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BRCA 1/10 Electric Section Committee

Welcome to the 10th Electric Circuit Section of the BRCA, sometimes known as "Touring Cars"

The BRCA 10th Electric Circuit Section, together with the host clubs, run a professional, friendly and well organised competitions that welcomes drivers of all abilities. 

Our aim is to organise the best national championships in the world while giving good value for money.

For 2022 we are running 2 national events contested over 6 rounds. The 2 wheel drive nationals cater for F1 and front wheel drive touring cars and the 4 wheel drive nationals cater for 3 classes of 4 wheel drive cars.

We hope you will come and race with us. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if we can be of any assistance.

Good luck with your racing during the forthcoming season.

Gareth Hollis, Chairman

We are proud to announce that after many weeks of negotiations we have a great opportunity to take this class in a new direction of both making the competition ultra-close and fair on the track and also affordable to all drivers. We have chosen Hobbywing to be our control ESC and motor for this class at BRCA events.

 

2 of the most iconic classes in motorsport history are Formula 1 and BTCC (British Touring Car Championship), which have been a staple of motorsport for decades. These race classes offer unrivalled performance, technological advances, and close racing action. The 2 classes that are hosted at the 2WD EC National Championships are the extremely challenging 21.5T Formula 1 and the 17.5T FWD Touring Car Championships.

 

One major aim when setting up the 2WD EC National Championship was to lower the costs and make this a championship accessible to more racers. Both F1 and FWD championships will keep the styling of scale race cars that you can see on TV sets around the world while visiting some of the best purpose built tarmac tracks that the BRCA affiliated clubs have to offer. 

 

To date we’ve not had a lower cost, simplified entry class for Touring Cars. The 4wd Touring Car classes are quite mature in the rules and provide great levels of racing and speeds in excess of 80mph. They have defined race classes and have a very popular championship. However, these classes can be intimidating to a newcomer/club racer wanting to move to the next level and see what the sport has to offer outside of just their local club, while keeping the costs relatively low. 

 

To do this we are focused on making the FWD Touring Car Championship our entry level cost-based class without sacrificing any of the competition on the track. This doesn’t mean that you won’t find the world’s top drives attending the championship. We encourage this as we know our racers will offer help and advice to new drivers from setup to racing lines. Don’t worry though as we will be F grading the top drivers so that the newcomers also have a championship to fight for (more to come on this in the future). 

 

The 2WD EC National Championship is a series that will crown a Formula 1 National Champion and two FWD Touring Car National Champions (Formula system). We also have Junior National Champions to crown who also race for half price through the series! Will you be the next BRCA National Champion? Or will you be sitting on the side-line wishing you entered? 

 

These are exciting times and just a start to what’s coming up, we can’t wait to announce the rest of the details later this week. It’s time to stop being the support classes, this is the real deal.

Olly Jefferies and Archie Matthews capped their Modified Touring Car and Tamiya Junior-E titles with commanding wins.

Jefferies KoC form book read W.W.L.L. as he arrived at Adur Model Car Club for the deciding round of the 2021 M.B. Models King of Clubs. He might have won the championship with a round to spare. Still, with those two 'Ls' weighing heavily on the psyche, nothing short of a return to form and a race win would do for Jefferies. The reigning National champion hadn't won a race at King of Clubs for 10 weeks leading some to question whether the format and lack of testing time exposed vulnerability.

After taking a double win at West London, Aldershots Chris Grainger arrived on Adur Island in a confident mood. But, unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for Eastbourne's Harley Eldridge. The U.K.'s leading female racer has been on something of a downward spiral since her brilliant T.Q. and final leg 1 win at Colchester. At the pre-event press conference, Eldridge was at a loss to explain the dip in form.

Jefferies self-reflection was clear and to the point. "I need to pull my finger out and win".

