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Fri, Dec

BRCA 1/8th Circuit 2016 National Championship, Round 8

1/8th Circuit

Round 8 of this year’s championship was hosted by the Mendip circuit in Weston Super Mare and sponsored by Zen Racing. With the championship already won by Green with an almost perfect score, the race was on for the minor places.


The competition up front would be close with the inclusion of Infinity factory driver Kyle Branson to the entry. Kyle would be racing the new infinity car for the second time in preparations for the final ENS race in 2 weeks time. His car was fitted with OS engines for the first time to allow him to gain valuable setup knowledge and drivability experience.
On Saturday, the pace early on was quick but the track seemed to slow during the day with the lap times around 0.4 seconds slower than the best times of 15.2 seconds. The pace setters were Green and Branson. The Mendip track asphalt as become very abrasive over the years making it critical on tire wear.

In Qualifying, it was Branson who had the upper hand all day with the chasing pack consisting of Green, Wood, and Andy Hastings. The gap between the top 2 was around 2 seconds in 5 minutes which gave no real advantage come the final.

The top 10 were as follows:
1) Kyle Branson – Infinity / OS – 20 Laps 311 secs
2) Mark Green – Serpent / Novarossi – 20 Laps 313 secs
3) Andrew Hastings – Shepherd / OS – 19 laps 300 secs
4) Tim Wood – Serpent / OS – 19 Laps 302 secs
5) David Spashett – ARC / Picco – 19 Laps 304 secs
6) Richard Hicklin – Serpent / OS – 19 Laps 304 secs
7) Andrew North – ARC / Sirio – 19 Laps 308 secs
8) Neal King – Capricorn / Tesla – 19 Laps 308 secs
9) Sam Snell – Mugen / OS – 19 Laps 311 secs
10) Clive Connolly – Shepherd / Novarossi – 19 Laps 313 secs

In the electric class, it was Alex Thurston again setting the pace with his Serpent, with Gavin Clinch second closely followed by ARC teammate Frank Dambrine.
The top 3 was as follows:
1) Alex Thurston – Serpent 18 Laps 300 secs
2) Gavin Clinch – ARC 18 Laps 315 secs
3) Frank Dambrine – ARC 18 laps 316 secs

The A final started in formation order with no accidents and up front it was Branson and Green steadily pulling out a lead over Tim Wood. The first major casualty was Connolly with a stripped gear and also Snell lost some time after a close fight with Spashett. Green then hit problems in the pits and hitting a pitman and flipping the car. This lost him a lot of time back to Kyle and although he tried to chase that down, the gap remained very much consistent to the finish. In third was Wood who had a 8 second lead over King who had Hastings and Spashett close behind on the same lap.

The finishing order was as follows:
1) Kyle Branson – Infinity / OS – 113 Laps
2) Mark Green – Serpent / Novarossi – 112 Laps
3) Tim Wood – Serpent / OS – 110 Laps
4) Neal King – Capricorn / OS – 109 Laps
5) Andrew Hastings – Shepherd / OS – 109 laps
6) David Spashett – ARC / Picco – 109 Laps
7) Richard Hicklin – Serpent / OS – 107 Laps
8) Andrew North – ARC / Sirio – 106 Laps
9) Sam Snell – Mugen / OS – 105 Laps
10) Clive Connolly – Shepherd / Novarossi – 52 Laps

Top 3

The Overall Electric Class top 3 was as followings after a 2 leg final

1) Alex Thurston - 2 points
2) Frank Dambrine - 5 points

3) Ian Billett - 10 points

Top 3 Electric

The final meeting of the year is at Wombwell in 2 weeks time where the final championship positions will be decided. The Committee would like to thank Paul and David of Zen Racing for sponsoring this event.

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