8th Circuit Nationals Round 3 Race Report

1/8th Circuit

Round 3  - BRCA 1/8 Circuit National

 

Adur Model Car Club was to host the third round of the BRCA 1/8 Circuit National Championship during the second weekend of may, this small tight and technical circuit comes with mixed feelings, it's Marmite some love the challenge of hustling a high powered 1/8 circuit car around this small tight technical track, where as others simply state it is too small.

 

One thing is for certain, a horsepower track this is not! It's a track where beautifully accurate lines and tentative throttle control translate to lap time.

 

With two classes running in the national series, electric and IC the section is seeing some of the highest numbers in many years, and drivers from other disciplines are dipping their toes into the full throttle excitement of 1/8 circuit.

 

In IC for the first three rounds of qualifying Mark Green was to set the pace, shaving tenths of a second off his average lap time each run, it was looking ominous for yet another weekend of Mark Green domination, in the final qualifying run Neal King was the take the one spot, but unfortunately running around 2 tenths of a second off the average lap time of Mark Green's TQ time, this would only land Neal King in second position for the final.

 

In the the electric class Alex Thurston was the man to beat as per usual with a huge advantage of 0.6 second per lap over his nearest rival, Alex was to qualify a whole lap in front of the rest of the field.

 

Heading into the IC finals Patrice Ladeveze was to take the C final win, with Matthieu Dambrine winning the B final. The A final was not to be the walk in the park some had expected for Mark Green as on lap 26 Mark drove his car into the barrier heading onto the straight and retired from the race, it was then up to Tim Wood and David Spashett to fight it out for the win, with them swapping places throughout the final on different fuelling strategies, it would be  Tim Wood who took the chequered flag by three seconds after David ran into trouble flaming out during one of his pit stops.

 

In the electric class Adrian Dew was to win the B final and Alex Thurston was to dominate the electric A final winning by over two laps, lapping the field 0.3 seconds per lap faster than his competitors it looks like it will be a tall order to deny Alex his championship defence this year.

 

A Final IC Results: 

1

4

Tim Wood

122/1807.588

14.816

13.841 (40)

Serpent

977 Viper

XRD

2

3

David Spashett

122/1810.049

14.836

13.878 (6)

ARC

R8

Picco

3

8

Sam Snell

118/1805.856

15.303

14.173 (24)

Mugen

MRX-6

OS Speed R2102

4

5

Neil Diver

116/1815.151

15.647

14.271 (7)

ARC

R8

Reds

5

7

Jack Garrett-Lines

113/1810.794

16.024

14.283 (45)

Capricorn

C802

Capricorn

6

9

Chris Snell

105/1655.559

15.767

14.496 (63)

Shepherd

Velox V8

VS Racing R2102

7

6

Karl Dransfield

56/ 855.515

15.277

14.201 (31)

Shepherd

Velox V8

Orcan

8

10

Clive Connolly

52/ 801.381

15.411

14.286 (30)

Mugen

MRX4-X

IDM RCW

9

1

Mark Green

26/ 391.696

15.065

13.857 (25)

Serpent

977 Viper

XRD

10

2

Neal King

20/ 295.786

14.789

13.763 (18)

Shepherd

Velox

XRD

 

A Final Electric Results: 

1

1

Alex Thurston

59/ 918.177 [1]

15.562

0.000 (0)

Serpent

977e Viper Evo 2

Hobbywing

2

3

Gavin Clinch

57/ 900.671 [5]

15.801

0.000 (0)

ARC

R8

Reds

3

5

Craig Woods

57/ 915.283 [5]

16.057

0.000 (0)

Serpent

977e Viper Evo 2

Hobbywing

4

7

Jamie Paton

56/ 902.395 [6]

16.114

0.000 (0)

Serpent

977e Viper Evo 2

Hobbywing

5

6

Ian Billett

56/ 909.658 [6]

16.243

0.000 (0)

Serpent

977e Viper Evo 2

Hobbywing

6

2

Franck Dambrine

55/ 921.537 [2]

16.755

0.000 (0)

ARC

R8

Corally

7

8

David Gerard

55/ 951.980 [8]

17.308

0.000 (0)

Serpent

977e Viper Evo

Hobbywing

8

9

Geraint Williams

52/ 930.571 [9]

17.895

0.000 (0)

ARC

R8

 

9

4

Paul Bellinger

44/ 707.467 [4]

16.078

0.000 (0)

Serpent

977e Viper Evo 2

Absima

10

10

James Ellice

40/ 711.032 [10]

17.775

0.000 (0)

Serpent

977e Viper Evo 2

Hobbywing