A good turnout for the first event of 2022, a welcome return of a healthy looking Dave and a young newcomer Tommy who’s Dad last raced on a slot car track in the 80’s.
No Chris who was recovering from covid-booster-itis (it has many side effects, some worse than others) and no Michael who has recently been isolating also due to covid…let’s hope 2022 isn’t going to see too much of this.
The Club Revos have had the deep guides fitted and all 4 cars had their front tyres trued to the same size as the yellow car which is the easiest of the 4 to drive. This is to ensure full guide depth in the slot…and track records fell numerous times tonight.
The new visitor, young Tommy listened well, cleaned the tyres and a 7.1 sec lap is pretty good managed a best time in Yellow with the Marcos.
Dave had a re-run in Red after a braid was pulled out due to a mirror falling off the car in the next lane. The next two heats Geoff and Gavin raced with the spare car in Red which wasn’t as quick as the regular car.
Everyone else had a mix of good and bad luck as the races weren’t seeded.
Heat wins in heat order for Mike, Kev, Dave, Geoff & Andy
Next week is the first of the regular racing, Small Sport/Saloons and Group 5. Last year we raced Small Sports/Saloons then Saloons, this year we’re having a slow race followed by a fast race for all of the regular racing.
With Andy, Dave & Mike absent, we still had a good turnout thanks to the return of Chris & Mike H.
All three classes had competition:
Mike vs Gav in Standard class, AC Cobra vs Lancia Fulvia. Mikes Cobra having the benefit of setup time and testing was consistent, Gavs Lancia still in the early stages.
Kev & Chris in Modified class, Chris racing the E-type again, Kev racing a Chappy 2C for the first time.
Brian & Tommy in Open class, Brians Big Healey with a few years of racing under it’s belt was super consistent whilst Tommy raced a borrowed Triumph TR7 (thanks Chris) and had a best run in Yellow.
Heat wins in heat order for Kev & Brian.
About this time Mark showed up with a box full of Slot cars and goodies, expect to see some of these cars in the near future under new management. The club now has a controller - Truspeed BP2, one careful owner, just run-in.
This year Group 5 race on the same night as the small cars, some of these are huge (try getting past a Nissan Skyline in the tight chicane!).
Standard class has recently seen Kevs BMW M1 and tonight went well with Chris racing the too-big-to-overtake-in-the-tight-chicane Nissan Skyline, both cars managing consistent times and both drivers using SlotIt SCP controllers.
Modified class was busy tonight, Brians Capri has been the one to beat in this class of late and was tonight also, whilst Mike & Tommy finished close, Mikes Ferrari and Tommy using the spare club BMW 320i (which drives like a dream).
Open class only saw one car tonight, Gavs Porsche 935 going really well, he loves driving it and set the 3rd fastest overall score on the night.
Heat wins in heat order for Kev & Brian.
Next week we’re racing Saloons and Sports.
If anyone has a spare car to donate to the club for future new members to hire, they will be gratefully received. There’s already 4 Rally cars, we’re looking for Small Sports, Grand Prix/Pre-wing, Saloon, Sports and F1.
Some absentees this week but enough to have 3 marshalls.
Some new cars seen on track tonight, Tommys Mosler and Brians Opel. Meanwhile Geoffs hoppity Mosler has had a new chassis & pod, some tuning and tape got it going round in a competitive time. Kev racing a Scaley Merc DTM on a podded chassis. Tommy racing a SCX Fiesta acquired from Mark last week (we’ll see it in a few weeks in Slot Rally), Brian racing a race prepped Mosler…and Andy racing a standard Mosler!
Two Standard class entries, Brian vs Tommy…Brian turned up with a car prepped via whatsapp and apart from a dodgy guide wire from the factory probably doesn’t need anything more doing to it, what a fabulous looking car! The SlotIt Opel is definitely the go-to standard class Saloon. Tommy tried valiantly to keep the Fiesta in the slot but it really shines on a Rally stage.
One Modified class entry, Kev’s Scaley Merc DTM, it went well enough and is running NSR ‘black special’ tyres, very hard to true and somewhere between Supers and Ultras in grip, don’t seem to wear.
