Well, another year has flown by which means another FORCC Christmas meeting has come and sadly gone 🙁 We hope you all enjoyed yourselves last night. Thanks to Nes and the girls for laying on another excellent buffet, thanks to eveybody that donated to the raffle and thanks to everyone that bought a little festive spirit with them for the evening 🙂 Before we get to the photos, I’ll just quickly bring up the elephant in the room, BRCA membership renewal. It’s £20 for racers or £10 for non-racers. Head over to the BRCA website, log in and renew your membership. It only takes a minute and is a mandatory requirement for racing at the FORCC and any of the other clubs in the Region. Dave will not let you race in January without presenting your 2019 membership card or proof of payment if you have not received it yet.
There is a wedding in the hall on that day. Truck week will be postponed to the following week (13/9/17).
A ton of regulars missing but still 34 drivers for the evening 🙂 The championships have been updated including the missing SCT results from last week. I’m sure there are more Juniors than are currently in the champoinships so if you’re a Junior and not in the Junior championship, tell Dave when you book in and he’ll update your driver details. It was also good to see so many people pitching in at the end to clear away.
Out and about…
It’s the final 4WD Regional at Eastbourne this weekend, Stotfold National next weekend and the final 2WD Regional at Plough the weekend after that.
The Perfect Setup?
I found some annotated setup helper sheets which I thought some of you may find useful. These are not setups for Faversham but rather a nice little summary of how changing different aspects of your car might affect its handling. They are based on Xray cars but the principles would be universal. They came from http://www.petitrc.com/index.php?/setupguide.html/ and there are some other interesting guides on there too.
Juniors & Vets
So last weekend saw the first of the BRCA End of Season events – The Juniors and Veterans. It’s a 2 day event with 2WD on Saturday and 4WD on Sunday and run to the same format as the National Series (2 practices, 4 qualifiers, 3 leg A finals and 1 leg for everyone else). It’s open to Under 13’s, Under 16’s, Over 40’s and Over 50’s. A small contingent from the SouthEast Region went including Nathan, Matthew, Alfie, Stuart, Phil, Mark and George from Faversham and Shareef from EPR.
All our boys represented their region well. Matthew made the U13 A final on both days and even TQ’d round 1 in 4WD.
Young Alfie did a fantastic job at his first National event under the guidance of George and got quicker and quicker as the weekend progressed.
I think it would be fair to say though that the crowning glory was Mr. Nathan Ralls winning the V40 4WD title with his Xray XB4.
Well done everyone and roll on next year 🙂
I’ll leave to your imagination as to what the upstanding pillars of the community were all staring at here instead of the camera…
It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride but after 6 months, the FORCC Winter Series for 2016-2017 has run its course and drawn to a close. As my son would say, “Hashtag Sad Face”. There were 45 entries today making a total of 243 entries for the championship this year. Not bad for a little middle aged club!
Thank you all for supporting the Winter Series this year. Thanks also to Schumacher Racing for supporting us this year.
Yet more thanks to the early birds and night owls that help set up and pack away. You guys know this stuff doesn’t happen by magic and these guys make all the difference!
Yet even more thanks goes to Nes and her team of helpers for all the tea, coffee, hotdogs, bacon rolls, Jacket Spuds and Chilli that have been served up over the past 6 months.
The last thank you goes to Andy Von Ashman for bringing his gopro along so we could capture some of the action on video 😀. It recorded the first 2 legs of the finals before the battery gave out. I’ve uploaded Leg 1 for now and Leg 2 will follow later.
UPDATE: Leg 2 videos now available 🙂
Round 6 of 6
With first place wrapped up in all 3 championships going into the final round, it was all about who would be best of the rest.
4 Wheel Drive
4WD had the most contenders with 4 drivers in with a shot at 2nd overall and after qualifying they were sat line astern in 2nd to 5th behind the pole man and championship leader George. George scampered off into the distance in all 3 legs to win overall but that coveted 2nd spot would not prove so easy to come by. Leg 1 was quite messy and by the roll of the dice Mark would get 2nd followed by myself in 3rd. In Leg 2 it was Dave that regrouped after a disappointing first leg and had second place in the bag until about a minute from the end when he lost the nut off a rear ball stud and would limp home in 4th. That left myself and Mark to pick up the pieces but this time I came out on top. In Leg 3, there would be no denying Dave this time with every nut on his car fully tightened he held 2nd place from start to finish followed by myself in 3rd.
