5th December 2017
As we enter December we also enter the final stages of the Autumn/Winter 2017 Championship and week 7 had some great racing once again. Some of the final championship positions have been settled but there are still one or two battles going on and they roll over onto the final week.
The C Final had just 3 cars lining up on the grid. Chris Whiteside started from pole and went on to take two comfortable wins. Behind Chris our two regular junior F3's battled it out with Seth Gibson finishing in second place and Sonny Beard in third. Seth's second place scored him another maximum score of 100 points in the F3 Championship and means that he wins F3 with a perfect 500 points.
The B Final was lead away by Stuart Ward and he managed to convert the pole position into two wins. Next up in second was Stu Marshman who as top F2 grabbed a vital 100 points in the close battle for the F2 title. John Shelswell followed in third place again securing good points but its looking like a battle between Stu and Martin Flower for the title, Stu heading into the final round with a 1 point lead.
Once again the A Final was lead away by Dan Wooster and with the 2 wins that followed Dan scored maximum points in the F1 and wrapped up the title, a perfect 500 points from the 5 weeks he has completed. David French followed Dan over the line for second and confirmed second place in the championship, a great effort in challenging Dan for the title and perhaps 2018 will be David's year. Adam Burgess finished third on the night which keeps the battle for third in F1 alive, Nathan Maycock holding a 1 point lead over Adam as we go into the final round.
The Results and Championship Tables have been updated.
This coming Friday is the Final round of the Championship, still plenty to race for so hopefully we will have a great turnout to conclude a fun couple of months of competition. See you all there!
27th November 2017
We missed an update last week but back on track this week. So we'll start by saying the Results Page has been updated with the last two weeks results, and the Championship Tables updated too.
We had 18 cars this week split into three six car heats and finals which made for a busy track, a fast track at that with fastest laps of around 6.5 seconds!
As normal the C Final was away first with pole man Paul Johnson taking two wins and the overall win. George Beard and Chris Whiteside traded places battling for the remaining podium positions with George coming out on top and claiming second ahead of Chris in third.
In the B Final we had the welcome return of Nick Clements and he celebrated his comeback with the win. After sharing first and third places with John Shelswell, Nick took the win thanks to his qualifying position. John had to settle for second and Stu Marshman grabbed third.
Onto the A Final and Dan Wooster was back and unbeatable again. Pole postion was converted into two leg wins and the overall win, the championship title is getting close. Dan's rival for the title David French finished second but at this point David needs to start taking points off Dan, and may need help from the other F1's if he's going to do it now. Stuart Ward won the tight battle for the final podium position taking third on tie break.
So thats week 6 done, two more weeks to go. David French still tops the F1 table ahead of Nathan Maycock and Adam Burgess, but Dan Wooster sits in forth with maximum points from the four weeks he has completed. In F2 Martin Flower leads the way but Stu Marshman is just one point behind in second and Paul Johnson is third. John Shelswell is still right in the hunt though, he's a week down on points but potentially just a couple of points off the top. In F3 Seth Gibson has maximum points and looks set to claim the F3 title, Sonny Beard is second and John Clements has joined the party late and is third.
Round 7 awaits this coming Friday, hope to see lots of you trackside again.
12th November 2017
The completion of week 4 means we are now at the half way point of the Championship, it'll be a couple more weeks until the dropped scores start to take effect but for now its Nathan Maycock who heads the way with Adam Burgess just 1 point behind in second place and Stu Marshman in third (and top of F2).
The racing this week was fun as always, the entrants we had this week fell quite nicely into a heat of F1 and a heat F2 and thats the way it stayed as we sorted the Finals too.
In the B Final Martin Flower recovered from two difficult qualifying heats where finding tire temperature was proving tricky and left him 4th on the grid, and managed to get a win and a second place to take the overall win and 100 points in the F2 Championship. Pole man John Shelswell had a tough first final ending the race in third place but a win in the second final gave him enough points for second overall. Current F2 Championship leader Stu Marshman had a tough night, second on the grid was a decent start but the finals were hard work and with driveshaft failure in leg one and a patched up car in leg two he just couldn't find any consistancy this week, finishing third overall was not a bad result in the end but this may end up being a dropped score once we reach the end of the Championship. Stu stays top of the F2 table with on the face of it a healthy lead but once dropped scores come in he'll have plenty of people right on his tail. Martin sits in second place with Paul Johnson in third.
