"just 4 fun", does NOT count towards the yearly championship.
December 28th - the final Thursday of 2017 saw the running of our end of year endurance event. This is where the final championship standings decide the team pairings - highest place teamed with lowest etc, etc.
With Will and Tim away on Christmas family duties and Chris back for a one-off visit, 9 were in attendance. This was good news for me as I don't particularly like marshalled racing, so I could sit out and do the "admin".
This meant the teams were sorted into 4 pairs.
Peter & Dave (P/D)
Keith & Trigger (K/T)
Wes & Steve (W/S)
Reuben & Chris (R/C)
Peter had once again bravely offered to supply all the cars for the event, Slot-it Group C Porsche, and with 4 teams running it was decided to use the middle 4 lanes. This had added benefit in that there would be no "fence running" of Peter's cars. 28 minute stints with driver changes decided by the teams was the format, with the cars staying on the lanes so everybody had a go with every one. Two stints either side of tea break.
First stint saw a very smooth drive from Wes with no de-slots and he pulled out a good lead over the returning Chris. Dave was doing well considering this was his first go at marshalled racing and Trigger was doing his usual thing of getting faster and faster until coming off with the usual expletive. He was the first to hand over (to Keith) at about one quarter of the time. The other three teams all changed drivers around about the halfway mark, with Steve instructed by Wes to take it steady and defend the lead. Reuben took over from Chris and set about closing down Steve and Peter looked to chase down Keith for third place.
End of first session results;
W/S (Red lane) 151.7
R/C (Yellow lane) 151.6
K/T (Green lane) 147.8
P/D (Blue lane) 146.7
Very close at either end of the leader board.
For the second stint all teams moved along to their next lane and the cars were reset at the start line.
As is often the case at these events the lap count tends to go up for every team in each session. Not so with Reuben and Chris, they dropped over 5 laps with the blue car, while every other team increased by two or three laps. This could have been even more for Keith and Trigger, but they suffered a broken guide on the red lane car. After a couple of laps of random de-slots and breakdowns it was decided to change the car for one of the ones that would have been used in the outer lanes if there had been more teams.
Results of the second session;
W/S ( Yellow lane) 154.5 (306.2)
K/T (Red lane) 150.9 (298.7)
P/D (Green lane) 148.7 (295.4)
R/C (Blue lane) 146 (297.6)
(Running totals in brackets)
After tea break the teams all resumed at their next lane. This was the session with the largest variance of lap totals with the highest, and lowest, of the night being recorded. Reuben and Chris made most of the very quick green lane car while Peter and Dave were very unlucky to suffer suspected motor problems on the already replaced red lane car. It would vary randomly between no-go, slow pace and full pace. Not easy for Dave to get to grips with, so eventually another replacement was used in the red lane.
Third session results;
R/C (Green lane) 159.3 (456.9)
W/S (Blue lane) 156.7 (462.9)
K/T (Yellow lane) 150.1 (438.8)
P/D (Red lane) 145.4 (440.8)
So going into the last session Wes and Steve had a 6 lap lead over Reuben and Chris, but with them using the rapid green lane car the result looked inevitable. Peter and Dave were 16 laps behind 2nd place but only two laps ahead of Keith and Trigger. Trigger started and the blue lane car seemed to inspire him, most of the evening it had shown itself to be, perhaps not the quickest, but the smoothest and easiest to drive car of the field. Often a good trait for an endurance car, for the first time of the event Trigger did a greater than 10 minute stint, actually driving up to literally a few seconds before the 14-minute halfway mark.
Results for the final session;
W/S (Green lane) 157.3
K/T (Blue lane) 150.7
P/D (Yellow lane) 147.7
R/C (Red lane) 147.1
Which gives a final result of;
Well done to Wes and Steve for a strong and steady performance.
Many thanks to Peter for supplying the cars yet again and I hope the various failures aren't too serious to rectify.
16th, 23rd & 30th November, 7th, 14th & 21st December. Even rounds run reversed.
GT - Any standard GT car from any manufacturer or era..
Hornby Pre65 front-engined sports/G - real car has to be front engined, not the slot car...
Go-Karts - Standard Go-karts from any manufacturer.
