Primrose Valley RC Car Week 2016 review and 2017 preview

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While it’s cold outside and we anxiously await spring let me take you back to a time when the sun was out, people were wearing shorts and hats were being worn to protect you from the sun and not to keep the rain out of your eyes……. It’s May 2016 and that can only mean one thing, it’s time for the annual Primrose RC Car week where drivers from all four corners of Britain descended upon the Haven holiday park at Primrose Valley just outside Filey, Scarborough for the 29th consecutive year of the running of the event. The park offers many on site attraction’s to entertain families with children, and with Scarborough, York , Whitby and the Yorkshire moors all a close drive away there is plenty to see if you fancy a day off from racing to venture out. From a racers attraction there are two tracks located on the cliff top site, one tarmac catering for the on road while a spin through 180 degrees and you have a grass track with many natural bumps and undulations to keep you on your toes.

The model week is run as that, a fun week of playing with as many classes as your mind and body can cope with, from micro through to 1:8 rally cross, nitro or electric; it’s the best way to get out of marshalling to take part in all of the thirteen classes catered for. New for 2016 was the running of the Tamiya Grasshopper challenge that took a few drivers back to their childhood, despite being run in standard out of the box form, yes we even ran the 380 motors in them on grass and as about as slow as a sinclair C5 from the same era they were immense fun. As the week worn on it was interesting to see just how drivers were trying to get the most from their 80’s pride and joy, a bit of WD40 in the motor, the smallest Lipo they could find, even saving weight by not painting the shells. The sight of ten or so Grasshoppers bouncing and weaving down the straights trying to take the apex and not getting stuck on a tuft or grass put a smile on many peoples faces.

As always Saturday is left for drivers to book in to the camp and find their home/workshops for the week, once settled wander down and have a look at the tracks to book in for the week and possibly get in some track time before the event kicked off for real on Sunday. The following morning drivers were arriving bright and early to dust the one or twenty models they had brought with them and hit the track to see what was working and what was going to require a bit of maintenance. The last few drivers booked in to the many classes, the heats were generated and with practice complete the first round of heats started after the short lunch break. Some three and a half hours later and everyone had had a run out on track and could now look at getting a set up ready to push on for the rest of the week, or simply heading back to the caravans, get changed and head towards the entertainment complex for a few drinks to catch up with fellow racers.

Monday morning arrived with the sun shining and everyone trackside getting prepared for the two rounds of racing that lay ahead. Starting with the off road rounds two and three drivers soon found that grip was high resulting in grip roll as the grass was freshly cut. As the heats rolled through drivers were finding where the bumps and ruts were and duly changed their lines to get the cleanest run they could. With the off road rounds complete we headed into the lunch break as drivers headed for the café close by to check out the full English. Back trackside and the tarmac was looking nice and clean awaiting the for the touring cars and Tamiya Mini’s that were hoping the sun would stay out just enough to bring the grip up nicely. With the full days qualifying complete drivers once again headed back and either went out for a few pints, sat and repaired whatever needed doing, or simply grab some food and catch up on sleep.

Tuesday arrived and once again the weather was looking promising, drivers were well and truly getting to grips with the tracks and that all important set up was coming to some drivers while others were desperately trying to grab a place in the A final. The on road surface was now as clean as it had been all week with the racing line providing some high bite, but run off line and the marbles caught you out and left you stuck on the grass. Over on the off road track and again a line was now developing as the grass had worn to a decent point where grip roll was not an issue, while not being too worn so as to leave you slipping and sliding on dust. As the day flowed through smoothly drivers were now really seeing the benefits of racing the five rounds completed so far and with an hour and half practice left drivers tried out that one or two radical changes before the last chance qualifying on Wednesday.

Wednesday morning and many drivers were trackside early just checking if their last ditch changes from last nights practice still worked, 10am arrived and it was into the last round of qualifying for all classes. Wednesday is traditionally set as a half days qualifying to allow drivers to get any broken cars ready to take part in the finals day and allow any track repairs to take place and get everything in top condition ready for finals day, this free time also allows drivers to spend some extra time for family fun and entertainment at the various complex attractions. By 6.30pm the tracks were closed for the day having completed six rounds of qualifying covering some 108 heats and an extra 11 hours of free practice time, drivers were certainly getting their monies worth and some use out of their wheels.

Thursday, finals day arrived with a cloudy slightly breezy start, but most importantly it was another dry day. On road was to start the day and more specifically the B final electric touring cars as the seven drivers lined up eagerly awaiting the buzzer. Five minutes of very close racing followed but Anthony Potter just had that little bit more and crept through to end on 16laps while Martyn Peachey was just behind on 15laps, the next four drivers separated by just two laps with Tommy Johnson grabbing the last podium spot.
Electric touring cars

B Final

  1. Anthony Potter
  2. Martyn Peachey
  3. Tommy Johnson
  4. John Abbott
  5. Ben Carr
  6. John Reynolds
  7. Darren Savin

On to the A final and judging by the qualifying results we were in for a close final. Five minutes later and the watching crowd had been treated to some really close action as Barry Abbott took the win by just three seconds from Mikey Mansell, while Wayne Wilson took third just 10 seconds ahead of Mike Mansell. Ian Johnson and Colin Parsfield finished fifth and sixth respectively.

