing close races.

Paul decided to stop racing the MG A early in race one as it wasn't competitive at race speed so the times shown are just to make the final result even. If he had raced within the capability of the car his predicted scores would have made the final result very close anyway.

Mark really threw the little Porsche 505 around, although not particularly fast it was great to watch and judging by the smile on the drivers face must have been a joy to race.

Andy and Kev had a trio of super close races. Brian's Big Healey looked more competitive than previous outings. Steve racing a Porsche for a change drove well in the Red lane. Mike B's little Chaparral had a great run in the Blue lane whilst Mike D's Cobra was the quickest car in the Yellow lane.

Now it was time to go a little quicker with the bigger Sports, Saloons and Group 5's...

A few cars not seen in competition either at all or for years, Andy's Broadspeed Jag XJ12C found recently whilst the boiler was being serviced, Brian's Racer Riley seen often in practice but was persuaded to race for the first time, Kev's new Mosler in Pearl Copper and Steve's Group 5 Capri out for a competitive run for the first time since 2015.

Paul's Porsche was consistently quick, although not the quickest is usually one of the quickest in the corners.

Mike B's Mosler in UOP Shadow black was flying round the track and one of the fastest cars all night whilst Mike D's Aston Martin DB4 definitely went best in the Yellow lane.

I suspect we'll be seeing Brian's Riley again, it was faster every time out with more to come, very smooth and predictable.

Kev's Copper Mosler went well for it's maiden run, not the quickest car but lovely to drive and set the best overall score of the evening.

Andy's Big Cat was ultra quick down the straights and wide in the bends...it's 'BIG'...

Steve's orange Gr5 Capri suffering from tyre baubles but managed a good run in the Blue lane.

Some 'slow' cars were nearly as quick as some 'fast' cars but there were some great battles in both sets of races.

When it was all over the scores were accumulated and with Paul's score estimated the result was a dead heat! :)

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Race results/report - 8 Feb 2018 - Saloon/Gr5 plus Club GT40 on Ballayorkley

An interesting nights racing tonight, Saloon/Gr5 with most entering Scratch cars and only a couple of Standard cars.

Kev entered the sole Standard Saloon and had a good run in Yellow but a loose gear in Blue.

Mark entered the sole Standard Gr5 and a trio of great runs to get really close to the Scratch podium guys.

The Scratch cars are seeing an ever increasing influx of BSCRA style bodyshells on competition level chassis, this makes for superior levels of racing as the cars drive so well. Andy, Mike and Steve all racing Betta and Classic Opel Calibra's showed what you can do in this class, Andy in particular blasting round in the 5.9's to finish top of the scoresheet with Mike just edging ahead of Steve.

This is the Opel Calibra in question, Mike and Steve both racing resin recasts whilst Andy's car sported a plasticard version in Gulf colours. All three cars look very impressive and no doubt will attract more like it later in the year.

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Paul's BMW M3 achieved a trio of consistent runs to finish ahead of Chris's Camaro Z/28. Both cars heavily outclassed tonight but both were a pleasure to watch racing around the track.

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Finally tonight it was time to race the Club GT40's with new rear tyres. They went well tonight with Mark, Andy and Steve all finishing within about 4.5 seconds of each other overall. Mark finished top with Andy just edging Steve back into third spot.

Mike had a great run in Blue to stay ahead of Paul with Paul getting the fastest lap of the night.

Kev and Chris raced very similar times to complete the results table.

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Next week it's Falcon 1/32 on Coastal followed by GP/F1 on Ballayorkley - another chance to see classic (CSCRA) GP cars in action!
 

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Race results/report - 15 Feb 2018 - Grand Prix + F1 on Ballayorkley

As only six people turned up to race tonight the planned Falcon racing was cancelled. We decided to race the GP/F1's for 5 minutes.

Early practice looked likely the classes would be split 50/50 GP and F1 but a last minute decision by one driver meant Andy and Kev were to race CSCRA Grand Prix cars together.