Two Open class cars, Andy’s Peugeot apparently had a broken Mack chassis and went much better tonight after a repair. Geoffs Opel Calibra gave Brians Opel a hell of a race in heat #2 and managed to win that heat a few car lengths ahead of the Opel.
Heat wins in heat order for Kev, Geoff & Andy.
Tommy went well for the first time out with a new Mosler, after much practice we called his car in for a tune and setup, Andy went through all the steps with him, what to check, what to set, what to look out for. This is a good car to learn from as most cars can be set up to the same principles.
I honestly can’t remember the last time we saw a Sports entry list only made up of Standard class NSR Moslers and it was nice to see Andy’s standard Mosler on track, as expected it was quick…and heat’s #4 & #5 saw Kevs & Andys Moslers blasting round well under the 6 second bracket.
Brian started well in Red, went better in Yellow and flew round in Blue…he’s knocking on the door of a 5.9 sec lap!
Geoff has had a miserable time with his Mosler, it’s been hoppity jumpity for a while now…a new chassis & pod seemed to help a bit but tape on the bottom to dampen the chatter and backing off the pod screws saw it manage a 6.2 sec lap in practice by a test driver. A best run in Blue and a 6.4 hot lap are progress for this car.
Tommy managed a 6.8” lap with his newly setup Mosler, track time and practice will see improvements.
Heat #2 was a belter, again Geoff & Brian in close combat, this time a couple of seconds separated them.
Grand Prix & Pre-wing F1 followed by Classic F1 & F1
A great turnout tonight with 8 cars in both rounds.
Grand Prix & Pre-wing
Geoff started the ball rolling in heat #1 with a dominant drive, the Talbot Lago having it’s best run of the night (in Blue) leaving Mike B’s Connaught and Chris’s Auto Union well behind.
Mike B then put in his best result in heat #2 (in Blue), Chris finished much closer with his best heat result by over a lap and Gavin did well in the slow lane (Red) with the quick Lancia.
Heat #3 finished super close with the lead changing loads of times right up to the last lap as Mike H & Gavin kept us on our toes, in the end Gavins Lancia Ferrari won the heat a few tenths of a second ahead of Mikes Cooper T53. Meanwhile Chris struggled in the Blue lane, the Auto Union still hasn’t had the brakes fixed but had a best run in Yellow.
Brian started heat #4 with confidence as the other two cars tripped up and he never looked back, the Vanwall super consistent, picking up heat wins. Meanwhile Mike H & Gavin swapped runner-up a few times, at the end it was Gavins Lancia less than a second ahead of the Cooper.
Heat #5 saw Kev’s Auto Union D type getting off to a great start but a deslot on lap 6 gave the lead to Brian’s Vanwall for 15 laps but Kev kept chipping away to eventually finish the heat about ¾ of a lap ahead. Mike H finished 3 laps back but managed his best run in this heat.
Heat #6 saw Andy’s Ferrari 156 win the first of it’s three heats with a best run in Yellow whilst Brian had a best run in Blue then Kev’s Auto Union had it’s best run in Blue in heat #7.
Heat wins in heat order for Geoff, Mike B, Gavin, Brian, Kev & Andy.
Classic F1 & F1
Classic F1 has been popular since the addition of the Policar cars, tonight the only one raced was Mike’s Lotus 72 that had it’s best run in Blue in heat #4 just a lap behind Brian’s NSR F1.
Standard F1 was filled with six entries, heat #1 was to finish super close between the runners-up as Geoff drove off in the distance in Blue but actually had his best run later in heat #7 in Red. Meanwhile Mike H & Chris swapped runners-up spot a few times but the end of the race saw Mike fractions of a second ahead of Chris.
Chris won heat #2, Mike this time over a lap behind with Mike B’s Lotus struggling a little in the tight Red lane.
Heat #3 - Mike H polished off tonights racing with a dominant win on top of his two runners-up spots. Gavin & Mike B ended on the same lap with the Lotus ahead.
Heat #4 - Brian’s NSR F1 with it’s first run tonight had it’s second best run in the difficult red lane but a good heat win for the nicely finished blue car.
Andy’s was the dominant car in class winning heat #5 whilst Brian had his best run of the night in Yellow, both cars finishing well clear of the other NSR in the heat.
Heat #6 saw the sole Open class F1 tonight as Kev’s MB/Allslot managed the first of three 30 lappers.
