Maritime Off Road Wars 2013

Written by Tony. Posted in Live Race Reports

maritimeoffroadwars_12 maritimeoffroadwars_13   Here we are at the annual Maritime Off Road event. The track layout has never been raced on so a new playing field for all the drivers. In attendance we have a selection of European and British drivers as well as World A finalist and so on……..will it be tough……sure it will

Round 1
Practice went well and everyone had their run and many used or scrubbed new tyres in.  My car was good i was and still am looking forward to the weekend. Round 1 was dominated by Darren Bloomfield as he just drove off in the distance in the top heat (14)  i had some transponder troubles so an estimated time had to be posted.  John, Lee and many other superstars where getting the grips with the track – i am sure the racing will get much tightermaritimeoffroadwars_14
Round 2
maritimeoffroadwars_21Round 2 has come round very quickly and Darren Bloomfield is really shinning on this track.  No errors thus far and has improved his TQ by a few seconds.  Kev Lee driving his Kyosho is looking good and with an error is sitting in 6th.  Lee, Jorn and the others are quick, sure they are but not yet a challenge to Darren.  i sort of had some errors but still feel confident something can happen.  I just have to pay the cream some serious dosh – LOL 🙂
Round 3
maritimeoffroadwars_31Round 3 and Lee Martin making his move to 2nd on the grid and David Poulter and Ellis Stafford setting the same time for 3rd and 4th on the grid.  The competition is certainlytight but some good times coming in from Craig Collinson among others

Darren Bloomfield is looking hot though and the others are chasing it

Darrens' Losi TLR22
maritimeoffroadwars_32Darrens car currently on TQ spot after 3 rounds
Craig Collinson
maritimeoffroadwars_34If you don’t know this guy its Craig Collinson.
Most of his friends call him the Hulk – Craig is currently sitting in the A final and by the way he doesn’t normally pull nice faces 🙂
Round 4

maritimeoffroadwars_42Round 4 was really the round to do it and when we look at the sheet, European Champion Jorn was only sitting 10th with one run to go – That is the level of competition here at Maritime. It was all happening all over the list with improvements and not.  I was on a extremely good run when a small incident really cost me some time and a spring cup off, that was that.
They say the cream rises to the top and Jorn put it a top 3 time so 3rd on the grid.  Kev Lee that dropped out of the A Final put a steady Eddie run to put his RB6 7th.
No one beat Darrens time so he is TQ
Here is your top ten……

2wd Top Ten
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Result
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Maritime Raceway – Winter Series RD3

Written by Tony. Posted in Live Race Reports

Here we are!!!
Round 3 of the now famous Maritime Winter Series.
Location is Chatham east of London in Kent.

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Practice Day
The club runs a practice session the day before (Saturday) their winter series which I think is really nice for the devoted racers to dial their cars in to the track – Starting at 10.0am till 4.0pm is just perfect – I like it!
Round 1
maritime_2_1301134Well the first round should not be counting for anyone.
It was a scrappy affair in the top 3 heats and more or less everyone having errors of some sort.

It is FTD racing by the way which really means you have to be on it

 

 

 

 

 

Darren Bloomfield
maritime_2_1301135Darren is running his Orion powered TLR 22.  He TQed round 1

 

 

 

 

Round 2
maritime_3_1301131Well the grip seems to have come up a little and many of the drivers have improved in this the 2nd round.
Darren Bloomfield and Ellis Stafford I believe run their outboard cars.  There isn’t much grip out there and Darren improved on his time by 6sec.
I made some small fine tuning and now currently sitting 8th.
Lets see if we can improve in the 3rd round and see if the lads decide to stay with the outboard cars?!

 

 

 

 

Matt Benfield
maritime1301132Matt Benfield.
Editor of Racer magazine and F1 National driver looking very serious about racing these days.
Currently sitting in 7th place after 2 runs.
Good job Matt 🙂

 

Round 3
maritime_4_1301134Round 3 and now we have a decision to make.  Do we run new or older tyres.  I went with older tyres and I can’t say they were bad but I didn’t improve on my run.
Others put better tyres and improved.  Now I am sitting out of the main so looking towards experience to get the car in the main.

