"Round 1 of the 2011/12 BRCA 1/12th scale nationals took place at Ardent Raceway last weekend. Saturdays event was for the stock class, with all cars running 10.5 motors in ‘blinky’ zero-timing mode. Team Associated/LRP driver Olly Jefferies qualified on pole for the A final ahead of multiple world champion David Spashett, who has returned to competition in this class for the first time since 2006 and was driving one of Josh Cyrul’s CEFX cars. Mark Stiles lined up third for Serpent/LRP with the new S120LT ahead of his team mate Chris Kerswell and multiple British Champion Andy Griffiths who is once again driving for V-Dezign/Nosram this season.
In the A final Olly led away the field, but was involved in a collision early in the race allowing Mark to move into the lead. The next 6 minutes saw an epic battle for the lead in what many felt was one of the best races seen at the UK nationals for some time. Mark led Andy Griffiths and David Spashett, the three drivers never more than 3 metres apart with onlookers gripped by the spectacle. Entering the last 30 seconds, the lead trio encountered a back marker who crashed in front of them, leaving Mark and Andy with nowhere to go. This allowed David through into the lead and he would go on to take a hugely popular victory on his return, while Mark managed to keep second place ahead of Olly who recovered to 3rd.
Results – Stock
- David Spashett - CEFX 39 / 488.94
- Mark Stiles - Serpent 39 / 489.57
- Olly Jefferies - Associated 39 / 491.06
- Andy Griffiths - V-Dezign 38 / 480.37
- Chris Kerswell - Serpent 37 / 488.10
- Jason Butterfield - Associated 37 / 491.70
- Mark Jewitt - V-Dezign 36 / 485.00
- Andy Sawyer - Corally 36 / 490.08
- Matthew Varah - Associated 34 / 449.60
- Mick Farrell - CRC 23 / 297.34
Sunday was for open modified cars, with no limits placed on motor or speedo choice. Qualifying saw a similar story to the previous day with Olly taking pole. However, a solid last qualifier saw Mark Stiles take second on the grid with his S120LT ahead of Spashett, Griffiths and Kerswell. The A final was less of a spectacle than on Saturday, with Olly cruising to a comfortable win and Mark driving a lonely race to finish 2nd. Andy Griffiths completed the podium after a race long battle with Chris Kerswell. Mick Farrell finished 5th for CRC. The Horizon Hobby UK team (Spashett, Stiles, Kerswell & Varah) took the team prize on both days.
Results - Modified
- Olly Jefferies - Associated
- Mark Stiles - Serpent
- Andy Griffiths - V-Dezign
- Chris Kerswell - Serpent
- Mick Farrell - CRC
- David Spashett - CEFX
- Andy Sawyer - Corally
- Matthew Varah - Associated
- Luke Burley - Associated
- Jason Butterfield - Associated"