With no dropped scores in the class championships this year, Jon can't win the Mod championship next month, but he can put one hand on the trophy with another victory on the track. WHO Mod championship tables are here.
For all those struggling with difficult to drive or slow Mod cars, don't forget you can also race in the WHO Tuners subclass while still scoring in the Main championship. A Tuner car runs a standard motor, standard traction magnets and a hard body. The gear ratio and tyre height is free. A rapid SG+, Lifelike T, SRT, Artin F or Mega G would be a good option.
I am more than happy to help people tune their cars with them.
Actually the SRT was mainly removed from the rules of F1 because they had gone out of production and no one was running them. Therefore with the associated problems of checking their legality, it was deemed easier to remove them from the class. At least that was my understanding. I ran one on the last night they were legal and it was pretty competitive although tricky to slow down into tight corners.
As to how we would check the legality of an SRT racing in Tuners, anyone can bring a car to the attention of Race Control should they feel it to not be within the rules and there are ways of checking if the car is legal or not.
Is a "fast wiggle" where you keep hold of the controller and wiggle as opposed to a slow wiggle wich is when you put the controllers down wiggle about a bit then turn around 10 times then try to drive without crashing
It was an excellently competitive and laid back evening of racing at the Barn. Four visitors from 'up north' (but isn't everywhere is north of Worthing?) bumped up the grid to a respectable twenty racers. Gareth's track was fast and full-on and some of the marshals had a busy night.
With Gareth a little late, Mike took on the race control responsibilities as he did last month.
Stephen finally put in the sort of performance he's been promising in WHO Mod for some time - he qualified second overall.
This was the A final...
And so huge congratulations to Jon on a hat trick of WHO Mod wins and equally massive congratulations to Stephen for his first WHO Mod junior medal
Although Jon's stimulants of choice may be effective, I wouldn't want to see any juniors getting ideas. Stephen did very well powered by Haribo.
Hopefully Josh, Paul, Doug and Nick are at least halfway back home after their day trip to the seaside.
It was cool to have the grands fromages from three HO clubs in the same final tonight.
Obviously home advantage was a major factor in the result
A cracking night of racing and what a pleasure to welcome Doug, Josh, Nick and Paul to the Barn. They had some good looking cars and raced them well too.
I have to say I was delighted with how the track turned out. It was perhaps a bit shorter than I was planning but it made for a great challenge as we saw with the amount of crashes!
Jon was on dominant form as ever this season and I'm so pleased for the little g1tmy little brother that he has his first title in the bag!!
I have to say I don't think Tuners is wide open at all! Duncan needs to score pole and win and for me to only get 10th in order for him to win it. That is a tall order with only 9 people having run Tuners all season.
Hopefully we will see some more Tuners next season as people see how good the class can be.
Twenty drivers arrived to do battle on a gloriously warm July evening in Goring. With a number of regular drivers unable to turn up for various reasons, we were delighted to welcome Doug from CHORC and Nick, Paul and Josh from DHORC. Chesterfield HORC and Derby HORC are the two oldest running HO clubs in the country so it was a real pleasure to see the guys, their cars and exchange some HO chatter with fellow racers.
The track was a little different from recent WHO far being a fairly short lap with large sweeping bends, two very rapid wiggly sections and the spectacularly crash happy switch back zone to complete the lap. All in all I was rather pleased with it!
All five of the heat groups saw drivers setting some huge scores, the most eye-catching being Mike and Stephen McCann with their super sticky Turbo Mod cars, championship leader Jon Winslade with his SG+, Andy, Mike D, Nick and Doug who were demonstrating just why the SRT is such a beast of a chassis. Beast meaning awesome by the way!
As the dust settled on the heats, it was Jon on pole from Stephen and Mike while the B Final was the Chairmen of the Board, Andy, Doug and Nick. This was going to be fantastic!
The G Final was a good old fashioned duel between Tyler and Tony…SRT vs SG+… young vs old…well you get the idea! It was a close race until Tony crashed leaving him 2 laps down on Tyler who stepped up to the F Final.
