The opening round of the 2017/18 Rug Racers series was held this past weekend at Wodson Park in Ware, Hertfordshire. In the premier Touring Modified class it was Paul Pinkney and his Schumacher taking the win from Yokomo’s Harley Eldridge. It was Harley who locked down the pole position with FTQ, but a mistake in leg 1 moved her down to 3rd and Paul was able to capitalise. In 3rd Aaron Rose and his Schumacher completed the podium.
At the 1st round of the series Zak Finlay got himself off to an excellent start taking FTQ in the highly competitive 13.5 Blinky category. Both legs of the final would also go to the Xray pole sitter leading from lights to flag with a totally dominant display, Jimmy Maddison of Awesomatix made up some ground from 4th on the grid to take 2nd overall with Tony Broad and his Xray rounding out the top 3 after slipping down from 2nd on the grid.
In GT12 young Owen Smith and his Mardave took the win in both legs from 2nd on the grid with Chris Wilkinson and his Mardave having to settle for 2nd behind the young man, Nick Upton with the Zen taking 3rd overall up from 7th on the Grid.
Tamiya Trucks the new fun class this year and it saw much humour and many laughs in the 24-car finals, a great spectacle for those watching but not likely to be repeated at future rounds as a more traditional format is likely to be adopted. The race was great fun though and as shown the best or luckiest make it to the top with Andrew Carter surviving to be the 1st to cross the line.