1/8th Scale Off Road National Championships

Round 3, July 15th & 16th, Monaghan Radio Control Raceway

Once again the weather was with us for Round 3 at MRCCC, Co Monaghan and it was about time we had a a clear day there, after two attempts to host a National were abandoned last year due to bad weather.

The practice day had a steep learning curve for most drivers, with the soft dirt surface changing with every lap, there was no consensus on tyres with every driver preferring his own choice. Tyre wear was at a minimum and grip was also scarce, but the smiles on the rostrum made it clear that everyone was enjoying the track. The welcome was also second to none with Fiona’s fresh homemade scones with jam, and hot tea and coffee available trackside all weekend.

By the time the finals got under way Sunday, minor repairs were required between races, but the organising crew had plenty of help, and it only had a minor effect on the schedule.

Out of qualifying, Bradley Baird took TQ in both classes for TLR, Winning the Nitro class with two laps ahead of the second place driver. There was an epic battle for second place, with Andrew Mc Clean (Agama) and last years National Champion Alan Scroggie (Kyosho), only seconds away from each other for the entire race, swapping places several times, but at the final bell, it was Andrew who took 2nd, just ahead of Alan.

In E Buggy, Bradley made it a double with 1st place, only a lap ahead of William White (Tekno) in 2nd and Barkley Abernathy (Agama) only two seconds behind William, so it too was a very close race.

                                                                  Nitro Podium                                                                               Ebuggy Podium

                                     2nd Andrew McClean       1st Bradley Baird      3rd Alan Scroggie                       3rd Barkley Abernethy   1st Bradley Baird     2nd William White




Overall, the comments I received from the drivers, was that there was a great athmosphere at the facility, first class hospitality, it was a welcome addition to the National calandar, and everyone was looking forward to racing there again soon. The next round is Rnd 4 at Maiden City Model Car Club on the 12th / 13th of August.


Greg Cunningham

1/8th Scale Rep


1/8th Scale Off Road National Championships

Round 3, June 15th & 16th, Monaghan Radio Control Car Club

Hi All,

I just want to give drivers some information in advance of Round 3 of the 1/8th Scale Off-Road National Championship at Monaghan Radio Control Car Club.

·         Saturday, gates open at 10:30am, open practice from 12 noon to 5pm.

·         Sunday, gates open at 7.00am, with open practice from 8.00am to 9.30am.

·         Booking in closes 9.30am sharp, with the first race off the line at 10am.

·         Race Fees, Saturday €8, Sunday €12. You must be booked in and paid before using the track.

·         Rccaoi membership is mandatory.




Contact …..         Paul : 086 2617538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.            


Greg Cunningham      


1/8th Scale Off Road National Championships

Round 2, June 24th & 25th, Cork Radio Control Car Club

The 1/8th scale off road Championship once again very well supported, with a record attendance for a National at the Cork track, with 34 competitors across the two classes, and almost all making the practice day on Saturday. The layout in Cork is totally new since the last National round was held there in 2015, a tighter more technical track made for some intense racing. The weather was ideal, and the atmosphere among the racers was also high, with the all dirt surface presenting some new challenges, compared the the Astro and Multi surface tracks these racers are used to. Some drivers found the pace a little quick, especially those double classing, as the timing system was kept moving, and on time all day. Others found it a challenge to get out to their marshal positions on time, but that did not slow proceedings.

By the time the finals got under way on Sunday, the track had developed a little more character then it had at the start of the event, and the racing lines were changing all day. William White took T.Q. out of qualifying in the E Buggy Class (Tekno) and Bradley Baird took pole position again in the Nitro class (TLR). True to form, Bradley came in first position in the A Nitro final, but with a narrower margin than we are used to seeing in a National final.  Andrew Mc Clean was just one lap behind the leader, a promising result for the young Agama driver. Alan Scroggie got third with his Kyosho MP9.

The E buggy Final was also hard fought with Bradley first and William second, finishing less than a lap apart, Gary Baird came in third just one lap behind.

                                                   1/8th Nitro A Final                                                                1/8th Ebuggy Final

                           2nd Andrew Mc Clean   1st Bradley Baird  3rd Alan Scroggie          2nd William White    1st Bradley Baird     3rd Gary Baird





The overall feedback from the drivers was that the Cork club had put on a great event, the weekend went off without a hitch, and everyone is looking forward to a return visit in the near future.



Greg Cunningham

1/8th Scale Rep