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BRCA GT Nationals 16/17 Round 1 - Report

1/12th Circuit GT

The 2016/17 BRCA GT Nationals got under way last weekend at a new addition to the calendar, the event was hosted by Barley Mow RC Car Club in Birtley just outside Newcastle.

 

Like last year the the event was split into 2 days with GT10 and F1 on Saturday and GT12 on Sunday. The club laid a great track for the weekends action, praised by many drivers over the weekend, it had a good mix of corners from fast and flowing to tight and technical.

Round 1 track

Onto the racing, Saturday started with the GT10 class. It was Andy Murray who set the pace. He was closely followed by young Ollie Payne driving the Roche P10.
As the day progressed grip levels improved and the times got better and better. Andy Murray would continue to top the results board being the fastest in all 4 rounds of qualifying. Ollie Payne challenged Andy in all the rounds but just lacked a little consistency, he would line up 2nd, followed by Mark Christopher with his Xray, Craig Nutting was in the 4th spot with his Roche less than 2 tenths from 3rd. Bob Hill completing the top 5 with his CRC.

Onto the final, Andy Murray lead the pack away after the buzzer, hot on his heals was Ollie Payne, never more than a meter or so away. Andy would lead the race for 5 minutes 55 seconds until drama on the last lap, less than half a lap away from the chequered flag, getting through traffic Andy would suffer a body tuck on the rear causing his car to spin out. Ollie was close enough to capitalise on Andy misfortune, sometimes this happens in racing. but nothing should be taken away from Ollie’s win, he was always close enough to Andy in the race to apply the pressure. This is why you should never give up in the final. Craig would make his way past Mark to come in 3rd and Bob staying in 5th.

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In the F1 class it was James Greener who set the pace with is Exotek. Niall Cochran would be 2nd in the first 3 rounds with his Roche. Unfortunately for Niall a grip roll in round 4 would put and end to any challenge to James with him slipping to 4th on the grid, James wright with his MD Racing chassis would put in a blistering last run to pop up into 2nd only to finish about 2 tenths from James Greener. Also improving in round 4 was BRCA F1 Clubman champion Luke Lee with his Xray to line up 3rd. Stephen Lander also driving the MD Racing chassis would finish off the top 5.

The final would see James Greener get a small gap from the start, the opening lap being very clean, with all drivers showing each other a lot of respect, with the cars having open wheels, trying to get through gaps can lead to some big accidents. As the drivers settled after the first few corners they could begin racing.
A mistake by Luke on the opening lap coming onto the straight would see Niall move up into 3rd, closing the gap to James Wright and applying some pressure for a few laps would see James turn in early coming into the infield section allowing Niall up into 2nd where he would stay for the rest of the race, unfortunately for James wright on the same lap his front wing would catch the tape joining the carpet, stopping his car and any comeback challenge retiring on lap 11. Whilst all this happening James Greener was extending his lead and would take the win by  8 seconds. Stephen Lander would complete the podium in 3rd, Luke Lee made his way back to 4th and Aidan Ripley would complete the top 5.

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Onto Sunday the GT12 part of the championship would start with a healthy entry of 65 drivers coming from all over the UK.
The new season would start as the last ended with Adam Catchpole taking his new Zen to the top of the time sheets, closely followed by his team mate Ollie Payne. The 2 Schumacher's of Craig Mawson and David Gale would be 4 and 6 seconds back respectively.
Round 2 Ollie Payne would set the fastest time, he would continue to do so for the rest of the qualifiers. He was in a league of his own. The only time to really challenge Ollie would be in round 4 when Kieren Manders would get 2nd with his Zen but still be some 3.5 seconds adrift. David Gale would line up 3rd, Adam Catchpole 4th and Craig Mawson would complete the top 5.
Championship contender last year, Andy Murray would only manage 7th.
The Final got off to a clean start with Ollie leading the pack, Kieren keeping him honest for the first few minutes. David maintaining 3rd and Adam chasing hard in 4th thus leading to a small mistake that would cost him a couple of seconds, giving David some space. Adam quickly made the time up and closed on David, leading to a mistake by David that let Adam through into 3rd. Ollie managed to create a gap to Kieren and Adam closed in. The Team mates raced hard for a few laps with Adam trying to overtake, drama ensued as Adam made contact with Kieren which promoted David back into 2nd, Kieren would rejoin in 3rd.

Ollie would cross the line for the win leading the whole race, David maintaining 2nd, with not enough time left Kieren could not mount a comeback and finished 3rd, Barry Lynch progressed into 4th and Adam finishing off the top 5.

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Well done to all the drivers that took part in round 1

Not the start the previous championship contenders were after, was it just first round nerves, final testing? we will need to see what happens at round 2...

The Championship now heads to Eastbourne when it continues on the 5th and 6th of November

Full Results can be found HERE

Videos of the finals will be available shortly on the BRCA youtube channel : HERE

Tech Sheets

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