Interviews with the stars of 1/8th circuit in 2015

1/8th Circuit

1/8th Circuit PRO James Healey has been out and interviewed all the stars from last years championship, a perfect warm up to the racing season that is about to start

 

Tim Wood - 1st Place - BRCA 1/8 Circuit National Series


TimWoodSo Tim, You won the BRCA 1/8th Circuit National Championship for the fourth time, that's quite an achievement! Are you feeling in good shape for 2016?

Yes I was delighted to win the 2015 championship. It was nice to benefit from the hard work that went in during 2014, with club-days and testing being really important. 2016 will be tough as always, but I hope to be competitive again.

What have you done through the winter to prepare for the 2016 season?

I have been racing 1/12 quite seriously. It is the nearest class to 1/8 to drive, so I think for sure it is a benefit to keep driving all through winter to stay sharp.

Will you be running the same package in 2016? If not what is going to be different?

In 2016 I will be running a similar package to 2015. I will race a Serpent 977 EVO but this year will be using the latest OS R2102 engines. Tyres I can confirm as Enneti and Servos will be Savox SB2271s. My 977 will also be fitted with BLR Bearings and run on Elite Power Fuel.

Who do you think your main rivals will be in 2016?

My Serpent team-mate Mark Green will be strong again, along with John Carr who will also run a new 977 EVO this season. Andy Hastings will be pushing hard with his Shepherd again and also Neil King with Capricorn. It will be great to have David Spashett back racing, and he will be fast with his ARC, along with Andy North who I believe has also changed to ARC for 2016. If Kyle Branson, Dan Bancroft, Jason Frost or Neil Diver race this season, they will also all be fast.


Andrew Hastings - 2nd  Place - BRCA 1/8 Circuit National Series

AndyHastingsSo Andy, you are the BRCA 1/8th Circuit National Vice Champion, your best result to date, do you think you can go one better in 2016?

Hopefully, I just need to be a little more consistent next season.

What have you done through the winter to prepare for the 2016 season?

I have raced a couple 12th nationals, may do another before the season starts and see about the odd club day if time permits.

Will you be running the same package in 2016? If not what is going to be different?

I will be running the same package as last season, Shepherd V8 EC, Orcan engines, Shepherd Matrix tyres, Meccamo fuel, Savox servos and  Blue Lightning Racing bearings

Who do you think your main rivals will be in 2016?

Tim Wood and Neal King


John Carr - 3rd Place - BRCA 1/8 Circuit National Series

12647953 10156421637960364 387010199 nMr John Carr, you finished an impressive 3rd overall in the National Championship, do you think next year will be the year where you take the top spot?

I think next season will be a bit of a rebuilding year. Getting the pitman back up to fitness, so looking to make top five next year. Any better will be a bonus to be honest. Maybe even bring a surprise pit person for some of the early meetings!

What have you done through the winter to prepare for the 2016 season?

Relaxed, unwound and done no racing whatsoever! The closest to a track I will get is the Reedy race where I will be assisting Tim Wood in the 12th scale class.

Will you be running the same package in 2016? If not what is going to be different?

Same package O.S. motors, Savox servos, Sanwa radio gear and the Serpent 977 EVO chassis.

Who do you think your main rivals will be in 2016?

They have to be Mark Green, Tim Wood and Andy Hastings.

Andrew North - 4th Place - BRCA 1/8 Circuit National Series

AndrewNorthSo Mr North, you finished 4th overall in 2015, do you think you can go better in 2016?

2016 is going to be a busy year for me both on and away from the track with the birth of my first child. Last year was very good for me since we made major progress throughout the year which culminated in winning the British Open and being the first name on the trophy is also extra special. However being fourth was probably higher than expected but you always aim for better. So with me only proposing to compete in 5 or 6 races in 2016, this will make it even harder to finish higher than last year.

What have you done through the winter to prepare for the 2016 season?

I have not started preparing for 2016 so we have a couple of unknowns at present to confirm. Testing is very difficult in the winter months since grip levels are low and therefore making a judgement is not possible. I have been racing 12th scale pan cars in the off season to keep my driving standards high and it also maintains confidence which is critical in any sport or hobby if your ultimate goal is winning.

Will you be running the same package in 2016? If not what is going to be different?

The new ARC R8.0 car, my current Sirio based engines will be used alongside Runner Time fuel and current tire sponsor Contact. Protoform will still provide the body shells with the PFR18 being my preference.

Who do you think your main rivals will be in 2016?

The man to beat currently is Tim Wood and he will be hard to beat in 2016. The main challenge for his crown will come from Mark Green who wants his title back. The other drivers with proven winning ability are Andy Hastings, Neal King and David Spashett who all have a real chance of winning the title.