Andy's Gordini T32 and Kev's Auto Union D-type being raced for the first time. Both drivers thoroughly enjoyed their trio of races and shook hands at the conclusion of racing. Andy's run in Yellow was the big difference between the cars. The Gordini and Auto Union both looking well going round the track.

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The F1 drivers had 5 qually laps to match the twin heats. Paul and Brian raced first, Brian's Allslot Red Storm surprisingly outclassed by Pauls' Proslot Ferrari, the Ferrari looked fantastically smooth, a great advert for standard F1's. Brian only really looking comfortable in the Blue lane where he drove really well.

The second pair of racers saw Steve and Mark up against each other for a set of 5 minute races, Steve running out comfortably clear in the end with Mark having a really good run in Blue.

Overall saw Steve finishing comfortably clear of Paul and Mark's McLaren Allslot just ahead of Brians Red Storm.

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Next week it's Small Sports/Saloons plus Sports...see you then.
 

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Race results - 22 Feb - Small Sports/Saloons + Sports/GT on Ballayorkley

Sorry for the late results...got carried away with my Slot Rally track build...

Small Sports/Saloon - this class is great to watch and super competitive too. It's rare to see a Saloon in this class and tonight Paul's green VW Beetle battled against the small Sports cars, a trio of consistent scores saw him finish just behind Marks Standard class Porsche 550. Mark seems to love racing this little car, it's always super consistent, 66 laps always seems the target...67 next time?

Andi raced a new build TVR Vixen, a nice looking body, obviously early work in progress, left at the end of the evening with some ideas for improving for next time.

The quick duo of Andy and Steve with very similar fastest lap times finished comfortably ahead of a close battle for 3rd spot. Both drivers managing a brace of 25 lappers but Andy managed a better run in Yellow to finish ahead.

The close battle for 3rd spot between Kev and Mike D, both posting almost identical times in Yellow ended up with Kev just edging ahead slightly.

Brian achieved third fastest time in Yellow to keep well clear of Marks' Porsche.

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Sports/GT/Gr5 - Standard class - saw Pauls Group 5 BMW 320i running very close to the NSR Moslers of Mark and Kev. In the end Paul managed to stay just ahead of Brians' and Steves' NSR Moslers that finished a hairs breadth apart overall. Kev managed to just pip Mark to top spot in the Standard class which tonight saw a field full of NSR Moslers.

The Scratch class saw a trio of cars, Andys' UOP Shadow DN4 in a different class tonight, not far off a 30 lapper. Mikes' Ferrari 312P a wee bit off pace tonight finished well clear of Andis' Porsche 917

All in all a good night racing, the scratch cars we now see have pushed the performance envelope quite a long way this year, hopefully this class will grow during 2018.

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Race results - 8th March 2018 - Falcon 32 on Coastal + Road Legal GT Fun Race on Ballayorkley

Some great racing action in the Falcon 32's tonight saw a few multi lap head-to-head close races and a total of 9 racers.

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What was billed as a GT3 fun race ended up a road legal GT fun race...and it was brilliant fun, some exceptionally close side by side racing, a whole array of different car manufacturers from full factory racing specials to tuned basic chassis cars. This would make a great endurance event...roll on next time.

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Race report/results - 22 March - Club BMW 320i Gr5 + Sports on Ballayorkley

A good turnout of members tonight raced the club BMW 320i's prior to their race tuning for next time out. Most drivers struggled to get the best out of the cars but Steve won comfortably in the end ahead of Andy with Mark and Mike B close for third spot. Steve & Andy both made the cars look a lot better than they are to actually drive so did very well.

A newcomer to the club Ian seemed to enjoy the experience and went much better in the Sports class later on.

...next time out should see a big improvement for everyone and an easier life for the cars.

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Sports/GT was next, a trio of non Standard cars entered, Andy's UOP easily the best car of the three to finish top of the Scratch builts. A pair of 30 lappers and a 5.6" lap not matched tonight. Mike B's UOP also blisteringly fast on the straighter sections in the end didn't have to worry about Mike D's Ferrari as a bad gearmesh in the last race meant a DNF.

