Nats run and won!
19 November 2012
20 F1 entries make up two full grids of F1 cars for the demo class at the 2012 AARCMCC Nationals 15-19 November at Logan in Brisbane. Read on for detailed results and lots of photos.
The weather was not kind for the 2012 on road nationals which is a shame but you have to roll with the punches. The Logan volunteers did a great job of organisation and track preparation and put a huge effort into the largest on road Nats Australia has seen for many years (130+ entries). Unfortunately the weather gods threw a spanner into the works and caused a great deal of stress and heartache to a lot of good guys that had given up their evenings, nights and weekends to get everything ready for the event. So a big thank you to all the volunteers at the Logan club and to the State Jury and Race Director (and team) who tried to make the best of a bad situation. We should also all be thankful that the worst of the storms missed us. Just a few minutes North in Brisbane flash flooding, high winds and even mud slides caused significant damage destroying vehicles and property. I hope that all of our new friends in Queensland weren't affected. Somes pics of the wet track and pits:
What a fantastic turnout! Not all entrants are pictured (below) but that's still a lot of cars!
And with 20 in F1 it was the biggest F1 meet in Australia for more than 10 years!
(not pictured Dave Guyett and Luke Harvey)
On to the racing - When the track was dry it was great fun to drive. Very flowing with some interesting off camber corners. A couple of good straights with large sweepers to open up those 17.5 blinky motors! F1 was relatively lucky to be first up in the race order and finished 3 rounds of qualifying on the Saturday before the heavens opened once again and ended the day (immediately after F1 B finished). Sunday was no better weather wise with on and off rain not allowing the track to dry until late in the day. The organisers made the sensible decision in the morning to call F1 on the qualifiers raced so far in order to try and compress the 2 hours+ rounds and complete the 4 qualifiers needed for the AARCMCC sanctioned classes. F1 was a demo class. As I write this, at home in Victoria, the sanctioned class finals have run on into the rain day (today - Monday 19 November). Best of luck guys!!
The F1 results were based on all 3 qualifiers with no dropped rounds. Even if the worst round had been dropped the top 4 places would not have changed and the majority of the field would also have been unchanged.
Brad Portelli was the winner (center in the photo below) with 2 wins and a second place, Ed Clark 2nd with one win and two second places (left), Adam Lynch 3rd (right). Brad also took the Ride Tyres trophy (see "Tyres" below).
Results summary PDF (219 KB)
The top 5 received trophies, P6-10 received custom RC Formula1 Nats medals and P11-20 received Nats particpant medals. Many thanks to Shane Hyde for organising the trophies and many other aspects of the event. Trophies are shown below. Photos of all competitors receiving their trophy / medal are at the end of this article.
The concourse trophy came down to 4 finalists shown below:
... and the well deserved winner was Karl Kuehner (below):
There's lots more photos of racing, F1 cars and particpants. Read on ...
There's lots more photos of racing, F1 cars and particpants later in this article but before we get to that let's take a look at the breakdown of chassis, motor and tyres used:
Motor - All but one entrant ran 17.5 blinky. Karl Kuehner ran 21.5 blinky and impressively made the A-main. After running 17.5 for a couple of meetings, including the Nats, my view remains that 21.5 blinky is the best way to grow the class. Yes, the really quick guys can handle the power of a 17.5 and get that power to the ground but for most of us driving a rear wheel drive car is challenging enough. I ran the meeting with my throttle EPA set to -50% to tame the wheelspin. Of course Logan is a big track, one of the two biggest tracks that run F1, and blasting down the back straight flat out with a 17.5 was a heap of fun.
Chassis - 75% of the chassis used were Tamiya, 15% 3 Racing, and 10% Other. It was very interesting that no Corally F1's turned up. Of the two entrants that definitely own a Corally they both ran Tamiya.
States - not surprisingly 70% of entrants were from Queensland but it was great to see 20% Victorians and 10% from New South Wales making the trip.
Tyres - Tyres were open but participants could opt to run Ride R1 pre-mounted tyres. Those doing so were eligible for the Ride Challenge trophy (won by Brad Portelli). 85% of entrants chose to run Ride R1's and all entrants ran rubber tyres, keeping the racing as close as possible. The tyres performed well with the hot track but the rears could come unglued in a crash and some had issues with splitting side walls. Overall though I heard a lot of positive feedback regarding the good rear grip but the fronts caused a lot of understeer.
Ok - on to some action pics. Thanks to my son Aaron who took them while I was racing / marshalling.
Which one of the below photos is more cute? I can't pick it :)
Above left is young Mr Pearson holding his Dad's car (Mel) and right is the tireless Shane Hyde who can count on two hands the number of hours sleep he's had in the past few days! Shane is holding up the RC Formula1 F1 National Rules proposal which will be voted on by the Logan committee when they've recovered from this weekend. The National rules were used for the Nats F1 demo class (plus 17.5 blinky).
Random shots of the pits facilities which were excellent!
Here are photos of most of the cars that were entered starting with my favourite driver shot (although apologies for the focus):
The last picture above is a Hiro Racing F1. Hiroshi Ishizaki bought the car because it had the same name as his! :)
The photos are in order of 1st to 20th. Results are repeated for reference:
1st Brad Portelli, 2nd Ed Clark
3rd Adam Lynch, 4th Hiroshi Ishizaki
5th Tim Keiller, 6th Luke Harvey no photo (left before trophy presentation)
15th Paul Fahey (left before presentation), 16th Shane Hyde
17th Adam Snook, 18th Dave Guyett (left before presentation)
There was a great feeling of comradeship on the stand. The F1 blokes are a great bunch of guys having a lot of fun racing toy cars. Apart from the weather, what in the world could be better than that!
Thanks for everyone who made the event and the F1 class a whole lot of fun!!
RC Formula1 were extremely pleased and proud to sponsor F1 at the Nats.
Host club website (Logan, Brisbane)