Ray had encouraged slot racing legend James Cleave to join us for our August meet and with Ray’s grandson Aston in toe too that meant there were 8 racers on the grid.
Al had built a interesting track with a bridge and quite interesting 270 degree tightening radius descending corner. Unfortunately due to extreme jet lag following his recent return from SE Asia, Al forgot to take any pictures of it.
Micro Scalextric Club Class
James adapted quickly to the Micro Scalextric cars and took pole by over 7 laps from his nearest rival Al. Ray was third at the head of a tight pack of Nick and Steve who were all with just over lap of each other. Tony lined up fifth ahead of Paul and Aston with Paul taking the fastest lap of the class during quali.
Young Aston in blue gave Paul in white a run for his money with Paul’s couple of offs early in the race looking like they could cost him. Paul had settled into his groove by the halfway mark though and as Aston fell back he charged forward to take the win by just over three laps.
Paul hopped up into white again and after some early offs he found himself out front and outpacing Nick in yellow, Tony in red and Steve in blue. Tony’s early challenge fell by the wayside after a series of offs and he was left scrapping with his brother Steve for third place, a battle that Tony eventually won. While Nick couldn’t quite manage Paul’s pace, he did keep him honest and finished less than a lap behind him.
A jump start for James in yellow saw him slightly on the back foot. His strong pace quickly saw him back in the game though and the race developed into a fantastic battle between him and Al in blue. An early off for Al gave James about half a lap on Al but a couple of small offs for James allowed Al back into play in the latter half of the race. The pair lapped together for a number of laps with James appearing to have a narrow pace advantage. The battle ended with James about a foot ahead of Al with Paul in red nearly 6 laps down and Ray fourth in yellow.
A strong quali session for Ray saw him park his Super G+ on pole position 0.9 laps ahead of James who was driving a borrowed Mega G. Nick and his SRT took the third grid slot ahead of Al in fourth. Tony and Steve were fifth and sixth ahead of Aston and Paul. Paul was running a new Mega G+ as a Garage 56 entry to start to see how it might fit into the class.
Paul in blue had the early lead of the C final following a jump start by Aston. A series of offs for Paul left Aston in red out front. A tidy drive from Aston saw him hold the lead and take the win.
Tony in blue took the early lead of the B Final with Al in red hot on his heels. Steve was left behind in yellow but he stayed comfortably ahead of Aston in white. A couple of offs for Al left Tony with just over a lap in hand and Tony duly went on to take the win.
A cracking start for James in red saw him take the early lead from Ray in blue, Nick in yellow and Tony in white. After a promising start with good early pace, Tony dropped back to fourth behind Nick in third. All was looking good for James until an off on lap 24 promoted Ray into the lead. Lap 30 saw Ray come off and hand the lead back to James before a final off on lap 40 reversed the order once more and left Ray in the lead with James just a whisker behind him. As the chequered flag dropped Ray took the win by just a single tenth of a lap!
Thanks to all who attended, join us for our next meeting on the 7th of September!