BRCA L.S.O.R Round 1, Nene Valley Raceway

Large Scale Off Road

So the start of the 2015 BRCA LSOR season kicked off at what most see as the best rc off road track in our race calendar, Nene Valley Raceway.

Close to 60 drivers gathered for the weekend to take part in round 1 of the large scale season fresh from our winter break and ready to take up the challenges of astro turf after our pre-race of the season at the Zenoah challenge cup.

By mid afternoon Saturday most drivers for the weekend had arrived and where all settling in for what was to be a challenging weekend, not only with the weather but with dusting off the cobwebs and getting back into the rc groove.

The weather for the weekend was something we were all concerned about, as the predictions for the weekend's racing where not on our side. With the threat of high winds and periods of rain, all drivers were going to be tested, not only on whether their kagools would hold up, but whether their change of setup from driving on horse “cacka“ to now driving back on the more familiar astro turf was going to be good enough.

As usual Nene Valley Raceway was looking in tip top shape, but it did look like a few areas of track had been worked on by the local moles, making some off the sections a little challenging compared to last year. Saturday came and so did the predictions the weather forecasters had promised, and that was a mix of gusty wind and periods of rain, but not bad enough to dampen the spirits of the racers who chomped at the bit when given the signal

that the track was open for practice.

From the word go we were all made aware that the track was going to be a little bit....testy !. Though the track wasn’t saturated with rain , it was as slippery as Torvill and Dean, but with the strong winds that came and went the track did at times dry out enough for most people to start experimenting with a change to dry tyres, only to be forced to change back to wets when the showers came again.

       

Would the weather change over the weekend ?

Sunday Qualification & Finals Must Be A National!

Sunday morning arrived , and so did the stronger winds and rain, was this going to dampen spirits ? Well by the looks on some faces yes, but I’m pretty sure it was more to do with most having one tinny or two too many the night before.

9 o'clock saw Darren Worth Andy Knight and Paul Gresty take the race briefing and setting out the heats for the 3 rounds of qualifiers. But before the heats started I had a small job of introducing some new blood to the BRCA LSOR section, and duly walked them through the procedures of how we conduct a race day, and I have to say that its a great feeling to see new people joining the large scale section and taking part in the racing side of the rc hobby. The introductions for the new members is now something we seem to be doing more often , and I’m sure

its a sign that the section is growing in size and the word is getting out there that racing your large scale car in a controlled environment is exciting, challenging and above all fun ! 

The mornings 3 rounds of qualifiers duly started with the wind and rain now starting to pick up. The choice of tyres for most was to go straight onto wets, the track for the first few heats made the racing look like they were all driving on ice, but with the wind getting stronger as the morning moved forward the track seemed to have a mind all of its own, going from almost wet to almost dry within half an hour. This proving a challenge for most drivers for the best set up to use.

Qualifiers finished around 2 o’clock and it was time for lunch and the last checks of the cars ready for the finals. The finals

4WD - C Final

Quite a hard fought final this one, with Michael Wilding taking a commanding lead over second place Mark Suggitt by 1 lap. Brandon Clissett showing great composure at such a young age to take third place and giving himself an opportunity to drive again in the b final.

2WD - B Final

The 2wd b final which I had the privilege to marshal saw an epic battle between Dominic Blackburn and Andy Knight, both drivers handling the tricky conditions well, and both exchanging positions on several occasions. Dominic just taking top spot by just under 3 seconds over Andy Knight. Third place went to Dave Grimshaw and the final bump up spot to the main final.

Short Course - B Final

The first of the finals for the short course trucks saw Peter Barnes show his class with a 30 second lead over the newcomer Lee Chapman, himself having a tough time keeping ahead of third place Kevin Hurst, but all happy knowing they now had a bump up place in the main final.

4WD - B Final

This final was to prove to be the closest racing throughout the whole finals. The top 7 drivers all completing 11 laps within the 10 minute final, and only 33 seconds separating 1st and 7th place. Epic to say the least !

