BRCA 1/10th On-Road Clubman's Round 1

10th Electric Circuit

This was the first round of the 2015 clubman’s series. The Broxtowe club had put a lot of work into the track all the lines were re painted and everything ready to go, when those who wanted to practice started arriving in the Saturday morning. The only thing missing was good weather so most waited for things the dry out before having some practice. During the afternoon everyone had the chance to get in plenty of practice with the 2 classes rotating every ½ hour.

The clubman’s series consists of 2 touring car classes 17.5 blinky and 13.5 boosted both running on the Sorex 32 control tyre.

On the Sunday morning the 10th May the weather had decided to be better so all looked in place for a good days racing for the first round of the championship.

As part of the reports this year we will do a short feature on some of the junior drivers who are the future of touring cars. I’ve selected off central booking 1 from each class.

Jak Sansom

The first to be featured is Jak Sansom. Jak is thirteen years old and started racing 6 years ago with a Tamiya TTO1 at his local track at Eastbourne. It was the first time Jak’s had made the long trip up to Broxtowe and I asked him if he liked the track and he said he did. Jak’s granddad who was with him said when Jak saw the track he said that’s different and should be fun. Last year Jak won the clubman’s under thirteen in the 17.5 class but his age means he now has to move up to the under 17 class.

This year Jak is racing an Xray T414 and has installed a Tekin RS gen2 esc, and Orca motor.

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In this the first time he raced at Broxtowe Jak qualified 10th in the 17.5 class "A" final an excellent result for his first visit to the track. The photo below is of Jak’s car cornering in the A Final

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Ross Walker

The other driver to be featured is Ross Walker. Ross has been racing various formulas for 7 years and is now 15 years old. He has raced outdoors for 4 years and during that time has raced various classes including nitro and has come back to touring cars this season.  Ross is from Rugby and his local track is Bedworth but he also races at Stafford.

This year he is racing a Schumacher Mi5 evo and has installed a hobby wing V3 esc, GM 13.5 motor and savox servo.

In this the first time he raced at Broxtowe, Ross qualified 10th in the A final; again an excellent result for a young driver in his first meeting at Broxtowe.

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In the 2nd final he was flying well, almost anyway.

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Qualifying 17.5

Qualifying started on time with the weather dry and pleasantly warm a good time for racing, with 17.5 first followed by 13.5. The Broxtowe track is technical, with its changing levels and camber which makes putting in a completely clean run difficult, but one driver said to me its satisfying if you can manage it.

After the first round of qualifying the first 3 in 17.5 were Colin Jackson, Davis Hough and Darren Tickner. Colin’s local knowledge gave him a considerable advantage.

Pos Car Arc Name Result Ave Best10 Best
1 1 341 Colin Jackson 20 / 305.91 15.29 15.17 15.05
2 4 20 David Hough 19 / 301.77 15.88 15.74 15.59
3 5 271 Darren Tickner 19 / 303.62 15.98 20.65 15.75

As practice progressed the weather steadily got warmer but without getting hot enough for tyres to slow because of track temperatures. After the 2nd round of qualifying Colin was still in front but Michael Redshaw and Luke Hobson had closed the gap slightly as they became more familiar with the track.

Pos Car Arc Name Result Ave Best10 Best
1 1 341 Colin Jackson 20 / 304.83 15.24 15.10 14.89
2 2 356 Michael Redshaw 20 / 315.15 15.75 15.49 15.28
3 3 326 Luke Hobson 20 / 315.45 15.77 15.64 15.39

The last round of qualifying was topped by Michael Redshaw, but as none of the top 3 drivers improved their time, the top 3 remained as per round 2; the top 10 who qualified for 17.5 "A" final

Pos Arc Name Best Tie Break Ave Best
1 341 Colin Jackson 20 / 304.83   15.24 14.89
2 356 Michael Redshaw 20 / 315.15   15.75 15.28
3 326 Luke Hobson 20 / 315.45   15.77 15.39
4 20 David Hough 19 / 300.64   15.82 15.55
5 271 Darren Tickner 19 / 303.62   15.98 15.75
6 196 Jason Butterfield 19 / 304.92   16.04 15.23
7 265 Nigel Shaw 19 / 305.66   16.08 15.39
8 393 Mark Trinder 19 / 309.10   16.26 15.44
9 197 James Stewart 19 / 311.04   16.37 15.70
10 77 Jak Sansom U17 19 / 315.08   16.58 16.03

The first final was won by Colin Jackson by 9 seconds, but 2nd to 4th was a close race with David Hough beating Luke Hobson by 0.27 of a second. The 2nd leg of the final was again won by Colin with Luke Hobson 2nd and Darren Tickner 3rd.

