King of Clubs is back for 2022!

EWS Champion Tim Langdell Eyes More Prizes in 2022

10th Electric Circuit

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.

With 8-12 potential race winners, it will take more than avoiding mistakes to win. Making the A-final will be a significant achievement, and several drivers will be disappointed. However, the trackside spectators and fans watching online are in for a real treat.

Eastbourne arrives at race one as firm favourites in the club championship. The Seasiders have won the last two titles, are the only club to win more than one round in the series, and the only club to win away from home. 

Historically, Aldershot club has been the closest challenger to Eastbourne's domination. However, last year's stock champion Glenn Westwood has moved to off-road racing for 2022, meaning the club has lost a serial race winner. In addition, the new two-wheel-drive National series means F1 class favourite Michael Lee is otherwise engaged, further weakening the Aldershot team on paper.

Can Adur, Colchester or West London step up and challenge the reigning champions? If the paddock rumour mill is believed, Adur is the most determined to upset the pecking order. "As a group, we've looked at the lengths Eastbourne has gone to win and tried to learn from them", commented Adur club chair Mick Hendy. "They have a WhatsApp group to discuss tactics and selection. They pit together and help each other. The team is, therefore, greater than the sum of its parts. And that is exactly what we will be doing in 2022".

Another groundbreaking feature of the King of Clubs series, Tamiya Junior-E, is going from strength to strength. The first year of the series (for children aged 12 and under with little or no RC racing experience) was contested mainly by children of regular on-road RC racers. However, as a sign that the series strategy is working, the 2022 series entrants are almost all completely new to RC racing. 

2021 Tamiya Junior-E champion driver Archie Matthews moves up to touring cars for 2022 and is one of the contenders in the new junior touring car race - running stock touring car rules but specifically for junior drivers. Ethan Webb is another Tamiya Junior-E graduate moving to touring car. But both young talents face a tough challenge. First, 9-year old Harry Jefferies, son of 2022 KOC Modified champion Olly Jefferies, shows impressive speed and racecraft that belies his young age. Having your car prepared by a parent who happens to be one of the world's leading drivers doesn't do you any harm, but the 9-year-olds pace can't be explained away by having a good car. This boy has talent. Still, Archie and Ethan will learn from chasing him down, and only a fool would bet against them.

West London's Paul Ellis returns to defend his championship title in the Montiex Formula One class. After last year's win, Ellis commented on the close battle he'd enjoyed with Eastbourne's Aidan Gale. Gale is also back for 2022, determined to return the favour and come out on top this time. But both drivers will be looking over their shoulders at the development of Ellis the younger. After his maiden series last year, Jonathan is gaining speed with every outing and will be hitting the front very soon.

Another champion returning to defend his title, and yet another Eastbourne driver, is Tim Harrop. The Tamiya GT-E class is going through something of a transformation, moving towards brushless motors, GT body shells, realistic cut slick tyres on spoked wheels and a more open approach to chassis - much like the hugely popular USGT class in America. The change might take a bit of time. Still, Aldershot club chair Steve Adams and Eastbourne's Karl Matthews will be hoping to upset the status quo from the off and finally get the beating of Harrop.

Another class going through change is the Front Wheel Drive touring car class. The last FWD champion, Stuart Colby, will be focused on a new media project in 2022, so a new winner is guaranteed. While Stuart's son, Charlie, the reigning National Junior 13.5 champion, will be looking to continue his progress against previous champ Liam Hendy (Adur) and championship favourite Ash Wiffen from West London in the faster stock class. 

With 100-odd racers heading to Aldershot, there will be plenty of action on the live stream and highlights shows of this year's series. We can't wait to see what happens.

It's good to be back.

2022 MB Models Series Dates

24/04/22 - RD1 - Aldershot Model Car Club

15/05/22 - RD2 - Adur Model Car Club

19/06/22 - RD3 - West London Racing Centre

10/07/22 - RD4 - Colchester Model Car Club

14/08/22 - RD5 - Eastbourne Electric Car Club

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