1/8th Scale Off Road National Championships
Round 5, September 9th & 10th, Navan Nitro Nuts
Excitement was high for the final round of the National Championship 2017 at NNN. After all it had been building since Badmcc in early May. While Bradley Baird had already secured the top spots in both Nitro and E buggy classes, there was close competition for 2nd and 3rd position, with Andrew Mc Clean, Paul Myles and Gary Baird going to Navan in joint third position on points.
The practice day got off to a good start, damp with sunny spells, but no real rain. With the Sun peeping out through the clouds occasionally, the new Astro surface dried off quickly and stayed dry for the most part, and most drivers were using worn spikes or mini pins for the day.
There was a big difference in the number of drivers on both days, with many drivers choosing to come for the Sunday only, so there was a scramble for places on the rostrum for the Sunday practice. By the time the finals got under way Sunday, dark clouds were coming over the horizon, people were pulling out the wet tyres. For the rest of the day, tyre choice was critical. A shower of rain changed the grip dramatically, if you were out on the wrong tyre you were in a slow heat.
After the qualifying rounds had finished, current National Champion Alan Scroggie, was in pole position, Gary Baird was in 2nd and Andrew Mc Clean 3rd, so Andrew and Gary were racing for 2nd in the Championship, which made for an amazing final to watch according to spectators.
The last few laps were a nail biter, with Gary and Andrew swapping 1st place almost on a lap by lap basis, however, on the last corner of the last lap, Andrew Mc Clean (Agama) took first place, winning his first national round in Nitro Class. Gary Baird (Agama) came 2nd with Alan Scroggie (Kyosho) 3rd.
In Ebuggy like Nitro Bradley Baird had secured the overall title but 2nd place was up for grabs between William White and Barkley Abernethy, both drivers needing to finish above each to take 2nd overall. During qualifying it was a close affair with 3 drivers only seconds apart on track during the heats. In the Finals William (Tekno) took TQ ahead of Barkley ( Agama) 2nd and Colin’s (Tekno) in 3rd on the grid.
At the start William and Barkley got away clean with Colin getting snagged at the first corner this dropped him down the field but was back with the leaders a lap or two later, now in the mix for the 1st. Around half way in and William got into trouble with a back marker dropping him to 3rd followed by an on track crash which dropped him just out of reach of Barkley and Colin. Barkley took the lead with Colin chasing and harassing the Agama driver for top spot. Barkley was closing down taking tight line in the corners and making an overtake very difficult. With time running out Colin made a dive for the lead by out jumping his competitor in a do or die move landing the jump and taking the race lead. He held on and by the end Colin (Tekno) finish in 1st , closely followed by Barkley ( Agama ) in 2nd and William’s (Tekno) 3rd.
For a collection of reasons, the atmosphere at the track on the weekend was electric, tea and coffee were on tap in the club house and the biscuit bag was never so well stocked. The icing on the cake (literally) was when Mrs Steen produced a batch of fresh home made cakes, which topped the weekend of nicely.
1/8th Scale Rep