Not for the first time this season, Jefferies won all four rounds to T.Q. from Granger, Zak Smith, back after missing RD4 due to COVID isolation, Eldridge, Colchester club captain Oli Meggit and 13-year-old Eastbourne driver Charlie Colby making his debut in the blue riband class.

The Adur circuit is famed for several challenging changes of direction. Strong winds made the challenge harder still. An expectant crowd and the R.C. Racing T.V. live stream audience were then hoping for a repeat of the "greatest touring car race of 2021" at the last round, with Grainger and Jefferies delivering race-long battles. Sadly, for the audience, this didn't materialise. Jefferies produced two dominant displays, gapping the field and taking beep to beeper victories. The action was in the midfield, Smith and Eldridge duking it out for the final rostrum spot in both finals. In leg 1, Eldridge was racey from the off, looking for a way past. The pressure pushed Smith into a mistake on lap 7, taking too much kerb at the end of the straight, throwing his car into a half spin, and Eldridge was through. Smith gave chase and, within a lap, was pushing for a way back past. Then, in an act of near-perfect symmetry, 7 laps later, Eldridge took too much kerb at the end of the straight and spun. Smith could not avoid the spun car, the resulting impact taking the front corner off from Elridge's Yokomo. For a moment, Smiths' car looked similarly damaged. However, with the tucked body relieved by a marshall, he rejoined to finish third behind Jefferies and Grainger. A harsh D.N.F. for Eldridge.

Leg 2. Jefferies gapping Grainger by a tiny, relentless, accumulating margin. Smith away in third, Eldridge giving chase in 4th. This time the battle was for second, not third, Smith keeping the pressure up on Grainger while Eldridge kept chasing. Looking for a way past, Smith tagged the back of Grainger after 4 laps. The tiniest of touches was enough to spin Grainger's car. Eldridge flying past the crash scene into second. The battle for third between Grainger and Smith remained close for a few laps before Grainger's broke the tow. Jefferies, off in the distance, taking a commanding double to sweep the meeting. Mission accomplished for the new King of Clubs Modified Champion.

In the stock classes, Marcus Askell and Glenn Westwood faced a test of nerve to secure championship wins. Billy Fletcher had been swapping places with Askell all season and could take the title with a victory in 13.5. Westwood's championship rival, Adur's Matt Quinlsik, wasn't able to race the final round. With local aces Tim Langdell and Ben Crane on the grid, Westwood knew he was in for a fight to secure the needed points.

Askell won the first two qualifying rounds, his championship rival, Eastbourne's Billy Fletcher, succumbing to problems and unable to complete either round. Liam Hendy and Ash Wiffen kept the pressure on at the front in Fletcher's absence. In round 3, the silver lining of fresher tyres helped Fletcher to an impressive round win, a feat he repeated in round 4 to almost land T.Q. - Askell winning the tie break by 8 tenths.

In the junior stock class, Westwoods path to pole was equally challenging. After winning RD1, local drivers Ben Cane and Tim Langdell took rounds 2 and 3, respectively, leaving everything to play for going into the final round. However, Westwood was up to the task with a comfortable last round win from Langdell and Cane.

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Askell, like his Xray teammate Jefferies, showed his class in the finals, with flag-to-flag wins to secure the title. A frustrated Fletcher was never quite able to close the gap enough to upset the leader's rhythm. Likewise, in Leg 1, Langdell was close but not close enough to make a pass after Westwood's clean getaway, the local drivers' challenge fading midway through the race. As they lined up for Leg 2, Westwood had the championship in his sights, just one more race to clinch it. Again, a clean start and Langdell was even closer this time, looking for a way past over the early laps, with Cane close behind, waiting to pick up any pieces. A minute gone, and Langdell had found some extra pace, sitting right on the tail of the leader. Westwood ran deep into the chicane, the slightest mistakes allowing Langdell to pull alongside round the right in front of the rostrum, the pair running side by side into the left. Westwood forced into the low line, Langdell's faster high line cut back underneath the leader into the kink. Still, Westood held firm, sticking to the low line to pass back inside into the hairpin. Again, Langdell took extra brake, cutting back to make an inside pass onto the sweeper. A breathtaking display of clean, respectful, but fully committed racing from the two drivers. Alas, the final move didn't pay, Langdell's line onto the straight requiring a bit too much kerb sending him into a spin that Westwood couldn't then avoid. The Aldershot driver marshalled back into 4th, Langdell down in 7th. With the championship on the line, Westwood gave chase to the leaders, ultimately retaking the lead with a lap to go. A double win and the championship.