The Standard cars again saw a wide range of manufacturers with NSR, Slot It, Sideways and a MR Slotcar mostly very close in the end.

Kev's MR Slotcar McLaren out for it's maiden race and ultimately win, whisper quiet and smooth was very closely matched by Mark's as always super smooth Slot It Audi, in the end separated by only 0.085 of a lap. Steve's Sideways BMW M1 looked fantastic through the fast final bend, not blindingly fast but very easy to push hard and enjoy racing to keep a short distance to the first of the NSR Moslers.

Rogers Mosler looked fast as usual and could so easily have finished higher up the results table in the end was comfortably clear of the other Mosler entered by Brian. Brian's car looked competitive enough as usual, the results in Red/Yellow show how much more this car can manage. Not far behind the Moslers was the second Sideways BMW M1 raced by Paul, this car slightly quicker than Steve's in practice but maybe pushed a little too hard in the heat of close battle.

Andi was next, racing what for him is a tame car but was surprisingly competitive in the races it was in, standard Slot It's can go really well!

Finally Ian drove better and seemed to enjoy the cars in this class.

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Race results/report - 29 March 2018 - Club 1/24th Sport on Coastal + Saloon/Gr5 on Ballayorkley

A good turnout of racers tonight saw some really good driving and some equally good lap scores. Steve is always the driver to follow, although making it look easy he does actually race hard. Tonight scoring heavily in the Red lane, a trio of 36 lappers plus a 38 lapper was enough to finish top and just ahead of Kev. Kev also with a 38 lapper plus a quick 37 lapper in Yellow meant third place overall was Andy who mainly lost out in Yellow but still consistently quick enough to keep ahead of the close battle between Mike B and Roger.

Roger was very difficult to keep pace with but Mike raced very hard tonight to just edge ahead of Rog overall.

Another really close pair were Mark and Dave, both drivers very fast, you had to push hard to keep up, Dave's hot lap only bettered by Steve, in the end Mark finished about 3/4 of a lap clear.

Mike D normally seen on or near the podium positions still quick on a hot lap, tonight had a best run in Yellow finishing comfortably clear of the rest. Chris had a best run in Yellow to finish comfortably ahead of Andi despite Andi's super quick hot lap pace.

Ian must have got a shock tonight racing the clubs fastest cars for the first time and managing a 4.8 in the process.

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Now we had what was to become a trio of class winners as the Saloons & Group 5's raced on Ballayorkley.

Standard Saloons tonight saw a good mix of manufacturers, Mark's Slot It Alfa 155 was a joy to watch racing to runner up spot in class and finished a couple of laps behind Kev's Spirit Peugeot, Kev struggling in Red but really got going in Blue. Dave racing an out-of-the-box Slot It Opel Calibra managed a very consistent trio of scores to keep well ahead of Andi's equally consistent and rapid Ninco BMW M3. Ian racing a borrowed MSC Scooby managed to watch the right car most of the time with a couple of 20 lappers.

There was a great Group 5 battle tonight, a pair of BMW M1's vs a BMW 320i. Roger was the quickest of the trio on a hot lap but lost out in the Red & Blue lanes. Steve vs Paul was interesting, Paul's M1 pushed past the limits at times and quickest in the Blue lane was more than matched tonight by Steve's rainbow coloured M1, the score in Red was the decisive result, the car was superb blasting through the final fast right hander and best of the Group 5's tonight.

Four Scratch cars entered tonight, all were Saloons, the Betta Opel Calibra being the favourite plus Chris's Chevy Camaro Z/28. The trio of Opels were quick, Andy and Mike D much quicker than any of the Standard cars, Andy with a 28 lapper and Mike with a brace of 27 lappers in the end separated by less than a lap. Andy finishing top tonight with the best overall score of the night and quickest hot lap with Mike D well clear of the third Opel raced by Mike B.

