1/10th Off Road Nationals Round 5 At TORCH

1/10th Off Road

Titchfield Off Road Club Hampshire has been established since 1979. The club formally had a much smaller venue in Titchfield and really only catered for Sunday club racing. The late Ron Winter were strong followers of the club. You may recognise the initials RW as in RW Racing, world famous for pinions and spur gears and still going very strong in the RC industry.

Committee members like Julian Mallard that have been on the TORCH personnel list for decades make this club solid as they come. Just on a personal note that certainly not many would know, Titchfield club in its original venue was the first club I visited to race back in 1981. How things have moved on since then :-) As many of you know, Stephen Brown is the chairman of the club and as a top level racer himself, he wanted to build the club up to be one of the best in the UK. Speaking to him personally he strives to hold prestigious events for the very best racers to compete at but at the same time building the club to have some of the best facilities for every level driver to also enjoy through the seasons. The club moved to the current venue in the Botley area some years ago, where they have spent every penny and more to build and build to get to where they are now. Unquestionably now a National standard club that presents us with a track that the racers just seem to love. They introduced a large jump at last year’s National event and this year they added a double jump and a smaller kicker type jump too. The other features like the table top moved to another area of the track as did the large jump and they laid out a totally new track design to make the National weekend as neutral as possible. Mr Brown had his hoover out, hoovering the track and as barking mad as that sounds and is, the track looked totally immaculate. The new track layout was long and very fast and with the incorporated jump sections, certainly another different great test for the competitors.

The drivers are ready; the organisers are ready; so let’s race!

2WD Event – Saturday

Drivers Briefing

Paul Worsley our chairman always introduces the personnel running the meeting and as always updates everyone to what’s happening in the big world of RC. This was a straight forward drivers meeting with no complications. Grant Fribbens was the race director.

Practice

Everyone should be in tune with how practice is run, especially if you have been reading the reporting of the Nationals. 2 practice sessions at 3 minutes each and all in heat order. Today they squeezed the second run to 3 1/2 minutes. More please I hear you all shouting!! There were some TORCH committee members on marshal duty as well as some of the racers staying on to help. Grant the race director conducted the practice sessions and it all run like clockwork.

Round 1

The weather was certainly looking good and with most in t-shirt and shorts attire, we were all ready. As you all know I try to highlight one or two drivers for each event as its recognised they either go really well at a particular venue or it’s their home track. This time round it’s an easy pick. Stephen Brown is very quick at TORCH. Last year he made the B final and it doesn’t take a mathematician to know he would like the main A Final under his belt. Let’s see!

Other drivers making a showing this weekend that really stiffened up the competition to even further depth of field; Richard Barton, passed winner of Nationals, David Burton, another National winner as well as a visitor from abroad. Michal Orlowski the young rising star driving for Schumacher, recently won an EOS event and last year’s European A finalist, made a visit all the way from Poland to race with us. Certainly would be interesting. Welcome Michal :-) It was the experienced Neil Cragg that would set a blistering first round score to go no.1 in round 1. Simon Moss with his new chassis sponsor 2nd, Lee Martin his boss in 3rd, Craig Collinson 4th, Nathan Waters looked quick to take 5th, David me old fruit Poulter 6th, young Jack Neil 7th, Kev Lee the warrior 8th and Lloyd Storey and Tom Yardy 9th and 10th. Steven Brown 14th

Round 2

The weather never a factor, sunshine breaking through and it was lovely.
Elliott Boots was in the earlier heats along with me and Michal Orlowski. We all had a good run with Elliott setting the pace to go top at the time. Neil Cragg again with another good time took the 2nd round TQ on a quick 11 lap pace with Lee Martin just 0.54 behind. Tom Yardy in at 3rd, Craig Collinson for Team C another good run for 4th, Rebecca (sorry – LOL) in at 5th, Richard Lowe making a showing in at 6th in round, Lloyd Storey 7th, Elliott Boots 8th, Iain Mellish 9th and Danny McGee 10th. Tony Evdoka 12th with Michal Orlowshi 13th. Brown 20th.

Elliott Boots

A quick mention for Elliott as last week he won the 1/8th Off Road European Championship in Italy. He drove his socks off all week to take TQ and with an awesome drive in the 45 minute long final, he saw off some of the best in the world to bring home the European Championship. Massive well done from all of us Elliott :-) And when you all think its only RC racing, look at the lads face – it means so much!

