BRCA 1/8th Circuit - Round 6 Wombwell Race Report

1/8th Circuit

The weather forecast for round 6 was mainly showers although nearly fifty drivers across the two classes made the trip to Wombwell, near Barnsley. 

 

The circuit is likened by many for its combination of high speed straight which utilises the karting circuit and then a medium speed infield with undulations making it very testing.

On arrival, the track was damp on Saturday morning which saw many of the electric class runners preparing their wet cars as the forecast was indifferent for the whole weekend. By midday the track was dry. In the electric class, it was Alex Thurston and Adam Catchpole setting the pace with Pete Hastings and Dan Jones not too far behind them. With 17 entrants and times being so close, a place in the A final would be tight for some. In the Nitro class, Andy Hastings was out to make up for his Halifax poor showing but the man on form, David Spashett, was again going to be the man to beat. Quick as ever were Tim Wood, Neal King and Mark Green, running the new Serpent chassis.

After heavy rain Saturday evening, Sunday morning greeted us with breezy wind and sunshine. Qualifying went by with no real issues for most drivers. In the electric class, Alex was on pole with Adam 2nd and Pete 3rd. Phil Hague and Russ Giles picked up the hotly contested last 2 places in the A final. In nitro, David Spashett pipped Tim Wood to pole position with Neal King a further second behind from Mark Green and Andy Hastings. Karl Dransfield had a successful first meeting, running Capricorn, taking 8th spot with Richard Hicklin grabbing the last place in the A-final.

Nitro finals

Jason Frost comfortably took the B-final after losing out in qualifying with some confusion with where the timing loop began and therefore he lost some time. The C-final saw Wayne Briggs win from Craig Illingworth and Patrice Ladeveze.

The A-final started with Spashett’s engine cutting, losing him around 3 laps, and this left Tim Wood out front until he hit issues and had to retire. Andy Hastings, with his Shepherd, drove a faultless race to win after leading almost all of the race. Tyre wear was high with some drivers having to make changes. Neal King made it a Shepherd 1-2 and Mark Green took the final podium position in third. David Spashett recovered to take fourth with Richard Hicklin fifth.

Electric finals

B Final leg 1 and James Ellice came through from 3rd to take the win with Dev improving from 6th to take 2nd. But the clouds overhead were building. B Final Leg 2 saw a reverse of leg 1 with Dev winning, James 2nd and Andy Talbot 3rd. This gave an overall result of 1st Dev, 2nd James and 3rd Simon Rameswari.

A Final leg 1, the drizzle had started and the track surface was slippery but not enough for a ‘wet race’. Alex got away clean with Adam in tow but behind them it all got messy for the first few laps and three cars retired early. Alex took the win with Adam 2nd and Keiran Adamson 3rd.

A Final Leg 2, with the weather very grey but dry, Alex and Adam again were away clean, driving fast but smooth and making it look easy. Dan Jones and Jamie Paton had a close race for a while until Dan pulled away to finish 3rd in this leg. Overall, it was a complete Serpent podium with 1st Alex Thurston, 2nd Adam Catchpole and 3rd Dan Jones.

For the next round, we return to the Brookland circuit in Kent which will be new to many drivers, the circuit having had facilities and surfaced updated. This will also be the first race at the circuit for electric 1/8 scale cars so it will be a steep learning curve for them all.

Nitro Results

1

Andrew Hastings

Shepherd

2

Neal King

Shepherd

3

Mark Green

Serpent

4

David Spashett

ARC

5

Richard Hicklin

Serpent

6

John Carr

Serpent

7

Andrew North

ARC

8

Karl Dransfield

Capricorn

9

Clive Connolly

ARC

10

Tim Wood

Serpent

 

 

Electric

1

Alex Thurston

Serpent

2

Adam Catchpole

Serpent

3

Dan Jones

Serpent

4

Jamie Paton

Serpent

5

Kieran Adamson

ARC

6

Phil Hague

Serpent

7

Russ Giles

ARC

8

Craig Woods

Serpent

9

Pete Hastings

Shepherd

10

Paul Bellinger

Serpent

 

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