September 7, 2014

Kerry & Beal win at BRCA Rd6 in Halifax

Kerry & Beal win at BRCA Rd6 in Halifax

Last weekend the Halifax Track in Yorkshire hosted the sixth round of the BRCA 1/10th IC Championship. The Saturday free practice started out damp but quickly dried allowing fast laps to be set. Mark Green led the way in the 200mm class with his Serpent 748 Natrix ahead of the European Junior Champion, Alex Thurston, with his Serpent 747. Joe Kerry was very close behind, running his Serpent 748 Natrix for the first time. In the Sports GT class, again Glyn Beal was setting the pace with his new Serpent 748 Natrix with Peter Hellawell and Paul Bellinger his closest competitors with their Serpent cars.

Four rounds of qualifying and finals were set for the Sunday. Alex Thurston posted the fastest run in Round 1 of the 200mm class with Glyn fastest in Sports GT. The pair both topped Round 2 for their respective classes with Glyn going faster but Alex just 4 tenths of a second slower. Joe Kerry and Paul Bellinger went fastest in Round 3 after both Glyn and Alex ran out of fuel whilst on quick runs. In Round 4 Mark Green posted a new fastest run to snatch the overall TQ of the 200mm class and Glyn topped the Sports GT class once again to secure the TQ.

200mm A Final Starting Grid:
1. Mark Green – 19L 315.752 (Serpent/Novarossi/Xceed)
2. Alex Thurston – 18L 301.623 (Serpent/OS/Contact)
3. Joe Kerry – 18L 301.948 (Serpent/OS/Xceed)
4. Simon Wood – 18L 304.889 (Xray/Reds/Matrix)
5. Matthew Cook – 18L 307.590 (Hot Bodies/OS/Matrix)
6. Peter Hastings – 18L 310.604 (Shepherd/Sonic/Matrix)
7. John Zottl – 18L 311.104 (Shepherd/Capricorn/Matrix)
8. Peter Spratley – 18L 315.254 (Xray/Orcan/Matrix)
9. James Conolly – 18L 315.317 (Serpent/XRD/Contact)
10.Chris O’Donoghue – 18L 316.827 (Capricorn/XRD/Ulti)

Sports GT A Final Starting Grid:
1. Glyn Beal – 19L 313.482 (Serpent/OS/Xceed)
2. Peter Hellawell – 18L 308.143 (Serpent/OS/Xceed)
3. Paul Bellinger – 18L 312.662 (Serpent/Picco/Xceed)
4. Devendra Mahatme – 18L 314.093 (Shepherd/Sonic/Matrix)
5. Mark Newby – 18L 315.229 (Xray/IDM/Matrix)
6. Adam Crossland – 18L 316.416 (Serpent/Xceed/Xceed)
7. Jim Beesley – 17L 301.900 (Serpent/Xceed/Matrix)
8. Phil Edwards – 17L 304.643 (Serpent/Novarossi/Matrix)
9. Martin Trice – 17L 311.327 (Serpent/Mega/Matrix)
10.Ian Hartill – 17L 317.142 (Serpent/Reds/Matrix)

The 200mm final saw Mark Green lead the grid away with Alex Thurston and Simon Wood in tow. Alex dropped back at around the 5 minute mark allowing Simon into 2nd and Peter Hastings into 3rd. Alex would regain 2nd for a brief period until he again dropped back just before the second round of pit stops. With Mark out in front, Simon holding 2nd position and Alex in 3rd approaching the half way point, Joe Kerry would take 3rd position after a dire start which saw him running at the back of the field. Mark would have a small problem which dropped him into 3rd within the last 10 minutes of the race and then Joe would move to the front on Lap 86 of 105. Joe would take the win by just 1 second after the half an hour final with Mark recovering to 2nd and Simon Wood in 3rd.

200mm A Final Result:
1. Joe Kerry – 105L 1808.234 (Serpent/OS/Xceed)
2. Mark Green – 105L 1809.327 (Serpent/Novarossi/Xceed)
3. Simon Wood – 104/1803.700 (Xray/Reds/Matrix)
4. Alex Thurston – 104L 1813.650 (Serpent/OS/Contact)
5. John Zottl – 102L 1816.003 (Shepherd/Capricorn/Matrix)
6. James Conolly – 89L 1803.292 (Serpent/XRD/Contact)
7. Peter Hastings – 85L 1513.762 (Shepherd/Sonic/Matrix)
8. Peter Spratley – 82L 1814.632 (Xray/Orcan/Matrix)
9. Chris O’Donoghue – 74L 1812.723 (Capricorn/XRD/Ulti)
10.Matthew Cook – 20L 353.279 (Hot Bodies/OS/Matrix)

In the Sports GT final, Glyn Beal dominated from start to finish. The battle for 2nd however was a bit more uncertain with Devendra Mahatme and Adam Crossland holding the podium positions at the start. Devendra dropped back meaning that Phil Edwards would move into 3rd until Lap 5 when Peter Hellawell took back the position after a rough start. Peter would then take 2nd place at about the 5 minute mark and unfortunately Adam would retire just before the 10 minute mark with a broken belt meaning that Paul Bellinger would take 3rd. After a race long battle for 2nd position between Peter and Paul, Peter would eventually take 2nd and Paul 3rd.

Kerry & Beal win at BRCA Rd6 in Halifax

Sports GT A Final Result:
1. Glyn Beal – 105L 1804.774 (Serpent/OS/Xceed)
2. Peter Hellawell – 101L 1806.491 (Serpent/OS/Xceed)
3. Paul Bellinger – 100L 1802.591 (Serpent/Picco/Xceed)
4. Phil Edwards – 97L 1814.468 (Serpent/Novarossi/Matrix)
5. Devendra Mahatme – 96L 1802.850 (Shepherd/Sonic/Matrix)
6. Jim Beesley – 94L 1811.450 (Serpent/Xceed/Matrix)
7. Mark Newby – 60L 1815.171 (Xray/IDM/Matrix)
8. Adam Crossland – 37L 671.580 (Serpent/Xceed/Xceed)
9. Martin Trice – 33L 652.937 (Serpent/Mega/Matrix)
10.Ian Hartill – 29L 927.231 (Serpent/Reds/Matrix)

Young up and coming talent Matthieu Dambrine again won the Junior prize. These results mean that Glyn Beal and Mark Green have won their respective Championships with one round left to run. The final round of the championship will be held at the Mendip circuit on the 4th and 5th of October.

Thanks to Peter Hellawell for the report.


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