BRCA Rallycross Rd 4 - Brookthorpe

8th Rally X

The 4th round of the BRCA RallyX championship would take us to a new venue, Brookthorpe model car club, just outside of Gloucester. This super smooth and undulating track looked stunning and it didn’t disappoint any of the 120 plus racers.

 

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Straight out of the blocks Joni Skidmore and his BLOK powered Mugen looked the one to beat in qualifying, taking the first 3 rounds TQ. But the reigning champion Elliott Boots and his Reds powered SWorkz came back to take the TQ in the last 2 rounds, giving Joni Overall TQ with Boots 2nd, Will Skidmore 3rd, Lee Martin 4th and Neil Cragg 5th.

The weather looked unpredictable but stayed dry for the majority of the weekend, but it may well be a factor in the finals with the track being very slippery when wet!

Overall TQ Man Joni Skidmore:

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The lower finals of the weekend kicked off early Sunday after the final round of qualifying was complete, still overcast, but the track still in fantastic condition. The bump up drivers from the lower finals were as follows:-

B 1/64

1-Jack Ritchie

2-Darren Moon

3-Allan Ward

4-Adam Reavey

A 1/64

1-Nathan McLoughlin

2-Camden Stenhouse

3-Jamie Bowen

4-Zak Edwards

B 1/32

1-Jack Ritchie

2-Lewis Millman

3-Andrew Rennick

4-Allan Ward

A 1/32

1-Chris Smith

2-Gavin Powell

3-Cayden Stenhouse

4-Colin Davies

B 1/16

1-Dominic Nunn

2-Robson White

3-Max McDonnell

4-Allan Ward

A 1/16

1-Erik Lykke

2-Dennis Holding

3-Chris Smith

4-Mark Everett

B 1/8

1-Jack Willetts

2-Dominic Nunn

3-Maxim Cook

4-Westley Jolly

A 1/8

1-Reuben Shakespeare

2-Matt Bridge

3-Ricky Cooper

4-Joshua Marshall

Onto the 1/4 finals and the B side saw Kieran Cox and his WRC buggy on pole, after a tricky start he was back at the front of the pack battling with the HB car of Josh Graham, the pair swapping positions on a few occasions but It was Kieran who managed to get ahead in the final few laps and take the 1st place. A brilliant race by the Losi of Dominic Nunn saw him predictably go from the back to the podium after a difficult qualifying saw him out of position in the lower finals. Doms Maxima powered machine eventually ended up crossing the line in 2nd, with Josh Graham less than 2 seconds behind in 3rd. A steady drive by Charles Godwin and his Mugen machine got him the final bump spot into the semis.

The A side saw a great race between 3 drivers, the Agama of Jon Hazelwood and the Associated buggies of Freddie Thompson and Bradley Baird with all 3 having held the lead at some point during the 20mins. It was the young Pole sitter Freddie that managed to get the result in the end, managing to cross the line just over half a second ahead of the great looking Bullitt powered machine of Jon Hazelwood. With The WRC of David Gibson now looking good in 3rd and a great drive by Ben Billing putting him in the mix, the battle was now on for the final bump spot to the semi finals. A great last lap by Bradley saw him pass Ben and take the 4th place, a great series of fast and close last few laps by the pair.

Semi final time….Boots on pole made it stick and managed to have the lead for the majority of the race, but he wasn’t allowed to get away by the pack, with the Agama of Lee Martin and Jamie Clancy and his AE buggy chasing him down,  in the final 3 laps Jamie managed to get passed Boots and went on to cross the line just a hair in front of Boots just 3/4s ahead on the line. Lee Martin crossed the line in 3rd the top 3 getting the lap on the field. In 4th was the Alpha powered AE of Tommy Hall, and 5th Lewis Jones and his Agama buggy. An unfortunate end for Dom Nunn saw him return to the pits near the end of the race so it was Cox and his WRC 6th and the last transfer spot was taken by Tekno driver Mitchell Booth.

The 2nd semi final saw both Skidmore brothers hot out of the traps, an early penalty for Joni saw him drop back down the field to 6th and leave Brother Will in control at the front. Will then went on to dominate the remainder of the race, taking the win and getting the lap on the rest of the racers. It was a great battle for the places behind him with Neil Cragg and Darren Bloomfield, in the end it was Darren who got the 2nd spot with his AE, Joni managed to get through the field to join in on the action and passed Neil in the final pit stop window to take 3rd with Cragg in 4th. Jamie Hall and Mike Lewis also driving AE cars crossed the line close with Jamie taking 5th and Mike 6th leaving Sworkz man Callum Niblett to cross the line in 7th taking the last place in the main.

A first A Main for a new brand to Rally X this season. The WRC SBX.1 of Kieran Cox:

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In the main Wills impressive drive in the semi saw him on pole with Bloomfield in 2nd and Jamie Clancy in 3rd. As always, the 45min main would see some thrills and spills. The first spell saw Will in the lead, at the 1st pit stop window he dropped back leaving Darren out front, Joni starting from 5th then took the lead just before halfway. Will got his car back into the mix and again took the lead from his brother after some amazing moves, but in Lap 50 his chances ended, after an outstanding drive he would unfortunately return to the pits and not finish unfortunately this was also the end of Jamie Halls race too. They joined earlier casualty Lee Martin who had stopped at the 17 minute mark. The remaining drivers went the distance, Joni and Neil drove amazingly, with Joni leading most of the laps, Neil was ahead during the pit stops showing how close it was! Joni managed to take the win at the buzzer keeping ahead of the chafing AE cars, his 3rd win of the year, with Neil 2nd and Darren 3rd. Boots came home in 4th, Clancy 5th and Mike Lewis 6th.

Overall Podium. Joni Skidmore (Mugen Seiki) 1st, Neil Cragg (AE) 2nd and Darren Bloomfield (AE) 3rd:

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With Joni’s win it sees him take the National championship with 1 round to go, but the places behind are not decided. We go to Nemo Raceway in September for the championships last round where we will see a new champion crowned but who will join him on the podium?

The full race results and championship standing can be found at https://www.brca.org/results

In the other championships it looks like The Jnr championship is wrapped up with Tommy Hall the winner, and the 40plus championship with Graham Alsop not being able to be caught but the other positions on the podiums and the clubman championship are wide open. We won’t know until it’s all over at Nemo who else will be celebrating.

In Summery we have to say a massive well done to Brookthrope model car club on their first RallyX national and for prepping us an amazing track and great venue, we hope to see them in the future, well done to all the racers and the BRCA/DXR team for another fantastic race weekend.

Lastly Congratulations to Joni Skidmore on a fantastic win and on his first national championship.