Another beautiful morning greeted drivers as they arrived to the infamous Robin Hood Raceway for Round 6 of the BRCA 1/10th Offroad National Championship. The track just out outside the village of Blythe near Doncaster held the Euros earlier this year and the 2wd track laid out for the national is not too different from the track which saw Tommy Hall take the 2wd European Championship.
Last event of the season
Not only is this weekend the last round of the 2022 season, but it is also the BRCA’s 50th Birthday! At the meeting midpoint there is a social event with a hog-roast and drinks to celebrate both junctures – more about that later on.
With the outdoor season winding up all eyes are now of the the Euro Offroad Series which comes to Worksop in October and the BRCA MKGP in Milton Keynes in March – exciting times!
2022 BRCA 1/10th Offroad National Championships
Round 6 – RHR – 27/28 August 2022
One thing is clear – nobody is going to run away with this event. As expected, Euro Champ Tommy Hall is absolutely rapid, but he is matched for pace by Michal Orlowski and Lee Martin – both looking very good indeed. In Practice session 1, which was slightly damp, Michal Orlowski set the fastest lap times with quick 23s. Tommy and Lee close behind. However, in Practice session 2 where everybody improved slightly, Hall took it to a new level setting 22.5s.
2wd Qualifying Round 1
The sun was out and drying the track nicely by the time 2wd qualifying started. Dylan Richardson was the first driver to top the tables on a 12 lapper in heat 1 and it wasn’t till heat 7 before we saw the first 13 lapper. Steve Pierce putting in a 13/322.57.
Youngster Archie Bowman didn’t give Pierce much time to savour topping the tables before he went quicker in heat 8 by 4 seconds. And not to be outdone, Daniel Pole trimmed another 2 seconds off that in heat 9 putting in a 13/316.79.
As the first qualifying session moved into the seeded heats – heat 10 to 12 – we saw a significant performance improvement. Josh Holdsworth putting in a solid run to register 12/306.71, just ahead of brother Luke 2 seconds behind.
Holdsworth’s table topping run was not beaten till heat 12. Michal Orlowski put in a near perfect run with only a small mistake on the last lap to go fastest and take the first TQ on a 13/300.91. Tommy Hall was extremely fast but made errors to to second on a 13/301.6 – none of the other drivers doing enough to beat Holdsworth from heat 10.
2wd Qualifying Round 1 points