TROPHY NIGHT 08/07/17

Hi All, That was season 1 done and dusted and for those that made trophy night I hope you all enjoyed yourself. It was a cold night but I think everybody was prepared for it and I had both the heaters on! Peter W kindly brought some mulled cider along which also took the chill off! Thanks Peter it was greatly appreciated. Ron was again very generous and bought along some more red wine to see us through the winter months. I would also like to thank both of our sponsors for 2 of our classes A J Cochrane and Sons and Miami Menswear. I would also like to congratulate all of the trophy winners and also the “almost theres” in the club it was a really close competition in most of the classes. We also had some really close racing with the Ninco Porsches in our one and only race for the evening and it was eventually won by someone who didnt want their prize lol! We also had a raffle which was won by Daryl, who won himself a nice Pioneer Mustang, second was Simon, who won a parts tray and third was Ron, who won himself a Ninco pinion puller. All in all it was a good night that we all enjoyed. See you all on Saturday the 22nd for the start of Season 2 where we will be racing the Historic NASCARs ( Sponsor Needed ) and the MJK V8 Supercars. Cheers Syd

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 24-6-17

14 competitors lined up for this round comprising of Slot it LeMans and Pioneer Muscle Cars. The cold weather combined with a freshly cleaned track meant that grip was at a premium for the first few races.

The Pioneer endurance round was first up. Running opposite to normal track direction threw a lot of drivers off initially. Lap times were slower than normal owing to the low grip conditions, but everyone found a rhythm after a couple of races. Still, there were lots of crashes and quite a few frustrated drivers trying to find a way to put down consistently quick laps. Fortunately, everyone got into the act with marshalling and helping to minimise time lost after de-slots. Car failures and on track incidents also shook up the standings. Front axles coming adrift affected a few drivers; we’ll keep an eye on this for reliability issues next season.

Nick Cochrane took first over Syd Miller, with Chris Kendall rounding out the top three.

Running in the normal direction was a vastly different story. Every driver completed significantly more laps and there was a big reduction in crashes and incidents. Lap records were set, then broken, then broken again. Peter Worth proved 6.8 sec laps were entirely possible, being the first to dip into the bracket with a 6.884 sec lap. Nick Cochrane came tantalizingly close to breaking the 6.7 sec barrier with a 6.815 sec lap later on. Pete Hagerty, Darryl Nutton and Tony Mallinson all managed to put down 6.8 sec laps by the end of the event. Well done to all.

The overall winner for the round was Pete Hagerty. Nick Cochrane finished second, Chris Kendall third. Its great to see the results very close at the top; hopefully we’ll see a few different winners next time out.

Next up was Slot It LeMans. All drivers took a while to readjust to the speed difference of this class compared to the Pioneers. Lap times weren’t helped by the cold track offering little grip in sections, hampering drive out of some corners. As such, positions for the finals were somewhat scattered from the usual standings after heat racing was completed.

The E Main was first up. Mike Fuller and Mark Miller duked it out for the step up. Mike took a comfortable win in race 1 whilst Mark outdrove himself and crashed trying to keep pace. Race 2 was sweet revenge for Mark Miller, regaining his composure to snatch the win from Mike on the last lap by 0.251 of a second. Mark was never headed again and won the final 2 races for the step up.

The D Man competitors were a bit of a shock to see with Matt Boland and Peter Worth lining up against Claire Davie and Mark Miller. Matt romped home taking 4 wins from 4 starts despite being frustrated by an apparent lack of pace from his car. Peter Worth finished second across all the races. The surprise of the D Main was Claire, who improved her pace and nudged ever so close to the 6.9 sec bracket as the races progressed, and took a pair of third places in the final two races.

The C Main was a mostly straight forward affair, with good clean racing all round. Matt continued his winning streak, making it another 4 wins from 4 starts. John Cameron nearly made it a win in race four but was cruelly relegated to second place by Matt who passed him on the final corner of the last lap, taking the win by a mere 0.087 secs. Hard luck John!

