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Slot-Racing 2015

The closure of the Comrades Club in Cheshunt early in the season, followed by a short lived move to the Goff's Oak Comrades Club, meant that for much of the first half of the season all Arena Slotstox Club meetings were based at St Mary's Church House, Cheshunt on the track at this venue. In between the moves the tracks from the Comrades venues were stored in our garage!  A main venue move to the Waltham Abbey Community Centre meant that Arena Slotstox Club meetings switched from Tuesday evenings to Wednesday evenings with the first meeting of each month being based at St Mary's initially on a Wednesday before a switch back to Tuesday for that venue.



Slotstox

 

A change of format for the 2015 season with fewer planned Slotstox rounds (11) and all counting to the points chart.  Grade averages would work over a three meeting rotation.  Final bonus points were also changed to 10 for 1st, 8 for 2nd, 5 for 3rd and then 3, 2, 1 for 4th, 5th and 6th.

 

10th February - Arena points chart round 1 at the Arena Slotstox 'Comrades' Club racing on the four-lane track.  I started the season as silver grade having had the highest average during points chart cycle 5 in 2014 and then not racing at a points chart round during cycles 6 and 7.  With the four-lane track in use races were scored 5 for 1st down to 2 for 4th with heat points then being multiplied by 1.5 to give a maximum heat score of 30 (as per the six-lane track).  Drivers also raced in 3 heats with the best 2 counting towards the points chart.  Heats 30 points (best 2 of 3 heats - heat 1 13, heat 2 20 and dropped heat 3 12) and second highest points scorer of nine drivers.  Final, giving my new Slotstox a run, 1st (19) to add 10 points chart points to my heat score multiplied by 1.5 (45) - a total of 55 points chart points and I was the early points chart leader after round 1.  Having won the final I qualified for the Grand National starting one lap down against the three drivers that didn’t qualify for the final who all started from the white grade line.  Even so and still using my new Slotstox, I managed to win all four races to score a maximum 20 heat points and 6 Arena Grand National Points Chart points.  The original round 2 due to take place on 10th March was replaced by a visit for members to check the Goff's Oak Comrades Club.  7th April - Arena points chart round 2 at the new 'Comrades' racing on the six-lane track. Heats 43 points (heat 1 18 and heat 2 25) and highest points scorer of eleven drivers.  Final - 3rd (19 just 2 points behind 1st and same points as 2nd but they had 3 race wins compared with my none) to add 6 points chart points - a total of 49 points chart points.  5th May - Arena points chart round 3 at 'St Mary's' racing my third and preferred St Mary's Slotstox. Heats 39 points (heat 1 13 and heat 2 26) and highest points scorer of ten drivers. Final - 2nd (13 just 2 points behind 1st) to add 8 points chart points - a total of 47 points chart points.

After the first 3 rounds I was top of the Arena Slotstox Points Championship with 151 points and therefore would remain as silver grade.  I had the second highest average of 50.3 points and was top of the Arena Slotstox Grand National Championship points chart with 6 points.

 

2nd June - Arena points chart round 4 at 'St Mary's' racing my third and preferred St Mary's Slotstox. Heats 34 points (heat 1 10 and heat 2 24) and second highest points scorer of eleven drivers. Final with all drivers starting from the yellow grade line over 8 laps - 6th (2 - having a bit of fun with another driver having knocked their Slotstox over the fence in race 1 as 'revenge' for not getting a mention during a radio interview they recently gave!) to add 1 points chart point - a total of 35 points chart points.  1st July - Arena points chart round 5 at 'St Mary's' racing my third and preferred St Mary's Slotstox.  Due to numbers racing, each driver raced in 3 heats with the best 2 counting towards the points chart. Heats 25 points (best 2 of 3 heats - heat 1 14, heat 2 11 and dropped heat 3 6) and fifth highest points scorer of eight drivers. Final 6th trying a different inside rear tyre that didn't have the desired effect (2 - with one 4th place finish in the final race whilst 5th scored 3 and 4th 4!) to add 1 points chart point - a total of 26 points chart points.  A main venue move to the Waltham Abbey Community Centre ('WACC') meant that Arena Slotstox Club meetings switched from Tuesday evenings to Wednesday evenings with the first meeting of each month being at 'St Mary's' and whatever fixture fell on those dates.  29th July - Arena points chart round 6 'WACC' on the six lane track - heats 43 points (heat 1 20, heat 2 23) and highest points scorer of twelve drivers. Final over 10 laps with all drivers starting from yellow grade - 1st (24) to add 10 points chart points - a total of 53 points chart points.

During rounds 4 to 6 of the Arena Slotstox Points Championship I was the second highest points scorer with 114 and the 4th highest average of 38 points.  I remained top of Arena Slotstox Points Championship with 265 points and therefore would remain as silver grade. I had the third highest season average of 44.2 points.  Having not raced in a Grand National during rounds 4 to 6, I was down to joint 3rd with one other driver in the Arena Slotstox Grand National Championship points chart with 6 points.

 

26th August - Arena points chart round 7 at 'WACC'.  Each driver raced in 3 heats with the best 2 counting towards the points chart. Heats 41 points (best 2 of 3 heats - heat 2 18, heat 3 23 and dropped heat 1 13) and fourth highest points scorer of eleven drivers. Final 2nd (17) to add 8 points chart points - a total of 49 points chart points.  23rd September - Arena points chart round 8 at 'WACC'. Each driver raced in 3 heats with the best 2 counting towards the points chart. Heats 55 points (best 2 of 3 heats - heat 2 28, heat 3 27 and dropped heat 1 15) and joint first highest points scorer with one other driver of twelve drivers although the other driver was given first based on highest heat score - a heat maximum 30 in their second heat.  This driver well known for their win or bust style won 3 races in their first heat and crashed in 3, won all 6 in their second heat and won the first 3 of their third heat before in race 4 of the third heat I beat them into second place...to much amusement!  Following this, they crossed the line 1st in race 5 but went over the stop line eventually finishing 4th and enabling me to finish 1st and again finished 2nd in race 5 which I also won.  Final 2nd (19) to add 8 points chart points - a total of 63 points chart points.  The original Arena points chart round 9 planned for 21 October was replaced by a track maintenance evening on the main six lane track ahead of the forthcoming hosting of the Parmastox British Championship round 5 and the Slotstox World Championship.  18 November - 9th and final Arena points chart round at 'WACC'. Each driver raced in 3 heats with the best 2 counting towards the points chart and mostly racing my new Slotstox (save for a couple of races when I used my current Slotstox due to a wire issue on my new Slotstox). Heats 35 points (best 2 of 3 heats - heat 1 20, heat 3 16 and dropped heat 1 12) and joint fourth highest points scorer with one other driver of ten drivers although the other driver was given first based on highest heat score - 20 in their second heat.  Final 2nd (22) to add 8 points chart points - a total of 43 points chart points.  The top three in the final also raced a lap down in the Grand National - 1st (21) to add 6 Arena Grand National points chart points.

