Last Sunday saw the opening round to the 2009 RCCAOI on-road season. A great turn out on the day with 25 plus drivers entering the event. The day also saw the return of a number of drivers who had been missing for the 2008, it didn’t take them long to blow the dust of and get back into the swing of things.

Day started of with 4 rounds of Qualifying with the 1/10 heat being poled by returning 2007 champion Chris Steele, a extremely quick opening qualifying saw him taken the top spot with Darren, Chris and Keith close behind. The Final began well with a clean start off the line, Steele who poled the Final saw his Kyosho lead from start to finish with the remaining drivers fighting it out for the other podium spots. Gibb managed to fair of the best rest running a clean race and went on to claim Second place. Having the their share of mechanical problems Chris and Keith  fought it out for the remaining place on the podium with Keith in his Serpent 720 taking the advantage and stretching out a gap when Chris was forced to pit giving him a  well earned 3rd . After the 30mins a returning Chris in his Murnan powered Kyosho took 1st , Darren was 2nd and Keith to a well earned 3rd place.

 

In the B Final, it was a different story to the other races with the lead of the race changing between 5 different drivers throughout the race. The race started with Thomas holding top spot after lap one but a charging Dempsey made it past him on the next lap. An attacking Ciaran made a charge and took top position for a short time with Peter regaining it after the first round of pit stops. After the last round of stops the action heated up with 4 drivers fighting it out for top spot. Jonathan who had held second for much of the middle section of the race dropped out and a resurgent Mc Geough who had been taking up 6th place for much of the race made a charge for the lead and with 4 laps to go made it to P1 closely followed by car 2 Peter in his 720. Thomas lost a gear with seconds remaining leaving the race win to Peter and Eoin. It was Eoin who lost out with Peter claiming top spot on the last lap. A closely fought race for all drivers but at the end, Peter in his 720 was 1st followed by Eoin in 2nd and Thomas in 3rd .  

In the 1/8th section the Qualifying was of the same format with 4 rounds of qualifying. Defending Clive Connolly away at the French Gp it was a great opportunity to get a head start to the season. First out of the blocks in round 1 was Sean grabbing provisional pole but soon lost out to Austin in round 2. After the 4 rounds of qualifying it was Austin in pole with Sean, Colin and Nico close behind. At the start of the race a poor start from Colin saw him in the grass and down to last place; similar faith for Azzariti saw him lose position. After the first lap Delaney and O’Briain had made the best of the opener gaining 2 places each. Austin proved unstoppable leading the race from start to finish. Colin and Nico made short work of regaining there positions and where soon on the hunt for Sean’s Serpent 960. The young Serpent driver swapped places with the two Kyosho drivers over a 10min period in this second half of the race but a technical problem forced a early retirement. Colin made up time to open the gap in second place, in the closing stages Nico and John made a battle of it with John taking honours at the death to claim 3rd and his first podium in a National Round. In the end it was Austin for Novarossi powered Kyosho  in 1st , Colin in 2nd and John 3rd .  

 

 

Congratulations to all those who took part hope to see you all at the next round.

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