Heat #7 was the closest Andy managed to stay to the Black F1 ahead of him although he did lead for 8 laps.
Heat #8 saw the best lane score all night as Chris & Geoff battled for runners-up spot, Geoff’s NSR F1 too quick for Chris’s but not quick enough to give Kev’s F1 a race.
Heat wins in heat order for Geoff, Chris, Mike H, Brian, Andy & Kev
Next week it’s the inaugural ‘Club Challenge’ - identical NSR Moslers but with individual paint schemes with a concourse prize available.
There’s two rounds of racing the type of which is yet to be decided.
Rules for this new ‘Club Challenge’ are on the clubs Facebook page.
Race reports - 17th Feb - Small Sports/Saloons + Group 5
With a couple of storms imminent and a couple of club regulars unable to attend we had six entrees in each class tonight.
Three Modified class cars, Mike B racing his Moggy Minor for the first time and had a fantastic race with Geoff’s Mini in heat #2.
Chris’s E-type strangely went best in Red which is always the toughest lane but his closest race was heat #1with Mike’s Moggy.
Kev’s Chappy 2C had a best run in Blue which was also his closest race against Andy’s King Cobra.
Three Open class cars, Brian racing a well worn Big Healey won his first race ahead of Geoff’s quick Mini but in his next race finally had a ‘blow out’ despite meticulous pre-race prep (in 2020) ended the evening racing a rather quick Ferrari 365 P2.
Andy’s King Cobra flew round in Yellow & Blue whilst setting the fastest lane score overall but had a couple of deslots in Red whilst chasing Kev’s Chappy.
Geoff’s Mini had a best run in Yellow finishing a couple of seconds behind Brian’s Healey.
Three BMW’s, two Fords and a Nissan…
Standard class racing got closer tonight as Chris’s Skyline sporting NSR tyres on the back looked proper racey for the first time and managed 2 laps per lane more than last time out! Heat #1 showed how much improved as Mike, Andy & Chris all finished within 5 seconds of each other.
Andy’s BMW suffering from ‘water in the tank’ which was initially thought to be controller problem but proved not to be as the club controller used in his next race had the same problems and looking more like the motor in it’s death throes as it got worse in his final race…but it was the quickest car round the track when it was on song.
Kev’s BMW got nerfed off the bridge on lap #1 and spent the rest of the evening chasing Brian’s quick Capri, two storming races later relinquished the lead from the Capri.
Geoff’s BMW is probably his most consistent race car, winning heat #3 in Yellow whilst Brian & Mike finished a few seconds behind, this was to be Geoff’s best run tonight.
Mike’s Capri still running without a back window wasn’t quite quick enough to win a heat but was very close in two races. It’s a rapid race car that’s tough to catch as Brian found out in heat #3.
In Modified class, Brian’s Capri is another best runner, a deslot in the awkward Red lane meant a nervous wait until the final couple of laps of the evening to see if his overall runs were good enough for top overall score. A 28 lapper in Yellow was a super run to win heat #4.
This was originally to be a team race but 5 entries made that difficult so we decided to run the races as a handicap.
5 lap qually (on Red lane which everyone struggled with), the handicaps were quickly selected from the handicap chart created for such events.
The handicap is the figure the drivers totals were multiplied by so the fastest qualifier has a handicap of 1.00 i.e. no adjustment.
Brian turned up with a great looking SlotIt Maserati received earlier in the day and did well to get it ready for racing. A little extra ballast tuning before qually and it was going round the track really well.
Gavin’s ferrari 512 BB LM was sadly lacking in rear grip, standard Racer Sideways tyres just aren’t good enough, thankfully Chris kindly offered to let Gav borrow a set of NSR’s, with a couple of tweaks of the chassis by Chris, damping tape by Kev and that made a huge difference, 1.5 seconds improvement.
Chris, Geoff & Kev raced familiar cars, Kev’s Ferrari was the only car not running in Standard class.
Racing was 5 minute heats with everyone having to do a solo run in Yellow, this is harder than you think as you don’t have anyone to chase or evade.
Heat #2 was the first head-to-head, Chris vs Brian, both going really well, Brian making the Maserati look so easy to drive (in Blue) whilst the Lambo Huracan had a clean run in Red unlike most of the other guys tonight.