A Final

  1. Barry Abbott
  2. Mikey Mansell
  3. Wayne Wilson
  4. Mike Mansell
  5. Ian Johnson
  6. Colin Parsfield

The ever popular Tamiya Mini finals were up next. The B final saw Anthony Potter pick up another win with a comfortable two lap victory ahead of John Reynolds with the rest of the field struggling with reliability issues.

Tamiya Mini.

B Final

  1. Anthony Potter
  2. John Reynolds
  3. Ria Green
  4. Derek Wilson
  5. Darren Savin

Over to the A final and the seven drivers lined up full of hope and optimism, and what a close final it turned out to be. Ian Johnson and Alex Wynn could literally not be separated and heading into the last lap it was wide open, as they crossed the line Ian took the win by just 0.21 seconds from Alex, Tommy Johnson was also on the same lap but some 20 seconds back.

A Final

  1. Ian Johhnson
  2. Alex Wynn
  3. Tommy Johnson
  4. Mark McCormick
  5. Matt Book
  6. John Abbott
  7. Wayne Wilson.

The quite was broken as the nitro touring cars fired up and warmed their engines for the twelve minute final that lay ahead of them. With most ready to roll the buzzer sounded as the eight runners headed of into the somewhat unknown as everyone had ran for five minute qualifiers but no one had pushed their cars to more than double the running time. Around the six minute mark and drivers were diving into the pits for their fuel stops as the pit crews leaped into action getting the cars topped up and back out on track. Around the eight minute mark and Alex Wynn and Mark McCormick started to edge out a lap or so lead over the chasing pack. Ten minutes down and two to go and Alex and Mark were putting in some consistent lap times, Mark with just a couple of errors costing him a few seconds and allowing Alex to sneak through for an extra lap.

Nitro touring cars.

A Final

  1. Alex Wynn
  2. Mark McCormick
  3. Matt Book
  4. Dave Hall
  5. John Abbott
  6. Ashley Roat
  7. Ian Johnson
  8. Wayne Wilson

The A final Micro final was up next, with all these mighty powered micros on a big track we were in for a close final. As the buzzer sounded for what at times was frantic action watching most of the field coming to grief over the jumps, the top two were only separated by 2 seconds, Mark McCormick just edging out Dave Hall, who in turn was a comfortable22seconds up on third placed Alex Wynn. Positions four to eight were all on the same lap and split by 19 seconds which all things considered showed how close these drivers were after the four days of qualifying.

Micro.

A Final

  1. Mark McCormick
  2. Dave Hall
  3. Alex Wynn
  4. Ian Johnson
  5. Martyn Peachey
  6. Tommy Johnson
  7. Ashley Roat
  8. Mike Mansell
  9. Matt Book
  10. John Reynolds.

For the last on road final of the year we gathered for the Super Stox GT’s final as they stretched their legs on the open flowing layout. Ian Johnson got head down and started to edge out a lead he was never to relinquish and took the win while Wayne Wilson was in a loanly second place and Martyn Peachy third.

Super Stox.

A Final

  1. Ian Johnson
  2. Wayne Wilson
  3. Martyn Peachey
  4. Tommy Johnson
  5. Derek Wilson

With the on road action complete we switched around to the off road track which was looking in tip top condition with a distinct racing line as the grass had worn just enough to prevent grip roll but with no dusty or pot holed areas we were in for some great action. 2wd B final was first up and Anthony Potter was dialed in as he stormed to a two lap win over Mark McCormick who in turn had put another two on third placed Rhys Brooke.

2WD buggy.

B Final

  1. Anthony Potter
  2. Mark McCormick
  3. Rhys Brooke
  4. Derek Wilson
  5. Ben Carr

A final 2wd up next as the nine top qualifiers lined up. Richard Brooke was looking fast with an average lap time 1 second faster than the rest of the field, he crossed the line and took the win with the next four drivers all on the same lap and just hoping there was to be no last lap drama with Wayne Wilson and Mikey Mansell filling the remaining podium spots.

A Final.

  1. Richard Brooke
  2. Wayne Wilson
  3. Mikey Mansell
  4. Lee Davis
  5. Mike Mansell
  6. Matt Book
  7. Tommy Johnson
  8. Ian Johnson
  9. Martyn Peachy

On to the 4wd A final and with Barry Abbott and Richard Brooke both looking quick we should have been in for a good battle, sadly that was not to be as Barry popped a ball joint after the first lap leaving Richard to take the buggy double to add to his 2wd win. Behind Richard was a closer battle as again we had three drivers challenging for the two podium spots, Mikey Mansell pipping Lee Davis while Mark McCormick just missed out in fourth.

4WD Buggy.

