Held over the weekend at the West Coast Model RC (WCMRC) track in Perth Western Australia, the 2017 Essential RC Australian Ep On Road Nationals will go down as one of the closest Nationals in recent memory. The WCMRC track located in the industrial suburb of Bayswater in Perth is a very impressive facility. Originally built for 235mm 2WD IC cars in the 1980’s, the track provides a challenging mix of flowing, high speed corners with a high grip undulating surface and an exciting banked corner at the end of the main straight.
1/12 modified results:
Ed Clark – XRAY X12
Mark Wallin – XRAY X12
Paul Sims – Teamsaxo
Warren Buttriss – Teamsaxo
Chris Schmidt – Serpent
Graham Hayward – Teamsaxo
Luca Polizzi – VBC
Gerard Elias – CRC
Ed Clark set a fast pace during the early rounds of qualifying but suffered some reliability issues later in the day which allowed Mark Wallin to relegate him to 2nd on the grid for the finals. Paul Simms had to work hard to hold off Warren Buttriss for the 3rd place grid spot for the finals. Simms took advantage of errors made by both Wallin and Clark to take an early lead in leg one final. However he was not able to hold off Wallin or a recovering Clark who went on to take a victory in leg one. Clark followed up his win in leg one by taking the 2nd final after a race long dual with Wallin which gave Clark the title. Wallin secured 2nd and Simms finished 3rd.
Michael Clark – XRAY X1
Graham Hayward – Roche
Brian Stewart – VBC/Roche Hybrid
Graham Hayward took top qualifier (TQ) by one point from Michael Clark who qualified 2nd from Brian Stewart in 3rd. Hayward wasn’t able to convert his TQ in the finals as Clark found some pace and won the 1st two legs and took the title. Hayward was able to hold on for 2nd overall by winning the last leg from Stewart.
The 2017 1/10 Offroad Victorian State Titles were held at the red clay track of the bordertown Wodonga RC Club. Big winners were TLR/Motiv Leigh Cheeseman (2wd 17.5, 4wd 17,5 and Truck 17.5), AE/JC/Reedy Ray Munday (2wd Mod), AE/Reedy Cameron Zammit (4wd Mod) and ORCA Simon Healy (Truck mod).
The original date in August was washed out so the re-run was held in combination with the Coleman Cup, an event that has been running for over 20 years in memory of a young racer who tragically died at a young age. This event celebrates sportsmanship and competition, and the prestigious ‘Coleman Cup’ for services to the sport was awarded to Bazz Densely who not only prepared buggies for his 2 kids to race but also helped with track prep and even cooking the bbq through the weekend. It’s because of racers like him that the sport of RC is so much fun!
Racers were treated to a fantastic blue groove surface on the bumpy but flowing classic outdoor track, with sunny weather for practice and 4wd day but rain on 2wd day which kept everyone on their toes chasing the perfect setup. The event ran with the Holeshot V2 as the control tyre for all classes. The small but enthusiastic club members had worked tirelessly in the leadup of the event and during the weekend to give all racers something to remember.
TLR / Motiv racer Leigh Cheeseman was on a mission all weekend, taking TQ in each of the 17,5 classes and converting in the finals to win all 3. It wasn’t as easy as it looked though, as he was pushed extremely hard by Ben Howard (2nd 2wd 17,5 ) and Jason Milbourne (2nd 4wd 17,5 and2nd Truck 17,5T) with Simon ‘sticks’ McHugh rounding out the podium in both of the buggy classes and Hope Densley taking a popular 3rd in Truck 17.5 with her T5M!
Munday took TQ from Zammit and Andrew Selvaggi, but in the finals ‘CamZam’ proved too strong taking out A1 and A3 to defend his title from 2016. Cam was pushed hard by AE racer Selvaggi, the result only decided in the last couple of laps of A3, with Simon Healy and Lachlan Munday 3rd and 4th.
Munday also took TQ in 2wd with his B6D from Healy (Kyosho) and Selvaggi 3rd. In A1 it started raining making conditions slippery but Munday took the win from a hard charging Healy with Andrew holding his podium place. Unfortunately the rain came down harder after A1 so the event was called based on the results of this single final.
