24th April 2016
A few weeks since the last update but the Spring 2016 Championship has been progressing well with good attendences each week and a total of 26 drivers having taken part, including 2 outings for the club's Hire Car in the hands of Jess and Lee.
So far Dan Wooster has put loosing his F1 title to Steve Swan at the end of last year behind him, and armed with his new car he has notched up a near perfect first half of the championship only dropping one point. Dave French follows in second place with Sir 3rd Alot (Nathan Maycock) in ... Third! With dropped scored starting to take effect in a couple of weeks we could start seeing some changes though as both Steve Swan and Lisa Keen have scored good points in the rounds they have done so far.
In F2 Stu Marshman leads the way at the half way point after some consistant point scoring but second place man Tony Spooner has the chance to leap to the top as soon as he can drop his missed rounds. Dave Irving sits in third place just ahead of Rob Oliver but they both have to watch out for Jaco van der Sterren who should also benefit from dropping some missed rounds in the next few weeks.
F3 is lead by John Shelswell with a score just 3 points short of perfect, he's going to be tough to beat in the championship run in. Paul Johnson and George Beard complete the top three currently but they have a tough task to hold Jamie Gibson and Karl Davidson off until the end, it should be a great battle.
The results from the last few weeks are now up on the Results page and the updated Championship Tables are available too.
So this marks the half way point of the championship and 4 weeks of racing left to decide our winners. Away from the KMCC track we have club members competing in all kinds of other events. This weekend Paul Coleman, Martin Flower and Pete Covell all raced at Stafford in round 2 of the BRCA Clubmans series. Paul had a great run with his new Schumacher MI6 making the A Final in 17.5 blinky, Martin also went very well and qualified for the B final in the same class. Pete was racing in the 13.5 open class and made the C final. Next up for those guys will be round 3 on May 22nd at West London. Also coming up at West London is round 1 of the Iconic Cup on the 8th of May, this is a Tamiya Eurocup revival event with Adam Burgess, Mat Dawson and Stewart Callis all booked in to represent KMCC. Away from the onroad classes we have Dan Wooster and Nathan Maycock competing in the Mid East Off Road regionals, and then at the end of July we have a team of drivers all booked in to compete at the IconicRC Revival up at A1 Raceway just outside of Grantham. A busy few months of racing for our members both home and away!
Next up though, week 5 of the Spring 2016 Club Championship this coming Friday, see you all there!
5th April 2016
17 cars took to the track for week 1 of the Spring 2016 Club Championship, including brand new rides for both Rob Oliver and Dan Wooster. The track layout for the duration of the championship will completely new each week and made up on the night which should bring us some interesting new challenges. This week's layout was pretty fast and suited cars that had good traction out of the tight hairpin bends. Another change for this championship is the way the points are scored. We have adopted the same system that is used at the BRCA Clubmans series which means each driver scores points for their qualifying positions and finishing position in the finals. This means each drivers points score will be 50% qualifying points and 50% final result points. A bit more info on this can be found on the Championship Tables page. The Formula Grades have been updated too.
In qualifying Dan Wooster's new Xray proved to be instantly on the pace and after the two 5 minute runs secured pole position for the A final. Pete Covell put yet another Xray on pole position for the B Final, Rob Oliver claimed the C Final pole with his new ARC and a returning Dan Mayes lined up on pole for the D Final with his Schumacher GT12.
Just 2 cars lined up for the D Final and it was Dan Mayes who took the two final wins finishing ahead of George Beard who is competing in his first championship.
Rob Oliver lead the C Final away and after quickly getting up to speed with his new ARC went on to take two wins. Jamie Gibson followed in second overall with Stewart Callis in third.
The B Final featured a strong grid of cars with Pete Covell lined up at the front to lead away from pole position. It was Tony Spooner though who battled through to take the overall win after winning both legs of the final. Pete followed home in second with Anthony Adcock finishing third overall.
In the A Final we saw a stunning performance by pole sitter Dan Wooster. Driving a brand new car that hadn't turned a wheel until qualifying, Dan went on to take two wins with the second final completed with amazing speed and consistancy. Adam Burgess followed in second overall with Steve Swan third.
The full Results from the last 2 weeks of racing are now available, along with provisional Championship Tables (these are subject to confirmation after this coming weeks racing).
So a good start to the championship with some good battles right across all finals. With several drivers still to start their campaign for the title we should be in for a very good championship over the coming weeks. See you all on Friday!
21st March 2016
Following on from the last update, last Friday night our GT12 Hire Car was run by multiple time club champion Dan Wooster who despite having never raced GT12 before took the overall win in the GT12 class. A great achievment proving how good this little hire car is. In the Touring Car class David French converted his A Final pole position into 2 wins, a great confidence boost going into the upcoming Spring Championship.
All the results from the last 3 weeks of racing have now been uploaded to the Results page.
As mentioned the Spring 2016 Club Championship is fast approaching with the first round scheduled to take place on Friday 2nd April. The championship will run for 8 weeks with best 5 rounds to count towards each drivers final points total. Full details and updated (if required) Formula Grades will follow shortly. This means there is just one more week of practice before we get underway, racing is on as normal this Friday for those who aren't busy with their easter weekend plans.
There seem to be lots of car rebuilds underway as people prepare for the start of the championship, hope to see lots of you along on Friday for some shake down runs and final practice.
29th February 2016
The Results from the last few weeks have now been added. There's been some fun racing with some GT12 racing being mixed in with the regular Touring Car heats recently, and finally our GT12 Hire Car has been finished and made available alongside our rental touring car. The GT12 car has been used by some of our members and proved to be very competetive, reliable and most of all fun! You can check out the spec's and hire details in the Hire Car section.
With February coming to an end and hopefully some spring like weather not too far away it can only mean that the Spring Club Championship isn't far away. Date's and detail's are still to be finalised but now would be a good time to start practicing and getting ready to fight it out for some trophies again. Hope to see you all on Friday for another great night's racing!
1st February 2016
A short update this week to you all know that the last couple of weeks Results have now been uploaded. Also a couple of popular events with our members have released booking in and event details in the last few weeks. The booking in for BRCA Nationals and Clubmans Touring Car events is now open on BRCA.org. Also the date for the 2016 IconicRC revival for vintage RC cars has been revealed as the weekend of the 30th/31st July with booking in to open soon. Hopefully we'll see Team KMCC representing at these events and more throughout 2016. Thats all for this week, see you on Friday night.
10th January 2016
Happy New Year everyone! After what seemed like forever (it was only 2 weeks off) we returned to racing on Friday. A good turnout of 15 cars took to the track with many of them sporting new bodyshells and paint schemes for the new year. One of the cars belonged Richard Miller who has been working locally and decided to pop along and join in the fun for the evening, it was a pleasure to have you join us Richard and we hope you can come along again in the future.
A good night of racing saw Dan Wooster return to the top in the A final, Richard Miller come out on top in the B final after a great battle with Dave Irving, and John Shelswell took the win in the C final.
The full Results have been added to the results page.
So with a new year of racing ahead a reminder that BRCA memberships should have been renewed for 2016 by now, this is a requirement if you want to race. We are now taking club membership fee's too, this has been frozen and remains £7 for the year. The weekly racing fee of £4 for members and £5 for non-members remains unchanged too which means KetteringMCC remains the cheapest RC racing club (and best!) locally.
Hers's to a great 2016 of club racing, club championships, BRCA championships and any other events we all take part in while flying the club flag. See you all next Friday!
11th December 2015
Well the finale didn't disappoint! 16 drivers took to the track for round 8 of the Autumn/Winter 2105 Championship and provided some great racing as always. Qualifying was a very close run thing with the top 5 drivers covered by just 1.2 seconds after the two 3 minute quaifying sessions. Our 2 championship contenders both found themselves a little further down the grid than they'd both have liked but it was Steve Swan who had the early advantage with a P3 grid slot compared Dan Wooster's P5. A messy first corner in the first A Final saw pole sitter Adam drop to the back of the pack and Steve take advantage to come through to lead the race and eventually take the win. With Dan only making it through to 3rd the title was now within Steve's grasp with just one race to go. In leg 2 once again Steve made his way through to lead the race, this time with Adam in pursuit and piling on the pressure but Steve is the master at pacing himself and protecting a lead. 4 minutes into the race Adam's car clipped some loose tape causing the car to crash giving Steve some valuable breathing space and also allowing Nathan through into 2nd. Steve crossed the line after 5 minutes of racing to pick up his second win of the night giving him the 100 points he needed to clinch the championship title. Nathan Maycock finished 2nd overall on the night with Adam Burgess 3rd.
In the the B Finals, Jaco van der Sterren converted his pole position into 2 wins and the overall B Final win. Martin Flower and Stewart Callis rounded out the top 3. In the C final Simon Mitchell came through from 3rd on the grid to take 2 wins and the overall win. Behind Simon there was a 4 way tie in points for 2nd meaning the qualifying results decided the finishing order, therefore Karl Davidson finished 2nd and Jamie Gibson 3rd.
So with the Championship Tables now complete we'll have a quick recap of the top three in each formula:
Formula 1 1st - Steve Swan, 2nd - Dan Wooster, 3rd - Nathan Maycock
Formula 2 1st - Martin Flower, 2nd - Tony Spooner, 3rd - Stewart Callis
Formula 3 1st - Karl Davidson, 2nd - Simon Mitchell, 3rd - Mat Dawson.
Congratulations to our winners and thankyou to everyone who took part. The Trophies have been ordered so hopefully we can have the presentation this coming Friday. The Results and completed Championship Tables are now available.
We finish with a reminder that this coming Friday (18th) is our last meeting of the year, we will return on Friday 8th of January. We will start taking club membership fee's for 2016 from the first meeting of the new year and also checking BRCA membership cards so make sure you have renewed your licenses. Hope to see lots of you on Friday to see out a great year of racing.
5th December 2015
As suggested in the last report we were missing some big names this week opening up the door to the A Final to some other drivers. The most notbale name re-appearing in the A final was Steve Swan though, making his return after a couple of weeks away. With Dan and Nathan both missing this week Steve had a great chance to put massive pressure on Dan at the top of the championship table.
Qualifying went to plan with Steve claiming pole position for the A Final, joined by A final regulars Adam and David with Martin, Dave and Stu all grabbing the rare opportunity fight for the overall win also. Leg 1 of the finals also went to plan for Steve when he crossed the line in first place setting him up with a great chance of taking home this week's 100 points, leg 2 wasn't so good though. After leading the grid away he clipped the corner as he crossed the loop on lap 2 causing his car to roll dropping him down the order. Adam and David both took turns leading the race with Steve still in the mix battling hard but in a busy 6 car final dealing with lapped traffic can be tricky. With just a handfull of laps to go, a crash on the fast sweeper at the end of the straight involving the then leading David and some back-markers handed the lead to Adam who hung on to take the win. Once the race was over there was nervous wait to see what the overall finishing order was. The top 3 drivers all finished up with 4 points so it was down to the tie-break rules to seperate them, therefore Steve took the overall win thanks to his pole position, Adam was 2nd with David 3rd.
In the B Finals Stewart Callis lined up on pole position with Tony Spooner right behind in second with them both needing to take the win to try and stay in the battle for the F2 title, Martin making the A Final made things really tricky for them. Leg 1 was taken by Tony with a run that wouldn't have looked out of place in the A Final. Leg 2 was hugely disappointing for Tony though, his championship has been hampered by reliability issues and yet another breakage forced him out of the race. Stewart cruised to the leg 2 win which gave him the overall B Final win, Tony scored enough for 2nd despite the retirement and Jamie Gibson came 3rd.
So in the Championship Tables this week has blown F1 right open but in F2 the winner has now been decided. Starting in F3, Karl Davidson had already done enough to take the title but this week he took his 5th win of the series meaning he now has a perfect 500 points. Mat Dawson has moved into a clear 2nd place and now only has to turn up for the final round to cement his position. Simon Mitchell is in 3rd place.
The top 2 places in F2 are decided now. Martin Flower retains his F2 title and Tony Spooner is confirmed in 2nd place. The battle for 3rd rolls on to a last round decider, Stewart Callis currently sits in 3rd but is just 1 point ahead of Stu Marshman.
Its been a long time since the F1 title needed a final round decider but that is exactly what we have this time. Dan Wooster goes into the finale leading the way and knowing a win next week wraps up the title. Nathan Maycock is in 2nd place but currently sits just 1 point ahead of David French in 3rd. But the exciting bit is that Steve Swan's win this week means the final round will be his 5th scoring week and will see him leap up the table to at least 2nd place (assuminng he makes the A final as usual), but he is in the same position as Dan where a win will take the title. Its going to be a cracking final week!
All this week's Results and the updated Championship Tables are now available.
A couple of reminders to finish this week. First up as we approach the end of the year everyone's BRCA licenses are up for renewal. The easiest was to do this is to create an account on the new BRCA website and order directly through their site. It takes just a few minutes to create an account an pay for your new license. Please get this sorted ASAP to make sure you get your new license before the end of the year, especially if you are booked into race at any events in January. Club membership will be sorted in the new year. Finally, we have just 2 weeks racing left before the Christmas break. With Christmas day and New Years day falling on a Friday this year the last race night will be Friday 18th of December and we will return on Friday 8th of January. That's all for this week, see you all next week for an exciting championship finale!
30th November 2015
We have had a few issues with results over the last few weeks hence the lack of updates. This week's Results have been added now and a fully updated Championship Table too. Hopefully we'll be on top of things from now on.
We're 6 weeks into the 8 week championship now with still plenty to play for. Dan Wooster leads the way in F1, Martin Flower leads in F2 and Karl Davidson leads F3. Karl has wrapped up the F3 title but the battle for 2nd is still on with 3 drivers split by just 2 points. Martin has been consistant all series and has lead the F2 table right from week 1 but Tony Spooner is hanging on in 2nd. A bad night last time out didn't do Tony any favours but theres still time to close the gap to Martin. Dan Wooster's 7 point lead at the top of F1 looks like a tough one to overcome now but both Nathan Maycock in 2nd and (confusingly) Steve Swan in 7th are still mathmeatically in the race.
So 2 weeks left and lots of points still up for grabs. Also I'm lead to believe we will be missing a couple of top drivers this coming friday so there could be some A Final spaces up for grabs and big points to go with them, a real chance for some of you to make a big move in the championship table! See you all on Friday.