The B Main was a fast event featuring lots of side by side racing and plenty of passing. Matt looked set to continue all the way to the A Main after winning race one. Pete Hagerty took the win in race two; the top three drivers in the race being covered by only 0.5 of a sec at the end. Race three saw another win for Matt, making it look likely he’d steam his way through to the A Main. It was not to be though, Pete Hagerty taking the final win and step up to the next event.

The A Main comprised of the expected drivers, and they showed why they deserved to be there. The pace was fast and close and exciting to watch. Nick took the win in race one whilst the rest of the field squabbled over minor placings. Nick also took the win for race two although Darryl Nutton chased him down right to the end, finishing just 0.559 secs behind. Darryl then took charge, comfortably winning race three while Chris Kendall got it together after a torrid couple of laps to take second. Nick recovered in race four, holding off the rest of the field for the final win of the event.

Nick Cochrane claimed the round win, Darryl Nutton second and Chris Kendall third.

And thats it for this season, folks! Trophy night will be upon us soon on July 8th. Please let Syd know if you plan on attending so he can arrange for catering. Look forward to seeing you all there!

Cheers,

Simon

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 3-6-17

We had 11 racers turn up for what was a relaxed round of racing this time out. The track was quite slippery to begin with but improved with racing as expected. Yellow lane was agreed by all to offer the best grip whilst Red lane was like an ice rink (Pete Hagerty has kindly offered to do his 3627 pre-race practice laps in Red lane next event to alleviate this issue). A real highlight of this round was the number of intensely close finishes with more than one race win being secured by less than a second. A great indicator that the assistance the quick guys are giving to the other club members is paying off. Thanks guys, we’re seeing brilliant racing as a result.

Slotit LeMans were first on track. The heat results were fairly consistent and most drivers settled into their usual positions for the Mains

In the D Main, Claire Davie and Stewart Hutchison duked it out across the 4 races taking 2 wins apiece. Both drivers improved their time steadily and ended up in the 6 sec bracket by race 4. Stewart claimed the step up by virtue of the bonus points accrued for holding the fastest laps in all but race 1.

The C Main was a slightly more one-sided affair with Simon Davie taking 3 wins to claim the step up. A crash late in race 2 prevented him from making it a clean sweep. Mike Fuller ran a clean 10 laps to claim the win for race 2 whilst Ron Layton narrowly missed out on a win in race 3, instead taking his only 2nd place finish for the Mains.

The B Main saw multiple lead changes and lots of side by side racing. Simon Davie claimed the first 2 wins from Matt Boland who retaliated with wins in the remaining two races. Syd Miller showed his pace, but succumbed to a few unfortunate incidents. He did have the closest of finishes with Matt Boland, finishing behind Matt by a mere 0.063 of a second in race 1. Matt took the step up to the A Main.

The A Main was a close run thing with each driver taking a win across the four races. Squabbling for the minor placing became important with some of the drivers making some ambitious passing moves which almost ended in tragedy. Nick Cochrane took the round win from Chris Kendall by a single point. Matt Boland and Pete Hagerty rounded out the minor placings.

 

The heats for NSR LeMans were quick and sorted everyone into familiar territory for the Mains. In the heats Peter Worth came up with a interesting new way of marshalling, flailing about in panic before returning the car to the track. We managed to capture a pic of him in action:

In the D Main, Claire Davie was the fast charger taking wins in the first 3 races. Ron Layton’s bonus points for fastest laps kept him in the hunt right up to the final race where he secured his only win for the round and taking the step up.

The C Main was action packed with Ron Layton and Syd Miller trading places nearly every lap in race 1. Ron crashed on the final lap allowing Syd to take the win. Syd Miller backed it up with wins in races 2 and 3. But Ron didn’t let him have it all his own way, claiming victory in race 4 by a mere 0.049 secs. A thrilling finish, well done Ron! However it wasn’t enough to prevent Syd Miller from taking the step up to the B Main.

The B Main saw lots of passing and the occasional nudging between cars. But thats racing! Peter Worth was quick right out of the blocks with he and Syd Miller trading blows and places right up to the end of race 1. Peter took the win by 0.07 secs. He followed in it up with a win in race 2. Race 3 saw Pete Hagerty and Simon Davie step to the fore. A crash for Pete on lap 8 allowed Simon to slide through for the win. Pete fired back in race 4 and won in dominant fashion. Peter Worth claimed the step up into the A Mains.

