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News, Reviews and Results - 12th November 2018 - Welcome to the LRCCC website.

Full report of Round 2 of the LRCCC Schumacher Carpet meeting on 11th November to be added later this week.

Notes on the Annual General Meeting on 12th November 2018 by Scott West

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend tonightís AGM, itís much appreciated. For the ones who were unable to attend, here is a breakdown on what was gone through and decided so you can see what is happening going forward
ē Committee - not massive of changes to the committee, as most have agreed to stay on so for you to see, Rick Hellewell will carry on as club chairman and Chris Lovely continues as vice chairman, Jason Lovely takes on the secretary role, Brian Peall will run as Treasurer, Simon Babb continues on as webmaster and Ed Turrell joins myself as committee members into next year
ē Finances - the club continues to run at a profit and accounts still good. Expenditure on new carpet, laptops amongst other areas have been bought and costings on hall use etc all included but we are in a good position going into next year.
ē Tuesday meetings - after discussion, Tuesdays will continue to run under the same format of running on wood floor. Changes are, after each round, there will be a 10 minute break to allow drivers to have time to fix cars, change set ups, grab a drink and snack etc so not so pressured between rounds, especially if only 4 heats per round as makes it a bit of a stretch. Mitch Fiddling also raises about how the rounds are formed on weeknights, so aiming to go now with 3 rounds and 1 final to give a change to just doing qualifiers.
ē Sunday meetings - no major changes to the Sundayís as already working well with current formats on our ever improving winter series and having. A small summer series. We are fully booked in for all Tuesdays and 1 Sunday every month all through 2019 so all sorted there. The club will continue to push at the objective of going back to friday nights, but right now this still isnít a possibility, hence the need to book for Tuesdays. Time will tell but hoping for fridays in the future.
ē Car classes - again, no major changes. Sundayís will still run with both touring cars of 17.5 open and 13.5 blinky, Tamika trucks and gt12. On Tuesdays, the first Tuesday after every carpet meeting will be classed as more of a set up and testing evening, but will also look to include a heat for both Tamiya trucks and minis. Would this be of interest to anyone? Let us know. Any feedback to tonight is greatly appreciated. Drop a message to anyone on the committee. Also on weeknights, a look at the option of changing the 17.5 class from boosted to blinky. Something again we are going to look at over the coming weeks. Everything else stays the same with tyre choices, lipo use, etc etc.
ē Race calendar for 2019 - the Sundayís will stay the same. Ending the winter series in march, then running a small summer carpet series through April to August, September being a carpet warm up day to them Start the 2019 winter series in October. On weeknight, we look to run 3 championships. First one in January to March, 5 out of 7 rounds to qualify, then another 2 championships running 7 out of 10 to qualify. With the rest of year making up of club and test nights. With Tuesdays having lower numbers, we continue to run with a more relaxed approach to racing In the week, and then a big focus on our carpet meetings where we do get a lot more racers. It just local but from further afield which is great to see. Look out over the coming weeks on our website as Simon builds up the calendar for next year.
ē Transponders - this was a big topic this evening, especially after the glitch on Sunday. We do appreciate everyoneís patience with this on the day. Now, our own club transponders have seen better days so the idea has come up that we are going to aim to purchase a numbers or personal transponders that we are going to make available for racers to use if they donít own their own, especially on Sundayís more so than weeknights. Going forward, these maybe made available to purchase so that in time everyone will have their own. Again, any questions feel free to speak to committee members. By doing this, will avoid big expense of changing systems or drivers needing to replace their own pts to suit.
ē Rostrum - on Tuesday this week, as well as looking to fix the issue with the start loop, the rostrum will also be checked and parts replaced if needed. Also discussed was getting up and down off the rostrum, so another thing we aim to do is to organise some small steps with a rail so if more of a struggle then again hopefully this will help.
Couple of other small points, it has been decided that this year, we will not run a team race as we donít feel we will get the numbers to make it work , so will run a club night before we break up at the end of the year. There will also be no Christmas party or prize giving as again,. The numbers are limited and championship completion has been lower due to hall change, night change etc. Of course like last year, there will be championship prizes for the winter series and a raffle. Chris has worked hard with our sponsors to get a great variety or prizes, and as last year, Jason will open the raffle in February. One thing was mentioned tonight about doing an informal Christmas night out. If anyone is interested in this, or idea to where to go, then again speak to us.
So that pretty much covers it. Hopefully I have got the majority of info across to you. If I have missed anything then please comment down so everyone can see. But we are in a good place and will continue to get better into next year.

