1/8th Scale Off Road National Championships
Round 3, July 15th & 16th, Monaghan Radio Control Raceway
Once again the weather was with us for Round 3 at MRCCC, Co Monaghan and it was about time we had a a clear day there, after two attempts to host a National were abandoned last year due to bad weather.
The practice day had a steep learning curve for most drivers, with the soft dirt surface changing with every lap, there was no consensus on tyres with every driver preferring his own choice. Tyre wear was at a minimum and grip was also scarce, but the smiles on the rostrum made it clear that everyone was enjoying the track. The welcome was also second to none with Fiona’s fresh homemade scones with jam, and hot tea and coffee available trackside all weekend.
By the time the finals got under way Sunday, minor repairs were required between races, but the organising crew had plenty of help, and it only had a minor effect on the schedule.
Out of qualifying, Bradley Baird took TQ in both classes for TLR, Winning the Nitro class with two laps ahead of the second place driver. There was an epic battle for second place, with Andrew Mc Clean (Agama) and last years National Champion Alan Scroggie (Kyosho), only seconds away from each other for the entire race, swapping places several times, but at the final bell, it was Andrew who took 2nd, just ahead of Alan.
In E Buggy, Bradley made it a double with 1st place, only a lap ahead of William White (Tekno) in 2nd and Barkley Abernathy (Agama) only two seconds behind William, so it too was a very close race.
Nitro Podium Ebuggy Podium
2nd Andrew McClean 1st Bradley Baird 3rd Alan Scroggie 3rd Barkley Abernethy 1st Bradley Baird 2nd William White
Overall, the comments I received from the drivers, was that there was a great athmosphere at the facility, first class hospitality, it was a welcome addition to the National calandar, and everyone was looking forward to racing there again soon. The next round is Rnd 4 at Maiden City Model Car Club on the 12th / 13th of August.
1/8th Scale Rep