 

 

 

 

Ellis Stafford
maritime_4_1301131As ever, Ellis Stafford is typing on his PC.
Now i wonder if this has anything to do with his speed he has shown in the taking the 3rd round to go 2nd overall.

 

 

Round 4
maritime_5_1301131i am sort of speachless with my personal performance as I thought after a very clean run I would be very close (at least) to the main A final.
I have found myself mid B final as apparently one can have a bad set of tyres.  I haven’t had this before but all i did is change my tyres for a better set and went backwards.  Ah well…..

Darren Bloomfield improved on TQ by around 4 sec and has the honor of pole in the main.

Should  be an interesting final as some of the guys are real close in lap times.

 

 

4wd Final
maritime_6_1301131The 4wd final saw Ed Kerry TQ the event with Chris Crainger 2nd.
The final started and it look to be a close affair with Chris starting off a little slow as Ed flew out of the traps and was on a mission.  A small error form Ed saw Chris catching and catching and it was getting very friendly and close till Ed had some sort of problem that allowed Chris to ease away and really cruise to the 4wd victory……very good racing.  Well done lads

 

 

 

2wd Final
maritime_6_1301132The A final was full of superstars and a 4wd car running without front drive shafts and so on (XB4)
The final started and the first 4 were just on a mission.
TQ man Darren started off on a flyer with Ellis and Grant in hot pursuit.  In 4th was Chris Delves and certainly he was not out of the picture.  In fact with only a couple of laps down, Chris looked real strong and his car was real quick in speed too.
Grant touched Ellis over the centre small ski jump and it all go a little messy between the 2nd, 3rd and 4th paces till they sorted that out.  An unfortunate touch but in my opinion these things happen when drivers are so equally matched and driving so close.
Darren was on his way to Waitrose and checking out, but Ellis had some other ideas with fast lap after fast lap.  Hunting Darren down but realistically it would require an error from Darren for it to be real close again.
It wasn’t to be and Darren won the 2wd event from Ellis 2nd and Grant coming in at 3rd.
I do believe there is a video of the final and i will send some emails to locate.

A big congratulations to the club for a great event and we all thank you for your efforts.
Catch up next time

Area 51 – 4wd – Dec 2012

Written by Tony. Posted in Live Race Reports

The THINGThis year Area 51 was certainly going to be challenging, especially one of the features (THING) mentioned in the 2wd report.
In the evening it was decided to check the ‘THING’ with a 4wd car.
Theoretically with the added traction, power and so on of a 4wd car, it was decided that the jump will remain.

Or would it!!

Practice Sessions
Joining the party today was Lee Martin the joint current 4wd British Champion as well as local hero John Spencer multi National A finalist.

Both top drivers and of course potentially will be affecting the main A final

With less drivers for the 4wd event to the 2wd the day before, the club decided to do 4 minute practice sessions.
This was good and we would also see how the drivers with their 4wd cars would cope with the ‘THING’

Round 1
area514wd1Well round one started and there were some suprises in who was going to be quick through the day.  Young gun, Jack Embling looked real good in both practice sessions and was extremely consistent over the THING jump.  Many were surprised when Jack put his Tamiya buggy right up into 2nd place in round.  It was yesterdays winner Tom Cockrill topping the round 1 charts, with his new K1.

 

 

 

 

Round 2

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A big pause in the racing after round 1 and in my opinion a mistake by the club.
They decided to change the THING jump.  Why on earth would you change it now at this stage, I just couldn’t and still do not understand.
We had 14 heats the day before and everyone suffered with it all day from practice through 4 rounds of qualification and all the finals.
Today we already managed 2 longer practice runs and already 1 round of qualification.  At this stage I actually got a little annoyed and I expressed my view to Matt Owen.  This was purely at frustration as the organisers already ask my views on numerous occasions and didn’t execute any of them.   Helllllooooo!!!!!
I was probably a little out of order so I apologise for that but on the same token in my eyes the only reason the THING jump was changed, was because a couple of the superstars drivers just couldn’t get on with it.  That is my view and although Kev Lee was trying through the day to change my opinion and or to see it a different way, at this late hour it still remains. Since this report I was told some cars broke but my opinion still remains!

