After being invited to race in Euro Racing team for the 1st time in 2010 with 3 ‘GODS’
of slot car racing, multiple world champion James Cleave, multiple world champion
Antonin Vojtik, and Cech racing legend Frankie Polenda, Nerves were obviously very
I had never seen the track before, and was made all to aware of the task in hand,
this track is notorious for being a car killer, and to add to the pressure Frankie
had come out of retirement just for this meeting, and I didn’t want to disappoint
A few beers and 12 hours later we finished 2nd! A fantastic result beaten only by
Cuba Libra ,(Horky, Recek, Flaisig, Karlik).
Not a bad day in the office, and an opportunity to drive with the best in the game.
The team leader Antonin Vojtik Snr, was obviously happy with my performance in the
team as he asked me to race for Euro racing Team again this year, and being equally
keen to try and take the challenge again to Cuba Libra!
After Frankie became unavailable to race again, Antonin had asked a up coming Czech
racer Pavel to join our team, we were set.
The 2011 journey begins on Thursday 11th October, I have booked a bus to stansted
airport leaving Newcastle at 2pm, Well I’ll not bore with the details I arrived at
London victoria at 10 pm to switch for the end journey to Stansted airport a few
hours wondering and 5 mins sleep I met with James Cleave with Yvonne and Ryan. We
packed the cases and set our self's up for the flight to Skavska airport. In and
out with hire car in hand we set off to Atvidaberg MK.
Its around 1, ½ hour drive to the club, where we were greeted in the usual very welcome
way complete with ice cold beer! I had a feeling we were in for a good weekend. Seeing
the track was like meeting with an old friend, after the damage of the Swedish open
earlier that year and watching a few teams smashing before the race had even started
I was subtly reminded of the challenge ahead. James and I were keen to get practising
to bring our self's up to speed. A good 2-3 hours of wearing out og12s I felt totally
at home again. Whilst happily driving James Mack OG12 Antonin walked over with the
newly built race car, ‘Graeme, you must test this car....’ Oh god they want me to
run the car 1st???
I waited very patiently for the track to clear and ran the car smoothly for 3-4 minuets,
realising that the car was perfect, then Antonin said now see what it can do. I started
to explore the car in the corners to find the car was amazing, possibly the finest
bit of engineering I have ever had the pleasure of driving.
On to qualifying, however not in the usual drive the car round the track, that just
isn’t Swedish.... Uffe Karlsson called out side to the lawn, where 2 crates lay about
5 ft apart with a wooden box a further 5ft in front. The challenge was to throw a
disc from the crate into the box, 1 point for 5 ft 2 points for 10 ft.
Each team member had to try. No surprise the home team managed to TQ, With euro racing
managing only 7th ahead of the Tactical nuclear penguins BQ.
A technical issue with the computer meant the race was delayed and a decision was
made to reduce the running to 10 hours.
On to race day, we started on lane 4 with pavel, who drove a stunning run to win
the 1st segment, the 2nd segment was to be driven by Antonin and I, which we also
won, as did I in the 3rd. Pavel won the 4th segment, being very important as we were
to change motors at the end of the segment. I did my last half at the start of lane
5, and for the 1st time we lost the lead to Cuba Libra, however with the daunting
challenge of lane 8 we needed to get in front again, with horky driving on lane 7
I had to put in a performance of a life time to get back into it. We lost around
17 laps during the motor change, however, at 37 minuets I handed over to James with
a 17 lap lead again, 37 mins flat out I felt amazing and my efforts were noticed
by congratulations from Horky himself and a slight worry on his face. James picked
up the fantastic driving and continued to add to our advantage.
Unfortunately our times got tough on lane 7 and another motor change on lane 8 meant
we lost the lead on at the end of the 7th segment.
James put in a stunning lane 6 to bring the gap back to only 8 laps, a very good
effort from all of us and my thanks again to Antonin Vojtik and James for asking
me to race with them again.
Congratulations to Cuba Libra, and all as all teams finished!!!!!!
Here are the results from Atvidaberg MK’s website,