CML driver Jon Howells proves his worth with a great win in
the second round of the 2007 Radio Race Car series.
Originally the second round of the 2007 RRCi series was to be hosted by the Fast
Tracks R/C club at their Tamworth track. However, a change of circumstances made
this impossible so instead Carl and his team welcomed us to their temporary home
for the day at the ever-popular BNRC Frankley venue.
The track, laid out by the Fast Tracks crew, produced lap times over 50 sec for
everyone – this track was big, really BIG! To even things up the drivers were
running in the opposite direction to normal, and not just on the astro-turfed
areas either, with a few sections of grass thrown in to create a multi-surface
feel. Just about every possible feature of this excellent track was used
including several large jumps, a mammoth cross over table top and some great
little ripples to catch out the impatient. Finding a rhythm was difficult at
times but fortunately the FTD qualifying format allowed drivers a second (and
third) chance to stake their claim for pole position.
CML team mates Jon Howells and Andy Reynolds were looking forward to a strong
performance today, both running their Picco P3-R powered Hyper 8 buggies. Andy
was delighted to secure himself a spot direct onto the A final grid after three
steady runs in qualifying. Jim Davis finished just ahead of Jon to steal the
extra point for TQ.
As usual the CML men both used Pro-Line M3 compound tyres for this meeting, Jon
tried the Crimefighters on his Hyper 8 before settling on Bow Ties for the A
final, while Andy preferred the Bow Tie all day.
Despite a warm-up drama for Jon prior to the A final start, nothing was going to
prevent Jon from securing his second victory from two rounds of this years
series, winning the race by a convincing margin from Jim Davis and Greg Hill
with Andy achieving a modest improvement on his qualifying position to finish in
Round three of the series on 24th June takes us down to mid-Devon and the
Tiverton club’s Burlescombe track.