Cam Zammit took TQ in this class but had some poor luck in the finals. Simon Healy made the most of this to take the win, Matt Kellett (AE) in 2nd and Andrew ‘Ace’ Adamic (Xray) in 3rd.
Junior 17.5 (Under 16 2wd):
This is a very popular class in Victoria, with a full field of racers looking to make their mark on the sport. Brian Lawrence took TQ from Nathan Facciol and Shane Lawrence. In the finals Brian took the win from brother Shane, Nathan 3rd. Look out for these names in the future!
Paul Slifka took TQ in this class but couldn’t convert in the finals, Nathan Krone taking his B6 to the front of the pack for the win.
This was another battle between Paul Slifka and Nathan Krone with many entertaining races. The result was a reversal of 2wd, Slifka taking the win with his Schumacher from Krones Yokomo.
Well a big day is finished here at MORBC for the second day of the 2017 FEMCA 1/8 IC Off Road Championships! The day started with the opening ceremony, 3D Helicopter demonstrations and concourse judging. The WA Model Aircraft Sports Centre (WAMASC) were happy to put on 2 3D Helicopter demonstrations over the track, and an RC jet flyover to add to the opening ceremony, showcasing another world of RC excitement and skill from their club, as the 2 clubs operate side by side in the Whiteman Park area.
The Round 4 final of the Ausdrift 2016 Championship was held on Sunday 11th of December. This was the first Ausdrift competition held at Perth RC’s new location at 27 Newcastle Street in Perth. It’s been a testing time moving and setting up the new venue with some unplanned downtime in the interim.
It’s been an absolutely fantastic 2016 championship with a different winner in RWD class for each round making for a very tight top 4 on the ladder. Numbers in AWD however have been disappointing but with the amount of new drivers attending sessions lately this will hopefully improve next year. This round saw a total field of 12 entries, 8 in RWD class and 4 for AWD. The top end of the table brought out their best again with some awesome driving on the new tile surface. Drivers enjoying a flowing track layout designed to result in some close door to door drifting thanks to competition director Soorian Ang.
Luke Veersma completed a clean sweep of T.Q performances for this year in RWD class with a 92.67/100. In the final battle brackets, Bradley Burge came away with a well deserved first round win of the 2016 series ahead of Luke in second place. Third and fourth came down to between Paul Hayes and Anthony Tottman, with Paul claiming third place after 3 close battles with Anthony.
In AWD class for this round, our competition director Soorian Ang took out top qualifier and first place. It was great to see Soorian competing again after a year of purely judging duties. I was relegated to second place and 13 year old Rilley Prussian took 3rd place from newcomer Marcus Scott.
The overall RWD championship for 2016 was a close affair with the top 4 places separated by only 7 points. First place went to the always consistent Luke Veersma with 98 points, 1 win and 2 x second places for the year. Second went to Bradley Burge on 94 points also with 1 win and 2 x second places. Third went to Paul Hayes with 92 points, 1 win and 2 x third places. An honourable mention goes to Jordon Vukojevich who missed this final round due to interstate work, he finished fourth with 91 points, 1 win and 1 x third place.
The overall AWD championship for 2016 went to myself with 97 points, 3 wins and 1 x second place. Second place went to Andrew Marriott with 62 points, 1 x second place and 1 x third place. Third place going to Mike Adams with 58 points and 1 x third place.
Thanks also to this rounds judging panel; Soorian Ang, Peter Veersma, Don Jamieson & Jayden Goncalves (who stepped in to judge AWD while Soorian Ang competed) for their hard work in making the tough decisions and to my fellow admins; Michael Smith, Anthony Tottman, Jayden Goncalves and Soorian Ang for helping to make this year’s championship a success.
Thank you to all drivers who competed throughout the year and congratulations to all competition and championship place getters. Special thanks to all who lent their help throughout the year at; comps, demos, busy bees, set up and pack up, etc your help has been greatly appreciated, Ausdrift wouldn’t be where it is now without your help.
