Round 2 Race Report

 

The second round of the Rccaoi championship was held last weekend at the Cork Radio Control Car Club track in Ballinhassig, Cork. The practice day was well attended this year with many drivers arriving early to get their set up right, in the knowledge that the surface was not the same as it had been on previous occasions. The weather was dry and sunny for the practice day, and the track was dusty, having not seen a drop of rain for four weeks, and despite having been meticulously swept over two previous days that week, by volunteers from the host club. 

There was a change in the weather for race day, overnight showers had increased the grip level, however the weather changed from hour to hour, from rain to dry and back to rain again, making the going very hard to predict or plan for. I saw several competitors having tyres come unglued on the challenging surface.

Out of the heats, Alan Scroggie (Hot Bodies) took TQ in the Nitro class and Adam Stewart TQ’d the E Buggy class. The Nitro A final was an exciting race to watch with the top four positions switching around on the first tank of fuel. Bradley Baird who started 2nd on the grid, found himself with the back markers by the end of the first lap, by his first fuel stop he was up to first place, and held this position until the final minutes when a collapsed rear diff bearing knocked him out of the running. Alan was 2 laps ahead of his nearest challenger, so he romped home to take first place, Paul Myles (Kyosho) was in second place, with Gary Baird (Agama) taking third, with less than 6 seconds separating 2nd and 3rd positions.

 

In the E buggy final, young Adam Stewart dominated from the first corner to the last, with his TLR machine taking 1st place, Conor O'Donovan in the Kyosho took 2nd and John Duggan took 3rd place with his Agama.

The weekend went off without a hitch and the overall response from the attendees was it was an enjoyable track to drive and offered something new to the Championship, all had a great time.

Round 3 returns to Badmcc in Aghalee on the 11th and 12th of August, and with the change to the top spots in the Championship after this round, round 3 will be even more interesting.

Greg Cunningham

1/8th Scale Off Road Rep

 

 

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