Round 3

Bang on cue its one of the most successful UK 10th drivers ever. Multiple British Champion, multiple European Champion and passed World Champion Neil Cragg stepped up to take round 3 and set the fastest time of the day too. In doing so, secured the pole position for the 2wd A final. Cockers in 2nd, Lee in 3rd, Tom Yardy 4th, Lowe in at 5th, McGee 6th, Waters 7th, Steve Brown a great run for 8th, Boots 9th and John Spencer 10th. Craig Maher our photographer and Serpent driver 22nd :-)

Round 4

Last chance saloon for some. There were a lot of people that could actually make the A Final. More than normal I would say. Simon Moss had a 2 scoring and no back up at this stage. Danny wasn’t sure; he needed something to go with a 6th in round 3. Kev Lee had an 8 scoring from round 1 so more than possible. Lloyd Storey with a 7th and a 9th really needed another low single figure as 16 wouldn’t be enough. David Poulter with a 6th and no back up, Jack Neal had a 7th on the board with no back up, Steven Brown with an 8th needing a very low number but that was possible also with Ian Mellish with an 11th scoring and myself with a 12th scoring. One thing is for sure, not everyone can make an A final. At the end it panned out like this. Elliott Boots set the fastest time for round 4 only 0.09 of a sec off Craggy’s fastest time of the day set in the previous round. Lee in at 2nd, Tom Yardy 3rd, Cockers 4th, Craig 5th, Danny with a 6th to get in there, Kev 7th but was to be BQ, Nathan Waters 8th but was already in with a 5th and 7th, Greg Williams 9th in this round but that was only good enough for 15th overall, 10th in round was Simon Moss to back up his 2nd in round 1 and put himself 8th on the grid. They say Nationals are hard and they should be and they are :-)

A Final 2wd Line-Up

1. Neil Cragg Associated
2. Lee Martin Yokomo
3. Tom Cockerill Yokomo
4. Tom Yardy Associated
5. Elliott Boots Kyosho
6. Craig Collinson Team C
7. Richard Lowe Hot Bodies
8. Simon Moss Yokomo
9. Nathan Waters Schumacher
10. Danny McGee Schumacher

Finals
Leg 1 A Main
Neil Cragg led them off and we thought it would be just like a train going round but the top 3 were running at such a pace they very quickly broke away from the chasing pack.  Neil, Lee and Tom were very much on par too. Extremely similar lap times were being posted.  Lee Martin took the win from Neil Cragg and Tom in 3rd.  Craig, 4th, Nathan 5th, Si 6th, Tom Y 7th, Richard 8th, Elliott 9th and Danny 10th

K Final was won by David O’Brien
J Final was won by Paul Tapsell
I Final was won by Alex Johns
H Final was won by Ben Jemison

Leg 2 A Main
Leg 2 got under way right on schedule.
An early mistake by Neil let Lee get ahead and to be honest there was no other result than Lee winning from there on in.  Lee did what he does best and kept the buggy right side up to just stroke it home to take leg 2 and the win.  Neil 2nd again and Tom 3rd again.  Elliott with a better run in 4th, Tom Y 5th, Danny 6th, Richard 7th, Craig 8th, Nathan 9th and Simon 10th.

G Final was won by Scott Follington
F Final was won by Mathew Dodd
E Final was won by Chris Delves
D Final was won by Ellis Stafford
C Final was won by Jack Neal
B Final was won by Lloyd Storey


Leg 3 A main

The meeting was all tied up by Lee as he won the first 2 legs.  Now for the podium positions.
Off we went and Neil in control but once again the smallest of mistakes gave Lee the lead with Tom moving into 2nd and Neil down to 3rd.  Out of the blue and more or less instantaneously Lee seemed to make an error that gave Tom the lead.  Of course this was panning out just nicely for the Yokomo boys because if Tom could win this leg he would be 2nd at the meeting demoting Neil to third.  Certainly would tighten up the Championship too, right down to a single point between Neil and Lee.  Lee didn’t need to overtake Tom and didn’t.  Tom drove a perfect race for himself it has to be said and took leg 3 and 2nd overall.  Lee 2nd in the race, Neil 3rd, Craig 4th, Elliott 5th, Danny 6th, Nathan 7th, Richard 8th, Tom Y 9th and Si 10th.

