November 8, 2022

Schumacher Winter Series Rnd 2 – Report

The Schumacher Winter Series presented by the Louth radio control car club took place over the past week, with 60 entries on board making this the region’s biggest event. The 17.5 class was the class on offer with a support class also. The battle for TQ was close with many drivers fighting for the honour. First blood went to Guy Thornton who was returning to the series, taking round one at the in the dying seconds. Guy would back this up with TQ in round three and the fastest time. Xray pilot Chris Lovely would like up second taking TQ in round two and four. Alex Brocklebank and his Schumacher mi8 would take 3rd overall with a string of 2nd overalls, Matthew Cook debuting his new Mugen chassis would line up 4th, ahead of Daniel Burks and his Schumacher. Andrew Twigger and his Xray x4 would line up 6th and Callum Chapman would round of the a final with his Xray. 

After four qualifying rounds it was down to a single legged final. The field got away well, until they got down to the slower corner. Guy would get loose and get caught by the cars behind, the drivers showed great sportsmanship. As a result Guy and Chris would fall to the rear of the field, Alex Brocklebank would take up the 1st spot and it was something he would never relinquish. Alex would be build up a gap and never been threatened from behind and would take the flag coke the end. The race for the final podium places continues to swap throughout the race. Dan Burks and Andrew Twigger and Matt Cook would hold 2nd and 3rd and 4th and it was close racing , whilst Guy fought back through to 2nd, Chris would have other dramas and have less of an easy time time getting through the field. Mistake from Dan allowed Chris to get through with time to spare. Dan would just hold of Matt who had a resurgence. With Callum coming 6th and a retirement from Andrew Twigger.

Core RC 17.5 class
1. Alex Brocklebank – Schumacher
2. Guy Thornton- Xray
3. Chris Lovely- Xray
4. Dan Burks – Schumacher
5. Matt Cook – Mugen
6. Callum Chapman – Xray
7. Andrew Twigger – Xray

The Next Generation Cup is the base to build up the juniors drivers into the next crop of race winners. The series is designed to allow them to race competitors in their own class, and to allow them move up through the groups. Lewis Chapman took the top spot for qualifying picking up where he left off last time, but close behind him is the ever improving Lucy Dabb making great strides. Daniel Burgess was next up just ahead of James Colebrook and Jack Lawson. With this series we allow the juniors to make their way up the ranking meaning they may not end up in the same final.

Lucy Dabb would be the winner the young lady racer putting in a brilliant drive, Lewis Chapman wouldn’t have the strong final he would of hoped for to finish in 2nd but again another brilliant drive and the young Daniel Burgess close third. The battle for 2nd and 3rd between these two was close and the final showed. James Colebrook had his best drive in the final to be fourth in the juniors ahead of Jack Lawson who also saves his best drive for the final. Only five juniors this meeting but all of them drove well.

Next Generation Cup
1. Lucy Dabb
2. Lewis Chapman
3. Daniel Burgess
4. James Colebrook
5. Jack Lawson

Thanks to Chris Lovely for the report.


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