Race report for the LRCC Schumacher Carpet Series race on 21/10/18 by Chris Lovely

So thatís it. Weíre done and dusted for the first one of the Schumacher Carpet series. What did you think?? Months of preparation, new bodyshells, motors, batteries all orders and ready and it was show time. A big thank you goes to those who set there alarm clocks early, and put in the miles to come race with us today I was happy to get round and talk and meet you all. Today we hit 60 drivers, yes some were double entries but they were entries and itís a record for the club. Remember guys in three weeks we are back again!!!! A big thank you goes to the sponsors of the class. Muz Schumacher of Schumacher racing, Greg Hill of Xray uk Rcdisco, Lee Ward RC of Vulcan rc, Remo Casadei of Moody fools, Daniel Austin of Rprc Distribution, Gareth Hollis of 6k racing, Nathan Winyard of nw raxing, Jamie Booth of smd, Francisco Martini of Monaco Rc and the guys of Rc bearings. So where do I start A big thank you goes to those who gave up there saturday night the ten or so guys, you know who you are.
Club class
No worlds champion to start the series with no Andrew Babb, gives his rivals the chance to leap frog him. Jason Lovely started where he left off last year. Stewart Mcleod has shown the pace at the warm up meets and showed good pace today. Steve Tindall made a return to racing with an older car cut new radio gear and took 2nd place on the Times. Kevin Bishop rocked around the older car of the Schumacher 99 and showed great pace with extinct car. Callum Chapman showed freat pace on this class field to make the a main again, and Scott West with new machinery rounded out the top final. Paul Crawford showed great pace but was the unlucky b final pole sitter. Mick Lammiman and Michael Burks showed life intbe older dogs get and Mike Mansell getting back into the groove of touring racing. Scott Johnston showed the practice at sleaford is working and making great strides.
No worlds champion of James Hart, so a clean slate for all the drivers. Chris Lovely looked to take tq in all rounds but running into traffic... literally stopped these chances ?? Nathan Winyard would show the pace of the new 19 Xray and take top spot. Andrew Green would back up his pre event pace, and our very own Jesus Joseph Cocking would be 4th. Mikey Mansell and Lisa Louise Keen great to see them return with the Capricorn and new serpent cars showing some great pace. Daniel Burks mr balls out, rounded out the top spots. Peter Covell was the unlucky man to fall out with Ryan Godbehere improving fast with his Xray. The actor Tom Hardy has an off day, with Nathan Dearn showing great speed and Phil Campbell learning the ropes of 13.5.
No Matt Cook or Jordan Leavis to start the series allowed the rest to jump in. Russell Woodhouse took top spot by the slimmest of margins from Lee Ward , Paul Vincent cemented 3rd with Jerry Boothe learning the ropes of gt12 4th ahead of Sean Cohen
Battle was on for Jason lovely who has had the quickest truck all year but Mitch Fiddling chipped at it all day. A worthy trip for John Yarnall pipping our webmaster Simon Babb Mike Mansell the final man to squeeze into the A, with Tom Berry getting very close. Harvey Greenfield would see of Woz, from Sean Cohen and our chairman Rick Hellewell sand bagging.
Trevor Sorrell would come out on top in the d final for 17.5, and a very surprised Daniel Newton who is improving all the time. Nigel Parker was super impressed to take home some sweets, after finding a pair of glasses to do the job ?? Pete Collins would actually finish, with young Connor McCann still learning but improving ever more. Simon babb would round out a bad day with a non finish
C final
Trevor Welbourn took time some sweets and near two bags of he played his cards right from Steve Smart and Dave Greenfield. Itís great to see these guys making the move from the wood floor and enjoying the carpet racing. Dave Greenfield getting it over Harvey one to talk about on the way home. Jerry Booth And Alan Smith running into issues in tbere final
B finals
Mick Lammiman would come up from 2nd and have a nice drive in front of one of the old gits Micheal Burks, Paul Crawford would drop to third, and Scott Johnston having a supreme performance. Mike mansell And Warren Frith founding thhis one out Carl Frith
Harvey Greenfield would avenge the defeat to dad in the touring car heat by taking the overall in the B final, Tom Berry would take home some sweets for his efforts and maybe a GT12 run next time out. Sean Cohen has another decent run to a podium
A final
Jason And Mitch put on a show with some close racing for the opening laps. Worksops 2wd series winner showing the pace to gap Jason and make the clean pass (see video) John Yarnall would have a worthy trip and see his pace good for 3rd. Mike Mansell would make 4th and Simon Babb will be looking for less grip next time out!
Two solid finals and some really good drivers in these heats making great racing. Peter Covell would take the win from Phil Campbell and Ryan Godbehere. And it was good racing with some guys learning the ropes in this class.
A final
A pile up at the first corner (see video on Facebook) would see Nathan Winyard steam ahead into a commanding lead he would never let up. I was lucky to come back through the field in 2nd. Gareth Coates will be happy to see his big raxing car of Andrew Green in 3rd. Solid drives form Dan Burks and Jesus would see great reuslts, Lisa Keen improving the serpent on a lower grip track Iíve not got the rest of the results due to being super slow to get them pictures so I do apologise (full results on here - see the Results Tab above)) So sorry to anyone I didnít mention
Russ Woodhouse would take the victory with a very nice lead and good start to his championship. Remains in grid order lee ward would come home 2nd and Paul Vincent 3rd. Jerry would get the better of Sean to take the bragging rights home to mablethorpe
Iíve watched some good racing in all classes and in all finals today. Letís keep it up guys and thanks for for being part of today and this series. Pics will go up ASAP Pre booking will go up tommorow for round 2 November 12th!!!
Until then peace out.

