WRCA Final Round Race Report

1/10th Off Road

The final round of the WRCA Race report - click read more to find out more what happened! 

 

The final round of the 2017 Welsh Regionals took place on 3rd September at Caldicot RC Racers, sadly the weather forecast proved to be accurate and with heavy rain arriving on the day, the decision was made to move the regional indoors. Another healthy turnout saw 57 entries including several of the children who were thoroughly enjoying themselves, even if it was stressing their dads out!

In 4wd it was business as usual for Craig Harris and his X-ray TQing the first 3 rounds until Ieuan Payne TQ’d the 4th round with his PR SB401. This was enough to put Ieuan 2nd overall with Rob West’s Schumacher K2 in 3rd position. In 2wd Rob West put his Cougar KD into pole by TQing all 4 rounds. Ben Young’s Team C was second overall just ahead of Chris Mills & his Associated B6.

Onto the finals and the C Final 2wd resulted In Andy Cobley taking the win in his first regional of the year, only just ahead of pole man Graham Thomas with Ian Sutcliffe in 3rd and Damian Jordan in 4th. The 2wd B Final was very eventful with Tim Bullock emerging triumphant to take the win with his Atomic Carbon CR2, showing it can work indoors as well as on grass. Owen Richards was a strong 2nd place ahead of Pete Mulcahy, who held off Mike Baldwin in 4th. Alex Luke was in 5th, Aaron Skinner trying out 2wd for the first time this season in 6th with Craig McDonald, Roy Davies, Andrew Owen & Dave Clutterbuck rounding out the rest of the positions.

The A final 2wd saw pole man Rob West (Schumacher Cougar KD) and P2 qualifier Ben Young (Team C) battling for first place for the full 5 minutes, ending up only a second apart (in that order) a full lap ahead of Jon Cryer’s TLR 22 3.0 in 3rd place. In 4th the Schumacher KD of Steve Curtis-Rich finished in front of Pete Belsten’s Associated B6D and Matt Jessop’s TLR 22. In 7th was Ben’s dad Chris with another Team C, 8th was Gav Gallagher in his first outing with an Associated B6. James Laird’s first regional saw him bagging 9th with his TLR 22 with Chris Mills’ B6 in 10th. A tight race with a lot of position changes during the 5 minutes resulted in 4th to 9th positions only being separated by a few seconds each.

Onto the juniors final, some frantic racing saw the top 3 only being separated by 3 seconds come the end of the race! This resulted in the Associated B44s of Will Owen and Michael Belsten in 1st & 2nd with Ewan Mulcahy’s Schumacher in 3rd. Brogan Gibbons’ TLR came in a strong 4th ahead of James Harris’ Carisma. Again they all enjoyed themselves and couldn’t wait to check their results at the end. Let’s hope that more are encouraged to join in the fun in the future.

The 4wd finals kicked off with the C final and Gary Preston leapt up from 3rd to runaway with the win ahead of Ed Scott and Simon Notley in 2nd & 3rd respectively. Rob Clarke was a lonely 4th place whilst Graham Thomas, Chris Morton & Ian Sutcliffe fought over 5th place. Graham bagged this position at the end with Chris in 6th, Ian in 7th and Andrew Curtis-Rich in 8th.

An extremely eventful first few laps of the B final saw Mike Baldwin break away from the pack to finish 1st with his X-ray. Tom Owen pipped Glyn Jessop to 2nd with the two running their Carisma 4XS. Gina Spooner, giving her Serpent it’s first run at a regional , came in a  very close 4th place ahead of Dave Clutterbuck, who was only 0.65 seconds ahead of Andrew Jones in 6th. Lee Marson (making a return to 1:10 from 1:8) finished 7th ahead of Tim Bullock & Aaron Skinner with John Toole in 10th.

The last race of the day was another action packed and hectic event which saw pole man Craig Harris’ Xray XB4 being bumped down to 3rd early on, giving an exciting race between Rob West and Ieuan Payne who swapped positions a couple of times with Ieuan hanging on to win his first regional with his PR SB401 only 0.22 seconds ahead of Rob’s Schumacher CAT K2 in 2nd. With Craig’s XB4 in 3rd just ahead of the similar car of Liam Toole in 4th, there was then a gap back to the next few cars, following a ‘lively’ mid field battle (not helping by a marshal dropping someone’s car right in front of the pack causing an incident). The winner of that race within a race was Spencer Farley’s CAT K2 in 5th, with Nathan Notley’s Team C in 6th, Jacob Clarke’s K2 in 7th and Chris Mills’ Associated B64 in 8th. Ashley Gibbons came in 9th with his Carisma 4XS ahead of the K2 of Martyn Hadley in 10th.

The wrapped up the regional racing for 2017 and congratulations go to Craig Harris for becoming the Welsh 4wd Champion and Rob West for retaining the 2wd championship.

2wd overalls September

4wd overalls September

Special thanks go to all the clubs and their dedicated few helpers for building the tracks and hosting all the rounds this year. Also a big thank you to all the racers who have been willing to turn out and travel support the series, we couldn’t do it without you!

Hopefully 2018 will see continued growth and support, but in the meantime good luck to everyone representing the region at the F2345 End of Season finals.