1/8th Scale Off Road National Championships
Round 4, August 12th & 13th, Maiden City Radio Control Car Club
The 1/8th scale off road Championship took a trip North to Derry last weekend for round 4 of the series. This was the Derry clubs first time to host the National series and the drivers were treated to a well prepare track and venue for the weekend. The layout was a change from the larger open track giving drivers a taste of a tight technical track which lead to close racing in both nitro and ebuggy. The weather was ideal and the atmosphere among the racers was high. Drivers where improving quickly with each round of practice and qualifying as they fine-tuned setups and confirmed the best tire choice for the conditions. Race control manned by David and Gary kept watch over the track and the drivers making sure the event was running on time.
By the finals on Sunday, the track had developed a little more character and a racing line had developed on track.
In Ebuggy Bradley Baird (TLR) took T.Q. out qualifying Barkley Abernethy (Agama) in the E Buggy Class. Bradley however didn’t have it all his own way in the Final; an early mistake dropped him behind Barkley and he had to work to recover the lead pressurizing Barkley for a few laps before a slight wobble from Barkley left enough of a gap for him to charge through to regain top spot which he maintained till the checker flag. Rounding of the podium in third place was a delighted Martin Jacques (Kyosho) who took his first National Podium place all while celebrating his 21st again this weekend? Congratulations Martin.
In the lower Nitro finals we had a number of great performances, current junior championship leader James Gilliland (Tekno) took top spot in the C Final with a dominating driver to win by 2 laps at the flag, with newcomer to the championship Jason McCauley (Kyosho) taking a strong second place and a bump up into the B Final after starting from sixth on the grid.
In the B Final Paul Kane (Agama) checked out early from the chasing pack and dominated the race, leading from start to finish. Behind it was a dash for the final bump up spot with 4 different drivers holding the spot at different times throughout the race. Conor O’Donovan (Kyosho) was second early in the race only to have an early finished after hitting something solid and damaging an arm dropped him out of the running. Young Gilliland was next up jumping from 7th to second only to have his race dashed with a technical issue ending his race early. Sean Darcy(Kyosho) and Paul Gilliland ( JQ) took up the fight, despite Paul briefly taking 2nd it was Sean who won out in the end taking the final spot with promotion into the A Final
In The A Final Bradley Baird took pole position in the Nitro class (TLR) and came in first position in the A Nitro final but again it was a narrower margin than we are used to seeing from him at the Nationals. Andrew Mc Clean (Agama) who has been in great form this season started fourth made up places throughout the race jumping up to second. He maintained a level head under extreme pressure from a charging Alan Scroogie (Kyosho) taking second place after 45mins by just a second in a dash for the line.
Well done to all the drivers who took part over the weekend.
On a Final note, a huge shout out to David Carr, Gary McDevitt and all the team at the Maiden City Club for all their hard work at getting the venue ready and for running a great event this weekend.
Next up is the Final Round of the Championship, Round 5 will be in Navan on the 9th & 10th of September.
1/8th Scale Rep (stand-in)