2018 - BRCA 1/10th. OFF-ROAD, NATIONAL SERIES - Round 1

1/10th Off Road

Wins for Cragg and Martin at BRCA 1/10 Off-Road Nationals Round 1 at RHR.

 

2018 - BRCA 1/10th. OFF-ROAD, NATIONAL SERIES. Round 1.
Wins for Cragg and Martin at BRCA 1/10 Off-Road Nationals Round 1 at RHR.
The BRCA 1/10th Off-Road National series kicked off in fine style this past weekend at the popular Robin Hood Raceway at Blyth. A full entry of 120 drivers was present over the 2 days of 2WD and 4WD competition, with no less than 58 reserves(!) unable to gain an entry. A highly competitive field, mixed weather and a high-speed, challenging track saw the series get under way in fine style.
Saturday – 2WD


Defending champion Neil Cragg got off to the perfect defence of his crown, setting the fastest time in the first 3 qualifiers with his Associated B6.1 to guarantee the TQ position with a round to go. His nearest rival last year was Yokomo’s Lee Martin, and he ensured he would line up in the 2nd position with a TQ run of his own in round 4. Surprise package of the day was Paul Crompton, the Preston local showed great pace all day with his Yokomo car and would start the finals in 3rd ahead of Danny McGee and Craig Collinson.


Qual. Top 10:

1. Neil Cragg.


2. Lee Martin


3. Paul Crompton


4. Danny McGee


5. Craig Collinson


6. Ben Jemison


7. Tom Yardy


8. Tom Cockerill


9. Elliot Boots


10. Kevin Lee

RHR 18.1

Having been so dominant in qualifying, Cragg made an uncharacteristic error early in leg 1 and Lee duly punished him with a flawless run to take the first leg from Cragg in 2nd. The front two would reverse in leg 2, with Neil setting what would be a crucial fastest leg time to take the advantage in the tie breaker. The stage was set for a leg 3 showdown, but proving his qualifying pace was no fluke, Paul Crompton would take the win, sewing up his place on the podium and confirming Neil took a maximum points haul from the first 2WD event.


Final Top 10:

1. Neil Cragg


2. Lee Martin


3. Paul Crompton 


4. Craig Collinson


5. Ben Jemison


6. Elliot Boots


7. Danny McGee


8. Tom Cockerill


9. Kevin Lee


10. Tom Yardy

RHR 18.8

Sunday – 4wd
The racers were greeted with blue skies to start 4WD, but the threat of rain later in the day loomed large as cloud cover drew in throughout qualifying. Defending 4WD champion Lee Martin would go one better than Neil had managed the day before and take a clean sweep of qualifying with his Yokomo YZ-4. The Yokomo looked the car to beat throughout the day as Robin Hood regular Tom Cockerill would put his Yokomo alongside Lee on the front of the grid. Former winner at the RHR venue Craig Collinson would put his Team C car in 3rd whilst winner from the previous day Neil Cragg would have to settle for 5th on the grid between the Schumacher duo of Danny McGee and last year’s 3rd place in the championship, Tom Yardy.

Qual. Top 10:

1. Lee Martin


2. Tom Cockerill


3. Craig Collinson


4. Danny McGee


5. Neil Cragg


6. Tom Yardy


7. Ben Jemison


8. James Helliwell


9. Simon Moss


10. Tommy Hall

RHR 18.5
Special mention to 13 year old Tommy Hall who made his first, of what is sure to be many, National A finals. Well done Tommy!’

 

The threat of rain was now looking very real and the organising team ensured that leg 1 could get started ahead of the impending showers. Leg 1 would start under dark skies, but no sign of rain, and Lee would take full advantage of his starting position to take a comfortable tone to flag victory, in front of Tom Cockerill and Neil Cragg. Leg 2 and 3 however would be run in very wet conditions as the rain began to soak the RHR Astroturf. Lee would hold his nerve in a much closer leg 2 to win the meeting and get his title defence off to an equally impressive start. Tom Cockerill would again hold on for 2nd, with Collinson in 3rd from a hard charging Tom Yardy. Leg 3 would see an early error from Lee hand Cockerill the lead which he held to the end, despite strong pressure from the trio of Martin, Collinson and Yardy. The result confirmed Cockerill in 2nd, with Collinson rounding out the podium, while Yardy and Cragg completed the top 5.


Final Top 10:

1. Lee Martin


2. Tom Cockerill


3. Craig Collinson


4. Tom Yardy


5. Neil Cragg


6. Ben Jemison


7. James Helliwell


8. Danny McGee


9. Tommy Hall


10. Simon Moss

RHR 18.9
Thanks to the RHR crew for hosting a great race weekend, on to round 2 at Telford in 3 weeks’ time.
Recognition for report & pictures to:- Laura Yardy, Chris. Delves, Tom Yardy.

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