It was that time of the year again, RCX action in Komatipoort.
For the majority of participants, they had to pack their gear and make the 400 odd kilometer (+) journey to the Lowveld. With International guest “Joseph Quagraine” (AKA Jonathan or JQ) attending the event, everyone was keen to test themselves against one of the best in the business.
The race would be held over two days with Saturday morning being open for “free” practice with qualifiers starting around mid-day and the finals to be hosted on Sunday. With a surface “packed” rock hard and bonded with salt, it was going to be a treat for all the drivers involved.
Saturday the 30th of August
A few changes to the rules for this special event would see race control run 10 minute qualifiers in order to allow a number of drivers to practice for the up and coming “IFMAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS” being held at the Naxos World Track, in Sicily, Italy. This would mean the majority of the drivers would need to stop for fuel during each heat of qualifying making it a nice change to the regular format.
With the track surface playing a huge role in this event, tire choice was going to be very important. As qualifying continued, the surface continued to groove allowing drivers to set faster laps each round of qualifying. TQ in the buggy`s class went to JQ whilst TQ in the Truggy`s class went to the only lady driver Sandra Greyvenstein.
Sunday the 31st of August
All Mains were planned to run for a duration of 30 minutes.
Starting off with the “C” main at 9:35am, MJ was the man to beat. This was not very hard as he failed to start the race with communication problems between his car and radio. Stephan vd Walt who started in 9th (failed to set any qualifying laps the day before) quickly made his way through the field and road home the win. He beat the 2nd man finisher (Kobus Griesel) by some 4 laps. A dominating performance to say the least. Matthew Harding ended in 3rd place only 7s off Kobus`s pace.
B mains was all about Pedro Maldonado. Starting in pole (just missing out on an “A” mains start) he was on the pace all weekend. Up and coming driver, Cameron Balie stuck out his nerve to secure 2nd place from Adam Sweeting who started the race from the pits. Pedro drove a solid race and deserved the gold medal showing great form with his new JQ Products white edition. Pedro also had the best lap of the race with a solid 57.48s lap.
The only Truggy event for the day saw 10 vehicles line up for the start. With Sandra in TQ, would anyone challenge her for the top spot? The race started with Sandra leading from the front with SJ just behind after a good start. Shortly after, Sandra flamed on lap 3 and would see her drop her challenge for gold. SJ who was now promoted from 2nd and held onto the lead for another 5 laps only to brake his car retiring him from the race. David then took over the lead and never looked back. Sandra worked her way through the field to end 2nd with Stephan wrapping up the podium in 3rd.
The final event of the day saw the weekends top qualifiers battle it out for bragging rights. With JQ dominating the qualifying, it was going to be a long tough battle at the top. Joseph started in P1 and wrestled with Miguel for a number of laps before finally opening up a small advantage. Joseph would set the fastest lap of the day a 52,10s with his average on 2.26s off his personal best. Justin was holding onto 3rd until he broke a left rear shock end retiring him from the event. Daniel drove like a machine keeping tight lines and rhythm earning him a solid 3rd. Thomas finished in 4th not far off the pace of Daniel. Chris VD Weshuizen driving his Mugen from Midrand club completed the top 5.
We would like to thank everyone for making the weekend a success especially Thomas, Daniel and Allan. Thanks to Mark who kept us all up to date on race control and the marshalls who are some of the best in the business. Thanks to each and every driver and supporter who attended the event. Without you, there would be no RCX.
We wish all those participating in the 2014 RC Worlds the very best of luck and look forward to round 4 of the RCX to be hosted on the 26 October 2014 at Meyerton Raceway. Until then, keep it on the wheels