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FRIDAY PRACTICE - Volker Quickest as EWS International Gets Underway
SATURDAY MORNING - Controlled Practice and Q1 Update
SATURDAY EVENING - Three Different Drivers TQ So Far
SUNDAY - Jefferies, Finlay and Giddins Win at 2017 EWS International
Thanks to our friends at Red RC, the race report from the final round of the Essex Winter Series Presented By Sweep is now available!
Congratulations to Elliott Harper and Zak Finlay, who took the Scorpion Modified and Wild Turbo Fan Super Stock titles respectively.
Olly Jefferies and Zak Finlay dominated the fourth round of the Essex Winter Series - taking all the rounds of Qualifying and the A Final wins in the Scorpion Modified and WTF Super Stock class, respectively.
The full race report can be found HERE, thanks to our friends at Red RC.
Elliott Harper took the victory at R2 of the Essex Winter Series presented by Sweep Racing, to make it two TQs and two A final wins from the two rounds of the championship so far. Behind him in the Scorpion Power Systems Modified Class, Andy Moore and Kyle Branson made the podium a carbon copy of R1. In the Super Stock Class presented by Wild Turbo Fan, Zak Finlay made a return to the series and took a convincing TQ and Win, with Tony Broad and Jimmy Maddison completing the top three.
RED RC has the full race report as always!
The opening round of the 2016-2017 Essex Winter Series presented by Sweep Racing saw victories for Elliott Harper, the defending champion in the Modified Class presented by Scorpion Power Systems, whilst last year's runner-up Tony Broad took the early points lead in the Wild Turbo Fan supported Super Stock Class.
A full race report can be found on RED RC HERE!
The final round of the 2015/16 Essex Winter Series took place this past weekend. Whilst the Super Stock title had been wrapped up already by Jimmy Maddison, the Modified crown was still up for grabs. Olly Jefferies led the standings coming into the round, but would miss the final event as he attended the BRCA 1/12th event to defend his title in that series. That meant Elliott Harper would need to take an almost perfect score to prevent Olly becoming champion in his absence. The opening qualifier went to plan for Elliott, as he took his Schumacher to the fastest time in the round, ahead of Capricorn’s Kyle Branson and the Team Associated pairing of Chris Grainger and Matthew White.
However, Kyle proved Elliott wouldn’t have an easy run to the title, going quickest in the second round ahead of Elliott, Chris and Paul Pinkney. But, Elliott got his challenge back on track, beating Kyle in the third and fourth rounds to secure pole position. Chris continued his run of third places, whilst Paul Pinkney made it two Schumacher’s in the top four for the A Final grid. As the A-final got underway, Elliott knew even finishing second in the race would still be enough to secure him the championship, but wanted to end the season on a high. Kyle pushed Elliott hard for the opening few laps, until Elliott opened up a lead of a few car lengths. Kyle continued to stick within a couple of seconds of the race leader, but never quite seemed close enough to apply the pressure needed to make a pass on the current BRCA Champion. As the time ran out, Elliott continued to manage the gap, securing the A-final win in front of Kyle. Chris had a solid, if somewhat lonely, drive to third, which was enough to net himself third overall in the standings.
Touring Modified A-final result:
1. Elliott Harper – Schumacher/LRP – 21L 312.27
2. Kyle Branson – Capricorn/LRP – 21L 313.70
3. Chris Grainger – Associated/Reedy – 20L 302.21
4. Paul Pinkney – Schumacher/Hobbywing – 20L 305.70
5. Matthew White – Team Associated/Reedy – 20L 307.73
6. Jon Bowden – Xray/Hobbywing – 20L 308.09
7. Stefan Chodzynski – Capricorn/GForce – 20L 310.94
8. Jimmy Maddison – Xray/Muchmore – 20L 318.20
9. Alan Bickerstaff – Team Associated/Reedy – 19L 300.01
10.Harley Eldridge – Yokomo/LRP – 19L 305.42
Once the championship points were added up, Elliott was then confirmed as overall champion, ahead of Olly Jefferies, Chris Grainger, Kyle Branson and Andy Moore.
Touring Modified overall top 10:
1. Elliott Harper – Schumacher/LRP
2. Olly Jefferies – Xray/LRP
3. Chris Grainger – Team Associated/Reedy
4. Kyle Branson – Capricorn/LRP
5. Andy Moore – HB/Hobbywing
6. Jon Bowden – Xray/Hobbywing
7. Paul Pinkney – Schumacher/Hobbywing
8. Alan Bickerstaff – Team Associated/Reedy
9. Stefan Chodzynski – Capricorn/GForce
10.Harley Eldridge – Yokomo/LRP
With the Super Stock championship wrapped up, Jimmy Maddison chose to compete in the Modified class for the final round, showing his skills transferred and making the A-final, leaving the remaining contenders to battle for the other places. Tony Broad, the only driver to have been close to Jimmy throughout the year, set about wrapping off his season in the best way, topping every round of qualifying. Behind him, it was a close fought battle for the remaining nine A-final spots. Wesley Roper took second in the first round, in front of Graham Kenny and Mason Weston, whilst Graham was best-of-the-rest in Q2, beating Billy Fletcher and Wesley. The third round saw Billy take second, Wesley third and Ricky Copsey demonstrating a return to his form from a few years ago in fourth, and the final qualifier had Graham secure second on the grid with another second place, Wesley third and Ricky again fourth.
