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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 -
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-
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 -
The overall final
The wining chassis