If it’s Monday (and it is here), then the SEQ Interclub is done for the year after round 3 took place at the Bayside R/C track over the weekend.
Two days of fun and competitive racing on Brisbane’s best presented 10th on-road track left (mostly) smiling faces.
Shaps coming to get me….this is how it felt for all three A finals in Mod TC. He succeeded.
Full results are now available at the Wynnum R/C website here.
And click through for some of the story of the weekend…..
I missed out on Saturday’s action, but from what I hear Peter Beckett totally dominated 10.5 EP Touring, with Brad Palmer similarly the man to beat throughout in 21.5 EP. The Junior 21.5 went the way of Sean Vallely after what was a fun-filled day, while Wade Lobley won comfortably in Gas Tourer (curiously going faster than he would in Pro Tourer on Sunday, and fast enough to have finished 4th in the Pro Tourer final…he was truly on it in GT!).
Sunday featured a demo F1 class, the win going the way of Noel Gordon after a day when the formula cars didn’t look totally in tune with the surface.
The biggest EP class of the weekend was 17.5 TC, and a huge battle between Michael Sherman and Tim Weier with Jai Perry close by in third. We can expect to see those guys at it again at the Qld Champs in a few weeks.
Mod TC saw the strangest up-and-down finals series ever, with NSW Simon Nicholson taking the win, but only after Peter Beckett put on a stunning show to TQ and looking like a winner right up until he and Leonard Lai were eliminated in a freakishly unluck (and explosively high speed) accident.
Pro Tourer was a Jeff Hamon benefit – the Brendale boy showing just why he is widely regarding as one of the very best in the country.
The Interclub Series trophy for 2013 goes to this weekend’s host club, Bayside R/C. I’m calling best team spirit as the QRCCRA team from Brendale.
- There were plenty of old blokes showing speed in modified – most notably Peter Beckett who as mentioned above was very unlucky not to take a big win to back up his Saturday 10.5 performance. With trouble striking Peter and Corey Broadstock, it fell to Andrew Shapland and Scott Guyatt to round out a somewhat unlikely podium after a kind of Bradbury-esque finals series.
- It was hot, and as usual when warm whether combines with serious competition….electrics were pushed to the limit. Several motors and an ESC or two cried enough over the course of the day.
- A healthy 16-car mod field had some serious competition at the front end, along with some relative newcomers further back. Plenty of courteous driving on display in the heats was nice to see.
- Big finals serious from Brad McDonald in Modified TC – last round McDonald was the TQ man, this time qualifying was not kind, but he put it together well to finish fourth after starting out of P9. In fact, a measure of the trouble up front was that 6th, 7th and 9th qualifiers finished 3rd, 2nd and 4th respectively. Not all that common!
- Track records and PB’s were smashed all through the field in nearly all classes. Peter Beckett lowered the outright single lap record to 16.04…within a hair’s breadth of the mythical 15 second barrier. What chance that mark falling at the Queensland Champs next month?
- The Ride REX 34 control tyres for Qld Champs got a workout over the weekend, lots opting to try them in preparation for the big event. Feedback seems mixed, with some reporting the tyres are good for a couple of runs but then fading in the Sunday afternoon heat.
- Bayside continues to be the best presented 10th on-road track in southern Queensland. The club did a good job of providing an immaculate race track for the weekend – congrats!
- I miss live commentary. Would have really added the only missing ingredient to the event’s atmosphere had it been possible.
- Some good A final appearances worthy of mention: Jai Perry and Duncan Vaughan in 10.5, Mal Pearson and Ray Griffiths in 17.5 and Luke Sinanian in Mod TC.
I was extremely happy with my Mi5 over the weekend, feeling like the car did everything I could ask of it, limited only by the ability of the driver. I learned a few lessons about ESC setup, and body-cutting that cost me a little, but couldn’t have come away any happier. While the podium was just a happy bonus, to be in the mix for 4th behind the three clearly faster guys (Beckett, Broadstock, Nicholson) was more than I dared hope for coming into the weekend. I’m sad to have to miss the Qld Champs, and currently working on the possibility of a trip to the Nats in Adelaide mid-November.
For those interested, here’s the setup I used at Bayside on Sunday: mi5_sg_bayside_aug_2013
With the 2013 series finishing on a high, the time might be upon us to start the conversation about 2014. From where I sit there are three main issues to be addressed:
- Where do the event/s take place? I’m hoping we can get to Hervey Bay, back to Brendale…and what about Toowoomba Chargers for a really different feel? Hopefully QRCCRA either have the opportunity to work with their track surface, or to find a tyre additive that is acceptable for local use to allow the rubber-tyre EP classes to find traction.
- What race format? I think it’s worth at least contemplating whether two-day events are necessary, or helpful. Maybe four one-day events might be an alternate? Three EP classes, two GP glasses would make for a pretty awesome day of racing.
- What classes? With National EP racing moving in 2014 to 13.5 blinky as the main ‘Stock’ class, that’s a likely agenda item for the 2013 ORRCA Qld AGM. Assuming Qld joins the bulk of the country in the 21.5/13.5/Mod format (and I seriously hope we do) then can we assume most SEQ clubs will follow suit, and that class replaces 17.5 on the list? It leaves a small question mark over 10.5 – a question that may be answered by the format of events chosen for next year.
Whatever your views, over the next couple of months make sure your club is talking about the options (these are others you might think up) and that your Interclub Rep is fully briefed.
What’s your story?
You’re welcome to tell a little of the story of your weekend…zip down to the comments area and let us know what you enjoyed.