Kidderminster National RD1 – Done!

1/10th Off Road

2016 British Radio Car Association National Championship Kidderminster
February 6th (2wd) and 7th (4wd) – Round 1 of 6

Kidderminster Radio Car Club Track

You would normally find me giving a description of the track but this time for some amusement I have copied a famous racers Facebook status that he posted for some light hearted fun…..in a funny way he is right!

“I’m off to Kidderminster…..and yes it is raining. A track that holds many records; smallest track anywhere, most corners per inch of land, most chicanes per lap, most consecutive chicanes (currently 5 I believe), smallest percentage chance of overtaking (and not just for one lap but the whole race measured at 0.0000074%) and a straight you don’t actually go straight down as it’s just a continuous curve with no actual straight bit to it! But it’s not all bad, because you don’t need to bring full throttle with you to the track you get good mpg travelling to the meeting, so even though I have 350+bhp I’m getting 50 mpg;-) But hopefully we can all have a good year and a good laugh.”

 2016 Kidderminster National 2wd4

2016 Kidderminster National 2wd5

The Club
Super organised as usual.

2wd Event – Saturday

Weather
The weather does need a mention as it was wet leading up to the weekend but no one thought of snow. Yes snow! It started early on Saturday morning but didn’t settle to be a problem. The crew at Kidderminster, as usual, did an amazing job in clearing the wet track and we got on with the meeting.

Qualifying rounds
The usual suspects at the front. Lee Martin and Neil Cragg have been dominating the 10th Off-Road scene for a while now and nothing really changed at this event. Lee Martin set the pace of 12/14.86 in round 1 from his Team mate Simon Moss . Simon only 0.28 behind and that was very impressive considering he has hardly raced over the winter months. Neil in the 3rd spot. Good efforts from Ian Mellish in 9th. Round 2 was quickly upon us and it was Neil Cragg that now set the pace on a track that was getting better and better. Neil set a time of 13/22.68. Lee in 2nd and Simon in 3rd. Yes you are already getting the picture. These three were at the front most of the day! Round 3 we saw Lee take the TQ with an even faster time of 13/10.02. Neil 2nd in the round and yes you guessed it Simon in 3rd. Ian Mellish with another top 10 and he was knocking on the door for an A Final.  Last round and it was Simon Moss that was making a statement of intent with a TQ in the final round to carry momentum into the finals and 2nd on the grid.  Lee took 2nd and put his Yokomo on pole for the final. The grid set below.

A Final 2wd Line-Up

Line Up

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2016 Kidderminster National 2wd43

 

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2016 Kidderminster National 2wd43

 

2016 Kidderminster National 2wd43

 

2016 Kidderminster National 2wd43

 

Finals

Leg 1 A Main
Lee Martin from pole drove a superb leg one and withheld all the different pressures from them all.  He won leg 1 from Simon Moss and in 3rd Tom Yardy.

L Final was won by Rob Peck
K Final was won by Callum Miles
J Final was won by Natalie Williams
I Final was won by Lewis Jones
H Final was won by Keith Robinson

Leg 2 A Main
Off we went for leg 2 and an error from the pole man gave up the lead to Simon Moss who drove awesome to take the win from a fast charging Tom Yardy and Lee Martin. Neil Cragg was 4th in leg 1 and the same in leg 2 and was in sort of danger in not being on the podium were we see him so often!

G Final was won by John Brooke
F Final was won by Jack Hirst
E Final was won by James Helliwell
D Final was won by Paul Crompton
C Final was won by Jack Neal
B Final was won by Kevin Lee

Leg 3 A main Neil Cragg was on the hunt. He got by Simon early as Simon made an error when he was in with a change of winning the meeting. Neil was chasing Lee and was putting more and more pressure on for Lee to make an error. Neil knew he needed to win the leg to get him on the podium. Lee had to win to guarantee the meeting victory. Tom Yardy was in with a podium shout but had to retire. Danny McGee was winning the battle of the rest of the field. Neil was ever so close to Lee and it transpired to be another classic battle between the two superstars. Lee ran a fraction wide on the cobbled corner and could not get the power down as he went off the racing line. Neil punched his Associated car through to the lead and went on to take the win and the 3rd spot on the podium.
Full overall results below


