RCX round #1 Avion Raceway 21/22nd of February 2015
A new year, a new challenge!
This year, the series would be hosted at 4 different tracks with newcomer “Secunda” being added to the list.
Avion Raceway kicked off the series opener over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of February 2015.
With a total compliment of 38 gas buggy drivers, 10 gas truggy drivers and 10 electric buggy drivers, everyone was excited to rip up the dirt and start the 2015 RCX season off with a bang.
The format was scheduled for 4 rounds of qualifying, 6 minutes a heat. Let’s have a look at what happened over the weekend.
Current South African Champion and reigning RCX buggy champion, Miguel Hassbroek seemed to pick up where he left off in 2014, securing TQ on Saturday and winning the “A” main final on Sunday, showed he`s going to be hard to beat (again) in 2015. Calvin Barnard, a star in the making, secured 2nd place in the final and looks as though he is going to be a thorn in the side of regular podium drivers. MJ Schoeman road the wheels of his JQ white edition narrowly missing out on 2nd to wrap up the top drivers podium.
The “B” final was won by Gavin Mclean, who showed that consistent laps times is what wins races. Brian Hilder drove home in second from 7th position on the grid. Paul Naude had an eventful final dropping from P1 on lap 5 to 7th after two flame outs, saw him fight his way back through the field to finish in 3rd.
“C” final was about one man, Christof Meyer. A regular face to the “A” main lineup, he won the race with a best time of 36 laps in 1817,27s which would have put him in the top 6 of the “A” main final based on times and laps. Conrad Fourie showed good pace finishing a lap behind Christof in 2nd outdrove third place finisher Jason Landsberg by 4 laps.
Lastly the “D” final was won by Christiaan De Meyer, with a best lap of 51.60s and a total of 30 laps in 30 minutes, he managed to snatch gold from Franco Conradie who was standing on the podium for the very first time in RCX. Marco David who is also new to RC racing completed the top 3 in this group. Well done to all the new drivers who completed their first RCX challenge.
A total of 10 drivers lined up on the starting grid. With the pace evenly matched, it was going to be very competitive race. Adam Sweeting securing his first truggy TQ on Saturday, was eager to take home his first truggy win. Sandra Greyvenstein who qualified in 3rd was having none of that and later secured the win with a total of 39 laps in 1832,60s with a best lap of 43,54s driving her MBX7T all the way to the checkered flag. Adam who flamed on lap 20, still managed to secure 2nd place from Stephan Vd Walt wrapping up the top 3 drivers for the day.
Electric Buggy Final
The two drivers to watch in this race were Thomas and Christof. Both regular drivers to the podium in nitro, who would hold their nerve and ride home the win? Thomas took the early advantage and applied all the pressure to Christof. It felt that no matter how hard Christof would push, Thomas was not going to give him an inch. Thomas held out in both electric races taking 1st with Christof securing 2nd place. 3rd position was secured by Avion`s own Leo De Oliveira who I must say, surprised us all! Well done Leo
We would like to thank everyone who made the day a success not to forget Mark at race control and Melisa in the shop. We would also like to specially thank all the drivers and supports who attended the event without your support, the RCX would not exist.
We look forward to round two of the RCX Challenge which will be hosted at Meyerton raceway on the 25-26 April 2015.
Until then, keep it on the wheels