The F Final featured the first of our visitors in the form of Josh who was driving an SRT with a beautifully painted Porsche 917 body. It really did look fantastic going round. Ash on pole with his Lifelike T had picked the popular inner white lane but it was Josh who found crushing form in red to dominate the race, winning by 4 laps from Tyler who had a great run in yellow to better his run from the previous final. Richard meanwhile was impressively racing a Micro Scalextric Nissan which just shows the diversity of the WHO Mod and Tuners classes and he brought it home 3rd in front of Ash.
The E Final had Duncan, Karolis and Jonah taking on the stepping up Josh. The early part of the race was between Duncan and Karolis before some confusion while Karolis was being marshalled caused him to drop down the field. Sorry about that Karolis! Nevertheless he went on a super fast charge to get the gap down from over 2 laps down to less than a quarter of a lap at the death. Josh found yellow less to his liking than red and came home 3rd with Jonah experiencing car problems in 4th.
We were all somewhat surprised to see nippy diddy Dadson, Ned in the D Final facing Simon with his lovely Aurora Ferrari Daytona, Paul with another rapid Midlands SRT and the stepping up Duncan. In the end there was no contest. Ned's car had a touch of the super glued down about it and he scored a big 33 laps to win from Simon and Duncan in that order. Paul unfortunately suffered a big impact as he exited the BSTS wiggle which smashed the pin retaining part of his chassis and ruined his race. A sad end to what had been a good run.
Ned's win meant that I had the Tuners win in the bag before the C Final began and could focus on trying for the B Final from pole. Also trying to stop me would be Dave and Mike M. Sadly the race win was gone on lap 1 which began a crashtastic plummet to 3rd and barely fending off Mike. Meanwhile Dave was driving a composed and fast race as he sought to end Ned's ascent through the ranks but he couldn't quite make it and Ned took the win and switched to yellow lane for the B Final.
There was a jovial atmosphere around the driver stations for the B Final as this first ever CHORC, DHORC, WHO Chairman Triple Threat race formed up on the grid and everyone prepared for a barnstormer. Off the line it was Andy in front, however I think there was some confusion going on between the orange Player car and Nick's red machine which cost Nick especially some laps. Andy pulled out a 2 lap lead over Ned with Doug not letting him get away too much either. Late offs from Andy and suddenly the gap plummeted down to a scant 2 seconds. When the chequers fell it was back up to 3 seconds and Andy had done enough. Ned was 2nd with Doug 3rd while Nick's challenge was sadly dented by a few incidents. I look forward to the return match!
And so we came to the A Final where Jon had elected for the inside white lane on pole and Stephen had chosen red. The previous 2 finals had been fast paced but Jon went supersonic blasting in a 3.12 fastest lap as he charged to a staggering 36 laps. Behind him Andy was completely unfazed about being on the unfavoured yellow lane and managed instead to blitz the rest of the field as he took 2nd. In 3rd place Mike again struggled slightly with his fast but unpredictable SG+ and Stephen came home a delighted 4th place to win his first WHO Mod Junior medal.
And that was it for another night. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. John F's absence means that Jon is 160 points of clear of Andy in 2nd which means he has wrapped up the title but the Tuners and Juniors will be battling on in October to see who is crowned champion.
Having my rear axle pop near the end of the race was nearly a disaster. It was important to have built that 2 lap lead. Also fortunate that the axle pops in as easily as it pops out. I might need to work on that - but that was a nice track for the Mega-G last night and I wasn't too far off Jon's pace
The website is now fully updated with everything from last night's race, including updated championship tables, hall of fame and national racing section. I'm looking to add a few articles to the Tech page over the summer.
I had an axle pop at the end of the C Final too. With my custom rear set up it can be race ending when that happens so I will be sporting a new chassis come September and October which will be when I next run a Lifelike T in anger. Although I still need a car for Nascar.
Sheesh that took 6 attempts to post. Whenever I hit add reply it goes back to the Index screen. So annoying!
Thank you very much Andy and Gareth for being such great hosts, really was so good to see WHO, CHORC and DHORC all coming together. Please see our picture story of our trip here. Look forward to the next time we meet up
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