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BRCA 1/10 Electric Section Committee

Welcome to the 10th Electric Circuit Section of the BRCA, sometimes known as "Touring Cars"

The BRCA 10th Electric Circuit Section, together with the host clubs, run a professional, friendly and well organised competitions that welcomes drivers of all abilities. 

Our aim is to organise the best national championships in the world while giving good value for money.

For 2022 we are running 2 national events contested over 6 rounds. The 2 wheel drive nationals cater for F1 and front wheel drive touring cars and the 4 wheel drive nationals cater for 3 classes of 4 wheel drive cars.

We hope you will come and race with us. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if we can be of any assistance.

Good luck with your racing during the forthcoming season.

Gareth Hollis, Chairman

The popular Stafford Radio Control Model Car Club has joined southern clubs Eastbourne Electric Car Club and Adur Model Car Club to offer mid-week evening racing.

As the spring weather warms the country, and the days grow a bit longer, midweek outdoor racing in the 1/10 electric on-road section is growing in popularity. EECC, Based in the south-east and the former BRCA ‘Club of the Year’ has long been a popular destination for racers looking for a mid-week RC fix year-round. Racing under lights in winter is a challenge for drivers and bodyshell race painters alike.

Adur Model Car Club followed suit, collaborating with its neighbouring club to run Friday night races under lights provided by a local electrician and sponsor DTS Electrical. This has proven equally popular, with 40 racers regularly turning out for an evening of racing and shared takeaway pizzas.

And now the much loved Stafford RCMCC has followed suit, switching from indoor racing mid-week to Thursday night outdoor races. No pizza deliveries are needed as the cricket club next door offers sustenance to racers after 5 pm. These weekly events look destined to be popular in the region, not just in the run-up to the BRCA 2WD National races taking place on 22-May 2022. West Midlands RC racers should check out the details on the Stafford RCMCC website for more details, while those in the South-East should check out EECC and AdurMCC.

Visit www.staffordrcmcc.co.uk

and

Eastbourne Club

Adur Club

BRCA 2WD Nationals 2022 Rd1 Cotswold – 16/17th April
 
The new format race meeting for this year sees the FWD cars and the Formula 1 cars racing together under the new 2WD meeting structure. The F1 cars are left pretty much unchanged from 2021 regulations however the FWD have had a huge change in relation to control electronics from Hobbywing with a Rev limited ESC and a controlled timing motor and also a control tyre. Not only this but all drivers had to deal with a new 3 Qualifiers and 3 finals which puts more emphasis on the RACING.
 
We had glorious sunny weather all weekend which was an absolutely brilliant way to kick off the series. There were around 80 drivers at this meeting which was awesome to see!
 
 
Formula 1
In F1 it was the usual 3 drivers of Luke Lee (XRAY), Michael Lee (Schumacher) and James Greener (XRAY) leading the way with Nicky Taylor not too far behind. The cars looked good on the tyre/additive combo.
 
Top 10 in qualifying
1. Luke Lee
2. Michael Lee
3. James Greener
4. Nicky Taylor
5. Gordon Dempsey
6. Ian Watson
7. Craig Williams
8. Andrew Birch
9. Jason McConomy
 
FWD
This class had a huge entry of around 70 drivers and the racing looked brilliant on the track. Ben Cosgrove (AWESOMATIX) took the charge with extremely talented local driver Christopher Brain (AWESOMATIX) ahead of Sam Law (AWESOMATIX). The A final was covered by about 8 seconds from 1st to 10th in a 5 minute run, 4th place to 10th was less than 4 seconds showing how super close and competitive this class is!
 
Top 10 in qualifying
1. Ben Cosgrove
2. Christopher Brain
3. Sam Law
4. Mark Trinder
5. Darren Tickner
6. Colin Jackson
7. David Hall
8. James Millbank
9. Gareth Hollis
10. Jamie Hickin
 
The finals were good to watch and had some really close and exciting racing throughout the field.
 
