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BRCA Rally X 2019 Round 5 Report.

8th Rally X

It was all to play for at the final round of the BRCA Rally X Nationals, Juliet Exall reports...

The 5th and final round of the BRCA RallyX championship took place at RWMCC in Slough on September 7th and 8th. With many people in contention for podiums in the 4 championships it will as going to be a thriller!

Qualifying started with AE driver Neil Cragg taking the TQ but it was the Sworkz of Elliott Boots that took the TQ in the other rounds, giving him overall TQ before the final round began, this placed Elliott perfectly to grab his 2nd consecutive championship. But with the other contenders of Neil Cragg and Joni Skidmore in 2nd and 3rd the Semi final battle for the main would be even more important.

It’s not all about the top guys and with all drivers competing for points in all 4 of the championships it most definitely all to play for in the finals.

The first final was the B 1/64 and a great start by Max McDonnell to take the lead of lap one from 5th on the grid, it was short lived though as the JQ of Ian Gillespie took to the front on lap two and remained there for the first half of the race. The Kyosho of Jack Ritchie come to the front at the first round of pit stops and that’s how it finished. Jack 1st And Max 2nd with Pole man Mark Millard 3rd and the HB of Pano Vaskopoulos took the 4th and final bump. 

The 1/64 A saw the Xray of Clint smith take the lead at the first pit stop window and he went on to take the win and get the extra lap on the field. The kyosho of Matthew McAuley and fellow Kyosho driver Ricky Clarke came home 2nd and 3rd and the final bump spot was taken by Sworkz driver Mark Beattie. 

The 1/32 B was dominated by the Young AE driver Owen Luckin who lead every lap! The battle behind him was on though with a fantastic drive from Matthew Roberts and his Agama buggy from 10th racing hard with young Kyosho driver Reuben Shakespeare, it was Reuben that got the 2nd spot on the last lap with Matthew having to settle for 3rd. The fourth spot went to the Kyosho of Neill Daunt.

The 1/32A also had a twist in its tail! HB man Mark Kay started pole and he lead from the front for the majority of the race, on the very last lap the Sworkz of George Miller passed him going on to take the win leaving Mark in 2nd as he crossed the line. Less than 1s behind him was fellow HB driver Sam Cobley who took 3rd and the Agama of Lee Talbot secures the final promotion.

An amazing drive by Owen Luckin saw him go from 11th to 1st after just two laps in the B 1/16. The young AE driver drove a great race to take the win from so far back on the grid, and his 2nd bump of the day! The Kyosho of Chris Smith was the only man close to Luckin securing 2nd and getting the lap on the drivers behind. The Tekno of Daniel Austin crossed the line in 3rd also some way clear of 4th who was James Hargreaves And his HB Buggy.

The A 1/16 was again won by an AE, this time Pole sitter Ben Turner. After a difficult start to the race, seeing the AE man drop down to 11th, he returned to the top spot with 6 laps to go and went on to win by over 4s from 2nd placed Simon Miller and his Sworkz Buggy. A fantastic drive by Sam Cobley saw him rise from 13th at the start to take 3rd and it was the young Losi driver Kieran Morris who drove a great 20mins to get the final promotion from 6th on the grid.

The 1/8b was a great race, the majority of the first half was lead by the Sworkz of Josh Marshall but the Mugen of Dennis Holding raced him down, taking the lead at the pit stops in the second half of the race, it was close but Dennis pushed on to gain a lead and took the win in fine style, Josh lost his 2nd place to Xray man Anthony Conroy on the last lap meaning he came in 3rd with Harvey ward and his AE greeting the final spot in the 1/4.

The Agamas dominated the A1/8 with Jnr driver Josh Graham taking pole and the win after leading every lap! 2nd was fellow Agama driver Darren Warburton, but he had the HB of Ben Billing hot on his gear box! The pair swapping places on numerous occasions, but Darren got the place 0.8s ahead of Billing in 3rd. A steady drive by AE man Jack Hawkins saw him get the 4th spot and a place in the quarters.

