43 cars gathered for an exciting night’s racing at Launceston R/C’s Rutherglen Raceway tonight. Graham Viney (Tourer), Rodney Houghton (8th Big Banger), Steve Madziara (10th Buggy), John Silczak (Novice) and Scott Guyatt (Short Course) took the wins.
Full results are online here. Read on for the story of the night.With tonight’s racing being the final round in our Winter Championship series, everybody had their game face on to try and score maximum points. We were also delighted to welcome first time racer Carl Taylor, and had another couple of new visitors checking out the action, with plans to return soon.
A big 19 truck field faced the starter tonight, with plenty of intense battles right throughout the field. Scott Guyatt took the TQ spot ahead of Andrew Green, with Rocket close by. Alex Dadson, Sam Leeder and Peter Hutton did a super job to make the A final, with Nathan Clark looking ominously fast as well.
The B final turned out to be Scott Kopriva benefit – the birthday boy arrived late and missed all the qualifiers, but showed plenty of speed to take a big win over a delighted (and improving rapidly) James Atkinson. Chris Madziara took third after getting by Corey Dolbey, with Aaron Peck and Ian Scott rounding out the field.
The A final was another Scott benefit – this time Scott Guyatt running away. Greenie was speedy and held second till some late race slides dropped him to fourth – first Rocket, then Nathan Clark slipping by. Sam Wells was 5th (and fastest of the SC10’s) from Josh Fogarty, Dave Holloway, Alex Dadson, Sam leeder and Peter Hutton.
Our mixed tenth buggy & novice class was pretty full tonight – nine drivers competing hard for the honours.
Of the Tenth drivers, Steve Madziara was as fast as ever, putting his smooth driving style to good use to set TQ and then go on to a big A final win over Steve Willis, with Andrew Barrett’s ‘wingless’ sprintcar third.
The six car novice field was headed by John Silczak, with some massive horsepower on display, and some nice driving to go with it. John was TQ in the novice group, and a pretty comfortable winner in the final, getting to the line well clear of Ben Wilson’s mighty Mini-Revo with Paul Tenteye third. Troy Taylor returned tonight and continues to grow in confidence, with Leeder 5th, and Evan Cornelius 6th after a short and troubled night.
11 8th scale buggies put down some serious horsepower tonight – the big buggies without question spectacular on the slippery, twisty Rutherglen circuit. Qualifying was very tightly fought, with Rocket, Steve Madziara and Dave Holloway all fast.
In the B final, Steve Willis proved too strong, outlasting his opponents with his fastest run of the night. Kyle Denma was second (and also with his fastest race time) from Ben Wilson, ian Scott and John Silczak.
Come A final time and we were treated to a ripper. Josh Fogarty jumped from fourth on the grip to lead on lap one, and set about heading for his first A final win. Josh lead until the final minute, with Steve Madziara snapping at his heels the whole way, and Rocket lurking nearby. Josh and Steve tangled a couple of times, such was the intensity of the battle, and on one of those occasions, the ever-present Rocket slid by to the lead. Rocket made sure of it, holding on for the win from Fogarty and Madziara, with Dave Holloway, Patrick Hume and Darren Walters rounding out a very closely matched field.
Tonight was all Graham Viney. Graham has his XRAY working nicely, and put the pressure on his opponents with speed to burn throughout qualifying. Bart put the mini alongside Graham, with Peter Hutton’s new XRAY propelling him to third ahead of James Atkinson.
Come finals time, and Viney got a charmed start, and then went right on with the job, opening up a big lead. He was not to be caught, setting his fastest race time and winning comfortably from Bart. Atkinson drive his best race yet to finish third, with Hutton fourth having wheeled out his old tourer for the final.
Winter Championship Series results will be announced in the next couple of days, together with a few dates for your diary. Check back regularly!