In the F1 class Luke Lee had a perfect trio of finals on paper but leg 2 saw an inspired drive coming from over half a lap back on Michael to make the pass as they came across the line! Super clean and very aggressive driving was great to watch! The rest of the grid more or less finished where they had started apart from the last leg where Nicky beat James to 3rd place.
 
Overall results
F1
1. Luke Lee
2. Michael Lee
3. James Greener
4. Nicky Taylor
5. Gordon Dempsey
6. Ian Watson
7. Craig Williams
8. Jason McConomy
9. Andrew Birch
 
 
The FWD cars as stated before had some brilliant battles all through the finals and in general lots of clean passes. The sharp end of the A final saw Ben taking a dominant win from Chris with Sam back in third as they qualified. 
 
Overall results                
A Final
1. Ben Cosgrove
2. Christopher Brain
3. Sam Law
4. Mark Trinder
5. Colin Jackson
6. Darren Tickner
7. David Hall
8. Gareth Hollis
9. James Millbank
10. Jamie Hickin
 
 
B Final
1. Stewart Woodend
2. Steph Abbott
3. Andy Faulkes
4. Richard Ludlam
5. David Milford
6. Matt Howard
7. Jamie Hall – Under 13 top Junior
8. Justin Walsh
9. Michael Ball
10. David Allen
 
C Final
1. Stephen Davies
2. Ian Willacy
3. Adam Burgess
4. Mark Raddenbury
5. Ricky Copsey
6. Mark Young
7. Martin Southall
8. Gareth Coates
9. James Donovan
10. Sam Groves
 
D Final
1. Ian Harris
2. Dan Osborne
3. Chris Green
4. Alan Chipolina
5. Simon Osbourne
6. Peter Winton
7. Kyle Hill
8. Terry Atkinson
9. Nick Wyse
10. Nigel Wise
 
E Final
1. Andrew Cooper
2. Adam Glover
3. Tim Webb
4. Peter Hill
5. Chris Forrest
6. Cristopher Mitchell
7. Kristian Opushenski
8. Alfie Hart
9. Iain Gordon
10. Richard Sherwin
 
F Final
1. Preston Hollis – Top Under 17 Junior
2. Dean O Connell
3. Pete Allan
4. Megan Davidson
5. Andrew Birch
6. Stuart Trayte
7. Paul Johnson
8. Martin Woodcock
9. Anthony Middleton
10. Chloe Cosgrove
 
All of us on the BRCA committee would like to thank the club for a perfectly run meeting, brilliant scrutineering and a great food van. A huge thank you must go out to all the racers who put their trust in the new regenerated class of FWD and we really hope the F1 guys not present this past weekend come and join back in at the future rounds!!
Thank you for all being accommodating with the FWD ESC blinky checks, not a single driver checked was in the wrong mode which is brilliant.
Thank you to 6KRacing and Ti22 for being trackside to supply the pits with spur gears and pinions as well as other goodies.
See you all at the next meeting at Stafford 21/22 May 2022
 
 

Round 1 of the 10EC 2 wheel drive national series takes place this coming weekend, 16/17 April at the fantastic Cotswolds circuit. Over 70 drivers are booked in for the revamped Front Wheel Drive (Frontie) class which sees drivers from many other classes enter.

The uptake and manufacturer support for this class has been outstanding with Hobbywing providing a spec motor and speedo, provided free for the first 50 that booked in.

F1 makes a return with the same rules and tyres as 2021 whilst Frontie will run a control tyre for the first time, supplied by MB Models.

Both classes use a control Spider Red additive supplied by the section, included in your entry fee. 

Camping is available at the track. Saturday practice is £10 payable directly to the club. To pay this and any camping fees, please click below.

https://cotswoldmcc.co.uk/?page_id=1254

Ben Cosgrove had put together a short info video which can be viewed by clicking below

https://youtu.be/OaJllOiN1nY

We are proud to announce that after many weeks of negotiations we have a great opportunity to take this class in a new direction of both making the competition ultra-close and fair on the track and also affordable to all drivers. We have chosen Hobbywing to be our control ESC and motor for this class at BRCA events.

