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Heart Of England Grand Prix Championship 2012.

Rounds 7 & 8. Great Barr Slot Car Club.
Sunday 19th September 2012.

Official Entries thread.


6 lane Ninco track, 115ft long, with computerised lap timing

Round 7 (Morning Session Clockwise run)

Round 8 (Afternoon Session Anti-Clockwise Run)

Collingwood centre, Collingwood drive, Great Barr, Birmingham, B43 7JW

See link to pictures of this truly superb "Nurburgring Style" circuit.

Strictly restricted to 25 entrants only.

Entry fees (Payable on the day).

Adults: £5.00/Race = £10:00 for the whole day (2 rounds of the championship).
Under 16s: £3.00/race = £6:00 for the whole day (2 rounds of the championship).

Programme of events.

Official Untimed Free Practice Session:

Saturday 29th September 2012: 14:00hrs - 17:00hrs.

Race Day:

Sunday 30th September 2012

Doors Open at 9:30

Scruteneering:
Your cars (a maximum of 4 cars only please) will be scruteneered to establish their compliance with the "Johnson Formula".
This will include taking width measurements of the cars plus a rolling road motor speed check.

Spot checks will be conducted during the day.

Drivers may use any one of their maximum of 4 cars during the race meetings.

Free Practice:
Drivers are allowed free practice with their scruteneered cars prior to the start of the race meeting.

Marshalling:
This is an essential part of the race meeting. As soon as your race/heat has been completed you will be expected to act as race marshal for the following 2 race heats before returning to the pits/paddock area.

Drivers Briefing
Ian Howard will welcome all attendees and explain the format of the championship and the programme of events for the day.

Race 1 Clockwise run
• 3 Minute heats.
• Step ladder finals
• 25/35 lap final.

Race 2 anti-clockwise run
• Will start after a short break to collate results from Race 1.
• 3 Minute heats.
• Step ladder finals
• 25/35 lap final.

Awards / Trophies:
Presented as follows:

• Race 1: 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall.
• Race 2: 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall.

Plus Overall Championship Trophies will be awarded as Rounds 7&8 conclude the 2012 Championship.

See latest points total here.
Please PM me ASAP to confirm your entry into Rounds 7&8
 

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Entries so far:

1, Ian Howard (Organiser).
2, Graham Pritchard.
3, Steve Beach.
4, Will Charlton.
5, Malcolm Scotto.
6, Lewis Gough.
7, Andy Bartle.
8, Nick Wixon.
9, Ken Roberts.
10, James Roberts
11, Jonathan Davies (Tentative).
 

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Entries so far:

1, Ian Howard (Organiser).
2, Graham Pritchard.
3, Steve Beach.
4, Will Charlton.
5, Malcolm Scotto.
6, Lewis Gough.
7, Andy Bartle.
8, Nick Wixon.
9, Ken Roberts.
10, James Roberts
11, Jonathan Davies (Tentative).
12, "PASIRO"
 

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Entries so far:

1, Ian Howard (Organiser).
2, Graham Pritchard.
3, Steve Beach.
4, Will Charlton.
5, Malcolm Scotto.
6, Lewis Gough.
7, Andy Bartle.
8, Nick Wixon.
9, Ken Roberts.
10, James Roberts
11, Jonathan Davies (Tentative).
12, Paul Roach
 

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Ian,
Has this event been moved back to it's original date?
On the other thread you had said that it was postponed until Sept 30th.

Edit.
Actually, now I've looked at the calendar Sept 19th is a Wednesday and the original date was August 19th!
Cheers.
****.
 

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Entries so far:

1, Ian Howard (Organiser).
2, Graham Pritchard.
3, Steve Beach.
4, Will Charlton.
5, Malcolm Scotto.
6, Lewis Gough.
7, Andy Bartle.
8, Nick Wixon.
9, Ken Roberts.
10, James Roberts
11, Jonathan Davies (Tentative).
12, Paul Roach
13, Rick Woodward
14, Gary Wright
15, Alex Young
16, Dan Waldron
 

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QUOTE (**** Kerr @ 29 Aug 2012, 23:32) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ian,
Has this event been moved back to it's original date?
On the other thread you had said that it was postponed until Sept 30th.