Mike B's Opel struggled a lot in Yellow and had to make do with third in class. Chris racing a black Z/28 Camaro frightened the life out of the marshall at the top of the hill to finish a little way back from Mike B.

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...next week Falcon 32 on Coastal + Club GT40's on Ballayorkley (the GT40's expected to go MUCH better thanks to tuning by Mutley Racing)
 

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Race results/report - 5 April - Falcon 32 on the Coastal circuit + Team Club GT40 on Ballayorkley

8 drivers chose to race 1/32 Falcons tonight, fast and furious as ever with one or two issues being dealt with by some of the drivers.

Any racing on this track invariably rewards the most consistent driver on the night and this time round it was Andy who won comfortably in the end setting the best scores in all three lanes.

Kev overcame a few too many deslots in Yellow to finish slightly ahead of Steve who also had a few issues during the racing.

Mike B who seems to have rediscovered racing form of old was managing 4.7 sec laps and a trio of consistent scores to finish comfortably clear of Brian. Brian struggling in White to finish well clear of Andi.

Andi managing to stay just ahead of Chris despite the latter having a much better run in Yellow but struggled in the White lane.

Mike D's luck is sure to change sometime soon, a solder joint holding the motor finally gave up the ghost meaning a DNF in the Blue (fastest) lane.

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Racing on Ballayorkley was planned to be the new Club Revoslot Porsches in a team race, the cars aren't yet in stock so we decided to race the Club GT40's recently tuned by Mutley Racing.

Everyone ran 5 qually laps in Yellow, the teams weren't decided on the night so I did a few mix & matches to get the combined qually times as close as possible.

Three heats of three races took place, each heat being closely matched...VERY closely at times, all three cars side by side quite often.

The table below shows everyones qually time, the cumulative qually time of the team and the predicted solo and team scores which weren't a million miles off after the actual racing.

To prove how hard each driver was trying in qualifying, only four managed to beat their predicted scores, interestingly four drivers finished within half a lap of their predicted result...plus some sandbagging
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All being well the result would have been Team 3 first, Team 2 second and Team 1 third...as you can see from the results this didn't go to plan.

The cars were a pleasure to drive, Mutley Racing did a good job, the club funds going to good use. Last time out the best score was 74 laps, tonight saw six drivers go comfortably quicker than that. There were many positive comments after the racing and interesting lessons learned by the Mutley crew who tried some of these mods to other similarly set up cars - expect a resurgence of some cars not seen in a while
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Race results/report - 12 April - Saloon/Gr5 + Small Sports/Saloons on Ballayorkley

Tonight saw mainly Standard Group 5 cars, a trio of Scratch built Saloons and a sole Standard Saloon.

Thanks to Mutley Racing (Paul) the first race of the night was Kev/Steve/Paul racing Mutley tuned standard Racer cars, two with 19K sidewinders and the other with an 18K sidewinder. The racing was very close!

The fourth Standard Gr5 was Andy's Falcon powered Capri, easily the quickest on a hot lap and finished a lap ahead of the close Mutley Crew race headed by Steve, closely followed by Kev with Paul pretty close behind.

The Scratch Saloon race between the two Mikes and Brian was equally close, Mike D's Calibra marginally ahead of Mike B's Calibra. Brian's best run was in Yellow and he seemed happy enough overall.

The sole Standard Saloon entered by Dave managed a trio of almost identical times and was quick in certain parts of the track.

Many thanks to Paul, the Mutley BMW was great to drive, very enjoyable and close racing too.

The next class was Small Sport/Saloon. This is normally Andy vs Steve and was to be tonight. Steve's little Porsche was very smooth and with fastest scores overall in Yellow and Blue lanes ended up over a lap clear of Andy's equally smooth AC Cobra.

Third spot was a tight affair with Kev just managing to keep ahead of Mike D by the slenderest of margins. Brian managed the third fastest time in Yellow was next a couple of laps clear of Pauls VW Beetle. Not the fastest car in the world but Paul loves racing it and managed to stay a couple of laps ahead of Mike B's Chaparral.

