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Alongside the open championships we again ran successful formula championships for drivers
The 2022 National Driver Classification has now been published.
These drivers are excluded from the Clubman Championships in all classes for the 2022 season.
Two days of great racing at Eastbourne.
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Announcing the return of 12th Section Nationals.
The final National and championship decider of the season took place at the premier newly resurfaced Halifax circuit in West Yorkshire.
BRCA Clubman's Round 5 Stafford
Round 5 of the BRCA Clubman's saw the racers return to one of the real favourites on the calendar, Stafford RCMCC. A huge amount of work has been done to improve the facilities, including a brand-new rostrum with a roof, hopefully to keep the sun off of us. Disabled access is also now an option with a stair lift. The usual great comfort food was on site all weekend and they even sold fresh doughnut's, how popular were these!
Onto the racing and going into this round we were past the half way point of the Championship with top three places to play for in the three classes. The Frontie Class Championship still being up for grabs. 17.5 was looking good for Andy Murray. In Formula One for Luke Lee had already wrapped up the Championship but still in attendance for more track time. Stafford could see the remaining two Championship winners all being decided.
Saturday Practice day 11am and practice began. We had a brilliant sunny day ahead with Sundays forecast the same, so no wet cars in sight for this weekend. We had a fairly good turnout for practice with a few no shows and late arrivals throughout the day. The track was very well turned out and towards the end of the session the grip had come up considerably and the drivers were all now putting in some very fast times, so the track records were all looking beatable this weekend. Sunday qualifying Sunny again for race day which saw many happy racers in the pits. One round of practice followed the usual half hour practice slot for those not being able to make the Saturday practice session. We then had a short drivers briefing and then into four rounds of qualifying. In the Frontie Class David Hall was on the pace right from round one and took the pole position for the Finals, also taking the track record on the way with TQ in every round just ahead of his son and young rising star Jamie Hall who took three second places. Championship leader Craig Nutting lined up in third so we were on for a guess who will win final with it being so close all day.
17.5 Blinky saw Andy Murray out in front again. With his first three runs all being TQ's he secured pole for the A Finals so used the fourth round to scrub tyres in. This gave Liam Brooks the round win and placed him second in front of a very quick Daniel Robins who rounded out the top three.
Formula One and Andy Murray was a busy man racing in two classes. After taking wins in the first two rounds Andy took the tactical decision to sit out the last two. Luckily it paid off as Luke Lee had no answer to Andy's new track record runs, but the two were now joint on points. James Greener finished second in the last two rounds to line up third on the A Final grid.
Frontie A Finals
After some great racing in both legs Jamie ran out the clear winner taking both leg wins in front of Dad David much to his surprise but at the same time very proud, this meant Craig had to settle for third against the father and son lockout. But with only 2 rounds of the series remaining Craig Nutting has now sown up the Frontie Class and is the BRCA Frontie Champion 2021.
Frontie A Final top 3:
1st Jamie Hall 2nd David Hall 3rd Craig Nutting
17.5 Blinky A finals
Leg 1 was a perfect run for pole sitter Andy who led from tone to tone. Meanwhile behind the chasing pack were mixing it up. Liam had a spin on lap four and could not make the time up as it was ultra-quick at the front, with many drivers now on new tyres. As Andy crossed the finish line, we had a gaggle of seven cars split by 5 seconds. Daniel was second across the line with Chris Parrott taking third a mere four tenths off Daniles bumper.
Leg 2 and Andy was away again but would have to fight until the last lap to hold off Liam who was the only real challenger all weekend to Andy. The pair were inseparable for the whole race matching their lap times throughout the race, both being in a league of their own. As the finish tone sounded Andy crossed the line one second ahead of Liam. Mark Trinder had a great run from sixth on the grid to finish third two tenths ahead of Daniel.
17.5 Blinky A Final top 3:
1st Andy Murray 2nd Daniel Robin's 3rd Mark Trinder Formula One A Finals The Formula One grid saw ten cars line up for the finals. Some very striking designs and the hard core F1 racers with their favourite designs from the full-sized cars looked fantastic on Stafford's track.
Andy really had his work cut out for him in both finals, in leg one Andy's consistency proved too much for Luke in the end, but Luke kept him honest all the way to the finish line, the two split by one second and Michael getting the better of James to take third.
With Luke almost matching Andy's fastest laps the tension was building, but on the last lap Andy got through the extra lap and went on to do a victory last lap to take the win.
