BRCA Rallycross Rd 1 NWN Report

8th Rally X

The BRCA RallyX Nationals are back, this time starting at the Newly refurbished North West Nitro track near Sunny Blackpool. 


The Track was now a full Clay surface and it stood up to the abuse of 120+ cars for the two days perfectly, proving popular amongst the competitors throughout the weekend. The weather, although windy, also behaved all weekend which meant for some fast and furious racing! 



Qualifying started on Saturday morning, and it was the reigning Champion Joni Skidmore and his Xray machine  flying out of the blocks, that took all 4 rounds that day. His BLOK powered Xray was going to be hard to catch, but his brother Will Skidmore was putting the pressure on with with an amazing effort with his Xray car with 2 x second places in the 1st two rounds. Lee Martin and his Agama buggy got 2nd in round 3 and Neil Cragg and his Alpha powered AE car took 2nd in the last round of the day. 


Going into Sunday Joni had secured TQ but he was denied the clean sweep by a brilliant drive by Elliott Boots and his Reds powered Sworkz buggy, as he took the final TQ in round 5. Neil Cragg once again getting 2nd and Lee Martin 3rd. This meant that overall TQ was Joni, 2nd Will, 3rd Neil, 4th Lee and 5th Elliott. 



The finals would be a great watch in the sunshine, with the track still in near perfect condition. The 1st final of the day was the B 1/64. Pole sitter Jamie Bowen and his WRC lost out to the driver starting in 2nd , the Kyosho of Callum Mcloughlin On the first lap, and that’s how it stayed for the remainder of the race, the young kyosho driver taking the first win of the day in fine style, 1 lap up on the rest of the field. Jamie took an easy 2nd place but the race for the other bump spots was between a few other drivers. It was John Green and his Losi buggy that eventually ended up 3rd just 4s up from the Tekno of Andy Beaumont.


The A 1/64 the Pole man Mick Riviere had an unlucky start causing him to slide down the field, this left the race wide open. A good battle commenced between the Sworkz of Neil Daunt and the Mugen of Robert Johnson, with both drivers leading at some point. It eventually ended up with Neill taking the win, and fellow Sworkz driver Chris Proctor securing 2nd just in front of Johnson in 3rd, who dropped from the lead in the last lap. The final bump was the AE of Jordan Young.  


Onto the 1/32 B side and an fantastic start by WRC driver Ben Turner who led from buzzer to buzzer. The pole man came home the winner 14s up from 2nd place. The Agama driver Nicky Shorey came home second after holding the place for the majority of the race. A great drive by Jnr Agama driver Holger Lykke saw him come through the field starting 8th to finish in a fine 3rd. Jack Ritchie got the 4th bump spot after being pushed all the way to the line by the Losi of Gavin Powell. 


The A 1/32 saw an incredible drive by Neill Daunt having bumped from the previous final. He went on to take another bump in 3rd. Ahead of him was a great on track battle between Adam Buckholt and Ian Slater, both holding the lead at some point, but it was Adam who managed to get the lead around the half way point and then drive home to a great win, with Ian in 2nd. Another Sworkz driver Darren Moffatt took the 4th place less than a second behind team mate Neill.


Onto the 1/16B. The pole sitter for this race was Jnr Losi driver Zak Edwards, and he had a stunning race, leading all but one lap to take a fine win despite the pressure on him from Gareth Capper who came home in 2nd less than a second behind. The reds powered Sworkz of Ashley Patterson crossed the line in 3rd and Lee Bunker and his WRC took the last bump spot. 


The 1/16A saw another young driver impress. This time it was the Sworkz of Kieran Morris that dominated the race and took the win by 14s. The remaining bump spots would not be so easy, with several drivers battling it out. After most of the race in the top 4 it was Kyosho driver Chris Smith was the unfortunate one to miss out leaving Mick Butler, Alex Page and Will Goodwin to take the places ahead of him. 


Onto the 1/8B. A fantastic drive by pole man Josh Graham saw him and his Mayako buggy lead from buzzer to buzzer taking the win by nearly a lap. A good start by Ricky Cooper from 2nd place on the grid saw him retain his place for the first half of the race with his Xray buggy but he fell down the pack as the race went on. Agama man Ashlee Owen took the 2nd spot with a brilliant 2nd bump for Zak Edwards less than 2s behind him. Fellow Agama driver, young Maxim Cook took the final place in the 1/4s. 


A great start by Mugen driver Dennis Holden from pole in the 1/8A saw him maintain the lead and stay in the bumps for a long time before an incident late on saw him fall down the leader board and out of contention, this left the Tekno of Wesley Jolly to go on and take the chequered flag. It was young Xray driver Max McDonnell who secured 2nd and Tehannah Cradock and her Kyosho machine with 3rd just ahead of the Sworkz of Jnr driver Billy Grindley in his first National event. A great achievement for the young man. 


