The second round of the Irish Nats took place last weekend at the Astroturf track of NIMCC . The track itself is challenging as it’s pretty tight, twisty and full-on with a pretty quick lap time of below 30 seconds. If you make a mistake you paid heavily.
Qualifying and the weather was playing its part with sun showers and although it dried very quickly, half the track was bone dry the other half stayed slick. Alan Scroggie set the pace followed by Gary Baird, Barkley Abernethy and Aaron Vance.
Come the finals and it was the same story with the weather, with clouds in the sky mini pins where not an option and most in the main final decided it wasn’t to be chanced. So with spirals bolted to their cars the first few minutes where interesting to say the least until they got used to the grip level. Alan had a issue and had to retire by the first round of pit stops that left Gary to take up the lead, which he never came close to relinquishing. Barkley had a flame out at ten-minutes and spent the the remained clawing his way back up to second. Aaron Vance cut a few times and promoted Colin Whelan to a well deserved third. Hats tipped to Gary Baird for a cool 45-minute long drive and a deserving win with difficult conditions .
In the E-buggy final it was super close at the top with seconds covering the tops places. In the end it was TQ driver Aaron who kept the best lines to finish out front 7sec ahead of Gary who finished second and Barkley third.
This weekend sees the return of the 1/8 Irish National series to NIMCC . Please make sure you have joined the association, this can be done via their website and paid using PayPal. The weekends timetable is Saturday practice 12-5pm (only for competitors). Sunday gates will open 7.45 with practice 8.15-9.30 . Booking in closes 9.30am with the first race of the line at 10am.
Check out http://rccaoi.com/index.php/club/nimcc for directions .
Round 1 of the 1/8th RallyX and Ebuggy Championship Series took place last weekend at Badmcc. Drivers where threated to the new track layout
which includes the now infamous Dragons Back. Condition where good on the day with the rain staying away giving drivers perfect condition to
In Nitro Buggy it was an Agama lock out at the top after Qualifying with the TQ going to Gary Baird followed by Alan Scroggie and Barkley Abernethy taking third with the Durango of Aaron Vance following in a close fourth on the grid. During the A Final the battle at the front was to be fought between the top three qualifiers and fifth place qualifier Andrew McClean. Gary Baird had been leading upto the 20minute mark and was looking comfortable maintaining a 10sec lead but a breakage was to put him out of the race. Alan took over in P1 and after pasting the field up to 3rd place he was sitting +40sec in the lead. After 30mins he had a bizzare flameout at the far side of the track from the pit, this was ruin his run and handed the lead over to Barkley who took over with a 23sec lead. Alan drove hard to catch up and retake the lead but one or two mistakes kept him at arms lent from Barkley who went on to take the win and the Overall victory at Round 1. Alan finished in second with Andrew McClean who had stayed within touching distance throughout the race finished in third to round off the Podium.
In Ebuggy, the race in the A final was between the top three qualifiers from the Heats. TQ man Gary got off to a poor start dropping down to third on the first lap. It was the third place qualifier Aaron Vance who was to make the best of his early pace taking the lead on lap 2 and never looking back finishing 1 lap ahead of the next driver Barkley. Rounding of the podium and finishing third was Gary Baird.
Race timing are now online in the results section.
The next event in the 1/8th Calendar is next Month at NIMCC on 28th June.
A quick reminder that 5th and Final Round of the 1:8 Off-Road All-Ireland National Championships takes part in Navan on Sunday 7th September with practice on Saturday 6th.
A Few UPDATES -
Open practice (weather permitting) Sat 12-5pm and BBQ 5pm (juicy burgers and bangers & a beer - might stretch to a bun and a bit of salad too) - I know that some of you like to bring speciality meats so feel free as long as I get one of those chicken kebabs Jeff
Sunday gates open 8am with booking in & practice 8.15-9.30am sharp ... First heat off the line 10am. Chipper on Sunday for lunch... (and left overs from BBQ... )
WHERE ARE WE - if you haven't visited us before we are -
Located in the MDL (Meath District League) grounds on the Trim road approx 2km from Navan.
GPS - 53.622798,-6.686972
Accomodation - check web site or click in this link -http://murray135.com/nnn/nnnforum/?page_id=605
Also please note that the TRACK IS CLOSED FROM FRIDAY night 29th for maintenance and as per National Rules.