2018 LMP Nationals Season Preview

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With the LMP season soon be starting, we've put together a season preview so you know what to exspect from this years series


We are just days away from the start of the 2018 12th national season and it already looks like it's going to be a cracker. Race classes remain the same with Stock racing 13.5 blinky motors on Saturday and Sports Modified, (up to 13.5 motors) and Modified (up to 6.5 motors) on Sunday. There is also a national championship for WGTR on Saturday and the GT12 Cup support class on Sundays which is a perfect way to try racing at a national event.



We have a six round championship visiting some old faithful venues and welcoming a new venue at North West. We kick off in Eastbourne where we will be treated to what has to be the season’s biggest track layout and the pits filled with the smell of food being prepared all day. Then it's a trip north to Barley Mow and our first race of four this year on Primafelt carpet which always provides good consistent grip to race on. The final meeting of 2018 will see us visit the Tamworth club which is always one of the most popular events of the year and the club has just purchased a new Primafelt carpet for us to race on. 2019 kicks off with a visit to the South again with the Dorset club again providing us with a great weekends racing at Poole following their debut last year. Then it's this years newcomer at North West Raceway where the club will be looking to impress us on their debut in the series. Finally we wrap up the season in the usual unique style of the Chesterfield club where this year we are in for a treat as they also have just bought new Primafelt carpet.



Last years season in stock was one dominated by David Spashett with five wins out of six giving him a perfect championship score. Olly Payne being the only driver to top David and take the win at Newbury. Since then Olly has gone on to become Stock European Champion, a fantastic achievement and he will surely be keen to add the Stock British Championship to his list of titles. There is a change in the stock class this year with the re-emergence of the formula final system. This will see drivers graded into F1, F2 and F3 drivers with an A final for each formula. We will therefore be crowning three champions this year and it’s hoped the formula system will lead to some hard fought finals and championships.

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Sports modified was by far the tightest championship last year with some spectacularly close racing throughout the season. Eventually won by the perennial Mick Farrell in the final laps of the last race at Chesterfield after a four way battle with Matt Rice, Ben Vincent and Mark Jewitt all of whom were in for a shout when the start tone sounded. This year is sure to provide more of the same with the previous title contenders all choosing to race this highly competitive class once more. 


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Modified was to become Olly Paynes first 12th national title last year claiming two wins from the six races with David Spashett in second place with one win to his name. Two wins also went to Alexander Hagberg and the remaining win to Olly Jeffries. It’s sure to be frantic racing at the front of the field and modified will continue to draw the crowds at the end of a race day. 

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There have been many drivers changing manufacturers in the off season, new cars released and we have new venues and new carpets to race on. We also have a change to the finals grid this year with cars now being spaced 3m apart which will hopefully lead to everyone getting a clean first lap and a great race.  Another new feature this year will be the rcinfo.uk website where tech sheets can be filled in online. 


All of this bodes well for another great 12th season. 


Look forward to seeing you at the track. 



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