Anyway, the person that in my opinion it was penalizing the most, was young Jack as he was copping with the jump THING really well and for sure young Jack raised some eye brows when he TQed round 2 after pro Tom Cockerill pulled out with a problem.  Jack had now semi secured top 3 on the grid and was looking good.  Nathan Ralls took 2nd and Mark Penny came in the picture with a 3rd in round.  Ben Cosgrove driving his Durango in at number 4 with Matt Owen himself taking 5th in the round now that he could cope with the adjusted THING

Round 3
area514wd4Round 3 came round very quick.

Tom Cockerill took the round and put his Schumacher car on pole with only young Jack having an opportunity in the 4th round to take it away.

Mark Penny had a great run to take 2nd in round and Kev Lee coming in 3rd in round after some set up changes to his Kyosho

All looking very interesting for round 4 but surprisingly Lee Martin was not yet showing his pace with a 3-66-5 in the 3 rounds completed

 

 

Round 4
area514wd5On to round 4 and at this stage I worked out there were many drivers sitting the the B final that could make the main with a good run.  Myself included.

Tom puts in another blistering run and TQed the 4th round and took pole for the meeting.
Mark Penny has another 2nd in round to put himself 3rd on the grid.
Chris Crainger from the touring car world and former worlds A finalist puts his K1 5th on the grid with a 3rd in round.
4th in round was young Jack but he already secure 2nd on the grid.
5th in round from James Helliwell from Robin Hood Raceway and that secured him 7th on the grid.
6th in the final round was Ben Cosgrove and that along with his 4th puts him 8th on the grid.
7th was Matt Owen and that gave him the last spot in the main A final.
8th in the round was Nathan Ralls but he already secured 4th on the grid.
9th was Mark Fletcher but he was to compete in the B final.
10th was Paul Penny but that only secured the BQ spot.  Good effort though Paul even with all the transmitter problems causing a share with brother Mark.
Lee Martin had no improvements and was to line up 6th on the grid. Maybe too many mince pies for our national  champion!

John Spencer
area514wd3John was hoping to be make the main A final with his K1 after beating Elliott Boots (Elliott broke!!) the week before at the Herts club but missed out and ended up 4th on the grid for the B.

 

Finals
area514wd6This is the top 3 finals and how they lined up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main A final and result
area514wd9Well it has to be said that Tom was the class of the field this weekend.  He took the 2wd win yesterday after a battle with Kev Lee and today was on such a high he was near unbeatable.  A massive well done to Tom.  Mark Penny drove his heart out in a couple of the legs to take 2nd place at the metting and the only man to beat Tom in the finals with his last leg win.
Kev Lee made double podium just like Tom so a solid show for the Kyosho man

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Area 51 Conclusion
The Silverstone club moved the venue from the big warehouse where the original event was held to their Tuesday night venue at Moulton College.  I personally feel this lost some impact to this now once a year event .  No one can fault the efforts of the club or the massive work load to build such a complex track but in my opinion it was just a bit too much.  OK I know you are thinking that may sound a bit harsh but after many years of racing and a club organiser in the past, I have learned that the best tracks are the tracks that the majority can drive and enjoy.  Like I’ve said many times, the fast guys will always be fast so never penalise the lesser driver.  I repeat though, the passion for racing and the effort by the Silverstone club is second to none but please lads, no more THING jumps 🙂

 

Area 51 – 2wd – Dec 2012

Written by Tony. Posted in Live Race Reports

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Here we are at the long awaited Area 51 meeting.
Some 200 entries were requested for the 2wd event and today we have 13 heats running.

 

 

 

 

Practice
The practice commenced at 7.15 am and to be honest i was still in nod land.
Kev Lee has his shop, Inside Line Racing, at trackside and all the racers were getting their goodies and tyres

The 3 minute practice sessions went very smoothly with the main talking point being the corner table top, step down, into down slope, jump over another section THING.  Only a hand full of drivers could do it and this was certainly a talking point.
The rest of the track is very very nice.
Kev Lee and Tom Cockerill were the 2 top guys with some impressive single lap times.
No doubt the consistency over 5 mins was going to be the key at this event