A Final 2wd Result after 3 legs

 A Final Result

Your Winners

2016 Kidderminster National 2wd70

 

2016 Kidderminster National 2wd70

 

2016 Kidderminster National 2wd70

 

2016 Kidderminster National 2wd70

 

2016 Kidderminster National 2wd70

 

2016 Kidderminster National 2wd70

 

2016 Kidderminster National 2wd70

 

4wd Event – Sunday

The track
The layout was changed dramatically from the 2wd event and it certainly looked a fast track!

 

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Weather
What a contrast to the day before!! Much better. Glorious sunshine. Cold though!!

Qualifying rounds
Here we go again. Could anyone touch the untouchables of Neil and Lee. Well yes they can. They say wine has to mature! Well maybe Ellis Stafford is like wine. Now classed as a Vet, he was certainly on the heels of Neil Cragg in round 1. Neil drove a faultless race to TQ the round but so did Ellis to come in 2nd just a couple of seconds off. Simon Moss was at it again as was Tom Cockerill. Round 2 always seems to come round too quick. Neil at it again with another TQ but it was Lee Martin in at the 2 spot this time. Simon another 3rd in round. Cockers in at 4 and Craig Collinson making a showing in at 5th. Round 3saw Neil retire with some sort of problem and that allowed Lee to take the round. Tom Yardy came into the picture with a 2nd in round and Ellis a 3rd securing him a high grid position for the main A Final. Round 4 was under way and Neil was to secure the round and the pole position. Lee in 2nd was to start 2nd on the grid. Ellis already secured 3rd spot. Yardy had another good run to put his car 4th on the line. Simon Moss 5th on the grid.


A Final 4wd Line-Up

lineup

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2016 Kidderminster National 4wd22

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd22

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd22

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd22

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd22

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd22

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd22

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd22

 

Leg 1 A Main
We were all lined up and ready. It has to be said that Neil Cragg looks unbeatable. His car was simply superb and he was driving awesome. He won the 1st leg comfortably from Ellis Stafford and 3rd Danny McGee. Simon 4th, Tom Yardy 5th, Tom Cockerill 6th……

L Final was won by Rob Peck
K Final was won by Matthew Keene
J Final was won by Callum Miles
I Final was won by Alan Paynter
H Final was won by John Brooke

Leg 2 A Main
Neil started to pull away from Lee but half way through the final Lee found his pace and was catching Neil. Unfortunately he didn’t get close enough to make a move and Neil won the leg and with it the meeting. A maximum score for round 1 for the past multi National Champion. Lee got 2nd. Tom Yardy got 3rd with Simon 4th and Danny McGee 5th

G Final was won by Craig Maher
F Final was won by Martin Owen
E Final was won by Ben Jemison
D Final was won by Connor Cocker
C Final was won by David Orbell
B Final was won by Jack Neal

Leg 3 A Main
Neil already won the event after 2 legs like mentioned just now. Lee Martin though wanted to win at least one of the legs and of course there is always bragging rights for the fastest lap. Lee won the leg and Neil 2nd. And for interest, Lee did a 22.98 lap only to be beaten by Neil on a 22.96. I do need to mention that Simon Moss did do a 22.97 in one of the qualification rounds . In 3rd place it was Craig Collinson. There was a hard fought battle for the podium 3rd spot between Ellis and Danny as they went at it for the last 3 minutes. Ellis finished 4th in the leg and Danny 5th.
Full results below

Result

Your Winners

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd112

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd112

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd112

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd112

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd112

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd112

 

2016 Kidderminster National 4wd112

 

Conclusions
Another successful meeting. Lovely to see so many youngsters at the Nationals.
Don’t forget there may be some spaces in some of the local ones to you so show your interest and you never know you might be part of these great events.

Thank you for reading; Tony Evdoka – BRCA 1/10th Off-Road PRO email: [email protected]
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