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Crank Change

Posted by James Tucker on May 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (63)

As many of you probably know in the Kings Lynn meeting in the Grand National, on April 27th, whilst running well I snapped my crank at the end of the home straight whilst the engine was revving at 6k. The team were hoping it was a half shaft or bearbox and even a battery, clutching at straws for an easy and cheap fix! But after a quick strip down back at the Rebels Racing workshop, it was quickly diagnosed as a snapped crank. This lead into a full car strip down almost just to get the engine out!

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So A new crack was solved and the engine quickly rebuilt. With the remains of the old crank pictured bellow. luckily it snapped through the webb and not the journal minising the damage, a little.

So with the engine rebuilt it left the team 2 days to get the car ready to race at Coventry on the Saturday night. This proved hard to do due the the age an design of the Stock Car (around 20 years old). But with the team putting in long hours the managed to get it on the grid for heat 1, where James took a fantastic 9th in his heat, running from blue grade, having almost a race long battle to the flag with 8 times World Champion (#53) John Lund. This gave James 4 points and a spot on the grid for the meeting final.


New Season Opener

Posted by James Tucker on March 29, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to the wintery conditions last weekend, the race meeting at Kings Lynn was cancelled. But fortunately not long to wait with a race at Coventry, Brandan Stadium, just next week. On 6th April start time 6pm, should be a great nights racing!

Season Opener

Posted by James Tucker on March 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Will hopefully be opening my BriSCA points acount Saturday 23rd at Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn.

Also I will be starting the season as a Blue Top driver.

Brisca F1 Debut

Posted by James Tucker on December 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (1)

James had a highly succesfull debut in Brisca F1, this Boxing Day at Coventry Stadium.

Beeing a rookie James elected to start off the back of the grid behind the Super Star drives, a privalige rookies get for 3 meetings, allow them to gain experience from other driveres in the opening laps before getting in the thick of the race.

The dreadful weather conditions over the past few weaks left the usual fast shale surface of the track resemberling more of a swamp track, with little to no grip and the water also ripping a creator into turn 1. Despite conditions 32 Brisca F1 drivers turned out for the meeting, with races split into 2 heats an all in Final, with 2 unlucky drivers missing out, and an al comers Grand National.


With track conditions many drivers failed to finish races even experienced Super Stars such as Frankie Wainmen Jnr. (515) got caught out on the slimey shale, not finishing the Final. James finished all 3 races but not only finished them, raced them well from last on the grid every race, to get a 6th in his first ever race in Heat 2, 7th in the Final and an excelent 5th in the Grand National. A podium looked on the cards in the Grand National untill the hole on turn 1 caught James out stalling the car and flooding the engine, when he eventually got the car running again, to much time had been lost with to little laps to close a podium place back down so had to settle for 5th.

"If someone would have said I would of had 3 top 10s at the start of the day, I would of been over the moon. So to come home with a 6th 7th and a 5th words cant describe. Especially with the conditions on the track, you could hardly see a thing let alone how slippy it was. I don't think I managed to find enough traction for full throttle all day! Not for lack of trying mind!" said an exstatic James

Brisca F1 Winter Nationals

Posted by James Tucker on December 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Will be racing in my new car on Boxing Day at Coventry (Brandon) Stadium Winter Nationals. Have slightly modified the car to suit my driving style, with a left foot brake, other than that it is as the previous owner last raced it. Hopefully they will allow me to start the first race off the back of the grid, so I can get a feel of the car, before I am thrown into the thick of it from yellow grade!

Really starting to itch to get out in it now! 

Racing starts at 1, also racing is Ministox and 1600 Bangers.

2013 Plans

Posted by James Tucker on November 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A deal has been done on a BriSCA F1 Stock Car, (ex 214 car) which I will be running and racing on shale track such as Coventry, Kings Lynn, Belle Vue etc..

Looking through the fixtures list I am able to attain 17 race meetings depending on the financies.

Here is a picture of the car as we got it.


World Final

Posted by James Tucker on August 23, 2012 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Rebel World Final is this Sunday at Skegness Stadium, with one more qualifying round to go tonight.

Currently I am sitting on the grid at 9th but fingers crossed that could be 7th by Sunday putting me with a shot for the tittle.

Grade Change

Posted by James Tucker on April 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It has just got to the first grade change of the year, for the Rebels Racing Stock Cars and I have been upgraded from  a Blue Top (b-grade) to Red Top (a-grade). This meens in the Heats and Grand Nationals I will be starting right from the back of the grid with only the Superstar drivers (top drivers in Red Tops) behind me. This is bassically a full half a lap down on the leaders on the rolling start, as the green flag drops.

Should be fun! :D

Grade Change

Posted by James Tucker on September 26, 2011 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Now a Blue top!

After scoring a reasonable amount of points over the last few meetings I have been regraded by the Championship organisers. This means I will be starting the races further back, behind all the drivers I was previously starting with. Talking to the boys around the pits the recon its the hardest place to start, with the red grade drivers on you right at the start of the race and trying to drive through you. 

So a good test for me for the remaining 3 races, Northampton 16th October, Birmingham 29th October and Wimbledon 13th November, before the winter rebuild, ready for a proper go next year!


Also for you that haven't yet seen it heres a video from Skegness Stadium (seems I can't stay on whilst being filmed haha)

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Hednesford Hills 14/8

Posted by James Tucker on August 19, 2011 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Sunny wether and large crowds greeted me to my home track last Sunday. 

Queuing up to get into the track, hours before the green flags were to "drop" at the meeting, I was amazed that the car park was full, as far as you could see, with a buzz about the meeting with a world title at stake for the Stock Rods and being a Semi World Final for the BriSCA F2s. A few late entries into the Rebels race brought the number out on the track to 36, a busy track with me not knowing what the car would handle like with the Long Track Tyres on, used to alter the gear ratio but also change the balance of the car.

Heat 1 and my first taste of the track and the new characteristics of the car lead to me getting a little 'beat up' by the more experienced drivers in the field but I settled down in 12th place, untill a tap on turn 4 turned me round on the final lap. I scrambled to get the car started but the race was stopped before I managed so I didn't finish the race. Ironically I had completed more laps than some of the drivers that did finish!

Heat 2 and a quick tyre pressure change made the car much more stable through the corners, bringing it home in 11th. 

There was only one race between Heat 2 and 3 which seemed to help me as I suffered little in the way of problems in Heat 2. The only problem being a broken bracket on the alternator, which my old man (Paul Tucker) quickly put right. The car felt great crossing the line in 4th.

Unfortunately due to this meeting being the Twin Peaks Championship Final I only started 19th on the grid. A good start on the race restart saw me up to 15th at the end of the first lap, again the car felt great and I started to claw my way through the field. I got to 10th place when a big bunny hop out of turn 4 caused my gearbox to give up, damage from an early tussle in Heat 1 which had slowly been getting worse through the day. However I still scored 41 points moving me up 4 places in the National Points and gaining me the Yellow Grade Award, for highest points scored by a "Yellow Top" driver.


The next meeting is the Rebel Treble at Skegness Stadium on 25th, 28th, 29th August, with 41 drivers already booked in it looks like it should be a good one!


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