BRCA Rally X Round 1 Report.

8th Rally X

The weekend of 28th/29th of April saw the first round of the BRCA Rallycross national series at The Herts Track.

With the weather really mixing things up, it was going to be an interesting weekend of racing, but the Herts team did a fantastic job to keep the track and venue race worthy despite the rain.

Qualifying started in the dry and it was Infinity driver Lee Martin that took the first round TQ, in round two the rain started, after heat 5 it got worse resulting in some very mixed up qualifying results, the luck going to the drivers in lower heats for a welcome change and a first in round for Jnr Mugen driver Jack Willetts, a fantastic result for the quick young man from the midlands. Round three saw the return of the rain but this time the round was won by an amazing drive by Elliott Boots in the extramarital wet conditions! Round 4 was cancelled due to the weather conditions and so the qualifying round on Sunday morning would be very important.

Its the pits! Some of the cars in scrutineering after a wet round of qualifying:

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Sunday saw better weather but a sticky track but still it didn’t stop Kyosho man Elliott Boots from getting the TQ and securing overall TQ! With Lee Martin 2nd and AE driver Neil Craig in 3rd. (Top 10 details below.)

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As the finals started the track was in good condition and got better as he day progressed. First final of the day was B1/64 and it saw XRAY driver Clinton Smith dominate, coming home a lap up on 2nd place man Wayne Davies and his Losi. The final 2 bump spots were taken by the Mugen of Stephen Ednie and the Agama of Sam Dimlow.

The A1/64 saw the HB of Jack Preston take the win in fine style, once again a lap up on the 2nd place car, the Agama of Joe Richardson. Pano Vaskopolos took the third spot with a good drive from 6th and the last bump spot went to Chris Gregory and his Mugen.

The B1/32 saw young Kyosho driver Kieran Cox, a victim of the rain plagued qualifying take the win in convincing style! The Agama of Aaron Knight took 2nd. It was a close battle for 3rd with Adrian Svensson and Sam Cobley battling it out, Adrian taking 3rd by less than 2 seconds from Sam.

Next up another fantastic drive by Joe Richardson to go from 12th having previously bumped to take the last bump spot into the 1/16 final. The 3rd spot was taken by Tekno man Matt Bridge just behind the Agama of Stuart Smith. The HB of Leon Morrell took the win by over 24s!

Kieran continued his great race form by once again taking the win in the B1/16, an impressive drive from 11th on the grid. Aaron Knight also had a superb drive, once again taking the bump, leaving Lewis Millman and Jnr Mugen driver Aaron Ford to take 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The A1/16 saw another double bump, this time Matt Bridge getting 4th, 3rd spot was taken by the Kyosho of Gary Gregory and 4s up the road from him was the Agama of Mark Everett. The win was taken by a great drive by Lee Bunker and his XRAY!

In the B1/8 it was once again Kieran who took the win, by over 15s. It was the Mugen if Dannis Holding who took the second spot, he too from down the grid in 9th! Great drives by both to come through the field. It was very close between the next two placed drivers, the AE of Ramon Oliver and the HB of Paul Crompton less than a second apart, Ramon 3rd and 4th for Paul.

The A1/8 saw Ben Turner and his JQ get a bump but unfortunately he failed tech. The XRAY of Dominic Nunn went on to take the win, a lap up on the remaining bump up drivers, 2nd was the AE of Matt Perry closely followed by the Mugen of Mick Butler in 3rd and the AE of Jason Patel, all crossing the line within 8s of each other.

Another win for Kieran in the B1/4 but he was pushed all the way over the line by TQ man Jon Hazelwood and his Agama. Dennis also had a great drive and took 3rd, with the final bump spot being taken by Anthony Conroe and his Radiosistemi Buggy.

TQ in the A1/4 was AE driver Mike Lewis and he turned TQ into an impressive win, by over a lap from fellow AE man Darren Hayden-Ball. Third it was also an AE this time it belonged to Dave Bailey and boy was it close, with 2nd and 3rd crossing the line just over 0.5s apart, practically crossing the line together, the final bump spot was earned by Ashlee Owen and his Kyosho.

Onto the Semi Finals! On TQ in the first was Lee Martin, he and second on the grid AE Man Jamie Clancy had great starts, but both unfortunately returned to the pits prematurely, Lee with a broken drive shaft and Jamie with electrical issues. This really opens up the race, and with 7 places in the main to drive for, all 12 remaining drivers were in with a shout. As Lee came off the rostrum it left SWorkz driver Lewis beech leading and he went on to take the win. A good on track battle between the Agama of Callum Niblett and the AE of Lewis Jones swapped places and Callum got 3rd with Lewis 2nd. Darren Bloomfield found his pace securing 4th in the later laps from Kyosho man James Le Pavoux. The final two places went to main final debutants Robson White and his AE and Jack Willetts. A fantastic drive by both to secure their spot in the main final for the first time.

The other semi was a very different story, every lap was lead by TQ man Elliott Boots. This finals victim was Neil Craig, starting 2nd he didn’t even complete a lap also with electrical issues. 2nd place was dominated by Mugen driver Simon Willetts and 3rd was eventually taken by AE man Michael Lewis after a great drive from 11th on the grid. HB man Simon Reeves took the 4th spot after a very steady race at the top of the field. The final 3 spots were hotly contested, and in the end Agama driver Joni Skidmore edged 5th place over HB man Graham Alsop by just 0.26s. The last bump spot went to HB raver Ollie Currie.

Elliott Boots TQ Machine (Kyosho/REDS/Proline)

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The main was a great final, dominated by Elliott Boots, from start to finish, it was amazing to watch as he pulled away from the racers behind, eventually lapping the entire field of racers. At this level that’s impressive! Another impressive drive was that of the young Lewis Jones who drove fantastically onto the podium with a great 2nd place, his first of many podiums I’m sure, and third was Simon Willetts. It was a special final for Simon not only did he manage a podium place, he competed in the main final with his son also racing in it. Something you don’t see every national, a father and son both making the main final! Well done to both, and all the drivers in what turned out to be a great weekend of racing, despite a few rainy/muddy rounds.

A Final Podium: Lewis Jones (2nd) Elliott Boots (1st) Simon Willetts (3rd)

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Simon and Jack Willetts pictured after the A main. (Picture Credit JC Racing).

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The full results and championship standings can be found in the results section and the next round takes us to the new venue of NWN, near Blackpool in June.

Thanks to Herts club for all the hard work over the weekend to keep us running and each of the drivers! Great start to the year! Bring on the next one!