During rounds 7 to 9 of the Arena Slotstox Points Championship I was the second highest points scorer with 155 and the 3rd highest average of 51.7 points.

 

I won the Slotstox Arena Points Championship with 420 points with the second highest season average of 46.7 points and would hold the Silver Roof for the 2016 season. Having attended all rounds, in the informal track championship points charts for each of ‘Comrades/WACC’, ‘St Mary’s’ and 'Brentwood Show', I finished 2nd in the ‘Comrades/WACC’ track championship (257 from 5 meetings) by 1 point with the second highest average of 51.4 points, 2nd in the ‘St Mary’s’ track championship (108 from 3 meetings) with the joint third highest average with two other drivers of 36.0 points and was the 'Brentwood Show' track champion (55 from 1 meeting).  I won two finals during the season - the first round on the 'Brentwood Show' track and one on the six-lane track at 'WACC'.  I only raced in two Grand Nationals during the season at the first round and the 9th and last round... and won both!  I finished joint 4th with one other driver in the Arena Slotstox Grand National Championship points chart with 12 points.   

 

9th December - at 'WACC' - Arena Gold Top Championship Final. The qualifiers were based on the 2015 seasons points chart with the top five drivers automatically qualifying and the next six (although this ended up being four drivers) taking part in a last chance qualifier. Having won the points, I qualified 1st for the final and drew white lane (lane 4) - the same starting lane as for both 2013 and 2014 with drivers having two races per lane over 8 laps. As part of the ongoing track maintenance the jack plugs for my preferred Slotstox hand controller had not been fitted as yet and I had to borrow a Parmastox handcontroller as mine was still not working correctly following the Hertfordshire Open - later diagnosed as one of the wires around the resistor had snapped - the same problem that occurred at the end of 2014! Racing my new Slotstox to see how it would go before World Championship, I recorded a non-finish and 5th in white lane, 2nd and 1st in black lane (lane 5), a non-finish and 3rd in green lane (lane 6), two 3rd's in each of blue lane (lane 1) and yellow lane (lane 2) and 2nd and 3rd in red lane (lane 3). At the end of the final I scored 31 points and finished 3rd.

 

There then followed a fun team heat made of two teams of four based on Gold Top (and last chance qualifier) finishing positions. Finishing positions in the heat determined the winners and I finished 5th as my team of Christopher Isham, Ritchie Russell and Barbara Skee lost 20-16.

At the 33rd Slotstox World Championship on 13th December at ‘WACC’ - the second to be hosted by the Arena Slotstox Club after 2012 although this time at a new member with 2012 being at the Cheshunt ‘Comrades’. Starting from Silver grade and racing my new not fully tested Slotstox, which was a bit of gamble, it looked a good choice as I qualified 3rd of 30 drivers from the heats with 66 points (the same as I scored in the heats when I won the World Championship in 2001 although on that occasion it was good enough for top points scorer!): 11 points in my first heat (1st in lane 5, 2nd in lane 1, 4th in lane 3 and non-finishes in each of lanes 2, 3 and 6), 28 points in my second heat (1st in lanes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 only missing out on a win in lane 5 with 3rd) and 27 points in my third heat when I already knew I’d more than likely done enough to qualify (1st in lanes 1, 3, 4 and 5, 2nd in lane 6 and 3rd in lane 2). The 24th highest point’s scorer in the heats scored 22 so my points in each of heats 2 and 3 would have been sufficient to qualify on their own! I was consistent through-out my quarter-final starting with 3rd in lane 2 before 1st in lane 3, 2nd in lane 4, 1st in lane 5, a non-finish in lane 6 and 3rd in each of lane 1. I finished 1st in my quarter-final with 20 points to qualify for the semi-finals. I was less consistent through-out my semi-final starting with a 2nd and 5th in each of my two races in lane 5, 4th and a non-finish in each of my two races in lane 6, 2nd and 3rd in each of my two races in lane 1, 5th and a non-finish in each of my two races in lane 2, 4th a non-finish in each of my two races in lane 3 and 2nd and a non-finish in each of my two races in lane 4. The non-finishes proved crucial as I finished 4th in my quarter-final with 21 points and 5 points behind 3rd and the final qualifying place for the final. In the B-final I started with 2nd and 3rd in each of my two races in lane 2, a non-finish and 2nd in each of my races in lane 3, 2nd and 1st (my only win in the final) in each of my two races in lane 4, 3rd in each of my races in lane 5, non-finishes in each of my races in each of my two races in lane 6 and 2nd and 3rd in each of my two races in lane 1. Overall I finished as runner-up (8th overall) with 33 points.



Parmastox

 

The 2015 Arena season started with a track preparation / practice / non-points chart meeting on 21st January at the Arena Slotstox 'Comrades' Club.  In the non-points racing - using the shale wing and borrowing a handcontroller more suitable for Parmastox whilst mine's away being fixed - heat 1 1st of six drivers (40) and heat 2 2nd of six drivers (24).  The final was all in for the eight drivers who stayed and one race per lane - 7th (4) using my handcontroller more suitable for Slotstox (the handcontroller I'd borrowed belonged to a driver that had left early).

 

My competitive racing season started on 24 January with an Open individual event and an Open team event at the Arena Comrades Club - combined with a meeting of representatives from each participating club to discuss the 2015 Parmastox British Championship Series.  The Open individual event of 14 drivers coincided with the meeting of representatives and using my tarmac wing I won my heat of seven drivers with 51 points (heats scored 6 for 1st, 5 for 2nd etc.).  I qualified straight to the final of six drivers (scored 5 for 1st, 4 for 2nd and then 3,2,1,1) in which I finished 4th with 18 points (3rd scored 19).  My wife Clare made her Parmastox debut - racing as number 54 as she had at the 2014 Slotstox World Championship - using my spare Parmastox and in her heat finished 7th of seven drivers (6 points - same as 6th but they had one win to Clare's none).  In her consolation Clare finished 5th of 5 drivers (7 - scored 5,4,3,2,1,1).

