Round 2 of the Hastings 1066 Winter Whip is this Sunday, 1PM till 9PM.
I haven’t posted a video for a while so here you go. Heat 8, Round 2, 4WD…
Don’t forget it’s the big Charity meeting this Sunday in aid of the Kingstone Stroke Rehabilitation Centre. Doors open 7am and we’d love you to donate a prize or 2 for the raffle 🙂
Starting next week we will be trying a new system for practice. It may take a few weeks to iron out the creases but hopefully we will all benefit in the long run. In brief, everyone will get an alloted practice session when they book in. The number of cars in each session will be limited to 8 and the length of the session will be determined on the night depending on how busy we are. So…
Step 1 – Book in and receive a token for your practice session. No token, no practice!
Step 2 – Be patient and wait for your session to start. While you’re waiting, you could volunteer to marshal session 1… There will be a distinct gap between each session during which time NO CARS ARE TO CIRCULATE! Start when you’re told to start and Stop when you’re told to stop.
Step 3 – Enjoy your practice 🙂
Step 4 – Marshal the session following yours.
It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride but after 6 months, the FORCC Winter Series for 2016-2017 has run its course and drawn to a close. As my son would say, “Hashtag Sad Face”. There were 45 entries today making a total of 243 entries for the championship this year. Not bad for a little middle aged club!
Thank you all for supporting the Winter Series this year. Thanks also to Schumacher Racing for supporting us this year.
Yet more thanks to the early birds and night owls that help set up and pack away. You guys know this stuff doesn’t happen by magic and these guys make all the difference!
The last thank you goes to Andy Von Ashman for bringing his gopro along so we could capture some of the action on video 😀. It recorded the first 2 legs of the finals before the battery gave out. I’ve uploaded Leg 1 for now
and Leg 2 will follow later.
UPDATE: Leg 2 videos now available 🙂
With first place wrapped up in all 3 championships going into the final round, it was all about who would be best of the rest.
4WD had the most contenders with 4 drivers in with a shot at 2nd overall and after qualifying they were sat line astern in 2nd to 5th behind the pole man and championship leader George. George scampered off into the distance in all 3 legs to win overall but that coveted 2nd spot would not prove so easy to come by. Leg 1 was quite messy and by the roll of the dice Mark would get 2nd followed by myself in 3rd. In Leg 2 it was Dave that regrouped after a disappointing first leg and had second place in the bag until about a minute from the end when he lost the nut off a rear ball stud and would limp home in 4th. That left myself and Mark to pick up the pieces but this time I came out on top. In Leg 3, there would be no denying Dave this time with every nut on his car fully tightened he held 2nd place from start to finish followed by myself in 3rd.
In the 2WD A final, leg 1 was taken by poll man and championship leader Kyle, followed by Neil in 2nd and Spangly in 3rd. In Leg 2, Neil got the upper hand but a mistake 3 laps from the end opened the door for Kyle to go through and take the win followed by Neil in 2nd and Sam in 3rd place. Kyle, Neil and Sam would go onto replicate their positions in Leg 3.
In Short Course, it was Poll man and championship leader Spangly that had everything to lose. He had been untouchable all day, but would he be able to make it a clean sweep? In Leg 1 traffic would play its part and try as they might, Verner and Dave just couldn’t stay with Spangly. Leg 2 was much the same but this time It was Dave in 2nd and Verner 3rd. Going into leg 3, 1st place overall was wrapped up, but with a 2nd and 3rd each, Dave and Verner had everything to play for. This time it was Spangly that had issues which left him in last place after lap 1 and a mountain to climb. Dave took the early lead with Verner hot on his heels. Verner made it to the front by lap 5 and by lap 9 Spangly had made his way from last to first. A mistake on lap 13 would see Spangly relegated to 3rd and would soon be a lap down. With Spangly now out of contention, it was left to Dave and Verner to fight it out. Dave drove the wheels off his truck but couldn’t catch a break with the traffic and while he would get within spitting distance of Verner, he just wasn’t quick enough on the day and finished just a couple of seconds behind at the fall of the flag.
Never known for being afraid of his own voice, Alan took center stage for the closing ceremony. His attempt to auction off the kids didn’t raise as much as he’d hoped for.
(For those that entered a class but didn’t complete 4 rounds in it)
Congratulations everyone and with the Winter Series now over it will be back to business as usual on Wednesday which will be a great relief since I think it has taken longer to put this post together than it actually took to run the meeting… 😉
Great track, great atmosphere and some great racing. Who could ask for more?
As always, thank you to everyone that helped out during the day.
4WD A Final, Leg 2
BRCA renewal is due by the end of the year. Failure to renew will result in you being uninsured and turned away from clubs. Head over to the BRCA website and get yourself renewed before you forget…
Yes, we know they are not working well but if we all work together it will reduce the frustration until then new ones can be made. When you’re marshalling, just monitor the markers ‘in your area’ and try to push them back into the correct positions when they move during the race. Once a race has finished, please take a moment to correct the track before you leave your marshalling point. It only takes a moment but the next heat of racers will show you their appreciation in ways you can only dream of…
My new phone made a little montage video from the pics and videos I took.
The dates have already been posted but here is an update on the proposed classes and championships:
2WD, 4WD & 2WD Short Course only. No Stadium or 4WD Short Course allowed.
You may enter a maxium of 2 classes.
A class will only be run if there is enough entries to make a heat. We will starting canvasing you chaps from next week as to what you might be running.
Best 4 from 6 to count. You must score points in at least 4 rounds (per class entered) in order to qualify for any trophies or prizes being awarded.
There will be overall 2WD, 4WD & SCT championships which everyone will be entered into.
Due to the changing demographic at the club (we’re all getting older 🙁 ), under 13 and under 16 no longer really work so we are changing it to Under 16 and Under 21. There will be sub championships for those age groups.
£4 for under 16s, £6 for everyone else. We are not planning to pre-book the series.
The results from last night and the championships have been updated
The Schumacher blocks seem to be getting quite popular.
We were down to 15 minutes this week to get all the track and astro away. Thanks as always to those that help out 🙂
Just a quick video of the last couple of minutes racing of the evening…