Round 4 Entrants; AWD class – 4, RWD class – 8
Judges; Soorian Ang (head judge and competition director), Peter Veersma, Don Jamieson & Jayden Goncalves
Round 4 RWD Class Results;
Top Qualifier – Luke Veersma
1st place: Bradley Burge – 2nd place: Luke Veersma – 3rd place: Paul Hayes
Round 3 of the Ausdrift 2016 Championship held on Saturday 15th of October was a cracker. With Perth RC Arena moving shortly to 27 Newcastle Street in Perth, this was the last comp that we’ll be holding at Perth RC Arena.
This round saw a total field of 14 entries, 12 in RWD class but only 2 for AWD. With the low entry numbers in AWD there’s a big opportunity for new drivers to make an impact next year. Once again the overall standard of driving for this round was very high, with drivers enjoying a more open and flowing track layout compared to last comp thanks to competition director Soorian Ang.
Luke Veersma had another great night with another T.Q in RWD class with a 93.33/100. That makes 4 top qualifier performances in a row for Luke with 3 separate chassis. Again the top 4 battles saw some very tough calls for the judges with a few battles decided by a very small margin. In the end first time winner Paul Hayes came away with a well deserved win relegating Luke to second place. Paul’s been knocking on the door of a round win for some time and it’s great to see his efforts pay off, he showed great driving and determination throughout the battle brackets leading up to the final. Third and fourth came down to between Jay Masli and Jordon Vukojevich, with Jay coming away with his first top 3 finish. It’s shaping up for a close finish to the year with only 4 points currently separating the top 4 places on the RWD leader board after a drop round is subtracted.
In AWD class Andrew Marriott came away with the T.Q bonus point before going head to head with me in a best of 3 battles to decide AWD class. I came away with the win, locking away the AWD title for 2016 which leaves me to concentrate on RWD for the rest of the year.
Thanks to the judging panel; Soorian Ang, Peter Veersma & Chris Barnett for their hard work in making the tough decisions and to my fellow admins; Michael Smith, Anthony Tottman, Jayden Goncalves and Soorian Ang for helping to make the event a success.
Special thanks also to Craig Jacka for photographing all the action and to Amanda Walker for capturing video for the live Facebook feed.
Entrants; AWD class – 2, RWD class – 12
Judges; Soorian Ang (head judge and competition director), Peter Veersma & Chris Barnett
RWD Class Results
Top Qualifier – Luke Veersma
1st place: Paul Hayes – 2nd place: Luke Veersma – 3rd place: Jay Masli
AWD Class Results;
Top Qualifier – Andrew Marriott
1st place: Noel Gettingby – 2nd place: Andrew Marriott
Please check out the Ausdrift Facebook page for all of the event photos and videos.
Round 2 of the Ausdrift 2016 Championship has been run and won at Perth RC Arena. The overall standard of driving was very high, especially in RWD class where most of the battles were only separated by a very small margin.
The atmosphere for the event was fantastic with a total field of 16 entries and plenty of spectators. We welcomed four new championship competitors for this round; RWD – Stephen Galvin (first time drifting of carpet), AWD – Scott Hobbs, Andrew Marriott & Hugh. New drivers are always welcome and it’s great to see some new faces at the club. We also welcomed back former club president Robert Dack, it was good to see him at the club drifting again after hanging up the “gone fishing” sign earlier this year.
14 year old prodigy Luke Veersma had a fantastic night with a T.Q and 1st place in RWD class. His driving was close to perfect all night with a 92.67/100 qualifying score. Though he faced stiff competition in the top 4 battles with some very tough calls for the judges. Personally I was lucky to get away with a T.Q and 1st place in AWD class after some scrappy top 4 battles.
Thanks to the judging panel; Soorian Ang, Ken Leong & Peter Veersma for your hard work in making the tough decisions and to my fellow admins; Michael Smith, Anthony Tottman, Jayden Goncalves and Soorian Ang for helping to make the event a success.
Special thanks also to Craig Jacka for photographing all the action and to Amanda Walker for capturing video for the live Facebook feed.
