BRCA Rallycross Rd 3 - HNMC

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Round 3 of the BRCA RallyCross championship would take place just 1 week after the 2nd round but this time at the famous HNMC track. With a well prepared track it would be the traditional British weather that would this time mix things up!

 

In qualifying it was the usual suspects at the pointy end despite many heavy rain showers throughout the rounds which massively effected most of the field of racers. Elliott Boots, Neil Cragg, Lee Martin and Joni Skidmore all took a TQ in round but with the Sworks man Boots taking 2 rounds it was him who got the overall TQ. Lee got overall 2nd, Joni 3rd, Neil 4th and AE driver Jamie Clancy rounding off the top 5. The rain disruptions for many of the heats really mixed up the finals below the top drivers though making for some fantastic finals for Sunday.

TQ Man Elliott Boots preparing for his Semi Final:

boots tq hnmc

Bump up drivers from the Lower finals on Sunday were as follows:-

B 1/64

1-Jamie Bowen

2-John Green

3-Chris Reeves

4-Will Wheatley

A 1/64

1-Ricky Clarke

2-Adam Fryer

3-Colin Davies

4-Cayden Stenhouse

B 1/32

1-Jack Ritchie

2-Oli Taylor

3-Stephen Guppy

4-Ashley Pattison

A 1/32

1-Gary Gregory

2-Simon Hamblett

3-Nick Simmerson

4-Darren Moffatt

B 1/16

1-Chris Smith

2-Paul Abbott

3-Mark Everitt

4-Colin Brennan

A 1/16

1-Josh Marshall

2-Dennis Holding

3-Dave Williams

4-Holger Lykke

B 1/8

1-Jason Patey

2-Ben Simpson

3-Chris Smith

4-Chris Sharpe-Simkiss

A 1/8

1-Daniel Austin

2-Ben Billing

3-Sean Berryman

4-David Gibson

The B 1/4 saw the WRC of Kieran Cox on pole and that’s where he finished, despite a tricky start to the final he came home an impressive 17s up from 2nd place. The following bump up spots were hotly contested and at the end of a brilliant 20mins or driving despite some slippery conditions they crossed the line with barely 1.5s between the 3 drivers. Some great close racing ended with the AE of David Bailey in 2nd, the HB of Ashlee Owen in 3rd and the AE of Jimmy Whitehall in 4th.

The A side of the quarters saw a superb start by the top 2, with 2nd on the grid man Darren Hayden-Ball and his Sworkz machine taking the lead from fellow Sworkz driver James Le Pavoux on the 2nd lap, unfortunately despite a great drive by Darren he returned to the pits in the 2nd half of the race returning the lead to James and he settled into a very comfortable win. A stunning drive from Bump up Tekno driver Daniel Austin saw him take the 3rd spot as the buzzer went he too with a decent gap to the Sworks of John Holmes in 4th man, however both were promoted a place when 2nd place HB driver Joshua Graham unfortunately failed Tech Inspection after the race. This promoted the Tekno of Elliot Taylor to the final bump spot to the semi final.

The first of the semi finals saw a dry start, Agama driver Lee Martin took his pole and ran with it leading the majority of the race. Unfortunately the rain started during the race, and didn’t ease for the duration, the cars slowed as the grip decreased and Neil Cragg managed to pass a slowing Lee Martin taking the win by some 30s on the now very wet track. Lee held on for a great 2nd place but only just from Sworkz man Callum Niblett who was less than 2s behind him as they crossed the line. Lewis Jones and his Agama finished 4th, HB driver Simon Reeves got 5th, Nemo driver Jon Hazelwood 6th and a great drive by David Bailey saw him take 7th and getting his 2nd bump of the day.

A short delay saw the rain stop and the track cleared but the damage was done, the still wet and now tricky track would not be as fast for the 2nd semi final but still gave us an amazing race!

With Elliott on pole and Joni just behind him the pair both started well, the pair racing each other for the top spot. At the pit stop window it was 1 stopper Graham Alsop and his HB that took the lead from them both, but when he too pitted at the half way point Elliott was once again in the lead from Joni in 2nd. The second round of pit stops came around and Elliott retained the lead, Joni slipping back into 4th behind the AE of Jamie Clancy, they both managed to get passed Alsop in the final few laps and now the race was on between the pair for 2nd spot. A brilliant end to the race saw Jamie take 2nd from Joni in 3rd with just half a second between them!! Graham got 4th, Jnr Sworkz driver Dylan Saunders got 5th, Will Skidmores Mugen crossed the line in 6th and the AE of Mike Lewis took the final bump spot to the main!

A main time….

Due to the difference in track conditions between the finals the first semi final finishers had the advantage in the main with Neil on pole, Lee Martin 2nd and Callum Niblett 3rd on the grid, with the winner of the 2nd semi final back in 8th place. This would really mix it up, now all having the same conditions in the 45 min final.

Lee and his Agama machine were hot out of the blocks going from 2nd to take the lead, another misfortune for Neil seeing him drop from 1st to last after returning to the pits but a quick thinking pit crew getting him back into the mix. Lees Agama dominated the race, leading every single lap with a stunning drive taking the much needed win. The battle behind him was brilliant, with the “Fast Favorites” starting at the midfield they would need to battle through the field to be in contention, but the guys who started up front would be hard to catch, this was true of Callum Niblett, he drove a stunning race from 3rd when he too had some difficulties that led to him dropping down the field. Elliott and Joni were now gunning for the podium, as was Jamie Clancy and his AE machine, but it was Joni who stuck his buggy in 2nd after 45 gruelling mins of racing, just 1s up from Boots in 3rd. Lee managing to get the lap on the following pair, he took the win with a big advantage. 4th and 5th were the pair of AEs, Jamie Clancy and Neil Cragg respectively. Another brilliant display of RallyCross by these amazing drivers, and another peppering of young talent in the A main for the 3rd time this season.

This great race had an unfortunate ending for Lewis Jones who suffered a health issue during the later stages of the A main. Later confirmed well, we hope to see him again trackside soon.

Well done to all the drivers in dealing with many difficulties during the race weekend and many thanks go to the club and officials also.

Round 3 Podium:

podium

Lee Martin's winning Agama:

lee winning car

This result has really heated up the championship with Joni Skidmore leading after 3 rounds from reigning champion Elliott Boots in 2nd. The full meeting results and all the championships standings can be found at https://www.brca.org/results

We go again for round 4 at a new track for the national series Brookthorpe located near Gloucester next weekend.