Next head-to-head was heat #4, Kev vs Chris, the Huracan suffering two deslots really late in the race and Kevs Ferrari needing marshalls help once. The 550 Maranello a little too fast for the Lambo.
Heat #6 was Geoff (in Red) vs Kev (in Blue). Geoff’s Group 5 Ferrari a victim of the Red lane curse, a deslot gave Kevs Ferrari the chance to get a comfortable lead it wasn’t likely to lose in the favoured Blue lane.
Heat #8 saw Geoff (in Blue) vs Gav (in Red), the pair of Group 5’s going head-to-head and to be fair the way Geoff’s black JPS Ferrari was going, Gav wasn’t going to keep up.
Heat #10 saw the return of Brian’s Maserati (in Red) vs Gav’s 512 BBLM (in Blue). Gav managed three consistent results tonight and Brian’s new GT3 finished the night unbeaten on the track…
…let’s see how the handicaps changed things:
Both Kev & Geoff went better than their predicted scores
Everyone went much quicker than their qually times (not forgetting qually was in the Red lane)
3rd, 4th & 5th places were really close
Heat wins in heat order for Brian, Chris, Kev, Geoff & Gav - (including solo runs)
Race reports - 3rd March - Club BMW 320i Handicap Race
These cars were last run 6 months ago, each one was checked and the motor in the Yellow car was changed for a new one as it was on it’s death-bed.
5 qually laps were run by each driver with the best lap used to work out the handicap adjusted results. Red lane was used for qually, next time we’ll try a different setting in the timing program so qually can be run on any lane.
With club members off Island or working and only four entries we took the opportunity to try a new heat system with two guaranteed marshalls…it worked well and both marshalls seemed to handle the job in hand.
The handicap is the figure the drivers totals were multiplied by so the fastest qualifier has a handicap of 1.00 i.e. no adjustment.
We ran two rounds with drivers swapped round for round #2.
For some reason tonights scores were much better than the last time these were raced and Michael in particular showed huge improvement by setting a hot lap only bettered by Kev.
Heat #1 was Mike (Red) vs Kev (Yellow), with red lane having a couple of awkward corners and direction changes, Kev managed to get round much quicker than Mike to win comfortably.
Heat #2 was Brian (Yellow) vs Geoff (Blue), with both car going well but Blue a little quicker, Geoff managed to win by less than a lap.
Heat #3, Mike (Yellow) vs Kev (Blue). The Blue car was flying tonight, all drivers easily setting their quickest lap time with this car.
Heat #4, Geoff (Red) vs Brian (Blue), Geoff did well but Brian drove the Blue car to a comfortable win.
Heat #5, Kev (Red) vs Mike (Blue), Mike had the quickest car and managed a quicker hot lap than Kev in the awkward lane, Mike would start to catch then Kev would push as hard as possible to reduce the damage…in the end Kev finished about a second clear.
Heat #6, Brian (Red) vs Geoff (Yellow), Brian managed a clean race but Geoff had an easier race with the Yellow car finishing nearly a second clear.
Round #2 was mixed up with Mike vs Brian and Kev vs Geoff.
Heat #5 was the closest race for Brian vs Mike, Mike winning the race in Blue by 4 seconds.
The final heat of the night was one of the closest finishes as Kev managed to keep the Red car just over a second ahead of Geoff’s Yellow lane car.
Of course the final results were yet to be found as this was a handicap race and favours those who need marshalls help the least, this time round it was Kev, but only by a single lap as Geoff drove great tonight, very consistent in Yellow & Blue lanes.
…let’s see how the handicaps changed things:
Unlike last weeks Italiano handicap, everyone was below their Club BMW predicted score.
Everyone went much quicker than their qually times (not forgetting qually was in the Red lane).
There was only one lap in it after 18 minutes racing.
Heat wins in heat order for Kev, Geoff & Brian in Round #1, and Brian, Geoff, Kev & Mike in Round #2
Tonight saw the return of Mike B from his Irish visit so we had full heats which kept the two marshalls on their toes at times..
Only one Standard class car tonight, Brian's Opel Calibra, still unscathed and new looking and nicely it goes round the track too. A best run in Blue and comfortably into the 6 second lap times.
