Round Two of our Spring 2011 Championship Series has been run and won, with plenty of on-track action, a few new faces, and some welcome long distance visitors the highlights of the night.
First time finals wins went to Tom West (Novice) and Jarrod Painting (10th Buggy) with the other classes falling to Justin Strickland (8th Big Bangers), Rocket Houghton (Tourers) and Scott Guyatt (Short Course).
A couple of notes to remind us of some of our policies around marshalling.
- first priority is marshall safety – marshalls shouldn’t enter the track unless it is safe to do so, and drivers MUST slow down when there are marshalls on track
- second priority is to return cars to the track safely – facing in the correct direction, and not in front of oncoming traffic
- older and more experienced marshalls should try and intersperse themselves among less experienced marshalls
We’ll do a little reminder of this before the next race meeting. Thanks to every one who works hard to marshall, maintain the track and contribute to the running of race meetings so we can all enjoy our hobby.
Now, click through for the story or get the full race results here.
Two welcome additions to the field tonight in the form of Hobart’s Adrian Gray, and Brisbane driver (and occasional Tassie visitor) David Guyatt. Nobody could stop perennial front-running Rocket Houghton though, who locked out qualifying from Guyatt and Gray.
Guyatt took to the lead early and put Rocket under immese pressure, leading most of the first couple of minutes before grinding to an early, smokey halt. Rocket took full advantage, taking the lead and running away with the rest of the final. Gray overcame a fast-starting Graham Viney to hold second for a long time before he too found his motor letting the smoke escape. Viney swept by for second, time running out with Gray still holding third ahead of the tight battle of Derek Beresford and Ian Scott, with David Guyatt back in the pits.
- Rocket Houghton: 47 laps 10.09
- Graham Viney: 37 10.14
- Adrian Gray: 33 8.45
- Derek Beresford: 26 10.06
- Ian Scott: 27 10.07
- David Guyatt: 11 2.27
8th Big Bangers
Tonight’s 8th scale racing followed a similar pattern to the last few weeks. Regular race winner Steve Madziara was quick throughout qualifying, Justin Strickland chasing but struggling for consistency. Great to add Andrew Mackenzie to the mix tonight, together with Darren Sheehan. Darren hasn’t raced for something like 20 years and was a welcome addition to the field tonight.
Come finals, and that similar pattern continued. Madziara out fast, but then hunted down by Strickland as the 5-jump rhythm section took its tool. Strickland found his rhythm best and went through the back half of the race nearly mistake free for a third A final win in a row, Madziara second and Andrew Mackenzie a good third on debut in the class.
- Justin Strickland: 24 laps 10.23
- Steve Madziara: 23 10.14
- Andrew Mackenzie: 21 10.06
- Troy Taylor: 18 10.08
- Darren Sheehan: 11 10.03
- James Atkinson: 2 1.22
- Ian Scott DNS
A full 10 car field plus Gene Newell squeezed into the SC class meant for some busy racing in tonight’s novice field. Amiee Mackenzie took both qualifiers, but Tom West was close and Calvin James and Ben Jordan both lurked nearby as well.
The final was an absolute pearler – those four plus Mark Jones engaged in a thrilling battle with top 5 positions changing regularly. Eventually Tom West got away into a small lead, but Calvin and Amiee both refused to let him go – and we were set for a grandstand finish. The last lap had something like 5 lead changes as West fought off James and Mackenzie to finish in that order with Ben Jordan coming home fast only a couple of seconds back. Great finish to a great race, and Tom’s first finals win. Sadly he’s back on the ship in a few days – hope that northern winter isn’t too cold Tom, and we’ll look forward to seeing Team West back again soon.
- Tom West: 17 laps 10.07
- Calvin James: 17 10.08
- Amiee Mackenzie 17 10.09
- Ben Jordan 17 10.11
- Chloe Beresford 16 10.20
- Mark Jones 15 10.28
- Chris West 14 10.26
- Gene Newell 13 10.29 (running with SC trucks)
- Sam Betts 12 10.04
- Michael Taylor 12 10.38
- Andrew West 11 10.12
19 trucks hit the track tonight, with arguably the strongest and most competitive field yet in the class that continues to be “the big one” at Launceston R/C. Rocket took Q1 before Scott Guyatt struck back in Q2, with Mark Rayner and Sam Wells close up as well. Andrew Mackenzie, Chris Madziara, Andrew Green, Alex John, Jason Turner and Graham Viney rounded out the 10 A finalists.
Tom West started out on fire from the pole position in the B final, leading early before an unfortunate accident took him out of the mix, leaving a battle that would rage between Damien Betts and Jade Chandler for the rest of the race. Chandler held the lead for seven laps before Betts took over the front-running and held the lead to the finish. Jordan Turner recovered from a tough start to third.
- Damien Betts: 20 laps 10.29
- Jade Chandler: 19 10.11
- Jordan Turner: 18 10.19
- Chris Murray: 17 10.04
- Alexander Wade: 17 10.14
- Sam Leeder: 16 10.08
- James Atkinson: 16 10.40
- Philip Ferguson: 15 10.28
- Tom West: 14 10.22
- Gene Newell: 13 10.29
Scott Guyatt got away to a clean start and with his main rivals battling hard, slipped away to a race-winning lead. Rocket Houghton, Andrew Mackenzie, Mark Rayner, Chris Madziara and Sam Wells all ran in the top three in what became an absorbing duel. Mark Rayner came home with a wet sail to snatch second on the final lap, with Andrew Mackenzie also slipping past Sam Wells (in the rent-a-wreck) in a blanket finish, while Rocket went backward with a motor problem.
- Scott Guyatt: 23 laps 10.14
- Mark Rayner: 21 10.02
- Andrew Mackenzie: 21 10.04
- Sam Wells: 21 10.05
- Alex John: 21 10.21
- Andrew Green: 21 10.32
- Rodney Houghton: 20 9.48
- Chris Madziara: 20 10.14
- Jordan Turner: 19 10.07
- Graham Viney: 17 9.44
Damien Betts continued his recent hot form in this class to top qualify, only a dropped while in the second round preventing a clean sweep. Hobart pilot Alex John made a welcome return to sit second from Jarrod Painting, Jade Chandler, Darren Sheehan and the unfortunately David Guyatt….who broke on the first corner of the first qualifier.
Betts was quick early in the final, stretching a small lead over Painting, while John was recovering and trying to find a way past Chandler. That seemed like it would be the story of the race until nearing the 3/4 mark Betts’ Durango dropped a wheel once again, handing the lurking Jarrod Painting a lead he would not relinquish – going on to his first A final win in the class. The win was just reward for a guy who is getting quicker and quicker – and I’m sure it won’t be his last. Betts returned to the track after some quick pit work to salvage second, with John getting the better of the fight with Chandler.
- Jarrod Painting: 22 laps 10.13
- Damien Betts: 21 10.16
- Alex John: 20 10.00
- Jade Chandler: 20 10.26
- Darren Sheehan: 13 10.25
- David Guyatt: DNS
We’ll be back again next fortnight, with racing continuing on November 10th (just the night before the Scotsdale Show meet kicks off on Friday 11th). We look forward to seeing you there.