Dave intended racing his Triumph TR7 V8 but had to retire the car early.

Next week is Club 1/24th on Coastal + Classic Mini fun race. With a few members off the Island next week we will have to see how many turn up. If eight members turn up we will race the 1/24th's but that may or may not happen so bring a couple of favourite cars just in case. We could always run a fun race with qualifying to match the heats, this always produces close racing.

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Just in case the images in last weeks results aren't visible from the facebook group you should see these...for now (free host has changed in the last 24 hours or so, the images are there but not visible here)...

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Race results - 19th April - Team Club GT40 + Classic Mini fun race on Ballayorkley

With a few club members off Island this week there weren't enough to race the Club 1/24th Sports on Coastal. Instead we raced the Club GT40's in a team race.

With three guests present we had three teams of three and some great (and fun) racing followed.

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Following the team race five members raced in the Classic Mini fun race, Kev, Mike & Brian racing Amato 3D printed chassis, Andy racing a scratch sidewinder and Mark racing a massive BMW Mini taped to a chassis of some description...the scrutineer turned a blind eye or two enabling it to race.

This turned into a good nights racing, these little (* and not so little *) cars are fun to drive.

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...next week - Slot Rally!
 

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Race results - 3 May - Falcon Sport 32 on the Coastal Circuit + Sport/GT/Gr5 on Ballayorkley

A really good turnout for Falcon 32 and some nose to nose racing at times.

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Racing on Ballayorkley wasn't quite a quick as the Falcons earlier in the evening but four different classifications of cars were entered - Standard Sport, Standard Group 5, Scratch Sport, Scratch Group 5.

The marshalls were kept busy at times but again plenty of really close racing which was great to watch. The mix of cars made a nice change with four different sub-class winners.

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Club BMW 320i Team Race (with Qualifying)

This was the first run with the newly tuned Club BMW 320i's. New motor pods and rear wheels and tyres was part of this process.
The cars were then tried for a few laps on their respective lanes to check they had equal best times. One of the cars was swapped for the slightly faster 'spare' car, putting them within 2/10ths of a second per lap of each other. As was seen when the racing began, this gave really close racing.

Firstly qualifying was run. This is a great way of ensuring some close racing in the heats. We rely on people not sandbagging of course, but this is easily spotted when the racing begins for real.
Paul top qualified, just in front of Steve by 27/1000ths, who in turn was only 20/1000ths in front of Mark! It was fairly close all the way through the grid, with even Keagan, who is still learning the track, only a second off the pace.

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These three started the first heat, with Steve coming off worst when Paul took him off at the first corner. He was then playing catch up for the rest of the race, with Mark and Paul having a good close battle. I won't even mention that Mark did the same thing to Steve in their next heat... talk about ganging up!
As was seen by a few people during the racing, if you get taken out, or come off yourself, it is very difficult to catch the time you lost back up, the cars are so close.
Both Paul and Mark, and others agreed that it was the best racing they have had for a long time.

There was some other great battles throughout the field, Mike D and Brian having some very close heats too. Even the newcomers, Wayne and Keagan improved as the racing went on. It certainly got them familiar with the track anyway, as we ran 5 minute heats.

In the end it was Team Desperate that took the honours, well done guys, great racing, maybe you won't be quite as desperate next time out!

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Thanks to Paul of Mutley Racing for doing the car tuning. Thanks to Claire for sitting this one out, and doing race control, to even the teams up.

Hope to see you all at the next race night; 1/24th Club Falcon Sports and Saloon Cars.
 

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Damn, I missed a good night by the looks of it...not sure when I can get down next either
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Racing this week started with the Club 1/24th Falcon Sports cars on the Coastal circuit. Steve had done a few track repairs before the race, so we were hoping for some trouble free racing.