8th November 2015
We are 3 weeks into the championship now with 20 drivers having taken part so far. The battles are looking good up and down the field with our reigning F1 and F2 champions leading the way again but by no means having things their own way. Dan Wooster tops F1 but has really had to work for it and had to rely on the tie break rules this week to secure maximum points. David French sits in 2nd place with some consistant scoring but could have been much closer to Dan if it wasn't for some bad luck in leg 2 of the finals this week. Nathan Maycock is currently 3rd and was unlucky to not take the win this week, but all three drivers are looking over their shoulders at Steve Swan who could leap up the table once dropped scores start to take effect in a few weeks time.
Martin Flower tops F2 having only dropped 1 point so far but Stewart Callis is clinging on in 2nd just 4 points behind. Tony Spooner rounds out the top 3 despite missing round 1, and he certainly has the speed to challenge fot the title if he can overcome some reliability issues.
F3 has been a little under subscribed so far but the 3 drivers that have taken part have each taken a win meaning theres nothing to choose between them at the moment. Karl Davidson tops the table thanks to his 2 scoring rounds compared to his rivals 1 round each but it is wide open.
This week's Results are available and the Championship Tables have been updated.
Finally well done to our club members who took part in round 1 of the highly competitve Rug Racers series last weekend. Lisa Keen made the A final in 17.5 blinky against some of the best blinky racers in the country, with Anthony Adcock and Peter Covell both in the C final. Paul Coleman made a good start with his new Schumacher MI5evo in making the B final in the stupidly fast Open Mod class which again was contested by some of the biggest names in touring car racing in this country. Well done to you all.
See you all next Friday for Round 4 of the Autumn/Winter 2015 Championship!
29th October 2015
A quick update this week just to say the championship got off to a good start last Friday with 15 drivers taking part in round 1. A familiar name sits at the top of the table at this very early stage but there's a long way to go. Last weeks Results have been added and the Championship Tables make their first appearance. See you all at round 2!
18th October 2015
This week's Results have been added
So, that's it - practice over and on this coming Friday night we start the Autumn/Winter 2105 Club Championship, I hope you're all ready? So to remind you all, we will have 8 weeks of racing to decide out next batch of champions. Your 5 best results will make up your overall chapionship points meaning you can afford to miss upto 3 weeks and still get a representitive result, or if you complete more than 5 rounds the computer will automatically count you best 5 results. As usual we have the F1, F2 and F3 championship tables as well as the overall championship, a new Formula Grades table is now ready. These are never easy to put together but I think everyone is roughly where they should be and the groups are fairly even too. Here we go then, should be fun!
A new page has been added to the site this week, it's a page we've had before on the old site but in some ways we'd hoped that it wouldn't be needed when the site was relaunched. We don't like to be too rules heavy but we have added a Club Rules page as a reminder of some of the things that are expected of our racers, and the kind of thing that is expected where ever you race. We've tried to keep it fairly light but perhaps it was about time there was a gental reminder of some of the driving etiquette that is assumed most people understand. There's also a brief run through of the basic car specification that we run at the club plus a section on marshalling. I would hope most of what is written is common sense to our experienced racers and maybe a helpfull explaination of a few points for newer drivers. Please let us know your feedback if you feel anything needs to be added but also keep in mind we don't want to get too bogged down in rules, it's better to speak openly with your fellow members about issues than to go down a formal route of a big rule book.
See you all on Friday for Round 1!
11th October 2015
The Results from the last 3 weeks of racing have now been added to the results pages.
With the Autumn Championship fast approaching it's great to see the numbers picking up again. 17 divers took to the track this week and provided some great action as always. Keeping mind the number of regulars still missing that will add to that number I think it's safe to say we are in for another highly competetive championship. We have one final week of practice before get started on Friday 23rd of October, so time to get those set-up's fine tuned and thumb's fully warmed up - it's going to be a good one! See you all next Friday.
11th September 2015
The Results for this week are now available. I still need to catch up on uploading the results from the last few weeks, bare with me.
Looking ahead, we are fast approaching the time of year we that we traditionally run our second championship of the year. The 2015 autumn/winter championship will start on Friday 23rd of October and run for 8 weeks finishing on Friday 11th of December. This will be a 'standard' championship so each drivers 5 best results of the possible 8 will count towards their final championship points. Each week counts as 1 round, so the overall result from night is what decides your points - not each final. This will be a one class championship so everyone will be booked in as a touring car regardless of what type of car you run. GT cars can still be used but will be mixed in with the touring cars and will score points as a touring car (the use of touring cars is encouraged for those of you who have both types of car). The normal format of 2 heats and 2 finals for everyone will be used and all normal club rules apply, be warned - the scales may come out from time to time to make sure you all make the minimum weight of 1350g (the BRCA minimum touring car weight). As usual there will be Trophies up for grabs for Formula 1, 2 and 3, an updated formula table will be published soon with any promotions, relegations and additions made. That covers the main points, if you have any other questions about rules, the format or anything else then post a question on the club facebook page or have a word on Friday night.
That wraps things up for this week. We have 5 weeks of practice left before the championship starts so hopefully we'll start to see you all back racing soon. Hopefully updates will get back to 'normal' here too, as always if anyone wants to contribute content for the website, whether that be race reports from a Friday night, a report from another event you attend or any other aritlce/page ideas/gallery pictures etc. then let me (Adam) know. See you all on Friday!
5th August 2015
A very quick update just to say that due to all our race controllers being unavailable this week, we have had to call off racing this Friday. We return next week, Friday 14th. A proper update with recent results will be done soon.
14th June 2015
Ooops, its been a while hasn't it!
Ok, first up for this overdue update is an important notice - With our usual race controllers and our newly trained backup all busy, we have had to call off our next scheduled meeting on Friday 19th. Racing is due to resume on Friday 26th with Stu Marshman taking the reins so show him some support on his first night in charge. The full team should be back the week after and we'll aim to have the trophies sorted out for the Spring championship at that point too.
On the subject of the Spring Championship, this came to an end a week ago after 8 weeks of great racing once again and lots of drivers taking part. The full final standings can be found HERE, but we'll have a quick run down of the winners. In F3 Mark Piercy had a storming run in the second half of the championship to claim the win with a near perfect 499 points. Paul Johnson was the leader in the early rounds but was unable to keep Mark at bay in the end, he still finished in a creditable 2nd place, only 7 points behind Mark. Rounding out the top 3 was Jack Piercy, a great performance considering he has only been racing a few months and along with his 3rd place trophy he also finished as top junior driver - nice work!
In F2 Martin Flower was on fire! Winning 10 of the 16 rounds on his way to a perfect 500 points total and of course the overall win. In second place was Stewart Callis 9 points behind our winner with Stu Marshman rounding out the top 3 in his first championship since switching from GT12 to touring cars.
In F1 it was that man again, Dan Wooster still hasn't quite met his match yet and so claims another F1 and overall championship win. His 500 points total gave him a 5 point gap back to Steve Swan in second but the racing was far closer than that! Week after week Dan and Steve ran bumper to bumper in some of the closest racing we have witnessed, racing that wouldn't have loooked out of place at a national! Maybe, just maybe in the Autumn when we start the next championship Steve will get the better of him. Finally, back where he belongs, was Sir Third Alot himself - Nath Maycock in 3rd!
So the final Championship Tables are now available, along with all the Results from the last few weeks. Thankyou to everyone who took part in the championship and as mentioned the next one will start in a few months time so there is plenty of practise time before then. The normal club meetings continue every week (after this weeks cancelled meeting), and keep an eye out for some of the outdoor meetings some of the members compete in during the summer, whether it be onroad tarmac racing over at Bedworth or in the BRCA Clubmans series, or off road buggy racing at the likes of Hinckley. These are all 'Club' level meetings so come and have a go with the rest of the 'team'.
That just about wraps up this weeks update, the next one will be in a couple of weeks after our week off and after the next round of the BRCA Clubmans at Cotswolds. See you on Friday 26th of June!
26th April 2015
*****We start this week with an important bit of info - unfortunately we have had to call off next week's racing (Friday 1st May). With our regular race controllers Dave and Adam both unavailable next friday the decision has be made take a rare week off from racing and return the following week (Friday 8th) to resume the Spring Championship. We will now extend the championship by a week to make sure we still have an 8 week competition so the final rounds will take place on Friday 5th of June*****
Onto the racing! A tough twisty track greeted the 20 drivers this week (sorry about that!), but as usual there were some great drives up and down the grid.
The D Final may feature many of our newer racers but these guys never give up and provide some of the most action packed races. Door to door racing lap after lap, not always as clean as it could be but great to watch anyway. Pole man Anakin Adcock had to battle hard but managed to take the overall win with two 1st place finishes followed by current F3 leader Paul Johnson in 2nd. Jack Piercy completed the top 3.
The C Final featured mainly F2 drivers this week with the F2 championship leader Martin Flower grabbing 2 wins from his 2nd place grid slot. Anthony Gammage and Stu Marshman completed the top 3 with Mark Piercey finishing 4th, the top F3 driver.
With 9 F1 drivers present this week the top 2 finals were almost completly filled with F1's. In the B Final David French took a clean sweep of pole position and two race wins but with him sitting in 3rd place in the championship table missing out on the A Final was a bit of a blow. Anthony Adcock took 2nd place with Dave Irving in 3rd. Jaco van der Sterren finished in 4th place but more importantly was the highest placed F2 driver.
In the A Final no-one could quite live with Dan Wooster this week. Pole position was follewed up with 2 race wins and maximum points in the championship battle. Nathan Maycock held off a strong challenge from Steve Swan to take 2nd place with 3rd the best Steve could do after only managing 5th place in qualifying.
This week's results mean most of the championship battles closed up a little. In F3 Paul Johnson remains at the top but Mark Piercy's good performance this week enabled him to jump ahead of his son Jack and also close the gap to Paul a little. F2 is still headed by Martin Flower but Jaco van der Sterren has closed the gap to just 1 point now. Stu Marshman sits solidly in 3rd place for now. Dan Wooster has now broken free at the top of the F1 table with a 4 point lead over Steve Swan with David French in 3rd.
All the Results and Championship Tables are online and ready to view now.
Thats all for this week. Don't forget that there is no racing this coming Friday and please pass on this info to other members if you can (or tell them to come and read the update for themselves!). See you all on Friday 8th of May.
19th April 2015
Two weeks into the Spring 2015 Championship and we have already had 25 drivers take part, great attendances so far. All three formula groups look very competitive even at this early stage, far too early to start speculating on the eventual winners but it's going to be fun watching it all unfold.
As ever all the races this week provided some great action, even qualifying provided plenty of entertainment with the top heat runnung nose to tail for the entire 3 minutes in the second round with just 2 seconds separating 1st and 5th place on the grid for the A Final.
The E Final was contested by just 3 drivers this week and unfortunately Mat Dawson suffered a breakage in leg 1 meaning just 2 started the final leg. Mark Piercy took advantage of the relatively clear track to put in 2 consistant runs with his WGT Xray to take the overall win ahead of Mitchell Fleming. Mat still picks up points for 3rd despite his car problems and in the championship any points are welcome in the long run.
The D Final featured 3 of our junior drivers and in leg 1 Ethan Hodge and Jack Piercy battled it out for the win. Despite Jack posting a better fastest lap it was Ethan's consistancy that made the difference and gave him the win, 4 seconds clear of Jack. In leg 2 once again Ethan was beaten on outright speed by both Jack and Scott Fleming but his experience and clean racing gained him another win, this time 2 laps clear of the field. Scott just pipped Jack to the line to complete the top three but in the overall result Jack earned 2nd place overall thanks to his better qualifying position, with Scott having to settle for 3rd and of course Ethan taking the win.
The C Final was a very orderly affair with both finals finishing in order they started. This meant that Stewart Callis converted his pole position into 2 wins and therefore the overall win on the night. That by no means meant he had an easy ride, in both races Stu Marshman posted a faster single lap and in the second leg finished just 1/10th of a second behind Stewart but this was only good enough for 2nd overall. John Shelswell completed the top 3, a few laps behind the leaders in both races but still good progress following his promotion to F2. A quick meantion to Paul Johnson to who in finishing 4th in the C Final finishing as top F3 driver.
The B Final featured a mix of F1 and F2 drivers but there wasn't much between any of them. Anthony Adcock turned his pole position into a leg 1 win with Dave Irving finishing 2nd a lap adrift. In leg 2 Lee Hodge turned the disappointment of a retirement in race 1 into a fine win from the back of the grid. Anthony grabbed 2nd in race 2 to claim the overall B Final win, with Lee claiming 2nd overall and Jaco van der Sterren doing a great job to finish 3rd - the top F2 driver.
Qualifying had hinted that the A Final was going to be close and it didn't disappoint! Both races featured a 5 car train for large parts and any of the drivers could have won in truth. Race 1 was won by Dan Wooster but only just, Steve Swan was right on his tail as they crossed the line with Nathan Maycock less than 4 seconds further back. Race 2 was just as close but this time the top 2 were reversed with Steve crossing the line fractionally ahead of Dan. David French took a hard fought 3rd place again just a few seconds behind the leaders. Dan snatched the overall win thanks to his pole position with Steve 2nd. The next 3 drivers were all tied on 8 points but its Nathan that is awarded 3rd overall thanks to his higher qualifying position.
The Results are now online.
The Championship Tables also make their first appearance and all the close racing makes for some equally close tables. Steve Swan and Dan Wooster share the top of the F1 table currently with the both having scored 2 wins and 2 scond places. Martin Flower has made a strong start in F2 with 3 wins but Jaco van der Sterren isn't far behind. F3 is lead by Paul Johnson after 2 wins but Scott Fleming has also had 2 wins and sits close behind in second place. Finally Jack Piercy heads the junior driver battle with Anakin Adcock just 4 points behind. (p.s. we have 8 weeks of racing which means 16 rounds not the 8 currently shown, this will be corrected next week)
Thats all for this week, see you next week for rounds 5 and 6.
5th April 2015
This week's update starts with a thankyou to all the members that gave up an extra 45 minutes of their bank holiday Friday to give the track some much needed TLC. A small army of people armed with vacuum cleaners and made the carpet look like new again, others made repairs to some of the broken track tubing and on top of that we got a new printer hooked up and working on race control too. Nice work!
Once the track work was complete the team set up a fast and flowing track layout for us to do battle on this week. Again an interesting mix of cars turned up with Dan Wooster joining in rise of the 12th scale car and there was some great racing in all the finals.
In the D Final both Jack Piercy and Jamie Gibson picked up individual race wins but it was Mark Piercy's consistant finishes with his LMP12 car that gave him the overall win, just ahead of Jack.
The C Final was won quite easily by Martin Flower who in getting used to his new Xray T4 perhaps qualified lower than expected but come the finals was showing impressive pace. Stu Marshman invested in a set up station this week and his car looked much better as a result, with the car now handling well we should see a marked improvement in results and second place behind Martin wasn't a bad start.
