The HB Cyclone 12, driven by BRCA National Champion Andy Griffiths, has taken the lead in one of the most competitive 1/12th scale national series in the world: the BRCA 1/12th Circuit Nationals!
By dominating the proceedings at the first race in Milton Keynes with the new Cyclone 12 car, Andy has launched this season’s indoor racing challenge with a big start!
Race report from Andy’s teammate and fellow HB Cyclone 12 driver Mick Farrell:
After a long break for the summer, the BRCA National Championship 2007/2008 began. The host club put on a great event in Milton Keynes laying out a demanding, technical track. It became apparent that the surface was quite bumpy – not unusual for 1:12th scale, but offering a greater challenge than first thought.
The Hot Bodies Cyclone 12 was to make its UK debut at this meeting. The kit has been eagerly awaited and did not disappoint. The build quality is up to the standards expected from HPI Racing and featured strongly during the event.
Hot Bodies have assembled some of the UK’s top 1:12th racers to drive the new car, a mix of youth, experience, expertise and enthusiasm! The four Hot Bodies team members for the new season are:
Mick Farrell – experience
Andy Griffiths – Reigning British National Champion – expertise
Mark Stiles – youth
James Stewart – enthusiasm
Everyone at HPI Europe and Mirage RC Enterprises wish this team the best of luck during the season.
19 turn – Saturday
The track was bumpier than expected, but once the grip levels had settled it became clear that qualifying was going to be tight. Keith Robertson was very fast right from the off but was always under pressure from HB’s Andy Griffiths. In round three HB’s Mick Farrell set the bar a little higher by taking the TQ spot only to see the touring car 19 turn National Champion, Chris Kerswell, pip him in the final round of qualifying. Pole went to Chris, Mick second, Andy third and Keith fourth.
Mark Stiles started the season well with a good 6th place qualifying spot for the A main final.
Three Cyclone 12’s in the final first time out!
The final proved to be a tough race for everyone. An early incident put paid to Mick Farrell’s chances. A huge collision with a stationary car caused retirement. Andy was not faring much better Ã¢â‚¬” he was also involved in the collision along with three other cars! Andy was unable to mount a serious challenge as a result. This left the door open for Matt White to take the lead Ã¢â‚¬” a lead he held until the end despite increasing pressure coming from Keith towards the end. Mark Stiles drove a steady race to complete the podium in third place with his Cyclone 12.
Open Modified – Sunday
It is amazing just how fast these 1:12th cars are these days! With the brushless motor system in use by all of the Hot Bodies team drivers the pace was simply awesome. The track did not offer any chance for a breather during the qualifying heats – relentless in its difficulty. The cars stood up well despite this Ã¢â‚¬” the fantastic performance from GRP tyres helping the power go down effectively.
Straight away Andy Griffiths was back on form and back on top. He was to hold the top spot throughout the four qualifying rounds with a car that was working really well and was extremely quick!
Mark Stiles was also getting on very well with his Cyclone 12, qualifying in third place. Mick Farrell managed sixth spot on the grid for the main final but the biggest surprise was the ninth place for Elliot Harper Ã¢â‚¬” this was his first stab at 1:12th scale racing and he took to it very well – well done Elliot!
Hot Bodies was once again well represented in the A final!
The final was less eventful than that of the previous day. Andy got away cleanly from the start and was pursued by Keith Robertson once again. Mick made the most of a great start and slotted into third place during the first lap. This is how the race order stayed for the full eight minutes, no more than a few seconds separating these three throughout the race. You can check this out on Motors TV during November, including an interview with Andy Ã¢â‚¬” get the low down on his set-up!
So the Hot Bodies Cyclone 12 took its first UK National win at the first event! Congratulations to Andy and all of the HB team for putting on a great display – the car clearly was the class of the field Ã¢â‚¬” the team event also going to Team Hot Bodies/GRP!
The Hot Bodies team would like to thank all of the members of the Milton Keynes Radio Controlled Touring Car club for all their efforts in organising and running a great event!
The next meeting takes us to Chippenham – a full report will be appearing here next month.
Source : Hot Bodies