Entrants; AWD class – 5, RWD class – 11
Judges; Soorian Ang (head judge and competition director), Ken Leong & Peter Veersma
The NZRCA Offroad EP Nationals for 2015 is over. It was a good event. Some of the best racing we have seen. It was awesome to have Shane Van Gisbergen over from his busy V8 schedule. There were a couple of hiccups and a the obligatory Auckland rain delay but we got through it all.
Things certainly heated up at GRCMCC with the first round of the Summer Super Series held at the track over the weekend. With weather forecast to get up into the mid 40’s the day kicked off early and the small amount of cloud cover helped delay the inevitable heat. In an event that would see short course, nitro buggy, truggy and e-buggy run all in the same heat, things were bound to get interesting. In this handicapped series, racers were grouped, based on their previous average times run at GRCMCC. With that in mind, there was some carnage expected in the lower heats, however the results were quite surprising, with the majority of the racing smooth, and clean.
Through qualifying, it was Benny Black who surprised everyone. Four solid runs and consistently beating his own average lap times by 4-5 seconds locked away the maximum 60 points for the round early. Benny (normally a B main driver) also went on to take a podium spot in the A main. Let’s see if he can keep this momentum going through the rest of the series.
In outright qualifying it was Tyson Walsh who took TQ honours, putting in some solid runs to get himself on the pole position. Rob Thomas and Allan Kent rounded out the top 3. The heat seemed to be taking its toll with quite a few drivers seeing DNF’s through the day.
By the time the mains had come around the heat had set in and the battle was sure to be on. It was the battle of the new comers Mat Robins out in front on pole for the C main and Ashley Pike starting from second. But the man to watch was seasoned veteran Dylan Johnson after sorting out battery connection issues early on in the day put in a stellar performance to charge the lead after starting from 3rd. Mark Earl who qualified from the back of the pack after issues in qualifying, started the main late and had a lot of time to make up to chase down the front runners. By the 6th lap he had caught up and taken the lead, however shortly thereafter transponder issues meant his car was no longer being picked up and it was Dylan Johnson who took out the win, recording a time 3 seconds per lap quicker than his average. Enough to secure him 3rd in the points for the finals. Just a shame these were the only points he could muster for the day due to issues during qualifying as he would certainly be one to watch out for in this series. Mat Robbins took 2nd place representing the Esperance crew with Ashley Pike rounding out the top 3.
In the B Main it was Jesse Walters starting from pole. Jesse would hold the lead for the first lap however, it didn’t take Esperance driver Matt Wohling and local Ben McConachie long to get around him. They went back and forth for the lead early on, but by about lap 6, Matt had started to put a comfortable lead over the field. Devastation for Tyrone Dark after failure put him out after just 5 laps. Out in front, Matt continued to gap the field, putting his closest competitor a lap down. But it was the battle for second that had the attention of the crowd. Ben McConachie fought to hold second for the majority of the race with Eddy Ennor nipping at his heels. Jesse also came through with some quick laps to catch up and get involved in the rivalry. A horror 44 second lap from Ben with just over a minute to go handed Eddy the second spot. Only momentarily however as the battle would continue back and forth until the centre double on the final lap. A mistake from Eddy had the crowd gasping and it was all over. Ben McConachie takes the second, with Jesse Walters rounding out the podium.
The A main was exciting and interesting to say the least. With temps now fully into the 40’s the heat was taking its toll. And the timing system was the first to go. Starting from pole, it was Tyson Walsh who took the early lead, however an overheating laptop soon put a stop to that and the race had to be restarted. Engine troubles however for the TWR man meant his car was still on the starter box when the siren sounded. It was Rob Thomas who took the early lead , but after a few bobble early on, left the door open for Allan Kent. Tyson Walsh eventually got his car on the track, over a lap down and stated mounting his charge. By now Allan Kent had put in a comfortable lead over Rob Thomas, only to realise his name wasn’t being called over the PA. A transponder failure or timing system problem meant it was now Rob’s race loose. However in the dying seconds, with less than 30 seconds to go, his decision not to refuel at the starting grid would come back to haunt him, running out of fuel with less than a few corners to go. This however would be enough to secure 2nd place. In what would seem like good Karma after having to give up his lead in the first race it was Tyson Walsh who came from the back worked his way to third, and eventually took the win. In this survival of the fittest race, it was also devastation for Paul Bowles, who was running towards the front of the pack when he experienced failure, and Daniel Kent with engine problems. Tyson Walsh and Benny Black the only two cars to still be recording lap times as the final siren went off.
