AUTUMN SPECIAL 2017

AUTUMN SPECIAL - 26th September 2017

Four times during the year the Southend Slot Club suspends its regular Tuesday race evenings and holds a different night of racing. For the Autumn event in 2017, one of our members, Graham Robinson, organised a different sort of race evening for us.

Fifteen members came along and Graham divided us into five teams of three. The decision was taken to race cars from the World Sports Car Championship, limiting the cars to the period up to 1975. Teams could run two or three different cars or could all drive the same car as required.

Any motor could be used but these were limited to 25,000 rpm.

As may be well known these days, Slot.It have produced a version of the Matra 670 that was very successful at Le Mans in the early 1970s and this car has a performance level some distance above the other cars in its class, so, understandably this type of car was a big favourite and was run by three of the five teams. Mark Nicholson was able to get his Lola T.70 coupe around the Southend circuit in a pretty competitive manner but by and large, Matras ruled.

Although it was a team competition every driver completed three eight-minute runs, with the total number of laps completed by the three team members being the deciding factor in the final results. However, as each driver ran for 24 minutes, it has been possible to produce an individual driver result as well as the team result. Both results are included here.

Team Competition - 96 minutes

3 drivers - 4 x 8 minutes each

1st
SOUTHEND EQUIPE - JoŽl Thura, Noel Taylor, Graham Robinson
628.91
2nd
SOUTHEND S.R.C. - Alan Shawe, Vic Bettell, Barry Boor
619.94
3rd
WARREN STREET RACERS - Colin Wilkinson, Chris Pomeroy, Alan Bevan
613.48
4th
SCUDERIA ITALIANO - Mark Nicholson, John English, Josh Nicholson
591.68
5th
ESTUARY EQUIPE - David Lawson, Tony Avis, Ian Castleton
564.38

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LAPS COVERED BY EACH INDIVIDUAL DRIVER

1st
JoŽl Thura
216.24  laps
2nd
Alan Shawe
214.06  laps
3rd
Barry Boor
209.86  laps
4th
Mark Nicholson
208.99  laps
5th
Noel Taylor
208.85  laps
6th
Alan Bevan
207.44  laps
7th
Graham Robinson
203.82  laps
8th
Colin Wilkinson
203.74  laps
9th
Chris Pomeroy
202.30  laps
10th
Vic Bettell
196.02  laps
11th
David Lawson
193.38  laps
12th
Josh Nicholson
193.25  laps
13th
John English
189.44  laps
14th
Tony Avis
187.59  laps
15th
Ian Castleton
183.41  laps
F.L.
JoŽl Thura
8.512 secs

We owe a huge debt of thanks to Graham, not to mention his small band of assistants, for a most enjoyable evening which as well as being very well planned, was run to a time schedule that worked perfectly despite the scepticism of several old lags at the club.

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