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GT40 Round 1 - 30th January 2018

Our track Fflatout Ffynnon is getting on now as it reached it's one year birthday. It was as if it knew becuase it threw a birthday strop and we had our first short on the track as we tried to get the night started. It took us a while but we found the culprit and rushed to squeeze in all the nights races.

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Highlights:

Gareth picked up a 5 second time penalty for an unsafe release from the pitlane and after serving the stop & go, very nearly did the same thing again, to the same driver.

Leon picked up a 5 second time penalty for jumping the start and shortly after one of his rear wheels came loose.

Jason seemed to be suffering more than most with the bumps in the track, may need to reduce the diameter of his front wheels a little and try a bit more weight up front.

RichP had a perfect nights racing winning all of his heats and managing the keep it in the slot much longer than everyone else.

Keith, Mike and James traded positions all night with Keith pulling it out of the bag to come out on top.

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Despite finishing one place behind, Mike manages to keep pace with Kieth by virtue of the bonus point for fastest lap of non podium finishers.

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Leon made too many mistakes to match RichP tonight but he did manage the fastest lap, meaning the problem isn't with his car! RichP is only a tenth behind and Mike isn't too far off either. Clive surprises with the fourth fastest time whilst the bottom four have some room to improve in order to bring their personal best closer to the top.
 

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These GT40s really are lovely little cars, they look so good with lots of different liveries and they went surprisingly well too! A really enjoyable evening's racing!
 

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We have a really good set of classes this year and they are all so different. The GT40s are old school but great to drive when set up properly. The Trucks are totally different to drive - slower but a fun challenge - and our trial run of DTMs promises some very close racing when we race them next week. LMP satisfies the speed freaks but banning the usual suspects of Slot.It, NSR and Scaleauto has made that interesting and full of variety.

This year is shaping up to be very entertaining. Im not sure which is my favourite class yet but the GT40s are real contenders.
 

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GT40's ROUND 2

27th February 2018

GT40's Round 2 very nearly didn't happen as the British obsession with the weather and the media frenzy over the "Beast from the East" (a little snow from Siberia apparently) caught a hold on our Whatsapp group and stories of deep snow and packs of wild wolves started to proliferate.

Keith and RichP were a little bemused as the club and surrounding areas was completely snow free and yet reports were coming in of 12ft snow drifts topped with hungry Polar Bears were coming in from all directions.

Then a message from Mike (who ironically has nearly the furthest to travel) asking where everybody was (he was at the club waiting) galvanised Keith and RichP to jump in their cars and join him (being careful to avoid the wandering herds of Caribou obviously).

So three of us turned up - enough to fill a podium is enough to race!!! We ran 3 five minute practice races to make sure the ice was cleared from the track and decided to run 3 proper 15 minute races using shouted track calls rather than have a marshal. With the track calls we stopped on a shout, when the car was replaced the others ran for 3 seconds before the crashed car restarted. It seemed a fair penalty for crashing. The lap counts were down because the clock was still running but it seemed an OK compromise.

Mike and RichP were neck and neck in all 3 races with Keith a little off the pace but still under 9 seconds. Mike was actually edgiing RichP on lap times in most cases but RichP used his fuel more wisely and caught Mike in his burn-more-fuel-to-catch-up trick. So all 3 races finished in the same order but each time Mike was less than 9 seconds behind RichP in a 15 minute race.

So here are the results. No bonus point for fastest non-podium driver because everybody was on the podium (once we cleared the Penguins off).

So for now Rich P, Mike and Keith are romping off into the distance. But it's early days yet.

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Hey Rich, you've short changed yourself on the standings... You had the 10 points and I had the 9 points from Round 1.

I've updated the spreadsheet accordingly...

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Oops! That will teach me to rush out a result whilst the boss isnt looking 😇

Thanks Leon. I may need that extra point later in the season...
 

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GT40 Round 3 - 3rd April 2018

I'm getting slack with these write-ups, I used to do them the very next day but these days my employer actually expects me to do work...

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Leon and RichP trade wins all night and end up having to share the honours. Leon had recurring problems with his loose wheel, needs to try and find a replacement set for next time.

Keith found a bit of pace with his GT40 and combined that with his steady performance becomes a serious contender for a podium place at the end of the year.