Nick Cochrane made the clean sweep taking 4 wins from 4 starts in the A Main. Matt Boland and Chris Kendall fought it out for the minor placing whilst Peter Worth sadly looked a little outclassed. Nick took the round win, with Matt, Chris and Peter rounding out the standings respectively.

The next and final round for the season is a couple of weeks away on June 24th. Slotit LeMans makes a return and we will also be racing the Pioneer Muscle Cars. Don’t forget to check out the Pioneer tuning guide in the Tuning Tips section at the top of the page.

See you next round.

Cheers,

Simon

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WASCRG Meeting held on 27/05/2017

12 competitors braced the cool weather for this round comprising of SCX Nascar and Ninco GT. It was good to see some top drivers lending cars to less experienced drivers to help them get a feel for what a set up car should drive like. This continued assistance doesn’t go un-noticed, so thankyou all.

First up was SCX Nascar:

There was a lot of close racing this round with the usual crashes and a few unfortunate incidents throwing the results around a bit in the heats. Chris Kendall clearly had his car dialled in (with a 6.456 fastest lap) whilst a few other were struggling to find pace or overdriving in the pursuit of competitive lap times.

It was a little unusual seeing Syd Miller line up for the D Main but he immediately took control and won all four races with ease taking him up to the C Main.

In the C Main, it was a two horse race between Syd and Steven Miller, leaving Claire Davie and Stewart Hutchison to fight it out for the minor placings. Race 1 saw Syd and Steve swapping positions for the lead almost every lap until Steven finally managed to pull a small gap on lap 8 and maintain it for the remainder of the race. Syd retaliated with a win in race 2 but Stevens wins in races 3 & 4 ensured he took the step up to the B Main. Claire and Stewart both took a pair of 3rd place finishes apiece across the 4 races.

For the Maldonado round B Main, there were crashes aplenty to keep the marshalls busy with a couple of drivers seeming determined to make their cars at one with the scenery. Matt Boland managed to keep it on the track long enough to make it 4 wins from 4 races to take the step up into the A Main. Tony Mallinson had a good run with 3 second place finishes to boost himself up the seasons final standings.

Chris Kendall controlled the A Main as expected, his car handling superbly. A couple of errors in race 3 kept him from making it a clean sweep, with Nick Cochrane taking the win and drawing up very close on points. Chris took the round win, Nick in second and Pete Hagarty closing the rostrum out with third place; a mirror image of the (provisional) final championship standings.

Next up was the Ninco GT:

This class was quick and close, with most drivers within about 4 tenths of a second to the leaders. The heats were mostly clean with few crashes and good marshalling all round, sorting everyone into familiar positions for the Mains.

Mike Fuller made it a clean sweep and took the step up with his Brut liveried Ford GT whilst Tony Mallinson seemed to struggle to find a rhythm. Claire Davie improved steadily as she got to grips with her car and edged her way into the 6.6 sec bracket in race 3.

In the C Main, it was Peter Worth who led the way in pace but a few errors cost him the wins in races 1 and 2, handing them to Simon Davie. Peter recovered in race 3 and having gained the bonus points for fastest laps, was tied closely with Simon going into the last race. Unfortunately, Simon got involved in a crash early in race 4 allowing Peter to cruise home to take the step up into the B Main.

The B Main saw some very close racing which resulted in a lot of passes across all 4 races. All 4 drivers were in with a real chance as the pace across the field was fairly consistent. Matt Boland took the step up in the end with 2 wins whilst Syd Miller and Peter Worth took 1 win each.

The A Main saw some very fast, very clean racing with each driver taking a win each. Chris Kendall proved consistency and speed counts, beating Nick Cochrane to the round win by 1 point. Matt Boland finished several points behind to take third. Again, the round results reflected the seasons final standings.