 

The team event featured 23 drivers in 7 teams of 3 plus a team of 2 (although a racer that attended the meeting of representatives and needed to leave early did race with the 2 for their first two heats...thankfully not the third though...)  Clare (continuing to use my spare) and I (tarmac) teamed up with Arena white grade driver Colin Woollaston and on paper with a debut driver and a white grade driver were probably the 8th favourites out of the 8 teams!  The 8 teams were split into two groups of four and each team would race against each other in their group -  1 point for a win and 1/2 for a draw - with the top 2 teams in each group qualifying for the semi-finals.  Each heat consisted of 6 races with one driver from each team racing 3 consecutive races in each of either the two inside lanes, two middle lanes or two outside lanes.  In the first heat against a team consisting of three racers from the Three Counties Club (previously Rockingham) Clare raced in the two inside lanes (2 points); I raced in the two middle lanes (20) and Colin in the two outside lanes (7) as we lost 37-29.  For our next heat (and for the rest of the meeting) Colin raced in the two inside lanes and Clare the outside lanes - I scored 21, Clare 13 and although Colin scored 0 he managed to stop our opposing teams star driver (reigning British Champion) in two races - most significantly the final race as we overturned a 26-28 deficit to edge a close contest 34-32.  Our third and final heat was against the team of 2 who had won both their heats (with the additional driver stepping in) and with our second opponents (who we'd beaten) beating our first opponents (who'd beaten us) I noticed that our final opponents had already qualified for the semi-finals. I suggested that they might want us win our match and qualify for the semi-finals (and their potential finalists) rather than the other two teams in our group!  This suggestion worked and with a little help from our opponents I scored 20 (winning the first four races before complacency set in), Clare 7 and Colin 4 as we won 31-0 to qualify for the semi-finals with 2 wins and not only that we won the group on raw points!   In our semi-final we raced against the runners-up from the other group - a team of three drivers from the Pinewood Club which was nip and tuck stuff.  I used all my know how to race and de-slot opponents as I scored 19 points which along with Clare 15 and Colin 0 saw us win by 1 point 34-33 and against the odds qualify for the final!  In the final I was targeted and couldn't affect the races as I would have liked as I only scored 8 points which along with Clare 14 and Colin 1 was not enough as we lost 50-23 to a team of 3 fellow Arena drivers.  A disappointing end but overall a fantastic achievement to finish 2nd as 8th favourites!

17th February - Arena points chart round 1 at the Arena Slotstox 'Comrades' Club - using the tarmac wing - heat 1 1st of five drivers (36) and heat 2 5th of seven drivers (10 - only finishing two of the twelve races but winning both).  My heat win ensured I qualified for the final - 3rd of seven drivers (24) - 11 (best heat 5 + final 6) points chart points.  3rd March - Arena points chart round 2 and Gold Top Qualifying round 1 at 'St Mary's' (the first meeting to be moved following the closure of the Cheshunt 'Comrades' venue) - heat 1 (tarmac to start with until the wing fell off during one of the early races and so I continued without) - 4th of four drivers (17) and heat 2 (spare which seemed more suited to the 'St Mary's' track) - 3rd of four drivers (19).  My places were not sufficient to qualify for the final and so I raced in the Grand National (spare) - 2nd of of six drivers (officially 16 and unofficially 21 as a race was called as no finishers even though I was still moving and did eventually move a de-slotted Parmastox to be the only finisher and race winner - either way, no change to Grand National finishing position) - 5 (heats 2+3) points chart and Gold Top Qualifying points plus 4 Arena Grand National points.

 

On 14th March, I raced at Metal Mania #4 at the Wellgate Slotstox Club which doubled up as the first round of five (the others being at Wisbech, Pinewood, Three Counties and Arena) in the 2015 Parmastox British Championship with 41 drivers in attendance from all the above clubs plus the MSRA. When not racing, I spent most of the meeting sitting down as I was running my first Half Marathon – the North London through Wembley Stadium - the following day!  All heats that I competed in were two races per lane (four-lane track) over 8 laps and in a change to previous years (and to be consistent with the other British Championship Series rounds) the meeting was run to non-marshalling rules. Each driver would have three heats at each round and score points based on their finishing positions in each – 1st 12, 2nd 10, 3rd 7, 4th 5, 5th 3 and 6th 1 – the highest points scoring twelve drivers would then qualify to the semi-finals.  Racing with my shale wing - heat 1 3rd (7 points) of six drivers (19 – 3 wins, 4th also scored 19 with 2 wins whilst 2nd scored 20 and 5th 19 and no wins – all very close!), heat 2 1st (12) of six drivers (33 – with a Wellgate driver set for the win until crashing in their final two races) and heat 3 2nd (10) of six drivers (24).  My heat points score of 29 was enough to qualify for the semi-finals.  Semi-final – top three qualifying for the final - 3rd of six drivers (19 – beating 4th by 2 points) to qualify for my first Metal Mania final.  The significance of beating 4th by 2 points is that this driver was the Wellgate Silver roof who up to this point was looking the favourite.  It doesn’t end there in that they’d already de-slotted in one race having clipped my defensive back bumper before in the penultimate race, when I was in the inside lane, they de-slotted my Parmastox with a front bumper hit.  Thinking that my chances were gone, in the final race again when I was in the inside lane, I set about revenge letting this driver go past at the start before launching a big front bumper attack from way back on the narrow lanes part of the track.  I connected perfectly sending their Parmastox fence bound, staying in lane and going on to win the race!  It was only after the race that I found out this driver hadn’t scored as well as I thought and that this move had proved decisive.  Final 4th of six drivers (19 – 1 win and 2 2nd’s, 3rd and 5th also scored 19 – 2nd with 2 wins and 5th with 1 win and 1 2nd whilst 6th scored 18 – like my first heat all very close!)  It could have been better as I led several races before de-slotting a few times in an all-out effort but with this meeting not proving my best in previous years, 4th was a good result on the basis that I’d really only gone for British Championship Series attendance points (5)!  Unfortunately there were only trophies for the top 3.  4th equated to 16 British Championship Series points plus (new for 2015) the top 3 in each heat would also score points to the Series – 1st 3, 2nd 2 and 3rd 1. My heat results of 2nd (2), 1st (3) and 2nd (2) added a further 6 points and after this round I was 5th in 2015 Parmastox British Championship with 22 points.

 

17th March - Arena points chart round 3 at 'St Mary's' racing my Spare Parmastox - heat 1 - joint 3rd with one other driver of five drivers (4 and identical records - one 2nd place finish although my Parmastox did finish in its lane for several races just stuck behind or hooked up with de-slotted Parmastox!) and heat 2 - 4th of five drivers (16 - again not having much good fortune along the way...).  My places were not sufficient to qualify for the final and so I raced in the Grand National - 2nd of of four drivers (26) - 5 (heats 3+2) points chart points plus 4 Arena Grand National points.