Round 1
area5112Well round 1 was an interesting round for sure.  I personally started Ok and was 2nd in my heat (one from top) and actually circulating in a reasonable manner, till……the mad evil demon something or another attacked my nervous system and had error after error.  Must do better is what was in my head – LOL
Kev Lee showed his class with a great controlled drive to take TQ for the round but the track is so demanding, even he had errors.  Lloyd driving his Schumacher also had a good run and got 2nd in the round with Richard Barton and Paul Penny also having good runs

 

 

Round 2
area5118Round 2 has just been concluded and Kev Lee once more has shown that the Kyosho based DB1 is just amazine on the high grip astro.
Kev looked like he was in cruise mode for round 2 and now has 2 zeros.  Tom Cockerill got close and Lloyd Storey rounding off the top 3.
I finally got my act together and without a silly error would of had 4th in round but instead ended up with 7th.  Getting there as they say 🙂

 

 

 

 

Round 3
area5121The track was bitting everyone.  Kev Lee included so Tom Cockerill took round 3 to leave the TQ spot all open for a dramatic round 4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4 and Finals

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Well there were many that could make the A and all of us needed that magical run.  The cars in the top heats were really going for it.  Many racers really committed to the cause including myself.
For sure the track got faster as the went on and it was Tom Cockerill that pulled out the only 14 lap run of the day to take TQ over Kev Lee on the same points.  Lloyd secured 3rd on the grid.  A great last run by Chris Delves to secure the last spot in the main A

Bring on the finals

 

 

Final Result
area5138The first leg main was a good final to watch with Tom and Kev switching positions some 9-10 times before Tom took it.  The second leg was really a walk in the park for Tom which takes the meeting and makes him Area 51 2wd champion.  Another good last leg that saw Tom pull over with some sort of problem with his winning SV2.
This left Lloyd in the winning position for the last leg and that ultimately took 2nd at the meeting.  Kev came in 3rd

 

All 3 legs of the main A final

 

 

 

Silverstone Winter Series RD3

Written by Tony. Posted in Live Race Reports

Here we are at Silverstone round 3 and certainly today will be a test.
We have former British Champions and even a World A finalist in the heat listing.

Counting down I reckon some 25 odd drivers are capable in making the main A final so lets rock as the say!!

Round 1
Round 1 concluded and certainly some very quick boys here today.
The internet is very weak and therefore picture will be uploaded later on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 2
The Internet is actually very weak here to the degree I cannot upload any pics as yet – I will keep trying though.

The top ten haven’t much moved but we did see good lap times from Tom Cockrill, Simon Moss as well as Scott Faulkner.  Yes Scott has been driving very well
Others of note – Steve Brown very fast lap times but binned it
Myself the same.
Karl Jackson was quick as was David Poulter
All very close at the moment and remember the 2nd listing is with only one round counting

 

 

Round 3

Round 3 came very quickly and what was obvious is that Tom Cockrill was driving very well indeed.  Lloyd said to me prior to the round that he will be at the top and I just smiled.  Nothing like a driver with confidence for sure.  I was pitting with Scot and Simon Moss from Schumacher.  He actually advised some changed to my RB6 which made sense but on the same tone it is difficult to listen to an idea from a person outside the team.  I listen to everyone and evaluate for myself 🙂

 

 

 

Round 4
Well some more changes made to my car and to David Poulters Orion RB6 and off we went.  I figured i needed a 4th in round to put the car in the main

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I managed a 6th in round with a car that felt much much safer so a thank you to Si Moss for his input.
David managed to get his in the A so well done to him.
We even managed to get Roger Mills to change from his own wonderful set up too….now we all know that takes some doing 🙂

Looking forward to the final now

 

 

 

 

Simon Moss
Simon Moss rocking his new K1

 

 

 

 

 

Lloyd Storey and his Cougar SV2
Lloyd did seem very confident and ended up putting his car 2nd on the grid

 

 

 

 

The Brits at the 1/8th Worlds - Argentina
 I have to say there was a bunch of drivers cheering on our lads over in Argentina

For the life of me i cannot understand the rule of the TQ man not being locked in to the main final….I mean heelllllooooo!!!!
With Elliott having a servo failure we were all gutted for him and then everyone was cheering for Lee to get it done and put it in the main – he did just that and we were all so happy for him

 

 

Finals
I don’t have many pics of the finals because as you can imagine many of us were keen to get away to get home and watch the 1/8th main.
In the B final it was a great race between the Kyosho lads with Steve Brown taking the win from myself and Scott Faulkner – good driving too!

