February 23, 2024

Schumacher Winter Series Finale – Report

The 2023/2023 Schumacher Winter Series presented by the Louth Radio Control Car Club concluded last weekend with the sixth & final round of the popular Indoor Series.  In the Contact RC 17.5 Touring Car class, outgoing Champion and Schumacher racer Alex Brocklebank took a commanding Top qualifier position after the four qualifying rounds.  The battle for the second spot was a close affair between the Awesomatix of Daniel Leonard and Mugen of Tim Wood.  Tim taking the 2nd spot on count back with Daniel in 3rd.  In fourth place was Awesomatix racer Paul Sleight from fellow Awesomatix racer James Herring and Matt Cook with his Mugen Seiki.  The single leg final started at a quick pace with Wood making an early overtake on Brocklebank who would fall to the rear of the field.  Tim and Daniel would battle with Daniel making a mistake, which would allow Paul Sleight through.  A minute in Paul would make a move and claim the lead, with the rest of the field clawing themselves back.  Wood would Gather himself up and give the spectators a race for the lead, contact between himself and Paul would see the recovering Alex Brocklebank take the lead and create a gap which he would see to the end.  Daniel and Matthew Cook would recover and take advantage of the melee and place themselves in the final two podium positions. Paul and Tim would recover to 4th and 5th respectively with James Herring round out the field.

The Mardave and Kamtec supported class would see its biggest entry, and once again it was Harvey Greenfield, title protagonist was in control, leading all three of the four qualifiers. However, it was father Dave, who seemed the closest of the field taking the other qualifying round. Andrew Babb would seal p3 from Lee ward, Michael Seagreave, Mick Roper, Simon Babb and Jeff and Guy Johnson. Onto the single a final. As with this class the start was full of action. Harvey Greenfield would seeming show his superior speed and title winning credentials and pull away from the field and gapping them, taking a tone to tone victory and with it the title. Dad, Dave would have a lovely and unchallenged run to 2nd with Andrew Babb unable to provide a challenge to the Greenfield pairing in front. The field would be strung out with Micheal Seagreave, Mick Roper and Jeff Johnson. Lee Ward, Simon Babb and Guy Johnson wouldn’t see the flag.

In the TTP next generation cup Oliver Jaine would show improved and consistent racing to take the top honours. Not the fastest of the juniors but always producing, contesting championship racers James Colebrook and Lucy Dabb would round out the top three in this class. All three showing racing above their age. Oliver and James would be able to climb the ladder and making it into a final above their qualifying groups. Oliver would back up the consistency showed all day to edge out James in what was a close contest. Lucy wouldn’t have the day she would have wished as the outgoing champion. The results would give James the junior title from Lucy. All junior racers have showed improvement and maturity throughout this race series, which is a credit to the parents and guardians.

Thanks to Chris Lovely for the report.


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