After a 6 week break the BRCA RallyX nationals returned this weekend, June 9-10th June, and this time a visit to a new track on the National Circuit, North West Nitro (NWN) based just outside of Blackpool, the New Dirt track provided a great challenge, a new venue and great facilities, as well as some brilliant Weather for the weekends proceedings. The loose, dusty surface would provide some “old school” racing at its finest.

 

Round one Saturday morning saw Hot Bodies Driver Graham Alsop take the TQ, with Kyosho man Elliott Boots and the AE of Neil Cragg not far behind, this would be the start of a mixed bag of top drivers taking the top spots throughout qualifying over the two days. Round 2 we had Infinity driver Lee Martin go fastest, then Elliott Boots took round three. Round 4 was Neil’s turn for TQ, and young gun fellow AE driver Lewis Jones took the 2nd Place spot, meaning it was very close as the top for overnight TQ, with Elliott taking the honours with his Reds powered Buggy. Sunday morning and Graham was back at the top of the pile in round 5, and clinching the overall TQ for the event with some great driving by the HB man, but by just one point from Neil Cragg and Elliott Boots in 2nd and 3rd. Lee Martin secured 4th with a brilliant 4th in round and Agama driver Darren Bloomfield rounding off the Top 5.

 

The finals started with theB 1/64 and it was lead in most part by the Agama of Joe Richardson, however with a few laps to go AE driver Paul Williams took the lead and that’s where he stayed, taking the win by just under 9s. A fantastic drive by Kyosho man Paul Knapp saw him rise from 7th on the grid to take the 3rd spot, and the Agama of Mike Williams took the final bump up spot.

The A 1/64 was Dominated by Agama driver Gavin Powell, he led every lap of the race, bring the win home by over 10s. The losi of Mark Beattie was 2nd, with the Agama of Matthew Read 3rd after the HB of Michael Rivière dropped out in the last laps. A great drive from the XRAY of Chris Caci from 8th on the grid, saw him take the final bump to the 1/32 finals.

In the B 1/32 a great opening few laps saw second on the grid Mugen driver Jack Hawkins go into the lead, and he turned that into a convincing win, by over 25s from JQ driver Andrew Rennick. It was a lot closer behind him with HB driver Lee Talbot crossing the line just under 1s ahead of the Agama of Michael Shorey in 4th. Jack and Michael continued there fine form through the 1/16B, both drivers stormed through the field, Jack getting 3rd and Michael 4th. The number one spot was dominated by Jnr Mugen driver Aaron Ford who drove superbly to take the win by a massive 25s. The third spot was taken by SWorkz driver Josh Marshall, with an unfortunate drop out by Ben Turner and his JQ car on the last lap, dropping him to outside of the bump spots.

The A side saw a fantastic charge by 8th on the grid James Burgess and his Kyosho go into the lead just before the midway point and go on to take the win in fine style, he was the first of three Kyosho cars bumping up, with Chris Smith and Elliott Jones coming a respective 2nd and 3rd and the Losi of Wayne Davies came home just behind the Kyosho trio in 4th.

The A 1/16 again saw a fantastic drive from James Burgess, who once again was in the mix for the bump, when an incident saw him return to the pits and retire. This left the door open for AE driver Matthew Perry who went on to take the 4th spot. Ahead of him a steady drive by Agama driver Darren Warburton saw him come home in 3rd. At the head of the pack It was a a great on track battle between the two Losi drivers Lewis Millman and Matthew Ball, both having the lead at some point, but Matthew eventually took this win by just over 1.5s.

The B 1/8 final saw a bad start by pole man Dom Nunn and his XRAY, but his pace showed through and he was soon hunting down a bump spot again, he and fellow XRAY driver Matt Box were very close on the final laps, with Matt Box managing to hold on to the 4th spot. Ahead of him was a great race between Mugen driver Jack Willetts, Kyosho driver Tehannah Craddock and HB man Jon Spencer. Jon led the majority of the race with Tehannah also having a turn in the lead early on, all the time Jack just behind with him also taking the lead around the second pit stop window. Jon went onto take the win, Tehannah 2nd and Jack Third, after so great close racing.

