By Aaron Waldron
Race report from Herts Nitro Model Club:
HNMC GP 2017 Jamie Clancy and Darren Hayden-Ball dominate
Ten years ago the Sandy Nitro Model Club closed its gates and the crew moved onto their new venue Herts Nitro Model Club located at Westmill Farm in Ware Hertfordshire.
At no point did the Club, think it would have achieved the status of one of the best venues/tracks in the UK it was just a dream at the earlier stage.
Since 2008 the club has run an August bank holiday GP event mostly weather effected.
The track has under gone a few changes over the last two months going back to a modular design so they can change things up. Everyone always has an opinion on dirt tracks and their construction, it is quite simple the track evolves over time and in the UK we need to oil the track with vegetable oil to hold it together from the elements. This is the crack with oil, everyone moans in round 1 and 2, then the cars work the oil into the track and from that point on the grip improves track wear over the weekend will be great and makes for great consistent racing. Lastly you need a group of passionate dedicated club members to maintain it, these are the unsung heroes of any RC track we cannot thank you enough.
The way the club runs this event is the Saturday is optional starting at lunch time allow drivers to travel and not stay over another night.
Nitro buggy was topped by Jamie Clancy and Kevin Brunsden with Callum Niblett pushing hard behind.
E-Buggy was topped by Simon Miller Robson White and Colin Meijer from Holland
Truggy Daniel Austin. Topped all three rounds
Saturday night is always a social event BBQ, a bit of music and drivers putting the sport and world to rights!
110 drivers over three classes 6 rounds of qualifying best 4 to count then two fun races, longest fuel race and two drivers one controller, going to be a busy day!
Nitro buggy was dominated by Jamie Clancy taking all six rounds pushed hard by Jack Embling driving a sWorkz chassis this weekend.
E-Buggy went to Jamie Clancy pushed hard by Colin Meijer
Truggy went to Darren Hayden-Ball with Daniel Austin taking second spot.
Two driver one controller race was won by Callum Niblett and Jamie Clancy longest fuel race won by Glenn Smith.
More social events - meals in the evening at local restaurants and BBQ track side.
Format 30 min finals for all with e-Buggy doing three leg 10 minute finals super pole for main final then a 45 minute main final.
1/16th Finals drivers transferring were
Matthew Roberts - Franesco Imx -Jack Ritchie – Steve Chantler – Tom Shawe – Alan Dell (British team manager!)
1/8th Finals drivers transferring were
Owen Luckin- Chris Long - Steve Ednie - James Clarke- Louie Arthur – George Miller
1/4th Finals drivers transferring were
Steve Johnson - Carl Chillingsworh - Chris Sharpe-Simkiss - Glenn Smith - Simon Miller – James Clarke
Semi B Jack Embling – Karl Jackson - Michael Lightfoot- Graeme Miller- Kieran Cox- Jonathan Skidmore - Carl Chillingsworh
Semi A Jamie Clancy - Kevin Brunsden – Oliver Currie - William Skidmore – Glenn Smith - Tehannah Cradock Colin Meijer fastest 8th place Robson White
Super Pole all finalists had one warm up lap then one hot lap to determine starting grid who would hold their nerve! Top Three 1st Joni Skidmore 2nd Jamie Clancy 3rd Oliver Currie.
Main Final was a great race 1st Jamie Clancy 2nd Jonathan Skidmore 3rd Jack Embling all on 59 laps.
E-Buggy 1st Jamie Clancy 2nd Robson White 3rd Colin Meijer
Truggy 1st Darren Hayden-Ball 2nd Daniel Austin 3rd James Tatlow
Junior Final 1st Jordan Shelton 2nd Louie Arthur 3rd Oliver Talbot
Thank you to Peter Bird, Mark Garrett, Richard Cousins in Race Control not one race re run well done all.
Track Team John Geaves, Glenn Smith, Neil Smith, Arron Knights, Nicky Knights, Mark Luckin, Owen Luckin,Tom Shawe, Steve Bellwood, Edward Lee-Jones and to everyone else that pop down there’s too many more to name the club owes you all.
Thanks to Howard Elston for GP art work
Lastly to all the racers you all made this a great event.
Saturday 1437 timed laps 20 mins track time
Sunday 4356 timed laps 30 mins track time
Monday 3825 timed laps min 30 mins track time
Look forward to 2018!!!!