The first of the 1/4 finals saw an out of place Lewis Jones on pole and his Agama Buggy. As expected Lewis blitzed the field, going on to win by over a lap! A sensational drive by previous bump up driver Josh Graham saw him take a brilliant 2nd spot. A late retirement by the AE of Dave Bailey saw him drop out of the hunt for a promotion after a fantastic race but it was the great on track battle that happened between the 3rd and 4th places drivers which was the highlight of the final, it was a great race between the HB of Simon Reeves and the AE of Matt Lewis, with Matt keeping the HB behind him as the buzzer went after some great close racing.


A great start by the 2nd on the grid man, Agama driver Jon Hazelwood saw him take the lead on the first lap in the A1/4, but it wasn’t to be as he unfortunately had to retire early in the race. This left Mugen man Simon Willetts and Jnr Agama driver Ben Simpson to battle it out for the lead. The pair both took turns at the lead but it was the young talented Agama driver that went on to take the first bump place into the semi, shortly followed by Simon. 3rd was taken by the Reds powered Sworkz of Darren Hayden-Ball but he had the Kyosho of Taro Cradock hot on his heels crossing the line in 4th just over 4s behind him, Taro securing the last spot in the semi finals.


The first semi final was dominated by the Xray of William Skidmore, he stretched the cars out from the line, and came home nearly 10s up on second place man Dominic Nunn and his Mugen. Dominic had a superb drive to keep the drama behind him, with both Jamie Clancy and his Mugen and Lee Martins Agama hot on his gearbox. Jamie manage to pass Lee with a few laps to go and that’s how it finished with Jamie 3rd and Lee 4th. The ever present AE of Tommy Hall crossed the line 5th, and a fine drive by Dylan Saunders and his Sworkz buggy got him 6th. The race for the final bump to the main was between fellow Sworkz drivers Callum Niblett and James Le Pavoux, a brilliant bit of driving by both men who performed for the gathering crowd yet on the last lap the drama unfolded, James managed to get by Callum and cross the line ahead of him, making him 7th and Callum resigned to 8th. A brilliant display by all the drivers.


The Semi A was once again the “Skidmore” show. Once again the reigning champ showing his speed and leading every lap of the 20mins. A brilliant start by the AE driver Mike Lewis saw him go from 4th to 2nd in the first lap scuffle and he drove a blinder being the only other driver in the race to finish on the same lap as Joni in 2nd. The race highlights would definitely happen behind the front 2 with nearly every other driver in contention for a bump to the main. After a difficult start for Neil Cragg and his Alpha powered AE he managed to make his way through the field, he secured his A main place coming home 3rd. Boots had a terrible start, being dead last at one point, he pulled off a stunning drive through the stacked field on the tight track, securing his promotion with a 4th place finish secured on his last lap. Darren Bloomfield got 5th after a very steady 20mins. 6th was taken by Xray driver Mitchell Booth. The final spot in the main was a great battle between the Agama of Kevin Brunsden and the HB of Graham Alsop. Kevin managed to get get passed Graham with a few laps to go but Graham wouldn’t give up, pushing the Agama driver all the way over the line, with nearly 0.5s between them Kevin would take the 7th and final promotion spot to the main, with Graham 8th. A brilliant bit of clean close driving by both men.


It was A main time! 45 mins, 14 drivers, it was going to be fast and furious. As expected Joni was on pole and he showed us why he was champion, amazingly fast and consistent laps stretched the field and his lead. A wonderful display of driving by his brother William and Elliott Boots was also brilliant to watch. William drove superbly to keep Previous British Champion Boots behind him for a long period at the beginning of the race. The pair changed positions on a few occasions behind Joni, fighting for the remaining podium positions, but Boots passed Will one final time after the last lot of pit stops. It was an awesome drive by Boots to come from 9th on the grid to 2nd….and then disaster struck for the leader…..Joni was forced to return to the pits after a flame out, this put Boots into the lead for the first time in the race with just a few mins to go! William Skidmore just couldn’t catch the now in full flow Boots, and Elliott and his Reds powered buggy took a brilliant win, with Will in a well deserved 2nd place. Neil Cragg took the 3rd spot, having a great drive from 8th on the grid, with Lee Martin 4th and Dominic Nunn 5th. 



An amazing final with some stunning driving! The anticipation for the next round of the championship is now even more due to the retirement of Joni Skidmore, who now needs every round to count! Boots is also back to winning ways….Who will be the top of the championship next time?


Thanks to all the racers and organisers for a great weekend and mostly thanks to NWN for a brilliant track that held up to the abuse of 120plus drivers for 2 days of great racing. The full results and all the championship standings can be found HERE


The next round of the BRCA 1/8th Rallycross Championship takes place at East Shrewsbury B.R.C on May 14th and 15th. For all the information on the series check out the details HERE