Latest Updates following a committee meeting on 20/8/18

Good news, we have the Meridian Hall booked for every 2nd Sunday each month from April next year so we can have a carpet race meeting once every month. We have also booked every Tuesday evening from 6-10pm throughout 2019, the calendar has been updated to show this for the first 3 months of 2019.

Now the really good news
, to help members we are extending this years membership through to the end of March 2019, so you will not have to pay out for both BRCA and LRCCC membership at the same time at the beginning of the year. Renewal date will be 1st April each year going forward. LRCCC membership next year will be unchanged at £20 for adults and £10 for juniors. Race fees for the full day carpet meetings are £8.00 for LRCCC members with an additional £2.00 for a second car, for non-members it will be £10 with an additional £5.00 for a second car.

We are investigating getting LRCCC branded polo shirts and hoodies made for members to buy, see Scott West if interested, the plan is to get a few samples made for you to see before ordering. Tyres for the next Carpet series are confirmed as the same as last year, Sorex 28R although if people did buy the Rush tyres we will let them use them in the first meeting if they want to, to wear them out. Sorry if this has caused confusion, but we are finding the Rush tyres are wearing out very quickly on our carpet compared with the Sorex tyres.
The truck racing was discussed and once the Carpet series starts we will be carefully checking the trucks to ensure they are standard and comply with the rules so the September test meeting is your last chance to get the trucks set up and fully compliant before the series starts. If your truck does not comply with the rules it will still be allowed to race but won't collect any championship points in the series for that round. This is to ensure this class remains a cheap fun series to race in, if people want to buy all the upgrade options and modify their cars the saloon car classes cater for this very well.

Latest News

STOP PRESS - we have extended your membership this year through till the end of March 2019, this is to help spread the costs through the year so that you don't have to pay both the BRCA and LRCCC membership at the start of the year when you are recovering from Christmas. Going forward membership renewal will be on 1st April each year. Any new members joining at the start of 2019 will have membership valid to the end of March 2020

We had a poll on Facebook and the majority of our members voted to move to Tuesday. Sunday attendance had been dropping to around 20 drivers with a low of only 8 last Sunday. We cannot afford to hire the full hall with these low numbers so moving to half a hall on a Tuesday will reduce our costs and permit many of our existing member who struggle to get there on Sunday to come back and race on a weekday evening. Half the Meridian hall is almost as big as the Cordeaux hall we used to race in, the only area that will be tight is pit space so we request that people do not bring large pit tables and are prepared to share the Meridian tables. Other than that nothing will change, still the same floor and facilities, you may want to gear down the car to suit the slightly small track, but that should be all the changes needed. The full day Sunday Carpet meetings are unchanged so will be in the full hall with plenty of pit space..

