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Yes finally I have a couple of wins under my belt at the local club!  It's been a long time coming and finally I have my revenge :)

For the end of the year the club was holding some races on 29th and as it was the first day of the end of year vacation for me I decided to prepare a bunch of cars that would be eligible for 2 of the races.  I entered in the open Scalextric class and then the night race - also limited to Scalextric.  

It is pretty relaxed club so replacement wheels and tires are permitted as long and the car clears the minimum height of 1mm on the track.  While this sounds pretty easy, I found a bunch of cars that don't meet this requirement even as stock - although in most cases the infringement appears to be either area on the chassis to accommodate the gear or in some cases what appears to be aggressive imprints for the car name and scaley logo.  So I prepped what I knew would be good and took a selection to try out.

In the pre-races testing at the track I found 2 that were not only quick, but relatively stable on the track too and could do consistent laps.  The Sierra RS500 and the VW Passat.  But during shakedown one of the rear wheels on the Sierra flew off which had to have a drop of super glue to fix back on.  So confidence was not high for that one and I decided to keep in reserve and use the Passat in the 2 races.  The Passat was not fully stock as some time ago on a particularly bad deslot/hit the floor, it had broken the rear wheels entirely.  So the rear had some aluminum wheels with Plafitt rubber shoes - we don't get Scalextric or really any other brand of spares in Japan, but we do have Plafitt and all the parts for 1/24 & 1/32 they sell.  Everything else was stock.

Qualifying for the open class I have the best time in qualifying and choice of starting lane.  A good start.  At the end of the first heat I was a lap up on the other drivers, although the distance to second place was just over 1m.  Fortunately the start finish line was within that 1m which made my one lap advantage greater that it actually was.  Still it gave me a boost going into the second heat which is when disaster hit.  The race started and my car sat on the start line unmoving.  Got a track call and checked the car, but it was having nothing to do with it and I had to substitute the car with the suspect RS500, this also cost me a penalty.

Fortunately over the next 4 heats the car was reliable and quick, and very stable on the track.  Going into the final heat I was sure I was on course for either the win or the second place.  The racing was very tight, but the stability on the RS500 gave me the edge.  But at this point I noticed something odd on the car.  The rear axle has having alot of movement.  With no time to check further except to confirm the drive was still there, and could not risk another penalty, especially with none of the other cars I had available being anything like as good as this, I had to roll the dice and stick with the car for the final heat.

It stayed together and made it home.  Once I had the lead I just aimed to keep it consistent and not take any chances.  Finally winning the race for my first win by 4 laps overall.  During the interval I took the car apart to check what was happening.  Turns out half the plastic retainer on one side of the chassis for the rear wheel brass bearing had broken off.  The left side was freely moving around and was only held in check but the opposite side being in tact and the top part of the body of the car.  I could only directly glue the brass bearing to the plastic chassis and keep it together in case needed.

With this making the car risky to use for the night race I had to focus on the Passat and what went wrong in the first race.  It turns out the contacts for the pickups were moving around and making an unstable connection.  Again the glue came out and I put a dab between the plastic of the guide and pick up to try and keep them in place.  Then thinking I had no reliable spare car as a secondary attempt to keep it reliable, I swapped in a set of new original Scalaextric braids on the pickup.  Figuring this would help keep the contacts in place by the physical pressure as the ones I swapped out were a thinner Slot.It braid.  A couple of quick practice laps and all seemed good.

A couple more entries in the night racing so it took a little longer and the racing a little slower as uncertainty on the braking points.  The racing was very intense and in a couple of heats it went lap after lap racing side by side.  This was a first for me to be in such a competitive position, which seemed to just add to the pressure.  Fully aware that at anytime a deslot could lose the heat and the race.  Not only that, but being taken out by someone else desloting next to you was also a risk and a couple of drivers had that misfortune.

The Passat ran good consistent laps and was so very stable.  In the end the win was mine.....just.  Myself and another driver both finished with 151 laps, but he had the misfortune of picking up a single penalty for a deslot while the Passat cleared with no penalities.

Was a good afternoon of racing and very happy to finally get my win.  They now say I have to get my 1/24 car more competitive so I can enter the Plafitt hardbody class next time.  I think it will be aa while before I get there, currently a good one second a lap off their pace.  

As a final treat to myself for a good day racing and to support the club, I purchased from them a Ford GT GTE as a prospect for future races.

But first my 2 winning cars will receive so TLC to race another day.