The fifth and final round of the BRCA 1/8th Buggy Championship took place this past weekend at the Slough RC track. A selection of drivers could still win the championship however regardless of any result, if Mugen’s Lee Martin finished 5th or higher, he would win the 2013 series. The track was prepared in the weeks before the race and early on the track was dusty and loose, with contrasting smooth and bumpy sections. Due to the abnormally good summer weather that we had in the UK, it had caused the tracks surface to be very dry and therefore it needed a lot of water. The track also had a couple of new features and corners to make it a little different from normal.

Lee Martin takes BRCA 8th Buggy Title

During qualifying the track rewarded the guys that were able to drive cleanly and as a result not many people had consistent clean runs. That being said Darren Bloomfield was looking comfortable and fast around his local track, taking TQ after qualifying was finished. After qualifying the top 10 were as follows:

  1. Darren Bloomfield – TLR, AKA
  2. Elliot Boots – Kyosho, Novarossi, Proline
  3. Lee Martin – Mugen, Beat, Proline
  4. Neil Cragg – Associated, LRP, Proline
  5. Graham Alsop – HB, Bullet, HB
  6. Tony Truman – Agama, Bullet, Beta
  7. Jack Embling – Mugen, Beat, Proline
  8. Karl Jackson – TLR, Novarossi, Beta
  9. Richard Barton – Agama, Bullet, Beta
  10. Jon Hazlewood – Agama, Bullet, Beta

The lower finals had ran and it was time for the semi-finals and then onto the main event however the weather dangerously like rain was approaching. Both semi-finals ran in dry conditions with Elliot Boots winning semi A quite comfortably in front of Neil Cragg. Semi B would be where the drama unfolded! During the early laps of the final Darren Bloomfields car would come to a sharp stop while leading, Lee Martins and multiple cars behind. Darren would be out of the race (clutch bearing failure) and Lee and Jack Embling would be down in the pack, fighting for positions while Alsop got away clean and had a large gap to 2nd. As the race went on Lee pulled Alsop in, made the pass and was able to gap him to the finish, Jack would also fight back and secure his 5th National A main of the year. With Darren unfortunately now out of the running, Lee only had to finish 9th or above to claim the championship.

The Main final: 45 minutes was the duration of the final and everyone got away clean. After a few laps Lee would be up to 2nd about 10 seconds down on a fast running Boots. Mid race the rain started to fall and Lee start to play cat and mouse with Elliot. Lee stated that he played the race very safe as he knew what he needed to do in order to claim the championship and now was not the time for heroics. After the 45 minutes were up Lee Martin crossed the finish line in 2nd place to claim not only his first ever BRCA 1/8th national title, but also Mugen’s first!

Championship Top 3:

  1. Lee Martin – Mugen, Beat, Proline
  2. Elliot Boots – Kyosho, Novarossi, Proline
  3. Darren Bloomfield – TLR, – , AKA

Lee Martin takes BRCA 8th Buggy Title

Jack Embling went on to claim the junior title convincingly on his first year with the Mugen team with Ash Owen dominating the clubman’s title and gaining an entry into next year’s EFRA Euro A! Congratulations!

Lee Martin takes BRCA 8th Buggy Title