Last weekend’s European Pan Car Series event saw some of the UK’s top 1:12 drivers head for Ardent Raceway for a two-day celebration for all things pan car. F1, World GT, and Mardave classes were included as well as 10.5 Stock and Modified for the 1:12 cars. On the back of his recent 1:12 national success, Olly Jefferies entered his Reedy/LRP-powered RC12R5.1 in both stock and modified classes in an effort to get some more national testing done prior to the Christmas break.
After five rounds of qualifying Olly topped the time sheets in both stock and modified, but his advantage was small and he would have to work hard to fight off a strong challenge from euro stock champion Chris Kerswell in Stock and former World Champion Dave Spashett in Modified. Both Zak and Ben were also going well and were rewarded with good spots in the A final, Zak lining up fifth in Modified and Ben seventh in Stock. Team Associated National regular Nigel Hale started fifth in the Stock A final.
Leg one of the A finals resulted in two wins for Olly as he led from the front, controlling the pace and not making any errors. Leg two got another win for Olly in the Stock A final, which gave him the overall win. It was then a quick switch of cars for the Modified A final. Another good clean start and Olly was gone, but then all eyes turned to an epic battle between Zak Smith and David Spashett, one a multiple World Champion and Zak only competing in his third 1:12 meeting. The driving styles were obviously very different but Zak held off David for four minutes until David made a mistake. Zak was then clear to run to the finish and take the runner-up spot in leg two behind Olly.
Another Stock A final win for Olly in leg three, but David Spashett spoiled Olly’s chances of a clean sweep with a win in the final Modified leg, with Olly second. Zak finished third in leg three, which gave him an excellent fourth overall.
So a great end to the year for Olly, Reedy, LRP, and Team Associated with wins in both classes and a great showing from Zak and Ben.
ASC4019 RC12R5.1 Factory Team Kit
ASC4690 RC12R5.1 LiPo Conversion Kit
ASC600 Reedy 65C 6500mAh 3.7V LiPo Battery
ASC943 Reedy Sonic 540 10.5
ASC952 Reedy Sonic 540 3.5
LRP80905 LRP SXX Competition V.2 ESC
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