In the B 1/4 Pole man John Holmes And his Sworkz Buggy had a difficult start, seeing him go back into the pack, at the 2nd round of pit stops he returned to the front and took the win even pulling a gap of over 6s from 2nd place man Ashlee Owen And his HB car. The battle for 3rd was amazingly close, with bump up man Dennis holding just missing the 3rd spot by less than half a second from the AE of Chaz Godwin. 

A brilliant start by HB man Simon Reeves in the 1/4A saw him right for the win all though the race, eventually coming home a brilliant 3rd only behind the two Agamas of Jon Hazelwood and Elliot Taylor, who were both swapping places for the lead. Eventual winner was Taylor with Hazelwood 2nd. A fantastic on track battle between Dylan Saunders and Darren Hayden-Ball saw them also swap positions on a few occasions but on the last lap it was Darren that got the place back and he took the final bump to the semi.

The first of the two “stacked” semi finals had Neil on Pole with fellow AE drivers Matt Lewis and Jamie Clancy begins him. Neil drove a brilliant race to lead every lap....except the last! Jamie and Neil managed to cross the line pretty much together but it was a great win for Jamie by less than 0.2s! Matt Lewis also followed his AE team mates home in a great 3rd spot in a relatively untroubled race after the Sworkz of Kevin Brunsden dropped from 3rd to 6th on the final lap. William Skidmore and his Agama settles for 4th after a steady drive but James Le Pavoux And his Kyosho pushes him all the way, with James crossing the line in 5th. A fantastic drive by Young Xray man Kieran Cox saw him frustratingly “flame out” on the last lap, but the drivers behind couldn’t catch the line before the timer ran out and Cox got his first bump to the A main by having the extra lap on his score! 

Boots was on fire in his semi final, and blitzed the field! He lead every lap and got the extra lap on the field at the buzzer, giving him the overall best time and Pole in the main event, his main rival for the championship, Joni Skidmore, crossed the line in 2nd, keeping himself in contention but it was a close call with Infinity driver Lee Martin less than half a second behind him. Another awesome drive by the young HB man Jack Hirst saw him go from 10th on the grid to get 4th and into another national A main final. A very mature drive by Xray driver Callum Niblett saw him get the 5th spot. The remaining bump ups went to the two AE drivers Lewis Jones And Michael Lewis who finished 6th and 7th respectfully.

The A Main.......All contenders for the national title were present. Jamie Clancy and Elliott had some bad luck early on seeing them both drop down the field, leaving Cragg and Joni Skidmore to battle it out at the front of the pack. By the halfway point Boots had got the hammer down and had worked his way up to 2nd place with Lee Martin running 3rd. After an unfortunate return to the pits Joni Skidmore at this point had dropped down the field to 7th. On lap 50 disaster struck for Neil Cragg when he had to retire due to a broken servo horn promoting Elliott to 1st place. Joni Skidmore also had a clutch issue demoting him to the back of the field after he was catching the pack back up. All of this meant all Boots would have to do is bring the car home to secure another championship which he duly did in style by taking the win! Lee Martin would come home in 2nd place with Jamie Clancy completing the podium in 3rd.

Another thrilling final to end a brilliant year of racing. Thanks to Slough for hosting the final round, for the amazing track and thanks to the drivers and the whole BRCA team for a great race weekend.

It was a deserved win for Elliott after some truly dominate performances in the UK in 2019 and so good to see some new faces on the podiums thought the year and for the championships. The National championship went to Elliott Boots with Jamie Clancy 2nd and Joni Skidmore 3rd, a great year for all three. 


The Clubman championship went to Tekno driver James Harold, with David Gibson of Radiosistemi 2nd and Dylan Saunders of AE 3rd.

The Jnr Championship went to Jack Hirst, with Jack Willetts of Mugen in 2nd and Dylan Saunders once again 3rd.

The Over 40 championship went to Sworkz driver Kevin Brunsden for the 2nd year, with Simon Reeves of HB in 2nd and Dave Bailey of AE in 3rd.

 

The BRCA RallyX nationals are done for 2019 and all of the Host tracks have been outstanding, with great run events and lots of great racing. Many thanks to the BRCA team, all the helpers and most importantly the drivers on another successful year in RallyX.  

For all the seasons results and also the full championship standings go to https://www.brca.org/8rx-results.

Finally a massive well done to Elliott Boots on another great win and Bring on 2020!!

 

 

 

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