The second round of the South East Interclub Championship saw Medway play host to Viking and Larkfield Slot Car Clubs at their venue in Chatham.
With a grid of identical Slot It Can-Am McLaren’s the emphasis is very much on the driver; however, the track surface and tyre choice made for very different handling characteristics to what can typically be found at the Viking track; putting the advantage very much with the home team hosts.
That said, after a brief adjustment period, the Viking chaps stepped up to the challenge, achieving some race wins and consistently frequenting the top three in their races.
Overall, it was an enjoyable night with close racing and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Onward to Larkfield for round 3!
The pace of racing showed no signs of letting up throughout February with the first of 2020’s “Super 25” rounds; the class this time being Rally Cars. The Super 25 class of racing opens up the category from standard, allowing the use of 3D printed chassis, anglewinder configurations, and higher RPM and higher mag downforce motors. The rally car class seems to really lend itself to some modification and as such, February’s racing creates some of the fastest cars we’ll use at the club throughout the year.
One of the regular weapons of choice was the Scaleauto Subaru Impreza; commonly making up the majority of the grid. However, Scaleauto/MSC Ford RS200’s and Avant Slot Opel Manta’s were also popular.
Racing was closely contended with only two points separating first and second by the end of the month. Keith finished top of the table with his combination of Rothmans liveried Opel Manta and Winfield liveried Subaru, with Mick’s Subaru close behind.
February’s Viking Shield support races were provided by the Ninco Renault Megane’s. These are run completely standard (with only the rear tyres having been changed from stock) and have provided a mainstay class of racing for slot car clubs all over for many years.
Keith and Mick were again the drivers to beat finishing first and second respectively with Wayne taking the final podium spot. Consistent racing from Chris ensured his fourth place; clear of the closely contested midfield of Adrian N, Trevor and George, who finished the month separated by just four points.
A new year ushers in a new season of racing at Viking SCC and the opening rounds saw the Slot It Group C cars take to the track. These fantastic cars are high in detail, high in quality and high in visual nostalgia with their iconic design and classic liveries. A gleaming silver Sauber Mercedes C9. A Leyton House Toyota 86c. Lancia LC2’s in Martini colours. Porsche 962’s available in a plethora of iconic liveries. A grand sight for any motorsport fan and great to see hurtling around the club track.
Cars are run in near stock trim, making the racing very competitive, and the added challenge of the bi-annual track direction change kept most racers and marshalls on their toes (for the first few races at least). Pat, Keith and Wayne all saw success with their various Toyota’s and Nissan’s; but when all was said and done, the end of the month saw Mick W scoring highest.
This month’s Viking Shield races were Muscle Cars; or, as it could be renamed, the Roger Penske Cup, on account of the quantity of Penske liveried Camaro’s that graced the first few starting grids! That said, you really cannot argue with the track prowess of the Scalextric Z28 Camaro, so it is an understandable choice.
Some relief from the sea of Camaro’s came in the form of Ade’s Ford Falcon and Keith’s absolute barge of a Gran Torino. Racing in this category was a lot of fun; but ultimately, the Z28 Camaro’s won the day with close racing from Pat’s #11 Laurel Racing Camaro, Wayne’s #48 H&H racing Camaro and Mick’s #86 Sunaco Camaro, all consistently holding the front of the pack with Mick ultimately finishing on top.