Note that we have changed the Meridian Series back to your best 5 out of 8 results now that we are not racing on a Sunday and no longer clash with the August Bank Holiday and Cadwell Park.

Other News

The Volksworld Series is now complete with Chris Lovely the winner, closely followed by Andrew Green, these two have been the front runners all series, only being beaten in the last round when Mitch Fiddling made an appearance.
The Meridian Series is now complete, there were 3 or 4 rounds of qualifying heats and then 1 or 2 finals each week for the 8 rounds of this series.
The next carpet meeting is fast approaching, please book in via our Facebook page if possible to help us get an idea of the numbers and speed up the booking in process. Not many GT12 cars booked in to date, contact Chris Lovely if you are coming but having trouble booking in via the Facebook page. Remember we will have a class for the Tamiya Trucks, the more the merrier!

The first carpet test day was a great success so we have had several more, the last carpet set up day before the Schumacher Carpet Series starts was on 9th September - book in now via Facebook. There has been a good turn out with 8 of the new Tamiya trucks and the promise of more to come. Jason Lovely seemed to have his set up better than the rest of the trucks and romped home for a decisive win. There was much checking out of his truck to see what his setup was, but other than having his dampers on upside down and inserts in the tyres it looked absolutely box standard. The racing in the other classes was close and looking at the results you can see just how close it was. We still need to master the rolling up of the carpet at the end of the day as this seems to take forever to get it right and its not for the lack of people trying. Thanks for those that stayed to help, it seems we just need a team of carpet fitters to come racing with us!

New class for 2018/19 carpet series
We have added a class for Tamiya TT01E trucks, the aim for this class is low cost and close racing with all trucks to the same specification. The only modifications permitted are for reliability, so ball bearings are permitted throughout the truck, an alloy prop shaft is permitted. To enable the use of the standard LiPo batteries that everyone has, the fitting of a Hobbywing 1060 speed controller is permitted. We want these trucks to look like the real ones and hence the kit wheels and tyres are complusory, additive is permitted to improve grip. These kits are available online for less than £130, bearing kits are around £10 and the Hobbywing ESC is less than £20. Alloy hop-ups such as wishbones, driveshafts, dampers etc are expressly prohibited. A non-Tamiya bodyshell is permitted, but not recommended as the quality of the ones we have seen leaves a lot to be desired. You are allowed to build the car to the best possible standard using shims, oil, grease etc. The kit dampers can have grease or thick diff oil applied to give some damping effect and can be fitted upside down, but must retain all the kit parts. The alternative damper mounting hole on the shock tower can be used if desired. Basically you can tweak and adjust the kit parts to get the best performance from them but cannot go and buy all the expensive hop-up parts available and bolt them on the truck as this defeats the object of the class.
Additive on the tyres seemed to be beneficial and super glue on the tyre sidewalls can help depending on your driving style. Mounting the dampers upside down with a couple of drops of very thick diff oil or grease in them seems to be beneficial, helping to prevent the worst of the bouncing when cornering hard. Overall it has been good close racing with the odd bit of contact till the trucks got spread out a bit on the track. As the day progressed grip roll became more common and several drivers discovered that you can self right your truck with a quick blast of throttle on full lock! At the second test meeting we had a couple of trucks with non-standard parts such as oil filled dampers and faster motors, these were much faster and will not be permitted once we get to the Winter Series races.

The BRCA provide our insurance cover in case of any accidents. They will only cover new drivers for 3 weeks after that you must either join the BRCA or not race. Existing BRCA members must renew their membership before they can race in 2017. The LRCCC committee have to enforce this rule to maintain our BRCA membership and insurance cover. Any driver turning up to race after this 3 week period will not be permitted to drive at the club until they have joined the BRCA. If you have not joined through LRCCC, please make sure you have your BRCA membership card with you as proof of membership.

Tyre additive
The additives permitted are as detailed on the BRCA 1/12th scale website, these are not oil based and hence should not damage the carpet. You will be allowed to add it on the day but will be required to demonstrate that your tyres are "dry" with no excess on them before you race. It is recommended that you have an old towel or similar to dry the tyres before each race. See the Carpet Rules page for more details on the permitted additives.

For the new website I'd like some nice new photos of your latest cars or recent LRCCC events. E-mail them to me - the address is on the home page. I'll get them loaded over the next few weeks. Thanks to those who have sent me photos, I'm working on updating the relevant pages, more pictures always welcome.