90s LeMans GT1 -Any standard car from any manufacturer that ran in the GT1 class at LeMans in the 90s. (Actually 94-98).. Any standard model of a car that ran in the GT1 category during the 90s at LeMans from any manufacturer. The class was only run from 94-98, so technically it is a five year period. Cars for this class include;- • Jaguar XJ220 • Ferrari F40 • Venturi 600LM • Bugatti EB110 • Dodge Viper • Honda NSX • Porsche 911 Turbo & GT2 • Nissan Skyline GT-R • McLaren F1 GTR • Toyota Supra • Lister Storm • Porsche 993 • Porsche 911GT1 • Nissan R390 • Panoz GTR-1 • Porsche 911GT1-98 • Toyota GT1 • Mercedes CLK LM • Although the Dauer 962 raced in GT1, no Group C cars will be allowed.
17th, 24th & 31st August and 7th, 14th & 21st September. Even rounds run reversed.
Classic Sports/GT -Basically Ninco Vintage Plus, Ninco Classic range plus contemporary cars from other manufacturers but limited to front engined sports and GT cars from 1963 and before. So Reprotec Cobra, Pink Kar Healey & 250 GTO, Revell (& Hornby if its out) E-type, SCX Healey & MGA etc. Ref Reuben.
Hornby BTCC (NGTC - Standard. Just latest range - BMW 125, Civic, MG6 & VW Passat..
"just 4 fun", does NOT count towards the yearly championship.
Normal four class / race on every lane format, for classes of cars that we may not normally run too often that are based loosely on races at the 75thMM.
70s and early 80s Saloon cars - This is for cars that ran in the One hour race on Saturday night and cars from the two Group A demonstration runs : Rover SD1, Ford Capri Mk3, Ford Escort Mk1&2, Mini1275GT, VW Golf Mk1, 70-74 Chevy Camaro, Alfa GTV, Ford Sierra RS500, BMW M3 E30 And BMW 635 csi.
Pre War GP - cars from before the WWII that ran in competition races of different kinds to open up to the Avus Streamliners as well as the Bugattis, Auto Unions and Alfettas.
60s V8 saloons - Mustang Notchbacks, Falcons and Galaxies. Early Camaros allowed too, as well as Mustang Fastback and other Yank tanks that were available in the 60s apart from the Aero NASCAR cars.
Early 60s GTs - Cars from the 45 minute GT race at the weekend.: AC Cobra, Jag E-type, Ferrari 250LM & GTO, Mustang GT350 (Revell) and Aston DB4.
Steve 105pts, Chris 102pts, Reuben 102pts, Peter 91pts,
Will 85pts, Jim 82pts, Tim 76pts, Wes 67pts & Dave 46pts.
So well done to Steve for the win. I think that may be his first ever meeting win.
Chris and Reuben effectively tied for second place, but as this is a one-off event, using Tony's "countback" method, gives the advantage to Chris by virtue of one more heat win 8-7.
Two maximum 36s were scored on the night. Both by people using borrowed cars - Steve using Peter's BMW 635csi in Group A/BSCC and Chris using Dave's '69 Camaro in V8 saloons.
Also well done to Peter for managing to use 24 different cars in his 24 heats and still managing to come 4th overall.
Breaking the meeting down into individual classes;
Group A / BSCC
Steve 36pts - Spirit BMW 635csi
Peter 31pts - Hornby BMW M3 E30, '70 Camaro, Mk1 Escort, SCX Mk2 Escort, BMW M3 E30 (Mabuchi) & Ninco Sierra
Reuben 26pts - SCX Sierra
Jim 21pts - Hornby Sierra (current), Mk2 Escort, '70 Camaro, Capri Mk3, Rover 3500 SD1 & SCX BMW M3 E30
Will 20pts - SCX BMW M3 E30
Tim 18pts - Hornby Mk1 Escort and Sierra (original)
Chris 17pts - Hornby Mk1 & 2 Escorts
Dave 11pts - Hornby Mk1 Escort
Wes 9pts - SCX BMW M3 E30 (Mabuchi)
Steve 34pts - Carrera Mercedes Streamliner
Tim 26pts - Cartrix Alfetta
Chris 23pts - Carrera Mercedes Streamliner
Jim 22pts - Cartrix Alfetta & Pink Kar Auto Union
Peter 20pts - Carrera Mercedes & Auto Union Streamliners, Cartrix Alfetta, Pink Kar Bugattis (2) & Auto Union