Review of 2005
During 2005 we
have been busy releasing software and visiting lots of race
meetings in Europe.
DHI Cup in Denmark.
This is a big (and I do mean big) indoor carpet electric
touring car race. The racing started Friday evening and
continued from 8am to 11pm on Saturday and again on Sunday
finishing about 5pm. It was webcast live on the Internet
with the help of Team Orion and at the track there were 50+
Results PCs and PDAs connected.
We released bbkRC
2005-1 to the 100+ clubs.
Off to York for the
BRCA Electric Off Road Indoor Meeting. In 2004 the BRCA
Electric Off Road Section switched to bbkRC and this year
Personal Transponders are allowed. We also went to the first
of the BRCA Rallycross Nationals meeting at Sandy. bbkRC is
being used for the BRCA Rallycross section this year. We
plan to attend the first few Rallycross meetings to ensure
they get off to a good start. The Rallycross section will be
using the PDA Live Race Data feature to keep the race
officials up to date. This is particularly useful to the
referees and is much easier that asking race control for
race order over radio.
We timed the EMORC 12
hour charity team race with bbkRC ECO, our free version of
bbkRC. This was the final test before
was released. To date it has been registered for use in 26
countries worldwide. We were at the second Rallycross
National at Eldridge.
Off to Sweden to time
some RC power boat racing. In the UK we have been to V class
races but this meeting featured Hydro and Off Shore. IN 2006
we are timing the RC Boat World Championships in Norway. WE
also attended the Rallycross Nationals at Yarmouth and the
two day at Holbeach.
Back to Denmark of
the Nordic and Reedy Race, this time outdoors at the
Glostrup track, just outside Copenhagen. We also went to the
Formula Schools meeting at Silverstone and helped out the
Swindon Club with a round of the RRCi/HPI series.
Denmark again for the
Electric Circuit Euros, but not for me. I'm on "Father of
the Bride" dutuy that weekend. The live webcast shows me
everything is working well.
Busy month with two
World Championships in Europe, both giving us British World
Champions, well done Neil and Ian. I'm in Halifax timing the
EFRA 200mm, 235mm and over 40's 1/8th Circuit racing,
webcast again but this time via a mobile phone.
Two meetings to time
this month, the Thunder Tiger Challenge at 3a and the HPI
Challenge Grand European Final at the Velp track in the
This month I tried my
hand at RC, not cars or even boats but Bikes. Lots of
"Tank Slapping" but good fun. There is an International Bike
Race planned for 2006 in the UK. We'll be there timing it
and maybe even getting a few minutes track time when no ones
looking! We also did some tests timing 1:1 vehicles.
Off to Belgium for
the Neo Invitational race. An indoor Rallycross meeting with
a very impressive entry list, including 6 World Champions,
three of them for electric Touring Cars! Off Road 1/8th is
going from strength to strength.
In Switzerland for
the Carpet World Cup. We have always supported new ideas in
race formats, some work well, some don't but the format for
this event has got to be one of the best. There were about
130 entrants and we ran three rounds of heats (after 12
rounds of controlled practice). using FTQ (Fastest single
time) we took the top 32 and put them into 24 "head to head"
races, Reedy Style. the remaining drivers continued with two
more rounds then 3 leg finals for the A final and two legs
for all other finals. The "Head to Head" races were scored
with points for position, taking best 4 results from 6 with
count back on number of wins then qualifying times to break
ties. The result was spectacular. We have a Reedy style race
with the top 32 drivers on the day. Every one of the 24 Head
to Head races was hot! The meeting is alive all the way
through, first comes the race to make the "cut" in
qualifying. What will the target time be? Then its 6 hard
races for the top drivers. Those that don't make the cut
carry on trying for the A Final with the entertainment of 24
world class races.
So that was 2005. Lots of
live webcasts. What will we be doing in 2006? We have some
dates already in the book and there is talk of more with the
possibility of some big advances in webcast technology. Keep
checking the website for news.
Of course there will be
updates to bbkRC early in the new year with the features we
have been working on and that our Beta testers have been
suggesting and helping to develop.
We are always happy to offer
timing services as well as supply race software and timing