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Gary Baird sweeps Round 3 of the Irish 1/8 Nationals

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Race Report by Barkley Abernethy
Due to weather conditions early on in the year, Round 3 of the Irish 1/8 Nationals had been washed out, so the re-run filled the reserve date. Quite a different story this time with 20c and the sun blazing in the Cork sky’s. CRCCC (Cork Radio Control Car Club) has a very fast flowing European style track where any small mistakes punish big time.


Jonathan Skidmore dominates UK Northern Regional Series Rd.4

NRS Round 4 A Final

This weekend was the scheduled 4th round of the UK’s Northern Regional Series to be hosted by the Wakefield City Rallycross club, however with the Wakefield being locked out of their facility by a construction crew the 4th round was quickly re-homed to the popular North West Nitro club in Blackpool.

Scheduled for 1 round of timed practice, 3 rounds of qualifying with 2 rounds to count. The day got off to a damp start which proved tricky for drivers with a tweaked layout to the track; young Agama driver Jonathan Skidmore displaying his early mastery of the conditions taking the TQ by some margin. With the track drying out for round 2 it was Jonathan’s younger brother William who was starting to shine, taking 3rd in round with S-Workz driver Chris Sharpe Simkiss blending local track knowledge with an uncharacteristically cool and composed drive to take 2nd. Again the TQ being taken by Jonathan Skidmore. The 3rd round kicked off with a fully dry and now somewhat dusty track and William Skidmore again taking 3rd overall. 2nd being taken by Radiosistemi driver Gavin Uttley and again Jonathan Skidmore seemingly unbeatable taking the round TQ and overall TQ.


Gary Baird takes smooth sailing win at Irish Nats


Round 2 of the Irish 1/8 Nationals took place on the astro track of NIMCC. The challenging track is tight, twisty, and fast. Qualifying and the weather was playing its part with sun showers, and although it dried very quickly half the track was bone dry the other half stayed slick . Alan Scroggie set the pace followed by Gary Baird, Barkley Abernethy, and Aaron Vance.

As the Finals rolled around it was the same story with the weather. With interesting track conditions and tire choices, the start was quite a sight to see. Alan had a issue and had to retire by the first round of pit stops which left Gary to take up the lead. Barkley had a flame out at 10 mins, and spent 35 mins clawing his way back up to 2nd . Aaron Vance cut a few times and promoted Colin Whelan to a well deserved 3rd . Hats off to Gary Baird for smooth 45 min drive and a deserving win with difficult conditions.

Mullink strikes again at Dutch Nationals

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This past weekend hosted Round 4 of the Dutch Nationals, held in Germany. Once a year the Dutch National competitors travel to this unique track made up of completely loam with a side of concrete thrown in the mix. Once again Agama’s Bart Mullink was hot on the scene taking the overall TQ by winning all 3 rounds. He then went on to win from start to finish in the final with Mugen’s Jordy Velder second, and Jorg Van Leuken third.


Dutch 1/8 Nationals hat trick for Mullink

Bart Mullink Rd3

After already winning Round 1 and 2, Agama’s Bart Mullink continued his win streak to take his third consecutive win at Round 3 of the Dutch 1/8 Nationals. The large track made for some very high speed racing, but proved tricky for racers to dial in the ‘perfect setup’. Mullink dominated qualifying, taking all three rounds and the overall TQ. After the semi-finals, Bart would start on pole in the final. Mullink would take advantage of his competitors mistakes and mechanical issues to take a rather un-eventful win over the field. Driving THECar, Rajco Van Der Sluijs would cross the line in second after a hard fought battle with the Mugen of Mark Van Waayenburg.


Under the Hood: Boy Witsarut R.


Boy Witsarut R. (Thailand), 28

Chassis: Agama A215
Engine: Mx (Maxima)
Tyres: Beta VMax Medium
Fuel:  Rapicon
Radio & Servos: Futaba, Futaba  S9353HV (steering & throttle)
Notes & more: 2nd place qualifier, Thai vs. Foreign race Champion @ ASIA Contest. Just received the new A215 car, having previously run the earlier Agama, no special mods apart from front and rear chassis skid plates to save the chassis. Hardened up the suspension. Diffs (F,C,R – 10K, 8K, 2K)

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NEMO Racing BRCA Rd.1 recap

BRCA Recap

The first round of the BRCA national series took place over the weekend, and it was a great showing from the NEMO Racing/Agama team. The Deerdale club just based just near Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood fame was the host for this round, and for the first time in about four years a BRCA 1/8 Buggy National was held on Astroturf. Plenty of drivers had been putting some time in to hone their driving and set ups for the ultra high grip surface, as it requires a completely different driving style to get the most out of your equipment. Read more…

Mullink wins Dutch 1/8 Nats Rd.1


Round 1 of the 1/8 Offroad Dutch Nationals was held this past weekend on the high speed track of Mach One in Helmond. Chilly weather and strong wind made for less than ideal conditions on the drivers stand to start off the weekend, however, sunny skies and warmer weather made for great racing come race day. Agama’s Bart Mullink swept qualifying by taking all three rounds for the overall TQ. Jarno Pijpers would start first after the semi-finals with Jordy Velder second on the grid for the final, and Jorg Van Leuken starting third.

As the final got underway a few mistakes by the XRAY of Pijpers allowed Jorg and Jordy to move into the top spots. TQ, Bart Mullink, started in the back of the pack, but quickly worked his way up to race with the leaders. A mistake by Jordy in the lead would allow Bart to take over the number one spot before pit stop #1, and never look back. Mullink crossed the line the Round 1 winner with Jordy Velder second, and Jorg Van Leuken third.

NEMO Racing DNC 2015 race recap

Bloomfield Dirt

NEMO Racing USA was among the mobs of teams and racers to attend the 2015 Dirt Nitro Challenge, and they have sat down to reflect on the event in a brutally honest race recap. NEMO’s Dave Duggan discusses the highs and the lows of the team’s experience at the event as UK’s Darren Bloomfield joined his US teammates for a long week of racing.

“Practice was delayed hugely as something like 300 entries were taken on the morning of the event, which resulted in everybody competing only getting 1 practice heat with each car instead of 2. Not only does this put visiting drivers on the back foot, it is a bit of a kick in the teeth having spent untold amounts of money to get there for ‘avoidable’ issues to result in lost track time…”


Under the Hood: Darren Bloomfield


Darren Bloomfield (UK), 25

Chassis: Agama A215
Motor: Bullitt B219
Fuel: Piranha
Tyres: Beta VMax SS
Radio & Servos: Sanwa & Hitec
Event: 2015 Dirt Nitro Challenge

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