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Andy Player
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It was a fabulous day of Scalextric digital racing at the Barn yesterday. Twenty-one people joined us for at least one session, including three visiting the club and trying out digital slot car racing for the first time. The Suzuka-inspired track was superb and gave us some great racing through the day and evening...

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First up was BTCC qualifying - with two new Civics topping the charts - and then Race One, which saw Gary kick off the defense of his title with a win...

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Seventeen people took part in a highly-competitive club car rotation race. Mike put together an awesome performance across all six cars and topped the chart. Alex worked hard to master the digital format and went away with a junior medal and a copy of Slot Car Magazine to read...

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The final action before lunch was BTCC Race Two. Jean was simply sensational - winning the C and B finals and then beating both Gary and Mike to take a first BTCC feature race win!

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Simon cooked up a treat for lunch and we devoured his hot dogs and wedges. After a bit of a rest, the track was powered off and we started the afternoon with some Slot.it Group C racing. Two qualifying heats saw the top three from each go through to a 40 lap feature race. Oli and Alex won their heats, but it was Oli who stamped his authority on the final, finishing a lap ahead of Andy...

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Dennis joined Jean for Goodwood Revival to debut the fabulous Lotus Eleven that is modelled on the car Jean's grandfather racing in 1958 and 1959. It might not have been the quickest car, but it was the most eye-catching....

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The Eleven was up against plenty of mid-to-late 60s sports cars, but it was Mike and Peter's Jaguar E-Type that won the St Mary's-style pairs format...

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We wrapped up the afternoon with the final BTCC race - and it was a cracker! The reverse grid placed the top drivers in the bottom final - with just two stepping up to the B final. It was Gary who finished first, with Mike grabbing the second spot ahead of the chasing pack. Mike headed the field the next race, with Gary just beating Alex S to runner-up spot. Despite an impressive drive by Alex F, it was Mike and Gary who gave us a humdinger of a race in the A final. Alex had fallen back by half distance, with Mike and Gary then swapping the lead and throwing everything they had at each other. It looked like Mike had won it, but then Gary somehow managed to get through to take his second BTCC win of the day...

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And there was still more to come... But before we started on the evening Tourist Trophy GT race, it was time for a bit of a breather for the race control team and a chance for everyone to grab a cuppa and have a natter.

Back on track at 5.45-ish, a frantic qualifying session decided the six cars to race, followed by negotiations to sort out the teams - four pairs and two teams of three. The lights were dimmed and we were ready to race for 300 laps...

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It looked a tight battle at the front, despite Gary pulling out a lap lead early on with the DiSCA Proton Porsche. Alex and Dean's AST One McLaren were swapping second with the Massive Motorsport Aston Martin, which seemed on a different pit strategy to everyone else. The Rum Bum Racing Audi R8 was certainly in the mix too. As the race wore on, some of the cars had problems - John and Alex's McLaren suffering chip ID issues and the AST One McLaren requiring repairs. Massive Motorsport were off track for over five minutes to repair a loose connection, dropping them right out of contention. At the front, Gary and Ash drove superbly, pulling away from Alex and Dean in second. Keeping things clean, Mike and Matthew's DadoTech Porsche crept up to third place, just ahead of the Audi of Peter, Duncan and Simon. That's how it finished...

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Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a brilliant day of racing. Special thanks goes to the set up crew, the race control team and to all those who stayed at the end to pack away. Thanks also to Dean who loaned us his monster 50-inch TV for the day (with the size of the track, it was essential) and to Lyn who brought us some treats that kept blood sugar levels up during the afternoon and evening.

There will be a video coming soon - plus a slightly longer race report, RCS64 stats and championship tables over on the club website.
 

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Gary Skipp
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Well done to everybody racing on Saturday. It's a pleasure to come and race with WHO Digital and the Suzuka track was excellent! Well done to the hosts, Mike & co. for track building, Andy at race control and Simon in the Kitchen.

BTCC was terrific fun as always and I really enjoyed the GT race for the Tourist trophy. I was very pleased with the Porsche and it was able to tackle the circuit with aplomb. COngrats to Ash for driving alongside me and allowing us to retain our TT win from 2018!

Great fun all around :)
 
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