Unfortunately it was the cars that we had trouble with this time. Both Andy and Steve had car trouble on the blue lane (loose motor that needed repairing). Andy lost a lot of time, so, to be fair, we decided to take an average of his two other lane scores, which changed his score from a frustrating 16.547 laps, to 33.011. One or two others complained about poor handling too, and the cars didn't seem to be quite as fast as normal.

Although ending at the back of the field, Wayne is still getting used to the circuit and cars, and probably needs a more appropriate controller, his own overheating during the racing. After borrowing Marks, he continued with no problem, driving sensibly, and keeping his car on the track most of the time, improving by almost a lap in his last heat.

Geoff was just over half a lap in front of Wayne. Not having not done too much racing with these type of cars lately, there should be an improvement next time. He definitely kept us entertained. If you are of a sensitive nature, either don't come to our club, or wear ear defenders!
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Brian was next, not quite as good as some of his recent results, but struggling on blue lane, as a lot of us did, meant he wasn't as consistent as nornal.

Mike Buss and Mike Dove were next, within a lap of each other in 4th and 5th. Mike Buss being the only other person, apart from Steve to get a 4.5 second lap. This is a much better performance from Mike with these cars, as he seems to have been off his normal pace recently.

Just off the podium was Andy, 2 laps ahead of Mike B, but 2 laps behind Mark in 3rd place. Mark raced well, but felt like he struggled with one of the cars.

In second, and just over half a lap in front of Mark, was Rog, who drove really well again, and is now consistentently appearing on the podium. Rog put in a storming heat on yellow, which helped him into that position.

Steve took the win though, managing a 37 lapper on white lane and a quickest lap, with a 4.521. Not the fastest times we have had with these cars, but they have done a few laps now, and had a hard life. Mike D has now taken them for a service and to check them out before the next race.

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The second race of the night was on the Ballayorkley Circuit and was for Saloon Cars. This gave the now usual mix of scratch built, very quick cars, and usually slower, standard chassis Group 5 saloon cars.

With the scratch cars; Andy White always builds a very fast car, and along with his well sorted tyres, is very hard to get near. This is no criticism, that is Andy's passion, but this obviously means more work/time/expense is required to compete, which isn't always everybody's choice. Hence the popularity of the 'standard' chassis cars, which take less time and effort to set up. Paul has gone his own way with these cars, and many have copied, usually with Pauls help. These similar cars produce some very close racing within that group, which is a lot of fun.

Wayne, driving an Andy White scratch built Peugeot, struggled a bit on red lane, but otherwise was fairly close to Brian, driving another scratch car, but this time a Subaru Impreza. Brian obviously would have done better if he had turned his hat the wrong way round and hung some furry dice off the interior mirror!
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Mike Buss was next up, but seemed to be struggling for grip, and spent most of the lap travelling in a spectacular sideways motion. Great to watch but loses speed. Mike doesn't seem to care though, it's not about the winning, it's about driving as fast as possible in a spectacular fashion! Great to watch!

In the middle of the group came the batch of 5 'standard' chassis cars, less spectacular but managing to get more laps in, and having some great racing too. Geoff put in a storming blue lane to take 7th spot from Mike B by under a lap. Geoff also drives in spectacular style, and really needed a lane sticker on the bottom of the car if he was to get the best out of the marshals!
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In 5th and 6th were Rog and Mark, both driving well, with similar cars, and ending up only a lap apart. Rog seemed to have just a slightly faster car, which he set up really well a while ago.

Next up were Steve and Paul, again driving similar cars, this time set up exactly the same. Steve managed to take the bottom step of the podium, just beating Paul by around a lap.

Beating Steve to 2nd spot, by less than a lap, was Mike Dove. Mike has been working on his scratch Calibra for a while, and is definitely the best of the rest with the scratch cars in this class. He couldn't get near Andy though, who was 2 laps up the road at the end of the race, with a beautifully set up Calibra and some quick driving to get 28 laps on both yellow and blue lanes, and a fastest lap of 6.06 seconds.

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Next week it is Slot Rally, should be fun. Hope to see you there!
 
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