Caffeine Hit

Race Report: TOCA Tuesday – February 2020.
18/02/2020.
Rockingham.

After reducing the number of championship classes run at Falcon Raceway Digital Slot Car Club, we decided to hold four special, non-championship races throughout the year on Tuesday evenings using some of the dropped classes. The first of these was TOCA Tuesday, a race night featuring 1990’s Super Tourers some of our racers had used in our Classic Saloons class. Of course, each of these aging models had been given a new lease of life after being modified with the excellent JS Flex chassis – a modification which came into its own around the Rockingham circuit.

Mixed Fortunes

It was an evening of mixed fortunes; from the highs of a dominant performance from Scott – his Nescafe sponsored Renault seemingly enjoying a caffeine hit in every race – to lows, with Steve and Darren both enduring a mix of car trouble and plain bad luck.

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In race one, Anthony looked set to take the race win, only to be denied when it mattered most (when the chequered flag fell). He’d started from pole, but a crash on the opening lap had dropped him down the order and handed the lead to George’s Renault.  By the time the first pit stops were done, Anthony was back in front, but he’d gambled on fuel. As the race neared completion, he was forced to make a late stop, letting Scott through to take the win.

Race One Result: 
1st Scott – Renault Laguna
Laps: 35; Grid: 3; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 11.128
2nd Anthony – BMW 318i
Laps: 34; Grid: 1; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.838
3rd George – Renault Laguna
Laps: 34; Grid: 4; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 11.788
4th Darren – Vauxhall Vectra
Laps: 33; Grid: 2; Pit stops: 3
Fastest race lap: 11.926
5th Martin – Renault Laguna
Laps: 33; Grid: 5; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 11.866

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Scott’s victory in race two was far more convincing, leading from the start, and going largely unchallenged throughout. Lee had fought his way by pole-man Darren early on to take second, but had no answer for the leading Renault’s pace. Behind them, a battle raged between Darren and Steve for the final podium place. Steve – his Audi much quicker now the loose wheel which had troubled him in free practice was repaired – had taken third early on, but a late stop had dropped him behind the Vauxhall.

Race Two Result: 
1st Scott – Renault Laguna
Laps: 34; Grid: 2; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.069
2nd Lee – Vauxhall Vectra
Laps: 33; Grid: 3; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 11.473
3rd Darren – Vauxhall Vectra
Laps: 32; Grid: 1; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 11.777
4th Steve – Audi A4
Laps: 32; Grid: 4; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.826
5th Martin – Renault Laguna 
Laps: 20*; Grid: 5; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.938

*out of fuel

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Race three bore many of the hallmarks of race two. Once again, Scott put in another dominant performance to make it three wins out of three in the Renault. And, once again, Lee – despite his all his efforts in the Vauxhall – fared no better than second, with Darren again coming home third. The final podium place had once been occupied by Steve, before a series of crashes dropped him to fifth. Then, third was occupied by Anthony, until a mistake in the pits delayed him and dropped the BMW back behind Darren’s Vauxhall.

Race Three Result: 
1st Scott – Renault Laguna
Laps: 35; Grid: 1; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 10.660
2nd Lee – Vauxhall Vectra
Laps: 34; Grid: 2; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 11.267
3rd Darren – Vauxhall Vectra
Laps: 33; Grid: 3; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.900
4th Anthony – BMW 318i
Laps: 33; Grid: 5; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 10.862
5th Steve – Audi A4
Laps: 31; Grid: 4; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.546

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With Scott taking up marshalling duties in race four, it was someone else’s turn to accommodate the top step of the podium, and it was Anthony who took full advantage of this opportunity. Taking a convincing win, the BMW driver lead away from pole and remained there til the end of the race. Behind him, Steve was enjoying a better race than his previous two attempts. He’d put his Audi third on the grid, and had taken second early on. He was to hold onto this position until five laps from the end; running low on fuel, he was forced to slow down to conserve, allowing George to take the runner-up spot.

Race Four Result: 
1st Anthony – BMW 318i
Laps: 36; Grid: 1; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.065
2nd George – Renault Laguna
Laps: 34; Grid: 4; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.659
3rd Steve – Audi A4
Laps: 34; Grid: 3; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.486
4th Darren – Vauxhall Vectra
Laps: 33; Grid: 2; Pit stops: 3
Fastest race lap: 11.747

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The first half of race five saw Lee and Anthony engaged in a battle at the front, with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions. As the first stops loomed, Anthony seemed to pull away, while Lee started to conserve. The net result was that Anthony was able to rejoin in the lead (where he would remain until the end of the race), and Martin rejoined ahead of both Lee and George in second. Putting in a sold performance in the yellow Laguna, Martin held on to the position to claim his best finish of the evening.

Race Five Result: 
1st Anthony – BMW 318i
Laps: 36; Grid: 2; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.227
2nd Martin – Renault Laguna
Laps: 35; Grid: 4; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 11.830
3rd Lee – Vauxhall Vectra
Laps: 34; Grid: 1; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 10.917
4th George – Renault Laguna
Laps: 33; Grid: 3; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 11.619

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Scott returned to the thick of the action in race six, and got back to winning ways once more. He made it hard for himself this time, however. A series of crashes dropped the Renault racer down the order early on, and he had to fight his way back up the order to take the win. Again, Lee was his closest challenger, with the Vauxhall runner taking yet another second place.

Race Six Result: 
1st Scott – Renault Laguna
Laps: 34; Grid: 1; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 10.698
2nd Lee  – Vauxhall Vectra
Laps: 34; Grid: 2; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 10.780
3rd Darren – Vauxhall Vectra
Laps: 33; Grid: 3; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.234
4th Martin – Renault Laguna
Laps: 31; Grid: 4; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 12.193

Clean Sweep

Race Seven saw Scott complete his clean sweep of victories, with yet another race win over second placed Lee. Again, it was close, with both drivers finishing on the same lap, and separated by just a few car lengths at the chequered flag. Behind them, George took a lonely third place, a lap down on the leaders, but a lap ahead of fourth-placed Steve, who was delayed by a mistake in the pits.

Race Seven Result: 
1st Scott – Renault Laguna
Laps: 35; Grid: 1; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 10.627
2nd Lee – Vauxhall Vectra
Laps: 35; Grid: 2; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 10.998
3rd George – Renault Laguna
Laps: 34; Grid: 3; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 11.558
4th Steve – Audi A4
Laps: 33; Grid: 4; Pit stops: 3
Fastest race lap: 11.531

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With Scott’s racing now done for the day, Anthony dominated the final race of the night, and sealed second spot in overall results. Behind him, the fight for second was between Steve and George. This tussle was eventually settled in favour of the former, with Steve taking his best result of the night.

Race Eight Result: 
1st Anthony – BMW 318i
Laps: 35; Grid: 1; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.058
2nd Steve – Audi A4
Laps: 34; Grid: 2; Pit stops: 2
Fastest race lap: 11.371
3rd George – Renault Laguna
Laps: 33; Grid: 4; Pit stops:1
Fastest race lap: 11.647
4th Martin – Renault Laguna
Laps: 31; Grid: 3; Pit stops: 1
Fastest race lap: 11.886

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Result:

1st Scott – 105
2nd Anthony – 92
3rd Lee – 84
4th George – 75
5th Darren – 71
6th Steve – 69
7th Martin – 63

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