Rccaoi Rallycross Round One Race Report
The RCCAOI Championship for 2017 got off to a great start with round one at Badmcc, Aghalee last Sunday. A lot of work has been done on the track again this year, with a new, raised turn section in the center of the track, a longer, newly constructed pit lane, and covered pit benches and seats for every driver there. Attendance was a record levels with 47 drivers registered to race.
The weather for the weekend was ideal, wind did cause some problems over the big jump on Saturday, but Sunday was calm and hot. Dust was at a minimum and grip was very high, both attributed to the amount of molasses / sugar applied to the track in the week running up to the event. The heat did cause some problems with plastics softening, giving buggies even more grip, and causing parts to break under the strain. I saw more than the usual amount of wishbones, wing mounts and servos head for the bin.
The heat for the final was intense, shorts and bottled water a must for marshals, some drivers using almost bald, small tread tires due to the level of grip on the now well swept track. Bradley Baird took T.Q. from the heats, so was in pole position for the start. He led the race around the first corner and held it for the entire race, lapping back markers by the third lap. Some drivers had engine issues with flameouts, no doubt due to the heat, but over all everyone had high praise for the event and the facilities. Detailed results are available on at www.rccaoi.com
1/8th Ebuggy Podium:
1/8th Nitro Podium:
The next round, Rnd 2, is at the Crccc track in Cork on the 24th / 25th of June, details at www.crccc.ie
1.8th Rallycross Rep