The B Final was incredibly close in both races with only a couple of tenths between all four driver's fastest laps and only 2 laps (around 15 seconds) separating them all at the chequered flag. Jaco van der Sterren continued to show impressive form since his move to 1/10th scale cars and took the overall win ahead of Anthony Gammage. I think F2 could be the championship to watch in the up coming Spring Series.
This week's A Final featured three touring cars and two LMP12's making for an interesting couple of races. The inclusion of a hairpin turn at the end of the straight and a fast layout meant the two types of car were pretty evenly matched. Despite the LMP12's being around two or three tenths a lap faster than the tourers it was Steve Swan's incredible consistancy that claimed the win for himself and for the touring cars. Adam Burgess followed in second and Dan Wooster running his Associated LMP12 for the first time finished third.
The Results from this week are now online.
Looking ahead now we have the Spring 2015 Club Championship starting this coming Friday (10th April), 8 weeks of racing will decide our new champions across Formula 1, 2 and 3 (Click to see the Formula tables). To complete a busy weekend we have members attending the IconicRC meeting at Snetterton, including Rich with 'The Coach' on Saturday the 11th, and then the Bedworth Summer Series starts on Sunday the 12th which looks to have a strong KMCC team attending. Good luck to everone in all the upcoming events.
28th March 2015
Update time and we have plenty to catch up on!
First up this weeks race meeting was a busy one, 25 drivers booked in (with at least half a dozen regulars missing) giving us an A to E finals. Some good performances across all five finals, Scott and Mitchell Fleming had a chance to show what they could do in the E final this week with their cars starting to perform as they should. Jack Piercy took an impressive D Final win despite starting from the back of the grid and Mark Piercy made progress with his X-ray LMP12's set-up and now just has to trust the car's ability. Anthony Gammage made a comeback after taking some time away from the track since the start of the year to secure the C Final win. The B Final was a very mixed up affair featuring touring cars, a WorldGT and an LMP12 car meaing lots of different lines, different speeds and some exciting racing. Adam's LMP12 was fast but fragile, Rob's WGT was as consistant as ever but it was Anthony Adcock who took the win for the touring cars. The battle for the A Final win was a close one but Nathan Maycock came out on top on a tie break leaving Lisa Keen to settle for second.
The Results from this week are now online.
Next on the agenda is the Spring 2015 Club Championship. This kicks off in two weeks time on Friday 10th of April and will run for 8 weeks, ending on Friday 29th of May. As normal there will be trophies up for grabs for the top three drivers in the three ability groups called Formula 1, 2 and 3. There have been a few drivers moved up a group based on the final result of the last championship and also based on their ability being re-evaluated. Most of our new drivers will find themselves in Formula 3 and anyone not listed will be added at the next meeting you attend or when you join the club if you haven't already. Click to see the Formula Grades. The format of the night remains the same, the rules remain the same too, the only difference is you will score points for your finishing positions in the finals and those points will be added to the championship tables each week and posted here. Good Luck!
To finish up this week just a quick mention to the team of 9 from the club that formed KMCC A & B (plus Martin the helper) at last weekends GT12 endurance race at Maritime Raceway called Twilight Wars 2015'. The race consisted of a 3 hour build period where we were handed a brand new Schumacher Supastox GT for each team and we had to build a prep the car ready for the following 9 hour non-stop endurance race. 14 teams entered the event and unfortunately KMCC B finished in 14th, electrical problems robbed them of a better finishing position but they soldiered on and finished the race, showing good pace when the car worked properly. KMCC A finished in a respectable 7th place in an exciting finish where they were nearly able to hunt down the 6th place car. Lots of pictures and videos of the event were posted on the club Facebook page, we'll try and put those together for the Gallery soon. A very enjoyable weekend was had by all and roll on 'Twilight Wars - The Monster Returns' (part 2) which is already being planned by the organisers.
Thats all for this week, see you all next Friday!
28th February 2015
Despite a number of regulars missing, last night's race meeting was the busiest we've had for a little while. 23 drivers on track and the pitting area spilling out into the corridor made for an action packed evening. This week's track was a tight and twisty layout which combined with full 6 car races meant the track markings took a bit of a beating at times! With the our membership continuing to grow we can't be far away from hitting 30 drivers a night which would be incredible, if a bit of a squeeze in the pits. One noticable result of the increased numbers is all the extra hands making light work of the track build and pack away at the end of the night so good work everyone. On the subject of the track, last night it was very obvious that some of our track markings are looking very tired. This has been noted and plans will be put into action to replace alot of the plastic tubing, renew all the velcro on the underside of the tubing which is meant to stop the track moving, and refurbish the flexible corner makers again. Its been over 2 years since we last had a track maintenance session so it's held up pretty well but it is about time some work was done again. In the mean time when building the track can we please make sure ALL the carpet joints are taped carefully (this means along the straight too), any tubing with broken ends are not used or only used in areas where the cars won't get close to them, and always check that the velcro side of the tubing is sitting on the carpet.
Onto the racing and there were some great performances across all heats and finals.
In the D Final Anakin Adcock and Paul Johnson each took a win but Anakin claimed the overall win thanks to his superior qualifying position. Stu Marshman gave his Schumacher MI4cxl it's first run and gradually ironed out the early issues to start to get to grips with running a touring car, and Mat Dawson gave the Club Hire Car another run while waiting to complete the build of his own car.
The C Final win was taken by Jez Aldridge after trading wins with Matt Richards, John Shelswell rounded out the top 3. It was great to see two of our junior drivers once again make it up out of the bottom final with the more experienced Ethan Hodge finishing ahead of Jack Piercey, well done both of you.
At the head of the B Final Dave Irving and Rob Oliver were once again trading places and sharing wins in what has become a regular battle, this time it was Rob who came out on top. Simon Mitchell had a great qualifying to make it into B final and whilst he wasn't quite on the pace of those ahead of him, the experience gained and the progress made with set-up should stand him in good stead for the weeks to come.
Steve Swan has been missing for the last few weeks due to injury but he marked his return with the A Final win, just like he's never been away. Lisa Keen as always looked very fast but could only follow home in second with Adam Burgess rounding out the top 3.
This weeks overall results plus the individual race breakdown are now up on the Results page.
The all for this week, see you all next Friday!
21st February 2015
It's been a few weeks since the last update but I'm very pleased to say that in that time we've seen more new people come along and start racing with us. First up, after a couple of weeks of practicing between rounds Mark Piercy has now joined his son Jack on track in what could be an interesting family battle over the coming weeks and months! Mark is running a very nice X-ray LMP12 car, further adding to the diversity of cars being run each week, and with the potential the car has we could see him making big leaps up the finishing order as he gains experience. Next up - after having a go with the club Hire Car just before Christmas, Matt Richards has now made it on track with his own Schumacher touring car and has already made good progress. A solid first outing last week was followed up an impressive C Final win this week, also posting lap times within half a second of the guys in the next final up. Finally we welcomed Mat Dawson along this week for his first outing with the club hire car. Whilst Mat isn't completely new to driving RC cars it's always tricky when you first get out on a tight twisty indoor track like ours but I have to say he did really well. A sensible approach to driving like building up pace gradually and coasting the car through the tougher corners is always the best way of getting used to racing and Mat got it spot on first time out. An improvement in laps times was made in every run and there was some good awareness of the other cars on track too, I think its safe to say he's hooked already!
All the results from this weeks racing and all the missing one's from the lack of updates have now been posted in the Results section.
So what else has been going on? Well, over the last week it's been a bit information overload on the club Facebook page. After a request from Mat Dawson for a bit of info on the kind of cars and electronics we all use, we put togther a 'tech sheet' of information. This has turned into a really interesting document showing huge range of different chassis, motor and ESC manufacurers we all use to achieve very similar performace packages. Click to take a look!
Next up we had a very good guide to ESC's written by Lisa Keen. A detailed walk through covering driving techniques, basic ESC calibration and also an introduction to some of the many many settings you have access to on modern ESC's Take a look at that one here!
Finally we have put together an Events Calendar covering many of the races and championships that some of our members take part in away from the normal Friday night racing. At many of these events we travel and set up our pit area together as a 'team' which makes for a great day/weekend away with lots of help and advice being shared around. The calendar can be found here!
Hopefully all these individual guides and documents can be brought together into one page or library at some point soon but for now just use the links here or on the Facebook page.
That's about it for this week, we hope to see lots of you next Friday night.
18th January 2015
We are back racing! Well in truth we have been for a few weeks now but this is the first update of the new year.
The new year has brought new faces to the club and several interested spectators have been along to check out what we do, but the first new driver on track is Jack Piercy, a junior racer who in just two weeks has shown great progress already. It's great to have another young driver join the club to take on Ethan, Dan and Anakin, and with Ryan and Seth waiting in the wings itching to be let loose too, its only a matter of time until they start showing us oldies how its done!
A returnee rather than a new face is Simon Mitchell, a familiar figure in the RC world and well known to many of our members through the likes of Iconic RC. Simon's 'old' Schumacher MI3.5 was sat begging to be raced again and finally it's wish was granted when he brought it along a couple of weeks ago to blow the dust away. Two good weeks of racing completed and I think we have him hooked again, a more modern replacement for the Schumacher is on it's way and we now have another quality racer joining the tough mid-field battle.
The racing since we have been back has been as intense as ever with some good performances up and down the grid. As mentioned both Jack and Simon have done a great job so far, as has Nathan Maycock. After a disapointing winter championship (by his standards anyway), the new year has seen Nath find his form again. From taking fastest lap last week to claiming pole position in the A final this week, things are looking up again.
All the Results from the last couple of weeks are now online.
We'll finish with another mention about memberships, you should all now have re-newed your BRCA license's either online or through the club by filling out the membership form, if you haven't done this yet then please complete this ASAP as we don't want to have to turn you away from a race night. Next up is club membership, this year the fee is just £7 - still one of the cheapest membership fee's that I know of. We aim to have all these re-newed by the end of January, after that point we will start charging the non-member fee where appicable. That's it for this week, hope to see you all on track this coming Friday night!
22nd December 2014
End of year round up
Lets start this round up by bringing the Club Championship to a conclusion. In what has been a great series with 30 drivers in total taking part and 20+ racing each week we finally found out who our trophy winners were.
F1 - 1st - Dan Wooster, 2nd - Steve Swan, 3rd - Lisa Keen
F2 - 1st - Paul Coleman, 2nd - Anthony Gammage, 3rd - Stewart Callis
F3 - 1st - Jamie Gibson, 2nd - Jamie Thompson, 3rd - John Shelswell
Well done to you all, the completed Championship Tables are now online.
Next up we welcome a new racer this week, Matt Richards popped along to have a look what we do and ended up giving the Club Hire Car a run and got hooked. Now we have to wait and see if Santa brings him some goodies so he can start racing his own car with us in the new year! On the subject of new racers, we have had lots of new members join the club this year which has seen the weekly attendances really grow. Its great to see the club doing so well and the race nights full of drivers of all abilities.
Aside from the weekly club racing and the two championships that we ran, there have been tons of other events we have been part of this year. One of the things that really seems to set our club apart from the rest is the team like relationship we have amongst our members, and a benefit of this is all the other events, races and championships that we attend as a group. From national meeetings like the 1/12th circuit meeting held at centre:mk at the start of the year and the Touring Car Clubmans races held around the country, to the Iconic RC Revival at A1 raceway in Grantham, the Tamiya Takeover at RadshapeRC and our own demo event put on as part of JAE at Wicksteed park - we always had a great 'team' of members having a great time and representing our club.
With all that in mind the Gallery and Video Gallery have received a bit of an update to remind us of some of those memories made this year, and for those members who have only raced at club nights so far - why not join us next year at some of the outdoor touring car meetings or any of the other events I'm sure we'll have lined up. (p.s. watch out for full feature in Racer magazine in the coming months about Richard Vyse's Italian Job coach which starred at the Tamiya Takeover, 'that' video is also now in the video gallery)
We'll finish up this last update of 2014 with a few reminders. Firstly, we have now finished racing for this year but don't worry, we are back very soon! This first club night of 2015 will be on January 2nd so make sure you have any new 'toys' ready!
Next up a bit on memberships, everyone's BRCA membership is due for renewal by the end of the year, this can be renewed online at www.BRCA.org or alternativly we can help you renew though the club, see race control on your first race back in 2015. Club memberships are also due during January.
Finally a quick mention about our Facebook page, whilst we try to ensure up to date info is posted here, sometimes the quickest way of comunicating news is through Facebook. Also the use of social media is more interactive for our members so news, ideas, problems, queries etc can be discussed as a group. If you are a Facebook user and havn't joined our group yet then it's certainly worth considering.
That wraps things up for this week, and this year. We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all trackside in January.
2nd December 2014
Club Championship Round 7
Despite heading towards the end of the Club Championship it's great to see that the attendances keep on growing. 23 cars on the track this week, just 2 away from needing an E final! (and a bigger hall probably)
In the D Final this week Jamie Thompson was able to collect 2 leg wins and claim the overall win - with it confirming him as a trophy winner in F3, well done! Jon Knight followed home in second in the D final with Ethan Hodge coming third. John Shelswell finished forth to remain second in F3 and still in with a chance of taking the title.
A close battle for the C Final win saw Lee Henson and Jaco van der Sterren take a win a piece along with a second place each too so it was left to the qualifying result tie break to split them. On this occasion Lee came out on top thanks lining up on pole position. A good performance from Jamie Gibson allowed him to claim third place and finish top F3 driver, which in turn means he jumps to the top of the F3 table with a 1 point lead and 1 more week of racing left.
Lee Hodge picked up two wins in the B Final to take the overall win with Dave Irving claiming second after a couple of good runs some close finishes. In third was Anthony Gammage who finshed as top scoring F2, and as suggested in round 6's report, this win coupled with the absence of Paul Coleman means Anthony jumps to the top of the F2 table with a slender 1 point lead. Paul has lead the championship since week 1 but this late charge from Anthony has been impressive, will we have a showdown in the final round this coming Friday? A final thing to mention about F2 is the tie for third place between Martin Flower and Stewart Callis, both drivers are tied on 488 points meaning we have battle for all 3 trophies!
The A Final consisted of all F1 drivers which is the one championship table that is all but decided, this doesn't mean the racing is any less intense though. Dan Wooster claimed the win again this week which put the finishing touches on his championship campaign by confirming his perfect 500 points score, congratulations! Dan was followed home by Steve Swan and Lisa Keen, a result that also confirmed their second and third places repectively in the championship.
Results and Championship Tables are all available now.