During the first 3 rounds I was joint 4th highest points scorer with two other drivers on 21 points, the joint 7th highest average with the same two other drivers of 7.0 points and was down to blue grade. I was joint 9th with two other drivers in the Arena Gold Top Qualifying points chart with 5 points and was joint 1st with one other driver in the Arena Grand National points chart with 8 points.

 

31st March - Arena points chart round 4 at the Arena Slotstox Club's new 'Comades' venue in Goff's Oak racing my main Parmastox with Shale wing and undertaking a bit of work on the braid set up.  Heat 1 - 1st of six drivers drivers (38) and heat 2 - 1st of six drivers (32).  I qualified first for the final and conscious not to win a heat and final double to be upgraded ahead of the British Championship Series round at Wisbech finished 2nd of six drivers (35) - 12 (best heat 5 + Final 7) points chart points.

 

On 11th April, I raced at the 2015 Kings of the Fens Championship at the Wisbech Metal Slotstox Club which doubled up as the second round in the 2015 Parmastox British Championship with 34 drivers in attendance.  We made this a family day out and again our twin boys got a fair amount of attention!  My Parmastox required a bit of attention before the meeting with the rear bumper riding too high but it eventually passed scruitineering at the third attempt!  All heats that I competed in were two races per lane (six-lane track) over 8 laps. As for round 1 at Wellgate, each driver would have three heats and score points based on their finishing positions in each – 1st 12, 2nd 10, 3rd 7, 4th 5, 5th 3 and 6th 1 – the highest points scoring twelve drivers would then qualify to the semi-finals. Racing with my shale wing - heat 1 3rd (7 points) of seven drivers (23 – 1st scored 25, 2nd 24 and 4th 22 – all very close!), heat 2 3rd (7) of six drivers (28 - 2nd scored 30) and heat 3 4th (5) of seven drivers (22). My heat points score of 19 was not enough to qualify for the semi-finals as the final qualifier scored 20.  I was up against the final qualifier in my final heat and knowing I needed a good result was up against it going into the final race.  Only the two of us were left and I de-slotted their Parmastox on the last lap only for it to bounce back off the fence and stop mine...had it not done so I would have finished above them as 3rd in the heat instead of 2 points behind and beat them to the final semi-final qualifying place.  All the more key as they went on to finish as runner-up in the meeting and were one place above me in the overall standings after round 1.  To be fair it shouldn't have come down to that as I crashed in a few races on my own all day and miss-counted my laps in one race during the final heat when leading which also cost me...all in all a bit frustrating to not do better at a round where I've previously finished 1st and 5th .  Not qualifying for the semi-finals equated to 5 British Championship Series points (attendance points) plus (new for 2015 with the top 3 in each heat also scoring points to the Series – 1st 3, 2nd 2 and 3rd 1) my first two heat results of 3rd added a further 2 points for a total of 7 points from this round.  After this round I was 4th in 2015 Parmastox British Championship with 29 points overtaking a driver that missed this round due to a pre-arranged holiday.

 

14th April - Arena points chart round 5 at 'Comrades' (shale wing) - heat 1 - 2nd of six drivers (18) and heat 2 - 5th of six drivers (12). My places were not sufficient to qualify for the final and so with new braids in place I raced in the Grand National - 2nd of of six drivers (35) - 5 (heats 4+1) points chart points plus 4 Arena Grand National points.  28th April - a late change saw Arena points chart round 6 and Gold Top Qualifying round 2 moved from 'Comrades' to 'St Mary's' with only the four middle of the six lanes working and so all heats and final consisted of 8 races (2 per lane).  Although my spare Parmastox had received a makeover courtesy of Rob Porter of Rob's Repairs I decided after a quick practice to race my main Parmastox with shale wing - heat 1 - 2nd of four drivers (19) and heat 2 - 1st of four drivers (24). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 1st of of six drivers (29) - maximum 13 (best heat 5 + final 8) points chart and Gold Top Qualifying points.

During the 4th to 6th rounds I was highest points scorer with 30 points, the joint 4th highest average with one other driver of 10.0 points and was up to red grade. Following 6 rounds I was 2nd in the Parmastox Arena Points Championship with 51 points, 1 point ahead of 3rd and 2 ahead of 4th and the 5th highest season average of 8.5 points.  I was joint 3rd (and up into the top 6 qualifying places) with one other drivers in the Arena Gold Top Qualifying points chart with 18 points and was joint 1st with one other driver in the Arena Grand National points chart with 12 points just 1 point ahead of 3rd.

 

On 2nd May, I raced at the first meeting held by the Pinewood Rebels Slotstox Club (previously Pinewood Slotstox Club but renamed after leaving the Pinewood Raceway) for the third round of the 2015 Parmastox British Championship with 28 drivers in attendance.  Having missed the Pinewood round in each of 2013 and 2014, this was my first appearance at a Pinewood hosted round of the British Championship series and as becoming traditional for the British Championship rounds, we made this a family day out and again our twin boys got a fair amount of attention!  After an initial delay whilst issues were resolved with the Pinewood Rebels brand new track, my first decision during practice was which Parmastox to race – I practiced my main Parmastox with shale wing and my spare Parmastox which had been given a makeover by Rob Porter of ‘Rob’s Repairs’.  It was a difficult decision as my spare Parmastox seemed better suited to the inside three lanes and my main Parmastox the outside three lanes.  In the end I decided to start with my main Parmastox with tarmac wing – my main Parmastox being slightly quicker and my spare Parmastox having body tape issues.  All heats that I competed in were two races per lane (six-lane track) over 8 laps.  Each driver would have three heats and score points based on their finishing positions in each – 1st 12, 2nd 10, 3rd 7, 4th 5, 5th 3 and 6th 1 – the highest points scoring twelve drivers would then qualify to the semi-finals. Racing my main Parmastox with Tarmac wing - heat 1 1st (12 points) of five drivers (38) and heat 2 5th (3) of six drivers (17).  After a difficult second heat, I decided to race my spare Parmastox for heat 3 (although reverted to my main Parmastox with tarmac wing for the outside lane as the body tape on my spare again came loose - also later found that one of the rear bumper solder joints had broken) 1st (12) of six drivers (34 – 2nd scoring 33, 3rd 31 and 4th 29 – all very close!).  My heat points score of 27 was enough to qualify for the semi-finals.  Semi-final – top three qualifying for the final – 6th of six drivers (17 – getting but also giving a bit of contact with an MRSA driver who missed out on the semi-finals in 4th by 2 points!)  6th in a semi-final equated to 8 British Championship Series points plus (new for 2015) the top 3 in each heat would also score points to the Series – 1st 3, 2nd 2 and 3rd 1. My heat results of 1st (3), 5th (0) and 1st (3) added a further 6 points for a total of 14 points from this round.  After this round I was down to 7th in the 2015 Parmastox British Championship with 43 points but with two drivers equal 2nd on 54 points and 10th on 39, apart from 1st on 81, the rest of the top 10 was very close.  The British Championship Series then took a break until October.