Formula One A Final top 3:
1st Andy Murray 2nd Luke Lee 3rd Michael Lee The usual meticulous clockwork run meeting at Stafford by John Robson and the crew, excellent scrutineering from the club officials and a very well-presented track, overall, a perfect weekend and a nice early finish at 4pm. Round 6 is at Aldershot on the 19th of September, the club has had a great resurgence over the past year and many improvements have been made. Having one of the longest straights in the Southern part of the series and a banked sweeper at the end the speeds are sure to be high. The locals are very fast at this track so the racing will be spectacular without a doubt. Until then C U trackside.
Mark Young, Clubmans PRO
The 5th and penultimate National of the 2021 season took place at the fast paced and technical Wombwell Circuit on the 4th and 5th September with an entry of 43 drivers .
For the first time this season there was a full heat for GT8 Electric .Saturday was cloudy but dry all day with plenty of time for set up in the morning followed by timed practice heats in the afternoon.
The 4th National of the 2021 season took place at the Mendip Raceway on the 14th and 15th August with a reasonable entry despite the holiday season.
Olly Jefferies and Archie Matthews capped their Modified Touring Car and Tamiya Junior-E titles with commanding wins.
Jefferies KoC form book read W.W.L.L. as he arrived at Adur Model Car Club for the deciding round of the 2021 M.B. Models King of Clubs. He might have won the championship with a round to spare. Still, with those two 'Ls' weighing heavily on the psyche, nothing short of a return to form and a race win would do for Jefferies. The reigning National champion hadn't won a race at King of Clubs for 10 weeks leading some to question whether the format and lack of testing time exposed vulnerability.
After taking a double win at West London, Aldershots Chris Grainger arrived on Adur Island in a confident mood. But, unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for Eastbourne's Harley Eldridge. The U.K.'s leading female racer has been on something of a downward spiral since her brilliant T.Q. and final leg 1 win at Colchester. At the pre-event press conference, Eldridge was at a loss to explain the dip in form.
Jefferies self-reflection was clear and to the point. "I need to pull my finger out and win".
Not for the first time this season, Jefferies won all four rounds to T.Q. from Granger, Zak Smith, back after missing RD4 due to COVID isolation, Eldridge, Colchester club captain Oli Meggit and 13-year-old Eastbourne driver Charlie Colby making his debut in the blue riband class.
The Adur circuit is famed for several challenging changes of direction. Strong winds made the challenge harder still. An expectant crowd and the R.C. Racing T.V. live stream audience were then hoping for a repeat of the "greatest touring car race of 2021" at the last round, with Grainger and Jefferies delivering race-long battles. Sadly, for the audience, this didn't materialise. Jefferies produced two dominant displays, gapping the field and taking beep to beeper victories. The action was in the midfield, Smith and Eldridge duking it out for the final rostrum spot in both finals. In leg 1, Eldridge was racey from the off, looking for a way past. The pressure pushed Smith into a mistake on lap 7, taking too much kerb at the end of the straight, throwing his car into a half spin, and Eldridge was through. Smith gave chase and, within a lap, was pushing for a way back past. Then, in an act of near-perfect symmetry, 7 laps later, Eldridge took too much kerb at the end of the straight and spun. Smith could not avoid the spun car, the resulting impact taking the front corner off from Elridge's Yokomo. For a moment, Smiths' car looked similarly damaged. However, with the tucked body relieved by a marshall, he rejoined to finish third behind Jefferies and Grainger. A harsh D.N.F. for Eldridge.
Leg 2. Jefferies gapping Grainger by a tiny, relentless, accumulating margin. Smith away in third, Eldridge giving chase in 4th. This time the battle was for second, not third, Smith keeping the pressure up on Grainger while Eldridge kept chasing. Looking for a way past, Smith tagged the back of Grainger after 4 laps. The tiniest of touches was enough to spin Grainger's car. Eldridge flying past the crash scene into second. The battle for third between Grainger and Smith remained close for a few laps before Grainger's broke the tow. Jefferies, off in the distance, taking a commanding double to sweep the meeting. Mission accomplished for the new King of Clubs Modified Champion.
In the stock classes, Marcus Askell and Glenn Westwood faced a test of nerve to secure championship wins. Billy Fletcher had been swapping places with Askell all season and could take the title with a victory in 13.5. Westwood's championship rival, Adur's Matt Quinlsik, wasn't able to race the final round. With local aces Tim Langdell and Ben Crane on the grid, Westwood knew he was in for a fight to secure the needed points.