1st place eventually going to 4th place driver at the Zenoah Challenge Cup in buggy class Andy Love, closely followed by Stefan Howe in 2nd place and Steve Price taking the last bump up place in 3rd spot with Stefan switching to the buggy class this season from racing in the Short Course previously The Main Finals

2WD - Main Final

The first Main final of the day and the 2015 season kicked off with the 2wd buggy class. What a challenge for these guys, with the track going from slippery wet to dry in places with strong winds adding an extra element to deal with.

Karl Norris once again proving he is a man on top of his game, taking a superb win over 2nd place Andy Blackburn with a lap to spare. 3rd spot was taken by the dark horse Luke Gower, who battled hard to keep up with the pace the top two drivers set throughout the 30 minute final.

Pos Buggy Name Result Avrg Lap Nat # Buggy Make Model

1             4   Karl Norris          35/30m 44.33W 52.70      N             Hoërmann            HT3 V3

2             1   Andy Blackburn                 34/30m 4.17W    53.06      N             Hoërmann            HT3 V2

3             5   Luke Gower         34/30m 47.53W 54.34      N             Hoërmann            HT3 V2

4             2   Mark Higgins      33/30m 13.17W 54.94      N             Elcon     Cleon MMX 2012

5             6   Rick Ashman       33/30m 30.89W 55.48      N             FG          Leopard 2

6             9   Andy Knight        32/30m 36.46W 57.39      N             FG          Leopard 2

7             8   Dominic Blackburn           32/30m 36.89W 57.40      N             Hoërmann            HT3 V2

8             10                Dave Grimshaw 31/30m 53.02W 59.77      C             Hoërmann            HT3 V2

9             3   Dave Ashton        30/30m 48.17W 1m 1.61                 N             Hoërmann            HT3 V3

10          7   Neil Griffin          19/18m 27.33W 58.28      N             Hoërmann            HT3 V2

Short Course - Main Final

The short course A final kicked off at 4.30 in the afternoon with the track becoming a little more grippy than in the previous qualifications and sub finals. Mark Suggitt and Dean Mandeville headed out the field at a fierce pace, and pretty much stayed within touching distance throughout the whole race. Mark Suggitt holding his nerve for long enough to pass the finishing line in 1st place 14 seconds ahead of Dean Mandeville in 2nd position. The ever consistent Paul Wood had a comfortable drive to take the last remaining position on the podium in 3rd place.

Pos Buggy Name Result Avrg Lap Nat # Buggy Make Model

1                  1                Mark Suggitt       36/30m 29.62W 50.82      N             Losi        5ive-T

2                  3                Dean Mandeville                36/30m 43.30W 51.20      N             Losi        5ive-T

3                  2                Paul Wood           35/30m 20.06W 52.00      N             Losi        5ive-T

4                  4                Lee Waples          34/30m 11.80W 53.29      N             Losi        5ive-T

5                  6                Ian Southey          33/30m 1.47W    54.59      N             Losi        5ive-T

6                  8                Peter Barnes        32/30m 19.16W 56.85      N             Losi        5ive-T

7                  7                Jim Mcmanus     32/30m 30.85W 57.21      C             Losi        5ive-T

8                  10             Kevin Hurst         32/30m 51.67W 57.86      C             Losi        5ive-T

9                  5                Roger Smith        7/ 8m 27.81W      1m 12.54               N             MCD      W5

10              9                Lee Chapman      DNS                       C             Losi        5ive-T

4WD - Main Final

The last race of a fantastic weekends racing at Nene Valley Raceway saw the 4wd buggys taking the grid to battle it out for top dog status. Just after 5 o'clock the 4wd drivers charged off the line with the 2014 4wd buggy champion Steve “STICKY “Haynes leading out the pack as he seems to do so often, and once again Steve showed the trailing field how it should be done.