Eastbourne's Tim Harrop domination of the Tamiya GTE class continued with another clean sweep of T.Q. and almost uncontested double final wins to rubber-stamp his championship win, as did fellow club driver Ollie Payne in the returning M.T.C. class - a reverse grid for the second final providing some entertaining racing before Payne decided to open the throttle and clear off to win.

The Monitex F1 class was not so one-sided. Another Eastbourne driver, Aidan Gale, won the meeting after swapping places with West London's Paul Ellis all day - in fact, all championship - long. On the championship rostrum, however, it was Ellis taking the top spot.

Five debutants joined the rookie section of the Tamiya Junior-E, leaving the total number of new juniors recruited into R.C. through the class at an even 30 -something the series organisers are rightly immensely proud of. More often than not over the championship, the rookies class has been a battle for survival, the youngsters learning that going flat out and crashing is not the way to win. On the day this time, Aldershot's Top Gun Maverick Adams came out on top, just, from Adur's Harry Standing. His young cousin Tyler being absent on holiday.

A feature of this year's series has been the brilliantly close racing between the two drivers at the front of the Tamiya Junior-E series, Archie Matthews and Finley Lanaway. Matthews had wrapped up the championship at the last round. Still, in reality, there has been nothing between the two drivers all year - tie breaks needed to separate them in both qualifying and finals in the first three rounds. With the championship over, Lanaway's challenge was slightly diminished for the Adur round. Matthews took T.Q. and a double final win to close out the championship, similarly to the Modified champion driver he is now seeking to emulate. And you'd be a fool to bet against him doing just that.

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Round results and championship standings.

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BRCA Clubmans Round 1 Cotswolds - 30/05/2021

The first BRCA 1/10 Electric Circuit meeting of 2021 was held at the Cotswold Model Car Club situated in Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire over the weekend off the 29/30th May.
This was Round 1 of the BRCA Clubmans series now in its 10th year.

Saturday Practice:

We saw a good turn out of drivers practicing after many months of bench wrenching. With very healthy numbers in attendance from all of the 3 classes racing this weekend, TC 17.5 Blinky, Frontie and Formula One being this years classes.

The top 5 in each classes saturday practice sessions were:

Frontie:
1. Christopher Brian
2. Craig Nutting
3. James Millbank
4. Gareth Coates
5. Gavin Clinch

TC 17.5 Blinky:
1. Zak Finlay
2. Mark Giaquinto
3. Chris Gunter
4. Mark Trinder
5. Sam Law

Formula One:
1. Luke Lee
2. Andy Murray
3. Stephen Lander
4. Michael Lee
5. James Greener

Sunday race day came and we had even more racers with those that couldn't make the Saturday practice session. There was a real buzz in the air with quite a few racers meeting up for the first time in many months. Sunshine was forecast for the day but as with the previous day we wouldn't see it until later in the day, but just in time for the finals.

Qualifying:

Frontie:
This being the first year for this new class it was anyone's guess who would top the time sheets at the end of qualifying.
Christopher Brian would prove the one to watch with his car spot on for qualifying, taking a clean sweep of first places in all four rounds. Craig Nutting would keep him on his toes though with two second places and the only one close to his fastest time. James Millbank also took two fine second in round places to line up third on the grid for the A Finals.

