BRCA 1/8 Circuit National Series Round 2- Halifax

1/8th Circuit

BRCA 1/8 Circuit National Series Round 2- Halifax

 

Round 2 of the BRCA 1/8th Circuit National Series moved to the Halifax Circuit in Yorkshire, who were hosts of the 1/8 Euros in 2013. The meeting being fantastically supported by newcomers RC Racing Europe, who are distributors for Capricorn and stockists of BMT, Runnertime fuel and other products, attracted one of the biggest entries in recent years with nitro staying about the same and the new electric class going from strength to strength. It is becoming a popular way to start or return to the 1/8 Circuit series.

Round 1 of the championship at Cotswold saw Mark Green win in commanding fashion in the nitro class, underlining his credentials as one of the world’s best drivers in the class. Also on the podium was Tim Wood, now racing XRD engines, and Neal King, who has moved to the Shepherd chassis underlining their potential to challenge for the overall Championship.  Young, 12 year old, Matthieu Dambrine performed fantastically to make his first A-final at an 8th Circuit National. In the Electric class, Alex Thurston looks dominant again after taking the first win of the series from new comer to the class Joe Hawnt, also running a Serpent. 

 

The Saturday at 1/8th Circuit meetings is practice day and the pits were full of most of the drivers entered trying out different setups. As expected, the grip levels increased as the day went on with the track busy with nearly 60 drivers present across the two classes. Luckily, the Halifax weather was much better than usual with the sun shining, although temperatures were still cool. There were many newcomers to the electric class including David Sedgewick, Devandra Mahatme, Geraint Williams and former nitro racers Andy Talbot and Lee Chapman.  It was clear from Saturday at the front it was going to be a much tighter affair with Alex Thurston having to hold off the challenge from 1/12th Champion Adam Catchpole, who looked to have a straight-line speed advantage with his ARC chassis before having speedo issues. Kieran Adamson, Joe Hawnt and the returning Pete Hastings also were going to be fighting for a podium place. In nitro, the Serpent cars of Mark Green, Tim Wood and Richard Hicklin were looking strong and new Shepherd recruit Neal King also looked to have the raw pace to challenge. Across the classes, there was a good mix of chassis with Serpent the most popular, with Elite providing support. ARC, through Zen racing, is becoming particularly strong in the electric class, Shepherd, with DH Modelsport, is always trackside through the Hastings. Mugen had a few new drivers, such as Chairman Andy Mollet, which is available through Yeovil model cars. BMT and Capricorn are also now stocked trackside at Nationals by RC Racing Europe, through Rob Scott, which are sure to have more drivers competing in the future.  Newcomers in Nitro included Chris Berry, Stewart McLeod and Bjorn Baldwin, which was good to see more new faces.

 

Sunday qualifying

It was decided at the briefing to run one practice round and then four rounds of qualifying, which was only made possible by Bev the race director and Muriel getting things moving quickly so we thank them for their hard work. At 1/8th Circuit meetings, qualifying is determined by a driver’s fastest time of the day. In electric, Joe Hawnt set the pace from Craig Woods and David Sedgewick. The second heat was much faster, as expected, with Alex scoring a 20 lapper, Adam and Pete on 19 laps and 6 others on 18 laps. By rounds 3 and 4 the times were tumbling with the top four all on 20 laps, so Alex lined up on pole from Adam, Pete, Kieran Adamson, Joe Hawnt, 6th was Gavin Clinch with his ARC from teammate Franck Dambrine.  The final A-final places went to Lee Chapman (Serpent), Jamie Paton and David Sedgewick took the last A-final position. 

 

In nitro, Mark Green was in a league of his own scoring the only 21 lapper but behind him it was very tight for the other positions. Karl Dransfield achieved a great time in round 1 that secured him an A final place. In the end, Tim Wood, Neal King and David Spashett managed to bump him down the order but with under half a second between three drivers the final was going to be close. Andrew Hastings and John Carr, who had gearbox trouble all day, left it until the last round to narrowly get in. Richard Hicklin, Andrew North and Clive Connolly, on his first outing with his ARC chassis, qualified 6th, 7th and 9th respectively.