With a superb faultless drive once again Steve Haynes notched up his first win of the season. Jack Keatley taking an impressive 2nd place and proving what a talent he really is in this class. 3rd spot went to a consistent driving Craig Orman.

Pos Buggy Name Result Avrg Lap Nat # Buggy Make Model

1                1              Steve Haynes       39/30m 24.58W 46.78      N             MCD      Race Runner V5

2                4              Jack Keatley         38/30m 46.55W 48.59      N             MCD      Race Runner V5

3                3              Craig Orman         37/30m 12.90W 49.00      N             FG         Leopard 4

4                2              Ayaz Aslam          37/30m 31.16W 49.49      N                MCD        Race Runner V5

5       6              Dave Parish          37/30m 41.55W 49.77      N             Elcon     Imp4ct

6                5              Dave Griffiths       37/30m 44.11W 49.84      C             MCD      Race Runner V5

7                9              Stefan Howe        36/30m 8.37W    50.23                Losi       5ive-B

8                8              Andy Love           36/30m 45.61W 51.27      N             Losi       5ive-B

9                10           Steve Price           24/22m 9.92W    55.41                MCD      Race Runner V5

10            7              Leon Satchell      12/10m 36.52W 53.04       C             MCD      Race Runner V5

That's all folks !

Well what a fantastic start to what we all hope will be a fantastic year of racing. This round at Nene Valley Raceway went smoothly as it always seems to do. OK we had some moments of bad weather to put up with, but this didn't seem to get in the way of everyone having a superb meeting.

I would like to say a huge thanks to the team at Nene Valley for another great round of racing at one of the best if not the best large scale off road racing venues here in the UK.

I would also like to say a big welcome and thanks to all the new racers that took part over the weekend, and hope that we all can in some way encourage more drivers to take up the challenges of racing within the UK national championships.

Our remaining events are :-
Rnd Weekend Venue
2 02 – 03 May’15 Bank Holiday Bash Fest, Welford
3 23 – 24 May’15 Kendal
4 20 – 21 June’15 MMR M4 Karting
5 18 – 19 July’15 Nook Raceway
6 22 – 23 Aug’15 Pickering RC
7 19 – 20 Sept’15 Ings Raceway
8 10 – 11 Oct’15 MMR M4 Karting

Detailed series results including lap times and positions are available online via https://www.brcalsor.org/race-results/brca-lsor-2015-results/and the meetings to date go to show that it does not matter what large scale off road vehicle you own or your ability, you are most welcome to come and join in the fun of the BRCA LSOR section, turn up on the Saturday and get some track practice in during the afternoon and then enter the meeting on Sunday.

On behalf of the section can I congratulate all our winners and ask those who are planning on participating in the 2015 BRCA LSOR race series to please book in online ahead of the meeting so event planning can be undertaken, if the attendance levels remain high then our racing will continue to commence at 9am to give you all the track time you want.

Booking in can be done at https://www.brca-lsor.org/booking-in/.

If you are reading this and not too far from any of our forthcoming venues then feel free to come along and see some of the largest radio car racing you will see in the UK. Likewise pop along to one of our venues and enquire about RC racing whether we are there or not.

Further details on the section and our hobby can be sourced via the BRCA website @ www.brca.org

Also don’t forget if you are reading this and don’t participate in our national championship and fancy experiencing some racing then don’t forget the 2016 Zenoah Challenge Cup, which is the UK’s only indoor off road event which is run over three days from 5th to the 7th February with drivers of all abilities welcome. If you are interested in finding out more about this fun indoor event then visit www.zenoahchallengecup.info

Finally, I would like to make a small apology for this race report being late, hope that with what I am having to deal with at home will soon be over and I can get the reports to all my adoring race report fans sooner, well as quick as I can type.

See you all at bash fest.

Steve Jones

aka "Fingers"

2015 BRCA LSOR Section Public Relations Officer