Racing Summary - Round 7
Racing – Schumacher Park (3/3/20)
Phew…thank (insert own word here) for that !!
This appeared to be the general reaction from many of the drivers when faced with the final round of this particular series. Those who’ve had completely sorted & bulletproof cars over the previous 6 rounds will obviously disagree, however for the rest of us who have had to deal with: tweaking a car every week, replacing/re-gluing broken pieces every week & re-gluing slipping tyres/gears/pinions every week might not be quite as fond of these little beasties as others.
Despite none of the usual northern contingent making it out of the coronavirus quarantine zone this week, there was still a good field of drivers & the usual range of good racing, not so good racing…and extremely amusing racing ! There was nothing amusing however about the top bracket & and as usual it was a great battle for the podium with Bruce coming out on top this week with 78 laps from Bruce in second on 77, Someone not called Bruce (Phil) was in the top 3 one more lap down on 76. Two laps down the track on 74 were both Adrian Gray & Dave Bantoft. Dave made a welcome & triumphant return to racing after a couple of weeks break and showed that he’d lost none of his best form….albeit rather briefly & then only when someone actually dared to try to lap him.
Dave Schofield again showed a great turn of speed & reliability to finish in 6th (73 laps), ahead of JB (72) & Rhys Filbee driving what appeared to be a Formula 3 (wingless) on 71. To paraphrase a classic comedy skit involving the 4 yorkshiremen…..I imagine Rob Golley was thinking along these lines:
“No Wing ?......luxury, you were lucky to be without wing. I had to put up with driving most of first heat without front wheel, and then when if that weren’t enough, car lost back wheel as well & I had to try to balance car on 2 wheels for rest of heat”
Mind you, even given all of Robs troubles, he still managed to register 69 laps & take the next position from myself on 68. Sadly, my own slipping pinion caused a rather noisy decline in performance throughout the last heat, and some unkindly suggested that I may have been driving a car more along these lines:
…and that I’d forgotten to wind it up.
Sean Schofield decided that he didn’t require either a wing or an air intake during his heat, but still managed to pip Mark Harrington on 63 laps, followed by Chris & Tom ahead of a very unlucky Dave Gray. Even Daves usual super high standard of car preparation was unable to overcome the major obstacle of a broken controller, and unfortunately the diagnosis of this took long enough to have a drastic effect on Daves results for this week.
Top 3: Bruce (center), Callen (front), Phil (Back)
As this was the final round of the series, the final top 3 were as follows. Full results on results page.
1st - Phil, Second - Bruce, 3rd - Callen