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  • #16
    What a great post/report! Very thorough, with detailed descriptions of the races, really clear pictures/video. Love the variety of body types used, mixed / matched to different chassis.
    Thanks, Andy!


    • #17
      A bumper evening at the Barn...

      Thanks Mark, it is always fun sharing our events with folks here. Nice to know the reports are appreciated

      I'll post a full report in due course, but we had a bumper turn-out of 36 for our first AFX Endurance Championship event, although only 29 raced. The Mega-G+ cars survived with only minor damage (a wing mirror was lost from the yellow Renault car). The race itself went right down to the final minutes and our winning captain was an eleven-year-old first time racer.

      More tomorrow...


      • #18
        Sounds like a great event Andy.


        • #19
          Originally posted by woodcote View Post
          ...race itself went right down to the final minutes and our winning captain was an eleven-year-old first time racer...
          Good deal all around with that, Andy...

          Will you be posting videos of this on YT, alongside of
          the other series ones you do?...



          • #20
            And here's the video...

            Thanks guys

            And yes, here's the video...


            Twelve hours before it hits facebook


            • #21
              Race Report - Part One

              Race report - AFX Endurance Championship, February 2017

              After some nice local press coverage, it was great to welcome a bumper crowd to the Barn for our first AFX Endurance Championship team race. We had thirty-seven people through the door, twenty-nine racing and another eight spectators enjoyed what they saw and wished they'd come along earlier to race. There's always next time...

              Seven newcomers were making their WHO racing debuts - Steve, Oliver, Ryan, Dan, Finlay, Daryl and Isaac. It was also Terry's first HO race.

              For the new championship, it was fitting that the beautiful AFX Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Le Mans prototypes were racing on a big, 22 metre-long replica of the Le Mans circuit. However, for the half-hour practice session, it was the club's Micro Scalextric Nissan club cars that took to the track. The Peugeots were kept pristine for the race.

              The twenty-nine drivers were allocated to seven teams - six teams of four and one of five, with Daryl and Isaac sharing a seat. Each team was captained by a junior racer, supported by one 'seeded' racer and at least one novice driver. The hope was that the teams would be reasonably evenly-matched as they raced for fifteen minutes on each of the four lanes - one hour in total.

              Segment one: 0-15 minutes

              The eagled-eyed captains learned a lot from the first fifteen minutes - blue lane was wonderful, red and white not bad, but yellow was most definitely tricky, not helped by a rather too punchy controller. Still, it would be the same for all the teams. Success would come from getting the most out all four of the lanes.

              It was no surprise that the two teams starting in blue lane led after 15 minutes. Top of the pile were Finlay's Skeleton Crew - Finlay ably assisted by the two Mikes and Barry - a whole nine laps ahead of Rachel's Power Wheels, featuring Rachel alongside Keith, Ash, Isaac and Daryl.

              Best of the rest were the Hot Rods, who'd done great in white, just behind Power Wheels. In fourth - and also in white - were Donald Trumped, followed by Don't Steal My Team Name v.2 (red) and Van Ryan's Express, who'd set a good score of 108 laps in yellow. Bringing up the rear were Daemon Hill, who'd had fifteen tricky minutes in yellow.

              Segment two: 15-30 minutes

              The Oreca Matmut car on blue lane continued to drive superbly. The Hot Rods - Oliver, Andy Player, Dave and Deborah - set an immense 144 laps, winning the segment and taking the lead by just one twentieth of a lap over the Skeleton Crew. Team Donald Trumped also had a productive fifteen minutes in blue - Alex, Neil, Dan and Daniel scoring an impressive 140 laps and moving up to third overall.

              A gap of nearly twelve laps had opened from third to the Power Wheels in fourth. Von Ryan's Express moved up to fifth with an excellent 127 laps in white, ahead of Don't Steal My Team Name v.2 despite their own superb score of 112 laps in yellow. Daemon Hill - a strong-looking team of Aaron, Duncan, Terry and Andy Phillips - languished in seventh and last place, but they did have blue and red lanes to come...

              More to follow


              • #22
                I always look forward to your race reports. 29 participants? Good on ya!

                Looks like some very competitive action around the podium and great fun over all. I especially like the way y'all arrange the teams to include both the experienced and novice drivers. One for all and all for one. Pretty dang cool Andy!

                If you wouldnt mind, whats the back story on "dont steal my team name" ? LOL


                • #23
                  Part Two...

                  Thank you MM

                  Don't Steal My Team Name was Aiden's Team's name in our very last Micro Scalextric team race last October. He upgraded it to version 2 for the all new AFX championship. Maybe it will be version 3 in April, maybe he'll come up with something else or maybe someone will steal his team name. Now that's a thought...

                  Now back to the race report.

