RCCAOI Final Round 4 Race Report
2018 has been an amazing year again for 1/8th scale off road racing in Ireland, and the final round, Rnd 4 earlier this month at Navan Nitro Nuts was no exception to this. The track was in excellent condition, and the work put in by the members in the preceding fortnight had really paid off. Also, the timing loop had been moved to the far right corner of the track, minimizing the possibility of accidental activations this year.
The Saturday practice got off to a great start at 12 noon sharp, with several drivers on the rostrum waiting for the stroke of 12 to get started. The astro track was very dry and the grip was very high, so everyone was trying different tyres and tweaking their set up to lay off some of the grip. The atmosphere was really warm and friendly which is only what you would expect from the Navan lads.
Sunday threatened to spice things up with some wet weather in the air, not a popular prospect after the high grip work that was done the day before, but there was only one very light shower all day which did not effect the grip to any real degree.
There were two main contenders in the Nitro class Championship going into round 4, Alan Scroggie with 298 points, and Bradley Baird with 295 points, both former National Champions, followed by Paul Myles and Barkley Abernathy with 293 and 291 respectively, so it was going to be a nail biter of a final in any case.
Heats got underway on time Sunday, and there were no real surprises in the way the points were mounting up round after round. After qualifying, Bradley took TQ, and pole position in the A final, Alan was number two, with Paul in the third slot and Barkley in the fourth. Bradley also too TQ in the E buggy class, so he was racing for a double.
The first lap of the A final was a bit of a melee, with Bradley in front around the first corner, but at the back by the end of the first lap, however true to form on this occasion, he fought back lap by lap, and was in front before his first fuel stop, Alan and Bradley had a close race all through the final, but Bradley held the lead for most of the race, crossing the line in 1st position, In the E Buggy class, Bradley also took 1st, with Colin Whelan in 2nd and young Adam Stewart in 3rd place.
Results Nitro Class
1st Bradley Baird JQ
2nd Alan Scroggie Hot Bodies
3rd Andrew McLean Agama
Results E Buggy Class
1st Bradley Baird JQ
2nd Colin Whelan Tekno
3rd Adam Stewart TLR
Well done to all the competitors who took part this year, but a special mention has to go to Bradley Baird, taking his 10th Rccaoi, National Championship, Congratulations J
The prize giving will be at the Rccaoi AGM, in the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown Dublin, on Saturday the 27th of October, at 2pm.
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