The main A final was an exciting affair with the 3 Schumacher drivers setting a fast pace with Tom Yardy (Associated) and David Poulter (Kyosho/Orion) in very close attendance…..I was on the microphone trying not to be getting too excited – LOL

Half way through the race and everyone sort of made some silly errors.  The track was demanding when driven fast.
The time was winding down and Lloyd had an error that saw him drop to 5th.
Simon also with an error too dropped him off to 3rd and now Tom Yardy was on the chase to try and catch Tom Cockrill out in front.  David moved to 4th and was to remain there.
Like I said i was on the microphone and made the following comment ‘just one corner to go for Tom Cockrill and he will take the win’ when disaster struck his Cougar!  He spun it into the pipe with only 2 feet to get to the loop….yes only 2 feet.  Not sure who was more embarrassed at that moment with the crowd in shock!
Me for saying he is going to take the win?  Tom Yardy for driving round him to win?  or Tom Cockrill for touching the pipe and loosing the final only 2 feet away from the loop?

Certainly exciting stuff.

Thanks to the Silverstone crew for another good meeting – catch up soon

A Final 2wd - Many thanks Ricky Burnett

 

Eden Park Raceway Winter Series 3

Written by Tony. Posted in Live Race Reports

Well when i got in the car this morning and fired the beat up, I really thought that I am mad.
Temp on the dash was showing -2.5 deg and i had to wait at least 10 minutes to even start the defrost.

Devotion or what? 🙂

Round 1

Round 1 and its very very cold.
A close call to who TQed round 1 as it was extremely slippery and that is being plite to the track conditions.
Getting traction was like winning the lottery and since I’ve never won the lottery i also don’t know what traction actually is.
Kev Lee had a wonder last lap to take TQ for round one.  A consistent drive with very little error saw Glen Westwood take 2nd with David Poulter and myself 3rd and 4th – very close though and it is actually very similar to dancing on ice!!
Round 2

The ICE was trying to defrost and as this was happening the track would actually get worse for grip.  The top surface would be slick and greasy and really whatever was done to the car would not benefit that much
Kev Lee once more took the round by a very small margin.
David Poulter driving the Kyosho RB6 for the first time and equipped with full Orion power was really getting the hang of it….hot on Kevs heels, David went second in round.  Chris Brooke driving his Losi 22 went third in round
Round 3

Well in round 3 we saw David Poulter really get the grips with everything to do with Kyosho and the RB6.
With his 7,5 Orion pushing him along, David took round 3 TQ with a convincing run.  Kev Lee took second from Glen and myself.
This of course leaves overall TQ open between Kev and David – what was certain at this stage is a Kyosho wa on pole
Round 4

I would normally say that the cars would be dialed in and everyone is ready but this would not be the case.
One practice lap of the top heat and everyone saying how they have no grip.
Kev Lee shows his class by taking the final round and the overall TQ.
David Poulter has a poor run in comparison to his other efforts and young Chris Brooke takes 2nd in round to put himself 3rd on the grid.

Finals and main A

The Kyosho Team was working to find the right set up all day.
Kev, David, Tony, Simon, Matt as many others were trying different things through the day.  Very constructive in these very low grip conditions.
The Vega Team were also evident and no doubt they were working hard to get Glens Tamiya working at its best.

Off we went on the buzzer and boy oh boy it was like driving on ICE…..Kev, David and Chris got away as i tussled with Glen for 4th.
I could see the leaders just a corner or two away so i had to make my move on Glen early….as i thought about this, Glen makes an error so I moved into 4th.
Setting my eyes on 3rd i started to hunt down Chris.
Chris to be fair to him, was driving within himself.  I was driving the socks off mt car but really in these greasy conditions it probably wasn’t the right thing to be doing.
Inch by inch I reeled in Chris only to finish just behind him in 4th.
Kev Lee won the final from David Poulter making it 4 Kyosho cars in the top 5.  Well done Simon Overall for bringing it in in 5th
Thanks EPR for your brave efforts in such cold conditions 🙂

Winner

I thought I would let you have the last look of the ‘Mario’ mustache (now gone) and today’s winner Kev Lee

Stotfold Winter Series Round 2

Written by Tony. Posted in Live Race Reports, Race Reports

Here we are at Stotfold.
The track is actually frozen but we hardcore racers actually and here to race.