The A1/8th saw a fantastic start by the AE of Julian Jessop, the pole sitter retained the lead for the initial laps. Fellow AE drivers James Harold and David Bailey along with the Agama of Josh Graham were all in persuit. A great on track battle ensued, but it was James who took the lead late on and he won the race with Dave Bailey just a few seconds behind in 2nd. Josh clinched the 3rd spot and Kyosho driver Steve Shakespeare took the final bump spot.

The B 1/4 final saw a brilliant drive by pole sitter and HB driver John Holmes, he had an incident in the early laps which saw him go to the back of the field, but a great bit of racing saw him return to the top spot with 3 laps to go! Great racing by John! It was a great race all round, with a very competitive field, and lots of people in contention for the promotion to the semi finals. AE driver Robson White eventually got the second spot secured with the AE of Connor Cocker 3rd and Kieran Cox and his Kyosho in 4th. The other 1/4 final was dominated by the Agama of William Skidmore for the first half of the race and then the AE Buggy of Matthew Lewis in the second half of the race. Matthew bringing home the win with William in 2nd less than 2s behind him. Mitchell Booth and his Tekno got the 3rd spot and a brilliant price of driving from James Harold got him up from 11th to take the 4th spot and his second bump up, now into the Semi finals.

Onto the Semi finals and another brilliant drive by John Holmes to come through the pack to battle for a bump spot, and as always 7 drivers bump to the main final. The pole sitter Neil Cragg was uncatchable, he lead every lap of the race, and won by quite some distance over Inifinty man Lee Martin who got the second place. HB driver Ollie Currie got the third after a very mature drive. On the last lap Sworkz driver Jack Embling managed to pass the AE of Lewis Jones for 4th place, with Lewis coming home in 5th. James Le Pavoux secured the 6th and it was another bump for John Holmes who clinched the final bump to the main final.

In the Second semi, Graham was on pole with Elliott in 2nd and Graham drove superbly keeping Elliott behind him for the initial laps, Elliott then got passed and went on to dominate the race, eventually getting the lap on the field. Graham stretched his lead on 3rd and he eventually crossed the line 14s ahead of Agama driver Joni Skidmore in Third. A superb drive from Ashlee Owen and his Kyosho saw him climb from 8th on the grid to collect the 4th spot by just 0.18s from the Mugen of Simon Willetts, so close for the pair. The AE of Michael Lewis was next over the line in 6th and Darren Bloomfield took the final bump spot to the main final in 7th.

For the main final Elliot had pole and from the flag never looked back. His distinctive Kyosho MP9 looking fast and comfortable throughout the 45 minute A main. A totally dominant performance lapping the whole field in the scorching hot temperatures. Neil Cragg would come home in second place after a great drive from the associated man. The most entertaining battle would be for the final podium position with Joni Skidmore (Agama) and Graham Alsop (HB) having a long hard battle for most of the 45 minutes with Joni eventually coming home in 3rd place. Unfortunate technical issues for Darren Bloomfield, Lee Martin Jack Embling and Ollie Currie put paid to their podium hopes after showing some great pace. At the mid point of the final there was a great batlle for 3rd right down to 7th with all of these drivers pushing hard in the difficult conditions but it came down to Joni and Sloppy to battle it out until the end with Joni taking 3rd place by almost 10 seconds in the end, a very mature drive from the young Nemo racing driver.

 

What a great Finals day and a brilliant weekend, the team at NWN we’re fantastic hosts, the facilities superb and the track held up brilliantly to all 11k Laps it saw over the weekend. Thanks to all the NWN crew, DXR and the Commitee for a great meeting and well done to all the racers, pit crew and supporters.

The next round sees us go to another new venue, this time in the midlands at the new JC Raceway near Cleobury Mortimer. For full results please visit the result section.