42nd Scalextric Club (17th September 2013)
Sports cars (not angle winders) competed over 4 lanes for 4 minutes at a time at this evening’s London Scalextric Club. A bit short on members due to regulars on holiday.
A young lad and his dad dropped by for the practice session.
Had the fastest car but wasted it!
Seemed to be lacking rear grip. Other racers said the same later in the evening.
Tremendous race at the end with Rino as our crashes evening out. He just pipped me by half a length.
I got 2nd choice of lane so chose Blue. We raced for 12 laps each time.
My best ever race! Brilliant drive. Got the hole shot and did a couple of clean laps to protect my lead.
Eased off just a touch and Pete reeled me in. Saw he was very keen to pass and driving a bit wild so let him go by during a few safe turns.
Once he was ahead I returned to my pace, braking early if necessary to keep him in front.
Rino was very slowly gaining on us both, driving like a man possessed! If I stayed behind Pete we would both be caught and only the first 2 go through.
I went back to braking normally. Tried to keep my muscles relaxed and eyes on my car. Pete and I were getting side by by side and he was slow on the power to avoid contact. I felt I had the edge and could nose ahead.
So I went for it.
A very neat lap got me on his tail for the main straight. Even Stevens to the end, where my braking got me alongside. Optimised the nasty turn 1 kink and drove round the outside at turn 2! Yeah!
Great exit from Turn 2 gave me a car length lead which I extended again through the hairpin. By the Esses the move was a clear success and I concentrated on keeping clean through the trick bridge chicane. I was fast through the loop, as before, so had a clear lead down the main straight.
Over the next couple of laps I kept the clean fast pace, firm in the belief I had them beat. A couple of laps from the end I heard Rino crashed our, so I knew a top 2 finish ws mine.
Crashed first corner and never got my rhythm back. Hands were shivering and I was cold – that’s my excuse! The occasion got the better of me as well, perhaps.
Crashed every 2 laps so I finished a lap down on the other 3 racers.
|Fastest Lap||Not sure|
|Laps:||11 (got lapped)|