NEW astro down and the track feels so different.  Still very slippery in places and care and caution will have to be taken today to actually qualify well.  I just hope it warms up a little

 

 

 

 

Round 1
Well round 1 was a very slippery affair.  John Spencer was driving very well and took TQ from Kev Lee.  I was wondering how they could be that quick but i managed 4th so i knew i had some work to do
 
Round 2
Round 2 was better after a couple of changes.  Took all tiings off the R10 speedo and no turbo either.  Smoothed the car right out and managed to get 27s lap times which was on the pace.  John Spencer was still flying though
 
Round 3
In this round i thought I would push on and stop driving like Miss Daisy …. wrong move…got some fast lap times but too many errors….back to Miss Daisy for round 4.  John Spencer repeated the first 2 rounds to take overall TQ although Kev binned it and gifted it to John
Round4
Some more set up changes to the RB6 and slowing dialling her in.  Probably too much power in the car and should of switched to a 8.5 Orion but just didn’t have time.
Tom Cockrill
Now this bloke has a bunch of stuff to answer to….not only I got back to my laptop to find Super Mario ALL over as a screen saver but when i go into the FaceBook page …..well it was everywhere….God save you Tom – LOL 🙂
A Final 2wd
Well off we went and straight away everyone was making comments of lack of grip….to be fair my RB6 felt fine, yes it was a little more slippery but nothing like the beginning of the day before the sun came up.
i stayed with the leading pack for some laps after getting in to fourth.
John was stretching away and was driving very very well.  Kev Lee was 2nd and Kit Jones sitting just in front of me.
No matter what I did i just couldn’t close the gap.
That was the finishing order.
John Spencer
John Spencer was on fire at the weekend.
He drove well in quali and in the final……deserved win for the big man. Well done pal 🙂

Maritime Off Road Wars Winter Series

Written by Tony. Posted in Live Race Reports

Silverstone yesterday and Maritime Off Road Wars Winter Series the next day.
Yes we are mad but its the love of our sport!
Today we will be rocking and rolling with the Kyosho RB6, Orion powered of course

 

Updates as they come in

 

 

 

 

 

Round 1
Well the club runs FTD (Fastest time of the day) and to say the least its very fast and furious.
Many people were here practicing though the week ans yesterday so some for sure have an advantage……I was very pleased to be just half a second off the fastest lap so we have potential – LOL
Ellis Stafford making adjustments
For a long time now Ellis has been telling me to adjust my transmitter from a 3/4 stick to conventional 1/2 stick.
Today I have put my future racing career in his hands and let him loose in adjusting my transmitter – God save me!
Round 2
So round 2 has just been concluded and Ellis Stafford has some errors in his run and doesn’t improve.  Darren Bloomfield gets very close to Ellis’s first round time and went 2nd overall. Grant Williams goes 3rd overall.
I improved but errors sees me in 14th (at the moment!!)
Chris Delves TLR
As you can see here, some cars are very well prepared.
Chris Delves from Horizon UK clearly takes some time preparing his car…..
Very nice!
Round 3
Well clearly some set up changes had to be done so Elliott Boots and myself had a good chat to what’s what.
We both changed our cars to a higher roll centre and the result speak for itself.
Elliot managed to put his RB6 in 2nd and I manged to get mine to 10th.

