At the final meeting of the FMM Slot Car Championship held at the beginning of November, the club’s new four-lane circuit was introduced. An evening of friendly – but no less competitive – challenges took place allowing racers to get a feel of the new layout, and there were plenty of thrills and spills as drivers took their cars to the limit. The set-up now incorporates electronics that programmes the races and includes individual lap counting and lap time recording, which are displayed real time on a computer screen. Adding to the atmosphere, there are even background race sounds and pit announcements!
Midway through the evening, the season’s championship prizegiving took place and model shop vouchers were presented to Mark Venske, who won both the Touring Car and Sports Car championships with his Lamborghini Huracan and BMW M4 DTM, respectively. Winner of the Historic Touring Car class was Franklin Smit with his Ford Mustang while Wayne Harley won the non-magnetic category with his Fiat 131 Abarth. In the Sports Car Championship, Jackie van Wyk won the Historic class with his Porsche 917, while Jon Lederle took the non-magnetic prize with his Porsche 908.
During the year 32 cars entered the Touring Car Championship and 28 in the Sports Car Category. With the experience gained during the season, minor changes to the rules and categories are envisaged to make the racing even more competitive for the 2019 championship season, which will begin in February.