BRCA Rally X Round 3 Race Report

8th Rally X

Round 3 of the BRCA Rally X series recently took place at JC Raceway. Juliet Exall Reports....

The 3rd round of the BRCA RallyX national championships took us to The superb JC Raceway! This midlands track is now a fan favourite in the UK and it’s did not disappoint, a good mix of slow speed corners and Down hill straights looked near perfect as qualifiers began on Saturday morning, and despite a flurry of rain the weather also played ball.

With top drivers Neil Cragg and Lee Martin missing from the weekend due to commitment elsewhere most expected another Elliott Boots White wash but it wasn’t to be. AE driver Lewis Jones took the top spot in round 1, despite the weather trying to ruin it for the top heats! In round two it was another AE driver Jamie Clancy who got the TQ, and he again was fastest in round 3. The last round of the day saw Joni Skidmore and his Agama take the TQ but with Jamie in 2nd it was Jamie who had overnight TQ. 

Sunday morning and another warm day ahead....it was Jamie Clancy and his Reds powered machine that once again got the fastest in round, securing his overall TQ. Elliott managed a 2nd in round which left him 3rd overall with his Sworkz Buggy and Joni Skidmore slotted between the two in 2nd. After qualifying it seemed that Elliott would not have it all his own way, but what would the 20min semi have in stall for us......

The first final of the day was the B 1/64, and it was a brilliant race between pole sitter Gavin Powell and his Losi Buggy and the Agama of Jack Platt. The pair swapped the lead for the first half of the race with Gavin eventually ahead and pulling away from Jack, going on to win by a clear lap! Jack came home 2nd closely followed by the Sworkz of Mark Beattie. The final bump spot was taken by Ian Slater.

The A 1/64 was lead for the majority of the race by Pole man Ricky Clark and his Kyosho, but with 5 laps to go the Agama of Sam Dimelow took the lead and that’s where he stayed, Ricky reduced to 2nd! Another Agama Matthew Roberts crossed the line 3rd and 4th was the Alpha powered HB of Michael Riviere. 

A superb drive by 6th On the grid Chris Caci And his Xray saw him take a fine win in the B 1/32 final. He won by 5s from 2nd placed man Nathan McLoughlin And his Kyosho machine. Another Xray in the hands of Jamie Bowen climbed from 7th to take the 3rd spot and the Agama of Adrian Svensson took the final bump in 4th. 

An awesome start in the B 1/32 saw the Pole man Mark Morris And his TLR machine charge out the blocks and lead the first part of the race but hot on his gearbox was fellow Losi driver Lewis Millman. Lewis went on to lead the majority of the race, and as the buzzer went was 2.5s up from second place man Sam Cobley And his HB buggy! 3rd was the AE driver Daniel Shelton but not even a second split him and the Xray of Lee Bunker which saw Mark come home in 5th narrowly missing the bump up. 

The B 1/16 was dominated by the AE of Owen Luckin, he lead every lap and as the buzzer went he was nearly 30s ahead of 2nd! It was the Kyosho of Chris Smith that got 2nd place after a great ontrack battle with fellow kyosho driver Andy Pierce, Ashley Patterson and his Sworkz and the AE of Ben Turner. Andy managed to come home in 3rd with Ben 4th seeing the Sworkz man narrowly miss out in 5th.

The A 1/16 saw an impressive start by Sam Cobley from 12th to 5th on the first lap, but ultimately it was the AE of Jason Patey who was at the front of the pack for the majority of the race who took a fine 1st place. The Pole man Gurdeep Dhami clinched 2nd with Cobley getting his 2nd bump of the day in 3rd. 4th looked to be all sewn up by Daniel Shelton for his 2nd bump but an unfortunate error late on meant the HB of Mark Kay secures his promotion in the last laps of racing.

The B 1/8 was all about the Nova powered HB of Nick Cox, he crused home over 6s up on 2nd place. Mick Butler and his HB took that position after a very steady drive. Losi driver Matt Ball unfortunately flamed out with a lap to go returning to the pits while running 3rd which opened the door for fellow Losi driver Mike Daniel to claim it and It was AE driver Simon Yeung who got the final promotion.

In the A 1/8 we saw a fantastic race by young Losi driver Kieran Morris saw him and Xray driver Kieran Cox pull away from the chasing pack, with both drivers having stints at the front, but it was Cox who got the win at the buzzer with Morris a very fine 2nd. Some 15s back was the Sworkz of Josh Marshall but he was less that 1s ahead of the forth place AE of Jon Griffiths who took the final bump up position to the 1/4 finals.

