The small but mighty Micro Bangers ended their 2017 season in style with the Micro Bangers World Final at the repurposed Gizmo's Stadium. It turned out that the former Banger World Series Championship venue was far more suited for smaller cars than the Unlims it once hosted, with some brilliant racing and crashing action throughout the evening, especially the ridiculous layout Brett prepared for the first Allcomers!
Pleasingly, just three of the fifteen qualified drivers failed to attend and with only one non-qualified driver in attendance - 128 Isaac - there was no Last Chance Qualifier held. Therefore, the first Micro Bangers World Final featured 13 drivers as follows:
870 Looney - - - - - - 27 Cap
616 Jam - - - - - - - - 66 Colin
961 Pepino - - - - - - 606 Jon
786 Brett - - - - - - - 997 Rik
306 Pierce - - - - - - 47 Michal
474 Miniman - - - - - 228 Splat
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - 128 Isaac
Although the final looked done and dusted early on, some big hits on oppo changed the lead around a fair bit before one driver prevailed...
2017 MICRO BANGERS WORLD FINAL:
Other finishers: Colin, Pepino, Isaac, Jam, Cap, Brett, Looney, Jon
The Netherlands' dominant force Rik made it back-to-back World Final victories in what was an incredibly tough fight with compatriot Miniman and West Country Wreckers teammates Looney and Brett. 997 qnd 474 made early headway but once WCW's head wrecker Splat and "coathanger" Pierce got on the oppo, they allowed 786 through for what would have been his first LFS Bangers title. Alas, it wasn't to be and after getting punted himself by Team Bandicoot's German contingent in newly numbered 961 Pepino on the pit bend, Brett agonisingly managed to roll it on the front straight just 3 laps from the finish. With the European Championship next week, it was therefore suitable that the top 5 were all continental drivers: Miniman claimed another major podium finish in 2nd with Czech driver Michal rounding out the podium, followed by the top two "losers" in Dutchman Colin and 961. As always, commiserations to those who finished the 22 lap race but got nothing for it.
Here are the results from the other races that took place on Friday, which were all non-points. Well done to all the winners:
Heat 1: Isaac, Cap, Rik, Jam, Jon, Miniman, Pepino, Brett, Looney, Splat
Heat 2: Rik, Cap, Brett, Looney, Colin, Jam, Isaac, Pepino, Miniman, Jon, Splat
Heat 3: Cap, Colin, Brett, Jam, Rik, Looney, Pepino
Heat 4: Jam, Brett, Cap, Looney, Jon, Colin, Rik, Pepino, Splat
Heat 5: Cap, Jam, Colin, Jon, Brett, Rik, Pepino, Splat
Heat 6: Colin, Cap, Rik, Jon, Brett, Looney, Pepino, Splat
Final: Cap, Jam, Brett, Colin, Looney, Rik, Pepino, Jon, Splat
Allcomers 1 (Tight Fit): Rik, Splat, Pepino, Cap
Allcomers 2: Jam, Jon, Looney, Rik, Colin, Brett, Splat, Pepino
So, just to remind you:
CONGRATULATIONS TO 997 RIK - 2017 MICRO BANGER WORLD CHAMPION!
The tenth and third complete season under the running of Jon#606.
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