The day started off with a buzz! After the unusually large delay between round two and this round, the anticipation and energy was electric amongst all competitors. A little bit of niggle was exchanged and off we went on the pan.
Running side to side for this event the large concrete barrier was a little too close for some peoples comfort, and fortunately everyone drove accordingly. Many of the circuits that were run required continual pirouettes of cones and for those who didn’t have a passenger or it was their first time, they found it very hard to keep to the course.
The full skidpan was donated to us by our lead motorkhana driver Rob Benkovich. Incorporating all aspects of motorkhana car control: weave control, rotation control and of course just general course following skills. Another full pan that started off with a lot of unknowns but after one run all competitors knew what had to be done and things got competitive.
As results show the AWD guys were led once again by Rob Benkovich, this time however Nik Stanyer was right on his heels. Morgan Skelton was up there also in his WRX. This category is going to really come down to the line in round 4!
The FWD group saw Philip East in his Mini Cooper top out the round. It almost seemed like no-one was in his league. Judging by how this category has rotated through winners its anyones guess as to who is leading the table.
In the RWD class the GT86 seems to have been the model of choice, taking out the first few places. Its going to be tough to compete with them but there are a few other skilled drivers in the class who might have something to say in round 4.
All in all it was another great event. Luckily the threatening clouds never unleashed however the breeze had a bit of chill to it. Until Round 4!!
What a cracker of a day! Sun was out and there wasnt a cloud in the sky! What better way to start your weekend then with some motorsport.
Saturday (23/7/16) saw the boys from RTDC return to the grounds of Sydney Motorsport Park for a full circuit track day. What an awesome circuit, with its double apex corners, its high speed straight ending in a all in sweeping corner and of course its off camber over crest under the billboard.
The team for this event once again saw Danny Buneta and Matt Cole, however brought in to compete with a smaller engine category we had this beautiful BMW (pictured above). We had also planned to a Holden Monaro to cover another engine category, but due to a small mishap the call up went to Michael Hill. Unfortunately Michael was on used tyres, having not expected to have been called up to compete and also experienced some mechanical issues which ended his day.
For the rest of the guys consistent laps were banked and for the most part things went according to plan. At the end of this round RTDC are still ahead, but the leaders are now beginning to bunch together.
And so it goes that it will all boil down to the final event, a drag race at Cootamundra. We look forward to going back to back, but recognise we could have some stiff competition!
RTDC Still Ahead
When people think motorsport in Australia, the ultimate track is always brought up as Mt Panorama. With Nulon’s Round 3 we found ourselves smack bang in the middle of Bathurst with a nice brisk breeze and a full sun in the sky.
On the Saturday racing, the awe inspiring downhill section of the circuit was reversed and turned into an uphill. Very early on there were quite a few people pushing their cold tyres to the limits, and unfortunately paid the consequences. After a few more sessions, the drivers began to figure out how to get some warmth into their tyres and with that the times began to fall.
The RTDC team included Michael Hill in his Nissan Skyline V Spec II, Matt Cole in his highly modified Rx7, Danny Buneta in his animal Toyota Supra, and punching well above his weight Dave masing with his mighty NA lancer!
A very good effort was put in and by the end of Saturday the times were there on the list. Sunday saw a return to the mountain, but this time the standard climb of the mountain. The racing was fierce and saw some high speeds achieved up the top.
By the end of the weekend, RTDC have found themselves at the top of the board and we hope to continue this good run of fortune into Round 3!!
The first part of May saw the return to the skid pan for our Motorkhana Championship. This time around the day had a very delayed start, which meant we were destined for a twilight finish.
The morning consisted of an introductory to skidpan. This saw some women and children take to the skidpan to feel what it was like to take part in motorsport skidpan events. Although the circuits were of an easy nature it was good to see everyone really getting into it and beginning to push the car further and further as they began to understand how the car responded.
As per all our Motorkhana events we were fully booked. We had a vast array of cars, with some new to the skidpan scene.
As always our number one motorkhana specialist Rob Benkovic was on song, but he was being pushed very hard by a few other of the Subaru breed.
With a major power difference between himself and the four AWD vehicles ahead of him, Phillip East in his Mini Cooper S put in a valiant effort and showed to us his extreme expertise behind the wheel clocking up a 5th place finish.
The final skid pan of the day, the full size khana circuit was something to behold. With many of the participants confused by the random looping found at one point of the circuit, the competition became intense to ensure that the correct path was taken. Many “wrong ways” were recorded, but by the end all completed the circuit even with the limited light.
Thanks to all of you for your participation and we hope you enjoyed the twilight part of the event. We look forward to possibly having another one next year for you!
The 13th of March saw RTDC hold their first track day for the year. With all 80 positions for the track day selling out in 3 days, we knew that we were going to be on for a crazy and action packed day. The weather turned on the goods and the track was ready for some action.
Starting the day off with a sighting lap was a first for us. With so many new drivers attending this event we had some really good feedback about being able to see the circuit at a slow speed before giving it hell.
It was good to see some of the smaller cars pushing really hard and of course the all-wheel drive vehicles gripping like crazy. There was a really positive vibe coming from the pits and we could sense that all participants were having a good time.
Once again we thank all of the participants for their attendance and for the most part their cooperation with our track rules.
Keep your ear to the ground; our next track day is in November. But in the meantime get involved in the Interclub Supersprint, your chance to have a track day at a good price alongside other drivers who understand the track.
Getting Involved with RTDC
Our Annual General Meeting is on August 23 and we welcome all members and their guests to attend. If you would like to nominate yourself for a position on our committee please follow the link - AGM Nominations
For information on how to get involved in the Interclub supersprint series, check out the below link that contains a lot of useful information - Inter-Club Supersprints
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