Open Class was popular with a mix of classics and modern as a brace of US Muscle cars were up against a brace of DTM’s. Chris & Mike were close at the end of the racing, both beating each other to heat wins in rounds #2 & #3.
Geoff’s DTM easily had his best run in Blue, finishing the last 8 laps quicker than Kev’s Camaro that had tyre issues late on.
Kev’s Camaro running Scaleauto tyres went really well but they tend to ball-up late in the race but flew round in the Blue lane.
Heat wins in heat order for Kev, Mike & Chris
Standard class is the home of the NSR Mosler, four entered tonight with heats #1 & #2 being Mosler only races.
Kevs copper Mosler not easy to keep up with as Mike & Brian found out in heat #1 and a best run of 30 laps in Blue.
Brian saved his race-ready Mosler for the racing as he practised with a spare car and managed three great runs with a total of 82 laps which is podium pace. His closest race was heat #4 in Red…but was edged from the heat win by Geoff in the Blue lane.
Geoff’s Mosler miseries are now gone (...but not forgotten) and really got going in Blue with a great hot lap and heat score.
Mikes Mosler had a great run in heat #3 battling with Chris’s Dome Judd. Chris led for 16 laps, Mike for 11 and in the end were only inches apart…with Chris getting the win. This was to be the best run for the Dome Judd which was the sole Open class entry tonight.
Race reports - 31st March - GP + Pre-wing plus Classic F1 + F1
A good turnout tonight, 7 club members braved the sudden freezing blast from the north including snow.
GP + Prewing
It’s fair to say the Grand Prix classes are the most diverse.
Tonight there were seven different GP cars, Mike H was the sole entry in the Standard class, the Cartrix Bugatti 251 went best in the middle lane and the closest race was heat #3 finishing 3 tenths of a lap behind Gavs rapid Lancia.
In the Modified class we had cars from the 30’s to the late 50’s.
Kev’s Mercedes W25 is Mike D’s with a 3D chassis and had a best run in the Blue lane. Heats #5 & #6 were very close racing against Geoff’s Talbot Lago that is one of his favourite cars and was tough to beat, he had a best run in the Blue lane which was actually the quickest run of the night and finished a couple of seconds ahead of Kev’s W25.
Brian’s Vanwall is one of those cars that isn’t super fast but always guaranteed to do 21/22 laps. A best run in the Yellow lane for the Vanwall. Did you know that Vanwall was the first British Formula 1 team to win its home grand prix and the World Constructors’ championship.
Three Open class entries, Mike B racing a Mercedes W196 for a change, it’s another missile from Mike, super consistent too with a best run in the Red lane and two heat wins also.
Recently we’ve got used to seeing Chris’s Auto Union C-type on race nights but tonight raced a Maserati 250F on a rattle pan chassis. It’s very consistent and had a best run in the Blue lane but usually goes well in the Red lane also.
Gavin racing a very fast Lancia Ferrari had a best run in the Yellow lane and his closest race was heat #3 with Mike H and his Bugatti.
No Pre-wing cars tonight.
Heat wins in heat order for Brian, Mike B, Geoff & Kev
Classic F1 + F1
One Standard Classic F1 tonight, Kev’s Policar March 701 managed two heat wins the closest was heat #1 ahead of Mike H’s NSR F1.
Standard F1 was full of NSR F1’s, Chris’s car ate a tooth off the crown gear before the racing, a SlotIt was dropped in and it was flying especially in the Blue lane with a comfortable heat win.
Brian thought it was unusual Chris should have gear issues, claiming his NSR crown gear has been problem-free…which it was until the final race of the night where it stripped all the teeth off! Talk about famous last words, nevertheless managed the second best score in the Yellow lane.
Geoff’s yellow amel liveried car was having no messing about tonight, sh*t or bust somehow managed the best run of the night but in the Red lane and three heat wins.
Mike H managed three runners-up spots with the best being in heat #2 in the Yellow lane and a 6.7 sec hot lap.
Gavin’s F1 went best in the Yellow lane but came to an abrupt stop in heat #5 hitting the wall and jamming the axle spacer against the bearing meaning end-of-race.
A sole Open class entry tonight, Mike B’s Merced-ish with a best run in the Yellow lane in heat #3 also managed to win that heat ahead of Gavin & Mike H’s NSR’s.
