1/10th IC Round 2 Race Report

10th IC Circuit

Round 2 of the 1/10th IC National series took place at the Halifax Track over the first weekend in May.

Once again, the race featured a great turn out of drivers with once again 46 drivers entered to battle it out acros00732 the 3 classes of 200mm, 220mm & GT8. The weather for the weekend would prove to be perfect for racing conditions with most drivers noticing a massive drop in their lap times.

In qualifying, it was Glyn Beal (Serpent/Picco) who set the pace in both the GT8 and 220mm classes whilst also breaking the track record for the latter. In the GT8 class, championship leader Scott Hellawell (Serpent/XRD) followed on from his win at Round 1 to be Glyn’s closest competitor with Joseph Bailey (Serpent/XRD) in 3rd. In the 220mm class, Peter Hellawell (Serpent/Picco) would qualify 2nd with Round 1 runner-up Richard Kozakiewicz (Xray/OS Speed) in 3rd. Finally, in the 200mm class, Kyle Branson (Capricorn/One) would make his return to the series and instantly stamp his authority on qualifying. Joe Kerry (Capricorn/OS Speed) would make it a Capricorn 1-2 with Alex Thurston (Serpent/XRD F.T. Line) lining up 3rd on the grid.

In the GT8 final, the grid would make a clean get away with the only driver to lose out at the start being Joseph as he dropped to last allowing Mark Owen (Serpent/Werks) to move into 3rd. At the first pit stops, Glyn would stop first allowing Scott to lead for a few laps before his first stop. This would happen again as the two of them continued to pull a gap to the rest of the field. In the end, Glyn would take the win some 13 seconds ahead of Scott with Mark a further 3.5 laps back.

GT8 Rd 2 2017

The 220mm final started with a close battle for 2nd place between Peter and Richard in which Richard managed to take the position as Peter hit troubles. Stewart McLeod (Serpent/OS Speed) would move into the top 3 in only his second ever national race after a stellar qualifying performance. Just after the first fuel stops, Stewart would unfortunately retire from the race with Jason Fox (Capricorn/Max Power) taking over the position for one lap until a recovering Peter made the position his own. As the race approached 20 minutes and whilst Glyn continued to lead, the race for 2nd was reinvigorated once again until Peter would have engine troubles and again drop down the order. Another returnee, Richard Boult (Xray/XRD F.T. Line) would inherit the final podium position and hold it to the finish.

220mm Rd 2 2017

In the 200mm final, Kyle continued where he left off in qualifying by leading the pack around for the first lap with Mark Green (Serpent/XRD F.T. Line) getting the better of Alex at the start to move into 3rd. Whilst running closely with Mark and Alex, Joe Kerry have a problem and drop down the order eventually retiring on lap 30. Approaching 10 minutes, Mark and Alex were locked in a close battle for 2nd with Alex eventually getting past Mark for 2nd on lap 37. Alex would hold 2nd until, after around 65 laps of intense pressure, he ran out of tyres and Mark managed to sneak through for 2nd place.

200mm Rd 2 2017

The next round of the series will take place on the 3rd/4th June at the Mendip circuit near Western-Super-Mare.

Peter Hellawell