2018 - BRCA 1/10th OFF-ROAD, NATIONAL SERIES Round 2

1/10th Off Road

Defending Champs Win Opposing Classes at BRCA 1/10 Off-Road Nationals Round 2.

 

The BRCA 1/10th Off-Road National Series continued this past weekend at Oaklands Raceway at Telford, Shropshire.  As with Round 1 at RHR, a full entry of 120 drivers was present over the 2 days of 2WD and 4WD competition, and they would deliver some fantastic racing on the fast and flowing astroturf track, under bright sunshine. 

Saturday – 2WD

RHR Round 1 winner and defending champion Neil Cragg looked in imperious form once again as he TQ’d the opening qualifier with his Associated B6.1.  Schumacher’s Tom Yardy and Yokomo’s Lee Martin were doing their best not to let him have it all his own way, and would each take a round of qualifying respectively.  However Cragg would claim the all-important pole position for the finals with 2 Round wins.  Martin would line up 2nd and Yardy 3rd – it looked like the win was going to come down to these 3, who had shown very strong pace over the rest of the field throughout the Qualifying Rounds, with their fastest times just over a second apart.  In 4th on the grid was surprise package of the event, 16 year-old Ben Pugh from Kidderminster, the Schumacher driver would make his first National A Final appearance, ahead of Round 1 podium finisher, Yokomo’s Paul Crompton.  Team C’s Luke Holdsworth would also make his first A Final starting in 7th position – well done Ben and Luke! 

Qual. Top 10:    1.  Neil Cragg
                            2.  Lee Martin
                            3.  Tom Yardy
                            4.  Ben Pugh
                            5.  Paul Crompton
                            6.  Luke Holdsworth
                            7.  Craig Collinson
                            8.  Tom Cockerill
                            9.  Danny McGee
                         10.  Kevin Lee

The stage was set for some exciting finals between our front 3, and they certainly didn’t disappoint!  Cragg got off to a great start in Leg 1 and pulled out a 2 second lead over the chasing Martin, Yardy and Pugh who had broken away from the rest of the field.  At around the 3-minute mark, Cragg would get it wrong on the corner table top which would undo his hard work from the opening minutes.  This allowed Martin to the front, with Yardy and Cragg in hot pursuit as Pugh began to drop back.  The 3 drivers would battle it out for the remaining minutes until Cragg made another error on the penultimate lap, leaving Yardy and Martin to race it out for the win – Martin would hold on to take Leg 1, just 0.5 ahead of Yardy with Cragg in 3rd.  Onto Leg 2 and this time Cragg was out to make amends for his first leg – he’d get off to the ideal start as Martin made an error half way through lap 1 allowing Yardy to 2nd.  More errors would follow for the rest of the field and soon Cragg and Yardy had a big advantage over the field.  Cragg was putting in fast lap after fast lap and keeping Yardy at a 2 second gap until Yardy began to charge.  His KC was closing the gap until an error on the table top would confirm Leg 2 was Cragg’s.  Yardy coming in second and Crompton taking 3rd from Martin recovering to 4th.  Leg 3 began with all 3 of the front runners in with a shot of the win – this leg would be about who won, and in what time.  The front 3 put on a fine display, battling nose to tail in qualifying order until the mid-point, when Martin touched the kerb onto the straight and let Yardy into 2nd.  Cragg was becoming ragged out front as Yardy and Martin applied pressure and with a minute to go would have a slight roll at the banking, to allow Yardy and Martin through – a disaster for his hopes of a 2nd win of the season.  Yardy would hold on to win the leg from Martin with Cragg in 3rd.  All eyes were on the timing screens to see the result as both Yardy and Martin had a win and a 2nd place finish to count.  In the end, Martin would take the win with his Leg 1 winning time just under a second clear of Yardy’s Leg 3 run.  Yardy finished 2nd and Cragg, a no doubt frustrated, 3rd

 Final Top 10:    1.  Lee Martin
                          2.  Tom Yardy
                          3.  Neil Cragg
                          4.  Paul Crompton
                          5.  Ben Pugh
                          6.  Kevin Lee
                          7.  Craig Collinson
                          8.  Tom Cockerill
                          9.  Danny McGee
                        10.  Luke Holdsworth

 

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Sunday – 4wd

The track layout was changed overnight and the 4WD portion of the event would be contested on a much more technical layout – made even more so by the ever-decreasing grip levels of the dry and dusty astroturf.  Neil Cragg had a disappointing 1st Round of the 4WD Series and was keen to bury any demons from the day before and TQ’d the opening round with his Associated B64.  A breakage in Round 2 would prevent Cragg from repeating the feat and Yokomo’s Tom Cockerill would take Round 2 before team-mate Lee Martin would grab Round 3 with his YZ-4.  Cragg showed all his experience however in Round 4 and would wrap up his 2nd TQ of the weekend with a storming last run that would see him really step up the pace.  Martin would secure 2nd on the grid ahead of Cockerill.  Paul Crompton would make his 2nd A final of the weekend and line up 4th ahead of the Schumacher L1 of Tom Yardy.  Ben Pugh would make his first 4WD A final this time, claiming the 10th spot on the grid.

Qual. Top 10:   1.  Neil Cragg
                           2.  Lee Martin
                           3.  Tom Cockerill
                           4.  Paul Crompton
                           5.  Tom Yardy
                           6.  Craig Collinson
                           7.  Dominic Nunn
                           8.  Danny McGee
                           9.  Kevin Lee
                         10.  Ben Pugh

 

The first Leg of the final would see Cragg deliver a flawless run and take the win, despite coming under some pressure from Martin in the middle part of the run.  Martin would finish 2nd from Team C’s Craig Collinson who came through to snatch 3rd place from Cockerill in 4th. and Yardy in 5th, though these 3 were quite a way back from the leaders.  Cragg was desperate to convert his TQ position this time and would duly do so, wrapping up Leg 2 comfortably again from Martin with Cockerill in 3rd.  The same order would follow in Leg 3 as Cragg took a clean sweep and a maximum points haul to get his 4WD campaign back on track.  Martin and Cockerill would complete the podium. 

 Final Top 10:    1.  Neil Cragg
                          2.  Lee Martin
                          3.  Tom Cockerill
                          4.  Craig Collinson
                          5.  Tom Yardy
                          6.  Dominic Nunn
                          7.  Danny McGee
                          8.  Ben Pugh
                          9.  Kevin Lee
                       10.  Paul Crompton

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So, our defending Champions win again, though this time in the opposing class to which they hold the title.  The chasing pack showed this weekend that they may just not have it all their own way, and they may want to start looking over their shoulders with a few fast youngsters now breaking into the Top 10.  Thanks to the Telford crew for hosting a brilliant event with an immaculate track and venue – Round 3 will see us down in Southampton as we visit the TORCH track over the first weekend in June. Hope to see you there!

Recognition for report & pictures to:-    Tom Yardy, Chris. Delves and Laura Yardy.