The A Final was made up of the 4 F1 drivers that were present this week. Steve Swan returned this to take pole position and the leg one win, things looking pretty straight forward for him at this point, but with Dan Wooster finishing second in leg one there was still work to do. In leg 2 there was a messy start to the race which allowed Dan through into the lead and Steve trailing in third. Another incident cost Nathan Maycock second place allowing Adam Burgess through to try and chase down Dan with Steve still not finding any luck and still sitting in third. Things finally settled down a bit and once Steve was able to shake off the attention of Nath his pace incresed massively allowing him to hunt down and pass Adam and go in chase of Dan. At this point second for Steve would have meant a tie in the points with Dan but the win going to Steve thanks to qualifying being the tie break, but he continued to try and chase down Dan and fight for a second win and a mistake just a after 4 minutes gave second place back to Adam thats the way it stayed until the end of the race. So Dan took the overall win, with Steve second and Adam third. In the F1 Championship Nathan heads the way with Adam in second, but Dan is in third with maximum points from the three rounds he has completed so we can expect him to jump to the top of the standings in a couple of weeks time unless someone else can start taking some wins.
This week we have updated Results AND Championship Tables so go take a look.
The second half of the Championship starts next week, hope to see lots of people back racing!
8th November 2017
For week 3 of the Championship we had competition from the Bonfire Night activities so numbers were a bit low again. For those that made it we had a new track design that was fun to race on and lead to some really good battles.
In the B Final there was some intense battling between pole man Martin Flower and Dave Irving. Dave's new X-Ray seems to getting up to speed now and allowed him to take two wins after fighting off the challenge from Martin with Paul Johnson coming third making it an X-Ray 1-2-3.
In the A Final it was the David French show! Pole position was converted into two wins and he even took fastest lap along the way. To top it off, the overall win has taken David to the top of the championship standings too, not a bad week! Behind David there was a good battle for the remaining podium positions with Adam Burgess finishing second (running 32's, just saying ) and Nathan Maycock finishing third. A good perfornce from Stu Marshman again this week finishing fourth in the A Final and top F2, extending his lead in the F2 table even further.
All this weeks Results have been added for you to look at but no updated Championship tables this week as an updated file wasn't uploaded, come on hands up Mr Chairman or Mr Race Controller - one of you ballsed it up lol!
Week 4 this Friday, hopefully some more drivers this week as we hit the half way point in the Championship. See you there!
31st October 2017
Week 2 of the Autumn/Winter 2017 Championships and we were pleased to see some returning racers which brought us up to 16 drivers, thats more like it!
As uaual there was some good close racing in all the finals. In the C Final Paul Johnson picked up 2 wins but behind him there were all kind of battles going on. Chris Whiteside claimed second place from his pole position grid slot with Junior racer Seth Gibson coming third and top F3.
In the B Final things were much closer in the fight for the win. John Shelswell and Stu Marshman ended tied on points and it was their qualifying positions the ended up separating them with John taking the win and Stu second, Jaco van der Sterren came third.
The A Final was a busy one with 6 cars taking to the track. Championship leader Dan Wooster lined up on pole postion and despite a solid challenge from David French he managed to take 2 wins. David picked up 2 second place finishes and Nathan Maycock came third with a pair of third places, Sir third alot strikes again!
In the Championship standings Dan has pulled slightly further ahead in the F1 table with a 3 point lead over David. Stu has stretched to a 7 point lead at the top of F2 with Chris currently sitting in second. In F3, this week was the first appearence for our Juniors and Seth has taken a early lead but is just one point ahead of Sonny. Plenty of points still to play for in over the next 6 weeks though, and lets not forget that its not until round 6 that we'll start to see dropped points start to take effect and those who have missed a week or 2 could start leaping up the tables.
All the Results from round 2 and an updated Championship Table are now available.
Thats all for this week, hope to see lots of you trackside again on this coming Friday for round 3.