 

Remember, the next round is only 1 week away with Slot it LeMans and NSR LeMans slated for racing. Look forward to seeing you all there! Also the tune-up page has been updated with some links thanks to Nick

Cheers,

Simon

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 13-5-17

Hello everybody, we had 14 determined slot car stalwarts turn up for the latest round of the 2017 season and the first class raced was NSR Historic Nascars. This was followed by the Ninco GT Enduro round and we again saw some extremely close racing and some major incidents throughout the field in both classes. The enduro round turned out to be a ripper with the top three place finishers on the same lap after 24 minutes of racing, incredible.

NSR HISTORIC LEMANS:

The A Main was again a very tight affair this time between Nic, Chris Daryl and Matt with the wheel of fortune turning in Nic’s favour this time, although he did enjoy a small speed advantage over the rest of the field. Chris finished a solid second with Daryl finishing third after a couple of de-slots. Matt rounded out the top four after coming off second best in a couple of racing incidents. Simon also has another good drive to finish fifth after just missing out on the A Main. Full race results can be viewed at the top of the page.

HALF TIME BREAK:

Syd kindly put and some very tasty pies and sausage rolls which were very much appreciated by a multitude of hungry racers. Congratulation to this rounds raffle winners who won various sets of MJK tyres.

NINCO GT:

The Ninco enduro round turned out to be a real cracker with Peter H winning after a superb drive with his new Gulf Mosler. Daryl finished a very close second after another stellar drive with his special home produced tyres provided him with superb grip levels. Matt put in another solid drive to finish a credible third, whilst Chris finished a distant fourth after suffering from some bad handling issues. Nic and Steven also had a close tussle with Nic finishing fifth half a lap ahead of Steven by the race end. The full race results can be viewed at the top of the page.

 

NOTABLE EVENTS ON THE NIGHT:

Congratulations to Nic on his solid win in the NSR Lemans class. Although the opposition has closed the gap on him, he still appears to have a small edge in this category. Congrats also to Peter H who put in a stonking drive to just beat Daryl in the Ninco GT enduro. The fact that Peter H, Daryl and Matt all finished on the same lap is a testament to how close the racing in this club has become.

Please feel free to comment on any relevant issues as every body’s opinions counts in this club and it is good to hear other people’s opinions from time to time.

NEXT MEETING:

The next race meeting will be held on Saturday May 27th 2017 and involve SCX Pro Nascar and Ninco GT.  It should be another riveting round of racing and I am really looking forward to it.

Cheers,

Chris.

 

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 29-4-17

WASCRG Meeting: 29/04/17

13 racers showed up for this round featuring the Pioneer muscle cars and NSR Classic Le Mans enduro. Before I go any further, I hope that everyone has seen the pics of Mike’s new track. Syd has done a fantastic job as usual with the track build and Mike has done equally as well with the scenery. Well done guys!

Pioneer American Classic

It was a case of three wheelin’ for several competitors in this class who lost tyres or entire wheels during heats and mains races, shaking up the results a bit. Clearly there is a bit more fine tuning required to finesse these machines. Nevertheless there was close racing at all ends of the field resulting in positions being determined by keeping your car in the slot and being more consistent than the guy next to you.

It was Peter Worth who showed everyone the way by becoming the first driver to post a time in the 6.8 sec bracket. A phenomenal drive with these cars. Unfortunately, a couple of de-slots in the B Mains meant he missed the step up; however he finished a very credible 5th for the evening.

Tony Mallinson followed closely behind in 6th overall, posting a fastest time in the low 6.9 sec bracket. I think with a few more laps, Tony will be making some of the usual suspects further up the board a little nervous. His driving was spot on this round.

As it stands, 5 points separates the top three. Further down the list Tony Mallinson and Stewart Hutchinson are tied on 100 points and Peter Hagerty and Mike Fuller tied on 84 points showing there’s still a lot to race for even in the lower placings.

NSR Le Mans (Enduro round)

Consistency counted for everything this round, a de-slot being very costly indeed. In addtion, the new sector timing system was rolled out for this race and it worked flawlessly. This will certainly help enduro rounds to run faster and smoother from now on.

