The Irish 1/8th scale off road Championship took a trip North to Derry last weekend for round 4 of the series. This was the Derry clubs first time to host the National series and the drivers were treated to a well prepare track and venue for the weekend. The layout was a change from the larger open track giving drivers a taste of a tight technical track which lead to close racing in both nitro and ebuggy. The weather was ideal and the atmosphere among the racers was high. Drivers where improving quickly with each round of practice and qualifying as they fine-tuned setups and confirmed the best tire choice for the conditions. Race control manned by David and Gary kept watch over the track and the drivers making sure the event was running on time.


By the finals on Sunday, the track had developed a little more character and a racing line had developed on track. In E-buggy TLR’s Bradley Baird took the TQ out qualifying Agama driver Barkley Abernethy. Bradley however didn’t have it all his own way in the final; an early mistake dropped him behind Barkley and he had to work to recover the lead pressurizing Barkley for a few laps before a slight wobble from Barkley left enough of a gap for him to charge through to regain top spot which he maintained till the checker flag. Rounding of the podium in third place was a delighted Kyosho’s Martin Jacques who took his first National podium place all while celebrating his 21st again this weekend? Congratulations Martin.


In The A Final Bradley Baird took pole position in the Nitro class and came in first position in the A Nitro final but again it was a narrower margin than we are used to seeing from him at the Nationals. Agama’s Andrew Mc Clean who has been in great form this season started fourth made up places throughout the race jumping up to second. He maintained a level head under extreme pressure from a charging Kyosho’s Alan Scroogie taking second place after 45mins by just a second in a dash for the line. 

With Baird taking maximum points in the first four rounds of the series he was able to secure this years electric and nitro national championship early.

Thanks to Bradley Baird for the report.