Scalextric World Championships 2010
Models racer Dean Owen claims 3rd place in the 2010 Scalextric World
Scalextric World Championship 2010 - The WINNER! 19/11/2010
The MPH Top Gear Show in London on Sunday 7th November was the BIG DAY for our Scalextric World Championship finalists!
At 1pm the finalists gathered at the Scalextric stand and were given a driver's briefing. The race rules for Scalextric Digital are quite easy: Rule No.1 is NO CONTACT else, as in real motor racing, a drive through penalty or a Stop and Go in the pit lane is awarded to the offending driver. The finalists took part in semi-final races of 50 laps with the top three placed drivers going through to the final. Chris, Darren and Daniel and John, Dean and Steve made it through to the final.
The 100-lap Grand Final was set. With two experienced senior club racers in the line up (Steve and John) and two keen youngsters (Chris and Dean) accompanying adult Scalextric fans Darren and Daniel, the grid couldn't be more mixed. The race started in front of a big audience of spectators. Chris, after a few laps established a lead to which he would never let up with a faultless drive to the end. This left expectations for the final podium places with Steve and John. Steve, from the Wood Green Scalextric Club in London, fought back from an early incident, leaving him at the back of the pack, through to second place where, for more than half of the race, he remained unchallenged to the end. However, John fell foul of back luck and found he was driving a car not quite as quick as the rest of the grid. A good battle for third place ensued for the entire 100 laps for the lowest step on the podium between Dean, Daniel and Darren. Despite several drive through penalties awarded to some of the drivers, Daniel finally dropped to fifth place leaving the battle to Dean and Darren. Newcomer Dean persevered and gained 3rd placed.
Congratulations go to Chris Whitehouse, the new Scalextric World Champion.
Thank you to the guys from the University of Westminster who filmed the entire story as a documentary project.