 

12th May - Arena points chart round 7 at 'St Mary's' with all lanes working after a major track repair exercise and racing my main Parmastox with shale wing.  Heat 1 - 3rd of five drivers (26) and heat 2 - 1st of four drivers (30 - 2nd scored 29). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 2nd of six drivers (14 - 3rd scored 13 and was the same driver I beat by 1 point in heat 2!) - 12 (best heat 5 + final 7) points chart points.  26th May - Arena points chart round 8 at 'St Mary's' - Heat 1 (tarmac) - 1st of four drivers (33) and heat 2 (spare) - 2nd of four drivers (23). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 4th of six drivers (14 - 3rd scored 15) - 10 (best heat 5 + final 5) points chart points.  9th June - I missed Arena points chart round 9 at 'St Mary's' due to holiday.

During the 7th to 9th rounds I was joint 5th highest points scorer with two other drivers with 22 points, the joint 2nd highest average with one other driver of 11.0 points and remained red grade. Following 9 rounds I was down to 4th in the Parmastox Arena Points Championship with 73 points and the 5th highest season average of 9.1 points.  No Grand National appearances during rounds 7 to 9 meant I remained on 12 points and was down to joint 4th with one other driver in the Arena Grand National points chart.

 

A main venue move to the Waltham Abbey Community Centre ('WACC') meant that Arena Slotstox Club meetings switched from Tuesday evenings to Wednesday evenings with the first meeting of each month being at 'St Mary's' and whatever fixture fell on those dates.

 

24th June - Arena points chart round 10 at 'WACC' on the six lane track with blue lane not working (probably due to not having been used for a while whilst being stored in my garage!) (tarmac) - Heat 1 - 3rd of five drivers (27) and heat 2 - 2nd of five drivers (35). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 4th of seven drivers (17) - 9 (best heat 4 + final 5) points chart points.  8th July - Arena points chart round 11 and Gold Top Qualifying round 3 at 'WACC' racing my refurbed spare Parmastox - heat 1 - 2nd of six drivers (38) and heat 2 - 2nd of six drivers (36). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 3rd of seven drivers (35) - 10 (best heat 4 + final 6) points chart and Gold Top Qualifying points.  Although I was down to 4th in the Arena Gold Top Qualifying points chart with 28 points I had a larger points gap for staying in the top 6 qualifying places.  22nd July - Arena points chart round 12 at 'WACC' (tarmac) - heat 1 - 3rd of six drivers (29) and heat 2 - joint 2nd with one other driver of six drivers (24). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 4th of six drivers (26) - 9 (best heat 4 + final 5) points chart points.

During the 10th to 12th rounds I was joint 3rd highest points scorer with one other driver with 28 points, the joint 5th highest average with the same other driver of 9.3 points and remained red grade. Following 12 rounds I was up to 3rd in the Parmastox Arena Points Championship with 101 points and the 5th highest season average of 9.2 points. No Grand National appearances during rounds 10 to 12 meant I remained on 12 points and was down to joint 6th with one other driver in the Arena Grand National points chart.

 

5th August - Arena points chart round 13 at 'St Mary's' (tarmac) - heat 1 - 3rd of five drivers (21) and heat 2 - 2nd of five drivers (25). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 2nd of six drivers (25) - 11 (best heat 4 + final 7) points chart points.

 

On 10th August as part of a social / work related trip to Ipswich, I attended my debut meeting at the Anglian Racewall (Metal Slotstox) Club (ARC) based at Whitton United Football Club on the outskirts of Ipswich.  ARC was formed in 2014 by members of the Foxhall Foxes Slotstox Club as a Metal Slotstox alternative following their regular visits to firstly Arena Slotstox and then the other Metal Slotstox clubs that host the British Championship rounds.  ARC follow the same rules as these clubs and have no-marshalling.  On a six lane track with a chicane along virtually the full one side of the track I tried both my Parmastox in practice with the intention to use one in my first heat and the other in my second heat.  Each driver usually has two heats of one race per lane over 8 laps with points awarded 6 for 1st down to 1 for 6th depending on where a driver finishes in the heat.  The top points scorers from the heats qualify straight for the final with the rest competing in consolations of two races per lane over 8 laps and each winner also qualifying for the final.  Due to a lower than usual number of drivers at this meeting (holidays), the format was changed to heats being two races per lane over 8 laps and the consolations being one race per lane over 8 laps.  Following a coin toss I used my spare Parmastox in my first heat and finished 1st of six drivers (39) and using my main Parmastox with tarmac wing in my second heat finished 6th of seven drivers (20 - 5th scored 21).  My heat points of 7 (6 + 1) were not sufficient to qualify direct to the final as one of the top four points scorers and so I raced in the third of three consolations.  Using my better suited spare Parmastox again, I finished 2nd of five drivers (16 - 3rd scored 15 and 1st 20 as it all come down to the last race in which for me being on the outside lane a de-slotted Parmastox resulted in a non-finish).  A thoroughly enjoyable evening nonetheless and good practice for the Best in Britain 'Open' Championship at ARC later in August.  I was Blue grade on the ARC grading chart for September.

 

19th August - Arena points chart round 14 and Gold Top Qualifying round 4 at 'WACC' (tarmac) - heat 1 - 1st of five drivers (43 and featuring some great races with the driver who finished 2nd with 42 - race of the night saw the other driver just pip me to the line after a close battle whilst another race saw the other driver held up by a de-slotted Parmastox on the last lap, allowing me to pass them on the final bend and beat them to the line - a result that ultimately proved decisive!) and heat 2 - 3rd of five drivers (19 - 4th also scored 19 and whilst we both had one win and two second place finishes each, I had two third place finishes compared with their one). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 5th of seven drivers (17) - 9 (best heat 5 + final 4) points chart and Gold Top Qualifying points. I remained 4th in the Arena Gold Top Qualifying points chart with 37 points - just 1 point behind 3rd - but with only one round remaining the gap to 7th was sufficient to assure my place in the final on 25th November.