The A-final looked like it should be an easy run for Tony – which turned out to be the case as he built a lead lap by lap, dominating in the same way we saw Jimmy Maddison at the earlier rounds of the season. The action was the on-going battle for second, which seemed to involve everyone at some point throughout the five minute encounter. When the buzzer finally sounded, it was Ricky Copsey who had worked his way from fifth on the grid up and down the field to eventually take the runner-up spot, with Wesley Roper completing the podium in from of Matt Chandler, from seventh on the grid, and an unlucky Graham Kenny.
Touring Super Stock A-final result:
1. Tony Broad – Xray – 19L 300.30
2. Ricky Copsey – Xray – 19L 310.57
3. Wesley Roper – Yokomo – 19L 311.54
4. Matt Chandler – Capricorn – 19L 311.98
5. Graham Kenny – Xray – 19L 312.20
6. Matt Quinlisk – Xray – 19L 313.20
7. Matthew Prigmore – Xray – 19L 314.68
8. Billy Fletcher – Awesomatix – 19L 315.40
9. Mason Weston – Xray – 18L 303.48
10.Matthew Worton – ARC – 18L 304.40
The result secured Tony second overall in the championship, with Jamie Hickin missing the round but narrowly holding on to third place.
Touring Super Stock A-final result:
1. Jimmy Maddison – Xray
2. Tony Broad – Xray
3. Jamie Hickin – Xray
4. Mason Weston – Xray
5. Matt Chandler – Capricorn
6. Will Vertigan – ARC
7. Rich White – Xray
8. Wesley Roper – Yokomo
9. Matthew Worton – ARC
10.Matthew Prigmore – Xray
In the Junior categories, Harley Eldridge was the champion of the Modified division thanks to her overall top 10 finish, ahead of Terry Yarranton (18th overall), whilst Bradley Coaker took the Super Stock title, securing 43rd place overall, in front of Adam Southgate (58th overall).
Thanks to Oli Meggitt for the report.
Elliott Harper has won the 2016 International Carpet Challenge, by taking victory in the first two legs of the A-final. The British Schumacher driver, who started on pole position, faced competition in both A1 and A2 from second placed starter, Yannic Prumper, for the first minute or so of each run, but by half distance each time he had opened a lead to around one and half seconds, which he would then control until the end of the five minute encounters. Commenting on the win, Elliott described it as an “awesome weekend [for me] and a great event”. He also wanted to thank his Schumacher team mates, their combined testing and knowledge sharing being a key part of his success this week.
The action behind involved battles for second between Yannic and Kyle Branson – the Capricorn driver challenging the multi-time ETS winner throughout most of the ten minutes of action, with the German coming out on top both times. Leg two saw a mistake from Kyle on the final lap, dropping him a few spots and allowing Olly to take third in the leg.
With the win secured, Elliott elected to sit out the final leg. Yannic made a mistake on the opening lap, having chosen to run a second set of tyres the different balance caught him off-guard. This allowed Kyle to take the win, after a race long battle from out-going ICC Champion Olly Jefferies. This win elevated Kyle to second overall, with Yannic third and Olly fourth.
Touring Modified A-final result:
1. Elliott Harper – GBR – Schumacher/LRP
2. Kyle Branson – GBR – Capricorn/LRP
3. Yannic Prumper – DEU – –/Muchmore
4. Olly Jefferies – GBR – Xray/LRP
5. Chris Grainger – GBR – Team Associated/Reedy
6. Leo Arnold – FRA – Xray/Team Orion
7. Christopher Krapp – DEU – Tamiya/Orion
8. Michal Orlowski – POL – Schumacher/LRP
9. Viljami Kutvonen – FIN – Awesomatix/LRP
10.Paul Pinkney – GBR – Schumacher/Hobbywing
Super Stock was also wrapped up in two legs, with Jimmy Maddison putting in two “perfect” drives to take the wins. In typical stock-racing action, the battles for every other position raged throughout each of the races, with Brit James Hart taking second in the first leg, after an opening lap coming together between Martin Hofer and Max Machler. Hofer and Machler finished second and third respectively in the second leg, setting up a final leg shoot-out for the remaining podium places. Once again, the two German drivers battled, with James Hart also keeping them honest throughout. Martin took the win, thus securing the runner up spot, with Max finishing third overall.
The victory clearly meant a lot to Jimmy – asking for a few minutes to gather his thoughts before being able to verbalise his emotion. He highlighted that he had set himself a goal of winning the “Essex Treble” – victory at the Essex Summer Series event last August, the overall Essex Winter Series title, and the ICC win. With the first two accomplished before Christmas, the Xray driver said this final piece of the jigsaw “means pretty much the same as a DHI or Vegas win”, noting that the increasing number of foreign visitors at the event this year has marked it as a “premier race [he] is proud to have the winners trophy from”.
Touring Super Stock A-final result:
1. Jimmy Maddison – GBR – Xray
2. Martin Hofer – DEU – Yokomo
3. Max Machler – DEU – Awesomatix
4. James Hart – GBR – Schumacher
5. Graham Kenny – GBR – Xray
6. Marvin Schneider – DEU – Awesomatix
7. Tony Broad – GBR – Xray
8. Matt Chandler – GBR – Capricorn
9. Jamie Hickin – GBR – Xray
10.Martin Christensen – DEN – Gizmo
The Formula class was also decided in just two legs, with Irish driver Keith Dempsey taking the overall victory, in front of Martin Hofer and Andrew Walters.