GT12 Nationals Round 1 Race Reports - MB Models

1/12th Circuit GT

Jewitt wins round 1 of the new season at MB Raceway.

Round 1 of the 22/23 GT12 Nationals took place at the fantastic MB Raceway. The series consists of 6 rounds and this year the GT12 nationals are standalone events.

 

The new committee have worked extremely hard to organise the series and even though he was in hospital, Ian Robins the section Chairman, was organising things leading up to the meeting.

 

There were a few things for us to learn but thankfully the meeting went well and everybody enjoyed themselves.

 

The meeting started with the usual drivers briefing and the BRCA paid tribute to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth ll with 2 minutes silence. All the racers paid their respect and you could have heard a pin drop.

 

Onto the racing, it was agreed to run 5 rounds of FTD qualifying rather than the usual practice and four qualifiers. I am glad to report that everybody managed to better their first round scores by the end of the day but we were left sweating for a while.

 

Adam Mackman stamped his authority from the off and would take TQ in every round. Adam’s Schumacher team mate Dan Robins tried his utmost in the last round and would finish only 0.1 second behind Adam on the qualifying grid. Mark Jewitt  improved but could only manage 3rd place.

 

There were exceptional runs by Alex Robertson (5th) who is definitely one to watch as he had solid runs all day.

 

Barry Lynch would manage to squeeze into 9th with his round 2 time and make his second GT12 National A final.

 

And the junior stars of the future, Oscar Keen and Finley Whitlock, would battle it out for 10th place on the grid, a superb effort by both of the drivers but it was Oscar who would pick up the last spot in the A final. I'm sure if Finley continues learning, an A final will beckon very soon.

 

The A final started cleanly with the top four of Adam, Dan, Mark and Nathanael Goodban pulling away from the rest of the pack. The lead four would be within touching distance of each other for almost all of the race. Some of the closest racing I have witnessed in GT12. Adam was desperately trying to preserve tyres as the last minute had been a noticeable issue for some of the drivers. With time running down Dan unfortunately touched the rear bumper of Adam sending him into the barrier before bouncing back out into the track. This was enough for Mark to squeeze through and with only 15 seconds or so left on the clock it would be an impossible task for Adam to catch Mark. Mark would win only his second national (first being in round 5 last year), Adam was second, Dan third and Nathanael fourth. Alex secured an excellent 5th place in only his second GT12 national. All the drivers with the exception of David Gale, who suffered electrical issues on the first lap, would finish on the same lap.

 

A Final Result. 

1 Mark Jewitt- Destiny

2 Adam Mackman - Schumacher

3 Dan Robins - Schumacher

4 Nathaneal Goodban - Schumacher

5 Alex Robertson - Schumacher

6 Sam Coult - Schumacher

7 Oscar Keen - Schumacher

8 Mathew Gammons - Schumacher

9 Barry Lynch - Schumacher

10 David Gale - Schumacher 

 

A brilliant start to the season and hopefully something for the drivers and clubs to build on as we head to Eastbourne on the 9th October for round 2.

 

Hope to see you all there !!

 

Race report courtesy of Mark Jewitt.