Tuesday 27th December was the 4th round of the popular Answer RC Sponsored NitroXCross Winter series at the Swindon Model Car club track. A very good turn out on a cold and frost bitten track would make for some tough and close racing. There were 4 round of qualifying for the 70+ strong field, and all were taken by reigning British champ Darren Bloomfield and his fine looking Bullett powered Agama A215 Buggy. HB man Milan Dragojlovic took 2nd place in each round with 3rd place being split between 4 drivers, Rob West driving Sworkz took it round 1, HB man Nathan Powney in round 2, Kyosho driver Ben Billing in round 3 and in the final round it was the Tekno of Michael Lightfoot, all these drivers so close in time, but it was the Maxima powered Kyosho of Ben that claimed 3rd on the grid for the finals on count back, closely followed by Nathan and then Michael.
The first final of the day was the F final, Pole sitter Jon Warburton and his Agama led from start to finish in impressive style, Dominic Powles also running a Bullett powered Agama had a brilliant starting going from 4th to 2nd on the first lap and making it stick with some great driving. TLR E-buggy man Dave Mayne also had a fantastic drive from 6th taking the 3rd and final bump spot into the E final with the AE car of Bryn Pound just missing out.
In the E final Lee Curvis and his Soar Engine powered Soar Seiki car dominated, taking the lead early on and retaining it for the rest of the race, eventually getting well over a lap on the rest of the field, but the rest if the bump places were closely fought for by a few drivers, it was the Agama of Winston Barnett who eventually took the 2nd place in the later stages and that’s where he stayed, taking it by over 20s in the end. Paul “Stumpy” Taylor got a great 3rd place and the final bump spot after some fantastic close racing, his Xact Powered HB looking superb.
It was Winston and his Bullett powered machine that had an awesome drive in the D final, he went from 12th to 3rd taking another bump up, Dave Stanley also Agama had a very steady drive from 4th, taking a fine 2nd place but it was TLR man Chris Cox who dominated, taking the win by over 10s with his Werks powered buggy with an fine drive.
In the C final, Chris once again showed his superb pace by going from 12th on the grid to narrowly miss the bump in 4th. It was the Sworkz E-buggy of Jason Perry that nudged him out of the bump, he finished just 1.5s ahead of the TLR man. The Tekno of Chris Long took the 2nd place and the Agama of Dave Blakeley who took the win after a problem for the long time leader Jnr Mugen driver Aaron Ford slipped back through the field. Dave eventually taking the win in fine style by over 15s, a great drive by the Nemo driver!
In the B final there was a great battle for the lead between the Tekno E-buggy of Daniel Austin and the Soar Seiki of Matt Box, some quality driving by the pair, who were matched in pace, a fine race to the line with Matt getting the 1st place and Daniel 2nd but with only a few seconds in it as they crossed the line. The Agama of Darren Warburton took the 3rd and final spot, with a stunning drive from 9th.
The A final, Darren Bloomfield had a superb start, he dominated the early part of the race his signature Blue Agama looked awesome as always, but Milan and his MX powered HB were ready to pounce. Darren had a difficult pit stop and got himself caught in some traffic which gave Milan the opportunity to take the lead after Milan one-stopped. Darren was soon all over his gearbox with some inspired driving but some fantastic defensive work from Milan meant that Darren couldn’t pass, with Milan going on to take the win by less than half a second between them. Some incredible close driving by the pair, a great final to watch! The pair were a clear 2 laps up on the rest of the field, showing their dominance!
There was also a great battle for 3rd, with the MX powered Kyosho of Ben Billing occupying the space for the majority of the race, he was being chased down by the Tekno of Michael Lightfoot, he managed to make a late move and take a fine 3rd place on the last lap and just take the podium place by less than a second, another fine piece of driving by the pair. Stewart Harlow and his TLR rounded of the top 5. A great A-final to round off a fine day of racing despite the icy-cold conditions!
The series continues at Ledbury Model Car Club on 29th January. Information on booking-in, a full list of all the results, the series standings and all the information on the events coming up can be found here.
Thanks to Juliet Exall for the report.