 

On 22nd August I raced in the first 'Open' Championship meeting to be hosted by the Anglian Racewall Club (ARC) in Ipswich - the Best in Britain and as now traditional for daytime 'Open' meetings, we made this a family day out.  Having raced both my Parmastox during my debut meeting at ARC earlier in August, my Spare Parmastox was my preferred choice for this meeting.  Each of the 32 drivers racing would race in three heats with points awarded depending on where a driver finished in the heat - 1st 12, 2nd 10, 3rd 8, 4th 6, 5th 3, 6th 2 and where applicable 7th 1.  The top 24 points scorers from the heats would qualify for the quarter-finals with the top 3 from each of those qualifying for the semi-finals and the top 3 from each of those qualifying for the final. Heat 1 - 1st (12) of six drivers (37), heat 2 - 3rd (8) of six drivers (27 - 2nd scored 28) and heat 3 3rd (8) of six drivers (24 - very close as 1st scored 25 whilst 2nd also scored 24 but had two race wins compared with my one). My heat points of 28 were sufficient to qualify for the quarter-finals as the 9th highest qualifier.  Quarter-final - 3rd of six drivers (26) to qualify for the semi-finals.  Semi-final - 5th of six drivers (22 and just missing out on the final as 4th scored 23 whilst 2nd and 3rd each scored 24) - initially I thought back to a race where I was stopped by a de-slotted Parmastox and I would have qualified for the final with a finish but I subsequently remembered that I crashed on my own when leading and set for a win on the inside lane and if I had finished then the outcome may (as my de-slotted Parmastox did stop others) have been more favourable...fine margins that on this day didn't go my way... 

 

2nd September - Arena points chart round 15 at 'St Mary's' (tarmac) and race finishes were not easy to come by - heat 1 - 3rd of four drivers (15 from 4 race finishes) and heat 2 - 2nd of four drivers (24). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 5th of six drivers (8 from 2 race finishes as 4th scored 9 and 6th scored 7) - 8 (best heat 4 + final 4) points chart points.

During the 13th to 15th rounds I was joint 2nd highest points scorer with one other driver with 28 points, the joint 6th highest average with the same other driver of 9.3 points and was down to blue grade. Following 15 rounds I was 3rd in the Parmastox Arena Points Championship with 129 points and the 6th highest season average of 9.2 points. No Grand National appearances during rounds 13 to 15 meant I remained on 12 points and was down to 8th in the Arena Grand National points chart.

 

16th September - Arena points chart round 16 at 'WACC' (tarmac) - heat 1 - 1st of six drivers (42) and heat 2 - 2nd of six drivers (32).  My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 3rd of seven drivers (25 - 2nd also scored 25 but had two race wins compared with my one whilst 1st scored 26. All very close as even 4th scored 21 and 5th 20!) - 11 (best heat 5 + final 6) points chart points.

 

On 3rd October, I raced at The Heart of England Championship 2015 which doubled up as the fourth round of the 2015 Parmastox British Championship hosted by Three Counties Slotstox Club with 34 drivers in attendance. Having missed the Three Counties round in 2014, this was my first appearance at a Three Counties hosted round of the British Championship series and as becoming traditional for the British Championship rounds, we made this a family day out and our twin boys entertained those in attendance going up and down the Little Harrowden Village Hall with their walker! My first decision during practice was which Parmastox to race – my intention was to race my spare Parmastox and after practice with this plus my main Parmastox with tarmac wing this intention was confirmed and I used my spare Parmastox for the whole meeting even though I noticed during the meeting that one of the side irons had broken at one end.  All heats that I competed in were two races per lane (five-lane track) over 8 laps. Each driver would have three heats and score points based on their finishing positions in each – 1st 12, 2nd 10, 3rd 7, 4th 5, 5th 3 and 6th 1 – the highest points scoring twelve drivers would then qualify to the semi-finals.  All three of my heats were extremely competitive and give or take a few points here and there my results could have been very different!  Heat 1 1st (12 points) of five drivers (25 – thanks to two race wins in the last two races on the inside lane as 2nd also scored 25 but I had 4 race wins compared with their 1 whilst 3rd scored 24), heat 2 2nd (10) of six drivers (29 – 1st scored 30, 3rd 28 and 4th 27 and it could have been so much better had my Parmastox not stopped when I was running well in the second race (later diagnosed as a blown fuse on my lane - lane 3) although I did let the driver that ended up winning the heat past during a later race – the reverse result would have seen me win the heat by 1 point plus I crashed in the final race!) and heat 3 2nd (10) of five drivers (27 – 1st scored 28 and 3rd 25). My heat points score of 32 was enough to qualify for the semi-finals as third highest points scorer. Semi-final – top three qualifying for the final – 6th of six drivers (16 – 5th also scored 16 but they had 2 race wins compared to my 1 – that being the last race on the inside lane…to little too late!  Whilst starting as blue grade had helped in the heats, I was susceptible to the drivers starting behind, as had been the case at times in the heats; and with this in mind I simply made too many mistakes trying to keep ahead!)  6th in a semi-final equated to 8 British Championship Series points plus (new for 2015) the top 3 in each heat would also score points to the Series – 1st 3, 2nd 2 and 3rd 1. My heat results of 1st (3), 2nd (2) and 2nd (2) added a further 7 points for a total of 15 points from this round. After this round I was up to 4th in the 2015 Parmastox British Championship with 58 points but with 2nd on 63 points and 7th on 54, apart from 1st on 114, the rest of the top 10 was very close especially with the final round, to be hosted by Arena, being double points.  The meeting ended with a white grade heat and Clare used my Parmastox with tarmac win but unfortunately only managed to finish one race (albeit a win) to finish 6th of six drivers.

During the 16th to 18th rounds, I only attended the 16th round - missing the 17th on 30 September due to illness and the 18th on 14 October due to Clare having a clashing engagement meaning I was on babysitting duties - and was 11th highest points scorer with 11 points, the 3rd highest average of 11 points and remained blue grade due to needing to participate in at least 2 meetings to be eligible for a roof grade change. Following 18 rounds I remained 3rd in the Parmastox Arena Points Championship with 140 points and the 5th highest season average of 9.3 points. No Grand National appearances during rounds 16 to 18 meant I remained on 12 points and was down to 11th in the Arena Grand National points chart. Round 17 on 14 October doubled up as the 5th and final Arena Gold Top Qualifying round.  I had already qualified for the final and despite missing this round I remained 4th in the Arena Gold Top Qualifying points chart with 37 points.