RESULTS – 2WD MAIN A-FINAL
1st Lee Martin Yokomo
2nd Tom Cockerill Yokomo
3rd Neil Cragg Associated
4th Craig Collinson Team C
5th Elliott Boots Kyosho
6th Tom Yardy Associated
7th Nathan Waters Schumacher
8th Danny McGee Schumacher
9th Richard Lowe Hot Bodies
10th Simon Moss Yokomo
OTHER 2WD RESULTS
Top F2 Elliott Boots
Top F3 Richard Barton
Top F4 Dan Austin
Top F5 Tom Robertson
Top U13 Ben Pugh

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 Results – 2wd Lee Martin takes the win from Tom Cockerill and Neil Cragg
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Team TORCH - Great infrastructure at the TORCH club – everything run to perfection

Team TORCH – Great infrastructure at the TORCH club – everything run to perfection

4WD Event – Sunday

The track
The TORCH crew had it all figured out and they quickly moved a few hoses around and re-pinned everything and the left hand side of the track was transformed to a different layout.  Good job.  Fast flowing and certainly interesting over the smaller inside table top – precise driving would be prevailing for sure!

Drivers briefing
Paul did the drivers briefing – No major announcements.

Practice
The weather looked rubbish the day before – some competitors were talking wet tyres and talking different combinations and all sorts.  It changed through the night though and by first practice it was all over.  The threat of rain was gone and the shorts were out once more!  Maybe we would have been better off with rain J
Some tried the 4wd cars with stagger ribs up front, some with 2 row studs, some with slim 2wd tyres and even some with the original full fronted 4wd fronts.  Very similar story to other tracks like EPR, Telford and so on!

Round 1
If everyone remembers, I started the last 4wd report with making statements about old men driving fast and being V40 with grey hair.  Yes he was at it again in round 1.  Ellis ‘Big E’ Stafford driving his TLR 22-4 set a great pace for everyone to attack. Only yesterday’s winner could beat it though.  Lee took the round, Ellis 2nd, Simon Moss 3rd, Michal Orlowski having a much better day to go 4th, Rebecca in at 5th, Neil Cragg 6th, Elliott Boots 7th, Craig Collinson 8th, Richard Lowe 9th and Tom Yardy 10th.

Round 2
Lee Martin went top again going 3 secs quicker than his round 1 time.  Elliott Boots making a move to go 2nd in round and Big E 3rd in round securing his spot in the main A Final.  Si Moss also securing his A final with a 4th in round, Michal Orlowshi also as a 4th and 5th is very rarely not made an A final.  Jack Neal in 6th, Tom Yardy 7th, Nathan Waters 8th, Danny McGee 9th and Craig Collinson 10th.

Round 3
Round 3 was a much tighter affair.  Lee took it by 0.72 from Craggy that was just 0.94 quicker than Boots. Elliott now secured his A final spot.  Orlowski another solid 4th, Yardy 5th, Stafford 6th, Collinson 7th, Lowe in 8th, Waters 9th and Cockers 10th.

Round 4
Elliott Boots set an amazing time of 12/305.19 that was to be the target for all to beat.  They came, they tried but no one got even close to it.  It was the fastest in round 4 and the fastest time of the day.  Neil got 2nd in round to secure 3rd on the grid, Tom Yardy with his best run to secure 6th, Nathan 4th to secure 8th, Craig 5th to secure 9th, Michal 6th and he was to line up 7th, Jack Neal went 7th in round to secure the 10th spot, Simon Moss 8th in round to line up 5th on the grid, Lee 9th in round but he already had TQ, Tom Cockerill in 10th in round but that was only good enough for BQ

A Final 4wd Line-Up

1. Lee Martin Yokomo
2. Elliott Boots Kyosho
3. Neil Cragg Associated
4. Ellis Stafford TLR
5. Simon Moss Yokomo
6. Tom Yardy Associated
7. Michal Orlowski Schumacher
8. Nathan Waters Schumacher
9. Craig Collinson Team C
10. Jack Neal Schumacher

Gareth

We asked Gareth Stanton F2 driver to give us his opinion on the nationals thus far;
This is what he had to say;
Senior Gareth Stanton – Mid South region

“Living quite close to the track I had racers staying so the national weekend got off to a good start with Friday evening at an all you can eat Brazilian rodizio, highly recommended. 

The TORCH team started with the ambitious aim of becoming the best track facility in the country. Their blank canvas being a working farm in the rural heart of the Hampshire countryside. A lot of work has gone in to creating the superb track and racing arena that will no doubt look amazing in the pictures. Yes, it really is that good!

Although a rural setting, the track is only 8 miles from the picturesque Solent coastline offering another dimension for racers wanting to bring family and friends along. The family element is something the club is keen to promote, as backed up by the work that has gone into the addition of family friendly permanent lavatory facilities for this year’s event. It must be working as the club has a strong junior following with well supported junior heats at the weekly races. The future is bright for the TORCH club which is great for the sport.