Jason stole all the attention with the most spectacular chip explosion ever witnessed. Flames spouting from his interior almost six inches high (*maybe) with a burnt electrical stench that I'm sure is still lingering in the hall now.

RichF grabs the bonus point to tie on points with Keith for the night.

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Five racers improve on their personal best laptimes with Leon the first to set a sub eight second lap.

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Richard has opened up a comfortable lead very early in this class and Keith looks strong for a podium finish come December too. But that is still a long way off for both of them but the good start should keep them motivated.
 

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Jason's fire was epic. He was stood next to me and he decided to pull into the pits as his car was going slow. Then as he did so he casually remarked "the car's on fire" - I thought he was joking and paraphrasing the line from the film "Rush". But as I drove flat out past the pits a bright orange glow from his cockpit told me he wasn't kidding!!!

It was spectacular and the GT40's windows are now quite deeply tinted :-0

The car didn't suffer any real damage apart from the chip. One for GregK to play with I think. A mosfet and a diode seem to have combusted. Amazingly the race continued with no negative effect on the APB or other cars.

I don't think anybody is going to top that drama for a long time.
 

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Wish I’d been there to see it! I bet it was the one thing that Mr Francis didn’t get a video clip of!
 

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GT40 Round 4 - 8th May 2018

Leon replaced his rear axle and his car was transformed.

Keith, Clive and Mike all suffered from wheels breaking loose of their axles and dropping some points.

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RichP beat off a determined challenge from Mike to secure second place with Leon enjoying more grip courtesy of having two rear wheels this time out.

Mike, Keith and RichF were very close on points, with all three finishing within one lap and sometimes on the same lap at the end of each 12 minute heat. Clive struggled with his GT40 with a few gremlins to iron out yet.

RichF grabs the bonus point for fastest lap to tie with Keith on points.

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The only drivers to improve on their personal bests were the same three who battled each other all night. Mike, RichF and Keith.

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RichP is still clear at the top as Leon moves into third place. Keith is going to have a battle on his hands to keep Leon and Mike below him. Everyone else has dropped two rounds already, so they need to stay committed to pick up those valuable points.
 

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Quick update for rounds 5 and 6 seeing as I had the database and the write-ups haven't been done.....

Leon is looking well placed for the championship win with RichP, Keith and Mike snapping at his heels (taking into account 2 dropped scores at season's end).

The rest of the field have dropped a few rounds but there is still the prospect of a decent scrap for placings.

Here are the combined results from the rounds...

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GT40's Round 7

Just results as I wasn't actually there and Leon is very busy at work. But as I had the database.....

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So by the looks of it Leon is unassailable at the top but the next 3 are very close to each other and have all dropped 2 rounds already - first to blink loses!!!

Actually one blink and a poor result could see others come into play. It promises for an exciting battle to grab the remaining podium places...
 

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Just noticed -RichP seems to have been deducted a point for round 1 - transposition error - to be amended next results hopefully. So he is only 2 points behind Leon....
 

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GT40's Round 8
2nd October 2018


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Round 8 of 10 - we are getting to the business end of the season now!

Class leader Leon baled from the evening hoping to maintain his 2 point lead - but would RichP whittle it down to a single point? Would new kid on the block Jason whip the rug from under his feet? In fact this class is very closely matched and with only 5 racing on the night it was wide open and any of the 5 are more than capable of the win.

As there were only 5 and the GT40's are prone to crashing we decided to run grids of 3 with 2 marshals but we doubled the number of races to maximise track time and chances of heat wins.

A feature of the night was the extraordinary frequency that Murray Walker announced a change of lead. In many of the heats all 3 racers held the lead at some point in the race.

Heat 1 - Jason/James/RichF. Jason made an early declaration of intent with a win 4 laps clear of RichF despite the fact that RichF didn't need to stop for fuel all night getting 16mpg to our 8mpg!!! 50 laps in 8 minutes - good going for our track and a standard mabuchi.

Heat 2 - RichP/RichF/Keith. RichP matched Jason's 50 lap count in a much closer race with RichF a single lap behind. Challenge accepted!

