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Round 8 of the MPBA 2022 Endurance Championship was the Saturday of the 2-day Charity Event held at Elmbridge Model Boat Club. As the season has progressed, we are seeing less and less support for our races. There are many possible reasons for this and it is currently being discussed in the Committee. Proximity to accessible Internationals is one thing that needs to be looked at when planning for the 2023 season.
Only 3 out of the 9 starters managed a full run. Dave Hole continued his good form from Putten with a top score of 52 in the first round. Hot on his heels though were the 2 juniors. Only Daves driving beat Jackson, but Thomas will need a faster boat to trouble the seniors although he did win the second heat outright! The second round was littered with stoppages so nobody improved their placings. Dave puts some daylight between himself and Iain Pickersgill with this win. Only one of these 2 can win the title this year now and it’s likely to hinge on the last race.
3.5cc Podium – Seniors
3.5cc – The REAL Podium
Best Lap – 19.171 – Graham Morgan
Only 4 boats in 7.5 and 3 in 15 so we combined them into one race. Surprisingly, the top 3 were all 7.5s. Mike Gelson was uncharacteristically having bogging issues all day with his 15cc boat although he did enough laps to win that class. Andrew Aykroyd takes the win and it’s now between Andrew and Robert Daniel for the 2022 7.5cc drivers title.
Geoff Parmenters trusty Pegasus unfortunately took a near fatal blow after a freak accident with Andrew Aykroyd:
Best Lap (And all 10 fastest in the heat) – 16.855 – Andrew Aykroyd
Only 3 entrants in the 15cc which is really poor. Is the writing on the wall for 15cc? Or will the noise issues associated with the 27cc class keep the 15cc in business for some time yet? At Internationals, there are still plenty of 15cc entries.
Everyone seemed to have issues today and nobody did a full run. They all got beat by 7.5s. Not great.
Mike Gelson has the 2022 drivers title in the bag – A long time since his last win in 2009!
Best Lap 18.234 – Mike Gelson
We saw some of the best racing of the day between Andrew Aykroyd and James Taylor before James broke his engine. Oddly none of the 27 scores beat the top 3 of the 7.5s which is very unusual. Andrew edged Dave Marles to take the win. Andrew has the drivers championship wrapped up on 182 points.
Best Lap 15.146 – James Taylor
A final word
The low number of entries is again disappointing, particularly in the 7.5 and 15cc classes. Look at how many we had back in 2009