 

28th October - Arena points chart round 19 at 'WACC' on the four lane Brentwood Show Track as the main six lane track was subject to maintenance work ahead of the forthcoming hosting of the Parmastox British Championship round 5 and the Slotstox World Championship.  With heats and final still 2 races per lane and with points scored in each race as 4 for 1st, 3 for 2nd, 2 for 3rd and 1 for 4th: helped by my blue grade status - heat 1 (spare) - 1st of four drivers (24 - the first race being re-run after the track voltage had been accidentally turned up from 10 to 14!) and heat 2 (tarmac) - 1st of four drivers (29). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final (tarmac) - 1st of five drivers (22) - maximum 13 (best heat 5 + final 8) points chart points.  11th November - Arena points chart round 20 at 'WACC' with a later start due to completing maintenance on the six lane track which as a result was very dusty and slippery in the early races.  Due to the delayed start whilst heat 1 was two races per lane, heat 2 and the final were reduced to one race per lane.  Heat 1 (tarmac) - 3rd of five drivers (23) and heat 2 (tarmac to start with but due to a breakage of the chassis front following a crash I had to switch to my spare) - 2nd of six drivers (17).  My places were sufficient to qualify for the final (spare) - 1st of six drivers (21) - 12 (best heat 4 + final 8) points chart points.

 

25th November - at 'WACC' - Arena Gold Top Championship Final. I qualified 4th of the six drivers (having missed 1 of the 5 rounds) who drew their starting lane in qualifying order. Using my spare Parmastox, I started in the yellow lane (lane 2) with drivers having two races in each lane over 8 laps all starting from the yellow grade line. I finished 4th of the six drivers with 18 points - the same as 5th but I had one race win compared with their none. I finished 3rd in each of my races in yellow lane, 5th and 4th in red lane (lane 3), a non-finish and a win in white lane (lane 4), two non-finishes in black lane (lane 5), non-finish and 3rd in green lane (lane 6) and 5th and a non-finish in blue lane (lane 1).

 

The 21st and final Arena points chart round meeting itself went better - heat 1 3rd of six drivers (32) and heat 2 1st of six drivers (48). My places were sufficient to qualify for the final - 2nd of six drivers (15 - run as one race per lane due to time) - 12 (best heat 5 + final 7) points chart points.

During the 19th to 21st rounds, I was the joint highest scorer with one other driver with 37 points, the joint highest average with the same driver of 12.3 points and was back up to red grade for the start of the 2016 season.

 

I finished 3rd in the Parmastox Arena Points Championship with 177 points and the 5th highest season average of 9.8 points. No Grand National appearances during rounds 19 to 21 meant I remained on 12 points and was down to 12th in the Arena Grand National points chart. I won three finals during the season - two at ‘WACC’ and one at 'St Mary's'.

 

On 28th November, I raced at 2015 Hertfordshire Open Championship which doubled up as the fifth and final round double points round of the 2015 Parmastox British Championship hosted by Arena Slotstox Club with 40 drivers in attendance (although being held at the Waltham Abbey Community Centre - a venue in Essex!) As becoming traditional for the British Championship rounds, we made this a family day out. The decision of which Parmastox to race was easy as my main Parmastox was still un-repaired from the meeting on 11th November but I would have raced my spare Parmastox anyway given that it started to go well towards the end of the meeting on 25th November (even though one of the side irons was still partly detached!) All heats that I competed in were two races per lane (six-lane track) over 8 laps. Each driver would have three heats and score points based on their finishing positions in each – 1st 12, 2nd 10, 3rd 7, 4th 5, 5th 3 and 6th 1 – the highest points scoring twelve drivers would then qualify to the semi-finals. Heat 1 2nd (10 points) of six drivers (25 – 3rd also scored 25 but I had 5 second place finishes compared with their 3), heat 2 1st (12) of seven drivers (45 – 2nd scored 43) and heat 3 1st (12) of seven drivers (45). My heat points score of 34 was enough to qualify for the semi-finals as third highest points scorer. Semi-final – top three qualifying for the final – 1st of six drivers (42) despite having to borrow a handcontroller as mine started to play up early on - just as it had during the final at the final round in 2014 - meaning I qualified for my fifth Arena/Hertfordshire 'Open' final with my previous best result being runner-up in 2011 plus my second final of the 2015 British Championship series following round 1 at Wellgate. Final - 3rd of six drivers (27) which equated to 36 British Championship Series points (18 doubled) plus (new for 2015) the top 3 in each heat would also score points to the Series – 1st 3, 2nd 2 and 3rd 1 which was also be doubled at this final round. My heat results of 2nd (4), 1st (6) and 1st (6) added a further 16 points for a total of 52 points from this round. After this round I finished 3rd in the 2015 Parmastox British Championship with 110 points and showed the benefit of this season attending all the rounds - the three drivers in 4th to 6th had each missed rounds but I had been impacted by this in each of 2013 (missed the final double points round of four when 2nd overall before it) and in 2014 (missed two of the five rounds around the time when the twins were born).



Slot-Classic Hot Rods

 

10th February - Arena points chart round 1 at 'Comades' on the four lane track (2 races per lane over 8 laps with points scored 5 for 1st down to 2 for 4th) borrowing a Slot-Classic Hot Rod - heat 2nd of four drivers (18) and with the top 2 qualifying for the final – final 2nd of four drivers (24 – beaten by the person who had lent me their spare Slot-Classic Hot Rod!).

 

7th April - Arena points chart round 2 at the new 'Comades' on the six lane track borrowing the same Slot-Classic Hot Rod as at round 1 (going much better at this round following the replacement of a well worn tyre by one of my spare Slotstox tyres!) - heat 4th of five drivers (15) with the top 3 qualifying for the final. Due to time I didn't race in the non-final qualifiers heat.

 

29th July - Arena points chart round 6 at the new 'WACC' venue on the six lane track borrowing a (very good) Slot-Classic Hot Rod for the heats and a different Slot-Classic Hot Rod for the final (the one I used in the heats being used by the owner!)  Heats and final being 6 laps one race per lane - heat 1 1st of six drivers, reduced to four drivers after the first race due to car problems (24) and heat 2 1st of four drivers (24).  Two wins saw me qualify first for the final of six drivers all starting from yellow grade - 5th of six drivers (8) getting used to the change of car.