Heat wins in heat order for Kev, Chris, Mike B & Geoff
Race reports - 7th April - Small Sports/Saloons + Group 5
With Andy back from his trip down-under and a few not able to get down we had 5 club members racing tonight.
Four Modified Class and one Open Class cars.
Geoff & Mike raced 3D Moggy Racers, both cars with S-can motors. Mike lost out in the Red lane, other than that there was very little between them either lane scores or hot lap times.
Chris was testing a Scaley BMW before racing but went with his tried & tested E-type Jag that achieved three similar scores and a heat win.
Kev’s Chappy 2C isn’t as quick on a hot lap as Andy’s Cooper but was more consistent than last time out. Both drivers managing heat wins.
The closest race was heat #5 with Chris & Mike within a lap of each other.
Heat wins in heat order for Andy, Kev & Chris
Three Standard Class and two Open Class cars.
Racer/Sideways rules Standard Class here, three different cars, Chris’s Nissan Skyline being a bit of a handful in the Red lane lost him time, otherwise he would have been really close to Geoff’s BMW 320i. Chris went well enough to win a heat.
Although Geoff’s BMW went really well it seemed a little down on lap time compared to recent outings.
Kev’s BMW M1 had a great run in the Yellow lane and two other similar lane times to keep clear of Geoff’s 320i.
The two Open Class cars went well, Andy’s BMW M1 was the quickest car round the track tonight and despite plenty of controller problems during testing seemed to manage around them in the racing.
Mike’s Capri always goes well, a couple of quick 26 lappers was on the pace of Geoff’s BMW.
The closest race was heat #3 with Mike & Chris within 4 seconds of each other.
Heat wins in heat order for Kev, Andy, Mike B & Chris
With Mike H having car problems we ran two rounds, round 1 was 5 minutes, round 2 was 3 minutes. Working out teams wasn’t worth it for the number of racers so I’ve created a results sheet to get two results as close as possible.
What was great to see was everyone racing a Mini, they’re not as quick as the Mustangs but for team racing it doesn’t matter.
There were three distinct types of Mini racing, Cooper, Clubman…and a couple of MiniSprints.
The ‘65 notchback Mustangs raced this time round were joined by a ‘69 Mach 1 Mustang.
With custom heats created we had a constant rotation of drivers on the rostrum, everyone raced everyone else.
Andy & Geoff raced notchback Mustangs in round 1 and Minis in round 2.
Kev raced a notchback Mustang twice, a MiniSprint twice and a Mach 1 Mustang twice.
Brian borrowed a Mini Clubman with a quicker motor than last time and raced it all night.
…meanwhile, Mike H stayed to help marshall and watch the racing. Armed with info about the pod needed for his Mini should see it on it’s race debut soon.
Kept in the tin since 2021 the cars were all cleaned out, one had a body repair, bearings oiled, screws set then everyone had a while to set their controllers and get a fair few practice laps in.
Race #1 was Kev, Brian & Andy and ended with all three cars within 7 seconds of each other, this was to be repeated throughout the evening.
Heat #2 was close, Mike B winning by 1.4 seconds from Kev.
Heat #3 saw Mike B & Kev sitting on the line as they hadn’t heard the ‘GO!’ whilst Chris cruised off to a half lap lead.
Heat #4 saw Geoff winning by 3.6 seconds from Chris.
Heat #5 saw Andy winning by 2.4 seconds from Geoff.
Heat #6 had the biggest winning margin with Andy in Yellow racing Brian & Geoff.
Race wins in heat order for Kev, Mike B, Geoff & Andy.
Heat #1 was a double false start as Geoff & Andy had to go round again leaving Brian to lead for a fair few laps.
Heat #2 saw Geoff winning by 3.1 seconds from Andy.
Heat #3 was the closest race of the night, Mike B, Chris & Geoff all finishing within 1.7 seconds, Chris winning ahead of Mike B then Geoff. All three drivers suffering deslotitis with the lead changing a few times, the last minute in particular was hero to zero and back to hero time.
Heat #4 saw Mike B winning by 2.7 seconds from Kev.
Heat #6 saw Brian winning by 1.7 seconds from Andy.
Heat #5 had the biggest winning margin with Kev in Yellow racing Brian & Mike B.
