Sports/GT 2 May
Top Clubman Ian Howard
Report and photos by Chris Frost
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1/32 Nationals 2022
Champion James Cleave
3rd Mark Harwood 2nd Will Stemman
Main Grade Champion Mike Read
3rd Neil Grogan 2nd Pete Clarkson
The final day’s competition commenced with best presented body. Thanks to Ian Fitzpatrick for judging the entries.
Michael Ovens took his second win of the weekend. This is the winning Audi R8 -
Ross Grogan took the top qualifying spot with a 4.996 second lap, James Cleave was a few milliseconds slower in second,. James still holds the qualifying record which he set in 2021. These two were some way clear of the rest. James Noake was the top main grade qualifier, an excellent 6th overall but was an unlucky early retirement in the heats.
Either brushless or brush motors can be used in this class. Richard Mack took 13th overall, Bob Budge took 23rd overall and 8th place in the main grade final with their brushless powered cars, everybody else used conventional brushed strap motors.
Ricard and Bob’s brushless powered cars
The 35 racers were seeded into 4 heats, the first 3 heats being run for 9 drivers
( 8 lanes plus a sitout) and the top heat was a simple 8 x 3 minute segmented race.
James Cleave was quickest in the heats with 265 laps, 3 laps quicker than he archived
last year and some 8 laps ahead of Ross Grogan. Gordon Dickson and Ron Kiddell made
their first overall National finals with quick runs in the B heat.
Neil Grogan Mike Read Bob Budge Peter Donley Michael Ovens Ian Howard Pete Clarkson Ant Hawkes
Mike Read overtook the fast starting Bob Budge for the lead a couple of laps into the main grade, and was a clear leader throughout the rest of the final. Mike took the main grade title by 7 laps, the largest final winning margin of the weekend. Pete Clarkson was very rapid in the last quarter of the race to take a clear second ahead of the close contest for third between Neil Grogan, Ian Howard and Peter Donely. Bob had reliability issues so we didn’t see the full potential of the brushless car.
Mike Read’s main grade winner
Car weights (grams) weighed after the heats, before being serviced for the final
68.5 66.0 67.0 66.6 68.7 67.7 69.7 65.8
James took an early lead and pulled away until segment 4 when an accident put the
body into the gears. Ross Grogan was also delayed in segment 4, he needed a gear
change. That gave Will Stemman the lead at half way, he was passed by Mark Hawood
in segment 5. James retook the lead in segment 6, and extended his lead to 4 laps
by the final segment where Will, Mark and Ross were swapping 2-
The body damage happened during segment 4 of the final -
James Cleave’s winning car
Martin Ellis James Cleave Gordon Dickson Josh Bryant Mark Harwood Ron Kiddell Ross Grogan Will Stemman