CWIC XRS UK Rd1 report

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Race report by Adrian Jefferies:

Round one of the re branded CWIC series got underway this weekend with a full entry heading to the Christie Miller Sports centre. A very new look and feel to this year’s series as support now comes from title sponsor XRAY / HUDY / Hobbywing.

The CWIC series has always been popular with touring car drivers in the west of the UK and now with the additional support its hoped drivers from further afield will come and taste the friendly but competitive feel of the series, still run under the expert supervision of Stephen Fabray the championship now has a new control tyre supplied by X-Ray and hand out motors for the touring car stock class.

Three rounds of qualifying got underway at ten o’clock after a short practise run for all the drivers, the new X-ray tyre showed good grip from the start even on a relatively green track.

In the stock class Zak Finlay showed why the national champion taking all three rounds of qualifying, behind Zak young Daniel Blake was next up and making it an all XRAY top three in 13.5 stock was Marcus Askell

In the 1:12 class Ollie Payne was using the event as some pre national practice ahead of next week’s Eastbourne National and he dominated all the three rounds of qualifying taking pole for the A final ahead of Jimmy Maddison and Paul Ash.

In the modified class XRAY rolled out a couple of its big guns for the event in the form of Alexander Hagberg and Olly Jefferies, Alex ran an aluminium chassis while Olly opted for the carbon deck, both drivers using the event for some pre winter carpet testing, Alex took TQ ahead of Olly with Johnny Bowden third.

The GT12 class was well supported as always and Johnathan Simblet proved the man to beat taking TQ with three straight wins, Daniel Sparrow was next up ahead Phil Brookes

In F1 Daniel Blake took TQ with Lee Hedges second and Joe Keaveney third.

Early indications were that the new XRAY tyre that had seen very little running in the UK prior to this weekend was working well, even the modified drivers were seeing good wear rates and looking to do their two leg finals on the rubber they started the day with.

Leg one of the stock A final saw a perfect drive by Zak Finlay with Markus Marcus Askell second but all eyes were on the battle for third between Daniel Blake and Jimmy Maddison, Jimmy eased by Dan at the midpoint but then a mistake saw Jimmy hand the lead back to Daniel, then on the last lap the slightest mistake from Daniel saw Jimmy sneak back through to take third in Leg one

Leg two of the stock final was business as usual for Zak and once again the real battle on track was between Jimmy and Daniel, second in the second leg helped Jimmy take runner up spot in the overall results with Markus Askell completing a 1-2-3 for XRAY.

Super touring was a demonstration two leg final for Alex Hagberg, Olly Jefferies hung on to his team mate for a few laps early on in both final but today was all about Alex, despite changing to a aluminium chassis Olly had to settle for second in both legs and third place fell to Jefferies’ Gloucester club mate Kia Kai Grainger.

In the 1:12 final Ollie Payne dominated and if he was getting track time ahead of next week’s national he must feel pretty confident for the week ahead, Ollie took TQ and wins in both finals ahead of Jimmy Maddison, long time 1:12 racer Paul Ash was third.

F1 was won by Joe Joseph Keaveney with his Hass replica and Daniel Blake made up for not making the top three in stock by finishing second in F1 ahead of a very pleased Lee Hedges. Simon Jonathan Simblet took victory in GT12.

All the drivers were delighted with the new format and we can expect a full entry at round two.

Look out for a full report in Racer magazine.

Thank you to all the racers, dads and mechanics who made round one such good fun and a pleasurable event, on behalf of the racers may I thank Stephen Fabray for as always a first class slick run meeting.

Results

Touring Boosted:

  1. Alexander Hagberg XRAY T4
  2. Olly Jefferies XRAY T4
  3. Kai Grainger XRAY T4
  4. Jon Bowden XRAY T4
  5. Shaun Ogden16
  6. Steve Davis
  7. Nick Waywell XRAY T4
  8. Liam Hammond XRAY T4

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Touring Blinky:

  1. Zak Finlay XRAY T4
  2. Jimmy Maddison XRAY T4
  3. Marcus Askell XRAY T4
  4. Daniel Blake XRAY T4
  5. Shaun Ogden
  6. Mark Giaquinto XRAY T4
  7. Glenn Westwood
  8. Phil Vickers XRAY T4
  9. Andy Travis
  10. Tom Green XRAY T4

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LMP12:

  1. Ollie Payne
  2. Jimmy Maddison XRAY X12‘17
  3. Paul Ash
  4. Sam Exton
  5. John Ridding
  6. Simon Parish
  7. Daniel Sparrow
  8. Mark Winslow

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GT12:

  1. Jonathan Simblet
  2. Lee Owen
  3. Phil Brookes
  4. John Ridding
  5. Daniel Sparrow
  6. Adrian Parkes
  7. Colin Hancocks
  8. Terry Crew
  9. Carl Boswell
  10. Tommie Chiu

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Formula 1:

  1. Joe Keaveney XRAY X1’16
  2. Daniel Blake XRAY X1‘16
  3. Lee Hedges XRAY X1‘16
  4. Jonathan Simblet XRAY X1‘16
  5. Kobus van der Westhuizen
  6. Stewart Woodend
  7. Benjamin Kirkham XRAY X1‘16
  8. Remo Casadei XRAY X1’16
  9. Tony Archer
  10. Paul Beecroft XRAY X1‘16

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