RHR (Blyth) National RD2 – Done!

1/10th Off Road

Robin Hood Raceway
The RHR crew have held massive prestigious meetings and therefore everyone was really confident that this would be
nothing short of an excellent weekend with a high level racing.

 2016 RHR National 2wd track

2016 RHR National 2wd track2

Everything painted and prepared…..looked fast and turned out that way too!!

2wd Event – Saturday
Weather: The weather was dry but a bitter cold breeze…….dry was good though!

Qualifying rounds
In round 1 we witnessed an exceptional qualifying run by Neil Cragg to take round 1 by near 6 secs. Craig Collinson 2nd and Kev Lee in at 3rd.

In round 2 we saw Lee Martin snatch the top spot from his team mate Tom Cockerill and with Craig in at the 3rd spot. Craig Collinson with a 3rd had already cemented his A Final.

The 3rd round was again exhibition stuff from Neil Cragg to go some 5 seconds quicker on time and take round 3. Lee in 2nd, Craig another 3rd with Tom Cockrill in 4th.
Last round was upon us and all to play for to decide the pole position on the grid. A shoot out if you like between the superstars but a certain Tom Yardy popped up to the party to set a blistering time. It was the fastest at the time. Lee had it all to do and was on fire from the off. Lap by lap he was on and off beating Toms time and at the end he took another second off Toms time to take the fastest time of the day and also secure pole for the final. 2nd in round went to Tom Yardy with Neil in 3rd. Good showings by Richard Taylor, Ben Jemison, both making the main 

A Final 2wd Line-Up

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2016 RHR National 2wd48

2016 RHR National 2wd49

2016 RHR National 2wd50

2016 RHR National 2wd51

2016 RHR National 2wd52

2016 RHR National 2wd53

2016 RHR National 2wd54

2016 RHR National 2wd55

2016 RHR National 2wd56

2016 RHR National 2wd57

Finals

Leg 1 A Main From the pole position Lee drove a faultless 1st leg and took the win. Neil was on his heels but never really threatened to overtake.

L Final was won by Tyler Liddle
K Final was won by Hayden-Lewis Calf
J Final was won by Pete Lyons
I Final was won by Callum Miles
H Final was won by Jamie Hall

Leg 2 A Main So leg 2 under way and everyone know if Lee wins it it’s all over! It has to be said that Lee drove not only the perfect race but looked real fast through the whole final. 4 secs clear of Neil, Lee took the win and the meeting. Neil home for 2nd and the bragging rights to this point of the fastest single lap! Tom Yardy in 3rd of the 2nd leg of Finals.

G Final was won by Adam Perei
F Final was won by Brett Birch
E Final was won by Richard Drury
D Final was won by Eugene Galley
C Final was won by Paul Crompton
B Final was won by Jack Neal

Leg 3 A main Lee already won the event and so many different names could be on the podium with him. Lee started well but got on the sandy part of the track and that allowed Neil to take the lead and go on to win the leg. Tom Cockerill also got through and he took 2nd in the leg that gave him the 3rd podium position.

Full overall results below

A Final 2wd Result after 3 legs

 Overall 2wd

2016 RHR National 2wd82

2016 RHR National 2wd83

2016 RHR National 2wd84

2016 RHR National 2wd85

2016 RHR National 2wd86

2016 RHR National 2wd120


Tom Cockerill – Lee Martin – Neil Cragg

2016 RHR National 2wd124

Lee Martin (Yokomo) – Neil Cragg (Associated) – Tom Cockrill (Yokomo)

2016 RHR National 2wd127

Lee Martin – TQ and Win

4wd Event – Sunday
The track It is the norm for clubs to change the layout from the 2wd day to a new look for the 4wd day. On a personal note I wish they didn’t change it. You get to learn a track so the next day theoretically it should be more enjoyable! With a lot of drivers only racing one class I suppose that’s the reason.

This was the 4wd layout at RHR.

2016 RHR National 4wd track

2016 RHR National 4wd track2

2016 RHR National 4wd track3

Weather

Similar to the day before but this time with some on and off sunshine that was pleasant to say the least. Still cold though!!

Qualifying rounds Can anyone touch the untouchables is the question. Let’s find out. Neil Cragg opened up his account with a big fat zero in round one. Danny McGee was extremely fast and for sure hot on Neil’s heels. Only just 0.32 off his time to take 2nd in round. Tom Yardy quick too to take 3rd, Craig Collinson took 4th and Lee Martin down in 5th.

Round 2 and Neil would go some 5 secs faster on the faster time of the day to take another fat zero into his account. Lee Martin had a better run and came in 2nd in the round with Craig Collinson getting settled and taking the 3rd spot in the round. 4th was Danny McGee and with that he secured his A final spot. 5th was Tom Cockerill.