Edit.
Actually, now I've looked at the calendar Sept 19th is a Wednesday and the original date was August 19th!
Cheers.
****.

****

Just to confirm the event is now Sunday 30th September 2012.
 

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Entries so far:

1, Ian Howard (Organiser).
2, Graham Pritchard.
3, Steve Beach.
4, Will Charlton.
5, Malcolm Scotto.
6, Lewis Gough.
7, Andy Bartle.
8, Nick Wixon.
9, Ken Roberts.
10, James Roberts
11, Jonathan Davies (Tentative).
12, Paul Roach
13, Rick Woodward
14, Gary Wright
15, Alex Young
16, Dan Waldron
17, Mark Wain
 

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Just a few days till rounds 7&8.

I'll be posting final instructions soon so keep an eye out for those.

I'm accepting last minute entries so let me know if you are planning to come and haven't said so yet!
 

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Heart Of England Grand Prix Championship 2012.

FINAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPETITORS

Rounds 7 & 8. Great Barr Slot Car Club.
Sunday 30th September 2012.


Collingwood centre, Collingwood drive, Great Barr, Birmingham, B43 7JW (Click link to see map)

Programme of events.

Official Untimed Free Practice Session:

Saturday 29th September 2012: 14:00hrs - 17:00hrs.

Race Day:

Sunday 30th September 2012

Doors Open at 9:30

Scruteneering:
Your cars (a maximum of 4 cars only please) will be scruteneered to establish their compliance with the "Johnson Formula".
This will include taking width measurements of the cars plus a rolling road motor speed check.

Spot checks will be conducted during the day.

Drivers may use any one of their maximum of 4 cars during the race meetings.

Free Practice:
Drivers are allowed free practice with their scruteneered cars prior to the start of the race meeting.

Marshalling:
This is an essential part of the race meeting. As soon as your race/heat has been completed you will be expected to act as race marshal for the following 2 race heats before returning to the pits/paddock area.

Drivers Briefing
Ian Howard will welcome all attendees and explain the format of the championship and the programme of events for the day.

Race 1 Clockwise run
• 3 Minute heats.
• Step ladder finals
• 25/35 lap final.

Race 2 anti-clockwise run
• Will start after a short break to collate results from Race 1.
• 3 Minute heats.
• Step ladder finals
• 25/35 lap final.

Awards / Trophies:
Presented as follows:

• Race 1: 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall.
• Race 2: 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall.

Plus Overall Championship Trophies will be awarded as Rounds 7&8 conclude the 2012 Championship.

Entry fees (Payable on the day).

Adults: £5.00/Race = £10:00 for the whole day (2 rounds of the championship).
Under 16s: £3.00/race = £6:00 for the whole day (2 rounds of the championship).

Directions to Collingwood Centre.

  • Leave the M6 at junction 7 (signposted Birmingham North), then merge onto the A34 (signposted The North West)
  • Take left hand lane (signposted Birmingham, Walsall). A34
  • Turn left, then merge onto Birmingham Road - A34 (signposted Birmingham) Entering Great Barr
  • At "Scott Arms" (Public House) turn left onto Queslett Road - A4041 (signposted Sutton Coldfield)
  • At roundabout take the 1st exit onto Beacon Road - B4154 (signposted Aldridge)
  • At roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Collingwood Drive.
 

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Hello All

Don't forget free practice at GBSCC is from 2pm til 5pm today.

I will be there circa 4pm (due to family committments today) to answer your car related questions and advise on the championship.

Best of luck for tomorrow.
 

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All to note please!

QUOTE (youngy21 @ 29 Sep 2012, 13:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi All

Just a quick note to say that our track is wired to take non-electronic controllers. Standard resistor controllers are ok and we currently use Standard Ninco, Parma and Fly controllers. Please accept our apologies for the late notice but we have only just found this out after Malcolm has arrived for practice.

Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks, Sandwiches and Chocolate will be available tomorrow.

Please use the Hillingford Avenue entrance and park at the bottom of the car park.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
 

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All to note please!

QUOTE (youngy21 @ 29 Sep 2012, 13:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi All

Just a quick note to say that our track is wired to take non-electronic controllers. Standard resistor controllers are ok and we currently use Standard Ninco, Parma and Fly controllers. Please accept our apologies for the late notice but we have only just found this out after Malcolm has arrived for practice.

Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks, Sandwiches and Chocolate will be available tomorrow.

Please use the Hillingford Avenue entrance and park at the bottom of the car park.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
 

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Hi Ian

All the best to you and all the competitors.

I was hoping I was going to make an appearance but work has got in the way.

I wish you all the best and hope to join in with the fun next year.

David F
 

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Hello All

Andy Bartle (Tyrrell 007) won the inaugural Heart Of England Formula 1 Championship 2012 by winning rounds 7&8 at Great Barr yesterday.

Second place in the title race went to Lewis Gough followed in third place by James Noake.

Our Under 16 champion was James Roberts.

Full results and a report will follow along with YOUTUBE film of the action at Great Barr in the next few days.

Many thanks to :
  1. Rod and Simon at Great Barr for being such generous hosts.
  2. Many thanks to Will Charlton for organising the final results table.
  3. Many thanks to Malcom Scotto for obtaining trophies for us throughout the year.
  4. My very special thanks to Graham Pritchard for his help, guidance and unconditional support throughout the championship year.
 

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Thanks also to Slot Car Mag, the NSCC & Slot Forum for publishing our write-ups from each round & also to Stephen of Slot Car Wales fame for supplying the majority of the tyres - without which the Championship would not have been able to take place !

Graham P.
 

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Heart of England Formula 1 Championship
(Rounds 7&8 - Great Barr)
Grand Prix Cars 1970-1980.

Report by Ian Howard.


http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/l0rpvxFKQDI?rel=0

17 racers met at the superb "Nurburgring style" circuit and race facilities at Great Barr Slot Car Club to contest the final 2 rounds of this closely fought and absorbing new slot car racing championship.



The arithmetic looked simple on paper. With just 20 points separating the championship leaders all was set for it to be a straight fight between the championship leader Lewis Gough (Lotus 77) and Andy Bartle (Tyrrell 007).



However, Gough was unable to compete at Great Barr due to family commitments and with the scoring mechanism dictating that just the top 6 scores were to count Bartle was left with a simple plan of attack. By winning both rounds 7&8 it would mean that Bartle would take the 2012 championship crown with 5 points to spare.

However that was easier said than done as there were plenty of potential race winners present to upset the apple cart, including Will Charlton (Brabham BT48 Venturi/Ferrari 312B) who was going to race all out to wrest 3rd place in the Championship from James Noake (Ferrari 312B). In addition Rob Wallader was making a second appearance in the championship after scoring podium positions in Rounds 1&2.



Race results were settled by means of 4 x 3 minute heats followed by a step ladder finals structure. Frankly Bartle made it look easy and stroked the Tyrrell 007 to an emphatic and dominant victory in Round 7. The combination of a smooth, relaxed driving style coupled with a superbly set up chassis proving unbeatable. Second place was taken by Rob Wallader, closely followed by a quietly hard charging Steve Beach using a Lotus 77.

Just off the podium Ryan Nightingale took 4th with a Renault RS01 that was incredibly quick down the straights but clearly a handful to control around the twisty sections of the Great Barr circuit, whilst Ian Howard claimed 5th place (again!) using his Tyrrell 010.



Other notable performances came from Championship debutants Dale "T" (Ferrari 312T3), Gavin May (Brabham BT49) and the Chesterfield driver Paul Roach (Tea Tray March Ford).



Unfortunately Will Charlton's bid for 3rd place in the title race ended with a disappointing 10th place. Will found it hard to get into a rhythm in his debut at the Great Barr circuit, nevertheless he felt the circuit was superb.

While Alex Young took the under 16s honours, James Roberts secured sufficient points to take the Under 16s championship crown with one race to spare. Well done James!

Results Round 7

1. Andy Bartle
2. Rob Wallader
3. Steve Beach
4. Ryan Nightingale
5. Ian Howard
6. Dale "T"
7. Nick Wixon
8. Gavin May
9. Paul Roach
10. Will Charlton
11. Alex Young (Under 16)
12. Mark Wain
13. Malcolm Scotto
14. Graham Pritchard
15. Ken Roberts
16. "Hallam" (Under 16)
17. James Roberts (Under 16)


1st Andy Bartle/3rd Steve Beach

It was more of the same from Andy Bartle in Round 8 with a confident drive to victory and the Championship Title. His Tyrrell never looked like losing and the gap at the end of the day was indeed crushing.


