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#1 MarkH


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Posted 12 February 2017 - 06:06 PM

Speed Report
SERG Team Challenge Series
Race 6 – Full Throttle Raceway
With all the good weather for a Fabruary day rolling in it was looking to be tuff to enough drivers to hold the race. In the end we had 8 drivers and that will work. A new driver to the series, and to 1/24 slot car racing, Marcus Brown joined us. Mark Horne prepared a car for him and he was able to get some practice in before most arrived. Following driving advice from the veteran racers he was able to bring lap times down from the 4.9 second range into the 4.1 second range, very impressive.
We also had a return from Tom Pellet after his close call with an infection and surgery. He back to 85% and that is close enough to come and race. The rest of the field was filled with the usual cast of characters.
Mark Horne being the fasest Qualifier present from the last race chose the Orange lane. Marcus Brown being new started things off and turned a very good 4.135” lap for a first timer. Then we had Jeff Goldberg who put down a tuff time to beat at 3.632”. Tom Pellet was running a car built by Jamie M while Tom was recovering. He turned his best time to date with a 4.112” lap. Bill Mehsling turned a fast lap each time past scoring. John Elek seemed to continue with the Qualifying nerves and had a hard time but managed a good lap. Steve Lovan was having car troubles from the start running fast when it was on full song. Jamie Mcelheny stepped up and showed those before him how to do it on his track. He set the mark with a 3.588” lap. Then the fastest qualifier from the last race, Mark Horne gave it a shot but came up just short of the two faster guys.
Qualifying results:
Pole-            3.588”             Jamie Mcelheny
2nd-            3.632”            Jeff Goldberg
3rd-            3.659”            Mark Horne
4th-            3.821”            Bill Mehsling
5th-            4.112”            Tom Pellet
6th-            4.135”            Marcus Brown (new driver)
7th-            4.193”            John Elek
8th-            4.436”            Steve Lovan
So the team assignments were:
T1- Jamie M / Steve L
T2- Jeff G / John E
T3- Mark H / Marcus B
T4- Bill M / Tom P
We decided to give the newer format a try again. Each driver will race all four lanes for 10 minutes. Teams can decide to swap after each lane or mix it up as long as each driver competes on every lane. So Lap Master splits the race into 2 heats because we need to go through the normal rotation twice.
So the first heat race was started. The lap totals were real tight after the first stint. In the second stint Steve L had a lead wire break which was probably the cause for the car acting odd. The blue lane in the donut was catching a few of the guys out especially Mark H. There seemed to be a few more crashes or offs than normally seen at a Team Challenge race. John E’s nerves were good-to-go and he was turning some fast consistent laps. Jamie M was driving the new JK-A chassis moving up from a C21 he normally runs. It also had a great motor in it so he was a bullet. Tom P’s car seemed to be slowing down but he kept pushing to score laps. Bill M was also driving a brand new JK-A chassis with a new H7 motor. He too had one of the fastest cars on track. Overall the racing was pretty good with the new driver, Marcus Brown, staying out of trouble, letting faster cars through and scoring excellent lap counts for a first timer.
I did not record the lap totals after the first heat was completed but I do remember the top three teams, T1-T2 and T4 were only separated by around 12-15 laps. Well done.
Heat number two.
The drivers who did not start the first heat were up first now. This heat would prove to be a tuff one most teams. Bill M was caught up in two very hard crashes. The third one however messed up the braid by cutting part of it away and folding the rest over the guide. Bill’s team mate Tom P stripped a gear and had to replace it. Tuff break for T4 as they were in contention. Tom P’s car somehow gained speed with the gear change so that was good news. Mark H’s car was picking speed and set a very high count in White of 158.5 laps. T1 of Jamie M and Steve L also had some problem. Steve’s lead wire broke and off to the pits he went at a low rate of speed with his bad knee. Some 25-30 laps later he was back and the car was faster than it was most of the race. T2 of Jeff G and John E were in a comfortable 20 lap lead going into the last lane and John E was running the last lane. Marcus B was finishing up for T3 and was having a good day. Again there seemed to be more offs than normal but the racing was still pretty tight.
Race Results:
P1-            T2 Jeff G and John E                         1153.8 laps            Best time-3.724
P2-            T1 Jamie M and Steve L            1128.3 laps            Best Time-3.534
P3-            T3 Mark H and Marcus B            1109.5 laps            Best Time-3.650
P4-            T4 Bill M and Tom P(mech)            966 laps            Best Time-3.860
I believe this was John E’s first win. So every person active with SERG and the Team Challenge series has been on a winning team at some point. Well done to T2.
Jamie Mcelheny set the most laps with a 159.5 followed by Mark H with 158.5. Jamie also held fast time with a 3.497 in Orange.
Overall it was another good race with unpredictable results. With a finish as close as 25.5 laps after 80 minutes of racing I think is pretty good. T3 with a brand new driver finishing just 44.3 laps behind the winners is another fact that shows this format works real well.
The official results and final points are posted as well as the new track records from qualifying.
Thanks to all who could make the race. Hope to see everyone at Slotobahn Road Circuit on March 11th for round 7 of 8 Team Challenge Series races. With only two races left there is still time for those who need the racing fix to come and join us. Please go to www.slotcarenduro.club to find the rules and schedule.

Mark Horne

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