1/10th IC Round 1 Race Report

10th IC Circuit

The 2017 1/10th IC National Series kicked off over the weekend of the 8th/9th April at Cotswold circuit.

46 racers entered what would be the most well represented race meeting in over two years. Luckily, drivers were treated to glorious sunshine throughout the Saturday practice day meaning maximum track time for all racers. New for 2017, a “tech talk” hour was introduced in which experienced racers passed on their knowledge to others. This proved very popular amongst all racers.

In the GT8 class, 2017 sees the introduction of a new stock class which allows racers to compete with out of the box equipment. In qualifying, 2016 champion Glyn Beal (Serpent/Picco) set the pace throughout qualifying with the last round winner, Scott Hellawell (Serpent/XRD F.T. Line) and Mark Owen (Serpent/Werks) in tow. In the final, Joseph Bailey (Serpent/XRD F.T. Line) would inherit an early lead after a somewhat clumsy start with Glyn recovering to 2nd and newcomer Tadas Siksnius (Serpent/Tenshock) in 3rd at the end of the first lap. After a dramatic start to his race, Scott would move into 3rd on lap 15. Just after the halfway mark, disaster would strike for leader Glyn as he struggled with engine troubles allowing Scott into the lead with Joseph in 2nd and Glyn dropping to 3rd. The podium positions would stay the same until the finish. Anthony Dorling would take the title of the first stock driver across the line finishing just 6 laps behind the lead modified driver.

The 200mm class saw the usual suspects of Mark Green (Serpent/XRD F.T. Line), Joe Kerry (Capricorn/OS Speed) and Alex Thurston (Serpent/XRD F.T. Line) topping the qualifying order with just 3.5 seconds separating the three rivals after 5 minutes of racing. The final was again a close affair with Mark taking the early lead from Joe and Alex. On lap 10, Mark made a mistake which dropped him to 3rd allowing Joe into the lead. After around 10 minutes, Mark would overtake Alex for 2nd place and instigate a tremendous battle for 2nd place which would last 50 laps until Joe would hit troubles dropping him out of a comfortable lead and the race. Alex and Mark would race to the line with Alex taking the win some 6 seconds ahead of Mark with John Zottl (Serpent/OS Speed) completing the podium.

In the biggest class of the weekend, the 220mm class, reigning champion Glyn Beal (Serpent/Picco) again set the pace in qualifying ahead of Peter Hellawell (Serpent/ XRD F.T. Line) and Richard Kozakiewicz (Xray/Novarossi). The final began with Richard inheriting the early lead ahead of debutants Matthew Moore (Serpent/Novarossi) and Stewart Mcleod (Serpent/OS Speed). Unfortunately for Matthew, his race would take a huge set back on lap 10 and a recovering Glyn would move back into 2nd place with Stewart holding 3rd. After the first pit stops, Devendra Mahatme (Shepherd/Picco) would move into 3rd and Glyn would make a pass on Richard for the lead. The top 3 would remain largely the same until the half way point when Richard would start to suffer from engine issues which would eventually end his race early. Jason Fox (Capricorn/Max Power) would receive 3rd place for a time until Philip Edwards (Serpent/OS Speed) established himself as the final podium finisher.

The next round of the series will take place on the 6th/7th May at the Halifax Track in West Yorkshire.

Peter Hellawell