                  Segment three: 30-45 minutes

                  The race was getting interesting and the captains were very aware the standings could change significantly, depending on what lanes their team had left to run. Oliver's Hot Rods did everything they could by stretching out a ten lap lead over Donald Trumped. They'd used up the best three lanes and were left with yellow - would ten laps be enough? Donald Trumped were in the same position - facing yellow last - so maybe the gap from first to third was more important. That gap was a huge twenty-six laps. Oliver was quietly confident.

                  The team in third after the third fifteen minutes were Von Ryan's Express. Ryan, John, Sharon and Stephen had slipped under the radar, but after solid scores in yellow and white, they'd jumped up the leader board with a 141 lap stint in blue. Daemon Hill had bettered that with 144 laps and moved up to fourth. Both would finish on red lane.

                  The two teams who'd driven the third segment with the Renault-liveried car on yellow lane had struggled, both scoring 93 laps. That dropped the Skeleton Crew to fifth and Power Wheels to seventh. In between them, remained Don't Steal My Team Name v.2 in sixth, despite another very good performance scoring 129 laps in white. That left them fifty laps off the lead, but finishing in blue lane...

                  Segment four: 45-60 minutes

                  The Barn is a particularly wonderful place when it is full to the rafters and we've got the finale of a team race looming. The atmosphere for this last segment was electric. What was going to happen? Well, the first things to happen were two big scores for teams in the first group. Daemon Hill hit the front with 141 laps in red - the top score of the night in that lane. Setting the best score on any lane - 146 laps on blue - were Don't Steal My Team Name v.2. Aiden's team had blitzed three top lane scores - in blue, yellow and white - but a poor opening fifteen minutes in red had wrecked their race and left them thirteen laps behind the Daemons at the end. Plenty of "what ifs..." for Aiden, Simon, Steve and Jamie.

                  In that first group, team Donald Trumped had flopped at the last hurdle in yellow, managing just 95 laps and dropping behind DSMTN v.2. Power Wheels recovered with a good 118 laps in white and waited to see how the second group got on...

                  The pressure was mounting on the Hot Rods, holding the lead going into the final fifteen minutes, but facing that tricky yellow lane. Team captain Oliver took responsibility for the first three-and-three-quarter minute stint and managed a solid 27 laps - if all four drivers did the same or a smidgeon better, it would be enough to move ahead on Daemon Hill. Oliver's younger brother Ryan started for his Express in red lane. They knew a top score might give them the race win. Ryan gave his team a great pep talk and they looked focused and determined on the track.

                  After Oliver's strong start, the Hot Rods wobbled. Andy took over last and had a lot to do. The Hot Rods ended on 105 laps, falling three laps short of Daemon Hill. Meanwhile, John had taken over for the Von Ryan Express. A strong, consistent performance from the entire team over all four lanes had put them in a nail-biting position. Could they do it? A score of 138 laps at the chequered flag looked good, but Daniel on race control needed to crunch the numbers and kept everyone on tenterhooks.

                  Finally, the official results were announced. In seventh were Power Wheels on 456 laps. Sixth were Skeleton Crew, a strong final run in white lane not quite enough to put them ahead of Donald Trumped in fifth. The two of them were on 488 and 485 laps. In fourth were Don't Steal My Team Name v.2 on 498 laps - if only that red lane score had been better...

                  Third were the Hot Rods on 508 laps. We know Daemon Hill were three laps up the road, but were they first or second? Daniel put us out of our misery - Daemon Hill were second on 511 laps and Von Ryan's Express were the winners, five laps to the good on 516. A close finish, with the top three teams separated by a little less than eight laps after an hour of racing.

                  Huge congratulations to Ryan, John, Sharon and Stephen. I'm not sure many would have backed them as winners at the start of the evening, but it was only Ryan who didn't have a WHO team race medal - and that was because he'd never raced at the Barn before! All four got extra prizes - a Le Mans sticker each, plus Ryan got a much admired Oreca Matmut Le Mans baseball cap. Nice loot...

                  A big thank you goes to everyone who came along and made it such an exciting and fun AFX Endurance evening at the Barn. Special thanks go to Daniel and Stephen who ran race control so well and to all those who came early to set up and stayed late to pack away.

                  The first AFX Endurance Championship points have been allocated, with the four Von Ryan's Express team members top of the table. There are three more races - two team races and one individual race - so they'll be plenty more twists and turns until the championship trophy and prizes are handed out in October. Next up in the championship is the Easter team race on Wednesday 19 April. We'll be racing on an 88-foot version of the Circuit of the Americas. Yee-haw!


                  • #24
                    Don't Steal My Team Name had most laps in the Yellow, Blue and White lanes!


                    • #25
                      They did! A worse than average run on red lane cost them the race - an extra 18 laps in that first stint was what they needed...

