The second race meeting at the new Launceston Indoor R/C Raceway is in the books, with Rocket (Short Course), Andrew Barrett (Buggy A), Dwaine Griffin (Buggy B) and Dale Clark (Tourer/Mini) taking the wins.
Our second event at Rutherglen saw a total of 20 cars in action – representing strong growth and a fair indication that this new raceway is headed for a big future. First time drivers in action tonight included Dale, Graham, Andrew, Scott and Evan. Plenty of interested spectators trackside, including some more old faces from past Launceston R/C clubs itching to get back into the action. Read on for the full story….
Rocket came out firing tonight, definitely keen to repeat his first round win. A couple of fast runs in qualifying put him on Pole Position for the final, in front of Scott Guyatt and Sam Wells. Come finals time, and Wells jumped out to an early lead before one crucial mistake put the patient Rocket back out front – and it was shut the gate from there. Rodney took his slash to a comfortable win over Wells’ SC10, with Greenie an excellent third with his HPI Blitz to put three different manufacturers in the top 3. Guyatt was fourth, from Peter Hutton and Ian Scott.
12 buggies and trucks of all shapes and sizes necessitated two heats tonight, with the top five to line up in the A final. The battle for TQ was an intriguing one, Rocket’s Mini E-Revo looking fast, Paddy Hume’s B44 likewise. Andrew “Bart” Barrett would have none of it however, gradually getting to grips with the track before unleashing the Losi 8ight in the final round of qualifying to take the TQ spot.
The A final saw a great duel, with just about the whole field leading at one point or other. The wide variety of cars made for quite a spectacle with Aaron Peck’s massive E-Revo at times steamrolling some of his smaller 10th scale (or 16th in the case of Rocket’s Mini E-Revo) opponents. Bart was patient though, and once he got to the front had too much pace, running away to win from Paddy Hume (Associated B44), with Chris Brickwood putting in a great drive to third in the 2wd AE T4.
In the B final we saw a ripper race with Dwaine Griffin (Mini E-Revo) taking on Richard Green’s HPI E-Firestorm. The two traded blows over the first couple of minutes before Griffin eventually settled in to the race and eked out a 4 second margin over Green. Ian Scott picked up a fine third with Sam Leeder making a welcome return for his second race meeting, but running out of battery before the race end.
The buggy class is likely to be split into some more specific groups over the next few race meetings – so if you’ve got an EP buggy, truggy or stadium truck at home (any scale) and want to come out for a race, we’ll definitely find a home for you.
Our first race tonight for the flat track racers saw one touring car take on a couple of the mighty Tamiya minis. Grip levels were pretty good considering the dusty nature of the circuit, and some excellent racing ensued. Got a mini or an EP tourer? Bring it out and join the fun!
Fast man throughout qualifying was Graham Viney, driving his touring car very nicely and winning two from two qualifying races. WA driver Dale Clark was in town on holidays and gladly snapped up Rocket’s offer to wheel the mighty mini. Clark and fellow mini pilot Bart built pace throughout the night, the front wheel drive mini’s wheelspinning at will! Come finals time and Clark put the pedal to the metal, taking a big win with some excellent driving, Viney second and Bart third after a troubled run.
Racing continues to grow at Rutherglen – and if you’re reading along, why not drag out your electric (EP) R/C car and come join in the fun.
Next race meeting is Thursday March 11th. Doors open at 6pm, racing from 7. We’re likely to see some track improvements, including a cleaner surface, and some new track marker materials to tidy up the circuit.
See you there!