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Checkeredflag Round 8 SMSRC Catalunya  Checkeredflag

Cars arrived at SMSRC all in one piece and presented well. The new transportation method Graham devised seems to have solved the curling braid issues seen in past proxies and so with nothing else to do except tape the tyres and clean the braids it was on to round 8 of the Summer Grand Prix Proxy


Class A

Class A kicked us off with some very nice cars and close racing with Team Cube's smooth Scarab pipping the 'couldnt be more different to drive' point and squirt Mercedes of Mountain View. Another close battle for the final spot on the podium saw TEAM RNLI's Ferrari just get past Roadrunners Merc to third place. Rokers Road's Bugatti was really in a class of its own being a different era of vehicle but still put in respectable lap times only about 10% down.


Class B

Class B was a new breed of car to me, never seen one before but I was impressed with how quick and smooth they were, being able to carry a lot of speed through the corners.

The two Cooper Climaxes (Climaxii?) took the honours with Roadrunners just taking the win by a nose from Court Sport, before looking up to see the results I actually thought it would be the other way round, but the #10 must have just had the edge down the straights.

Another tight finish for third saw Bangers Racing take the bronze medal with Team RNLIs lotus suffering from a bit too much mind beneath it's (lack of) wings as it's higher ground clearance didn't inspire the same sort of confidence through the faster bends.


Class C

Now we are talking, the F1 cars I grew up with! As I had a car in this heat, club chairman Rich took over trigger honours. The top three were streaks ahead in all honesty, super smooth, controllable and quick, on the day the Ferrari of Ruscillo Racing took top honours, with the Shadow of Mountain View not far behind. Honourable mention to Mike Scott's Tyrrell which has the fastest lap but the squareness of the chassis just didn't seem to suit the track as much as the more 'dart like' shape of the top 2, on another day it could easily have won.

My own car didn't even make the podium. Shambles.


Class D

Final class then, the fast boys! Again Rich did the driving, I did the running around putting them back on track   Bigsmile

The McLaren of Courtney Sport was superb with a dominant win, essentially an NSR 86/89 under the 2000s frilly dress it really drove like it was 'Ready to Race'! 

My own Dallara managed to sneak a 2nd despite sounding like a bag of spanners in a tumble dryer with Team Cube's stretch limo, I mean Williams, taking the final step on a very closely fought podium.  I can see why the Williams has done well as it was very smooth but on this grippy track it deslotted too often, in part I think due to the guide being so far from the rear wheels it was past the apex of the corner before the rear had even started turning in, causing a lot of three wheel action until eventually the guide would lose the traction battle and slide out. A good build though of what looks a fairly standard car  Yes


Hopefully that gives you a flavour of how the racing went, unfortunately no video this time as some pillock thought it was a bank holiday this weekend and had loads of time to get the racing done only to realise it was only a bank holiday for our friends north of the border! 

Thank you to all the participants for allowing us to play with your pride and joys, it was a smaller field for this proxy but the standard of cars was very good as was reflected in lots of close battles throughout the field. 

They all survived intact and are packed up for the next and penultimate leg of their journey