Race wins in heat order for Andy, Geoff, Chris, Mike B & Kev.
With club members away, working or not able to attend, we had three drivers and decided to race 5 minute heats without marshalls and shout ‘TRACK’ when a deslot happened.
Both Saloon and Sports results are affected by the number of track calls as the race timer carried on whilst we stopped. If the deslot was at the computer end of the track the timer was paused.
All three cars entered were Open class, Geoffs Opel Calibra was easily the quickest down the main straight whilst Mike’s Mustang and Kev’s Camaro were fairly closely matched.
Race #1 - Kev’s Camaro in front in Yellow whilst Geoff’s Opel in Red just finished 2.5 seconds ahead of Mike’s Mustang in Blue.
Race #2 - Kev’s Camaro in front in Blue with Geoff’s Opel just over a lap behind in Yellow and Mike’s Mustang just over a lap behind in Red.
Race #3 was the quickest of the three with only one ‘TRACK’ shout, all three drivers setting best lane scores in this race and Geoff’s Opel setting the overall best lane score whilst racing the Blue lane. Mike managed the second best lane score whilst in the Yellow lane whilst Kev’s Camaro lead for a few minutes whilst in the Red lane but couldn’t stop first Geoff’s Opel then Mike’s Mustang from getting past.
Race wins in heat order for Kev & Geoff
All three Moslers cars were the original chassis & pod layout and white kits.
The race order was mixed up after the Saloons with Kev in Red, Mike in Yellow and Geoff in Blue.
Geoff managed a best score in heat #3 in the Yellow lane
Mike managed a best score in heat #2 in Blue
Kev managed a best score in heat #3 in Blue’s
Again the races were interrupted by ‘TRACK’ calls but at the end of the night it felt like we had some great racing.
Race reports - 19th May - Grand Prix & Pre-wing + Classic F1 & F1
A good turnout tonight with seven competitors seen testing a huge range of cars from all eras seen in practice.
Grand Prix & Pre-wing
No Standard Grand Prix cars tonight but the same three Modifieds seen last time we raced these in March whilst we saw a new lineup in the Open class.
Kev vs Brian vs Geoff - Kevs Merc W25, and Brian’s Vanwall went a little better than the last event whilst Geoff’s super smooth and quiet Talbot Lago ended up half a lap behind the Vanwall which in turn was one lap per heat behind the W25.
Kev’s Merc W25 had a best run in the Red lane which is unusual for him as he prefers Blue lane.
Heat #6 was close with the Vanwall and Talbot only half a second apart at the end of the heat, the Vanwall just nicking 2nd spot.
…Geoff finished ahead of Brian in March, last night Brian finished ahead of Geoff.
Chris vs Mike B vs Gav - Chris & Mike were a little down on their last time out but heat #2 saw both cars finish within 4 seconds of each other with Chris finishing in 2nd spot ahead of Mike and heat #3 finished only 1.5 seconds apart with Mike nicking 2nd spot ahead of Chris.
Gav’s Lancia Ferrari was the quickest of the three cars in class but didn’t manage to stay in the slot as long as the other two cars and finished a few laps down. Gav’s best run was in heat #3 in the Red lane managing to finish just 5 seconds behind Chris’s Maserati.
Andy’s Ferrari 156 ‘shark nose’ best run was in heat #1 in Blue but managed his best lap in the last heat whilst in Yellow. The closest anyone got to the Ferrari was Kev’s W25 in heat #7 finishing 2 laps down.
Heat wins in heat order for Andy, Kev, Mike B & Brian
Classic F1 & F1
Standard Classic F1
Only one Classic F1 tonight, Brian’s Ferrari 312 B2 with three consistent and smooth runs despite being ‘run over’ late in the evening with the offending car trying to beat the high jump record set earlier by Mike’s Merc! His first race in heat #1 was close though finishing 1.4 seconds behind Mike’s Merc with Geoff’s NSR winning the heat.
The busiest class of all tonight which at the moment is populated by NSR F1’s.
Heat #1 saw Geoff racing the first of the NSR F1’s and he wasn’t hanging about tonight as he put his best time of the night down in Blue ahead of Brian & Mike B.