Finals

Nitro

In the D-final, Craig Fisher took the honours, racing with the new Infinity chassis, from David Briggs and Barry Doran, also racing Serpent cars. The C-final saw poleman Rob Scott hit problems, allowing Jean-Francois Rouanet to easily take the victory 2 laps in front of Daniel Ludena, with his Shepherd car, and Patrice Ladeveze had a strong final moving up to the final podium spot. The B-final was lead away by Sam Snell ahead of Jack Garrett-Lines, who had a strong qualifying, from Michael Walton. Michael soon got to the front, after having an inconsistent qualifying, and was able to pull away, taking the win comfortably by nearly a lap. Sam finished a strong second and brother Chris moved up to third. Matthieu Dambrine drove another good final, starting 10th and coming through to 4th position. The A-final saw Mark Green take a commanding lead with Tim Wood and Neal King 2nd and 3rd for the early part of the 30-minute race. Unfortunately, both drivers hit problems with Tim stopping out on track and losing valuable time. Andrew Hastings ran a great final staying out of trouble to take 2nd, after starting 8th, only a lap behind winner Mark. Richard Hicklin also put in a strong performance to get on the podium in front of the recovering Tim Wood. The lap times recorded in the final were very close and we look forward to visiting the circuit again in July.

 

Electric

 

The Electric finals were run over two legs. In the B-final Paul Bellinger took the overall win, winning the first leg with ease and the 2nd  leg final by 2 seconds. Craig Woods came home 2nd and newcomer to the class, Devandra Mahatme, third. The A-final was a closer affair with Alex Thurston taking a narrow win by under a second in leg one from Adam Catchpole and Serpent driver Joe Hawnt taking third ahead of David Sedgewick, who came through from 10th on the grid to fourth. So, with all to play for in leg two and Adam recording the fastest lap in leg one it was going to be another close battle at the front. This time Pete Hastings was in the mix, not far behind the lead two, taking third ahead of Joe Hawnt. Joe’s two scores guaranteed him third and another podium. This time Alex managed to find more pace taking the fastest lap and win by a couple of seconds from Adam, which would mean the overall result would be in the same order. Well done to Alex with his Serpent and Adam has shown that he is going to be up there fighting for the championship.

 

The next round of the Championship takes place at Adur near Brighton on 14th May.

 

 

Electric A-final

 

Final Pos

Qual

Name

Car

1

1

Alex Thurston

Serpent

2

2

Adam Catchpole

ARC

3

3

Pete Hastings

Shepherd

4

5

Joe Hawnt

Serpent

5

10

David Sedgewick

Serpent

6

7

Franck Dambrine

ARC

7

9

Jamie Paton

Serpent

8

6

Gavin Clinch

ARC

9

8

Lee Chapman

Serpent

10

4

Kieran Adamson

ARC

 

 

B-final winner – Paul Bellinger

 

Nitro

 

D final winner – Craig Fisher

C final winner – Jean-Francois Rouanet

B final winner- Michael Walton

A-final Information

Pos

Qual

Name

Laps

Car brand

Model

Engine

Fuel

Radio+Servos

Bodyshell

Tyres

1

1

Mark Green

117/1802.940

Serpent

977 Viper

XRD

Runnertime

Sanwa

PF-R18

Contact

2

8

Andrew Hastings

116/1801.730

Shepherd

Velox

VS Racing

Mecca

Sanwa + Savox

Xtreme

Matrix

3

6

Richard Hicklin

115/1801.430

Serpent

977 Viper

OS Speed

Elite

Hitec-Savox

Blitz TSO40

Contact

4

2

Tim Wood

114/1804.690

Serpent

977 Viper

XRD

Elite

Sanwa - Savox

PF-R18

Contact

5

9

Clive Connolly

113/1808.250

ARC

R8.1

Ielasi Tuned

Maxima

Sanwa - Savox

Xtreme

Matrix

6

7

Andrew North

113/1812.520

ARC

R8

Sirio

Runnertime

KO

PF-R18

Contact

7

3

Neal King

103/1600.440

Shepherd

Velox

Murnan OS

Runnertime

Sanwa

PF-909

Matrix

8

10

John Carr

100/1814.300

Serpent

977 Viper

OS Speed

Elite

Sanwa - Savox

PF-R18

Contact

9

4

David Spashett

98/1653.020

ARC

R8.1

Picco

Maxima

KO

Blitz TSO35

Hot Race

10

5

Karl Dransfield

51/ 855.510

Shepherd

Velox V8

Orcan

Mecca

Sanwa + Futaba

PF-909

Matrix

 

Thank you everyone and we shall see you at Round 3!  

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