22nd October 2017
We've been a bit quiet on here for most of this year, but we are still going strong on track. In case anyone was wondering, we do still exist and are still racing every Friday night at the William Knibb Centre even if we aren't updating here as much as we should. As we always tell people, if you have access to Facebook then check out our club page. The most up to date info can usually be found on there and unlike alot of clubs the only page we have is a 'Group' page, one that is open to anyone on there to post pictures, questions, general updates and any other rubbish they can think of, not just offical club messages so come and join in - click the link on the right or search 'Kettering Model Car Club'.
This week we began another 8 week club championship. This doesnt mean any change to the format of the evening but just means all racers score points based on their overall finishing position on the night, a result made from their two final results combined.
We started with a fairly quiet night in terms of numbers but saw some good racing non the less. The usual suspects could be found heading the A Final results with Daniel Wooster and Steve Swan battling it out as normal. Stuart Ward was unlucky to be the one F1 driver to miss out on the A Final but completed a solid drive to win the B Final, and found time to work on car settings too which will no doubt see him back in the A Final soon. Stu Marshman finished as top F2 driver and James Wingfield looked to be on for great result running his backup car, a Tamiya M07, after his Schumacher broke, only for differential failure to force him out of leg 2. Chris Whiteside made his championship debut with some clean driving and has been slotted straight into F2 as a result. No F3's this week but hopefully once half term is out the way we'll see the juniors return to fight it out for the F3 crown currently held by Ryan Flower.
A full run down of the results can be found on the Results page, and the championship tables on the Autumn Championship 2017 page.
So Round 2 is this coming Friday (27th Oct) and we hope to see some faces return to action, and remember new comers are always welcome too. Don't let the fact we are running a championship put you off, all racers are grouped together will similar ability drivers so whether you are a beginner or national level driver, all are welcome. See you on Friday!
29th May 2017
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
A brief update for the active members.
Firstly my apologies for my absences lately, if you are not aware I had a bit off a tumble from a motorcycle and manged to break 4 ribs and required a chest drain to remove quite a lot of blood from my chest. Still a little tender, and not supposed to be lifting, bit I am on the mend.
Since taking over the running of KMCC when Gary gave up, initially with Colin and then Adam, Stu, Martin and Rob, we have developed into a friendly easy running club. Whilst we are not the biggest, we don't run multiple classes or run all day meetings, what we have works and works well, and we feel doesn't need to change. The carpet we are running on is now in the region off 14+ years old. It is still in good condition and perfectly serviceable for many years to come. One of the reasons we have managed to maintain this carpet is by restricting the type of cars that run to Touring Cars, as you may be aware classes like GT's and 12th scale run foam tyre and do leave a lot of additive on the carpet. Whilst we have run odd heats of other classes, KMCC is a Touring Car Club and that is what we are known for being. We will remain a Touring Car Club. However we will continue to allow new members or visiting guests to run other cars initially. All F1 & F2 drivers should be running Touring Cars, if during a series they need to run anything other, points will not be awarded.
We have had some upset recently with the redevelopment of the main hall. Whilst we knew this was coming unfortunately Kettering Council 'forgot' to tell us when. The move to the bottom hall happened quickly and went well. Youthworks were a great help firstly by informing us of the loss of access, and then by getting the storage area cleared allowing us the access we need and accommodating us where ever possible. You may not be aware but he money we pay for hall hire goes to Youthworks for their charity work, something we are proud to support. I would like to say here a huge thanks to all those who help with the move on such short notice.
Tony has, over the last couple of weeks, been investigating the availability of other halls within the Kettering area. For this we thank him. The hall we currently have is a little on the small side and the floor is certainly rougher than we remember (I'm going to ask if there are plans to refurb it at any point in the near future), whilst it may not be the best hall, KMCC still has a home and continues to race. Throughout the club history we have moved a few times, sometimes for the wrong reasons, sometimes without any choice. Before we commit to any future move however there are a number of things we need to ensure are in place/available:
The club will continue to run on a Friday night, this enables the younger members to attend without the problem of a school night. Any possible hall needs to be at least equivalent in size to where currently are and preferable to smooth. We currently have easy free access with keys and alarm codes, whilst this is unusual access needs to continue to be easy and a little flexible. The class raced will continue to be Touring Cars. The main criteria however is cost, we do not want to increase race fees at if at all possible.
If anyone has any questions or comments please contact any one of us,
Dave, Adam, Rob, Stu, Martin.