So the final round is fast approaching with plenty still to be decided, I for one look forward to watching the battles to decide F2 and F3 this coming Friday and good luck to all those involved!
26th November 2014
Club Championship Round 6
So appologies for no update last week, we had an issue with the results file so couldn't post the updated championship tables. That means we will start this week simply by saying the Results and Championship Tables have now been updated with the round 5 and 6 results.
21 cars were on track for round 6 all hoping to pick up some good points to boost their championship positions.
Topping F3 currently is Ethan Hodge who has had a mixed set of results during the championship so far. With F3 being the most competative we seen for some time it seems the most important thing is to just keep scoring as many points as possible, this tactic is what has seen Ethan rise to the top of the table but as the chasing pack begin to complete enough rounds to start dropping points we could start seeing big changes. John Shelswell, Jamie Gibson and Dan Oliver are all in a position to jump to the top with one or two more top 3 finishes but both Jon Knight and Jamie Thompson are far from out of the running also. An exciting final 2 weeks of the championship to come.
In F2 Paul Coleman sits 14 points clear at the top of the table and is only one more win way from wrapping up the title. But, should Paul miss either of the last 2 weeks Anthony Gammage can jump ahead of Paul with one more win. We could be in for quite tense finish to the championship. Rob Oliver and Stewart Callis could yet get involved too as they have also scored strongly and are both capable of taking round wins too.
Despite much stronger opposition this year, Dan Wooster is once again F1 champion. His win in round 6 means his points score of 499 can't be beaten now. Steve Swan put up a great fight and I'm sure had Dan worried but with only two weeks left the maximum he can now score is 498. The battle for second is not over yet though as Lisa Keen sits just 3 points behind Steve and with 2 wins could still jump ahead.
So 2 weeks left and still lots to play for yet, whilst F1 is nearly complete both F2 and F3 could look very different after this coming Friday.
9th November 2014
Club Championship Round 4
Despite there being no website update the championship continued with round 3 last week. In a meeting overseen by Ben Johnson, Dan Wooster took the win to climb to the top of the table but with Steve Swan following him home in second Dan's lead was restricted to just 1 point. Also after a few weeks of planning, purchasing and building Jez Aldridge made his debut at the club running his VBC Wildfire car.
Onto this week, Round 4 of the championship, and we had 23 cars on track - a great turnout!
The D Final was an all F3 affair with Dan Oliver retuning to make his first appearance in the championship and going on to take a clean sweep of pole position and two wins. John Shelswell continued his impressive series of results by picking up second overall and in third was Ethan Hodge picking up a welcome boost to his points total.
After a difficult qualifying session Paul Coleman found himself in the C Final, a big shock after recent performances. That aside there was still a job to do and Paul went on to get the maximum he could out of the situation by taking two race wins. Jaco van der Sterren followed Paul home in second place with Martin Flower completing the top three.
In the B Final David French lined up on pole position which he went on to convert into two race wins. In second place was Anthony Gammage scoring maximum points in F2, positioning himself well to challenge for the F2 title. Third place was Dave Irving in his first outing in the championship.
In an exciting A Final we witnessed Lisa Keen take her first overall win at the club giving us our third different winner in the four weeks of competition. Steve Swan carried on his Mr Consistant tactic in coming home in second place and Dan Wooster just snatched third place despite a three way tie on points.
With round 4 completed that means we are at the half way point of the championship, dropped scores have yet to take affect but it's still worth having a quick run down of what the tables look like.
The F3 championship is lead by John Shelswell who has raced in all four rounds and is only 2 points off of a maximum score. John's points lead may look convicing but the next four drivers in the table are theoretically all within 7 points of Johns total and when dropped scores start coming into play any of the top 5 drivers are in with a chance, and lets not rule out Dan Oliver yet either who can still complete enough rounds to challenge after kicking his championship off with maximum this week.
F2 is currently lead by Paul Coleman who started the championship off with a perfect first three weeks, but this week's slight wobble can give his competitors hope. Looking a few places down the table we find Stewart Callis in 4th but his points total is strong given he has missed a week and once that zero from week three is dropped we could see him jump up within striking distance of Paul. Finally we can't rule out Anthony Gammage who missed the first two rounds but has mounted a strong charge in the last two weeks and could rocket up the table over the remaining rounds.
Times could be changing in F1. For the last couple of years no-one has been able to match Dan Wooster and he has often had the championship wrapped up with several rounds to spare, not so this time by the looks of it. At the top of F1 Steve Swan and Dan Wooster are currently tied on 397 points but after taking the win this week Lisa Keen is in a somewhat misleading 5th place but with a points total that will see her jump into 3rd place at least. It's also worth noting that Nathan Maycock has a habbit of making a late charge in championship's, whether he will be able to make a title challange is tough to say but he could certainly get involved with the title battle in terms of taking points away from other drivers.
This week's Results and the updated Championship Tables are now available to view.
That's it for this week, onwards to Round 5 next Friday!
26th October 2014
Club Championship Round 2
This week we welcomed another new driver to the club which meant a run out for our trusty club car. Alexis Wood, a former racer at the Leighton Buzzard club, took to the controls and raced well against our regulars. We hope you enjoyed your evening with us and will join us again sometime for another race or two.
This weeks track was one of the older layouts and really fast! With 41 laps being completed in the A Finals and just a couple of tenths separating the top 4 drivers in qualifying the racing really was intense. 22 cars on track meant completly full grids and some great racing.
The D Final was up first and unfortunatly Ethan Hodge didn't even make it to the starting grid after a breakage in qualifying. Karl Davidson was the next to suffer reliability issues and was forced out in race two. This left just Anakin Adcock and Jamie Thompson to fight for the win, Jamie managed to claim two wins to take the overall win with Anakin following him home in second.
Jaco van der Sterren lined up on pole position in the C Final, this week running his mini buggy while awaiting parts to fix his mini touring car. A tough race one where he came last was followed up by the leg two win which salvaged third place overall for the evening. John Shelswell drove two consistant finals to finish second overall and with it jump to the top of the F3 Championship table. The overall win was taken by Stu Marshmanm once again proving that a GT12 car can be a match for touring cars when driven well.
On the face of it the B Final result looked pretty straight forward but there was some close racing involved. Anthony Adcock converted his pole position into two leg wins and therefore took the overall win but Lee Hodge ran him very close, particularly in the second race where just 2 seconds separated them as they crossed the finish line. Lee grabbed second overall with Paul Coleman taking third, stretching his early lead in F2 to 3 points now from Stwart Callis.
In the A Final Dan Wooster grabbed pole in what was one of the closest quaifying sessions ever seen, a matter of a few 1/100th's of a second separted the top four at one point. A messy start to leg one let Dan get an early lead which went unchallenged for the remainder of the race. Adam Burgess sneaked through into second place but a mistake around four minutes in (as usuall!!!) allowed Steve Swan and Lisa Keen through to complete the top three. Race two saw a cleaner start and once again Dan took the lead and looked to be on for win number two but a rare mistake five laps from the end handed Nathan Maycock the lead and also brought Steve and Lisa into the mix for an exciting climax to the race. A little bumping and barging followed (rubbing's racing after all!) which saw Nathan drop back down to forth and Steve nip through into the lead which he hung onto as the top three crossed the line just 1.5 seconds apart! The top three overall was Dan from Steve and then Lisa which in terms of the F1 Championship ties thing up at the top as Dan and Steve share the top spot both on 199 points.
This week's Results and the new Championship Tables are now online.
That just about wraps up another cracking week of racing and as we look forward to week 3 of the Championship next Friday I'll remind you that Ben Johnson will be taking over race control and runnnig the evening so help him out as much as you can next week in setting up and packing away, being on the grid ontime and out to marshall straight after your race. See you all next week!
18th October 2014
Club Championship Round 1
Well, what a great start to the championship! 21 cars on a fairly fast and flowing track made for some great, and on the whole clean, racing. With a few regulars missing and some potential new racers taking a look we are not far away from hitting record numbers!
The D Final consisted of all junior and new members with only Ethan Hodge being a previous trophy winner, and the early evidence suggests he has a real battle on his hands to continue collecting silverware. Anakin Adcock lined up on pole position but it was Jamie Thompson who managed to take two narrow wins and the overall D Final win. Anakin took second overall with Jon Knight in third.
In the C Final Jaco Van Der Sterren took a pretty convincing overall win by converting his pole position into two race wins, finishing a lap ahead of second place driver Martin Flower both times and also taking the fastest lap! His car maybe smaller than the rest of the touring cars but its certainly not short on pace. Stu Marshman completed the top three which meant we had three completly different cars filling the podium places (1:10th TC, 1:14th TC + GT12). Karl Davidson's forth place finish made him top F3 driver on the night which makes him the early leader in the F3 championship.
On any other week the top three in the B Final could have been battling in the A final, they certainly had the speed, but such is the quality our drivers at the moment that one small mistake in qualifying or just a bit of bad luck can mean a drop of 4 or 5 places. Anthony Adcock lined up on pole but a couple of inconsistant runs cost him dearly in this ultra competitive group and so third overall best he could manage this week. David French raced well and even picked up a race win but tied on points with our eventual winner which meant he lost out due to his lower qualifying position. The overall winner of the B final was Paul Coleman, continuing his recent good form and posting race times good enough for mid A final. Topping the B Final also means Paul takes the early lead in the F2 championship.
On to the A Final and wow ... those races were crazy! With all the drivers posting fastest laps within 3/10th's of a second of each other, one small mistake means dropping nearly a lap down and its all over. When the racing is like that the key is consistancy, and the most consistant driver all night was Steve Swan. Pole position was followed by two hard fought narrow wins which puts Steve at the top of the F1 and Overall championship tables. Its a rare sight to see Dan Wooster anywhere other than top of the table but in taking second place on the night it leaves him close enough to still be dangerous over the coming weeks. Lisa Keen rounded out the top three.
All the Results are ready to view and we also get a first look at the Championship Tables.
So we roll onto round 2 next week, its going to be an epic couple of months!
13th October 2014
Well thats it! Practice time over and competition time starts. The Autumn 2014 Club Championship starts this coming Friday (17th).
Yet another good turnout of 19 drivers this week and some really good racing on a new track layout. There were some stand out performances from Paul Coleman getting to grips with his new ARC R10 '15 and making into the A final and Jamie Thompson making it into the C final just a few weeks after starting racing. Perhaps the most pleasing thing at the moment though is the amount of new drivers we have coming along and enjoying their racing. This week we got to see Jon Knight's car take to the track for the first time and perform pretty well, he certainly seems to have a good baseline to now work from and I can see the Formula 3 battle being quite fierce with all the new drivers like Jon battling with the established racers.
The latest Results are now available to view.
I'll leave it as a short update this week as I'm sure you all have a bit of last minute car prep to do rather than reading my ramblings so, go and check your tires are glued correctly, your car meets the weight limit and your ride height is set properly or whatever other little jobs you have left. See you all on Friday!
8th October 2014
As announced on the club Facebook page, the 2014 Club Championship starts on Friday 17th of October giving us just one more week of practice before we get underway. The Championship will run for 8 weeks with each driver's 5 best results to count towards their final total. Our standard race format remains for the duration of the series and rules and regualtions are kept to a minimum. Trophies will be up for grabs for the top 3 drivers in each Formula Grade (formula's are currently provisional and you must be a paid up club member to score points). A more detailed summary of the way the championship is run is on the club Facebook page.
In the lead up to the championship we have seen some really good attendances over the last couple of weeks, 17 cars took to the track last week (and 21 the week before!) and with a few notable absences I sure we will see 20+ cars for most weeks of the series. This is great for the club and should bring some exciting racing with it but a quick reminder that we need everyone to chip in with the setting up at the start of the night. The more drivers we have means more heats and the only way we can get through all the heats and finals and still allow some practice at the start is if everyone helps set up. We may also need to let the computer run on automatic so please make sure you and your car are ready for your next race in plenty of time, the race will start whether your car is on the grid or not. This also means drivers need to be promp in putting their cars in the pits and getting out to marshall after the race.
The Results from last week are now available.
That just about wraps things up for this weeks update, hope to see lots of you on Friday for a final bit of set-up time before we start racing for points.
21st September 2014
We are back! With our 2 week break from normal Friday night club racing now out of the way we have a non-stop run right through until Christmas.
First up I'd like to say a big thankyou to all the club members that came along to the JAE weekend and helped out/joined in/brought supplies etc. It was another really good weekend with some great feedback from the JAE team once again, they really liked the hire cars that we had running for most of the weekend and are looking to push the idea forward even more for next years show... the countdown to JAE 2015 begins! Also thanks to RadshapeRC who joined in on track and handed around some of their demo cars for us to try, and finally a shout out to David Walters from No Bounds Aerial Film and Photography who used the track area as a launch pad for his incredible S1000 Multi-rotor to take the offical show aerial photo's. David was kind enough to let us all have a good look at all his equipment and talk through how it all worked before finally providing one of the funniest moments of the weekend when he set about a bit of DJI Phantom sabbotage!
Back to this week and a good turnout of drivers for our first week back. It was great to welcome Jaco Van Der Sterren to the club for the first time and armed with his brilliant little 1/14th touring car he proved to be a great competitor when mixed in with the GT12's. The track this week was designed by Ben and it was quite a technical layout, a bit unkind for those with rusty thumbs after the break. The racing was good though with Steve Swan taking the A final win, Lee Henson winning the B final and Stu Marshman just edging it in GT12. The Results page has been updated with this weeks races.
With the Autumn drawing ever closer an annoucment on the next club championship dates will be being made shortly and with all the new members and new cars appearing lately we should be in for a good fight to find the 2014 KMCC Champion, can someone step up and beat Dan?
See you all next Friday!
18th August 2014
Time for an update? It's overdue to say the least!
First up the last couple of week's racing Results are available to view, I'll attempt to catch up on the rest of the missing results shortly. Next up a warm welcome to the new faces that have joined in the fun over the last few weeks. Anthony and Dexter Hill raced with us two weeks ago with Anthony taking our club hire car for a spin. The club car was in action again last Friday when Jamie Thompson and Jon Knight each had a run with the car to get a feel for racing while they prepare their own cars ready for racing. We hope you all enjoyed your first time racing with us and will come along again soon.