                      It's what I really enjoy about our team race format, it comes down to consistency and getting the most out of each lane - whether it's a great car on the best lane or a slow car on one of the gutters. My team - Hot Rods - didn't quite do it on yellow lane, but an extra two laps on the others, or another eight on white (our sub-average opening stint), we would have won...

                      Ahh... "if only..."

                      The same four Mega-G+ cars ran beautifully for the eight straight 15 minute races. The motors were just a little warm at the end, no pick-up shoes were lost and the motors stayed firmly in place. The LMP bodies looked really stunning - and only suffered minor damage. Not surprisingly, there was serious interest in the Endurance Champions set and racers wanting to treat themselves to new Mega-G+ cars for WHO club nights.

                      I also note this morning that the event video has gone almost viral on facebook with over 2,100 views and counting, plus 41 shares. So a nice bit of worldwide promotion for AFX and HO slot cars


                      • #26
                        No rest for the wicked...

                        We're back racing at the Barn this evening, for our first WHO F1 race of 2017.

                        There will be some more new Mega-G+ cars on grid, which could make things interesting.


                        • #27
                          Hi Andy,

                          A bit off topic. Has anyone ever complimented your fine camera work? Your stills are always well staged and properly framed. Videos are always crisply focused and cleanly edited.

                          Perhaps I've sorta come to take it for granted, because it's always mixed in with the great race reports. Formal training or just a penchant for great photography, on top of your other duties? LOL


                          • #28
                            Thanks MM

                            No formal training. I have been fascinated by both still and moving images since I was a kid - my dad was a keen amateur photographer and my mum started making 8mm movies when she was working in Central America (before my time). So I looked and learned and tried things out... and have continued to do so. I have particularly enjoyed learning the film editing.

                            With a great core group at WHO that now run race control, I get enough time to take my cameras around the room, as I did this evening. Twenty-two on the grid at the Barn tonight. A great track that was pretty equal across the four lanes and gave us some stupendously close racing. The report will have to wait until tomorrow


                            • #29
                              Thumbs up to Andy ... who surely needs to get his beauty sleep, I reckon.


                              • #30
                                After a good night's sleep...

                                Race report - WHO F1 Round 1 - March 2017

                                Just seven days after a breathless opening event of our AFX Endurance Championship, we were back at the Barn for the first round of the WHO F1 season. With twenty-two racers on the grid, it wasn't such a full-house, but would still be a busy night.

                                WHO F1 supremo Mike McCann had chosen a real-life kart track as the inspiration for the layout - and it was both huge and challenging. A couple of medium-sized straights, a long sequence of twists and turns - plus a final fly-over section - made up the lap. However, the biggest challenge seemed the abrupt chicane at the end of the longest straight. That would need some attention.

                                The new Mega-G+ Formula cars have been selling well from the club shop, so there were plenty new cars on the grid. Stephen purchased his two-pack just seconds before he featured in the first heat of the night. Borrowing a SuperTires-shod rear axle, the new car debuted with a second place and then a commanding win.

                                Mike's track was providing some superb racing, the heats often playing out like finals. Drivers who'd normally focus on racing the clock, were getting drawn into intense on-track battles. None raced closer than Andy and Simon, the latter having swapped last year's Classic Cup winning Tyco for a Mega-G+.

                                At the half way point, we had a surprise pole-sitter. Deborah had been absolutely on fire for her first two heats in white and yellow. Deborah sat almost a lap ahead of Simon, who was a tenth of a lap ahead of Tony. Stephen was a further third of a lap back and Mike D back in fifth - those top five covered by less than a lap and a half. Ned was top junior, back in ninth - Ned and his dad being the only Mega-Gs in the top half of a field dominated by the new Mega-G+.

                                As racers became more familiar with the track, the scores increased. However, the gaps did not. Each heat gave at least one racer the opportunity to go top. First it was Stephen, who only just failed to capitalise on his great start. In the following group, Simon pipped Andy by a twentieth of a lap. Ned then absolutely blitzed red and the unfavoured blue to go top, but that only lasted until the next group when his dad recovered to take provisioal pole position.

                                It was all down to Deborah. An average run in blue left her languishing somewhere down near the C final. But Deborah's confidence and focus came rushing back for a big score on red, putting her just behind Mike and Ned and giving her a first ever A final qualification. Just over a lap covered those top three.

                                A tenth of a lap behind Deborah was Simon, with Andy a twentieth back. The final automatic place in the B final went to Stephen. All the top five drivers beat fifty laps for their best three heats, Mike with 52.60 and Stephen with 50.40 laps. It was one of the best two hours of qualifying heats I can remember at the Barn. Would the finals be any good in comparison?

                                To be continued...
                                Last edited by woodcote; 03-03-2017, 07:00 AM.