Still more to come i feel…..lets see 🙂

Elliott Boots and my mustache
Elliott and I getting the Kyosho cars in the A final with one round to go
I know I look terrible but its for a good cause
Final Qualifications after round 4
Well we all threw it at the track and really not many improved.
I am very happy to make the top ten especially not been here before but realistically Ellis, Darren and Elliott are the quick guys
Shaun Howe's Kyosho
If there was ever a sexy car, then this is it – Lovely
 
Result
This is the A Final result – congratulations to all

1. Darren Bloomfield
2. Elliott Boots
3. Ellis Stafford
4. Grant Williams
5. Chris Delves
6. David Bowan
7. Chris Granger
8. Glenn Doman
9. Tony Evdoka
10. Matt Benfield

Thank you to all the organisers at Maritime – Look forward in seeing you all soon

Silverstone Winter Series RD2

Written by Tony. Posted in Live Race Reports, Race Reports

Here we are at Silverstone on an unusual Saturday event.  The track is a fast flowing indoor astro track with various jumps and slippery surfaces too.

Practice
Elliot Boots, Kev Lee, Tom Yardy and Darren Bloomfield showed early pace

Round 1

The first round was very fast and furious and many of the top drivers made the odd error that really hurt their first round qualifiaction
It was Tom Yardy that pitched it from Darren Bloomfield
Round 2

Round 2 many drivers got their act together and we were seeing everyone getting the grips with the track as well as the tyres.
Tom Yardy was stepping up the pace and on course for another TQ in round.
Richard Barton suprised a few people and went 2nd with Darren Bloomfield 3rd
I was sort of getting my act together and has a 9th in round after my first round 13th

Round 3

Well Tom Yardy knew a TQ in this round would give him the overall pole and that is just was he achieved.
David Poulter found some great pace and put his Orion powered Durango 2nd in round and yet again Darren Bloomfield in 3rd.
Some other interesting movers were David Burton (designer of the DB1) was securing his A final slot.
Karl Jackson also secured A Final as well as Kev Lee with his RB6
Round 4 and A - B - C Finals
   
Well this is the make or break round and boy oh boy was it fast and furious.
Darren Bloomfield made his mark in this round with a TQ so puts his Orion powered Losi 2nd on the grid behind Tom Yardy and his Associated C4.1
David poulter has another great run and goes 2nd in round and 3rd on the grid with his Orion powered Durango
Steve Brown has a good run and he secured his A final position with his Orion powered DB1 Kyosho
Charlie Ware had a 4th in round and put his Associated C4.1 in the last spot in the main A final
Matt Owen

Matt Owen is at the head of Silverstone Buggy Club and has massive enthusiasm for the club to succeed.
Maybe not enough people say thank for to the organisers so , thanks for another great meeting Matt
Stuart Whyman

Stuart is the Head Timekeeper for the British Radio Car Association and looks after all our National events and a lot more.
Whenever he is at the computer you just know the meeting is going to run smoothly.
Today was no different, thanks Stu
Finals

Well all the finals were great to watch and certainly some great close racing.
The C Final won by Paul Timberlake was a very close battle.
The B Final was gifted to John Spencer by myself with the help of Scott Faulkner (I know these two are laughing right now)
The Main A Final saw 4 cars fighting to the end and with Tom, Darren, David and Kev really throwing it at the track…..at the half stage one felt anyone of them could win. Congrats to Tom Yardy for another great drive and a cool head for the win

 

TORCH Winter Series Rd 1

Written by Tony. Posted in Live Race Reports

Certainly cold this morning but looking forward to the racing

 

 

 

 

 


Round 1

I finished 5th in round.
Could of been a little bit better if I didn’t generate grip roll in the wet – LOL
Glen Westwwod TQed the round from Kev Lee

Round 2
I finished 2nd in round
I got hooked up on a pipe and lost a couple of seconds otherwise could of possibly TQed.
I also tuned down my Orion motor and generated more forward traction
Kev Lee TQed the round

Round 3
A coming together on the practice lap caused my RB6 to break a rear hub!
Shame as the car felt real good.
Kev Lee TQed round 3 but I’m still smiling

Round 4
Well on a drying track everyone in the previous round had some track time.
Managed 3th in round, so happy with that.
Ended up 4th on the grid with the finals next.
Kev Lee TQ – Glen Westwood 2nd, Steve Brown 3rd, Myself 4th with Mark Sadler 5th

Rock on the finals

A Final Result
1st     Kevin Lee
2nd   Tony Evdoka
3rd   Steven Brown

A VERY ENJOYABLE DAY – MANY THANKS TO THE TORCH CLUB COMMITTEE