A flawless run from the Tekno driver Mitchell Booth saw him easily bump to the semi as it was for the AE of Dylan Saunders who came 2nd but some 15s back from Booth. The final two spots for the semi were a different story, a great battle between AE man Darren Hayden-Ball, the Xray of Anthony Conroy and the Kyosho of Kyle Boon went on for the later part of the race. A late mistake by Darren dropped him to 5th and despite a great  effort on the last lap it wasn’t to be for the AE man. Conroy and Boon took the spaces and their place in the Semi finals.

The 1/4 A had an interesting start to say the least, with a small incident on the starting grid resulting in a drive through Penalty for 5th place man Elliot Taylor in his new Agama 319. He put in an astonishing effort to get back on track and flew through the field of racers from last after lap 1, and he finished an impressive 2nd despite the issues. It was on the other hand a great start for Dave Bailey and his AE and John Holmes of HB, as the pair set off at fantastic speed, and unfortunately incident saw David return to the pits just after the midway point which left John being perused by Kyosho driver Steve Shakespeare, Xray driver Matt Box and the Agama of Jon Hazelwood. All on a very similar pace it would be a great race to the final buzzer. John came home a brilliant first after sharing most of the lead laps with Shakespeare who got pipped for 2nd place by Taylor in the final few laps. Hazelwood passed Box in the last series of pit stops and so he took 4th but by only 3s. 

The semi finals would be fast and furious!

In the first semi final Pole man Joni Skidmore And Matthew Lewis would dominate the final together, the pair sharing the first spot but it was a class drive by Joni Skidmore to take the win with Matt 2nd. The pair just under 15s ahead of the chasing pack. The battle for third was between Will Skidmore and Lewis Jones, once again the pair were racing hard and swapped positions a number of times, eventually it was Lewis who got the 3rd spot and the Agama of Will 4th but with less that a second between them. The remaining spaces for the main would be taken by Sworkz driver Kevin Brunsden, the distinctive Blue JQ of Bradley Baird and Ashlee Owen and his Hot Bodies. 

The second semi final and debatably the harder side of the tree would see Jamie Clancy in Pole and Elliott Boots 2nd. There wasn’t much to split the pair, both taking turns at the lead but a very good drive by Jamie saw him take the win with Elliott 2nd. As always a very consistent drive by the HB man Graham Alsop saw him take the third position, in a relatively hassle free race he was nearly 20s clear of the Xray of 4th places driver Callum Niblett. Jack Hirst And his HB took a brilliant 5th the young driver once again booking his place in the big show! Mugen man Simon Willetts took 6th. A fantastic drive by Tekno driver James Harold saw him go from 10th on the grid to to make 7th and get the final space on the A main final.

Clancy would line up first for the A main final, with Boots 2nd and Joni Skidmore 3rd. Straight off the line the three got away well, with Jamie keeping Boots behind him for some of the early laps, but soon Boots has got the lead. Jamie fought hard, and did regain the lead briefly but Boots got it again as Jamie pitted for a second time. Joni managed the undercut and was ahead of Jamie as the AE driver rejoined the action, with Alsop ahead of him. Elliott who had pitted later than Jamie on the initial stop would take the lead, but it was short lived!! He flames out yards from the loop and his pit team set into action. He is started again quickly and rejoins the race but the damage is done as he settles back into 9th leaving Graham Alsop out Front who is going long on fuel Strategy. With everyone on different fuel strategies it would be difficult to work out where everyone would end up but after the final round of stops it would be Joni Skidmore who had pumped in some seriously fast and consistent laps who would be leading with Jamie Clancy 2nd. The final place on the podium would be between Lewis Jones and Graham Alsop with the young AE driver holding on to take 3rd from Graham in 4th and Will Skidmore coming home in 5th.

A big congratulations to Joni Skidmore on his maiden BRCA National Win And to the other podium winners as well as the rest of the racers and some great racing.

Joni's winning machine:

A huge well done to the JC Raceway crew who once again gave us a brilliant track and a great venue, hopefully for many more years

The full list of results from the meeting and the overall championships standings are all available on https://www.brca.org/8rx-results.

The championship visits a new edition to the Calendar with ESBRC next up. Another visit to a sunny Shropshire we hope with the club based just North of Shrewsbury. With the championships still being won by Boots but two events to go it will be a great end to the season I’m sure!

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