25th February 2017
Kettering Model Car Club has a new home! But as we're quite fond the the William Knibb Centre we've just moved downstairs.
Whilst we've been aware of plans to refurbish certain sections of the Centre for some time, which includes converting the first floor gym into office space, things moved on very suddenly and with just a week's notice. So as of today the club has moved to it's new home of the activity hall in the old part of the building. This means we are now on the ground floor which makes access to the hall much better, no more lugging those heavy haulers up the stairs! Access from the carpark is excellent being ramped with no steps at all and as part of the refurb the carpark is due to be resurfaced at some point too. The carpark is off Alfred Street as before but is the next one along so the second carpark on the left if approaching from Victoria Street. The entrance to building is in the far right of the carpark as you turn in.
Thanks to the excellent work done by our group of volunteers all the club's equipment has been moved into its new home and also had a bit of much needed maintenance so we are ready to go for this coming Friday. Please try to arrive as early as you can as there will be a little trial and error in getting set up for the first time so we'll need as many hands a possible helping to set up and pack away if we are to run the meeting as normal. We look forward to seeing lots of you along on Friday to begin this new chapter for KetteringMCC.
2nd November 2016
Club Championship Round 2
A quick update this week just to say that the Results from round 2 of the Club Championship that took place last Friday are now available, as are the updated Championship Tables.
See you all this Friday for Round 3!
22nd October 2016
Club Championship Round 1
Round 1 of the Championship was greeted by 15 keen racers all looking to start off their title challenges with a bang. A fast track was laid out that seemed to encourage drivers into finding a good rhythm and there were some excellent 5 minute runs by several drivers.
Qualifying saw most people finish roughly where expected within their ability groups but with a lower turnout of F1 drivers than normal there was a spot in the A Final up for grabs and Tony Spooner took his chance to sneak onto the back of an A final grid that was as usual headed by Dan Wooster. Elsewhere Jaco van der Sterren took pole position for the B Final and Nick Clements took pole for the C Final.
The C Final was away first and Nick was well into his stride by the time the finals started and he managed to convert his pole position into 2 wins, a strong start to his first championship since joining the club and to top off a good night he takes an early lead in the F3 championship. John Shelswell picked up second place and Mat Dawson.
Jaco was able to emulate Nick in the B Final by coverting his pole position into 2 wins and getting his championship off to a solid start. Stu Marshman followed in second place showing a continuation of his recent good form with Rob Oliver finishing third.
The A Final was lead away by Dan Wooster but he shared the wins with Steve Swan with each driver taking a win and a second place, this in the end gave the overall win and maximum points to Dan. The surprise of the night was third place finisher Tony Spooner. By qualifying in the A Final he had already guarenteed himself maximum points in F2 and it seems that freedom to just 'have a go' allowed him to put together 2 great finals. In leg 1 he benefitted from mistakes from other drivers to slot into third place but then drove cleanly and quickly to keep the position. In leg 2 it was a different story though, once again there were some mistakes from others but Tony had found some unbelievable pace and on the way to claiming another third place finish he also recorded the fastest lap of the race (only narrowly missing out on fastest lap of the night!). Top driving that is no only a worry early on for his fellow F2 drivers but a genuine concern to some of the F1's too!
All the results have been added to the Results page, and the Championship Tables have been added too.
That's all for this week, round 2 of the championship takes place next Friday and we hope to see lot's of you along to race.
24th September 2016
It's that time of year again, the count down to the Autumn/Winter Club Championship is on! After a good year of racing for our club members both home and away, it's just about time to see out 2016 with what is traditionally our main championship.
We get under way on Friday 21st October and will have 8 weeks of championship racing finishing on Friday 9th December, with the Friday 16th December pencilled in for the trophy presentation. We will run our standard format of 2 heats and 2 finals for everyone with points being awarded for each driver's overall result at the end of each round, each driver's best 5 results from the possible 8 will count towards their final points tally. We will use our normal driver grading system of F1, F2 & F3 with trophies up for grabs for the top drivers in each group. That covers the basics, if anyone has any questions about the championship format then please feel free to post on the KetteringMCC Facebook group, click the Facebook button on the right to be directed straight to the group page.
We are now left with just 3 more weeks of normal club racing/practice before we get under way so we hope to see lots of you along racing with us in preparation. See you all on Friday!