Running clockwise first up, Nick Cochrane dominated in his usual fashion. He’s really got that car dialled in and had a good rhythm all night. Matt, Mickey and Chris tussled over the minor placings with all three being within half a lap of each other after 4 heats.

Anti-clockwise upset a few competitors resulting in a few more de-slots. The low grip of the track for the first few heats caught out a few people whilst the quality of the marshalling helped determine a few drivers final positions further down the field as well. A quick reminder guys, marshall how you’d want to be marshalled. Even in the enduro rounds.

The combined score for the round are available at the top of the pages.

Additional

Its been discussed amongst club members about changing a few procedures:

  1. Restarts – Its been proposed that the restart rule be changed from the current 3 restarts then race on regardless to 2 restarts only, the third start being conclusive regardless of any on track incidents. There seems to be some confusion about the restart rule so we wish to clarify it.
  2. Warm up/ pre race – Some competitors sand their tyres, then do 5 warm up laps, then sand the tyres again before being ready to race. This is holding up your fellow competitors as well as being perceived by some as an unfair advantage. The proposal is you may sand your tyres then put your car on the track. From this point you may complete 1 lap of the track only back to the start line. After you have placed your car on the track, you may not remove it again. This includes between restarts; that is no sanding of tyres will be permitted between restarts. The obvious exception to this rule is if your car suffers a technical malfunction; then you may either elect to repair or replace it at that time.

Please add your thoughts in the comments section so we can amend the competition rules accordingly.

Cheers,

Simon

 

 

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 15-4-17

Hello everybody, we had 16 determined slot car racers turn up for the latest round of the 2017 season and the first class raced was Pioneer classic cars. This was followed by Slot it Lemans and we again saw some extremely close racing and some major incidents  throughout the field in both classes.

PIONEER CLASSIC CARS:

The A Main was a very tight affair between Syd, Daryl and Chris with the wheel of fortune finally turning in Syd’s favour. Daryl finished a solid second with Chris finishing third after his race was compromised by the forces of darkness. He did however manage to get the fastest lap on the night with a 6.986.  Nic, who also had a few issues came a valiant fourth. Matt also endured a very frustrating race after the General Lee was taken out on several occasions during the heats.  Full race results can be viewed at the top of the page.

HALF TIME BREAK:

In a brilliant move Syd ordered in some really tasty Pizza for the half time break and this was much appreciated by everyone. Congratulation to this rounds raffle winners who won various sets of MJK tyres.

SLOT IT LEMANS:

The Slot it Lemans round was again a highly competitive affair with Matt eventually taking out a fine win. He also set the fastest time of 6.401 on the night. Chris finished a solid second with Nic finishing in a credible third place.  Steven had a great run coming from the D Main all the way to the A Main, so congratulations on his great effort. The full race results can be viewed at the top of the page.

 

NOTABLE EVENTS ON THE NIGHT:

Congratulations to Syd on his hard earned win in the Pioneer round, he finally enjoyed a bit of good fortune for a change. We also saw another great drive from Matt to win the Slot it A Main after Chris tried unsuccessfully to put him under pressure. A number of racers also suffered wheel failures in the Pioneer round and Syd has come up with the following solution.  It has been decided to purchase a bulk load of rear alloy rims by the club.  Then every member will be offered a set for their Pioneer car at a set price to eliminate this problem.

Please feel free to comment on any relevant issues as every body’s opinions counts in this club and it is good to hear other people’s opinions from time to time.

NEXT MEETING:

The next race meeting will be held on Saturday April 29th 2017 and involve Pioneer Classic Cars and NSR Lemans.  Please note that he NSR Lemans race is an enduro round. It should be another riveting round of racing and I am really looking forward to it.

Cheers,

Chris.

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WASCRG Race Meeting 01/04/2017

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  It was exciting racing at all levels this round with some surprise results being thrown up by the track changing grip levels as the evening progressed:   SCX NASCAR SCX Nascar proved to be popular once again with some very close … Continue reading

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 18-3-17

Ninco GT race sheet 18-3-17SCX Nascar race sheet 18-3-17

Hello everybody, we had 15 determined slot car pilgrims turn up for the latest round of the 2017 season and the first class raced was SCX Pro Nascar. This was followed by Ninco GT and we again saw some extremely close racing throughout the field especially in the Ninco GT round.

