Round 5 of the BRCA 1/12 nationals took place last weekend, and for the first time a BRCA national event was held in a large shopping mall. The centre:mk played host to what many are already dubbing as ‘the best 1/12 national for more than 20 years’. Crowds 2 or 3 deep surrounded the 28m x 14m carpet track for the entire weekend, and there were also other exhibits and attractions on offer to engage the public with RC racing. The whole event was streamed live on the internet and with commentary provided by full size motor racing commentary legend John Hindhaugh it all came together to make for an enthralling spectacle.
On Saturday in the LMP12 10.5 stock class, David Spashett was top qualifier with his Zen-Racing RS12 chassis. Privateer Yokomo runner Matt Varah joined David on the front row, with the Reedy and LRP powered Xray of Olly Jefferies 3rd. The A-final was a race of two halves, with the lead trio circulating very closely for the first 4-minutes. Several changes of lead occurred, but at about half distance a coming together between Olly and Dave allowed Matt Varah to pull out into an unassailable lead. Matt crossed the line to take his first ever BRCA national win with David 2nd and Olly 3rd.
In LMP12 13.5 it was a 2-horse race. The Orca powered CRC of Leigh Dibble came out on top with TQ and the win ahead of the Associated car of Keith Robertson. Andy Sawyer finished 3rd for Corally/LRP.
GT12 saw another maiden win, this time for Alex Thurston who fended off Chris Ashton’s Schumacher for much of the A-final. Sam Clifton finished 3rd to make it an all-Schumacher podium.
On Sundays the drivers fit faster motors to their cars and in the fastest class of all, LMP12 open modified, it was the Xray of Olly Jefferies which utterly dominated. Top qualifier by more than half a lap, Olly cruised to a comfortable win in the A final and lapped everyone except the battle for 2nd place which raged for more than 7 minutes between Chris Kerswell and Mark Stiles. Mark held his nerve for the entire race and crossed the line 2nd with his LRP and Reedy powered Yokomo R12C3. Chris Kerswell finished 3rd for Serpent/Hobbywing.
The LMP12 sport class is for motors up to 10.5 turns, so effectively the same as the 10.5 stock class from Saturday. The A-final in this class was an absolute belter, with pole-sitter Keith Robertson, Mark Jewitt and Jim Spencer battling closely for the entire race. Eventually it was Jim who won with his Zen-Racing car ahead of Keith and Mark, who were both driving Associateds.
In GT12, Karl Dransfield returned to the nationals and won the A-final for Mardave. He beat the Schumacher cars of Jamie McDonagh and Sam Clifton into 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
You can re-live the action from Sunday by watching the video feed here;
Full results are available here.
A huge thank you has to be made to all of the competitors, organisers, officials, exhibitors and media professionals for all of their hard work in making this such a hugely successful event. It is hoped that the event can be repeated again next year.
You can re-live the action by watching the videos below;