Heat 3 - RichP/Jason/James. OK so this would decide the early advantage and this proved to be the closest heat of the night. With all 3 racers holding the lead at some point RichP settled into a slight lead of maybe half a lap about 2/3 of the way through. James and Jason were chasing hard and something had to give. James then found the limits after inspecting the armco several times leaving RichP and Jason to battle out the last portion of the race. But then, with 60 seconds to go Rich P caught an edge and crashed and was replaced half a lap behind Jason with 45 seconds remaining. So he went for it and was reeling in Jason with about 5 laps remaining. With 12 seconds to go he was within a couple of seconds of Jason who cracked under the pressure and spun out - but as he had crossed the line before RichP - RichP had to make it all the way round and record one more lap to secure the win. He did so - with Jason chasing hard but unable to recover lost ground - so both had 52 laps in the end and the gap was only 1.7 seconds. Whew - and only another 7 heats to go!!!

Heat 4 - RichF/James/Keith. Jason and RichP were glad of the break from racing and marshalled. RichF was now well in the groove having perfected his fuel-saving-momentum-conserving race style and he recorded 52 laps - a shame he didn't do that from the off. James was second with a respectable 48 laps.

Heat 5 - Jason/RichP/Keith. Another heat where all 3 racers were in the lead at some point it had settled by 2/3 distance with RichP a very comfortable 2 laps ahead of Jason and with more fuel left - happy days! But then DISASTER - RichP got full power on a hairpin and took off when replaced without touching his throttle - his car had lost ID!!! So the marshal re-did the ID and RichP resumed racing but was now 2 laps behind Jason with about a minute to go. And that's how it ended - Jason and RichP inseparable in the overall results.

After the break we repeated the heats.

Heat 6 - RichF showed it wasn't a fluke and romped home with 52 laps. James upped his game and recorded 51 (enough to have won the first 2 heats).

Heat 7 - RichP was seeking to regain the lead after his ID loss and in a tight battle took the win with 52 laps - a single lap advantage from Jason.

Heat 8 - Jason upped the ante by recording an epic 53 lap win whilst RichF and James had a very close battle for second - both finishing on 48 laps with a small advantage to RichF.

Heat 9 - RichF had been starting to suffer power issues which, at first, seemed to be car related but turned out to be a bit of car and throttle with his Truspeed trim pot playing up. In this heat it really played up and he was well back whilst Keith and RichP battled for the lead with RichP ending up ahead. Keith wasn't slow but his car seemed a couple of tenths off the pace which in this closely matched class was enough to compromise his racing.

Heat 10 - With RichP a single point in front Jason had to win to either tie for top spot or even take it outright if RichP came 3rd. And win he did with 52 laps with RichP 2 laps behind paying the price for a couple of early offs and burning too much fuel playing catch-up.

So top spot was shared by Jason and RichP. Jason, RichF and James all recorded their fastest laps in this class with Jason racing up the table to 3rd.

Leon retains the championship lead by a single point - but will he defend his position or is he baling from this class as rumour suggests. Only Keith has a dropped result in hand - for everybody else if you miss another round you will drop back.

Here are the numbery bits...

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GT40's Round 9
6th November 2018


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Round 9 of 10 - we are getting nearer the end-of-season mince pies!

Class leader Leon baled again from the evening giving up his slender single point lead to RichP - so even if Leon turns up for Round 10 all RichP has to do is turn up and score 8th place or better - not difficult given the turnout for this class!

But if Leon doesn't turn up for the final round RichP is Champion. However there is still a very tasty battle between Keith and Mike with only a single point between them - they will be fighting for 2nd and 3rd overall. But if one of those two fail to turn up then RichF has a slim chance of grabbing a podium.

Jason is showing some sparkling form at the end of his first full season and, although it is too late to challenge for the podium this year - he is looking like the front runner for 2019.

As only 4 of us turned up for Round 9 we decided to run 2 cycles of heats with some medium length heats of 9 minutes and some sprints of 6 minutes. Fuel strategy was going to feature with a full fill needed on 9 minutes and a part fill only on 6 minutes.

Just like the last round Murray was working overtime announcing lead changes as the cars were all evenly matched for speed and fuel consumption except RichF who seems to enjoy exceptional mileage on a tank of fuel. RichF suffered some car performance issues again - this time down to a transplanted wiring loom and lack of his own controller which seems to be terminal.

Heat 1 saw RichP win with Jason and RichF one lap behind and very close to each other.

Heat 2 and some very dodgy marshalling saw RichP in 1st and Mike in 2nd untangled and placed back after some time, the other way round which meant RichP went from 1st to 3rd in about 5 seconds. He fought back but not enough to catch RichF who gratefully accepted the boost...