 

Eastbourne's talismanic stock touring car ace Billy Fletcher completed an impressive double race victory on Sunday at the opening round of the 2022 MB Models King of Clubs championship. Fletcher's double wasn't enough to stretch Eastbourne Club's winning streak, however, as Aldershot Model Car Club's team won their first club championship round win in the history of the series.

"This was the best day in my life".

It was a thrilling start to the new outdoor racing season for the King of Clubs with the 21 children racing in Tamiya Junior-E. In just its second year, the class for racers aged 12 years or under has doubled in size. Most of the children arrived at Aldershot for their first-ever race. The two heats hit the track with parents/guardians marshalling, and the progress from first practice to the last final all the children made was remarkable. Xavi Tribo won both A final races, the first comfortably from Edward Fuller, coming through from P7 on the grid, and Jacob Clay. Race 2 was much closer. Top qualifier James Snashall pushed Tribo, setting the fastest lap and taking second, with Matthew Lydall not far behind in third. Seba Okamoto produced a notable drive from P10 on the grid to finish 4th, just behind Lydall.

In the B final races, superb drives from Mikey Noble and Chloe Snashall shrewd the spoils, with each taking a race win plus a podium. 4-year-old Frankie Fletcher breaking hearts everywhere, communicating joy to everyone at his double podium result.

A social media post of two children fast asleep travelling home in their parent's car, both clutching their Tamiya Junior-E trophies, summed up the day. Above the picture, the parent posted both my kids told me, "this was the best day in my life, thank you".

Harry Jefferies wins twice in the first Touring Car Talent Cup races.

One driver whose best days look likely to be at the highest levels of RC racing is Gloucestershire's, Harry Jefferies. Young talents like Jefferies are few and far between in on-road RC racing, and racing as the only junior alongside adults can be a challenging experience. The Touring Car Talent Cup allows junior drivers to race and develop their talents together. It is hoped to offer a natural pathway for the drivers entering the sport in Tamiya Junior-E. Jefferies' double race victory at RD1 was no great surprise. The margin was perhaps more so - Eastbourne's Archie Matthews and Adur's Harry Honda challenging Jefferies, each driver winning a qualifying round. As they lined up for the final races, all three drivers believed they could win.

After all the drivers made a clean getaway in race one, Matthews set the fastest lap of the race, an impressive 15.93 seconds, on lap 2 to close in behind Jefferies. A 15 lap battle ensued, finally resolved on lap 16, a mistake by Matthews costing him a chance to try for the win. Neither Matthews nor Jefferies could maintain the pressure on Jefferies in race 2, the Aldershot driver winning by a more comfortable distance. A richly deserved double victory and championship lead for the 9-year-old prodigy, but Mathews and Honda made it clear Jefferies certainly won't go unchallenged this season.

"It was great fun to race with the other children and have fun off the track too! It was a long day but one I really enjoyed. My Xray X4 was excellent all day, and I was able to TQ and win both finals.

"I can't wait for the next round," said Harry.

GT class raced off to a brilliant start with Andy Travis TC01 taking unexpected wins.

The immense popularity of the US GT class in North America has led to the emergence of the GT class at the King of Clubs. By bringing together Tamiya TT02's, TC01, and 4WD touring cars into a class using stock treaded tyres, GT shells and fixed timed 17.5 brushless motors, plus the FWD class entrants running alongside, KOC22 could see the emergence of the class in the UK. Last year's Tamiya GT-E champion, Tim Harrop, his Eastbourne club teammate Stuart Rand and Craig Hook from Adur started as the favourites. All driving Tamiya TT02s. But it was the unusual Formula-E replica, the TC01, in the hands of veteran racer Andy Travis that won the day. A new car in 2020, the TC01 failed in the GT-E class last year, but Travis's talent and experience enabled a competitive set-up to be found. Still, Travis's driving ability made the difference, taking victories in qualifying and the closely fought final races.

Double race winner Andy Travis commented:

"It was great to take the wins with the Tamiya TC-01. It was a challenge against the TT02, but we got it to the sharp end. 

