Bloomfield Takes 2016 BRCA Rallycross Title!

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The weekend of September 3rd/4th was the 5th and final round of the BRCA 1/8th Rallycross nationals at the brilliant Slough track, with the last lot of vital championship points to play for everyone would have to bring their A-Game! A few changes to the track between the Ebuggy/Truggy nationals meant it would be a new challenge for every driver! And the track looked fantastic, credit to the whole team at Slough, the perfect venue for the final round of the 2016 nationals.

 

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After 5 gruelling rounds of qualifying, some wet, some dry, some in between it was Agama driver Darren Bloomfield who was at the top of the pile. He had taken the TQ and the vital extra points, edging him towards the championship title by winning 3 of the 5 rounds. Mugen man Lee Martin and Associated driver Neil Cragg had the same points at the end of the 5 rounds but it was Lee who got 2nd on countback and Neil 3rd. Top Kyosho driver Elliot boots got 4th with his Reds/Kyosho combo and fellow Kyosho man Jack Embling 5th. The top 10 was rounded off with the Hot Bodies/MX combo of Graham Alsop in 6th, David Crompton drove brilliantly with his Werks powered Radiosistemi and got 7th, Top Jnr Oliver Currie and his Agama in 8th, TLR driver Mike Lewis managed a fantastic 9th and Jnr Sworkz driver Lewis Beach got 10th after he took a stunning TQ in the rain effected round 4. The finals would be crucial in the championship for the Top guys, all being so close on points.

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The first final of the weekend was B 1/64ths, It was Andrew Rennick and his JQ lead from start to finish, even getting the lap over the rest of the field, behind him it was the Agama cars of Daniel Shelton and David Burton battling it out, they crossed the line only 3s apart with Daniel taking 2nd and David third, Sworkz driver Bryn Wise took 4th and the final bump after a fantastic drive from 9th on the grid. In the A 1/64th Xray Man Jamie Bowen had pole and had a great start but a problem early on saw him drop back through the field leaving Clive Maland and his Xray to take the lead, and that's where he stayed for the remainder of the race, 2nd was the serpent of Mark Thomas and just behind him was Jnr TLR driver Henry Bennett, in the 4th spot taking the last bump was Kyosho man Rob Forbes who had a blinding run from 13th to 4th with a great drive, he crossed the line just holding on to the 4th spot from Adrian Svensson by less than 1 second! Some brilliant close racing!

In the B 1/32 Daniel Shelton and his Bullett powered machine had another stunning drive, he went from 12th to 2nd! A great drive by the young man. Chris Long and his Tekno got the win, Peter Clarke and his Mugen 3rd and Michael Riviere came home 4th. In the A side Carl Chillinsworth and his AE had a great start sitting at the front for the first few laps, but Mugen driver Oliver Evans made his way to the front in lap 4 and that's where he finished. Clive Maland had another amazing drive, bumping for the 2nd time by finishing in 2nd, Pole man Lewis Millman and his Radiosistemi finished 3rd and Carl got the final bump in 4th.

In the B 1/16th Mugen driver Chris Lovell and Agama man James Tatlow would battle out front, Chris leading the early part of the race with his Ielasi Tuned Powered ride then James taking over with Chris regaining the lead late on to come home the winner, the Bullett Powered Agama of James followed closely in 2nd and the Pole man Peter Mumford and his TLR got 3rd. Ben Turner got 4th with his AE. In the A 1/16th final Oliver Evans drove another superb 20mins, he got his 2nd bump of the day winning by over 20s. Jack Willetts and his TLR machine got 2nd place and fellow TLR man Glenn smith came home just behind him in 3rd. The great looking Sworkz buggy of Joshua Marshall got the 4th place after a solid drive from 8th on the grid.

In the B 1/8th Chris Lovell had another fine drive, from 11th to 1st! The Kyosho/Reds combo of Steve Shakespeare got a brilliant 2nd and the Agama of Jonny Roberts got 3rd. Ben Billing got 4th with his Nova powered Sworkz after a great on track battle with Gary Gregory and his Kyosho who came home 5th. The A side saw Oli O’Conner hold his pole for a long period at the beginning of the race, Jnr driver Jack Willitts drove fantastically to chase home down from the back of the grid, but a steady and consistent drive from Sworkz driver Nick Blackwell got him the deserved win from Jack, with Mugen man Dennis Holden clinching 3rd over Mick Butler and his Tekno 4th.