Askell won the first two qualifying rounds, his championship rival, Eastbourne's Billy Fletcher, succumbing to problems and unable to complete either round. Liam Hendy and Ash Wiffen kept the pressure on at the front in Fletcher's absence. In round 3, the silver lining of fresher tyres helped Fletcher to an impressive round win, a feat he repeated in round 4 to almost land T.Q. - Askell winning the tie break by 8 tenths.
In the junior stock class, Westwoods path to pole was equally challenging. After winning RD1, local drivers Ben Cane and Tim Langdell took rounds 2 and 3, respectively, leaving everything to play for going into the final round. However, Westwood was up to the task with a comfortable last round win from Langdell and Cane.
Askell, like his Xray teammate Jefferies, showed his class in the finals, with flag-to-flag wins to secure the title. A frustrated Fletcher was never quite able to close the gap enough to upset the leader's rhythm. Likewise, in Leg 1, Langdell was close but not close enough to make a pass after Westwood's clean getaway, the local drivers' challenge fading midway through the race. As they lined up for Leg 2, Westwood had the championship in his sights, just one more race to clinch it. Again, a clean start and Langdell was even closer this time, looking for a way past over the early laps, with Cane close behind, waiting to pick up any pieces. A minute gone, and Langdell had found some extra pace, sitting right on the tail of the leader. Westwood ran deep into the chicane, the slightest mistakes allowing Langdell to pull alongside round the right in front of the rostrum, the pair running side by side into the left. Westwood forced into the low line, Langdell's faster high line cut back underneath the leader into the kink. Still, Westood held firm, sticking to the low line to pass back inside into the hairpin. Again, Langdell took extra brake, cutting back to make an inside pass onto the sweeper. A breathtaking display of clean, respectful, but fully committed racing from the two drivers. Alas, the final move didn't pay, Langdell's line onto the straight requiring a bit too much kerb sending him into a spin that Westwood couldn't then avoid. The Aldershot driver marshalled back into 4th, Langdell down in 7th. With the championship on the line, Westwood gave chase to the leaders, ultimately retaking the lead with a lap to go. A double win and the championship.
Eastbourne's Tim Harrop domination of the Tamiya GTE class continued with another clean sweep of T.Q. and almost uncontested double final wins to rubber-stamp his championship win, as did fellow club driver Ollie Payne in the returning M.T.C. class - a reverse grid for the second final providing some entertaining racing before Payne decided to open the throttle and clear off to win.
The Monitex F1 class was not so one-sided. Another Eastbourne driver, Aidan Gale, won the meeting after swapping places with West London's Paul Ellis all day - in fact, all championship - long. On the championship rostrum, however, it was Ellis taking the top spot.
Five debutants joined the rookie section of the Tamiya Junior-E, leaving the total number of new juniors recruited into R.C. through the class at an even 30 -something the series organisers are rightly immensely proud of. More often than not over the championship, the rookies class has been a battle for survival, the youngsters learning that going flat out and crashing is not the way to win. On the day this time, Aldershot's Top Gun Maverick Adams came out on top, just, from Adur's Harry Standing. His young cousin Tyler being absent on holiday.
A feature of this year's series has been the brilliantly close racing between the two drivers at the front of the Tamiya Junior-E series, Archie Matthews and Finley Lanaway. Matthews had wrapped up the championship at the last round. Still, in reality, there has been nothing between the two drivers all year - tie breaks needed to separate them in both qualifying and finals in the first three rounds. With the championship over, Lanaway's challenge was slightly diminished for the Adur round. Matthews took T.Q. and a double final win to close out the championship, similarly to the Modified champion driver he is now seeking to emulate. And you'd be a fool to bet against him doing just that.
Round results and championship standings.
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The brilliant Cotswold circuit will play host to the final round of the 1/8 Circuit series 16/17 October, find information below:-
The 5th and final round of the 2021 BRCA RallyX Championship would take place at the Fast-flowing Nemo Raceway. This would be the first national event to be held at the track that opened in 2020, and it was a great addition to the calendar.
Important information regarding our upcoming section AGM and how to submit proposals for the 2022 racing season...
Round 6 takes place at the Brookland circuit in Kent 11/12 September, for more event information click below:-
BRCA 8th Circuit Section Conference 2021 Proposals, As the racing season draws to a close its time for the section conference.
With an increase in popularity outside of our normal stomping ground (Midlands & South Wales), the section decided it should try travelling a little further North this season, and with that our first National event of 2016/17 was held last weekend at MB Raceway near Leeds.
Stonehaven Club secures inter club overall win at Championship conclusion.