MMR Flux Team Driver: Simon Chambers
Name: Simon Chambers
Time Racing: 20 Years
Classes Raced: 1/10 Electric Offroad, 1/10 Touring Cars, 1/8 RallyX, Minis and a lot more.
Favourite Class: /10 Offroad
RC Clubs: Chippenham
Race Report: 13th Feb 2011
On Sunday 13th February saw the final meeting of the Chippenham Model Car Club Winter Indoor Championship. Going into the event I knew I could not win the 13.5 turn championship but I would have a chance of taking second place.
As always it was straight into qualifying without practise. Right from the start of round one my team associated TC6 had great balance and grip allowing me to push hard straight away, and with a good run I was able to take TQ in the round by five seconds over Rob West and Sam Martin.
Round two saw me again make a good start with my TC6 feeling secure and fast. A couple of small errors allowed Sam and Rob to catch back up and after contact mid way through the run I dropped to third, both on the clock and on the track. Using the great car speed I had I soon passed Rob and then Sam on the track moving me back into second on the clock losing out by only one second to Sam.
So to the final qualifying round of the championship. I quickly pulled up onto the back of Sam and after a couple of laps following him and with Rob catching Sam made an error going through the last corner and I was released. Rob quickly got past Sam and chased me for a few laps before he also made an error. I then set about putting in some quick laps to pull away and take TQ by almost three seconds.
A good start in the first leg of the finals allowed me to pull out a safe gap on the rest of the field before pulling into the tighter corners. With my TC6 feeling perfect I managed to pull away from Sam and Rob to win the race.
The second leg saw a more eventful race. With a less than perfect start the pack were right with me. Rob was pushing hard and soon passed Sam before chasing me down. I made an error coming onto the straight allowing Rob to be in a position to make a pass, while negotiating the very fast sweeper there was contact dropping him to third place leaving me with Sam right behind. I soon pulled away from Sam but I could see Rob was closing fast and he soon passed Sam. I was able to hold onto a narrow lead to the finish ahead of Rob and Sam.
Despite my best efforts these results made no changes to our championship positions leaving Sam Martin the winner, Rob West second and myself third with only three points separating the three of us.
Once again the Chippenham Model Car Club hosted a great event and series and I now look forward to the summer season.
Race Report: 30th Jan 2011
On 30th January Chippenham Model Car Club hosted the latest round of their Winter indoor Championship, with 110+ drivers competing across the 5 classes, the strongest being 13.5 touring cars. With a high speed layout I knew I was going to have a challenging day having only done 2 meetings previously with the new Team Associated TC6.
With no practice we were straight into round one of qualifying my TC6 had good car speed from the start but with a new set of tyres and a slippery track I lost too much time in the first half of the run to Rob West who took TQ, I managed to hold onto second place just ahead of MMR Flux team mate Gary Dyson.
After a few set up changes I was ready for round two, my TC6 immediatly felt more competitive trading fastest lap times with Rob West and Sam Martin. Unfortunatly I made a big error coming onto the straight which popped the body shell meaning I could not improve on my round one time so I retired from the session.
In the final round of qualifying the grip had come up, I was pushing hard with a less than satisfactory set up but despite this I was still going well, unfortuanely an incident with a marshall meant that I dropped from third place to fifth overall.
I made a good start to the first leg of the final gaining a place on the third corner, I then chased third place for 8 laps before overtaking to take the position, I was unable to match the pace of Rob and Sam who finished first and second respectivly.
Unfortunaly my previous luck did not follow me into the second leg of the final as contact on the first corner saw me drop from fifth to tenth place. After pushing hard I managed to finish the final in fifth place.
Overall I had a great days racing and learnt more about the new TC6. Thanks to Chippenham Model Car Club, looking forward to the final meeting on 13th February.