Congratulations to Tyson Walsh on the win, setting a new fastest lap time for 2015 in the final of 28.869, Rob Thomas in second and our current SSS leader Benny Black with third place outright.
Thanks to all who came for an enjoyable day and well deserved beers and banter afterwards. Look forward to seeing you all at the remaining rounds.
The Western Australia EP Off-Road Interclub Series recently kicked off at MORBC in Whiteman Park with 84 entries across six classes with 20 4WD Modified and 18 EP8 entries to bolster the racing and excitement. The MORBC club put on an incredible event, turning it up with a fresh and exciting layout designed with 1/10th cars in mind. With a little help from the weather to put on a fantastic day, the scene was set for some great racing with WA’s best and fastest drivers all turning out including back-to-back 4WD Modified Australian champion Josh Pain, 2014 4WD SCT Australian champion Kyle Francis and 2014 2WD Modified runner-up and 4WD Modified number three driver Craig Laughton.
Qualifying got underway and in 4WD Modified it was the usual suspects out front instantly with Josh Pain taking TQ honours over Steve Smith and Craig Laughton. 4WD SCT saw a dominant display by the newly crowned national champ taking convincing wins in Q1 and Q3 to take overall TQ honours from Fabio Silvi and Brayden Miller. 2WD Modified proved difficult with the varying traction however it was once again Josh Pain showing how its done in Qualifying taking TQ from Tod Trower and a strong showing from Jarrod Smith to qualify 3rd in his first open event in Modified. EP8 it was Kyle Francis dominating his way to take TQ over Martin Wolhuter and Jarrod Smith. 4WD Stock saw a dominant display of driving from Cody Ireland to take TQ from the hands of Tim Kenny and Grahame Gauder. 2WD Stock was a relatively small field, but the tricky conditions had Kristian Goodchild sitting on top in TQ with Dan Anderson and Reece Hendy in spots 2 and 3 respectively.
With smiles on everyone’s faces at the halfway point of the day, triple finals for all classes set the stage for a fun afternoon of racing. 4WD Modified saw Josh Pain take wins in leg 1 and leg 3 to take the overall win from Steve Smith in 2nd who managed to scrape through a leg 2 win over Laughton by just 0.057 seconds across the line. Craig Laughton had a strong result in 3rd.
2WD modified was very difficult on the sometimes loose and soft track depending on the watering, a surprise breakthrough win from Jarrod Smith in leg 1 gave him a huge boost going into leg 2 but it was once again Josh Pain shining through from the TQ position to take legs 2 and 3, granting him the overall win over Jarrod Smith in leg 2 and 3, leaving Jarrod Smith in 2nd and Steve Smith in 3rd.
4WD SCT was dominated once again by Kyle Francis in both leg 1 and leg 2, locking down the overall win only to be let down by an electrical issue in leg 3 allowing Fabio Silvi to take the win and snatch 2nd for the event followed by youngster Brady Piggot in 3rd.
4WD Buggy Stock seemed to be a whitewash from Cody Ireland after a runaway win in leg 1, however some errors in leg 2 saw him drop a long way back from the young talent of Riley Papalia, who took the leg 2 win leaving Ireland in 2nd to shape up a 3rd leg showdown. Leg 3 things were a little scrappy but in the end it was Cody Ireland leading the way home over Riley Papalia who clawed his way up to 2nd place. Cody taking the overall win from Riley Papalia in 2nd and Dan Anderson in 3rd.
2WD Stock was also dominated in all 3 legs by Kristian Goodchild making the most of the tricky conditions, Dan Anderson in 2nd and Reece Hendy in 3rd.
EP8 was dominated by Kyle Francis in all 3 legs leaving the remaining podium spots to be decided between Martin Wolhuter and Jarrod Smith, eventually Wolhuter taking 2nd and Smith in 3rd.