Molesey’s NSR/Scaleauto GT3 class is in its death throes, due to be replaced for 2022 by an almost anything goes Molesey GT class, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that nobody would be making much effort with new machinery for the existing class, but you’d be wrong.
The GT3 rules were freed up a bit for 2021 in the hope that they would end the dominance of Scaleauto’s SRT Viper GTS-R, but it’s not worked. Nonetheless, ever the triers, Julian fielded a new NSR Corvette C7.R this week, and David a brand-new NSR Mercedes-AMG GT3. Julian’s car was thoroughly outclassed by the Vipers of Josh and Lee, and David’s car was precisely 0.000 seconds a lap faster than his trusty NSR Corvette C6.R. All in all, a disappointing waste of time and effort. The racing, though, was much better.
An almost full grid of eleven drivers arrived, bolstered by experienced racers Simon Scott and London Scalextric Club regular Max Garcha. It was great to see a full track once more.
Heat 1 set the tone. Josh won, but it was far from a walkover. Lee kept him under intense pressure in every heat, taking the race lead in Heat 2, but then falling to second again in Heat 3. Try as he might, Lee couldn’t regain the lead, his deficit never more than 2.2 seconds, but still too much to give him victory. Both of them were driving Vipers…
Midfield saw a great tussle between Terry and Simon, Terry 4.4 seconds up after Heat 2, but then slowly chased down over the remaining heats and finally overtaken in the last to lose 4th place by just over a second. David in his new NSR Merc chased valiantly behind them, occasionally getting into the mix, but slowly dropping back as the heats progressed.
At the bottom half of the leaderboard, Neil was comfortably out in front in every heat, while behind him Frank and Graham squabbled over 8th place, Frank proving the stronger and more consistent of the two.
The honour of not finishing last was another hot contest, this one between novice Martin and experienced racer Max. Max, more used to racing on Wood Green’s plastic track, found Molesey’s fast wood a very different animal and a steep learning curve. Holding last at the mid-race tea break, he slowly found his feet and a bit more speed, climbing above Martin by race end. This was Martin’s second ever race and his first in a GT3 car, so despite finishing last, his was an excellent performance which bodes well for his improvement over the next few weeks and months.
So that’s almost it for NSR/Scaleauto GT3. Just one race left. Will anyone be brave enough to try yet again to beat a Viper with something by NSR? We’ll find out next week.