Young race aces soon get into the groove

Levi Nagi gets in some practice laps at the Scalextric Championships at Meadowhall.
Levi Nagi gets in some practice laps at the Scalextric Championships at Meadowhall.
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THEY might be more used to their Xboxes or Wii consoles but these youngsters were quite taken when they tried their hands at a 1980s classic.

They were given the chance to try out a race track to be used for the heats of the National Scalextric Championships at Meadowhall.

Jack Eland concentrates on his car control at the Scalextric Championships at Meadowhall.

Jack Eland concentrates on his car control at the Scalextric Championships at Meadowhall.

Hundreds turned up over the weekend to try to clock the fastest time over 10 laps and make it to the final.

But before they arrived young lads Levi Nagi, aged five, from Wincobank, Nyle Blake, six, from Brightside, and Jack Eland, six, from Grimethorpe, Barnsley, each had a go on the track.

Levi’s dad John Wood said: “There wasn’t anything like this when I was a lad - but it’s moved on again now.”

Once the youngster competitors got bored of their cars flipping off the track the enthusiasts arrived.

NEWS Scalextric Championships at Meadowhall.

NEWS Scalextric Championships at Meadowhall.

The time to beat was 50 seconds, the winner at the heats in Birmingham. It was smashed in the first 15 minutes of the Sheffield rounds. Ryan Black clocked a zippy 44.53 seconds.

Organiser Kevin Jones said: “Ryan came along very early - he must have been aged about 12 or 13 - and got a good time. That might stand over the weekend, although in the past the quickest times have been in the 30s.”

Martin Peachey, manager of the Meadowhall ModelZone store sponsoring the championships, said: “The fastest competitors will get to the national final, and the winners will also go into the Scalextric World Championships.”