BRCA Rally X Round 5 Report

8th Rally X

Lee Martin takes round 5 but Boots is crowned champion!

The end of the BRCA RallyX season finished with a flourish at Slough on 8th/9th September....and what a track to finish on, for the first time in memory the track was oiled and this amazing track looked even better than normal and drove amazingly. Well done to all the Slough crew for getting it in tip-top shape! 

Qualifying started in the sunshine and it remained great throughout the weekend, the 100 plus strong field was once again topped by the recently confirmed Championship winner Elliott Boots with his stunning Kyosho MP9 Buggy for the first round, he went onto take the TQ in round 3 as well. In round two the AE of Michael Lewis took the top spot, his first TQ. Round 4 Agama man Darren Bloomfield got the top spot and that led to Elliott being overnight TQ, going into round 5 on Sunday morning! Another beautiful start to the day on Sunday saw Infinity driver Lee Martin get the TQ in round 5, this meant Elliott got the overall TQ, with Lee 2nd and Darren 3rd.

There were lots to play for this weekend with clubman, veteran and Junior classes all still up for grabs as well as the final two places on the podium in the National Championship. This meant some amazing close racing was to follow in the finals.

First final of the day was the B1/64 and pole man Lee Bunker and his Xray Buggy got a great start, led every lap and took the win in fine style. 2nd place was a little different, the first half of the race the Mugen of Stephen Ednie had it, but a swap at half time saw the Agama of Matthew Read take it on and take the 2nd spot, the third spat was taken by Radiosistemi driver “Mr Chairman” Kevin Griffin, and the final bump was Tristan Parsons.

The A 1/64 was a great race! A good start from Panagiotis Vaskopolos saw him jump to the lead with his HB Buggy, but he and the Agama of Dominic Powell’s had a great on track battle, with Dominic taking it from Pano and then Pano getting ahead and taking the win at the end of the 20mins. The Serpent of Jamie Armitage got the 2nd spot, the HB man Lee Talbot 3rd and Dominic got the final bump in 4th!

The B 1/32 saw a cracking start by bump man Lee Bunker to be in the mix for a bump up spot, however an unexpected return to the pits saw the end of his challenge. It was the Kyosho of Arvinder Gihir that went on to win, but was a fantastic race between him and the JQ of Andrew Rennick who eventually came home 2nd. Anther unfortunate return to the pits by Losi man Mark Beattie saw him drop out of the bump spots leaving 3rd to be taken by fellow Losi driver Matthew Ball and Sean Berryman and his AE got the 4th place.

The A 1/32 saw Pano start from the back having previously bump and he stormed through the field, finishing 2nd! The only driver ahead of him Jamie Bowen and his XRAY, who took the win of Pano by just 3seconds. Another great drive in the final saw Allan Wards Mugen finish 3rd and the last bump was taken by the Kyosho of Nathan McLoughlin.

Pano has another amazing final in the 1/16A, he yet again came from the back and managed to drive into an incredible 3rd place. Allan Ward also bumping again behind him in 4th. After an unfortunate incident and the eventual DQ from Mike Daniels it was the AE of Michael Issac that took the win with Tekno man Matt bridge securing 2nd.

The B 1/16 was a great race, the Agama of Micheal Shorey on pole got away clean and some fantastic driving kept him at the front of the pack. JQ man Chris Lovell was on a different strategy and his JQ ended up crossing the line 3s ahead of Michael in 2nd. Following him was fellow Agama driver Rob Cockcroft got 3rd, and Daniel Shelton rounded up the top 4 promoted to the next final.

The B 1/8th was full of great drivers, Kyosho driver Tehannah Cradock was pole and she led nearly every lap, she went on win by over 5 seconds after a brilliant 20min drive. The Mugen of Dennis Holding was 2nd. The other 2 places were up for grabs and some amazingly close racing with lots of twists and turns saw the JQ of Scott Walker get 3rd and fellow JQ man Colin Brennan got 4th but by less than 1 second from XRAY man Matt Box. 

The A 1/8 had Gary Gregory and his XRAY on pole, he got overtaken in the first lap by the HB of Josh Powney, the pair battled hard with the Kyosho of Taro Cradock for the top three spots, with Taro eventually getting the lead and taking the win. Josh settled into 2nd in the last few laps and that’s where he finished as the buzzer went. Going into the last lap Gary Gregory was in third but a bad bobble caused him to go back into the pack leaving the AE of Dylan Saunders to get 3rd and the Kyosho of Steve Shakespeare just a whisker behind Dylan in 4th leaving Gary with 5th!