"The times between Stuart Rand, Tim Harrop and I were very close all day. A single mistake in the finals would be costly when the margins are so small. After digging deep and pushing hard, I am super stoked to take the wins."

Mike Vale raced his Frontie into P7 in qualifying, which he held in the first race, improving to 5th in the second. The two Standing boys, Harry and Tyler, raced their Xray T4 touring cars, dressed in stunning GT shells, to 5th and 6th place finishes in the B-Final. The combination of common tyres, bodies and electrics and different weight limits for chassis has created a level playing field for a wide range of cars, just like USGT. This looks to be an exciting class for the future.

Aldershots Michael Lee dominates F1.

Aldershots Michael Lee started the F1 class as the favourite ahead of a typically strong field, including Eastbourne's Aiden Gale and last year's champion, West London's Paul Ellis.

In the morning press conference, Ellis was modest about last year's championship. "In truth, Michael was faster than me all season, and I only really won the championship because he didn't do all the rounds." However, with a new faster car Ellis was optimistic about the battle ahead in 2022. "I love my Exotek F1 Ultra, and it's been going really well all winter - I'm hoping to give it a good run this year."

However, Eastbourne's Aidan Gale put the pressure on Lee in the final races, keeping the X-Ray driver on his toes to take expected but hard-fought victories in both races. 

Demon Slayer Fletchers makes it 4 from 4 at Aldershot.

Back in the first days of COVID-19 lockdown, a very different Billy Fletcher joined the group of drivers promoting the idea of King of Clubs on social media. Drivers from Adur, Aldershot, Eastbourne and West London recording short video interviews describing their favourite and least favourite tracks. Fletcher cut a different figure for two notable reasons. 

Looking back at those films now, the absence of his full beard is jarring. The reluctant confession that Aldershot is his least favourite of the KOC circuits is more so. Anyone who knows racing and racers (in any form of motorsport) understands that track preference is unrelated to circuit characteristics, loose vs tight, the ease of finding grip, facilities or local amenities. All almost irrelevant. The deciding factor is past race results and results alone. Racers like tracks they have done well at. 

There have been 5 King of Clubs races hosted by Aldershot club, and the Eastbourne driver's record reads P3, P1, P1, P1, P1. He's beaten Marcus Askell and James Hart in 2021, and now local ace's Ben Cane and Glenn Westwood taking TQ plus double race win clean sweep against arguably the strongest 17.5 touring car field seen in many years this last Sunday. Fletcher's affections likely have changed since that clean-shaven video interview.

Askell and Wiffen set up a 13.5 championship battle.

In something of a coup for the series, one of the worlds leading RC racing factories, Xray, has sent a full factory racing driver, Marcus Askell, to compete in the series for the second year running. Askell won the 13.5 Touring Car championship for Xray in 2021, and his outdoor racing focus for 2022 is solely on the King of Clubs. 

The man to beat got off to a flying start winning the first two qualifying rounds. West London's Ash Wiffen then took round three, letting everyone know this race was on. Askell made sure of TQ in RD4, but the day's final race was eagerly anticipated when the time came for finals.

After a clean start, a clash with a broken down car on lap three cost Askell the lead and 4 seconds lost to Wiffen. However, the remaining 4 minutes weren't enough to catch and pass the metronomic West London driver, known for composure and speed. The gap at the end was just 0.12 seconds. Eastbourne's Jack Collins, one of two fast teenagers from the Eastbourne's club, was an impressive third, just one lap down, taking the notable scalp of 2020 champion Liam Hendy from Adur.

The tables turned almost precisely in race two. An unusual mistake from Wiffen on lap four, costing time and opening a gap to Askell on point. However, unlike race one, Eastbourne's other talented teen, Charlie Colby, was off to a good start, moving into second place following Wiffen's mishap. Colby's pace was much closer to the front two, leaving Wiffen with a challenge to pass and set about catching Askell. By the time he was through, Askell was long gone, finding extra pace in the second race to win by a comfortable margin.

After the race, Wiffen commented, "After a complete lack of practice coming into today, I'm delighted to take a win. My son is now racing in Tamiya Junior-E, adding another dimension (and a lot of work!) to a race day, but I really enjoyed the whole day."

