2017 Scottish GT12 Clubmans - Round 3

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Round 3 of the BRCA Scottish GT12 Clubmans Series took place on Sunday 12th of March at Dundee and Angus Radio Control Car Klub.

This is the second round hosted by the Dundee club this year and the racers welcomed the return to this great facility where the race track is laid on top of an indoor bowling rink. The club laid a fantastic flowing track that allowed racers to find a rhythm and show what they and their cars could do.

Track 3

The first two rounds were one a piece to the two previous championship winners competing in this year’s series. John Simpson leading with a first and a second, Andrew Edwards in joint second with Kenneth Rogers and looking to recover from a poor second round where he finished fifth. Three out of the four rounds of this year’s championship count so it was all to play for.

Qualifying saw John out of the blocks in his usual fast style and leading the time sheet. Kenneth was the only other driver on the same lap with Andrew in third. Previous A finalists Steve McInally and Bryan Thomson were fourth and fifth with Graeme Dick in sixth. John claimed first position in all four rounds of qualifying with a setup error for Kenneth in round 4 leading to grip roll and allowing Andrew to take second place by half a second and demoting him to third. Steve, Bryan and Graeme maintained their positions and completed the A final lineup.

Leg one saw a clean start but then Andrew made an uncharacteristic mistake on the second lap, hitting the corner at the end of the straight hard and allowing Kenneth into second place. John led from tone to tone but Kenneth was closing fast in the later stages of the race finishing less than a second behind the pole man. Andrew never recovered finishing in fifth and Bryan Thomson making a great charge moving up to third from fifth on the grid. Steve finished in fourth with Graeme sixth.

Leg two again saw a clean start with John sneaking an early gap with Andrew and Kenneth close behind. A mistake from Andrew at two minutes allowed Kenneth past to try and close on John. Unfortunately Andrews’s race did not improve and he finished in fifth place, Steve McInally claiming third with Bryan fourth and Graeme sixth. Kenneth and John were racing hard with John claiming the win by 4 tenths of a second and both drivers finishing a lap clear of the field. With two wins John secured the overall win but all other places were still up for grabs.

The third leg unfortunately didn’t see a clean start with Steve making contact with Kenneth in the first corner and putting him on his roof. John sped away to take the win with Andrew finishing in second after a clean run. Kenneth managed to close on Andrew in the final laps but was unable to make a clean pass. Bryan finished fourth, Steve in fifth and Graeme sixth. The overall finishing order was John from Kenneth and Andrew in third. Third to fifth were tied on points and so went as per qualifying order meaning Steve fourth, Bryan fifth and Graeme completing the A final in sixth.

A Final 3

The B final saw a clean sweep for Dave Bruce although he was challenged at times by up and coming junior Reece Duthie who finished in third overall after technical problems in the third leg. Local driver Dan Lockhart had his best result of the series so far finishing in second position.

The C final saw a win for Nick Roccas from Paul Bignell and Colin Nicholls.

The touring car class was again won by Peter Eagles. After taking pole position he won the first two legs of the finals before his usual dominance was broken with Jeremy Stephens claiming the third leg. Jeremy Stephens would be second overall with David Scott completing the podium. Three wins from three gives Peter the Touring car championship win. Congratulations Peter.

With two wins and second place John has now secured the Championship for 2017. Congratulations John. Kenneth has moved a point clear into second with Andrew close by in third. Steve and Bryan are tied in fourth place and Graeme Dick and Aaron Mackie fighting over sixth place. The remaining positions behind the series winner are all very close and it looks like the final round will be hard fought.

Thanks go to Dundee and Angus Radio Control Car Klub for a great event and the championship heads to its final event at Lothian Radio Control Car Club on 15th of April.

Full details of the series, results and videos can be found on www.gt12scotland.co.uk