February Club Class Super Car Challenge and Super F1 Report
February saw the inaugural round of two brand new and eagerly anticipated classes at SCHORC. As usual the tense racing was well balanced with the usual frivolity...
To make up for the lack of six inch bends at the last meeting, Tony had used no fewer than 6 of them for his latest track. Making up two 135 degree hairpins that challenged all and frustrated some. They did serve to make a very well balanced track across the four lanes though. Unusually some of the highest qualifying scores in both classes were on the white lane and the track delivered some really close action throughout the night.
Club Class Super Car Challenge
Ten racers lined up on the grid for the first class of the evening including the KMIHO's brother in law Karl who was having his first taste of HO racing. Tony had put together 4 Micro Scalextric Super Cars for the event that provided a very well balanced set and produced some surprisingly exciting racing for a usually much maligned chassis.
Consistent qualifying pace allowed Al to narrowly took pole from Jim who was just 0.2 laps down. Roy was just over a lap back from Jim in third. Tony, Paul Rose and Lee Henderson took the next three spots, all separated by less than a lap. Lee was justifiable pleased to put in the fastest lap of the class during his white lane heat and he also notched up the highest class total of the night during that heat. Lee Taylor came in seventh just under a lap ahead of Nick and Mark who had just a single tenth between them. Karl showed good potential and put in some good heats and had higher scores in his best lanes than several of the guys above him in the qualifying order. Karl also pulled off one of the finest manoeuvres of the evening flinging his car off the track and landing it in the cardboard box in the centre of the table.
Lee Taylor had a close race with Mark in the C final, finishing just under half a lap ahead at the end of the three minutes. Mark had pushed him pretty hard though and put in the third fastest lap of the class during the chase.
Lee Henderson and Tony had a cracking battle in the B final with the lead changing hands several times before Lee came out on the top. Paul Rose led at the start of the first lap but an off shortly afterwards sent him back to fourth. He made his way back to third passing Lee Taylor but retired after another off put him out of contention. Lee Taylor was fastest off the start line and held second from Tony for a couple of laps early on before the field spread and he finished third.
Al was fastest off the line, but spent the early phase of the race hanging just behind Jim and Roy. Lee struggled in his hop up yellow lane and rapidly dropped back from the three way battle for the lead. As they crossed the line on lap 16 the three leaders were separated by just a few inches on track until Al lost it around the first hairpin and fell back from the battle for the lead. Pushing hard to catch back up he throw it off again at the same corner and had to settle for the lowest step on the podium. Jim edged out Roy for the lead in the closing stage of the race but in the dying seconds Roy retook the lead he had held for most of the final and finished just a single inch ahead of Jim!
The 10 cars on the Super F1 grid were predominately Mega Gs with a couple of SRTs an MR1 and a few Super G+s. These proved quite a change of pace after the Micro Scalextrics and the four long straights of Tony's track allowed them to really stretch their legs.
From the outset it looked like Jim and Paul Rose were going to set the qualifying pace and going into the last few heats it looked like Paul Rose was going to take pole. Jim's penultimate heat in the yellow lane was a little off Paul's pace but a stonking score in his final heat in the red lane put Jim and his Super G+ in pole position by just 0.2 laps. Lee Taylor took the third spot almost 10 laps off the pole sitter's total but a comfortable 5 laps ahead of Lee Henderson in fourth. Al and his SRT lined up fifth 0.3 laps behind Lee with Tony and his selection of qualifying cars in sixth. Mark and his Super G+ wasn't far behind Tony, and Nick, Roy and Karl completed the qualifying order.
Roy might have been the slowest off the line but he made his way steadily through the field and built up a nice cushion from the rest of the field. Nick and Mark had a close battle and second place changed hands several times. A late off for Roy put Mark and Nick back in contention but Roy held them both off and took the C final win by 0.6 laps from Mark with Nick just 0.4 laps back from him. Karl continued to show good pace and improved on his yellow lane qualifying score but hampered by a number of offs, he finished fourth.
Al took the early lead of the B final and held a narrow gap over a close field for the first 18 laps. An off at the first hairpin handed the lead to Tony though who had been having another great battle with Lee Henderson for second. Tony held the lead for a few laps before a string of incidents allowed Lee to streak off and take the win by a lap an half. Al pushed hard to try and take second back from Tony but was caught out again and again by the first hairpin and this allowed Roy to sneak past and take third in the last few seconds of the final.
The lap chart of the A final fails to show any of the drama that unfolded between Jim and Paul Rose. Paul held the lead for the duration of the race but Jim pushed him really hard and closed the gap down to a fraction of a second several times. Paul held his nerve though and a couple of offs for Jim gave him a couple of brief respites before Jim closed him down again. In the latter stages of the race Jim switched to a full on win or bust strategy trying to catch Paul, and he put in his best lap of the night but unfortunately followed that by a couple of offs that left him just over a lap back from Paul. Lee Taylor hadn't been too far from the action finishing third and Lee Henderson rolled in fourth.
With the early form of Paul Rose's and Jim's cars so closely matched, the class promises more great battles especially as no doubt others will now be working furiously to tune their cars up to that pace...
Thanks to all who attended!