SCX PRO NASCAR:

This one again turned into a huge battle between Nic and Chris with Nic eventually winning the A Main after Chris was yet again denied by racing incidents. Peter H was a credible third with Mickey finishing fourth. Full race results can be viewed at the top of the page.

HALF TIME BREAK:

Syd again put on a really tasty sausage sizzle which was enjoyed by everybody. Thanks again Syd for another fine effort, which is much appreciated by everyone. Congratulation to this rounds raffle winners who won various sets of MJK tyres.

NINCO GT:

The Ninco GT round was again a highly competitive affair with the top 8 drivers all in with a serious chance of winning this round. The B Main was actually more intense than the A Main with Daryl just managing to pip Steven to make his way through to the A Main. Once there Daryl used his new tyres to full effect to win the A Main from Nic who finished a solid second.  Matt finished third with Chris bringing up the rear. The full race results can be viewed at the top of the page.

 

NOTABLE EVENTS ON THE NIGHT:

Congratulations to Nic on his hard earned win in the Scx Nascar round and now appears to be in the box seat to win this particular championship, despite the best efforts of Chris to stop him. Congratulations also to Daryl who had a breakthrough win in the Ninco GT event. This was achieved after coming from the B Main, which was a brilliant race to watch. This championship is still very much up for grabs where a little bit of overall luck is going to play a big part in the eventual outcome.

Please feel free to comment on any relevant issues as every body’s opinions counts in this club and it is good to hear other people’s opinions from time to time.

NEXT MEETING:

The next race meeting will be held on Saturday April 1st 2017 and involve SCX Nascar and NSR Lemans.  It should be another riveting round of racing and I am really looking forward to it.

Cheers,

Chris.

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 4-3-17

Ninco GT race sheet 4-3-17

 

NSR Lemans race sheet 4-3-17

Hello everybody, we had 18 determined racers turn up for the latest round of the 2017 season and the first class raced was NSR Classic Lemans. This was raced in the clockwise direction and was followed by Ninco GT which was raced in the traditional anti clockwide direction. We again saw some very close racing throughout the field in both classes.

NSR CLASSIC LEMANS:

Racing was very tight again in this superb slot car class. The A Main was a really hard fought affair with both Matt and Chris finishing on the same points. However Matt won by posting the fastest time of 6.271. Nic finished a solid third whilst Peter H rounded out the top four. Full race results can be viewed at the top of the page.

HALF TIME BREAK:

Syd again put on a really tasty sausage sizzle which was enjoyed by everybody. Thanks again Syd for another fine effort, which is much appreciated by everyone. Congratulation to this rounds raffle winners who won various set of MJK tyres.

NINCO GT:

The Ninco GT round was a highly competitive affair with the top seven drivers all having seriously competitive cars. Consequently all were in with a realistic chance of taking the major honours.  Syd actually posted the fastest time with a 6.011. In the end Nic prevailed by winning the A Main with 53 points, Steven was a close second with 50 points after a solid drive, whilst Chris was third with 48 points. Matt rounded out the top four with 45 points. The overall result could have been very different had some competitors not been involved in racing incidents.  The full race results can be viewed at the top of the page.

 

NOTABLE EVENTS ON THE NIGHT:

Congratulations to Matt who survived a big scare from Chris in the NSR Lemans race. He is the ice man a really knows how to win a round. Likewise Nic put in another solid performance to win the Ninco GT round after some serious competition and was all the more impressive since he suffered from hand throttle issues. These two series look like going down to the wire with many competitors having seriously good cars to run.

Please feel free to comment on any relevant issues as every body’s opinions counts in this club and it is good to hear other people’s opinions from time to time.

NEXT MEETING:

The next race meeting will be held on Saturday Mar 18th 2017 and involve Ninco GT and SCX Nascar.  We should again see some more very close racing, I am really looking forward to it.

Cheers,

Chris.

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