Heat 3 and it was Deja Vufor Mike and RichP - once again untangled and reversed whilst Jason skipped gleefully into the lead where he stayed. RichP was feeling a little aggrieved at a potential 2 point loss - but would it make a difference at the end of the night?

Heat 4 was won my Jason with a clear 2 lap advantage from Mike and 8 laps over RichF who was suffering a stuttering car.

Heat 5 and we switched to the shorter sprint races - RichF's superior fuel consumption would have given him a distinct advantage as he would be the only one not having to refuel - but his car was misbehaving and he had to borrow RichP's spare which was actually almost as quick as RichP's main car but fuel was much more on a par with everybody else. No dodgy marshalling this time and a good win by Jason who was 2.3 seconds ahead of RichP at the end.

Heat 6 And Mike was pushing RichP all the way but RichP dragged it over the line less than half a lap ahead of Mike and 4 laps ahead of RichF who was trying to race but not break his borrowed car.

Heat 7 and Jason turned the screw further with another clean win over RichP then Mike - all 3 cars within 2 laps of each other.

Heat 8 and Jason already had the night's win in the bag - so far ahead that RichP's "lost" 2 points didn't make a difference - Jason's car was literally on fire earlier in the season but now Jason himself and his new soot-free GT40 are metaphorically on fire and looking very threatening for the 2019 season. An emphatic and convincing result for Jason that none of the other racers had an answer for.

There was some interest in the final heat as Mike and RichF went in with the same points so whoever won their private race would claim the final podium position. Mike was actually shaping up to beat Jason and they both crossed the line a few seconds apart with Jason once again ahead. RichF was some way back with his unfamiliar borrowed car.

So we have one round left in this class and RichP is already the champion. Jason started his surge too late in the season but he is the one to watch for 2019 as we are retaining this class with no changes. Leon seems to have bowed out of GT40's so Keith is a single point in front of Mike which means there is still something to race for in Round 10. If either Keith or Mike don't turn up then RichF could nick a championship podium if he finishes in the top 3 on the night. As everybody has already dropped 2 rounds the points all stand and it's a straight race for the line.

I am glad we have kept these cars for 2019 - they are not as fast as the Slot.It or NSR GT40's but they are a lot of fun and they seem to be remarkably similar in performance - witnessed by quite a few lead changes in nearly every heat. Regardless of whether they are an old one or a new DPR version the cars seem identical in performance potential and I would say they are ideally suited to our technical track with it's fairly short main straight.

We just need to figure out how to go a little bit faster than Jason (although RichP did get fastest lap in this round from Jason - by 0.001 of a second!!!

Here are the numbery bits...

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PSCC GT40's 2018 - Round 10 (final round)

4th December 2018

The final round of the GT40 championship for 2018 and there were quite a few potential changes on the leaderboard reflecting just how close this class has been.

RichP had already tied on the championship win in the previous round but everything else was up in the air.

Jason took the win from RIchP with some intelligent racing steering clear of traffic - he was two points clear of RichP on the night which is ominous given his recent form and the fact we are running this class again in 2019.

Only 5 racers turned up and we decided to turn up the heat on the marshals by running a grid of 4 - crashing could therefore cost a lot of time with only one marshal to cover the whole track - racers beware....

We also decided to run a cycle of 9 minute heats and another cycle of 6 minute heats - it seems to be a current favourite format and gives everybody more shots at a heat win.

Gareth made a welcome return to the club after a couple of months sabattical. He also made the most of it by climbing off the bottom of the championship leaderboard :) Gareth was also the only racer to improve his lap time on the fastest lap leaderboard - nice positive trend to carry into next season.

Jason needed a good result to climb above RichF but as he missed quite a few rounds he wasn't in contention for the overall podium - but now he has learned the track - watch out for 2019.

Keith needed a podium to pip Leon to 2nd in the championship and he did that - JUST because Clive pushed him hard all night and they ended up sharing 3rd position. Congratulations to Keith on his championship 2nd place.

I won't go through the heats - mainly because it was hectic and close racing so I was concentrating on trying to win rather than mentally recording the racing and marshalling single-handed was a bit of a blur.

But I do know that the racing was close and exciting and fair and we are all glad we kept it on for 2019.

Here are the results...

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