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Here's the F1 championship table including dropped scores:



Mike really needs to win the race to retain his F1 title - if Clive comes second and they end up on equal points, Mike will win on having a higher dropped score. If someone other than the top two takes the race win, Mike needs to get at least 30 points more than Clive on Wednesday. Finishing second with Clive third would not be enough...

In addition to the F1 showdown, Andrew and me are battling for the F1 Classic Cup. Andrew needs a Classic Cup win to either win or share the championship he won last year. In the Club Championship, three-time winner John has a 50 point gap to overturn to become a four-time winner. Getting his first F1 win since October 2011 is his best chance -and that would put the cat amongst the pigeons for Clive and Mike in the F1 title race...

I suspect it's going to be a great night
 

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Just 17 on the grid tonight at the Barn, but it was an action-packed and most enjoyable season finale.



The racing was incredibly close through the heats - apart from a stunning pole-winning performance from Mike, which set himself up nicely for the win he needed to retain his F1 title.



The A final line-up looked like this:



It was a very close final - Mike took an early lead, binned it and then struggled to gain ground on Clive. Both had offs before Mike launched an incredible fight back to regain nearly a lap in the last 30seconds. He was just a few feet away as the clock ran down and a last-gasp double crash left him further back than he deserved at the chequered flag.



A superb end to the F1 championship, with Clive holding his nerve and taking home the silverware - a winner's medal...



...and the F1 trophy



More to come over the next couple of days. Pictures are up on Flickr.
 

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What a great night of racing. It was a shame that Andrew and Hannah couldn't make it as we would have seen the battle for the Classic Cup go to the wire along with the F1 championship and Club Championship. But no matter, we still had some superb racing up and down the field.

Commiserations to Mike as he was so far ahead during the heats but I think he chose the wrong lane in the final. White was fast but harder than blue to stay ahead.

Congratulations to Clive who drove an excellent final to clinch the title. A worthy champion with 3 out of 4 wins this season. Hope you got back ok mate!

Dave certainly reminded us all that he can't be discounted from anything with a storming last gasp quali run!

Finally a massive congratulations to Andy on his first two championships! Club champion and F1 Classic Cup champion is a fantastic achievement!
 

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Congratulations to Clive and Andy, great seasons work.
 

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Congrats to Andy, after a tough year it is heartwarming to see him end up Club Champion.

Congrats to Clive, just reward for all that travelling and late nights mate!
 

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Congrats also to Jon on becoming our fourth Rookie of the year - following in the footsteps of John, Darren and Duncan. I wasn't sure the Rookie championship would be too interesting after the first year or two, but we've had high-calibre battles this year and last, with twenty Rookies taking part in 2013.



Well done to Andy Parker for his final round rookie win to take second place and to Ash for an impressive third. All three will get certificates in January.

The championship tables are updated down the bottom of the 2013 season page of the website: www.whoracing.org.uk/2013season.html

And you can view the updated WHO Hall of Fame at: www.whoracing.org.uk/hall_of_fame.html

It is a great honour to win the club championship and be only the second name engraved on it after John. I managed to do a "Keke Rosberg" with consistency over the season and went one better (or worse?) than Rosberg by not even winning a race. A slight dip in form in the last third of the season was a worry. I wonder what would have happened if John hadn't missed those two rounds and with Mike missing three...

Anyway, I need to find a place for another big trophy


 

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Thanks for the usual warm Barn welcome!

Blistering qualifying by Mike leaving us all in his wake. Unlucky not to make it stick in the final but a last minute tweak to my car helped me out in the corners a little, and I may well have had the better lane.... Commiserations Mike.

Great to see Gareth in the 'A', a man really getting on with it after his 'second just isn't good enough' Sunday!

Many congratulations to Andy P on both the club and classic F1 championships, no one more deserving than him this year.


Clive
 

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Race Report

There were just seventeen racers on the grid for the end-of-season finale, but the evening proved to be breathtakingly exciting right down to the last seconds of racing.

We had a number of championships up for grabs, although a couple were decided before racing started. With Ned ill in bed and Hannah staying home in Hastings, the junior F1 title was Ned's. And with Andrew also not making the trip to West Sussex, Andy had his first WHO title - the 2013 F1 Classic Cup.

Andy was in pole position for the Club Championship with current champ John having to win the race tonight to have any chance of retaining his crown for a fourth straight year.

Mike also needed to win the race to beat Clive to retain his F1 crown. There was a lot at stake and there were also other racers like Gareth and Dave who certainly had the cars and the ability to win the race...

We ran the same track as last December, but going round in the opposite direction. That made yellow a tricky lane, but the other three were all quite evenly matched.

On the track, there was close racing and some extremely close battles for the all important A final berths.

