1/8 Circuit - Round 4 Race Report

1/8th Circuit

Spashett and Thurston take wins at Round 4 - Mendip

 

Round four of the championship was held at the famous Mendip circuit near Weston Super Mare and was supported by Maxima fuel. It’s a circuit famous for its Diggers dip before the main straight and it has seen many big names in the RC world race here down the years, including some of Europe’s Elite in the 90s.

Race day was sunny and tyre wear was extremely high with the track surface very abrasive. Top International racer Mark Green was one noticeable absentee from the top heat and meant it would be a closer affair between the top nitro guys. In total, around fifty drivers were competing across the two classes with the electric class now not far off being as popular as nitro.

Spashett car

Car brands

Electric

Serpent - 11

ARC - 6

Shepherd – 2

Nitro

Serpent - 11

ARC - 6

Shepherd - 5

Mugen - 4

Infinity - 4

Capricorn  - 2

BMT - 1

Qualifying

In Nitro, the top three places were tightly contested with Spashett taking pole from Hastings and Wood. Elsewhere, Neil Diver put his new Infinity car in the A-final and Sam Snell just pipped his brother and Jack Garrett-lines to 10th in the main final with a last round run. In Electric again, Alex Thurston was in dominant form 7 seconds clear of the field and Pete Hastings and Gavin Clinch were battling within a second of each other. Further down the order, Dan Jones qualified 5th on his return to the series and David Gerard made it into the A-final by a whisker over Simon Parish who is back racing now in the electric class with a Shepherd.

Winners

D-final Nitro – Bjorn Baldwin

C-final Nitro – Niall Cochran

B-final Nitro – Chris Simons

B-final Electric Franck Dambrine

A-Final Nitro

The A-final turned out to be one of the best in recent times for the spectators, with tyre strategy playing a big part. Unfortunately, Tim Wood’s final started in the worst possible way with an incident that dropped him to the back of pack and nearly a lap behind. The Picco powered ARC of David Spashett led out front from Andy Hastings and Neal King. Eventually, Hastings managed to pull a tremendous pass at the end of the main straight past David who, it was quite evident, was trying to keep tyre wear down and driving a lot smoother than the others. Neal then took the lead as Andy hit problems with David running closely behind. With five minutes to go, David regained the lead as his rivals pitted for new tyres meanwhile he continued on the same set and managed to hold on to take the win from Neal and Tim, who made a great recovery drive. Unfortunately, Neal was later disqualified because of an infringement with his car in scrutineering therefore promoting Tim Wood to second and John Carr up to third position. Congratulations to David Spashett on a great drive.

A-final Electric

In the Electric class it would end an all Serpent podium. Unfortunately, Pete Hastings with his Shepherd and Gavin Clinch driving an ARC had problems in one of the finals and had to retire. So again, Alex dominated over the two legs this time from Dan Jones, who was in the UK for a rare appearance back to his racing roots. A newcomer this year to the 1/8 circuit class, Craig Woods took a fantastic third place overall. Serpent remains the most popular chassis in the electric class but it’s good to see ARC and Shepherd now in the mix.

See you at Halifax for Round 5 1st/2nd July.

 electric podium

Electric tech chart

Pos

Qual

Name

Car

Servo

Radio

ESC

Motor

Body

Tyres

1

1

A.Thurston

Serpent

Savox

HITEC

Hobbywing

Hobbywing

R18

Contact

10

2

P.Hastings

Shepherd

Futaba

Sanwa

Hobbywing

Hobbywing

Matrix

Matrix

8

3

G.Clinch

ARC

Orion

Sanwa

Orion

Orion

Blitz TSO35

Hot Race

6

4

J.Hawnt

Serpent

Savox

Sanwa

Hobbywing

Hobbywing

R18

Contact

2

5

D.Jones

Serpent

Savox

Sanwa

Hobbywing

Hobbywing

R18

Matrix

3

6

C.Woods

Serpent

Absima

Spektrum

Hobbywing

Hobbywing

P909

Contact

9

7

P.Bellinger

Serpent

Absima

KO

Absima

Absima

P909

Contact

7

8

I.Billett

Serpent

Savox

Sanwa

Hobbywing

Hobbywing

R18

Ulti

4

9

J.Paton

Serpent

Corally

KO

Hobbywing

Hobbywing

P909

Contact

5

10

D.Gerard

Serpent

Absima

KO

LRP

LRP

R18

Contact

Nitro Tech chart

Pos

Qual

Name

Car brand

Engine

Fuel

Tyres

1

1

David Spashett

ARC

Picco

Maxima

Hot Race

8

2

Andrew Hastings

Shepherd

VS Racing

Mecca

Matrix

2

3

Tim Wood

Serpent

XRD

Elite

Contact

3

4

John Carr

Serpent

OS

Elite

Contact

9

5

Richard Hicklin

Serpent

OS

Elite

Contact

9

6

Neal King

Shepherd

Murnan OS

Runnertime

Ulti

6

7

Neil Diver

Infinity

Novarossi

Maxima

Hot Race

5

8

Clive Connolly

ARC

Novarossi

Maxima

Matrix

4

9

Jason Frost

Capricorn

XRD

Runnertime

Capricorn

7

10

Sam Snell

Mugen

Murnan OS

Mecca

Contact

 

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