24-02-15 Winter League Round 7

James Hart takes maximum points in the GT12 class
Mitch Howard wins the “B” Final
Paul Galbraith charges though the field to win the mardave V12 “A” Final
Jordan Galbraith gets maximum points in division 2


A flowing track design for the  the penultimate round on the winter league.

James Hart was the top qualifier in the GT12 class with 31 laps followed by Louis Parker and Gavin Maciver both on 29 laps.
Nick Bruty was best in division 2 with 26 laps, Mitch Howard was in second place 2 laps down.
Rob Hambridge once again was fastest in division 3 achieving 23 laps with Matt Popejoy taking second place on 21 laps just ahead of Courtney Orme.
In the V12 mardave class Mike Simpson scored 23 laps, Jordan Galbraith, Glyn Butlin and Jenson Butlin all finished with 21 laps.

First up was the Mardave “B” Final with Jordan Galbraith on pole position being quickly overtaken by Jenson Butlin on the first lap, however Jordan regained the lead on lap 5 and went on to win with 38 laps, Jenson Butlin was second on 37 laps and Jake Galbraith third with 34 laps.

Mike Simpson led the mix of V12 and GT12 cars away from pole position in the “A” final but by lap 12 Paul Galbraith had fought his way up to second place from the back of the field. For the next 13 laps these two cars were only a short distance apart until Paul took the lead on lap 26 and went on to win with 39 laps – great drive Paul. Mike was second on 38 laps and Alister Hart in his GT12 took third place on 32 laps.

Mitch Howard and Nick Bruty were very evenly matched in the GT12 “B” Final, both lapping quickly, but a mechanical problem put Nick out of contention leaving Matt Popejoy to take second place with a great performance, Mitch was the winner with 40 laps.

The last race was the GT12 “A” Final and Darren Ford stormed into the lead on lap 1 then Gavin Maciver overtook him on lap 2 only for Darren to retake the lead on lap 5 with pole position driver James Hart moving up into second position. Everyone was the treated to a fantastic display of driving by Darren and James as James caught up and attempted to get ahead of Darren. On lap 22 he took the lead and put in some very fast laps to win with 48 laps, Darren was second on 46 laps ahead of Gavin Maciver also with 46 laps. Another very exciting race!

We look forward to a great final round of the league next week.

17-02-15 Team Event

Gavin Maciver, Paul Galbraith, Jordan Galbraith and Roy Matthews win the team event
Good individual performances from Gavin, Paul and Louis Parker
Louis sees the white of the wheel rims through his tyres


A change from the usual racing this week with a team event which was very closely contested.
After the first round there was only a single lap difference with Gavin Macivers Team 2 leading the way with 111 laps from Louis Parkers Team 1 in second place with 110.

The Lead was extended to 5 laps after round 2 with a total of 224 laps.

The third round saw a change in positions with Chelle Snowdens team 5 moving up into second place, the scores with the final round to go were

With only 4 laps separating the first two teams it meant that everything would be decided a tense final round.

Gavin and his team were up to the challenge to win with Chelle and her team finishing in second place a total of 7 laps down.

Gavin Maciver scored 137 laps which the most individual laps, being 1 ahead of Louis Parker who had 136.
Paul Galbraith was the top V12 Mardave driver with 119 laps followed by Mike Simpson on 113.

A good evenings racing with a close result!
Louis may be due for a set of new tyres soon Richard as the rims were showing through in places!

TEAM 1   TEAM 2   TEAM 3   TEAM 4   TEAM 5
Louis Parker Gavin Maciver Dave Tomlinson Nick Bruty Chelle Snowden
Glyn Butlin Paul Galbraith Mike Simpson Nick Wallace Bob Harley
Jake Galbraith Jordan Galbraith Jenson Butlin Alister Hart Matt Popejoy
Alwyn Hodges Roy Matthews Kevin Flamson Courtney Orme Joshua Galbraith
441   452   437   424   445

10-02-15 Superleague Round 1

Louis Parker challenges James Hart in the GT12 qualifying
Dave Tomlinson on top form to lead division 2
Club Chairman Rob Hambridge takes maximum points in division 3
Jake and Jordan Galbraith are the top qualifiers in the mardave V12 class
Club members in the news in the march radio control car racer magazine


A full length track this week giving an extra two metres on the straight.

This week was the first round of the 2015 Superleague, there will be six rounds held in February, April, June, August, October and December with the best five results to count for each driver.