Next a quick catch up with some of the events our members have been taking part in and flying the flag for KMCC. Over the last few months a number of our racers have been taking part in the BRCA Clubmans Championship across 6 different outdoor tarmac tracks dotted around the country. For most this has been the first real attempt at tarmac racing and racing at a national level and there were some really good performances resulting in some silverware (well plasticy trophies) being brought home. Lisa Keen finished and excellent 9th overall in the F2 championship after some personal best finishes competing against some very good, experienced racers. For the rest of the KMCC team the battle was on in the F3 championship for drivers with limited experience of national level racing. Adam Burgess finished 3rd, Pete Covell 4th, Paul Coleman 5th, Ben Johnson 11th, Anthony Adcock 13th and Martin Flower 20th (Anthony and Martin only took part in 2 rounds). A really good effort by all and with a years exeperience under their belts next years championship should be even better.
At the end of July there was a special event called the IconicRC Revival Meeting held at A1RC in Grantham, this event was for 'vintage' racers giving the entrants a chance to dig out there old cars from earlier in there racing career or get their 'shelf queen' collectables a bit dirty. Adam, Dan, Nathan and Stewart all took along cars and enjoyed a relaxed days racing on a great track. The cars were grouped in races according to their age with all four of us running in the 1994 - 1998 age range and Dan also ran a car in the pre 1988 class too. At the end of the day the top 2 cars from each age group all came together in the 'Champions Race', Dan was the only one of us to qualify for this Final run and brilliantly went on to win the race with his Losi JRX2 (the older of the 2 cars he ran). It was a great event and has been confirm for a 2015 return too, can't wait!
Looking ahead - In a little over 2 weeks we will return to the JAE car show held in Wicksteed Park for our third year. Once again we will be setting up a grass track to race buggies on, hire cars to the public and generally put on a good show and have a fun weekend. The show runs from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th of September and club members are welcome to come and join in, whether it be for just one day or camp with us for the full 4 days. Tickets need to be ordered very soon so let us know ASAP if you want or join in or need any more info.
To finish this update a quick note that the club will be taking a 2 week break at the beginning of September, on Friday 5th as mentioned we will be at wicksteed park for JAE so there will be no racing (come and join us in the park instead!). The following week, Friday 12th, is Dan Woosters wedding and due with a number of members attanding it means we will need to miss that week too. Normal service will resume on Friday 17th of September. As usual keep an on the club Facebook group for the most up to date club info or to ask any questions you may have.
27th May 2014
Spring Championship Week 5, 6 + 7
First up a warm welcome to our newest member Karl Davidson who in the space of 2 weeks has gone from an interested visitor to a fully paid up member of the club and BRCA. With a Schumacher MI2 being prepared for racing and a weeks racing with the club car under his belt I'm sure we'll see him on track soon giving us all a run for our money!
Despite the lack of updates here (sorry), the on track action in the last 3 weeks of the Spring Championship has been great with some cracking battles across all the formula grades. With 2 weeks to go we already know some of the winners but there is still plenty to play for, Dan Wooster has once again claimed the F1 title but the battle for second could go down to the last week with Steve Swan leading Nathan Maycock by just 6 points.
In F2 anyone could still win despite Dave Irving currently sitting at the top, 3 other drivers have all taken race wins over the course of the series and every driver in F2 can still score enough points to potentially beat Dave.
In F3 Stewart Callis wrapped up the title at his first attempt which is very good going. Ethan Hodge looks on course to claim his second trophy in his short racing career so far currently sitting in second place but will need to keep up the good work right untill the end to fend off any late charges from the 2 or 3 drivers below him in the table.
Adam Burgess currently leads the GT12 mini-series with 1 more round (maybe 2?) to go but could still be overtaken yet so all to play for.
The Championship Tables are all up to date now and the last 3 weeks Results are online too.
So 2 weeks left to try and grab some late points and make a late charge for the trophy positions. So far we've had 23 touring cars and 8 GT12's take part in the championship which is a really good turnout but it would be great to see as many cars as posible all on track in the same week, can we make it 5 or even 6 heats of cars in one week? Hope to see as many of you as possible on Friday. Finally a quick mention for Ben Johnson and Paul Coleman who are both making the long trip down to Eastbourne to take part in round 3 of the BRCA Clubmans series this weekend, good luck lads and keep us updated on how you do!
8th May 2014
Spring Championship Week 3 + 4
Sorry for the lack of updates. The Results from the last 2 weeks have now been uploaded and the Championship Tables have been updated. A proper update will be written after tomorrows (9th May) race meeting which being week 5 of the championship means we will once again include the GT12 class so we hope to see plenty of cars come along.
See you all toworrow...
20th April 2014
Spring Championship Week 1 + 2
So 2 weeks into the club championship and despite the possible distractions of Easter and the start of the BRCA Clubmans Championship we have had an impressive turnout of 19 touring cars and 7 GT12's so far, thankyou!
Unsurprisingly Dan Wooster has made a perfect start to his title defence by taking 4 straight wins but he has had to work hard for those wins with Nathan Maycock making a real return to form and finding some really good pace and Steve Swan is also in the hunt as ever. Currently sitting in third overall is Dave Irving who's great qualifying efforts have bagged him an A Final spot 2 weeks in a row and guaranteed maximum points in F2 before even starting the finals, this means he has 200 points on the board already and looking tough to beat. In sixth place overall we find our top F3 driver Stewart Callis. Stewart has been racing well and his Schumacher MI1 looks to be improving each week giving him a good hold on the top of the F3 table even at this early stage.
The GT12 class was only meant to have had one round so far but with a good turn out of cars this past week an extra round was thrown in and provided some good racing. Adam Burgess currently tops the table closely followed by Stu Marshman but as the only drivers to complete both weeks of racing the table may be a little unrepresentative at the moment so we'll see how this class pans out in a few weeks time.
This past week we saw a number of new faces to the club which is always nice. Martin Bollenbacher is well known locally both for his racing and photography so it was great to finally welcome him along to KMCC. In addition to Martin we also had to young drivers, Daniel Robins and Callum Nash come and join in with the GT12 class. A break in racing at their regular club meant they came and joined in the fun with us for the evening, and despite being very new to racing they both showed some great awareness while driving and were able to make way for faster cars while still enoying a battle between themselves. Finally, whilst not new to the club as such we had James Garrett join us again. As a very quick and knowledgeable GT12 racer James is always a pleasure to race against and chat to. We hope you all enjoyed your evening and will join us again soon.
The Results and Championship Tables from the last two weeks are now available
To finish, a quick report from round 1 of the BRCA Clubmans Championship. Sunday 11th of April was round 1 held at the excellent West London Racing Centre and club members Ben Johnson, Lisa Keen, Paul Coleman and Adam Burgess along with occasional racer Pete Covell were all booked in to represent KMCC. We couldn't have wished for better weather as the track was bathed in sunshine all day and made for a great days racing. On-track it was tough going on an unforgiving circuit against some of the best club drivers in the country and its fair to say none of us got very close to the sharp end of the action but considering our lack of experience racing on tarmac we all did a good job and most importantly learnt alot which we can take forward to round 2 and hopefully fare a little better. Finally a quick thankyou to Martin Flower who came along to the event purely to support us racers, he was on hand to take our cars to the track at the start of each race and collect them at the end and also transported our club gazebo for us. Cheers matey, and get booked in for round 2 as you should be racing too!
Thats it for this week, see you all on Friday for round 3 of the club championship.
2nd April 2014
First things first - The Results from the last two weeks have now been added.
Now onto the important bit, as already mentioned on the club Facebook page the Spring 2014 Club Championship starts on Friday 11th of April so just over a week away now. The championship will run for 9 weeks and will feature both Touring Car and GT12 classes. The touring cars will race on all 9 weeks in the standard 2 x 3 minute qualifiers and 2 x 5 minutes finals format and each final scores towards your overall championship position giving a total of 18 rounds, your 10 best scores will be counted towards your final points score at the end meaning you can 'drop' any bad results or be able to miss the odd week and not be penalised.
The GT12's will race in their own 'mini-series' over 3 weeks alongside the main touring car championship. We will run separate GT12 heats and finals in the same format as the tourings cars on Week 1, Week 5 and Week 9 giving a possible 6 scores of which 4 will count towards your final championship score, this once again gives the GT12 drivers a chance to drop a bad score or miss a week and not be penalised in the final results. GT12's are still welcome to race in all the other rounds but will be mixed in with the touring cars and will score points as a touring car, this means anyone that just races a GT12 qualifies to race in both championships with just one car - lucky you!
The touring car drivers will be grouped into ability based formula grades as normal meaning you are not only racing for position in the overall championship table but also competing against drivers of a similar abilty to you for trophies in F1, F2 and F3. GT12 will race as one group only but trophies will be up for grabs in this class too.
Standard touring car rules apply, ride height and weight checks (Lee Henson!!!) will happen at random. GT12 is a fun addiditon for this championship and due to the range of car, battery and motor combinations we have in our current group of GT12 racers defining rules is difficult and unfair, so we just ask that racers approach this class in the way it was intended to be - fun, close, cheap racing (13.5 motors, 1 cell Lipo and 'blinky' where possible or similar).
So there you go, it all kicks off soon and im sure it'll be great fun. If you have any queries about anything to do with the rules or format of the championship just ask on race night or through the club Facebook group. See you all on Friday!
17th March 2014
Well once again apologies for such a long wait for an update, really been slacking lately. ALL the Results have been added now. In the many weeks since the last update we've had our first all GT12 heat of cars, the interest is certainly growing and while we are still very much a touring car club it is nice to see a bit of variation on what we have on track. We also saw Luke Manning come along racing again with us after a long time away and welcomed Mark Burton to the club for the first time.
Away from our normal Friday night home there's been a few things going on too. Firstly Ben Johnson took part in his first national race meeting at the excellent 1/12th circuit nationals event at the centre:mk. It was an amazing event held in full view of the thousands of shoppers at the centre:mk and also streamed live all weekend on RC Racing TV. It was a tough event for Ben trying to get used to the track evolution and set-up requirements at such a large event but it was a great learning experience setting him up well for future 'big' meetings. Next up we had a planning meeting at wicksteed park with the JAE team and all the car club reps as we gear up for our third visit to JAE later in the year. The good news is we appear to have a similar area to work with as last year which shoud mean we can put on a great weekend of racing and general RC related fun once again. Finally plans are underway for KMCC on tour starting next month. Ben, Adam and Lisa are all booked to compete in the BRCA Clubmans Championship starting at the West London track on the 13th of April before moving onto Bedworth the following month. This should be an interesting test for our racing skills and a little different from the normal small indoor carpet tracks we are used to.
With all the new drivers we have had join us since the start of the year we have found our limited number of very old handout transponders haven't really been up to the job. With this in mind the club has taken the decision to buy some brand new MRT personal transponders which we can now offer either as an alternative to the old handouts or available to buy. The option to buy these transponders is open to club members only and can be discussed with race control on race night, we are happy to work out a payment plan if that helps too.
I'll finish this very overdue update by mentioning the Club Spring Championship. With the clocks due to go back shortly it means it's time to start thinking about putting some trophies up for grabs once again. The exact start date and race format is still to be confirmed but now is the time to start getting some practice in ready for the start in just a few weeks time. With that in mind I hope to see lots of you on track this Friday!
25th January 2014
Its been a few weeks since the last update but there has been plenty going on. To start all the Results from the last 3 weeks have now been added so be sure to check them out. Next up membership - as some of you may have noticed last night Ben and Dave were sorting out and finalising all the paperwork for the BRCA and club memberships, the BRCA membership will now be sent off and you'll each receive your new membership cards and BRCA handbooks soon. Anyone that hasn't renewed either BRCA or club memberships can still do so, speak to Ben next week to get it sorted. Our club membership fee is the lowest of any club locally and entitles you to the reduced race fee of £4, again the lowest of any club locally that I'm aware of. In addition to the great value racing for 2014 there is an extra benefit of becoming a KMCC member, we have a very special deal lined up with our good friends at RadshapeRC, full details of which will be supplied with the new for 2014 club membership cards. What more could you ask for? Great racing, great events, great value and great shop support. Get signed up people!!!
On track we've seen several changes to member's 'rides', Dan Oliver gave his new Schumacher MI4LP its first run last night, Nathan Maycock has been getting to grips with his upgrade - a Schumacher MI4CXL and Paul Coleman and Adam Burgess gave debut runs to their Schumacher Supastox GT12's. Not quite making it to the track yet are Stewart Callis's Schumacher MI1 and John Shelswell's Schumacher MI2 but im sure they'll appear shortly. There does seem to be a bit of a trend for Schumacher cars at the moment, its perhaps quite fitting really seeing as they are made only a few miles away in Northampton, I'm sure Robin Schumacher will be pleased anyway!
This week we welcomed Stuart Marshman to the club for the first time who was running a very fast Supastox on 2s Lipo power. The car looked like a bit of a handful on the power but certainly seemed to have plenty of grip too when Stuart got it hooked up on the racing line. We hope you enjoyed your racing and will come along and join in the fun again.
That's about it for this week, I'll finish with the photo from the trophy presentation from a couple of weeks ago, thank goodness for Ethan being in the picture otherwise I swear it could be a police line up picture!!! - See you all next week.
7th January 2014
A good start to the new year with 19 drivers on track, hopefully the start of lots of busy nights ahead. It was really nice to welcome Stewart Callis on track for the first time driving the club car and he did a great job getting to grips with racing again after many many years away. Ethan Hodge, Martin Flower, Lee Hodge and Dan Wooster all made a good start the new year by each winning their finals, well done to all four of you. A nice dedut for Rob Olivers new GT10 car too this week with 4th in the B final, this slightly bigger car seemed to stand up well against the touring cars so I think we could see Rob climing higher in the results over the coming months. The full Results and Timings is now online ready to view.
Thank you to Ben Johnson for taking over on race control for this week, hopefully your car will run as smoothly as the racing did next week. Ben will also be processing all the membership stuff over the next few weeks so make sure you get paid up as soon as you can to continue to recieve the member discount each race night. BRCA membership is £17 and club membership is just £5, a bargain!
I'll finish up by wishing Lisa Keen and Anthony Adcock luck at this weekends BRCA demo event being held at the Autosport International Show at the Birmingham NEC, it sounds like it will be a couple of days of great racing. If any of you are going along to the show make sure you go and cheer on Lisa and Anthony, while you're there go and say hello to our friends from RadshapeRC who are also exhibiting during the weekend.
See you all on Friday for another great nights racing!
1st January 2014
Happy New Year!
