Endurance Slot Car Racing at the Manor Farm Raceway, Clanfield PO8 0RN
Bolwextric Charity Endurance Marathon
It was decided to run a slightly different format the theme being:
The Goodwood Nine Hours
Report by Nick49
It has become a tradition at the Bolwextric Club to run an endurance race in early March which is organised by the No Name Racing Club boss Jim Moyes or MrM as he's sometimes known. It fits in with the real life racing calendar as the Sebring 12 Hours is held in March as well.
This year we had six teams of three drivers each (once they had all turned up) running Ninco Classic cars provided by one of the team drivers. The format was to run for 41 minutes on each of the six lanes twice to make up the nine hours race duration.
Team SagaSport were again up for the challenge and represented by myself, Will and PJ once he had woken up, realised it was the big day, had a shower and managed to get himself to the race track!
Ruebens was another late arrival joining DaveL and Keith of Team Chang and was also going to be an early leaver as well.
Before the race vital preparations take place as snacks appear, the kettle gets busy and the banter begins.
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Other teams involved were Bolwextric who were Tony, Ade and Chris. Pressbutton Dickie, Peter and Steve Przybycin (you try saying that!). Obvious Winners, Jim, Kev and Wes. And the visiting team Loft Boys Peter S, Peter and Paul.
The race car of choice seemed to be the Corvette as there were four of them in hard top and open guises. I had brought along my repainted open top version which has been a sprint race winner before so I was reasonably confident of being competitive. Events proved otherwise! Teams Chang, Bolwextric and Pressbutton were also Corvette (hard top) runners whilst Obvious Winners and the visiting team Loft Boys were running the Jaguar XK120.
Once the vocal cords and cars have been warmed up it is time to line up for the start.
It has to be said that it all went according to plan because after the first 'hour' Obvious Winners were already just over three laps ahead of the chasing pack which consisted of Team Chang on 207.8 laps and Bolwextric on 206.4 laps. SagaSport was handily placed in fourth place on 203.9 laps from Pressbuttorn on 200.2 laps.
The visitors were suffering from lack of track knowledge and brand new Ninco car problems and had struggled to 176.6 laps. The Bolwextric team started to claw back the difference but Obvious Winners knew they just had to keep consistent, stay on the track and keep clocking up the laps.
The top three settled down into an order of Obvious Winners, Bolwextric and Team Chang. Team Chang had a very weird rocking bodyshell which was suppose to aid road holding but looked rather extreme.
Sorry about the quality this picture it is a video grab, but it shows the Team Chang “Orange Rocker” in action, I think it looks rather Citroenésk.
SagaSport was running pretty consistently in fourth place and benefited from Pressbutton suffering from firstly a motor wanting to jump out and then the rear axle doing the same thing but when those problems were sorted they began to put on the pressure.
Later Sagasport started suffering transmission problems which got worse as more teeth went from the spur gear and the rear tyres were wearing away quite rapidly as well. With about two hours to go a pit stop was needed to change tyres and clean all the considerable tyre debris away from the inside.
It didn't make much difference as the transmission problem robbed the SagSport car of top speed and the charging Pressbutton team went through to fourth place.
Those not driving chatted away the day while drivers stood their ground in grim determination.
This picture also shows some of the scores later wiped into oblivion to make room.
It was a tense last stint as Bolwextric tried to make up the laps on the leaders but eventually resigned themselves to second place.
SagaSport managed to struggle on to the finish with a car that sounded far from healthy.
The Loft Boys increased their pace and fell off less to record some of their best stints.
Through it all however came the team that lived up to their name, Obvious Winners as they crossed the finishing line on 2669.1 laps to secure the endurance trophy again.
Placings and Laps:
1. Obvious Winners -
2. Bolwextric -
3. Team Chang -
4. Pressbutton -
5. SagaSport -
6. Loft Boys -
The mighty wall of scores tells no lies.
Unlike the lap top which proved a little fickle but did provid some eye candy.
If you have any video, pics or stories about this event you would like to see added, please get in touch.
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