Last weekend saw the 2nd stop of the 19T BRCA Nationals take place, in great weather conditions, at the tricky West London track. In qualifying records were set and as the dust settled it was round 1 winner Chris Kerswell driving the Corally Phi that took pole position from his team mate Christopher Delves with Schumacher racer Russell Williams in 3rd.
The first leg saw both Chris’s battle it out for the lead, after Williams made a small mistake that dropped him back, with Delves finally taking the win after a small mistake by Kerswell in the closing stages of the final. In the 2nd leg Kerswell was able to pull away in the lead from the start, leaving all the action behind as Stuart Cann, Williams and Delves battled it out wit, though a small mistake from Williams meant he dropped to 4th, where he finished the leg, while Cann took the 2nd spot with Delves close behind in 3rd. This result gave Kerswell his second overall out of 2 rounds with team mate Delves in 2nd and Russell Williams in 3rd.
Our partners Neo Buggy have a report from the first round of the UK Truggy Pro Championships that took place last weekend at the MaxBashing track near Guildford in the south of England. Xray XT8 driver Jon Hazlewood, set the TQ time in qualifying, smashing the lap record on the way, qualifying ahead of 2nd place Matt Perry driving for Losi with Kyosho driver Tommy Chung lining up 3rd. At the start of the 30 minute A final, Matt Perry took the holeshot but only until lap 3 when Graham Alsop driving for HoBao took over at the front, while pole man Jon Hazlewood, who had started badly, was now at the rear of the field. By lap 10 however Jon had recovered, and aided by and engine flame out from Alsop, could take the lead on lap 20 from which he never looked back, winning the race convincingly on lap 51 in front of 2nd placed Alsop, more than a lap down, while HoBao racer John Holmes took 3rd.
Report by Mark Christopher – The weekend of 13th and 14th May saw racers attend the fantastic Cotswold track, where they were greeted to a dry Saturday for open practice. Conditions cahnged however and Sunday saw the racers and crew welcomed by a cool damp morning and as everyone was setting up their pit areas the rain began to fall, leaving a damp slippery surface.
In the rubber class Mathew Thompson set TQ with his Serpent 720 showing his local knowledge of the track while in the trucks Craig Nutting got a clean run with his Team Magic car. By the end of round two of qualifying the rain was now showing no mercy and the track was covered in water, due to the design of the Cotswold track there were no deep puddles. Even so many drivers decided to wait for the finals and only a few ventured out to do a few laps to check their water proofing and tyre choice.
Spanish HoBao racer Robert Batlle has won the latest round of the Championship of Catalunya which was held last weekend at the Ripoll circuit. Batlle won ahead of Crono racer Adrian Hernandez who came home in 2nd place while Mugen driver Carlos Pinenda ended the race in 3rd.
The 2nd round of the Spanish 1/10th electric Buggy Nationals took place last weekend at the Coslada track near Madrid. In the 2wd class it was top 1/8th scale buggy racer Borja Hernandez that took the win driving his Losi XXX CR ahead of fellow Losi racer Alberto Garcia in 2nd while 3rd place belonged to Alberto Cano. In the 4wd class Alberto Garcia was once again in form, taking the win from JConcepts racer Enrique Fucinos in 2nd with 3rd falling to 2wd winner Hernandez.
The third round of the British 1/10th 200mm Nationals took place last weekend at the fast flowing Halifax track and while Saturday saw only wet weather practise, for Sunday it was dry with the grip soming up, but only on the racing line. Spanish EFRA GP winner Darren Johnson took TQ running the new Team Magic G4+, just ahead of Serpent racer Mark Green with Chris Slater in 3rd. At the start of the main final everyone got away clean but Green had to pit early for an engine adjustment which left Darren leading closely followed by Mark Gilliland. Unfortunately Mark Gilliland had problems at his first fuel stop, so that put him down the order. Whilst the others had their troubles, Darren had a clean race which gave the Team Magic G4+ a debut win at the BRCA Nats, closely followed by Mark Green with young and impressive Kyle Branson in 3rd.
Werks Racing have introduced the newest addition to its ‘Team Line’ of engines, the TL21B3-Pro utilizes an improved case design featuring additional stiffening ribs around the sleeve area to control heat expansion, while a new long stroke design, coupled with a race proven 3-port design, provides the perfect blend of strong torque and aggressive top end. The B3-Pro features much of the same factory machining normally only found in higher priced hand modified engines which includes extensive casework improving the primary boost port as well as the transfer ports. Fuel flow is further improved on the sleeve by machined teardropping of the transfer ports as well as a series of crankshaft alterations and combustion chamber changes that include a new fluted crankshaft with revised timing.
Making it 2 in a row, Yokomo racer Chris Grainger has won the 2nd round of the BRCA Modified Nationals that were held last weekend at the Aldershot track. In qualifying, Chris had set the TQ time followed closely by HB team mates, World Champion Andy Moore in 2nd and Olly Jefferies in 3rd, a close battle that would continue into the first leg as the top three battled for the lead, with Chris, Andy and Olly all taking turns to lead the frantic first leg. A mistake by Olly dropped him back leaving Chris to chase Andy but despite his best efforts Chris had to give best to Andy in leg one. Leg two resulted in a win for Chris and combined with his FTD gave him the overall victory, with Andy in 2nd and Olly 3rd. This result consolidates Chris’s lead in the Championship as the season heads to Halifax for round 3.
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