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WHO Racing at the Nationals 2012-13

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Worthing HO Racing members race in the EAHORC national series one Sunday per month from September to July. Our club will host the final round of the 2012-13 season on Sunday 30 June, at the Heene Community Centre.

Eleven WHO racers took part in EAHORC events last season, and there were plenty of WHO successes, including a record eight race wins for John, Robin, Andy and Mike and the Main Grade championship for Mike. We came third in the club championship.

The new season kicks off at Yelling near Cambridge on Sunday 2 September, with the second round in Ipswich on Sunday 30 September. We club together to run a car up to each round, so let us know asap if you're interested in coming along (full calendar below).

An EAHORC meeting is like two WHO Racing events back-to-back. Practice starts at 9.30am and racing at 10am with the Open Wheel heats and finals. After a break for lunch, racers decide which one out of 4 classes - Nascar, LMP, Modified or Pro-modified - they will race in during the afternoon. The classes run in mixed heats and then separate out for the finals. The day usually finishes around 4-4.30pm. You can always choose to race in one session or both.

WHO Racing F1 Mega-G cars will be competitive in the morning. If you don't have your own car, club cars are available. In the afternoon, a WHO F1 Mega-G with a LMP body (loaners available) can be run in LMP and a WHO Nascar can run in the Nascar class. WHO Mod cars are not eligible in Eahorc Mod but can run in pro-mod.

This thread will be where we report back on club members' exploits in the national series. EAHORC has a page on this forum too, click here to read more.

The 2012-13 EAHORC calendar:

02/09/2012 - Yelling, Cambs
30/09/2012 - Ipswich
28/10/2012 - Chatham, Kent
02/12/2012 - King's Lynn
24/02/2013 - Chatham, Kent
24/03/2013 - Marlborough, Wilts
21/04/2013 - Ipswich
19/05/2013 - Norwich
Saturday 08/06/2013 - Edmonton North London
30/06/2013 - Worthing (Heene Centre)

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Round 8 - Norwich

Gareth drove Andy and Mike up to Norwich Slot Racing for the longest round-trip of the year (Norwich = 346 miles, King's Lynn = 326 miles).

The NSR HQ has to be one of the coolest slot car club venues in the UK and Lynne serving up hot drinks, bacon rolls and burgers makes it the best.

Norwich is a happy hunting ground for Andy in Open Wheel, with two poles and one win. He made it three poles out of three on Sunday, but just missed out on the victory to Clive - who took a stranglehold on the OW championship with Mike only managing third. Gareth was still getting used to his new car, won the C final and finished seventh.

The afternoon saw Gareth move to LMP1 - which made sure the class ran and gave Mike a big boost in his championship drive. It was a fantastic final with Gareth just about holding off both Mike and Deane to take his first ever national win. And that makes five WHO winners this season at Eahorc.

That only left Andy to take another win in Pro-Mod and to stretch out an almost decisive lead in the championship.

So, two more rounds to go - Edmonton on Saturday 8th June and Worthing (Heene Centre) three weeks later on Sunday the 30th. Who'll be joining us?
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The Eahorc thread is here.

The Eahorc website with more details, rules etc is here.

Do let us know if you're planning to come - for the whole day or just the morning or afternoon.

We'll have controllers to borrow, plus club cars available - and advice and help to get your WHO cars EAHORC-ready.
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I'll be there along with an army of brothers plus my Dad which should be interesting. He was very quick in our fun session on Monday night. He was also the only sober one but such is life!

I am happy to help anyone with any advice, tuning or anything else that you might require.
Oh dear I really must talk to the wife more
,as she has worked at Amex for 10 years they lobbed her some cash to spend so it has been decided that we are going to London for the night on the 29th!!!!!! As we will not have any kids with us(they are being locked in the garage) it is uncertain what time we will be back on the 30th so looks like I will miss out again,,,Bloody women
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That's a shame Mike although I'm sure you will have a lovely time up in London.

The next EAHORC visit to WHO is in October I believe. Get the date from the EAHORC forum section and get it in your diary now!
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Stephen and Daniel seemed convinced that they would be going racing on the 30th.

So Mike - maybe you need to add an extra big padlock to the garage door or renegotiate with the missus

BTW the next Eahorc visit to WHO is Sunday 29 September, with setting up on the Saturday afternoon.

If anyone can help set up this time - on Saturday 29 June - let me know asap. We start about 1pm and finish 5-ish.
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Perhaps we could find a willing WHO person to chaperone Stephen and Daniel to the Heene? If they're not heading to London, it seems a shame for them to miss out on racing as well.

I should be available for some set up duties. I will need to clear it with management though!