Support formulas

 

At Arena meetings, support forumulas would be run when time allowed on a rotation basis and count to one 'support formulae' points points chart.  In addition to only being run when time I also decided not to race these sometimes preferring to leave earlier.  They were also run at Parma-Saloon meetings which I decided to not attend in 2015 so as to have a weekly break one meeting in four.  14th April - Arena points chart round 1 at 'Comades' (Parma-Minis) - heat 1 2nd of six drivers (12 - 3rd scored 11) and heat 2 4th of six drivers (10) - 6 (4+2) Arena Support formulae points chart points.  22nd July - 'WACC' (Parma-Small Vans) - one race per lane - heat 1 joint 3rd with two other drivers of five drivers (0) and heat 2 3rd of five drivers (7 - 2nd scored 8) - 6 (3+3) Arena Support formulae points chart points.



Multi-formula

 

On 16th December at 'WACC' was a new multi-formula event for an end of season fun night - the Arena Christmas Challenge Championship with twelve drivers racing. Total points from all races count towards this multi-formula championship format. All heats were one race per lane over 8 laps with all drivers starting from the start finish line. For Go-Karts, Robin Reliants and Legends a maximum of four drivers were racing at any one time in each heat with a dedicated car allocated to each lane provided by the Club. For Libre six-drivers raced in each heat using their own Libre. Go-Karts – 4 points and 9th overall 6 behind 1st. Libre was next and borrowing a Libre – 13 points and 4th highest Libre points scorer – 4th overall with 17 points and 13 points behind 1st. Robin Reliants – 9 points and joint 2nd highest Robins points scorer with four other drivers (1st scored 10!) – remained 4th overall with 26 points and 13 points behind 1st. Parma-Legends – 22 points and highest Legends points scorer. This moved me up to finish 3rd overall in the Arena Christmas Challenge Championship with 48 points - 6 points behind 2nd and 11 points behind 1st.



Other

 

On 11th June, I attended a meeting at the Timaru Raceway in Broadstairs, Kent.  This was during a family holiday after Clare spotted a sign outside a building saying Slot-Racing every Thursday about a 10 minute walk from where we were staying!  A bit of research beforehand revealed this club was a member of the British Slot Car Racing Association (BSCRA) and I arrived to find this was a four lane circuit racing club which this evening was racing 1/32 scale sports cars.  I introduced myself without revealing that I had Slot-Racing experience - passing myself off as being a Stock Car/Motor Racing fan interested in giving the club a look.  During the evening I was informed of various clubs including Rockingham, Pinewood and Ipswich where I’ve raced previously and of the Brisca based Slot Car racing!  I watched for a while before asking if I could have a go and I was told that whilst I wouldn’t be able to compete (I trust they take a different approach to local newcomers!), I could have a practice.  Using a club car and handcontroller and with the power turned down (not my choice) I did a few laps nice and steady to show that I could keep a car on track in the hope that I might be able to compete.  The format of the meeting was that each of the 10 drivers had 1 track marshalled minute in the lane of their choice to set a fastest lap – the 3 with the fastest lap qualified for the A-final, the next 3 the B-final and the final 4 the C-final.  The winner of the C-final would move up to the B-final and the winner of the B-final would move up to the A-final.  Each final consisted of each driver having 3 track marshalled minutes in each lane (12 minutes in total) to do as many laps (+ ‘bits’ of laps as marked) as possible.  The idea of the qualifying was so that drivers in each final would be evenly matched but the overall places on the evening would be determined by the most laps completed during the 12 minutes so in theory the winner could be from any final (although in the end the winner was in the A-final!)  After each of the drivers had their qualifying minute, I asked if I could have one which was agreed.  Whilst the power was left turned up, my handcontroller was plugged into a resistor which I guess was again to slow the car.  My fastest lap in the minute was 5.654 seconds (the typical qualifying times were around 3.5 to 4 seconds) but again I didn’t push it still in the fruitless hope that if I could show I could keep the car in that I might be allowed to compete!  I was then told by one of the members that with this car they’d expect a lap time of around 4.8 to 4.9 seconds…other members were more sympathetic in that most new drivers crash at every corner (I still trust they take a different approach to local newcomers!)  I watched the main meeting and picked up a few tips as I’d been told I could have another go at the end.  This time I had a go with at full power and decided to push it a bit to see what laps times I could do… even with a few more crashes along the way!  I was then given a 1/24 scale sports car to try as this would be easier to handle and I wasn’t far off the pace of a few regular members that had stayed behind (which is when I revealed I do race Slot Cars just very different to these and with very different tactics that are not all about pure speed).  I even managed to de-slot one of these member’s car a couple of times but I don’t think they appreciated my comment that surely this was a good tactic to slow your opponents!  The practice with this car helped when I went back to the 1/32 car and I asked if the lap timer could be turned on.  This time I managed a 4.922 lap which from what I’d been told earlier would be about the time of the regular members with that car (and this was with a standard club handcontroller too!)  All in all it was good evening and good to gain experience of a different type of Slot-racing even if it was a little disappointing I couldn’t compete (but then they did think I was a ‘real’ beginner!)  I said to a couple of members left at the end that they’d be welcome at Arena where I’m sure they’d receive a nice ‘this is contact racing’ welcome!

 

 

SLOTSTOX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: B-FINAL 2ND (8th overall)

SLOTSTOX ARENA POINTS CHAMPION:  420 POINTS

SLOTSTOX ARENA GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: 4TH= - 12 points

SLOTSTOX ARENA 'COMRADES/WACC' TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP: RUNNER-UP - 257 POINTS

SLOTSTOX ARENA 'ST MARY'S' TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP: RUNNER-UP - 108 POINTS

SLOTSTOX ARENA 'BRENTWOOD SHOW' TRACK CHAMPION: 55 POINTS

SLOTSTOX ARENA GOLD TOP CHAMPIONSHIP: 3RD

SLOTSTOX ARENA STATISTICS: 2 final wins – 1 'WACC' and 1 on the Brentwood Show Track

 

PARMASTOX BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: 3RD - 110 points

PARMASTOX HERTFORDSHIRE 'OPEN' CHAMPIONSHIP: 3RD

PARMASTOX WELLGATE METAL MANIA IV 'OPEN' CHAMPIONSHIP: 4TH  

PARMASTOX ARENA 'OPEN' TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: RUNNER-UP (with Clare Banham and Colin Woollaston)

PARMASTOX ARENA POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP: 3RD - 177 POINTS

PARMASTOX ARENA GOLD TOP CHAMPIONSHIP: 4TH

PARMASTOX ARENA GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: 12TH - 12 POINTS

PARMASTOX ARENA STATISTICS: 3 final wins – 2 at 'WACC' and 1 at St Mary's

 

ARENA CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP: 3RD

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