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BRCA R4 Stotfold – 2wd Qualifying Round 2

We have been provided with, very kindly by the Stotfold club, a tent to keep us in the shade. Thankfully the tent is tucked in under some trees which are providing shade. A cool breeze making it quite comfortable. I have to say though that the other side of the track, which is in direct sunshine, is a different story. There are people actively moving from shadow to shadow in an attempt to avoid the heat of the sun. It is only twenty-seven degrees Celsius, but that plenty for most. The track is becoming scorched and dusty, so lap times have reduced.

Lower heats

Stewart Wilcox from heat 1 has found his stride and was untouchable in heat 1 – putting in a very respectable 13/320.49. The time would not be beaten until Charlie Ware appeared in heat 4. Charlie putting in another good run to go 13/307.32 – again Ware’s time would sit at the top of the table for a significant portion of the round.

We’ve noticed that the local racers are going particularly well in 2wd. So it was not a surprise when Stotfold regular Alex Carter was the one who displaced Charlie Ware from Heat 7. Carter putting in a fast time in slowing conditions with a 13/302.18 – with Harry Mears on tow also just pipping Ware.


2022 BRCA 1/10th Offroad National Championships

Round 4 – Stotfold – 16/17 July 2022



Top Heats….

Some people commented that the reason the locals are going well is that no pre-event practice was permitted at the venue. However, I think you still have to be able to drive it, and it is probably better for the series not to allow such private practice sessions. In heat 9 we saw a significant increase in pace with 6 drivers making it onto 14 laps. Joe Howson on an incredible 14/310.45 leading a pack of Orlowski, Smith Martin, Crompton & Pugh. Howson put in a near perfect run, and it looked like a hard performance to beat. In heat 10, another local Kit Jones, lead J Hall, L Holdsworth and Liddle on 14 lap runs, but none of the times were are sharp as Howson’s.

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Heat 11 was the last chance for drivers to attempt to displace Howson from the top. Neil Cragg looked smooth and fast on track. Tommy Hall clocked in a 14/318.05 with a mistake, followed by Richard Barton on a 14/322.17. But Cragg had no mistakes and was fast, just not as fast as Howson, going 2nd in round on a 14/311.07 – some 1.4 seconds adrift of TQ in round.

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2wd qualifying round 2 top 10 results.

1Joseph Howson14/310.45
2Neil Cragg14/311.07
3Michal Orlowski14/314.53
4Ben Smith14/315.40
5Kit Jones14/316.78
6Lee Martin14/317.42
7Tommy Hall14/318.05
8Jamie Hall14/318.18
9Luke Holdsworth14/320.73
10Paul Crompton14/320.94

Overall 2wd qualifying points after round 2 (including a drop score)

1Joseph Howson2 [2 0 (109) (109)]14/310.45
2Neil Cragg2 [0 2 (109) (109)]14/313.02
3Michal Orlowski6 [3 3 (109) (109)]14/314.53
4Lee Martin10 [4 6 (109) (109)]14/315.84
5Kit Jones12 [7 5 (109) (109)]14/316.78
6Luke Holdsworth14 [5 9 (109) (109)]14/317.74
7Tommy Hall18 [11 7 (109) (109)]14/318.05
8Paul Crompton19 [9 10 (109) (109)]14/328.67
9Ben Smith23 [19 4 (109) (109)]14/315.40
10Jamie Hall24 [16 8 (109) (109)]14/318.18

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