The 1st Round of the BRCA Truggy and E-Buggy Nationals took place at Deerdale recently in dry and relatively warm conditions.
Qualifying saw both Tony Truman and Jon Hazlewood place their A8T cars straight into the main final, with both guys running the cars for the 1st time in a long time. Initially Jon had struggled to get used to both the truck and the track, but as the round went on his pace improved and he was up amongst the top 3-4 times by the end of qualifying. Tony was consistent throughout and he would line up in front of Jon on the main final grid.
The main final got underway and Jon and Tony were immediately through towards the front and fighting for the podium positions, and this was a fight they would continue for almost the entire 30 minute duration of the final. Coming into the last few minutes, Tony was in 3rd with a few seconds on Jon, who was being chased by Ashlee Owen in the battle for the final step on the podium. Sadly for Tony a servo failure 1 minute from the end stopped him from converting and allowed Jon to sneak through to take the final step. Michael Shorey also made the final after a great bump up drive from the B final. Special mention to Bullitt/Piranha driver Scott Walker driver who took an excellent 2nd place overall.
The E-buggy class had a very strong entry with many top drivers entered.
Qualifying saw young Agama driver Jonni Skidmore setting the pace, he was easily the quickest on track and set the meeting quickest time in round 2. Unfortunately a few errors in rounds 1 & 3 cost him the overall TQ and he would line up 2nd on the grid behind Lee Martin. Ollie Currie was doing his usual and playing himself in gently, but a great run in round 3 saw him take 3rd overall on the grid. Tony Truman was also in the hunt, and he would line up in 8th after a few mistakes cost him dear.
The main final became a great battle between Jonni and Lee, Jonny just had the pace advantage, but a few errors kept Lee in front until Lee made an error himself and allowed Jonni back in front with a couple of minutes to go. Jonny went defensive to protect his lead, but the Lee was able to make a good pass to re-take the lead until on the final lap a mechanical failure stopped his car and allowed Jonni to go on to take the win. It was unfortunate for Lee, but both drivers were well deserving after a great final, and this allowed Jonni to take his 1st National Win. Ollie Currie drove a great final also to be just a few seconds behind the two leaders at the flag, but he just missed the getting through for the extra lap at the finish which allowed Lee to hold on to 2nd with Ollie taking the final step on the podium.