At half way, Mike was already five laps ahead of the pack, with Clive second, Andy third and Gareth fourth.

With just the last heat to run, Mike had pulled away even more and Gareth had jumped Andy by just a tenth of a lap. Then Dave put in two superb heats to put himself above Gareth. Third to fifth were separated by just four tenths of a lap!

Finals

In a very competitive set of heats, Ash had ended up bottom of the pile and on his own in the E final. However, he was joined by Jon, Dave and Mike - all running club cars - and they delivered an excellent race. Dave and Ash left the other two behind and only a series of late crashes for Ash gave Dave the 'win'. Ash ended up with easily his best score of the night and fastest lap of the final.

The D final saw an incredibly close battle between Jonah and Duncan, with youth just about triumphing over experience. The gap at the end was less than a fifth of a lap - just inches. Jonah's Mega-G looks to be going nicely for next season, but will Duncan stick with his Tyco for 2014? Behind them were Jay and Ollie, both struggling a little in the gutter lanes, but both had shown great promise with good heat scores in the middle lanes.

We had another epic battle in the C final with Richard and Jon's duel lasting right up to the chequered flag. Richard closed out another tight final win - this time by exactly half a lap - and showed again what he can do with a good car. Richard is one to watch for 2014, as is our newly-crowned rookie of the year Jon. Just behind them was Paul, who is getting close to taming his fast, but twitchy Mega-G. Tyler was fourth with a decent score in yellow lane and won himself the medal for top junior.

The only final without a battle for the win was the B final. Andy disappeared up the road from the start and won by a comfortable couple of laps. With John failing to make the A final, Andy had already won the 2013 WHO Club Championship - a feat based on unrelenting consistency rather than spectacular wins. Behind Andy in the B final and the Classic Cup race came Simon. John and Andy Parker has a good battle for third, with John making yellow lane work for him and beating the rookie runner-up by a tenth of a lap.

That just left the A final and the battle for the 2013 Formula One title. Mike had picked white lane - where he'd set the biggest score of the day of 29.65 laps. Clive was in blue, where he'd scored 26.65 in the heats. Dave had happily taken red (24.75 in the heats) and Gareth was left in yellow (heat score 19.80).

Mike blasted off into a healthy early lead, but Clive hung on and went to the front after about 20 seconds when Mike came off the track. Shaken by his error, Mike seemed unable to close the gap to Clive and they stayed about two thirds of a lap apart for what seemed like ages.

Then both crashed in quick succession with just over 30 seconds to go, leaving Mike just under a lap behind.

Whether it was Clive becoming cautious after his off, or Mike throwing caution to the wind, the gap suddenly started coming down in large chunks. Lapping in just over three and a half seconds, Mike was taking several tenths every lap and with ten seconds to go was within striking distance of his rival. It was all or nothing for the race win and the title...

But it ended up to be nothing for Mike. Two offs in the closing seconds undid all the great work of the previous half a minute. Clive had held his nerve under enormous pressure and won an incredibly exciting season-long duel. In third and fourth place, Dave and Gareth has set excellent scores, but nowhere near the top two.

With three wins in three trips to the Barn, Clive rightfully follows Dave, John and Mike as WHO F1 champion - huge congratulations on an impressive achievement.

Another great end to a WHO season was rounded off with the presentation of the F1, Club and rookie trophies. Our main prize-giving will be in January when the top three in every championship receive a certificate.

Until then, have a great Christmas and I hope Santa is generous with his slot car gifts.

The 2014 WHO season starts at the Barn on Wednesday 8 January.
 

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Wow ,what a way to finish a great season.....

A fantastic night at the barn,thanks to all throughout the year who have set up,race controlled and packed up.but especially to Andy for getting us all together for a bit of fun every month....

Massive congrats to the winners..it was really good to see you Clive
....I think I peaked to early and did one of my very uncharacteristic lane choice dilly dallies....Clive you held your nerve and are a very worthy winner sir......roll on next year.....

In fact the whole evening had some very close and exciting racing.....

The big cup now has another name on it...well done Andy...

Looking forward to what next season brings.

Maximum seasons greetings to all at Worthing HO racing...

see you in the new year

mIkE and neD
 

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Good work Andy!

Will you be keeping the winner themed music for next year? Because Jon loves Slipknot!!
 

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I don't think Jon can be far off his first WHO win - January will be a great scrap and I expect Jon to be right in the thick of it. So the music suggestion might be very handy


I forgot to add the final Family Fortunes table of the year:



It's Simon, Jonah and Tyler who take the family bragging rights into 2014


All the final tables are on SlotForum (with pictures of champions & trophies) and on the website, which will soon have some more content added (like in the next hour).
 
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