The racing is hotting up here at Boughton – Round 3 of the 2022 BRCA 1/10th Offroad Nationals. Just to remind you that Neil Cragg took round 1 of 2wd qualifing and that each drivers best two scores from four qualifiers will count towards their final position. And although the racing is hotting up, the weather is cooling down. A persistant wind coupled with overcast periods is leading to an inconsistent track.
The first man onto the lead lap in 2wd qualifying round 2 was Thomas Phipps in heat 5. Thomas having a reasonable run and showing moments of brilliants here and there. Phipps was sandwiched by Alex Carter and Jim Dixon from heat 7 also making it onto 11 laps along with Jimmy Whitehall from heat 6. I wasn’t until heat 9 before we would see any major improvements on these times.
2022 BRCA 1/10th Offroad National Championships
Round 3 – Boughton – 11/12 June 2022
Top heat plus 1
All eyes were on heat 9 for Michal Orlowski’s TQ challenge. He had had a nibble in round 1, but ultimately was pushed down the ranking by Neil Cragg and Josh Holdsworth. This time he got off to a very quick start, initially indicating a 12 lap run. The sun came out and this may have resulted in the track becoming harder to negociate. Midway though the run, Michal had a bobble and half span coming off the table top leaving him facing the wrong way out of the corner. This dropped him off a 12 laps run, but he still managed to secure TQ. You can watch Michal’s run below – remember to Subscribe and Like etc. (or don’t – suit yourself ). Orlowski’s time was 11/303.61
So the benchmark had been cast by Orlowski in an early heat – everybody knew what they had to do. But the clouds shifted and the sun was out for heat 10 – would the track allow that sort of time again?
There were no TQ challenges from heat 10 – Phil Sleigh putting in a very respectable 11/312 ahead of Ben Jemison. Heat 11 was a bit hotter. Tommy Hall, Ben Smith and Luke Holdsworth all traded positions a couple of times with bobbles and errors – Tommy puttin in a 11/307.51 with a fast consistent run.
Now attention turned to heat 12 with curiousity centred around whether Neil Cragg could set a second TQ and line himself up well for overall pole position. Cragg put a smooth and consistent run with quiet a bit of traffic towards the end as he lapped the slower cars in the heat. He finished the race without incident on a 11/313.60 – only 0.09 behind Orlowsk’s time going 2nd in round.
2wd qualifying round 2 top 10
|1||Michal Orlowski||0 [(3) 0 0 (117)]||11/303.61|
|2||Neil Cragg||2 [0 2 (117) (117)]||11/303.20|
|3||Josh Holdsworth||7 [2 5 (117) (117)]||11/304.52|
|4||Tommy Hall||9 [6 3 (117) (117)]||11/307.51|
|5||Ben Smith||11 [5 6 (117) (117)]||11/308.36|
|6||Lee Martin||12 [4 8 (117) (117)]||11/307.75|
|7||Jamie Hall||14 [10 4 (117) (117)]||11/309.20|
|8||Luke Holdsworth||18 [8 10 (117) (117)]||11/310.08c|
|9||Paul Crompton||23 [12 11 (117) (117)]||11/313.71|
|10||Callum Akeroyd-Bench||24 [(35) 19 5 (117)]||11/325.74|