Saturday 2wd

To take advantage of the high grip available on previous layouts I had changed the weight distribution of my Team C TM2 for this event. With hindsight this was a mistake as the National layout incorporated sections previously unused. This combined with Saturday’s weather conditions caused the grip to be much lower than usual. I was reasonably happy with C final qualifying as it would improve overall championship points to cement my F1, but frustrated I never really got what I know to be the best from the car. Lesson learnt for the next round of the championship.   

The final was a timid start from the back of the grid with the hope of making up places. This was going to plan until on the down-ramp going onto the straight I gave it full beans. The car went behind the seated and coned marshal position but did not emerge. Apparently an orange car had got out of shape behind the orange cones and I collected it whilst flat out. By the time the marshal had untangled the cars I was last so final gone. Still a great day’s racing in the sunshine on a superb track, which is what the Nationals are all about.    

Saturday evening was a stroll to Southampton’s Oxford Street restaurant quarter for nice Indian, even served by the BRCA PRO’s Indian doppelganger.

Sunday 4wd

Having believed the weather forecasts the previous night I got to the track with a full wet weather setup on the car. The roads were wet and track was damp from overnight rain, but one of the good things about the TORCH track is how well it drains and how quickly it dries out. With the south coast sunshine beaming down from early morning a frantic change to full dry setup was needed for first practice. The sunshine should not have come as a surprise as the TORCH track is only 20 miles, as the crow flies, from the Isle of Wight resort Shanklin which is officially the sunniest place in the UK.

The first 3 rounds of qualifying went ok but not quite able to get a clean runs resulting in only one top 20 finish. The last round I needed a good score so just tried to keep clean, but this was easier said than done having to come through the field. I have to thank young Jack Hirst for his considerate driving in this race. He is very much a star for the future driving the Team C cars but wasn’t on his best run this time, politely letting me through allowing me to make my way up to finish 3rd behind Boots and Orlowski. If only we had another run so I could attempt to grab onto the coattails of the front two who were flying round into the A. 

I wasn’t satisfied the car was as forgiving as it usually is during qualifying so changed setup considerably for the final by changing rear shock location and going to much lighter oil.   

Starting from 8th on the grid I held back hoping for mistakes from those ahead on the the fast and furious track. From the start I was very pleased that the setup changes had made the car both feel sharper and more forgiving over the bumps. Was all going well picking off places until another car spun on the corner table top coming on to the straight. I had nowhere to go so collected the spinning car causing the two to tangle. Reminiscent of the 2wd final, the turn marshal had to wait for what seemed like an eternity for the rest of the field to pass before releasing the tangled cars. Being dead last the race for the front was over so with nothing to lose I pushed on. This lead to some quick laps but also mistakes negating any gains resulting in a low finish. Disappointing final but pleased how good the car was now, if only that was how it started the day. Bring on Stotfold!  

 

Watching the A finals was a great spectacle. The track layout the TORCH guys had produced was fast but very challenging to go quickly. Watching the top guys hammer round it at the pinnacle of their sport/profession was great entertainment. The other side to racing at the BRCA Nationals is being able to watch these exciting finals live. Good close racing with massive respect for each other is a fine example for all, not just in the world of RC. I would not be at all surprised to see the top few at TORCH battling it out for the crown of world champion at the first Astroturf Worlds in Japan later this year.

Big thanks to everyone who made it a great and memorable National weekend. The TORCH crew for providing a challenging but fun track to drive, which generated great racing action and excitement.

Thanks to Team C for the cars which were quick and great to drive as usual. Thanks to Absima for the electrics that never missed a beat (and were rapid!) and thanks to the rest of the Absima/Team C team for the weekend entertainment.

Leg 1 A Main
What excitement would we have.  Lee started from pole and was put under pressure from Elliott straight away.  Lee had a champions roll and that’s all that was needed for Elliott to shoot his Kyosho into the lead.  It looked around the half way distance that Elliott was actually pulling away a little until Lee got his head done and did some of the quickest laps of the meeting to catch up with Elliott.  Elliott did the same and these 2 were the only ones doing 24s laps although Neil in 3rd on a 25 dead.  Last lap and Lee tapped Elliott trying to get by and instantly stopped to give the advantage back and they went off again.  Elliott’s car seemed to be on the wrong line down the straight and suddenly tumbled flat out into the RudeBits banner at the end of the straight.  Lee was through and with only a few more corners, Lee won the first leg from Elliott, Neil in 3rd, Si in 4th, Tom Y in 5th, Craig 6th, Ellis 7th, Michal 8th, Nathan and Jack in 9th and 10th

