Inaugural 2WD national attracts massive entry

10th Electric Circuit
BRCA 2WD Nationals 2022 Rd1 Cotswold – 16/17th April
 
The new format race meeting for this year sees the FWD cars and the Formula 1 cars racing together under the new 2WD meeting structure. The F1 cars are left pretty much unchanged from 2021 regulations however the FWD have had a huge change in relation to control electronics from Hobbywing with a Rev limited ESC and a controlled timing motor and also a control tyre. Not only this but all drivers had to deal with a new 3 Qualifiers and 3 finals which puts more emphasis on the RACING.
 
We had glorious sunny weather all weekend which was an absolutely brilliant way to kick off the series. There were around 80 drivers at this meeting which was awesome to see!
 
 
Formula 1
In F1 it was the usual 3 drivers of Luke Lee (XRAY), Michael Lee (Schumacher) and James Greener (XRAY) leading the way with Nicky Taylor not too far behind. The cars looked good on the tyre/additive combo.
 
Top 10 in qualifying
1. Luke Lee
2. Michael Lee
3. James Greener
4. Nicky Taylor
5. Gordon Dempsey
6. Ian Watson
7. Craig Williams
8. Andrew Birch
9. Jason McConomy
 
FWD
This class had a huge entry of around 70 drivers and the racing looked brilliant on the track. Ben Cosgrove (AWESOMATIX) took the charge with extremely talented local driver Christopher Brain (AWESOMATIX) ahead of Sam Law (AWESOMATIX). The A final was covered by about 8 seconds from 1st to 10th in a 5 minute run, 4th place to 10th was less than 4 seconds showing how super close and competitive this class is!
 
Top 10 in qualifying
1. Ben Cosgrove
2. Christopher Brain
3. Sam Law
4. Mark Trinder
5. Darren Tickner
6. Colin Jackson
7. David Hall
8. James Millbank
9. Gareth Hollis
10. Jamie Hickin
 
The finals were good to watch and had some really close and exciting racing throughout the field.
 
In the F1 class Luke Lee had a perfect trio of finals on paper but leg 2 saw an inspired drive coming from over half a lap back on Michael to make the pass as they came across the line! Super clean and very aggressive driving was great to watch! The rest of the grid more or less finished where they had started apart from the last leg where Nicky beat James to 3rd place.
 
Overall results
F1
1. Luke Lee
2. Michael Lee
3. James Greener
4. Nicky Taylor
5. Gordon Dempsey
6. Ian Watson
7. Craig Williams
8. Jason McConomy
9. Andrew Birch
 
 
The FWD cars as stated before had some brilliant battles all through the finals and in general lots of clean passes. The sharp end of the A final saw Ben taking a dominant win from Chris with Sam back in third as they qualified. 
 
Overall results                
A Final
1. Ben Cosgrove
2. Christopher Brain
3. Sam Law
4. Mark Trinder
5. Colin Jackson
6. Darren Tickner
7. David Hall
8. Gareth Hollis
9. James Millbank
10. Jamie Hickin
 
 
B Final
1. Stewart Woodend
2. Steph Abbott
3. Andy Faulkes
4. Richard Ludlam
5. David Milford
6. Matt Howard
7. Jamie Hall – Under 13 top Junior
8. Justin Walsh
9. Michael Ball
10. David Allen
 
C Final
1. Stephen Davies
2. Ian Willacy
3. Adam Burgess
4. Mark Raddenbury
5. Ricky Copsey
6. Mark Young
7. Martin Southall
8. Gareth Coates
9. James Donovan
10. Sam Groves
 
D Final
1. Ian Harris
2. Dan Osborne
3. Chris Green
4. Alan Chipolina
5. Simon Osbourne
6. Peter Winton
7. Kyle Hill
8. Terry Atkinson
9. Nick Wyse
10. Nigel Wise
 
E Final
1. Andrew Cooper
2. Adam Glover
3. Tim Webb
4. Peter Hill
5. Chris Forrest
6. Cristopher Mitchell
7. Kristian Opushenski
8. Alfie Hart
9. Iain Gordon
10. Richard Sherwin
 
F Final
1. Preston Hollis – Top Under 17 Junior
2. Dean O Connell
3. Pete Allan
4. Megan Davidson
5. Andrew Birch
6. Stuart Trayte
7. Paul Johnson
8. Martin Woodcock
9. Anthony Middleton
10. Chloe Cosgrove
 
All of us on the BRCA committee would like to thank the club for a perfectly run meeting, brilliant scrutineering and a great food van. A huge thank you must go out to all the racers who put their trust in the new regenerated class of FWD and we really hope the F1 guys not present this past weekend come and join back in at the future rounds!!
Thank you for all being accommodating with the FWD ESC blinky checks, not a single driver checked was in the wrong mode which is brilliant.
Thank you to 6KRacing and Ti22 for being trackside to supply the pits with spur gears and pinions as well as other goodies.
See you all at the next meeting at Stafford 21/22 May 2022