Askell commented, "My Hobbywing powered Xray X4 had strong performance all day, and I set a strong pace. I'm happy with my performance; despite the misfortune in race 1, my hard charge to make the race a sprint for the line at the end was pleasing. Race 2 went more to plan. A good start to the championship and looking forward to round two at Adur, where I wrapped up the title last year with a double win". 

C and B Final results prove vital in the club championship.

One of the innovative features of the King of Clubs series is the inter-club championship, won by Eastbourne Club for two years on the bounce.

Alongside the driver's championship, the founding clubs of KOC can enter teams into an interclub competition. Each club nominates a team captain, responsible for picking six drivers from the field to represent the club. Drivers have to be members to be eligible. Those six drivers then score points for the club and their usual driver's championship points, based on where they finish in their first final race. The exciting bit is each, and any final is worth the same as any other - so a third-place finish in the 17.5 Blinky D-final scores the same amount of points as a third-place finish in the F1 A-Final, or any other final.

Aldershot Club Captain Ben Cane used this scoring feature to significant effect, selecting Andy White and Ross Luffingham for the team. Cane expected White to score well in the 17.5 B-final and Luffingham in the 17.5 C-final. The tactic can backfire. White, for example, could have qualified 10th in the A instead of at the front of the B. White finished 3rd in the B-1 final and Luffingham 2nd in the C-1, scoring valuable points to secure the round win for the home club, and leave the captain satisfied with the shrewd selection.

Final Club Scores

1st: Aldershot

Ben Cane 2pts

Michael Lee 1pt

Harry Jefferies 1pt

Andy White 3pts

Ross Lffingham 2pts

Steve Adams 9pts

Total 18pts

 

2nd: Eastbourne

Stuart Rand 3pts

Tim Harrop 2pts

Billy Fletcher 1pt

Charlie Colby 8pts

Ben Moorey 10pts

Aidan Gale 2pts

Total 26 pts

 

3rd Adur

Craig Hook 4pts

Harry Honda 3pts

Benedetto De Vizio 5pts

Tim Langdell 8pts

Mick Hendy 8pts

Marcus Askell 2pts

Total 30pts

 

4th WLRC

Ash Wiffen 1pt

Dave Ringsell 1pt

Paul Ellis 3pts

Jonathan Ellis 8pts

Jason McConomy 10pts

Ellis Wiffen 9pts

Total 32 pts

 

The popular 1/10th electric on-road series, King of Clubs, is back for 2022, with the third season kicking off at the Demon Raceway on April 24.

Drivers from across the country will head to the home of the Aldershot Model Car Club to race for honours in the Tamiya Junior-E, Formula 1, GT and Touring Cars.

After comfortably winning the internationally renowned Essex Winter Series, Adur's Tim Langdell will be looking to follow up on his maiden championship title with victory on asphalt. It will not be easy. EWS rivals Stu Rand (Eastbourne club) and Matt Quinlisk (Adur) will be out for revenge. Langdell also faces Aldershots former stock National champion Ben Cane and former King of Clubs champion Billy Fletcher (Eastbourne). All five drivers will be aiming to win the opening round. But the challenge doesn't end there. Serial podium botherers Ross Dilanda and Joe Jenyavanija (Aldershot), Billy Kavanagh and Dan Moorey (Eastbourne) and Dave Ringsell (West London) will be on the pace. The in-form George Munns and clubmate Gareth Hobson (Eastbourne) will aim to make the A-final and have the talent to do so. And then there is former Modified class champion Ben Moorey. The Eastbourne club driver has the talent to blow the class regulars away on his stock debut.

2 of the most iconic classes in motorsport history are Formula 1 and BTCC (British Touring Car Championship), which have been a staple of motorsport for decades. These race classes offer unrivalled performance, technological advances, and close racing action. The 2 classes that are hosted at the 2WD EC National Championships are the extremely challenging 21.5T Formula 1 and the 17.5T FWD Touring Car Championships.

 

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