A Final

  1. Richard Brooke
  2. Mikey Mansell
  3. Lee Davis
  4. Mark McCormick
  5. John Abbott
  6. Rhys Brooke
  7. John Reynolds
  8. Ian Johnson
  9. Barry Abbott

On to the electric truck final which saw a mixture of monster, stadium and short course trucks come head to head for some entertaining action. Ian Johnson came out of the five minute battle to claim the win ahead of Alex Wynn and Tommy Johnson who were having their own close shaves while Lee Davis was just unable to reel them in before the buzzer sounded.

Electric Truck.

A Final

  1. Ian Johnson
  2. Alex Wynn
  3. Tommy Johnson
  4. Lee Davis
  5. Dave Hall
  6. Martyn Peachey
  7. John Reynolds
  8. John Chapple

So on to what seemed to be one of the most eagerly awaited finals of the week, the Grasshopper challenge. First up we had the B Final with nine seemingly similar looking and powered Grasshoppers lined up in a Le Mans style grid, the buzzer sounded and the watching crowd waited, some 50 seconds later and all were through to complete their first lap!!!!! With the speeds of these retro racers an error would cost you dearly, Tommy Johnson kept it clean and rolled around on only his 6th lap but took the win, ahead of John Abbott also on 6 laps but some 24 seconds back, while Ashley Roat also on 6 laps and only 2 seconds back in third. The whole field indeed were only separated by 2laps. As reward, or maybe punishment for winning the B final Tommy was bumped up to A final.

Grasshopper.

B Final

  1. Tommy Johnson
  2. John Abbott
  3. Ashley Roat
  4. Matt Book
  5. Mark McCormick
  6. Peter Chappell
  7. Derek Wilson
  8. Anthony Potter
  9. Darren Savin

So it was on to the A final Grasshoppers, ten cars, five minutes, who had managed to find that much needed extra 1mph during the week. Well over the next five minutes cars were seen to try and slip stream others, while some were weaving trying to make their car as wide as possible, the answer was no one managed to find an extra mph as all the starting cars finished on 6laps as had the B final. Wayne Wilson just got the edge and took the win just 6 seconds ahead of Colin Parsfield in second, while Alex Wynn grabbed the last podium spot in third just 0.1 seconds ahead of Ian Johnson in fourth. The entire field only separated by 33 seconds.

A Final

  1. Wayne Wilson
  2. Colin Parsfield
  3. Alex Wynn
  4. Ian Johnson
  5. Martyn Peachey
  6. Tommy Johnson
  7. Mikey Mansell
  8. Mike Mansell
  9. John Abbott
  10. Barry Abbott.

Next to line up on the grid was the 1:12 nitro powered CRT’s, these things may be small by they are huge amounts of fun screaming their little heads off down the straights. A 12 minute final meaning that drivers needed to pull in for fuel stops which can always cause issues with a busy pit lane, flame out or simply a messy pit stop. Wayne Wilson who had looked quick all week hit troubles around mid way leaving Ian Johnson alone to romp home two laps on Mark McCormick who in turn was only 14 seconds ahead of third placed Dave Hall after the 12 minutes.

CRT’s.

A Final

  1. Ian Johnson
  2. Mark McCormick
  3. Dave Hall
  4. Ashley Roat
  5. John Abbott
  6. Wayne Wilson

On to the 1:8 Rally X finals, traditionally the biggest crowd drawer as the noise and smell attracts the watching public. Fist up was the B final and again these would be 12 minute finals requiring fuel stops, unless you ran an E Buggy and then the challenge was could your cells last? After the 12 minutes were up it was John Chappell who took the win, a lap up on young Rhys Brooke who drover really well to take second.

Rally X.

B Final

  1. John Chappell
  2. Rhys Brooke
  3. Derek Wilson
  4. John Reynolds
  5. Ashley Roat
  6. Darren Savin

On to the last final of not only the off road but to close the 2016 Primrose RC Car week, the A Final rally X. Wayne Wilson with his nitro ride was up against Richard Brooke who was looking quick with his E Buggy. For the next twelve minutes these guys were never more than a matter of feet apart, Wayne trying to edge out enough of a gap for his fuel stop. To his credit Richard came in and waited for Wayne so they could resume their battle on track rather than in the pit stops. As the 12 minutes were up Wayne took the win by just 1 second from Richard, a great race to end a great week. Mark McCormick was third just a lap behind the front two with Alex Wynn just 15 seconds back from Mark.

A Final

  1. Wayne Wilson
  2. Richard Brooke
  3. Mark McCormick
  4. Alex Wynn
  5. Ian Johnson
  6. John Chappell
  7. Tommy Johnson

So that concluded the 2016 Primrose RC Car Week and judging by the comments it was one of the best years to date. We look forward to 2017, May 6th to 13th where it is hoped the Grasshopper class grows and we continue to get the great support in every class, the most popular classes are: On Road, 1/10 Electric Touring, 1/10 Nitro Touring, Tamiya Mini’s running standard silver can motors, Micros and Super Stox GT’s. Off Road: 1/10 Electric buggies 2wd/4wd, Monster trucks, CRT’s, Grasshoppers, 1/8 Rally X Nitro/Electric. For more information please check out our Facebook page Primrose RC Car Week.

Thanks to Colin Parsfeild for the report.