Andy Bartle's Championship winning Tyrrell 007

Great Barr Driver, Dale "T" took 2nd place after a close fought battle during the heats with Ian Howard (5th again!). Steve Beach proved once again that he is a cool and smooth racer under pressure with his Lotus 77, doing just enough to secure 3rd place in the finals.

Nick Wixon (BRM P160) took a well deserved 6th overall followed by an even more deserving Malcolm Scotto (Ferrari 312T3) in a superb 7th place.



Results Round 8

1. Andy Bartle
2. Dale "T"
3. Steve Beach
4. Ryan Nightingale
5. Ian Howard
6. Nick Wixon
7. Malcolm Scotto
8. Mark Wain
9. Alex Young (Under 16)
10. Paul Roach
11. Will Charlton
12. Gavin May
13. Graham Pritchard
14. James Roberts (Under 16)
15. Ken Roberts


L to R: 2nd Dale T/1st Andy Bartle/3rd Steve Beach.

So Andy Bartle takes the 2012 title scoring 140 out of a possible 150 points. Overall on paper it looks does look to be a utterly dominant victory. In practice across the season Lewis Gough has made life incredibly difficult for the young Wolverhampton racer. It has been nip and tuck all season between the two and it's a great pity that Gough was unable to compete in rounds 7&8 for a battle royal between the two Wolverhampton racers. But the scores stand and every second and every point counts at the end of the day.


Heart of England Champion Driver 2012 Andy Bartle.

The 2013 Heart of England F1 Championship will prove to be a one to relish. Rob Wallader, Steve Beach, Ryan Nightingale, Ian Howard, Will Charlton, Graham Pritchard and Nick Wixon all have the pace and potential to compete for the title.

Both Bartle and Gough can rest on their Laurels for now . . . . . in 2013, who knows?

Watch Slotforum for news of the 2013 Championship calendar.

Overall Championship (Top 6 Scores)

1. Andy Bartle 140pts
2. Lewis Gough 135pts
3. James Noake 90pts
4. Steve Beach 74pts
5. Will Charlton 67pts
6. Graham Pritchard 60pts
7. Ian Howard 59pts
8. Nick Wixon 53pts
9. Rob Wallader 49pts
10. Ryan Nightingale 47pts
11. Mark Wain 37pts
12. Malcolm Scotto 31pts
13. Dale "T" 30pts
14. Ashley Evans 27pts
15. Paul Munro 24pts
16. Jonathan Davies (U16)21pts
17. David Farrow 20pts
18. Dave Homer 17pts
19. James Roberts (U16) 13pts
20. Paul Roach 13pts
21. Gavin May 12pts
22. Alex Young (U16) 12pts
23. Ken Roberts 7pts
24. Gary Wright 6pts
25. Barry Davies 5pts
26. Dave Parish 5pts
27. Sam Farrow 5pts

Under 16 Championship (Top 6 Scores)

1, James Roberts. 64pts
2=, Jonathan Davies 20pts
2=, Alex Young 20pts
3, Sam Farrow 14pts.


L to R: Under 16s Champion James Roberts/2nd Alex Young.

Some special votes of thanks:

• To Malcolm Scotto for organising both Rounds 1&2 at Wolverhampton and for obtaining trophies all year.
• To Dave Homer and Graham Thomas for accommodating Rounds 5&6 at the superb Dudley Circuit at incredibly short notice.
• To Simon Young and Rod at Great Barr for staging a superb championship finale.
• To Will Charlton for organising and providing the results service.
• Special thanks to Graham Pritchard for his advice, counsel and contacts throughout the championship season. Cheers GEEP!
• Slot Car Mag, the NSCC & Slot Forum for publishing our write-ups from each round & also to Stephen of Slot Car Wales fame for supplying the majority of the tyres - without which the Championship would not have been able to take place !
• Finally to all you competitors that took part in the Grand Prix. You all played fairly, abided by the rules of the Formula and behaved like true gentlemen. Thank you.

Ian Howard (HOE Championship 2012 organiser).
 
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