We've had lots going on over the last couple of weeks as we bring a busy 2013 to end. First up we saw the conclusion of the 2013 club championship, an exciting 8 weeks of racing in which 20 drivers took part. A big congratulations to Dan Wooster who is once again the KMCC club champion having scored a perfect 500 points. Dan really has dominated 2013 having won the Spring Championship in both touring cars and buggies, he then won the mini one day event that we held at JAE in September and has now completed the clean sweep of titles claiming the Autumn Championship, can anyone stop him in 2014? A little further down the order we had our F2 winner - Lee Hodge in his first championship with the club. A really good performance in which on many occasions Lee was up battling with the F1 drivers, with a few months until the start of the next championship I have a feeling he could make a real impression in the F1 championship in the spring. The F3 championship was won by Anthony Gammage. Anthony only started racing this year but has made real progress in the last 2 or 3 months which set him up for a dominant win in F3. Just like Lee in F2, Anthony was often racing with and beating drivers in the next grade up which will give the current F2 drivers something to think about over the next few months.
The final Championship Tables are now up showing where everyone finished, a big thankyou to everyone that took part.
For the final 2 weeks of 2013 we mixed things up a bit, a change to the racing format and a change to how some of the cars looked on track. First up we had the return of caravans, not as many as in recent years but still enough for a heat and some interesting racing. Also we had our first outing for the much talked about classic BTCC bodyshells. In an age of touring cars bodies that are honed for performance rather than realism it was nice to see some 'real' cars hit the track for a change and to my surprise at least the handling of the cars didn't seem to be hurt that much. Perhaps this little taster will result in a full on replica series some time this year, its only been 2 years in the making after all. To finish the year and due to demand we cancelled our normal Christmas break and held a meeting on the 27th of December, 10 drivers needed their weekly fix of racing in what turned out to be a great night of action. Again in a break from tradition we ditched the normal qualifying heats and adopted a more 'real life' format, 1 hour of open track fastest lap qualifying. This was great fun and allowed for much more time on track for all the drivers and gave us some really close battles. It was great seeing people gathered around the timing screen anxiously watching the closest rivials lap times then quickly running and grabbing their own car for another run if they'd be beaten, this is something we will have to do more often.
All the Results from the last few weeks have now been added and include the qualifying results from last week, some really close times there.
To finish up a quick mention about a brilliant video that has been made by Lisa Keen of the Christmas/BTCC meeting, it makes for a great little advert for our club and also for Lisa's talent for filming and editing. Go and take a look on the Video Gallery page.
So that just about wraps up 2013, thankyou to all our members for supporting us through the last 12 months and hope to see you all back on track for our first meeting of 2014 this Friday.
11th December 2013
Championship Week 7
The club car has been kept busy having been booked for a second week in a row this week, but this time round it wasn't a new driver having their first ever race but a returning driver coming and having a go after many years away from the track. Sam Robinson was the driver in question and has a long history with the club despite not having raced for around 5 years. There are a few of us at the club that have been around long enough to have experienced KetteringMCC in some of its previous forms and Sam is one of those that began racing with the club back in the mid-90's under it's former name of BurtonMCC having been previously based in Burton Latimer. One of these days we'll have to put together some kind of club history article.
Onto this weeks racing and with Dan Wooster away there was a chance for someone else to step up and take maximum points. 16 cars on track this week all trying to take Dan's place at the top of the timesheets.
Pole position in the D Final was taken by Andy Bradley but as seems to be the case at the moment Dan Oliver wasn't far behind. Week after week these two seem to be battling each other and its always close. With Rob stuck on a train Dan had the role of driver, mechanic and engineer this week but with a little help from a few of the other club members his car ran well and he was able to beat Andy in both Finals to claim the overall win. Andy finished second with Jamie Gibson in third.
Martin Flower lined up on pole for the C Final and over the course of two closely fought finals with all four drivers evenly matched he remained the most consistant and took the overall win. Lee Henson recovered motor issues in leg one to take the leg two win and claim second overall just beating Anthony Gammage on a tie break. Sam Robinson finished a credible forth place and with a bit more luck could have finished much higher, a good effort after so long away from the track and another happy club car customer!
David French started at the front of the B Final but Anthony Adcock was able to come through from second to take the overall win. It was a close run thing with Lee Hodge getting in on th action too but David did enough to take second place with Lee in third. Ben Johnson may not have been able to quite match the pace of the top three but in taking second place in F2 on the night it gives him vital points in the championship table.
In the A Final Steve Swan was the one to sieze the opportunity and not only did he claim pole position but drove two perfect finals for the overall win. Adam Burgess had to settle for second as no amount of speed or pressure could force Steve into a mistake and Nathan Maycock held off Lisa Keen to take third place.
The Results and Championship Tables have now been updated.
So round 7 done and one more week to go of the championship to go, lets make it a good finale! To finish just a quick reminder about memberships. Club and BRCA memberships are due at the end of the year, its £22 for both or if you sort your BRCA membership yourself then its just £5 for the KMCC membership, remember this saves you £1 in race fees each week so really makes sense. We can take payment for all this as soon as you're ready. See you all on Friday!
4th December 2013
Championship Week 6
We start this week by welcoming a new racer. After paying us a visit last week to have a look around, John Shelswell decided to return this week and hire the club car and have ago at racing. Despite no previous experience John did a good job on track approching each run causiously and gradually building up his pace. Each run resulted in a good improvement in lap time and perhaps most impressively he was aware of other cars on track and did well to keep out the way when required, good job all round. Just have to wait and see if Santa leaves a car of his own under the Christmas tree in a couple of weeks time.
Qualifying this week proved problematic for Nathan. A decent first run seemed to have set him up for a good qualifying result but a big crash in heat two resulted in some car damage and a qualifying time only good enough for the B Final. Elsewhere Dan had claimed his regular spot of pole in the A Final and Ben had scraped onto the last row of the B Final which would prove crucial later on.
The C Final was a battle between Lee and Martin this week with numbers a little low. Lee was strongest this week though taking two wins and the overall win with Martin coming in second. John did a good job in his first week and did his best to stay out of the way of the leading drivers, steady progress was throught the night and hopefully we can welcome him back soon.
The B Final featured two seperate battles, F1 drivers Nathan and David battled for the win trying to make the best of it after missing out on the A final. Behind the leaders Ben and Dave battled to be top F2 driver this week and the result sets up and exciting last two weeks of the championship. Ben managed to find his way past Dave in both races bagging vital points and leaving both drivers tied in the battle for second in F2. Up front Nathan was able to fend off David in both races but in terms of the championship the points aren't really good enough, a return to the A final next week is crucial.
On paper the A Final looks like another comforable win for Dan but it could have been very different. Leg one was won well by Dan but Adam wasn't far behind and had good pace. In leg two a rare crash by Dan early on promoted Adam into the lead and the half a lap lead looked like it could hold out but some mistakes started to creep in and the lead was handed back to Dan at the half distance mark. In the second half of the race Adam's attempts to put pressure on Dan acually lead to more errors and Steve was able to nip through into second place. Further back Lisa was struggling a little and was unable to turn her inpressive qualifying speed into a challenge in the Finals.
All this weeks Results and Championship Points have been added.
So just two weeks of the championship to go now, its gone so fast! Still a good number of points to play for and a couple of battles to decide. Hope to see lots of you on Friday.
28th November 2013
Championship Week 4 & 5
Sooo been a bit crap with the updates again. A brief update just to catch up this week and hopefully back to normal next week.
All the Results from the last two weeks have now been added and the up to date Championship Tables are there too. Now we have completed 5 weeks of racing we get a clear view of where everyone is but now you have the chance to try and improve on those results to bump up you best 10 final results and try and climb up the tables, its not over yet!
A couple of other bits to mention this week, firstly there are some videos of last weeks finals that have been posted on the club Facebook page, just click on the Facebook button on the right to go and have a look at those. Next up is membership renewals, both club and BRCA memberships are due at the end of the year. There have been a few changes at the BRCA this year and membership cost has gone up a little I'm afraid meaning the combined club and BRCA membership is £22 for 2014 (still cheaper than most other clubs locally). We can start taking payments and processing the memberships right away and if you have payed for your BRCA membership through the club before there is no paperwork to do as you are already in the database. Last thing is to find out what you guys want to do on the last week before Christmas this year. The championship ends on Friday 13th leaving us one week to fill before the christmas break, what do you think? Caravan racing again? over to you....
Hopefully we will get back to normal with the race reports next as we start to see who will be taking home a championship trophy in a few weeks time.
14th November 2013
Championship Week 3
Late update this week, sorry. A sligthly quicker track this time round letting the cars open up a bit more which was nice. Some good close racing again with some really strong performances form certain drivers....
The C Final first which saw 2 good battles. First up the battle for the lead between Andy Bradley and Dan Oliver was a great watch, two drivers with very contrasting styles but eqaully as effective. They both took a win and a second place and could only be seperated by their qualifying result, this giving the overall win to Dan. The second battle was between a returning Jamie Gibson and Ethan Hodge. Its been tough for new racer Ethan over the last few weeks as everyone is that little bit quicker but this time round he had a target in the form of Jamie. Jamie's slight rustyness meant he was just in touching distance of the improving Ethan which lead to some good racing and some personal best times. Jamie took third place in the end behind Andy with Ethan coming in forth.
In the B Final Dave was looking strong again and a win on leg one was a good start but car problems in leg two meant third overall was all he could manage. This left the battle for the top two positions between light-weight Lee Hendson and Martin Flower. Martin has seen a real step in performance since swapping to his Schumacher MI1 which was highlighted in leg two when he was leading the way right up until the last lap when a small mistake let Lee through to take the win. Lee took the overall win just ahead Martin and Dave. After mentioning that Anthony Gammage needed to up his qualifying performance in last weeks report he duly responded this week to qualify in third place and two forth place finishes meant very good points.
Dan Wooster reclaimed his A Final pole position this week with Nathan Maycock making up for last week by qualifying second. Dan went on to take two wins and increase his ominous looking lead at the top of the championship table. Nath drove two solid finals taking two second places and began clawing back his points deficit. Steve Swan seemed a little off the pace this week, compared with his recent form anyway, but was still able to take two third places to retain his second place in the championship. Next up was .... me! (Adam) Despite having an unbelievably fast car this week too many silly little mistakes proved costly, hmmm a week to forget about. Finally we had Lee Hodge who is quickly becoming an A final regualar scoring big points each week.
The Results and Championship Tables page have been updated.
As we approach week four it means we approach the half way point of the championship, still lots to play for so hopefully we see lots of cars on track this week.
3rd November 2013
Championship Week 2
It may only be week 2 but this championship is shaping up to be tough. With only a couple of seconds splitting several drivers in quaifying it means one small mistake or one small car problem can be very costly. This weeks major casualty was Nathan, after a solid run in heat one only a small improvement was needed in heat two to secure a good qualifying position but a mechanical issue forced him out and into a rare B Final grid slot. Nathan's loss was Lee Hodge's gain, a very good first quali run was enough to edge out Nath by 6 1/100th's of a second and scrape onto the final row of the A Final. It was all change at the front of the A Final too with Dan Wooster denied his regular pole postion by a great run by Lisa Keen.
The C Final was won by Anthony Gammage for the second week in a row but this week was even more impressive considering the standard of drivers he faught off this time round. A first and second place finish was enough to for Anthony to finish ahead of Martin Flower and Lee Henson, the next challenge is to find an improvement in qualifying and jump up into the B final. Ethan Hodge once again rounded out the C final, again making good progress racing against far more expierienced racers.
The racing at the front of the B Final was very fast! Nathan, Anthony Adcock and David French were all unlucky not to make the A final, such is the quality if drivers we have competing at the moment. Anyone one of the front three could have taken the win but it was Nathan who battled through for the win just ahead of Anthony and then David. Rob Oliver raced the Mardave well to take forth just ahead of Ben Johnson's car, now with fully functioning steering.
Lisa's Serpent lined up on pole for the A Final but was cursed by more bad luck this week. A strange problem with the rear diff made the car tough to drive and resulted in a forth place finish overall just ahead of Lee Hodge. This left Dan Wooster, Steve Swan and Adam Burgess to battle for the podium positions and in leg one it appeared that Steve was going to take the win. Dan had a poor start and was left to battle back though the field with Adam in tow but with Steve lapping quickly at the front all on his own it looked sewn up. Amazingly Dan clawed back the gap and was able to take the win and then followed it up with the leg two win aswell meaning he once again took the maximum 100 points. Steve finished solidly in second place but must have wondered how it went wrong in leg one, Adam finished third (happy with that :) ).
This weeks Results are now online and the Championship Tables have been updated with this weeks points.
Week 3 next time, lots of points to play for again and I'm going to get working on another new track design. See you all on Friday
30th October 2013
Championship Week 1
A good start to the Autumn Championship with some very close racing on a brand new track layout that was created to add to the challenge of week 1's of racing. Qualifying was a close run thing with very little to chose between the top six drivers with only five spaces available for the A final. Dan Wooster took his regular place on pole for the A Final and unfortunatly for Anthony Adcock he was the one that was squeezed out of the A to line up in pole for the B final. Anthony Gammage's fine form continued but he was couldn't quite make it into the B so had to settle for pole in the C Final.
In the C Final Anthony managed to convert his pole position into two good wins but Andy Bradley pushed him hard making for some good close racing at times. Their two contrasting driving styles made for an exciting battle. Ethan Hodge rounded out the C Final whilst continuing to develop his driving skills.
Anthony Adcock lead away the B Final and generally speaking had things his own way on his way to two wins. Lee Hodge wasn't far being the leader only finishing 1 lap behind in both races but ultimatly couldn't quite match Anthony's pace so had to settle for second, still a good start to his championship campaign. Dave Irving finished a solid 3rd with his car looking good but just in need of a tiny bit more pace to match the super consitant Lee.
The A Final was very close as expected. Dan Wooster lead away closely followed by Steve Swan with them both completing 31 laps in each final. The battle behind was just as close with Adam Burgess and Nathan Maycock fighting over 3rd place a lap back from the leaders. In the end Dan took two narrow wins with Steve following with a pair of second's. Adam and Nath could barly be separated taking a 3rd and 4th each meaning there is nothing to separate them in the championship table. Lisa was never far behind and infact at times during the night was the fastest car on track but just couldn't get any luck this time out.
All the Results have been uploaded and the first Championship Tables are ready too.
So onto week 2 and another new track layout to keep you all on your toe's. Hopefully one or two more drivers too maybe? See you all on Friday!
20th October 2013
Well that is preparation time over, next week we are go! The start of the 2013 Autumn Club Championship. If the last couple of weeks are anything to go by we are in for some intense competition throughout all three of the formula grades. Speaking of the Formula Grades, I have updated them to include our new racers and apply any promotions that were needed after the last championship. For those of you who are new to racing with us a quick reminder of what the formula's mean, everyone races as normal and will score points towards the overall championship table but you also score points towards three ability related championship tables. This means you are competing with the racers you normally find yourself battling with in the finals for trophies at the end of the championship, its not just the top few in the A final that take home the silverware. Here's a reminder of how the Spring Championship ended earlier this year.
