BRCA – 1/8 Circuit National Round 5 – 2016 Report

1/8th Circuit

The fourth round of the BRCA National series took place last weekend at the Cotswold Model Car Club, returning to this track for the second time this season. For the first time in quite some time the weather at Cotswold was to remain warm and dry for the weekend ahead.

During Saturday practice the grip was quite low in the morning with some drivers struggling to get a reference point for setup, the track came good by around midday and allowed drivers to start working on their car setup, Mark Green was setting the pace with the usual pack of drivers closely edging towards his pace.

Sunday morning headed into the qualifying which was dry and most drivers managed to get good clean runs in every round.

After four rounds of qualifying the Nitro A final would line up as follows:

Mark Green - 21/ 310.173
Tim Wood - 21/ 314.550
Andy Hastings - 21/ 315.374
Neal King - 20/ 300.025
David Spashett - 20/ 302.704
Richard Hicklin - 20/ 307.198
Neil Diver - 20/ 310.512
Jason Frost - 20/ 311.280
Sam Snell - 20/ 313.149
Clive Connolly - 20/ 314.858

As the final got under way Mark Green clearly had the pace advantage pulling away from the field, with David Spashett on the much longer fuel stop strategy, getting an extremely impressive run time from his new Picco Otto engine, David was to take the lead of the race. Unfortunately for David he was to miss his pitman's call to come in for one of his pit stops, causing him to flame out during his pit stop, handing the lead back to Mark Green, Neal King was to capitalise on this and also the misfortune of Andy Hastings who was to have an issue during a pit stop to take 2nd place, with Andy recovering for the final podium spot.

The final results were as follows:

1/8 Nitro Final Results:

Mark Green - 116/1807.284
Neal King - 114/1800.280
Andy Hastings - 114/1803.851
David Spashett - 113/1810.353
Clive Connolly - 102/1734.238
Neil Diver - 102/1801.873
Richard Hicklin - 79/1375.124
Sam Snell - 71/1811.226
Jason Frost - 52/1092.073
Tim Wood - 49/ 904.753

As the five mandatory rounds of the BRCA National Championship, GP2 & GP3 championships have now been completed, the drivers standings are as follows mid season:
National Championship:

1 – Richard Hicklin 475 Points
2 – Tim Wood 469 Points
3 – Clive Connolly 469 Points
4 – Sam Snell 466 Points
5 – James Healey 411 Points
6 – Andy Hastings 394 Points
7 – Mark Green 389 Points
8 – Hayley Baker 389 Points
9 – Neal King 383 Points
10 – David Spashett 383 Points

GP2 Championship:
1 – James Healey 491 Points
2 – Steven Smith 487 Points
3 – Hayley Baker 481 Points

GP3 Championship:
1 – Matt Dambrine 397 Points
2 – Lee Palmer 387 Points
3 – Rich Kozakiewicz 300 Points

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