2 Wheel Drive
In the 2WD A final, leg 1 was taken by poll man and championship leader Kyle, followed by Neil in 2nd and Spangly in 3rd. In Leg 2, Neil got the upper hand but a mistake 3 laps from the end opened the door for Kyle to go through and take the win followed by Neil in 2nd and Sam in 3rd place. Kyle, Neil and Sam would go onto replicate their positions in Leg 3.
Short Course Trucks
In Short Course, it was Poll man and championship leader Spangly that had everything to lose. He had been untouchable all day, but would he be able to make it a clean sweep? In Leg 1 traffic would play its part and try as they might, Verner and Dave just couldn’t stay with Spangly. Leg 2 was much the same but this time It was Dave in 2nd and Verner 3rd. Going into leg 3, 1st place overall was wrapped up, but with a 2nd and 3rd each, Dave and Verner had everything to play for. This time it was Spangly that had issues which left him in last place after lap 1 and a mountain to climb. Dave took the early lead with Verner hot on his heels. Verner made it to the front by lap 5 and by lap 9 Spangly had made his way from last to first. A mistake on lap 13 would see Spangly relegated to 3rd and would soon be a lap down. With Spangly now out of contention, it was left to Dave and Verner to fight it out. Dave drove the wheels off his truck but couldn’t catch a break with the traffic and while he would get within spitting distance of Verner, he just wasn’t quick enough on the day and finished just a couple of seconds behind at the fall of the flag.
Never known for being afraid of his own voice, Alan took center stage for the closing ceremony. His attempt to auction off the kids didn’t raise as much as he’d hoped for.
With the formalities out of thw way it was time to give out a few prizes 🙂
4 Wheel Drive
2 Wheel Drive
(For those that entered a class but didn’t complete 4 rounds in it)
2 Wheel Drive Champion – Kyle Moon
4 Wheel Drive Champion – George Tollman
Short Course Truck Champion – Spangly Von Douche
Congratulations everyone and with the Winter Series now over it will be back to business as usual on Wednesday which will be a great relief since I think it has taken longer to put this post together than it actually took to run the meeting… 😉
What an excellent turnout last night for the Christmas festivities. Lots of people and a ton of food 🙂 We hope you all enjoyed youselves and a huge thank you from all of us to all of you for supporting the club throughout the year! Thanks also the XtremeRC and Ralls Racing for their continued support of the club.
No racing next week and we look forward to seeing you all back 6th of January 2016 with your shiney new 2016 BRCA membership cards 😛
A banquet fit for a king
The enchanted forest
Poser of the year?
Team spirit a plenty
Marshall giving a good left hook!
Endurance still going!
Your faithful servants! Thank you for wine, chockies and flowers 🙂
Tag team racing
Team 3 (A.K.A The winning team!)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the FORCC 🙂
8 heats this week and that’s with a few regulars missing and a couple of new faces too. Truck week next week so could we see 9 heats 😯
Alan gave another legendary drivers briefing…
So in a nutshell, FORCC membership is £10 for seniors and £8 a year for Juniors. What you get for that are:
Reduced race fees of £2.50 vs £3.50 Seniors and £1.75 vs £2.75 for Juniors
Entry into all the Wednesday championships
A warm fuzzy feeling inside for supporting your local club 😉
We run an amnestry for club memberships over January which was extended to Febuary this year. Next week is March and the amnesty is over. Non member race fees apply from next week and non members will be removed from the championships after the next meeting.
The other thing that was mentioned was that BRCA membership is mandatory, but you all knew that… right? 🙄
Thank you to everyone that came yesterday. 50 Drivers in total :-). As always, thank you to those that helped with the track build and/or clear up. The help is always appreciated 😎 . It was the first outing for the new club transponders. 10 were handed out and 10 were given back… Awesome!
So one round to go then and while some of the championships have already been wrapped up, there are a lot of people very close together in the points so still everything to play for 😀
Not all the regular truckers were there this week and we still had 2 heats of trucks…
Winter Series Round 5
Just over a week to go until round 5.
Congratulations to Kyle…
…for beating some of Europes finest (oh, and Nathan 😉 ) over in Belgium last weekend at the Euro Indoor Race. Just to add insult to injury he does it in 2WD and 4WD. Somebody get him a short course so he can do the Triple next year 😯
Looks like you might have your own groupie there Kyle 😆