We received a report from the 4th round of the BRCA Micro Nationals, which after a 2 month break returned to the carpet at the Tamworth TRRAC club’s new venue. The track layout was challenging from the start. Corrugated plastic rumble strips, a perspex crossover, 12ft high wall ride, a gym mat filled ‘S-bend’ and a corner table top back onto the main 20m long straight would separate the men from the boys and make for exciting finals later on in the day.
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Pro-Stock qualifying saw Keith Robertson once again put his Associated RC18T into 2nd place on the grid as he did at Hereford, Stuart Harlow qualified 3rd on the grid with his FTX Blaze and matched the time he had set in Modifed qualifying aswell (now that’s what you call consistency!) Current Pro-Stock championship leader Steve Davis drove his FTX Blaze into 5th place with CML’s very own Wes Myles taking 7th place on the grid.
In the Modified class all eyes were on championship leader Cris Oxley. All he needed to do today was score 199 points from qualifying and the finals to guarantee himself the first ever BRCA Micro Scale Modified Championship. Things didn’t exactly goto plan though as Stu Harlow dominated Modified qualifying throughout the day with Cris settling for 2nd place on the grid and 99 valuable points towards his target.
The Pro-Stock A-final was a clash of the titans as 1/10th offroad superstars Craig Harris and Keith battled it out for the top spot. After 4 minutes Craig and Keith were split by a matter of seconds however two small mistakes in the closing laps of the race put paid to Keith’s challenge for 1st and he finished four seconds behind Craig. Steve Davis drove a strong race and battled his way to take the final podium position from Stu Harlow who dropped down from 3rd to 4th. Wes started and finished in 7th place after battling throughout the race with Simon Chambers and Dan Osborne. As they crossed the line at the end of the race all three drivers were split by only 0.3seconds!!
Only a win in the final would guarantee Cris the Championship and he had everything to do after Stu so dominantly took 1st place on the grid from him. A crash in turn 3 just before the crossover put Cris down to last with everything to do and nine places to make up! As he crossed the line for the end of lap 1 he was back up to 2nd place, 6 seconds behind Stu and would need a perfect drive to have any chance of having any chance of catching the leader. At the 4 minute call Stu was still comfortably 7 seconds in front of Cris until Cris put the hammer down and took those 7 seconds back out of Stu in only 3 laps! With the race over and only 4 corners left to go Cris pulled off the move of the day to overtake Stu in mid air off the crossover and steal the victory from under Stu’s nose, therefore securing the Micro Scale Modified Championship with two rounds still to go! Bill Pier drove a cool and calm race to take 3rd place after a shakey start to qualifying, proving that he will be a force to be reckoned with over the next two rounds of the series.
With 798 points from a possible 800 Cris Oxley was crowned the first ever BRCA Micro Scale Modified National Champion.