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2019 LMP Nationals Season Preview

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With the LMP season soon be starting, we've put together a season preview so you know what to expect from this years series

 

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The start of the 2019 LMP national season is almost upon us and with a home World Championship in the middle of the season it’s already looking like a great year. It’s all change in the race classes with two Stock Championships up for grabs with the addition of the 17.5 class to the existing 13.5 class. On Sundays the Sports Championship remains, running 13.5 motors, but the modified class is now fully open in line with the World Championship class; so if you can handle it you can have all the power you want.

We have a six round championship kicking off in Eastbourne where the open modified class will get to stretch its legs on the season’s biggest track layout.  Staying in the south we move west visiting the Dorset Club in Poole before our last round of 2019 at Tamworth which will surely be a final chance for some testing before the world championships in early January. Post world championships we pay our first visit to the Chesterfield club who are a BRCA national stalwart and have invested heavily over recent years in carpet and track markers to refresh their event. The penultimate round heads to our most northerly venue at Barley Mow before a return to Chesterfield for the season finale.

Last year’s season in stock was once again dominated by David Spashett with four wins out of Six giving him a perfect championship score. Olly Payne and Ollie Jeffries being the two drivers pushing David into second over the season. The F2 championship was won with 6 wins out of six by Andy Smith who will now be looking to make his mark in the F1 championship.  The F3 championship was harder fought with Gareth Hollis eventually coming out on top from young Dan Robins who is rapidly improving. This year the 13.5 championships retains the formula format but will be split into F1 and F2 championships only and will run alongside the 17.5 championship which is open to any formula driver.  Saturdays will therefore continue to have three hard fought A finals for us to enjoy.

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The sports championship again showed some exciting close racing throughout the season but this year Ben Vincent was in commanding form winning the first four events and securing the championship early. Last year’s defending champion Mick Farrell would have another strong year finishing in second place. With Niall Cochran, Tim Wood and Matt Rice all close to the front there is sure to be another fantastic battle for this year’s championship.

Defending modified champion Olly Payne wasn’t showing any signs of slowing down this year with 5 wins out of 6 securing his second modified national championship. Andy Murray the only driver to claim a modified national last season with unbelievably his first national win and with consistent pace throughout the year finished the championship in second.  With this being the premier class at the world championships and the 6.5 turn motor limit having been removed this year’s championship is likely to be very keenly fought as we see drivers making preparations for January’s big event.

There have been many drivers changing manufacturers in the off season, new cars released and we have well established venues and quality carpets to race on. The finals grid this year remains with cars spaced 3m apart which will hopefully lead to everyone getting a clean first lap and a great race.  Tech charts for the A finalists will continue to be collated via the RCINFO.UK website allowing us to see what equipment the fastest racers use.

All of this bodes well for another great 12th season.

Look forward to seeing you at the track.

LET’S GO RACING !! 

 

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