TC 17.5 Blinky:
With 48 entries the 17.5 TC Blinky class is proving popular as ever.
The racing throughout the day was very intense and exceptionally close. The top 10 in qualifying were all on the same lap and split by 10 seconds, so we were in for some interesting finals, where tyre saving throughout the day would no doubt come into play.
Pole position eventually went to Chris Gunter, P2 Zak Finlay, P3 Andy Murray. There was absolutely nothing between the top 3 in qualifying so we were in for some great scraps in the finals.

Formula One:
22 Formula One cars had entered this event and we had some new chassis's for this year to spice things up.
The F1's looked more at home on this sized track and really got to put the power down. However it took a certain technique to slow them down enough from high speed, more of a controlled drift into the high speed corners, great to watch.
Luke Lee was at it again taking a brace of 1st in round places to line up P1 for the finals. Michael Lee lined up P2 with three 2nd places in front of P3 Stephen Lander with two 3rd places.

Now we turn our attention to the finals run in the same order as qualifying.

Frontie:
Leg 1. Christopher Brian led away the first A final of the day at a blistering speed with Craig Nutting chasing him down until just half way into the race with a small error. This let James Millbank through to second place, which he held until the finish tone following Chris across the the line a few seconds adrift. Craig taking 3rd place.

Leg 2. Christopher led away again from pole position with Craig again chasing but a little to hard on lap two where he dropped six seconds after a crash by race control. This saw James take second place once more and again hold on to it until the end of the race, even though Craig was turning in some great lap times. Chris made it a perfect weekend with a clean sweep through qualifying and the finals.

Overall results:
1st Christopher Brian
2nd James Millbank
3rd Craig Nutting

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TC 17.5 Blinky:
Leg 1. After having an exceptional days qualifying Chris Gunter had some bad luck in leg one. A pass by Zak Finlay through after the back chicane caught Chris out when he put the power down which resulted in a collision giving Andy Murray the lead with Xak make an excellent recovery and now back up to second. Lap after lap Zak was pulling Andy in, we also had Colin Jackson now up to third place from fifth on the grid and this was the finishing order after a hectic first leg.

Leg 2. All still to play for saw Chris power off the start line on a mission from Zak and Andy, Chris went wide on turn 2 handing the lead to Zak. Lady unlucky stuck again for Chris 4 laps from the end being tagged by a back marker then Andy whonjad nowhere to go, this dropping him out of the running. Zak now had now pulled out a huge five second lead on Ben Cane who had a stella drive from seventh place to cross the line behind our winner Zak and ahead of Andy. This was such a close finish to the day, second to sixth being split by less than two seconds.

Overall results:
1st Zak Finlay
2nd Andy Murray
3rd Ben Cane

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Formula One:
Leg 1. With Luke Lee on his usual pole position it would be a brave bet against him taking the win. That he did with a flag to flag first leg. The real battle was for second place between Stephen Lander and Michael Lee. As they both crossed the line Stephen took second but only just from Michael less than Michael second adrift.

Leg 2. Luke Lee led off the last final of the day and as in leg one was the only driver to achieve a 15 lap run which was almost identical to his leg 1 run, even his quickest lap was the same. Michael Lee held on to his second place grid slot for the whole race and Andy Murray took third place.

Overall results:
1st Luke Lee
2nd Michael Lee
3rd Stephen Lander

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It was a fantastic to be back racing for the first BRCA Clubmans race weekend of the year, we saw some memorable finals at our first round and I'm sure there will be many more to come this year.
The Cotswolds club did themselves proud with the running of the event which was faultless. The track lived up to all expectations and the work the crew have put in over the past year has greatly improved and already outstanding venue.
Congratulations to all the competitors win, lose or draw we all had a great weekend.

Onto Round 2 in July at the midlands based Bedworth club in Coventry, this is proving to be a popular destination on the racing calendar, a super smooth track and very absorbent if we do see the sky water.

Until then take care and we will see you trackside.

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