8 drivers tonight but nothing too spectacular as far as performances were concerned. The track was a bit 'iffy' which probably accounted for this. Ben TQ'ed with a total of 122.43 from Bob on 120.08, Woody 118.98 and Nick made the 'A' with 111.86 - just pippng Corky for the place by half a lap.
That left Wim, Geoff and Kev to line up along with Corky, although Kev didn't start after a series of calamities spoiling his night. This was a fairly modest affair with the race virtually decided from the first lap. Corky went into the lead followed by Wim then Geoff. It stayed like that all the way with no dramas, so Corky took the win and 5th overall, from Wim and Geoff.
The 'A' final was a cracker. Ben went into the early lead but it only lasted for a couple of laps. Bob then took over for another 4 laps and then it was Woody's turn in front. He stayed in the lead for the next 12 laps before a big incident saw him lose nearly 4 seconds and this let Bob back in front. This was on lap 19, so half way. Bob's lead was very nearly a lap at this point but Woody got his rythm back and chased him down, lapping consistently quicker. Gradually the lead came down - under 3 seconds on lap 24, under 2 seconds on lap 33 and under 1 second on lap 36 - and it was looking odds on that he would catch Bob. As the last few seconds ran out they both crossed the line virtually together for the 40th time and when the power went off - it was Bob who just had his nose in front still, by just 1 foot !! Stirring stuff and fiercely competitive. As for the other two - Ben wasn't going well and called it a day after 29 laps and Nick was finding Blue lane a bit of a struggle, but he ended up in front of Ben for 3rd place. Great stuff.
With 6 drivers for the first round of the year we ran on 3 of the 4 lanes with best 2 to count for qualification. Bob came out on top, recording 74.18 for the 2 lanes and posting a PB on red lane. Woody was just 1.64 laps behind in 2nd and these 2 would await a third driver in the A final. Nick and Geoff were in the run off C final which was a good race. Geoff held his own for most of the way, on the same lap all the race. But in the end it was Nick who did enough to take the win and move up to the B. There he joined Kev and Corky, racing for a place in the A final. This was a good battle early on between Kev and Corky with not much between them for the first minute or so, but Corky had a couple of offs which put paid to his challenge and Kev ran out a good winner by half a lap from Corky with Nick in 3rd. Woody, Bob and Kev then contested the A final and this was very messy for the first minute or so with all three in front at various times. It eventually settled down with Woody in front a short distance ahead of Bob with Kev's challenge fading. Woody held on to a slender lead all the way to the flag and ran out winner by just 14 feet with 37.01 to Bob's 36.87.