This last weekend saw the first running of Schumacher’s new Winter BTCC at Ardent Raceway. The entry was quite low with about 50 drivers however the competition was seriously hot!
Schumacher were saddened to hear of the death of Dez Chand recently, a fantastic guy with a great enthusiasm for R/C so Kris Kennedy paid a tribute to Dez and a minutes clapping as a mark of respect was held.
The UK’s top drivers Andy Moore, Elliott Harper and Schumacher’s Chris Grainger all battled it out hard in the 10.5 class with Elliott and Andy putting on a great show and these two being a few seconds clear of the chasing pack on the Sorex 28JB control tyres.
Andy took the TQ from Elliott with Stefan Chodzynski in third and Chris 4th. A huge battle in both finals entertained the crowd with the top 2 places changing at various points in the races. Eventually after a great battle Andy came out on top from Elliott with Stefan 3rd and Chris Grainger 4th.
In the slightly slower 13.5T class track owner John Dawson was the man to beat (he gets some practice) ;) however Hinckley legend Dean Gibbs was close around with Schumacher Matt Lax showing strongly too with his Mi4CX. John finished up the clear winner from Dean and Matt.
Different from normal Schumacher BTCC rounds, rather than having trophies vouchers were given to redeem at MB Models who were the host shop at the track. These seamed to go down great with the drivers who battled hard for them. £10 for 1st, £7 for second and £5 for third.
Thanks for everyone that took part…and went home with some nice Schumacher Prizes!
Full Results can be found here - http://www.ardentracing.com/raceway/results.php?date=20-11-2011%20Schumacher
The next round is at Maritime Raceway on the 15th Jan – Booking in is available here - http://www.centralbooking.org/cbs/index.php