James Hart was again the fastest qualifier but Louis Parker came very close to winning round three, eventually finishing just over two seconds adrift both drivers getting 29 laps, David Simpson was third with 28 laps.
In division 2 Dave Tomlinson displayed some great driving to be fastest on 27 laps followed by Mitch Howard and Nick Bruty both one lap down.
Rob Hambridge on 27 laps was two laps clear of second place driver Jack Cook to be best in division 3 with Alister Hart a further lap down.
Some tremendous driving by Jake and Jordan Galbraith put them ahead of their dad Paul in the mardave V12 class, giving the division 2 drivers pole and second positions on the final grid. Mike Simpson took third place to spoil a team Galbraith monopoly of the top three places as Paul was fourth fastest qualifier.

The mardave V12 class was first up with Jake Galbraith leading the field away from pole position on the grid but it was Jordan Galbraith who soon went into first position and built up a substantial lead until disaster struck with his car on lap eighteen putting him out of contention. Jake resumed the lead until lap thirty when Mike Simpson drew level and then overtook to lead, three laps later Paul Galbraith passed Mike and with some great driving won the race with Mike finishing second and Jake third. A great finish to a very close race.

GT12 “C” Final
Jack Cook was the fastest driver and had a comfortable win three laps ahead of second place driver Ted Griffiths. A good drive from Alwyn Hodges put him in third place a further four laps down.

GT12 “B” Final
All the drivers in the race were evenly matched and we were treated to a very close and exciting race, at the finish it was Mitch Howard who was first across the line to win from Chelle Snowden in second place, Bob Harley was third and Nick Bruty fourth – all four drivers on the same lap.

GT12 “A” Final
James Hart set a very fast pace followed by Louis Parker and David Simpson, the race soon developed into a battle between James and Louis and following an error by David, Gavin Maciver and David Statham keenly contested third and fourth places. At the end of eight minutes James was the winner , Louis an excellent second, Gavin third and David Statham fourth. Dave Tomlinson also had a fine drive finishing in fifth place to be the best division 2 driver.

Burton Buggy Club drivers in the news
It was good to see club members James Hart, Louis Parker, Michelle Snowden, Bob Harley and Nick Bruty getting a mention including photographs of Louis and Michelle in the march edition of Radio Control Car Racer magazine for their fine performances in the GT12 Clubmans series final round at Tamworth last year.
Well done everyone!

Spot the Club Chairman
Rob Hambridge has a new Chairmans “hoodie” – has anyone seen him!

Stealth car
Roy Matthews adopted a low profile this week driving his “stealth” car with a grey bodyshell that was almost invisible at the far end of the track – only the orange rear wheels gave it away.

03-02-15 Winter League Round 6

James Hart’s nerve holds out to win the GT12 A final despite sustained pressure from David Hall
Dave Tomlinson takes fifth place in the A final to be the top division 2 driver
Chelle Snowden wins the B final ahead of Bob Harley
Jack Cook wins the C final with Ted Griffiths second and Alister Hart third
Mike Simpson finishes just ahead of Paul Galbraith to win the mardave V12 final

Some very tight sections this week

Another great evenings racing, the highlight being the GT12 “A” Final with James Hart starting from pole position followed by David Hall and Louis Parker, all three of these drivers having achieved 30 laps in qualifying which was two more than anyone else.

James got off to a flying start in the eight minute final but it was not long before David Hall was challenging him for the lead and for the remainder of the race there were only a few inches between the two cars. The circuit was very tight and James held the racing line magnificently despite a tremendous amount of pressure from David and crossed the finishing line first to win a fantastic race. Great stuff!
Louis Parker finished in third place with yet another super drive.
Dave Tomlinson took fifth place to be the best in division 2 beating “B” Final winner Chelle Snowden by just 0.34 seconds.
Bob Harley and Chelle had a close race with Bob trailing by 3 seconds at the finish.

Jack Cook was well clear of the rest of the field in the “C” final to win with Ted Griffiths second three laps down and Alister Hart third a further lap behind.

The mardave V12 class was as always very close with all the cars being evenly matched. Mike Simpson starting from pole got away from the rest of the field but was being chased down by Paul Galbraith and on lap 27 he had caught up. Things were close in the final two minutes but Mike stayed ahead to win by 0.63 seconds, Paul being second and Jake Galbraith in third place.

Just two more rounds to go in the league which should provide an exciting finish.