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1/32   Nationals   2018

   The Betta and Classic Saloon Championship Saturday 5 May


The was the first 1/32 National championship held on BSCRA’s National Slot Car Centre at Corby.

The first prize of the weekend was best presented saloon - won by Les May with this Chevy Cruze.

And so to the racing, with our excellent race controller Kev in charge.

The one minute qualifying runs saw 2017 champion Gavin Wills take top spot with a 5.505 second lap, some 24 milliseconds quicker than last year’s TQ.  Ross Grogan qualified second on 5.560 followed by Martin Ellis on 5.673.  Dave Stevenson was the top main grade qualifier with 5.938.

The qualifying runs seeded the 46 competitors into six 8 x 3 minute segmented heats.

Ross Grogan took top spot in the heats with 241.99 laps, just half a lap ahead of James Cleave. Dave Stevenson was the top qualifier for the main grade final with 218 laps.

The main grade final

Keith Gibson was a late entry in saloon, having entered the day before, he qualified 8th for the final, which became 7th when Lee Parsons made the overall final.   That allowed 9th qualifier Mike Thomson into the final.     That doesn’t sound like a recpie for a 1-2 finish, but in fact that’s just what they produced, with Keith leading most of the way and Mike taking second ahead of Mick Metcalfe.

Many of the finalists changed motors for the final, in theory this gives the advantage of a fresh motor replacing the one that might be a little past its best after the heats.   Unfortunately for top qualifier Ross his new motor turned out to be a lot worse than the old one. The story of the final was a close battle between James Cleave, Greg Harwood and Gavin Wills. James pulled out a small lead and won on 320 laps while the Greg and Gavin were trading second place till the final segment where Greg pulled away to a clear second 3 laps behind the winner and Gavin had a poor final segment.

James used the same car he took to second place last year -  with slightly different weight.   When asked why it was better this year, James said it had a better motor and he drove better this time.

The overall final

The wining chassis

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