Round 3 was upon us quickly and now we had a new name at the top of the timing sheets. Danny McGee had a great run to take the round with a new fastest time of the day. Craig Collinson was getting faster and faster and in this round he went 2nd. 3rd was Tom Tardy that looked fast and very smooth. 4th was Ellis Stafford with his TLR car. 5th was Tom Cockerill. No Lee Martin or Neil Cragg in the top 5. Not sure when I last reported that scenario!

Round 4 was under way and it was 1 of 2 drivers that could take the pole position. Neil already had 2 zeros and Danny had 1. Danny with a faster time than Neil so if he could take the round with anytime, he would TQ the meeting. Well Danny could only manage 6th in round and relied on his zero and 2nd in round that actually cave him 2nd on the grid. It was Craig Collinson that took the zero in round and with that he would line up 3rd on the grid. 2nd in round was Lee to drag his car to the 4th spot on the grid and 3rd in round was Tom Cockerill to line up 6th in the main. The day was getting interesting to say the least. There was this sort of atmosphere that makes you think something special is happening!!

Line up here

A Final 4wd Line-Up

4wd line up

 

Leg 1 A Main There was some tension in the air and many were expecting a charge from the 4 car through the field. Well Neil drove superbly from pole to convert to a leg 1 victory. Tom Yardy an excellent final from 5th to the 2nd position. Craig Collinson in 3rd. Tom Cockerill in 4th and Lee Martin 5th. Fastest single lap was a 23.61 and goes to Tom Cockerill.

L Final was won by Charlie Edwards
K Final was won by Lee Thwaite
J Final was won by Andrew Mountford
I Final was won by Billy Fletcher
H Final was won by Nick Caro

Leg 2 A Main Well Neil only needs to win one more and the meeting is his. If only things were that simple in RC racing. An early error by Danny McGee and by Neil dropped the 1 and 2 car down the order. It was an amazing race between the 3 car of Craig Collinson, the 4 car of Lee Martin and the 5 and 6 cars of Tom Yardy and Tom Cockerill. Hot their heels was Neil in the 1 car but after some proper driving and some lovely overtaking manoeuvres by Craig it was his car that would take leg 2. 0.14 behind was Lee Martin and a further 1.06 back was Tom Yardy. Yes that close!! All to play for and already the place was buzzing looking forward to the last and deciding leg on this great A final main.

G Final was won by Neil Adamson
F Final was won by Ben Pugh
E Final was won by Chris Moody
D Final was won by Kyle Moon
C Final was won by Luke Holdsworth
B Final was won by Nathan Waters

Leg 3 A Main Neil still has to be the favourite going into the decider. He is the pole man after all. I noticed new tyres on Neil’s car and as I looked around some others were choosing worn or 1 run tyres. Mmmm! Off we went and some early drop outs left Craig Collinson out front and leading the last leg. With already a leg 2 win under his belt it was soon noted that Craig had never won a National event. In fact it was noted that if Craig did not win this final he would top a list going back to 1998 of the most A finals without a National win that is held by Matt Needham. No pressure then! We were all looking at the clock counting down and he had a healthy lead with 2 minutes remaining. Fast laps coming in from the chasing pack but Craig was pumping them in too and I am very pleased to report that Craig held his nerve and drove his Team C car home for his 1st ever National win. Not only does he avoid the record of Mr Needham but brings home the first win for Team C on UK soil. Also he joins an elite number of people to have actually won a UK National and his is entry number 36. This info can be found on the section website by the way as collated with a lot of hard work by our chairman Paul Worsley. 2nd was Danny McGee, 3rd was Neil Cragg. And with a 23.49 single fast lap, the bragging rights go to Richard Lowe.

Full results below

A Final 4wd Result after 3 legs

4wd results

 

2016 RHR National 4wd116

2016 RHR National 4wd117

2016 RHR National 4wd118

2016 RHR National 4wd119

2016 RHR National 4wd120

 

2016 RHR National 4wd131

Tom Yardy – Craig Collinson – Neil Cragg

 

2016 RHR National 4wd134

Craig Collinson (Team C) – Neil Cragg (Associated) – Tom Yardy (Schumacher)

2016 RHR National 4wd135

Craig Collinson’s Winning Team C Car

2016 RHR National 4wd136

 

Conclusions
Smoothly run by the BRCA and a facility that is well prepared for these events.
Special mention to the scrutineers that do a long weekend checking our cars and often thankless. We love you all.  Thank you.
Don’t forget there may be some spaces in some of the local ones to you so show your interest and you never know you might be part of these great events.

Thank you for reading; Tony Evdoka – BRCA 1/10th Off-Road PRO email: [email protected]
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