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.
1/8th Scale Off Road Rep
Round 2 Race Pack
Next weekend the 14th and 15th of July is Round 2 of the Rccaoi 1/8th scale off road National Championship in Cork. CRCCC are the hosts of this round. An all dirt track featuring timber jumps and track features. The recent record breaking dry spell and high temperatures has led to a drying out of the track soil, leaving it prone to breaking up in spots, so tires and set up will be critical with the surface rough in spots.
Locally there is a well-stocked shop less than 10 minutes from the track. Track side there is running water, compressor, toilet facilities, and a spare generator available for charging batteries all on site, as well as a very warm welcome.
There is no pitting provided so pit tables and a shelter are recommended. Camping is available on request.
Directions … Coming into Cork from the Dublin side, go through the Jack Lynch tunnel and continue on this dual carriageway. You will fly over the first roundabout heading for Kerry / West Cork. Go straight through the second roundabout also for Kerry / West Cork, before the third roundabout, keep left and take the off ramp for Bandon / West Cork, drive out the Bandon road until you get to a large roundabout where you go right (3rd exit) for the Half Way village. Immediately, you will be at a T junction, (pill box) turn left for Crossbarry / Killeady, keep going on this road, until you come to Barretts Pub on the right, just beyond Barretts, across the road is “Busy Kids” child care center, down the right hand side of this centre, there is a farmers lane, the track is at the very end of this lane, through two gates.
1/8th Scale Off Road Rep
Dates - August 4th and August 5th
Venue - Craigavon model car club
The Irish Large Scale TC nationals are to be ran this year in Craigavon in conjunction with their weekend event of the Jim strain memorial on the 4th August and the Northern Ireland GP on the 5th August
These will be two separate race meetings with practice, qualifying and 30 minute finals on both days for touring cars
To receive points towards the Irish nationals drivers must have registered on the Rccaoi prior to the event up to the start of timed practice on the morning of Saturday 4th, registration after this time will be invalid and no points will be awarded
Points will be taken from both finals on the 4th and 5th of August and will be combined to give an overall score for drivers in the Irish national large scale championships
Pitting is available trackside and practice will be allowed on the Saturday evening after all other finals have finished for the day