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Round 9 of the club championship takes place on the !2th September.

I can't make it this month, the first time since SCHORC started, so enjoy in my absence.

Can everyone pitch in, to make the event the usual SCHORC sort of meeting, thanks.
 

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I'll be there, and I will try and get there as early as possible to help with setup. I can't guarantee how early though as work has been hectic lately and it will be my first day back after just over a week off...
 

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As said before I will leave straight after work to start the setup. One thing that I have thought of is the collection and return of the hall keys??

Is it from the lady we met on Saturday (Poppa H) and will I need to pay for the hall on collection of the key. Please can you let me know.
 

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Guys,

I maybe late as i am driving directly from Woking.
 

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Top night last night. Seemed strange without Tony there though. Excellent track. Thanks to Lee for the loan of Christine!
 

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Well done to all for making last night an enjoyable evening, the smaller but tricky track in my opinion (who designed that!!!). Congrats to all of the winners in F1 and MOD. And yes Jim, Christine is an absolute animal to handle.

Yes it did seem weird without Tony. Hopefully see you all next month.
 

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Well done to Craig and Al. Sorry i was a little late.

Great work by Lee on getting everything setup. Loved the track (other than the U-Bend, which seemed to bring an end to most of my cars).

Looking forward to the race report.
 

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September - Round 9 - Race Report

Wednesday evening saw the regular gathering of the SCHORC faithful gather to worship all things HO. For the first time ever in SCHORC's history club supremo Tony was absent from proceedings, his brother Steve making sure the Stacey name was represented and most likely keeping an eye on proceedings to make sure things were 'done proper!' The gathered congregation got a bit of a shock when John Chell arrived in his hi-vis motorcycle oversuit, looking not unlike Marty McFly in that scene from back to the future. In Tony's absence it was left to Lee to arrive early and get things rolling, assisted I'm sure by other willing members, (I couldn't say who as I like to turn up after all the hard work has been done!)

Lee's track was a little different to the typical SCHORC offering but no less fun to drive. All members seemed to like the track, although most falling foul of the hairpin (nicknamed the U-bend before long for obvious reasons)



F1 class

The Tyco F1 class ran first with a field of 10 racers on the grid.

Things looked ominous after the very first heat when Craig put in a big score of 42 laps in the blue lane which wasn't bettered by anyone in any lane during qualifying. Apart from yellow lane Craig put in 40+ laps each heat to comfortably secure yet another pole position by almost 3 laps. Jim's steady driving saw him just pip Al to second place by just 7 tenths of a lap. Paul Homewood was looking at a very high placed finish but had a troublesome heat in white which left him in 4th with Lee hot on his tail in 5th place. John just took 6th from Nick by 2 tenths, with Paul Rose, Roy and Steve all closely bunched completing the grid.



The C final




Nick, Paul, Roy and Steve lined up for the C final. Usually the SCHORC racer's favourite the red lane proved troublesome for most drivers (except Craig) and was left for third pick which Roy duly took. Having only managed a shade over 30 laps in qualifying Roy stunned the field with a fantastic drive racking up 43.3 laps, the best of the evening, Nick took second with Steve in 3rd. Paul Rose retired about halfway through the race struggling to find consistency although not lacking raw pace as he took the fastest lap of the night.



The B final




The other racers were looking a bit worried as Roy stepped up to the B final as he again had the red lane. This turned out to be a very close run affair. Paul Homewood took an early lead with Roy second, Lee running third and John close behind. As the race reached the closing stages Roy was on a charge and was hunting down Paul, who looked like he was managing the gap. The gap went from 0.8 down to 0.6 and it looked like Paul had done enough to hang on to the win when Paul's car hit another racers stricken car on the track and came off. Roy went through to take the win leaving Paul feeling robbed. Lee claimed third with John taking 4th from the unfavoured yellow lane.

The A final




Roy had completed the first double step up for quite a while and found himself in the A final against Craig, Al and Jim. Thankfully for the others, this time not in the red lane. The A final couldn't quite match the drama of the B but was a good close race nonetheless. All the cars ran side by side for the first 30 seconds before Craig pulled out a lead which he coolly maintained in his usual style until the finish. Al and Jim once again found themselves in a close tussle in an F1 A final with the usual outcome of Jim pushing too hard and crashing and Al getting the better of him. Roy struggled with the yellow lane after 2 consecutive heats in red and claimed 4th spot.






MOD

After the excitement of F1 it was time for the faster MOD cars to come out of the boxes. Roy was sporting a smart looking datsun over a SRT chassis and John had a similar bodyshell on a lifelike chassis. Other than that all protagonists were using a Marchon chassis with either a Porsche or Ferrari shell. Jim having given up trying to get his LL-T competitive borrowed Lee's seemingly indestructible Marchon 'Christine'

Qualifying started off with controversy when the first heat had to be re run due to some issues with Race Control. Craig having put in a big score was the person most affected and after the resulting re run resulted in a damaged car was understandably not pleased. It clearly wasn't to be the Homewoods night in MOD as Paul Homewood struggled with an ailing car in one heat and had a dropped pick up in another which ruined his chances. Lee also struggled with his car in the first 2 heats but after some fettling put in 2 good scores later on. Al and Paul Rose fought it out for top spot with Al the victor by just 0.5 of a lap ahead of Paul with 198 laps each racked up. John took the last A final spot with Nick claiming 4th after another solid drive. Jim, Paul, Lee, Roy, Steve and finally Craig rounded out the grid.



The C final




The first final featured Craig, Lee, Roy and Steve. This was fun to watch as the race quickly split into 2 battles. Craig vs Lee for first and Steve vs Roy for third. Things were pretty close for nearly 2 mins after which Craig impressively stretched his lead and put in the 2nd best lap count of the night. Lee took 2nd and Roy just got the better of Steve who's car looked it it was lacking a little top speed.



The B final




Craig stepped up to the B final to face Nick, Jim and Paul Homewood. Although not racing 2 of Lee's cars featured in this one This was another eventful race as a couple of laps in with Nick having built up a bit of a lead there was a big crash on the back straight which resulted a bodies everywhere (Christine was unscathed!). It was decided that a restart was in order. After the restart Nick and Paul fought over the lead for about half the race until Nick started to pull away a little. Jim had a terrible start but managed to stay on in the later stages and just pinched second from Paul H at the death. Paul claimed bragging rights over Craig.



The A final




Lined up on the grid for the 'A' where 3 Marchon Porsches and John's Lifelike T Datsun. Al seemingly having regained his form of old took the lead early and drove a faultless race all the way to the finish. Behind him however a right old battle ensued with all three racers at one point holding second position and the fight went on all through the race. In the end all 3 were separated by just 2 laps (about 6 seconds) with Paul Rose claiming second, Nick third and Jon fourth.







Thanks to all who attended for making it another top nights racing
 

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Great report, thanks Jim.

I really enjoyed the track too so good work Lee. Thanks to everyone else who pitched in to make this happen too.

I was certainly glad to get my mod back on the pace. I put all the good bits in a different chassis again and all the left over bits in one of the other chassis I had been messing about with. The one with all the "best" bits was carp and the "spare" one was a treat. Guess I need to work on my parts grading system...
 

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Jim, great race report. The video should be completed in the next couple of days. Some great races made it a very enjoyable night, felt a little sad for Poppa H as it was my F1 car that careered across the table and caused the pile up.

Be good to see Tony back next month, so things can get back to normal.

SCHORC, SCHORC, SCHORC
 

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I am pleased to hear that you missed me
 
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