Onto this weeks racing, it was good to see both Alan Thompson and David French return this week and put in some good runs. David was unlucky not to make the A Final being just pipped by Nathan Maycock for the final grid slot. He did go on to take a comfortable win in the B Final though and just needs a couple of tenths to be right up there in the A Final. Speaking of the A Final it was once again Dan Wooster's night but Steve, Lisa and Adam all showed some very good pace at times hopefully proving that Dan won't have it all his own way in the championship and with Nathan going shopping for some new tires before next week he should be right back in the mix too. In the C Final it was a tight battle between Anthony Gammage and Martin Flower but it was Anthony that came out on top and set himself up for what could very good championship if he can keep up his recent pace. Alan Thompson's rusty thumbs seemed to be losening off by the end of the night and he had a consistant run to 3rd place in the second leg of his final, a few weeks of practise should see him challenging in F3.
This weeks Results are now available.
So round 1 of the championship is this coming Friday, who will take the early lead? Hope to see lots of you come and give it your all on track.
14th October 2013
This week Ben Johnson though he'd have a crack at writing the weekly race summary so you all get a break from the normal rubbish I write! Before I hand over to Ben I'd just like to mention that if anyone else would like to have a go at writing anything for the site then just let me know, it can be a Friday night summary, at report from another event you attend or anything else you can think of that would add to what we already do. So, over to Ben....
The Winter championship starts on the 25th October and with now only one week of practice rounds left it is clear to see that people are dialling in their cars to give themselves the best chance for what is looking to be a competitive championship in all three formula.
With two of the top three finishers in F1 from the spring championship absent this week it left the remainder from the last F1 podium Steve to clean up in both of what were to be 2 fast, frantic a finals, a clear lap ahead of the rest of the pack with 35 and 34 laps respectively. Lisa finished in second overall with a 2nd and 3rd, Anthony in 3rd overall with a 4th and 2nd let down by a failure in the first final. Lee finished 4th overall, looking strong while still getting back into the swing of racing again after a while out and Adam finished 5th, in Adams defence he had a new-to-him chassis on its debut outing and suffered radio issues to compound the problem.
The return of a former F2 winner after a long break put a spear through the usual finishing order of the B final with Rich at the pointy end and looking as if he hadn't been away. He was to manage 2nd in the B overall which could have been a 1st had he not had issues in the first final, this let me take 1st overall in the B with a 1st and 2nd. Lee finished 3rd after the two legs with a 2nd and 4th (not sure if his handling gremlins have come back??). A very strong run from Anthony saw his ever steep trajectory of improvement continue with two 3rd place finishes placing him 4th overall and looking to be a menace in the championship for the locals thinking its going to be an easy 8 weeks. Rob had a good evening also managing to squeeze ever more speed out of his 12th scale 2wd mardave, but unfortunately sustaining an evening stopping breakage in the first final meant he was unable to attend the grid for the second.
Martin showed that consistency is the key to all victories with two solid 1st place finishes with his Mi1, followed by Dan with the same chassis after having a coming together with some of the track furnishings in the first final giving him a 3rd and 2nd, good to see Ethan making some big leaps forward but fortune was not on his side as his battery parted company with the car in the second final leaving him with a 2nd and 3rd but because of qualifying positions finishes 3rd. With Beth being away with Rich it seems she may need another week to get the thumbs back in order and return to placing higher.
Full Results now online.
Onward to next week!
8th October 2013
Summer has been and gone. JAE has been and gone. The weather is turning crap and its dark by 6pm. So that can mean only one thing ... time for the KetteringMCC Autumn Club Championship!
The championship will run for 8 weeks starting on Friday 25th of October. The Autumn championship is traditionally the more serious series of the year and so we will cease running the buggy class until the new year to allow all drivers to concentrate on the Touring Car class. Each driver's best 5 results out the possible 8 will count towards their final points tally. As normal there will be trophies up for grabs to the top drivers in each of the formula grades and also the Colin Williams Memorial Shield will be presented to the next worthy recipient. Racing rules remain the same: 2 heats and 2 finals for everyone. 13.5 turn or higher brushless motors (or 27t brushed), open ESC's, open tyres. Minimum weight of 1350g as per BRCA rules and minimum ride height of 5mm.
So can anyone step up and prevent Dan Wooster from taking a clean sweep of championships for the year? I'm looking forward to seeing lots of close racing and hopefully a return to some big attendances.
Onto other business - All the Results from the last few weeks are now online including the JAE mini championship that was run on the Saturday. Speaking of JAE, there will be some kind of write up for the event in due course along with photos and videos. A big thanks to everyone who came along to Wicksteed Park, it was a great weekend with some brilliant ontrack action despite the challenging weather we has a times. I hope the show we put on may lead to the opportunity to do a bit more racing within the park next year and the preparations for JAE 2014 will begin pretty soon.
That just about wraps things up for this week. Remember there are just 2 more practise weeks before the chapionship kicks off so hopefully we'll see lots of you racing this Friday night.
27th August 2013
We appear to have turned into Kettering Model Drift Club! The low numbers have continued with people away on holiday, others away racing at outdoor venues and some suffering from broken cars and all that combined with the prep for JAE being well underway has meant we have had a few drift cars make an appearance over the last couple of weeks. While none of us take drifting too seriously, one look at the 'vintage' chassis' we all use proves that but it has become a little bit addidctive. On more than one occasion people have said to me they don't understand the appeal of drifting but then hand them the transmitter and a few laps later they are hooked.
After a couple of Fridays of practicing me, Martin and Nathan all took a trip up to RadshapeRC in Birmingham to visit their awesome RC superstore and have a go on their purpose build drift track. We had a great afternoon looking at the rows and rows of cars, bodyshells, tyres and more on display and the track was great. Over on the club Facebook page is a little video of the drifting at Radshape and another of some interesting camera angles from last Friday night.
Onto JAE and its just over 2 weeks until the show kicks off in Wicksteed Park. Many of you will have seen and heard of some of the plans for this years show and more importantly our RC racing area part of the show. The track area has grown meaning we will have a proper grass off-road track as well as a separate tarmac drift track this year and we even have access to the activity field if we need a bit more space for some larger cars or even some flight models. A number of tickets have been pre-ordered and I should have those any day now so I will need to start collecting some money from those wanting to come along, speak to me on Friday or message me to let me know how many you need or if you want to know the prices. The gates open to the show on 3pm on Thursday 12th of September and the show runs right through until the evening of Sunday 15th. Everyone attending will also need a special gate pass to get your car into the site, they are quite strict about it being Japanese only so we must have these passes filled out and on display to get in (unless you have a Japanese car that is then you will be fine). Everything is pointing to this year being even better than last year so get your tickets booked and come and join the fun. Just to add RadshapeRC have booked a trade stand right next to the grass track so will be there all weekend joining in the fun and will also have lots of RC bits and bobs for sale so hopefully lots more people will join in the racing and drifting this year.
So looking ahead, this Friday will be a normal race night hopefully with a few people returning with their touring cars so we can have a bit of racing. Drift cars are welcome still and if the racing goes ahead we will allocate a heat for the drifters to have some track time whilst still allowing the racing to go ahead as normal. Next Friday (6th Sept) will be the first race night of the month so once again we will welcome the buggies along to race alongside the touring cars on a dual purpose track layout. The Friday 13th meeting will be cancelled as we will be at JAE but im hoping as many of you as possible book yourselves some tickets and come and join the madness in Wicksteed Park. Friday 20th will be back on as normal and we should then continue right through to Christmas uninterrupted.
So that just about rounds up what has been going on and whats coming up at KetteringMCC, I hope to see lots of you back on track again on Friday.
5th August 2013
Hmmm... my promise of keeping on top of the website updates is going well isn't it!
Anyway here we go. Its been quiet over the last few weeks, a combination of good weather and the start of the school holidays has meant people have had other things on. We've been carrying on with the racing as normal, albeit in a bit more of a relaxed way, so that has lead to some experimenting with some new track layouts, some test runs for some drift cars and of course last Friday saw the buggy class return again.
The Results from the last few weeks have now been added.
Thats it for this week but I'll end with a short video clip from the A Final last Friday, a new track layout and it seemed very popular so hopefully it'll make a return soon.
See you all on Friday
14th July 2013
Well it's been a while since I last updated the site, been a bit lazy lately. In the few weeks since the last update we've seen lots of new drivers take to the track for the first time which is great to see, infact it's the largest influx of new drivers we've had since the beginning of 2012! So welcome to the club Joe Easton, Ethan Hodge, Lee Hodge and Glyn Whitley, we hope you all enjoyed your first few races and will come back for some more. In addition to these guys Alan Thompson has been making some good progress and his new Schumacher MI1 looks to be a much better car than the old Tamiya he started racing with, I expect we'll see some real inprovement in his results over the coming weeks.
There's been some great racing over the last few weeks and some interesting new track designs too. All the Results are now online and I'll try and keep on top of the updates from now on.
I'll finish this week by mentioning JAE, as many of you know we have been invited back this year and organising this years fun and games is already underway. It wont be too long now before I'll need to let the organisers know how many tickets we will need for this years show. There are the option of both day tickets which gets you access to the show between 9am and 6pm (I think) and full weekend passes which include camping too. There will be a small fee for the tickets once again which goes towards the cost of setting up the RC area within the show. Now is the time to start thinking about whether you would like to join us this year, the show takes place between 12th and 15th of September so check your diaries as I will be taking ticket orders soon. If you have no idea what I'm talking about then click on the JAE 2012 button on the right to see what we go upto last year, and if you need any more info then just grab me one Friday night and I'll explain more about what goes on at the show.
Thats it for this week, hope to see you all this coming Friday.
23rd June 2013
It been a good few weeks for new faces at KMCC. We've had several additions to the Facebook group, lots of people popping along and having a look on a Friday night and also the Club Car got a run in the hands of Aaron Duffy.
We also had some new things on track this week, Dan and Nathan were sporting nice new bodyshells but most interestingly Kris brought along his shiney new Schumacher MI5. Most touring cars in recent years have all looked like clones of each other but the new MI5 has some nice looking features that set it apart, we'll have to see how this translates into on track pace over the coming weeks.
The Results from the last couple of weeks have now been added and are ready to view. I've also finally brought the JAE 2012 write up over from the old site, its not really changed much in the transition but for those of you who haven't read about what we got up to last year it may be an interesting read (plus we are returning again this year!). Finally i've added a page dedicated to the club car, so for anyone who is looking to start racing that could be the page for you.
That's it for this week, hope to see lots of you on Friday for another good nights racing!
7th June 2013
This weeks Results have now been added.
See you all on Friday
31st May 2013
Spring 2013 Championship Finale
A great way to end the Spring 2013 championship this week, a good turnout, a good track, and some great racing. A first run for Anthony Gammage and a first run for Alan Thompson's car this week too and both seemed to enjoy their night despite a few technical problems.
This week saw both touring cars and buggies on track to wrap up the championships for both so we'll have a quick run through each formula and class to find out who our winners are.
Touring cars first and in Formula 3 Jamie Gibson takes the win with a near perfect 499 points. Beth Vyse picks up the 2nd place trophy and Dan Oliver takes 3rd. A bit lower down our 2 newest drivers took an F3 win a piece over the last 2 rounds so we can look forward to both Anthony and Alan challenging for the win in the Autumn Championship later in the year.
Formula 2 saw another new KMCC racer take a dominant win. When David French started racing with us we were a little unsure which formula grade to place him in as he clearly showed some speed in the his first couple of weeks but was struggling to get his car to handle as he wanted. We settled on F2 and David went on to win each of the 5 rounds he competed in to achieve the perfect 500 point maximum score. The battle for 2nd was decided by just 1 point and it was Dave Irving that just snatched the place meaning Richard Vyse has to settle for 3rd. Further down Lee Henson put together a very respectable championship run to just miss out on the trophies in 4th place and Andy Bradley did very well in his first go in F2 showing some very good pace.
Formula 1 was won by Dan Wooster adding the Spring title to the Autumn title he aleady had. Another maximum score of 500 points scored means he gets to keep the number 1 on the side of his car when we start all over again in the Autumn. Nathan Maycock finished in 2nd place and Steve Swan in 3rd. It really is about time someone stopped Dan winning! and on the subject of Dan winning...
In the first Buggy championship for many years Dan Wooster completed his clean sweep of titles by powering his vintage Losi JRX2 to the final round win to wrap up the championship. Adam Burgess finished 2nd but in the battle for 3rd Richard Vyse and Martin Flower couldn't be seperated. Both drivers finished on 289 points and both had the same result in count back so are offically tied for 3rd!
So that completes the KMCC Spring 2013 Championship. A big thankyou to the 25 drivers that took part in the touring car championship and also to the 10 drivers that supported the buggy mini-championship. The Results from the final round are now available as are the final Championship Tables.
Obviously racing will continue as normal even though the championship is over so we'll see you all on Friday. A final shout out to all our members that have been out representing KMCC all over the country over this past weekend, with drivers competing at Hinckley, Bedworth, Stafford and DMS in Watford and getting some really good results we are really proving the quality of racers that we have at our little club. Keep up the good work guys.
24th May 2013
Spring 2013 Championship Round 8
It was really nice to welcome Alan Thompson on track for the first time this week and what a good job he did. Driving the brilliant club hire car, Alan posted a quaifying time fast enough to take pole in the C Final and after epic battle with Jamie Gibson he managed to take the C Final win. Hopefully Alan can now get his own car ready to race so we can see how he will progress.
Lisa Keen made a bit of a return to form this week by finally making it back into the A Final, perhpas helped by replacing the troublsome Tamiya with a very nice looking Serpent S411. Steve Swan had a very good qualifying run to claim pole for the A Final but was unable to hold Dan Wooster at bay. Dan took the win and completed his 500 point maximum score for the championship, Steve came in 2nd with Nathan Maycock in 3rd.
The B Final was won by Anthony Adcock but with Richard Vyse coming in 2nd he claimed top F2 on the night leaving him just 1 point behind Dave Irving in the F2 table with just 1 round remaining. Lee Henson took 3rd place and all but confirmed 3rd place in F2, unless David French makes it along to the final round next week which could change everything.
As mentioned already newcomer Alan Thompson took top spot in the C Final just ahead of Jamie Gibson with Beth Vyse in 3rd.
This weeks Results and Championship Tables are ready to view (the championship tables are provisional as i've updated them manually, should be correct though).