Heat #2 saw the next NSR F1 with Gav racing Mike & Brian finishing a lap behind the merc. His best run was in the next heat whilst in the Yellow lane finishing only 2 seconds behind Chris’s NSR F1. This turned out to be Chris’s best run of the whole evening, he has a knack of doing especially well in the Red lane.
Heat #4 was all NSR as Andy flew round whilst posting the first of many sub 6 second laps seen tonight.
Heat #5 saw Kev’s Open class Black Bull flying round in the Red lane, getting the ‘holeshot’ being necessary to get ahead of Andy’s NSR.
Heat #6 was even quicker as Andy & Kev managed their best overall lane score of the night and a new class lap record for the Black Bull.
The last race of the night saw Brian’s Policar Ferrari trying to stay out of the way of two much quicker and wider F1’s whilst posting his best single lane score of the evening.
Heat wins in heat order for Geoff, Mike B, Chris, Andy & Kev.
NSR F1’s with the standard King 21 motor seem to go best with zero or almost zero brakes, they flow much better through bends like this as Andy proved during practice, Kev trying this out with his NSR with a Shark motor fitted to get a similar feel to Andy’s car.
Some of the club members have done a great job of their NSR F1, adding livery to make these look more realistic than the generic base car.
Andy brought a box of cars down tonight, almost all were sold, GP cars, Rally cars and a Group 5…all no doubt will be seen in action at some time soon.
A good turnout for the first of two Le Manx events this year. Group C and LMP cars were seen in almost equal numbers.
Standard Class was an all LMP affair with most cars and all from different manufacturers. Brian hastily chose to race his SlotIt Porsche…which turned out to be a spot on choice as you’ll see in the handicap results. Gav was racing the sole NSR tonight, the Audi R18 tamed with his new controller and went well in the Yellow & Blue lanes. Mike’s Avant Peugeot was involved in a few two-cars-in-one-tight-corner incidents…some people never learn and had a best run in the Blue lane and three clean runs.
Modified Class was a SlotIt Group C with NSR Shark motor battle, Geoff’s Toyota stopped on track with a broken guide wire, the race was paused whilst the pit crew got it repaired…only for the other wire to break in his final race which required a car swap. Unsurprisingly his best run was in Yellow. Kev’s Jaguar went much better in Yellow & Blue than the Red lane which caught the car out with one deslot and couldn’t find race pace in qually (in the Red lane) which would have seen a better finish in the handicap results.
Open Class was a mix of Group C and LMP, Chris opting to race the Dome Judd which does go well and looks great and was actually the third fastest car on track tonight. A best run in Yellow for Chris. Andy’s Toyota (same livery as Geoff’s Modified Class car) was quick and consistent, a best run in Blue and a couple of heat wins. A good overall result and a super close handicap result…to be revealed later
I’ve done two results charts, a normal results sheet with Standard, Modified and Open class results and the second results sheet where the cars are listed on how close they were to their ‘predicted result’ using their best qually run lap time.
Race reports - 14th July - Mike Dove Memorial Classic GP & Prewing F1
5 qually laps were run in the Red lane, the best lap time being used to see who finished closest to their estimated result.
This years event was an endurance race. 10 minute heats saw three of the four GP cars suffering tyre degredation at various times through the heats, quick pitstops were seen by all three drivers (as quick as possible that is…some more successful than others!).
Heats were mixed so everyone raced three different drivers, with five drivers we had three marshals in the first six of seven heats.
Kev’s Merc W25B suffered really bad tyre degradation in heat #1, lap times falling rapidly after 28 laps. The driver swapped to a W165 for the other two heats.
Chris’s Maserati was the surprise of the evening going really well, two heat wins proof of just how well.
Thankfully Andy put Slot cars before table tennis tonight, the Ferrari 156 always goes well and did tonight. Not troubled on track and was an obvious candidate for the win.
Geoff’s Talbot Lago was also troubled by tyre deg later in the heats, lap times falling round about lap 40. The Talbots closest race was the final heat finishing a couple of laps behind Chris’s Maserati.
Brian’s Vanwall had a best run in heat #6 in the Yellow lane racing Kev’s Merc W165, tyre deg again having a bearing on the cars overall result.
Heat wins for Chris, Andy & Kev.
When all the results were in, predicted results compared to actual results…Chris’s Maserati race pace was the closest to his predicted result.
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