A new record 44 entries took to the track at Rutherglen tonight and the result was some of our best racing yet. Highlights included Paddy vs Rocket in the Big Bangers A final, Chris Madziara’s speedy Short Course B final performance and the addition of no less that five new faces. Big welcome to Tim Eastwood, Travis Allen, Steven Vass, Corey Dolbey and Troy Taylor. We hope you guys enjoyed your night out, and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Full results from tonight are uploaded now and available here.
Rocket opened up well tonight with his second appearance in the HPI Blitz. He picked up the first two heat wins before Scott Guyatt ironed out the kinks in the new Blitz ESE to go fastest of all. Greenie was a close-up third in qualifying, with some other excellent qualifying performances putting Alex Dadson, Scott Kopriva and Sam Leeder into the A main alongside regular fast guys Chris Brickwood, Dave Holloway and Peter Hutton.
In the A final, Guyatt got a clean start and put the pedal to the metal, easing away throughout for a good win. Rocket similarly eased away from his pursuers, while the highlight of the race was Brickwood’s pursuit and eventual pass on Dave Holloway for the final podium position. Dadson followed up his strong performance last meet with fifth and Scott Kopriva continues to build speed, coming home 6th from Leeder and Fogarty.
In the B final, Chris Madziara overcame earlier radio troubls to lay down a fast time and take a dominant win, with James Atkinson’s second place possibly his finest drive yet. Ryan Hughes stepped up from Novice to SC and did a great job to finish third from Ian Scott, Tim Eastwood and James Schlink.
Sam Wells was the class of the field tonight, dominating qualifying with his Schumacher. Behind him Graham Viney and Peter Hutton (both XRAY) were in pursuit whiel James Atkinson continued to learn the trade of TC racing. Travis Allen had radio issues that put an early end to his night.
The tables were turned in the final when a dislodged battery lead for Wells let Viney take the lead and go on to a strong win, with Wells just recoving to finish second ahead of Hutton and Atkinson.
8th Big Bangers
Our biggest ever field of 8th Big Bangers resulted in 12 cars fronting the starter. Dave Holloway loves his EP buggy and was fastest in qualifying with three very consistent runs. Holloway took TQ by just 0.3 seconds from an ominous looking Hume, and with the experienced Rocket just a couple more seconds away. Steve Madziara made his first 8th scale appearance and made the A final, with Ben Wilson and Alex Dadson likewise in their first A final appearances in the class.
When Holloway parked it on the ropes in turn one and got badly delayed, the scene was set for an epic dual between Hume and Rocket. And that’s exactly what we got – the two gapping the field with the furious pace they set. Rocket’s pursuit was never ending, but Hume stood strong, going to a good win in the fastest time of the night. One very happy president! Madziara put in his fastest run of the night to be third, with Holloway in fourth after a tough recovery drive. Darren Walters and Josh Fogarty were split by just a handful of seconds, with Wilson and Dadson rounding out the field.
In the B final, Steve Willis put the sword to the field, winning by just over a lap from main rival John Silczak, with Ian Scott in third and first time racer Steven Vass a non-starter having run out of batteries.
Three tenth buggies on show tonight, with the guys mixed in among the novice field. It all ended early for Scott Kopriva witha big first round accident doing enough damage to end his night. Out front Steve Madziara continued to put in an excellent performance with his 2wd buggy to overcome Steve Willis in both qualifying and then again in the final.
A strong seven car field in Novice included two new faces, with Corey Dolbey and Troy Taylor joining the fun. The qualifying duel was between John Silczak and Paul Tenteye, with Silczak taking the TQ spot courtesy of a fast third round performance in qualifying. Kyle Denman qualified third ahead of Corey Dolbey, while Sam Leeder broke in round one, Ben Wilson had an uncharacteristically trouble-filled night and Troy Taylor battled radio and later gear mesh issues.
Come finals time and it was a cracking race between Tenteye and Silczak, the two battling fiercely and swapping positions several times. Eventually Tenteye’s consistency told and he snuck away over the last minute to record a second straight win, and with Silczak holding his second position. Denman did an excellent job to run home third, with Dolbey, Wilson and Taylor failing to finish.
Next time out, 26th July will be round 4 of the winter series. With a number of potential new racers exploring the pits, and some new cars just about ready to make an appearance, it should be another exciting night of R/C action.
Bring it on!