So with just 1 round left the F1 and F3 championships are just about settled but F2 could still be won by 3 drivers! The final round will also see the conclusion of the buggy mini-championship with Adam and Dan battling for the win and 3 more drivers fighting over 3rd place. Should be an exciting finale to a very enjoyable Spring Championship, hope to see as many of you racing as possible next week week.
17th May 2013
Spring 2013 Championship Round 7
Round 7 of the Championship took place on one of our fastest track layouts resulting in laptimes of a fraction over 7 seconds. This high speed action proved costly for both Ben Johnson and Lisa Keen who both suffered from several breakages during the night but at the other end of the scale it proved to be a very sucessfull night for Dan Wooster who managed to wrap up the Overall and F1 titles with 2 rounds to spare.
With 2 A Final wins Dan took a 4th maximum score of the championship meaning he can no longer be caught by his nearest rival Nathan Maycock who took 2nd place on the night. Steve Swan continued with his good consistant form to take 3rd in the A and looks on course to retain the number 3 on the side of his car with 3rd in the championship.
In the B Final Dave Irving looked on good form all night and claimed the overall win which means he jumps to the top of the F2 table with a narrow lead over Richard Vyse. Lee Henson did a good job to finish 2nd behind Dave keeping alive his championship hopes, now sitting in 3rd place in the table but just 5 points off the lead.
The C Final was won by Martin Flower but was closely followed by Dan Oliver who was driving some impressive lines by the end of the night. Just behind Jamie Gibson picked up a good haul of points and is now just a fraction away from claiming the F3 title but with Dan making a late charge it not over yet!
The Championship Tables are now online and show that theres lots still to play for. The Results are also now ready to view and includes the missing overall results from last week.
So just 2 weeks to go now and lots to play for. Next week is the last touring car only night of the championship before the buggies join us for the finale in 2 weeks time. See you all on Friday!
10th May 2013
Spring 2013 Championship Round 6
A late a very short update this week im afraid just to say that the Results are online now but just the individual legs (via the link), the overall results will be up after this weeks racing. The Championship Tables have been fully updated with the round 6 results though. See you all on Friday for round 7...
3rd May 2013
Spring 2013 Championship Round 5
This week was round 5 of the touring car championship and round 2 of the buggy championship so a new track layout was created so both classes could run on the same track. It was quite a tight and twisty layout but it made for some very close racing. It was good to welcome Alec Springer and Lew Page who came along to join in with the buggy class.
Qualifying saw Kris Irons claim a brilliant pole position for the touring car A Final just ahead of Steve Swan. Adam Burgess got bumped down the B Final but would at least start on pole with David French just behind and Lee Henson claimed pole for the C Final. Alec Springer took pole for the buggy A Final with Richard Vyse on pole for the buggy B Final.
The buggy finals were away first and in the B Final Martin Flower to a narrow win from Dave Irving with Richard Vyse 3rd. In the A Final Alec Springer took a convicing victory, Adam Burgess came 2nd thanks to a tie break with Dan Wooster in 3rd.
In the touring car C Final Lee Henson converted his pole position into 2 leg wins and therefore the overall win with Rob Oliver finishing 2nd and Martin Flower in 3rd.
The B Final was won by David French who took top F2 and another 100 points. Richard Vyse was 2nd with Dave Irving in 3rd.
In the A Final Kris Irons nearly converted his strong qualifying into a win but was robbed by a catching bodyshell with just a couple of laps to go in leg one. He went on to take 3rd place overall, still a very good performance. Dan Wooster had to battle hard but managed to claim 2nd overall behind this weeks winner Steve Swan. A great performance from Steve this week on a track that seemed to suit him and while others were getting caught up with each other while battling he managed to keep things clean and claim a well deserved 100 points
This weeks results mean that Nathan Maycock still sits at the top of the F1 table 11 points clear if Adam Burgess in 2nd but the next round will see drivers lowest scores starting to be dropped meaning other drivers will jump up the table. We have now had 4 different winners in the first 5 weeks so the championship is still wide open. In F2 Richard Vyse still leads from Lee Henson but they need to look out for David French who is scoring heavily. In F3 Beth still tops the table from Jamie Gibson. In the buggy class Dan Wooster leads with a 2 point gap back to Adam Burgess in 2nd and Richard Vyse a further 4 points back in 3rd.
This weeks Results and Championship Tables are now ready to view.
A great but busy nights racing, a big thanks to everyone for helping out and allowing us to get through 5 heats and finals in good time. See you all on Friday for round 6 of the championship (the buggy class will return for the championship finale on the 31st of May).
26th April 2013
Spring 2013 Championship Round 4
A good turnout of 18 drivers this week racing on a tough technical track all trying to take advantage of championship leader Dan Wooster not racing, 100 points up for grabs.
Qualifying was tough with 8 out the 9 F1 drivers all in attendance just making the A Final was hard work even for the top final regulars. John Fillingham seemed to have found the sweet spot with his car and grabbed pole position for the A Final with Kris Irons continuing his impressive comeback lining up in 4th. Anthony Adcock took pole for the B Final with Dave Irving lining up 3rd as top F2 qualifier. Paul Coleman took pole for the C Final, showing just how competetive the field was this week as Paul made the A Final last time out. Rob Oliver made his first appearance of the series and lined up 2nd just behind Paul. Andy Bradley suffered due the quality turn out too and despite driving really well in qualifying found himself in the D Final ahead of Jamie Gibson and Beth Vyse.
The D Final was away first and as expected Andy took a comfortable overall win. Jamie came in second and Beth third.
The C Final was intense and really could have been won by any of the drivers. Rob took the leg 1 win and followed that up with third in the second leg giving him the win by just one point from Paul with Martin Flower just pippping Lee Henson to third place.
In the B Final Anthony lead the grid away and went on to take 2 wins and therefore the overall win too but the battle for second was very close with both Dave and Peter finishing on 5 points. Dave was awarded the second place thanks to his higher qualifying position with Peter taking third.
The A Final was lead away by John who went on to take the first leg win. Nathan responded and took the second leg win but this left both Nath and John tied on 3 points which meant John takes the overall win and a maximum 100 points thanks to the tied break rule. Behind the battle for the lead Steve Swan took 2 good thrid places and so claimed third place overall.
The Championship Tables now see Nathan Maycock sitting at the top of F1 4 points clear of John Fillingham but with Dan Wooster only dropping 1 point in the first 3 rounds we can expect him to jump right back up to the top once we start dropping rounds. In F2 Richard Vyse has extended his lead over Lee Henson but with Dave Irving, David French and Paul Coleman all having good points from the limited round they have all completed we will see some major movers in a couple of weeks time. Beth still leads F3 but Jamie is sitting right behind and with a maximum 300 points from the 3 rounds he has competed in things are looking on course for a championship win as long as he races in enough rounds.
This weeks Results are now online.
Looking ahead to this coming Friday and as its the first Friday of the month we will see the off-road buggies join in the championship again for round 2 of their own mini-series. As before we will create a track layout that will accept both classes but we will need the support of everyone on the night to ensure the evening runs as smoothly as possible.
See you all on Friday!
19th April 2013
Spring 2013 Championship Round 3
I think Track 13 that we used this week may be my favorite of our current layouts. With laptimes of up around 9 seconds its one of the slower tracks but has a nice flow to it and most importantly chances to overtake.
Qualifying was tight with the top 4 cars all completing 20 laps, but it was Dan Wooster who once again took pole for the A followed by Nathan and John in what is becoming the regular top 3 qualifiers. David French narrowly missed out on the A final but would line up at the front of the B final and top F2 driver with Kris Irons right behind. Ben Johnson was the unlucky victim of the tight qualifying having to settle for pole in the C final despite being on the same pace as most of the B finalists.
The C Final was away first with Ben doing a professional job and taking 2 expected race wins. With his cars handling issues now sorted im sure we can expect to see Ben back up in the B final battling at the front of F2. Martin Flower took second place just ahead of Andy Bradley who continues to make real progress and is getting faster and faster. Beth Vyse rounded out the C final and being the only F3 present took a maximum 100 championship points.
The B Final saw some great racing. In the first final there was some great action between Kris and David early on as David was able to match Kris' pace and even challenge him for first place but Kris held on for the win and as the night went on we saw more and more of Kris' speed confirming that despite his break from racing he is going to be a real contender in F1 in the coming weeks. David finished the night with second place and a maxmum 100 points in the F2 championship. Behind the leaders Richard Vyse and Lee Henson had some nice battles of their own and ended the night tied on points but it was Richard who just edged it thanks to his better qualifying position.
The A Final started with a messy first corner in race 1 that saw Dan get away cleanly but a lunge by John on Nathan didn't pay off and the cars came togther costing them both valuable time and allowing Adam and Steve to squeeze through into second and third respectivly. Both drivers recovered well with Nath making his way through the field very quickly to start to close in on Adam for second place and the chase was complete when two mistakes in two laps by Adam allowed Nathan through. Dan took the win from Nath with Adam third. Race two started cleanly but this time Nathan got into an early lead and just dissappeared into the distance with some incredible lap times. Behind him Dan was struggling with handling issues but was able to stay in second place thanks to the fierce battle for third that was goin on behind him. Steve was running in third but John and Adam followed closely behind desperatly trying to find a gap to pass. The battle raged for lap after lap but eventually John found a way passed to go on and take third positon followed by Adam who also managed to find a way passed in the end. Dan took the overall win and the maximum 100 points with Nath in second and Adam third.
All this means that Dan now heads the F1 table by 1 point from Nathan with John a further 5 points behind in third. Richard Vyse leads F2 but is only 1 point ahead of Lee in second but they both need to look out for David who now has 2 class wins and only sits further down the table due to having missed a round, that will sort itself out in a few weeks time. Beth Vyse now leads F3 with Jamie Gibson sitting in second.
The Championship Tables and Results are both online now.
See you for round 4 next Friday.
12th April 2013
Spring 2013 Championship Round 2
A late and brief update this week. It was great to welcome David French to the club this week and what a great night he had too. As a newbie he was placed in the first heat, quickly proving to be much quicker than his competitors and despite having to navigate through traffic he managed to qualify for the A Final, nice work.
Dan Wooster re-claimed his pole position in the A Final and went on to take the overall win meaning he is is now tied for top spot on the championship with Nathan Maycock.
Anthony Adcock returned from a difficult weekend's racing at West London last week to take the win in the B Final and some decent points for the championship table with Dave Irving coming home second, top F2 driver.
A nightmare week for Ben Johnson saw him down in the C Final for the first time in a while and despite taking the win this is probably a week that will be dropped by the end of the series.
So we end this week with a tie at the top of the championship and plenty more tight battles all the way down but possibly the most worrying point is that Lee Henson currently sits in 5th place in the table!!! Still plenty of time to go but at this rate Lee is on for most improved driver. And on that bombshell...
See you all on Friday.
5th April 2013
Spring 2013 Championship Round 1
What a crazy night! Finally it was time to kick off the Spring Championship with round 1 for touring cars and buggies, a good turnout of 21 cars in total. Running 2 classes in 1 night is tricky to say the least but everyone chipped in with helping move jumps on and off the track and making sure the track was kept in good shape and despite a slightly later finish than normal things seemed to run smoothly.
It was nice to welcome Steven Best to the club for the first time, and also a few returning racers who we haven't seen for a while. John Fillingham returned to try and defend his spring championship title, Eddie Neal made a welcome return and a real blast from the past on the shape of Kris Irons who just came along to watch and ended up racing the club hire car and showed some impressive pace.
Nathan Maycock continued his good form from the last championship to claim pole position for the A Final with Paul Coleman doing a great job to sneak onto the final grid slot. The B Final saw Steve Swan take pole and Kris Irons line up 5th with the club car. The C Final would be lead away by Martin Flower with reigning F3 champ Andy Bradley lined up right behind. The Buggy final saw Dan Wooster line up on pole with his brand new car after just 1 qualifying run.
Martin was able to convert his pole position in the C Final into 2 good wins to take the overall win on the night followed by Andy who made a solid start to the new championship. Jamie Gibson came in 3rd making him the early F3 leader.
Steve looked to be struggling a little with his car's handling but made the most of his B Final pole position and took 2 wins, minimising the damage of being in a lower final than normal. A good start to the championship for Ben Johnson who took 2nd overall with Lee Henson finishing a decent 3rd.
Despite sharing the wins with Dan, Nath took the overall A Final win and a maximum 100 points to lead the championship after round 1. Dan finished 2nd with John coming in 3rd. Well done to Paul Coleman in making the A final and finishing up leading F2.
Dan Wooster converted his Buggy Final pole position into 2 hard fought wins making him the early championship leader. Steven Best did a good job to claim 2nd overall with Richard Vyse in 3rd.
The Results and Championship Tables are all ready to view. (Individual formula's to follow)
So a busy but fun round 1 is complete and with some impressive drives seen in both classes we should be in for a great 2 months of racing. Next week is round 2 for the touring cars and another 100 championship points up for grabs, we will see the buggies return on May 3rd. Hope to see lots of you again next week!
25th March 2013
Well here it is! Finally this new site design is ready to go. Hopefully you'll all like the design and find it easy to navigate. The most reguarly used pages can be found in the top navigation bar and a complete page list is down in the bottom bar. All the Results from this year so far are ready to view along with last year's championship tables. The results archive will be completed shorty. All the pages follow the same easy to use, simplified layout giving a much cleaner look which I hope will work well on all your mobile phones and tablets too. Have a look round and let me know if you find any problems or have any suggestions for other features you'd like to see included in the site in future.
Just a few reminders for you all, this Friday (Good Friday) there will not be any racing. This is something we often do on for the Easter weekend as the attendance tends to drop off with people being busy with their families. A small group will still be going to the hall at around the normal time though to carry out some track repairs and a bit of general house keeping. Anyone is welcome to join us, many hands make light work as they say, and the sooner we get done the sooner we can go to the pub! Please just let us know via the Facebook page if you intend to come along (if you haven't already).
The track work is in preparation for the start of the Spring 2013 Club Championship which begins on Friday 5th of April. Week one will feature classes for both Touring Cars and Buggies as we introduce off-road cars into the series for the first time in many many years. The championship will run for 9 weeks with the finale being on 31st of May. Touring Cars will compete in all 9 weeks with the Buggies contesting 3 rounds (5th April, 3rd May, 31st May) for their own mini-series. The Formula Grades have now been completed with both promotions and relegations this time around to balance out the tables, and as discussed on Facebook I will have some special car stickers ready for round one that clearly display your formula grade and club number (based on finishing positions of the 2012 Autumn Championship). Hope to see a big turnout for round 1!
Thats all for this week, see you all on the 5th of April! (unless your lending a hand this Friday)