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Tonight was round one of our new 'Open Wheel' class for 2012 and what a cracker it was too. Lap records for the class were frequently broken until Mike set what was thought to be possibly the fastest timeof the night of 9.619 secs on yellow lane. Wrong - Jim smashed this in the A final to a 9.476 on blue lane, a great time with a standard Scalex F1. Well done to him.

Having a very keen Junior section with in the club it was refreshing to see the younger drivers battling it out in their heats and finals. One of the youngest, James T fought his way through from the D final on the least favoured yellow lane to proudly take his place in the A final along side Jim, Peter and Mike. Well done to him
and it just shows that these youngsters given the right car can hold their own with the adult, more experienced club members.

Seventeen drivers braved the cold Norfolk weather to attend this event and the final results were as follows:-

JIM 25 + 1PT FASTEST LAP 9.476 SECS

PETER 23

MIKE 21
JAMES T 20

ROGER 19
GRANT 18
ALEX 17
VIV 16
RICHARD 15
MARK 14
ALF 13
JAMES H 12
ROY 11
OLI 10
SHAUN 9
CHRIS 8
DAVE 7

Next week sees Round 1 of the Fly Porsche Club Cars Championship. Hope to see you all there, weather permitting. Mike
 

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Well done to JK - a quality drive with a quality car.

Well do James T - an exceptional drive from a young inexperienced driver. It was a shame that his car didn't take the pressure as well as James did and gave out in the A final. Hopefully his experience and reward from driving consistently will encourage him to drive the same way in races to come. Perhaps some of the other youngsters will gain something from James' performance.

Just off the top of my head, I'd suggest that winning 3 finals in the least favoured lane is a record. I recall JK winning 3 finals (although whenever he has a bad heat he's always a bit of a 'ringer' in the finals
) but the first of those was in a more favoured lane. However, he did go on to win the A final.

It was good to see the different makes of cars - old and new scaleys and new SCX's. I think the more reliable and steady Scaley Indy's just shaded the evening's racing but that could well change as the series progresses and the newer cars bed in. Watch this space. BTW, there are still Scaley Indy's to be got both individually at around £30 (Pendle) and as a pit crew set at £23 (Top Slots n Trains). If you don't want the pit crew I'm sure Mike will happily add them to the scenery


Finally, well done to all 17 drivers for turning out in such awful weather.

The Porsches are prepped and ready for next week. I've cleaned out all the 'grass' that got in them from the last club car session!
 
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