J Finals was won by Paul Knight
I Finals was won by Stuart Hurley
H Final was won by James Evans
G Final
was won by Stuart Rand

Leg 2 A Main
Leg 2 was a great race too.  Lee led them off again, Elliott pilling on the pressure from word go and did some amazing laps but after only 4 laps had a failure and had to drop out.  Neil took the final by the neck and somehow Lee made an error and Neil was away.  Lee was catching or Neil was crusing, either or, it finished with Neil taking it and Lee 2nd.  3 guys now can win it.  Tom Yardy in 3rd, Ellis 4th, Nathan 5th, Jack 6th, Micjal 7th, Craig 8th, Si and Elliott 9th and 10th.

F Final was won by Steven Pierce
E Final was won by Allan O’Brien
D Finals was won by Chris Delves
C Final was won by Chris Rowcliffe

B Final was won by Tom ‘Rebecca’ Cockerill
At this stage I have to congratulate Tom ‘Rebecca’ Cockerill on being a great sport.  He was giving out a load of banter on the microphone.
Just before the B final the drivers made him slip on the ladies dress and race with it.  He did exactly that to everyone’s laughs and amusements.
She absolutely drove beautifully, not making a single error, and went on to win the B Final.  Well done Rebecca :-)

Leg 3 A Main
So everyone was ready, so off we go.  Only 3 laps in and it wasn’t meant to be for Elliott as he retired with another mechanical failure.  It was all up to Lee and Neil to fight it out for the win.  Neil made an error and like I’ve reported before, Lee doesn’t make any errors when he is out in front on his own.  He just kept it on its wheels and cruised round (fast may I add) to take the win and the meeting.  Neil came in 2nd to take 2nd in the meeting.  Si Moss took 3rd to put his new ride on the podium first time out.  Ellis was 4th, Michal 5th, Tom Y 6th, Nathan 7th, Craig 8th and Jack 9th with Elliott 10th after his third lap retirement.

RESULTS – 4WD MAIN A-FINAL
1st Lee Martin Yokomo
2nd Neil Cragg Associated
3rd Simon Moss Yokomo
4th Tom Yardy Associated
5th Ellis Stafford TLR
6th Michal Orlowski Schumacher
7th Elliott Boots Kyosho
8th Nathan Waters Schumacher
9th Craig Collinson Team C
10th Jack Neal Schumacher
OTHER 4WD RESULTS
Top F2 Elliott Boots
Top F3 Ross Nicholson
Top F4 Tom Bate
Top F5 Michal Orlowski
Top U13 Jack Hirst

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Results – 4wd Lee Martin the win from Neil Cragg and Simon Moss

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Lee Martin – 2015 British 4wd Champion Elect

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With this latest win at the TORCH venue and with only one round to go, there is no one that can catch Lee Martin for the 4wd Championship. Congrats Lee :-) Here is Lee, his car and with his family

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Some updated statistics
At this stage with the current numbers in attendance.
Predicted F1 drivers in 2wd will be 34
Predicted F1 drivers in 4wd will be 30
Overall prediction for drivers obtaining a F1 licence is 36
Conclusion
The TORCH club once again have put out an immaculate track that can be raced but at the same time needed the finesse of being fast as well as precise.  New toilet block is spot on and just what was needed for the club.   The personnel at scrutineering did a super job and actually checked everything the way it should be done.  I must admit from a personal perspective, I am not sure the positioning of scrutineering is in the right place or maybe the tent is a little too big for that area.  It’s a nothing comment but may need reviewing to free up space for the drivers waiting to go up the rostrum.  Everything else has to be applauded though; everything at hand, personnel when needed and everything like clockwork.  Thanks TORCH for a great meeting.
Again let’s not forget the BRCA personnel headed by Paul Worsley the chairman, Stuart Whyman the timekeeper, John Cockill head referee, Tom Yardy driver’s rep and all the others that contribute so much, yet again did an amazing job.  Thanks to them also.
Last round is at Stotfold Model Car Club on the 29th and 30th of August.  I already know that we have some spaces so get in touch now to experience the finale of the British Championship.  Send us an email and get yourself booked in.  Just do it. J
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Thank you for reading; Tony Evdoka – BRCA 1/10th Off-Road PRO email: [email protected]

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