Turns out I had quite a lot of time on the Eurostar so...
August Super F1 and Club Class Report
A bright evening in August saw 8 racers gather for round 4 of the Micro Scalextric Club Class Supercar Challenge and Super F1 Championship.
Club Class Supercar Challenge
Qualifying had an unusual extra dimension in that the car on the blue lane was quite delicate. A heavy off would knock the motor up and severely compromise it's speed until it was pushed back down again. For a good score in the lane then, a bit of care was vitally important...
Paul Rose took pole from Al by 0.7 laps. Roy was a few laps further back in third and Lee was just half a lap further back again. Tony was the first of the guys who lost out due to the loose motor in the blue lane and qualified fifth. Nick, John and Mark completed the qualifying order all having suffered the slipping motor in the blue lane to some extent.
After a close start a few mistakes from Mark in white allowed John in blue to build a reasonable lead that we has able to hold for the duration of the three minutes.
The early leaders of the B final were Nick in yellow and Tony in blue. John struggled to keep up in the red lane which was widely held to have the worst handling car, and quickly feel back to a distant fourth. Lee in white feel back early on but gained a lot of ground in the middle of the race, passing Nick to take second and challenging Tony for the lead. In the end though Tony won by half a lap from Lee, with Nick just a further tenth of a lap back.
Paul got off to an excellent start in the white lane and Al managed to just about keep in touch from the blue lane for the first 8 laps or so. An off for Al then gave Paul a bit of breathing space although he still went on to put in the highest class lap count of the night by nearly 2 laps. Tony managed to squeeze a lap count from the red car that few would have thought possible and bought it home third ahead of Roy in yellow.
Paul's Mega G looked mighty in his first two heats in the white and blue lanes and indeed he topped the tables in those. It looked less good in red and struggled in yellow but still delivered him pole by a margin of nearly three laps. Lee was second having beaten Al by just a tenth of a lap. Nick drove well to secure the fourth spot on the grid followed by John, Roy, Tony and Mark.
Despite a number of offs, Tony in white managed to hold off Mark in blue for the duration of the race. Mark ran him pretty close several times as he charged hard and set the second best SF1 laptime of the evening but in the end Tony finished a convincing four laps up.
Nick drove a great race to win the B final and hold off a charging John by just over two laps. Roy and Tony had a close battle for third with Roy finishing a third of a lap ahead of Tony at the end of the three minutes.
Paul made an excellent start in the white lane and for the first 9 laps it looked like he might be heading towards his fourth straight Super F1 win. Unfortunately his car's pace then started to drop off as his arm (it was later discovered) had popped up slightly. Lee has charging hard in the blue lane and soon passed him to take the lead. Paul did all he good to wring every fraction of a second from his car and briefly retook the lead following an off for Lee. However he could only push his car so hard and an off dropped him back slightly and he found Al in third not far behind him. Nick decided to retire from fourth having dropped back some way and could then watch as Lee took his first win, 1.6 laps ahead of Paul who was 0.4 laps ahead of Al.
Al, thank you for managing to squeeze the report in whilst travelling on your holiday, hope Zoe was ok?? That was a really good nights racing, as I have said previously in the Super final I thought momentarily that Mr Rose was toying with the pair of us. Not until I smelt the familiar smell assoicated with melt arms in Mega-G did I realise he was not. LOL
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