Up to the ¼ finals and a real battle with some top drivers, the Bullett powered Agama of Tony Truman took up the lead and he lead the majority of the race with a brilliant drive. Ashlee Owen and his Xray held 2nd for a long period of time before Kyosho driver Rhys Herd took up the position and retained it despite pressure to come home 2nd. It was fellow kyosho man Mitch Booth who pushed Rhys and came home 3rd less than 2 seconds behind him. Ashlee got the 4th spot and the final bump to the semi, A great close race! Milan Dragojlovic and his MX powered Agama was Pole in the other ¼ final. He and fellow Agama driver William Skidmore along with TLR man Elliot Taylor all battled for the top spot, Milan leading early, with William taking over and him and Elliot racing for the rest of the race in close proximity. William took the win at the end of the 20 mins, with Elliot behind and Milan took 3rd. A fantastic drive by Anthony Conroy and his Werks powered Radiosistemi saw him go from 10th to take the final bump to the Semi. Another fantastic and hard fought race!

The B Semi final would be lead out by Lee Martin but it was Elliot Boots and his Reds powered Kyosho that took the lead on the first lap, he lead the whole race, even managing the extra lap on the rest of the field. He had set a very impressive time for the A side guys to beat if they wanted Pole in the main! Lee Martin and his RC Concepts powered machine despite an unlucky start powered home in 2nd. Another brilliant drive by young sworkz driver Lewis Beach got him 3rd. It was an amazingly close race between Agama Jnr driver Callum Niblett and young AE driver Jamie Clancy, with a few changes of place over the 20 mins it was Callum who got 4th and Jamie 5th, but by little over half a second as they crossed the line together! Graham Alsop and his HB got 6th and a fantastic drive by Kyosho driver Mitch Booth from 13th got him 7th and a place in his first A-Main at national level.

The other Semi was all about Darren Blooomfield! He lead the whole race, and knowing what time he had to beat to get pole he drove brilliantly to get a faster time than Elliot and took the Main Pole position! In fact the top 3 on the grid would race and finish in the exact order they started. Neil and his AE took 2nd and Jack Embling and his Reds powered Kyosho got 3rd. The top 3 driving amazingly fast and so consistent they would be in contention for a podium in the Main. Jonathan Skidmore had another fantastic drive to get him 4th, his great form continuing. The TLR of Mike Lewis got 5th, Milan Dragojlovic 6th. It was an epic battle between TLR driver Simon Willetts and Kyosho driver James Le Pavaux for the final bump, they crossed the line for the final time just 0.1s apart, the Kyosho man just edging it, but to the naked eye it was too close to call. Another fantastically close race!

It was A Main time – Darren on Pole, Elliot 2nd! All drivers got away relatively cleanly, Darren leading from Elliot and both on similar strategies, with the ever brilliant Neil Cragg and his AE keeping them both on their toes. Elliot would threaten Darren for the lead but Darren could not be beaten, he pushed on and powered home, taking a very impressive win by over 20s. With the brilliant win came the championship title! Neil after a solid drive with his LRP powered AE machine got the 2nd place on the day and Elliot got 3rd, an amazing race by the top 3 and the one of the best 45 mins of top driving by 3 of the best drivers in the world! Jack Embling would come home 4th and Lee Martin 5th.

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Another great years nationals with a fantastic end to the championships. All the results from the weekend can be found on the BRCA website. As it was the end of the season here are the championship podiums. (full list of championship results can be found here - http://www.brca-rallycross.co.uk/results-2016)

Jnr Championships:-

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1 Oliver Currie.

2 Callum Niblet.

3 Lewis Jones.

Over 40s Championship

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1 Dave Bailey

2 Darren Hayden-Ball

3 Chris Smith

Clubman Championship

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1 Elliot Taylor

2 Mitchell Booth

3 Taro Cradock

National Championship

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1 Darren Bloomfield

2 Elliott Boots

3 Lee Martin

Well done to all the drivers in the championship and huge well done to all the championship winners especially Darren Bloomfield on the National Championship win.

Next stop for the BRCA is the World Championships next month in Las Vegas, USA. We have a great team going, and as reigning European champions we have a great chance of being the best in the world! We wish all the BRCA boys luck out in America!

See you all in 2017!

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