Overall result of 17.5 A Final

Pos Car Arc Name Points R1 R2
1 1 341 Colin Jackson 2 1 1
2 3 326 Luke Hobson 5 3 2
3 4 20 David Hough 7 2 5
4 5 271 Darren Tickner 7 4 3
5 2 356 Michael Redshaw 10 6 4
6 8 393 Mark Trinder 14 7 7
7 6 196 Jason Butterfield 15 5 10
8 9 197 James Stewart 15 9 6
9 7 265 Nigel Shaw 17 8 9
10 10 77 Jak Sansom U17 18 10 8

17.5 “A” Final Trophy presentation

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Qualifying 13.5

In the first round of qualifying in the 13.5 class, the first 3 were Liam Brooks, Andrew Robson and Ben Gayson. Ben is a young local driver who performed very well to be 3rd after the first round.

Pos Car Arc Name Result Ave Best10 Best
1 1 3 Liam Brooks 21 / 309.09 14.71 14.59 14.50
2 4 32 Andrew Robson 21 / 314.30 14.96 14.78 14.66
3 7 298 Ben Gayson U17 20 / 302.83 15.14 14.95 14.78

After the 2nd round of qualifying the top 3 in 13.5 had changed with Liam Brooks still first and 2 other drivers within a second of Aaron Rose

Pos Car Arc Name Result Ave Best10 Best
1 1 3 Liam Brooks 21 / 306.08 14.57 14.35 14.23
2 2 230 James Greener 21 / 309.24 14.72 14.59 14.49
3 3 239 Aaron Rose 21 / 312.68 14.88 14.72 14.63

The situation changed again after the 3rd with Liam again being quickest, but Nathan Winyard getting 3rd fastest time in round although this was only good enough for 6th overall.

Pos Car Arc Name Result Ave Best10 Best
1 1 3 Liam Brooks 21 / 309.60 14.74 14.32 14.11
2 2 230 James Greener 21 / 313.07 14.90 14.54 14.33
3 6 444 Nathan Winyard 21 / 314.64 14.98 14.68 14.34

 

This gave us the “A” final grid for the 13.5 class.

Pos Arc Name Best Tie Break Ave Best
1 3 Liam Brooks 21 / 306.08   14.57 14.23
2 230 James Greener 21 / 309.24   14.72 14.49
3 239 Aaron Rose 21 / 312.68   14.88 14.63
4 32 Andrew Robson 21 / 313.15   14.91 14.36
5 10 Chris Lovely 21 / 313.25   14.91 14.56
6 444 Nathan Winyard 21 / 314.64   14.98 14.34
7 298 Ben Gayson U17 21 / 314.77   14.98 14.62
8 323 Nathan Wilson 20 / 302.91   15.14 14.82
9 420 Adrian Bidewell 20 / 303.39   15.16 14.71
10 16 Ross Walker (U17) 20 / 305.92   15.29 14.71

 

In the first leg of the “A” final Liam Brooks steadily pulled away for a clear win but the next 5 cars were closely matched with Aaron Rose taking 2nd and Chris Lovely taking 3rd. The 2nd leg of the “A” final Liam again took the win but by a smaller margin, whilst 2nd to fourth were separated by 0.32 of a second with Ben Gayson and excellent 2nd from 7th on the grid and Andrew Robson 3rd. The aggregate result from the 2 legs of the “A” final.

Pos Car Arc Name Result Ave Best10 Best
1 1 3 Liam Brooks 21 / 309.51 14.73 14.58 14.42
2 7 298 Ben Gayson U17 21 / 313.19 14.91 14.62 14.37
3 4 32 Andrew Robson 21 / 313.41 14.92 14.59 14.50
4 3 239 Aaron Rose 21 / 313.51 14.92 14.61 14.32
5 2 230 James Greener 20 / 301.14 15.05 14.55 14.16
6 5 10 Chris Lovely 20 / 306.69 15.33 14.78 14.51
7 8 323 Nathan Wilson 20 / 307.94 15.39 14.91 14.71
8 10 16 Ross Walker (U17) 20 / 308.96 15.44 14.76 14.56
9 6 444 Nathan Winyard 19 / 300.77 15.83 14.78 14.52
10 9 420 Adrian Bidewell 19 / 303.34 15.96 14.99 14.58

13.5 “A” Final Trophy presentation

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