If we don't see my brother Michael this round, I wonder if we can tempt him over for the round on St Michael's day which is also, funnily enough, his birthday!
Round 9 - Edmonton

The trip up to North London and that sharp left turn off the A10 are always memorable. Veteran racer John Ovens hosts the race in a local youth centre to give the racing a different vibe to usual.

This year Mike and Andy drove up from the south coast and Jon W met them there.

Mike yet again set the pace in Open Wheel and took another pole position. Sadly he could not convert it, finishing second. Andy qualified fourth and Jon seventh, with both winning their finals and 'stepping-up'. Jon came in seventh, with Andy managing to climb a position to finish third overall.

The afternoon saw Mike carry on his LMP1 championship campaign - a superb final saw him take first place and maximum points.

Jon took a punt on closed wheel for his Eahorc debut. His brand new Super-G+ went well and he finished a solid third. Without a trip to the floor it could so easily have been second.

With Pro-Mod not running today, Andy moved across to Nascar. After taking pole position, he chased down triple Nasar champ Dave to overtake him in the last few laps for a very special victory with the trusty old Taco Bell #34 Super-G.

Next up is our home round at the Heene Centre on Sunday 30th June.
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It will be great to have support for our championship-chasing racers on the 30th.

These are the major honours WHO racers are battling for:

Eahorc Cup: Mike / Andy
OW Premier: Mike
OW Main Grade promotion: Gareth
LMP1: Mike
Club Challenge: WHO Racing

Plus championships that are already wrapped up:

Pro-Mod: Andy
Pairs: Dadson / Player

The most full championships we've ever won in a year was two in 2010 - Main Grade (Andy) and Rookie of the Year (John).

Already this season we've had 16 WHO wins (Mike 6; Andy 7; Andrew 1; Callum 1; Gareth 1), beating 8 last season (Andy 3; Mike 2; John 2; Robin 1), two the season before that (John and Robin) and just one in 2010 (Andy). So seven WHO racers have had 27 wins at the nationals so far, over half of them this season.

Will that total be added to on the 30th?

Race winners and championship winners will all receive their trophies at the end of the day's racing.
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As LeeT and Palros aren't racing at the Heene, I should pick up the OW Main Grade Minor Championship too. Not quite a major but still nice to add a third EAHORC title to my collection. I think I'm a bit too far behind Al for the CW Minor and obviously not being at Edmo hurt my scoring.
Probably no SCHORCers at Heene, I don't know why exactly.
It's a healthy list of WHO racers so far, with a couple more still trying to free-up at least half a day to join us:

1. Andy Player
2. Gareth Winslade
3. Simon Coombes
4. Mike Dadson
5. Ash Johnson
6. Helen Johnson
7. Paul Yates
8. Darren McHarg
9. Callum Davidson
10. Karl Eisenhauer
11. Alex Ferrigno (AM only)
12. John Ferrigno (AM only)
13. Andrew Rose (PM only)
14. Hannah Rose (PM only)
15. Duncan Skelt (AM only)

16. Caz Shaw
17. Colleen Shaw

That's five (and potentially seven) racers making their Eahorc debuts on the 30th

Next up will be building the track from 1 to 5pm on the 29th - any help is very welcome!

Here's last year's layout under construction:

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Hollo Worthing
Will you be posting a plan of the EAHORC track for the 30 june
I have been waiting /looking but have not seen anything listed as yet
and don,t know if you would be putting one up on the forum
thanks F.W
The track is made 'on the fly' the day before, and as such there is no track plan.
Hi free wheeler - there's no track plan for the national rounds as Deane said, but the footprint will be very similar to the picture in the post above - certainly a long straight in front of the drivers and the use of as much of the grey routed track as set-up time permits.

With a bit of luck (and if I remember my camera), I'll post a pic of the track on Saturday evening.

I also hope that the blue display board in that pic will be available - we'll drape it in chequered flags to use as a backdrop for the race and championship trophy presentations

Sadly, Gareth's relatives have had to pull out of Sunday's racing, so that does open up some extra places on the grid. Do let us know if you'd like to race. It will be an excellent day at the Heene.
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yes you shoul have me booked in I emailed Deane on 4/6/13
and he emailed me back as penciled in and Dave Peters
are coming down see you sunday morning....
See you tomorrow - we're looking forward to welcoming a good contingent of you guys from HONK.

There's more over on the EAHORC thread for this event. I'll post some pics of the track this evening.
Popped over to the Heene to help set up and spent an hour putting the copper connectors into the BSTS track joints. Tedious job but in very enjoyable company.

The track looks really fun to drive and judging by Mike's Mega G and Andy's Nascar, blisteringly quick!

Can't wait till tomorrow's race.
Well done getting the photo of the track up ... looks like a good day tomorrow.. should be a good fun. .
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