So onto the 1/4 finals, pole sitter And Tekno man Michael Lightfoot had a great start, retaining his lead for the first half of the race, but then fellow Tekno man Mitch Booth took the reigns! He pulled out a strong lead eventually getting a 10 second gap on the HB of Simon Reeves. A superb drive by the radiosistemi of David Gibson saw him in 3rd and just a few seconds back as the buzzer went was the XRAY of Dom Nunn who scooped up the final promotion place to the semi from the B side.

The other side saw a fantastic race for the semi bump between the Agama of Jon Hazelwood, the Sworkz of Lewis Beech and John Holmes and his HB. All three drivers having a turn in the lead, unfortunately Lewis retired to leave John Holmes to take the win with Jon Hazelwood in 2nd. An amazing bit of driving from Taro who started in 11th having previously bumped meant he took a very fine 3rd place with his Kyosho Buggy. The final spot in the semi was taken by Jack Hirst and his HB.

Now it was the Semi finals, so much depending on the results! The first semi saw Lee Martin on pole and he stayed out ahead of the chasing pack, a brilliant battle ensued between Joni Skidmore and his Agama and the AE of Jamie Clancy, some extremely close and brilliant to watch racing, after some wheel to wheel action it was Joni that secured 2nd and Jamie 3rd. The drivers crossing the line with less than 0.5s between them! Back in 4th was the AE of Neil Cragg and Lewis Jones in 5th! The final spots were also hotly contested with the Mugen of Simon Willetts and Milan Dragojlovic and the HB of Bump up driver Simon Reeves all hunting down the place. Despite a last lap flame out Simon managed to bump ahead of the HB man in 7th with Milan securing 6th.

The other semi had Elliott Boots on pole, and he flew out of the start gates, leading all laps until an unusual return to the pits saw him retire leaving the rest to battle it out. Darren Bloomfield and his Agama took up the lead and that’s where the iconic blue Buggy stayed, taking the win. 2nd was taken by Sworkz man Kevin Brunsden who was followed by team mate Jack Embling some 10s back in 3rd. The next 4 places were all very close on track, all drivers from 4th to 7th crossing the line within 2.3s,, another amazing close race! 4th was taken by Callum Niblett and his Agama, then team mate William Skidmore in 5th, the AE of Michael Lewis in 6th and the last place to the A main was taken by John Holmes, a great drive from 11th on the grid!

So onto the A Main! Lee Martin got away cleanly but Agama driver Joni Skidmore was in hot pursuit hunting down the Infinity driver from the off with Jamie Clancy also hot on their heals. Joni and Jamie would continue their semi final battle for the first 15 laps of the race, even taking turns to briefly lead the final. By lap 18 though Neil Cragg had joined the party and lead for a long period of the final confusing many of us with his changed bodyshell for the final but by lap 54 Lee was back at the front and brought his buggy home to take the win with Neil 2nd and Jamie Clancy 3rd, his first national podium. Darren Bloomfield and Joni Skidmore would swap places on many occassions but Darren would eventually come home in 4th place and Joni 5th.

An amazing A final to end a brilliant day and season of racing. The track holding out superbly! A fitting end to the 2018 nationals season.

Lee Martins Winning Machine:

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The championships were now decided... Elliott’s was crowned National Champion with Neil Cragg 2nd and Lee Martin 3rd! 

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In Veteran it was Kevin Brunsden who won with Simon Reeves 2nd and AE driver David Bailey in 3rd

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In Junior it was Jack Hirst followed by Kieran Cox (Kyosho) and then Jack Willetts((Mugen)

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In Clubman it was again Jack Hirst, then 2nd Jon Spencer and 3rd Kieran Cox

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Well done to all the drivers, supporters and the BRCA and DXR teams and all the clubs on a fantastic series fir 2018.

A full list of all the results from the day and in the championships can be found at https://www.brca.org/8rx-results

We wish all the GB drivers the best if luck in the remaining Euro Championships and the upcoming World Championships in Perth in November.

Until 2019 RallyX folks!

 

 

 

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