Avion Raceway recently hosted round 2 of the local club series on Sunday the 25th of May 2014. With a few alterations to the track layout, who would quickly adapt to the changes and "rule the roost" at the end of the day?
Douglas Dyer setup the BBK system to run 3 rounds of 5 heats for a duration of 6 minutes a heat. This would later split the drivers into the various finals which would be hosted after lunch. A single "special" heat would also be run for the first time at Avion this year for the 1/10th electric trucks.
Qualifying was concluded around lunch with the usual suspect "Miguel Haasbroek" securing TQ in the buggys driving his REDS powered JQ white edition. David Parkinson secured the truggy TQ driving his Mugen MBX6TR. The afternoon's finals were going to be very interesting.
"C" mains started at 2:19pm and was set for a duration of 30 minutes. Martienette Huggett showed that consistency is the key and secured the top position of the podium with Hennie Wolmarans and Gavin Mclean completing the podium.
"B" mains was next. Hosting a lot of familiar faces, could anyone stop Trevor Tonkinson who started in P1? The short answer was YES! Thanks to an early retirement by Trevor, Pedro Maldonado drove like a man possessed and secured the win over 2nd position by some 4 laps. Stephan vd Walt secured 2nd place with a 32 laps and a best lap of 47,89s with Albie Greyvenstein concluding the podium in 3rd.
The truggy final started just after 3:30pm with 9 cars lined up on the grid. With David starting in P1 and Quintis vd Merwe not racing, could anyone challenge him for the top spot? MJ Schoeman put his hand up and drove a very close race with David to the end. If David had any issues, he would have lost the position to MJ. However a fault free race secured the win for David with MJ securing second. Albie Greyvenstein held onto third with the classes best lap time of 45,06s. Great pace considering it was his first race in the truggy class.
"A" main buggys is always an exciting event at Avion. Hosting many of the country's top drivers, the challenge was set and the target clear. Warren Van Der Merwe had a great start jumping to P1 as they crossed the start/finish line. This would setup a battle with Miguel for P1 for the first half of the race. The position changed several times back and forth until Miguel had to retire to the pits. This gave Warren the advantage and he never looked back. Driving his familiar neo yellow Agama, he road home a solid win. Thomas Schmuck took 2nd place with his JQ white edition and the podium was completed by Hein Fromann driving a Kyosho.
For the 2nd time this year, the drivers had an opportunity to win some "$$$" which would see the grid start in reverse order. Sorry did I forget to mention cash? With only 4 starters and set for 10 minutes, this was going to be fast and furious. Miguel, disappointed after the "A" finals drove the wheels off his JQ in deteriorating light conditions to secure the win over Warren with a best lap time 41.96s. Young Calvin Barnard wrapped up the podium and earned himself a little pocket money. Congrats to all the drivers.
The special race of the day was set aside for the 1/10th scale trucks. It seemed as though it was a free for all and with the sun setting, anything was bound to happen. With the "spectators" encouraging the drivers to play the all the dirty cards, it was Pedro who had the edge of the pack and took the win, his 2nd for the day. A good day at the office for Pedro to say the least!
The racing was over, the sun had set... an enjoyable day enjoyed by all.
Thanks again to all those who made the day possible and to the sponsors of the "dash for cash". We look forward to the next race on the 29th of June 2014 for round 3 of the RCX Challenge.
Until then "keep it on the wheels".