So 2017 has come to an end for RTDC and for a large majority of the club level motorsport events. It has been great running these events and we hope that all competitors, passengers and spectators had as much as we did. Here are the results from the year:
1st. Jaques Van Deventer
2nd. Joel Grech
3rd. Joel Cowan
1st. Matt Cole
2nd. Matthew Crozier
3rd. Theo Uuludriks
1st. Scott Sutton
2nd. Suphapong Boonvongso
3rd. Wichian Upanno
1st. Rob Benkovich
2nd. Morgna Skelton
3rd. Andrew Agius-Gilibert
1st. Alex Wong
2nd. Stuart Milne
3rd. Noel Lim
1st. Wichian Upanno
2nd. Andrew Crick
3rd. Dave Hey
Most Valuable Person: Laureen Hill - Your dedication to the club, by volunteering as an official for every motorkhana event cannot go unnoticed. You have gone above and beyond and we give you this trophy in recognition of your help.
Lifetime Member: Lachlan Spare - Without you our motorkhana events would not be organised and run to the tee. Welcome to the lifetime family, and we hope you can put it to good use in the years to come.
Until next year folks! We might even have a few surprises for you to keep your eyes open for.......
The final round, time to knuckle down and make sure that your best times had been laid down, or it was time to make some! The weather this time around turned sour, however for the most part the rain stayed at bay. Once again we had a few new competitiors, who by all reports really enjoyed how the day flowed and assured us they would be back for more.
The racing on the skidpan was frantic, wherever a split second could be found it was being sought. Even sometimes to the dismay of the cone that ended up under the car!
Some fast times and very competitive ones at that were recorded, it will be interesting to see how the final results turn out. You will have to wait until the presentation to find out!
Back to the pan we went, and once again the sun shone down on us. Getting closer to the end of the championship, we saw competitors pushing that little bit harder, knowing that every time could be the one that would give them the lead. It also saw the best chance for one of the AWD guys to claw back some points, with first place unable to make the day.
As always a few of the guys clocked up some slower times, instead focusing on the fun side of being on the wet skidpan as opposed to the timed competitive side of the pan.
Round 5 is looking to be a tight one, and could see the competition come down to the wire!
It goes without saying that NULON have been doing som extraordinary things in the grassroot motorsport sphere. The return to SMSP GP Circuit saw a record number of people through the gates, a rough measure of numbers had the crowd at around 3500 people. And what a spectacle was offered on the day!
In the center of the park NULON offered up passenger sessions on the skidpan. The skidpan was set up with two courses side by side. Each course having 4 different directions/paths. This meant that the flow of cars on and off the pan was crazy! As soon as one was off, the next one was on. Passengers got what they asked for...leaving the car with a massive grin on their face and a few with some wobbly legs.
Just off to the side of the skidpan was the Mighty Micra on the figure eight. The car had been lowered and the brakes slightly upgraded...but other than that the car truly was a handful of rolling weight. The times were tumbling and the competitive spirit of all participants pushed the Micra to new bounds. We were all astounded that at the end of the day the car still worked!
Of course the main spectacle was the racing. As expected the big boys brought all the fruit. Turbos that could swallow a small kid, brakes as big as trucks and wings that make aeroplanes look bland. Event the amateur guys put on a great show...seeing some of the rear ends of the cars squirm through turn 1 was a sight to behold. Commitment truly to the car and the hours of wrench time they had put in prior to race day.
Finally as always the crew from Tuned threw together their show and shine. All the cars that have the fruit but are too well perfected to be put down the race track. A truly great turn out and some awesome examples of OEM supplied vehicles, and of course the owner tweaked versions.
As with all of our events, scrutineering was first on the agenda. With the sun out and with the help of a multitude of members, the scrutineering was over with plenty of time to spare (a big thanks to all of you). And so it was onto the competition at hand.
This event saw the return of some of our longer serving members, and also a few new faces. We we found almost the entire Hill family competiting, the MG, the GTR34, the honda and the evo. A true motorsport family.
The day ran smooth and from all reports the full pan was a little trickier than they had first thought. The heavens smiled down on us and it was a great day to be out on the pan. Not long now until Nulon Nationals, where we will be holding a passenger skid pan, another chance for members to show their skills.
After the awesome event that was Round 1 Motorkhana, the 4 month wait for Round 2 has been unbearable. But for some of the clubs, this was time to get the car modified and prepped for whats ahead. The time off has been used well for the boys from RTDC. Danny and Matt, well their cars are always well prepared, but word is that there may be a few suprises on the cards. Matthew porsche is fresh out of servicing and is back up to full health and full power, lets hope he is ready for the full horsepwer resurgence! Ryans evo 5 has come full circle, its been stripped of a large bit of weight and has had a few secret upgrades completed.
Aside from the cars though; its the location that is unique. Mt Panorama is the stuff made of legends. To be able to say to your mates that your going to be racing on the hallowed turf is one thing, but to then actually get onto the asphalt and take conrod straight at full noise is what dreams are made of. Growing up watching Brock and Perkins, and now Whincup and Lowndes its our opportunity to be like them in our own cars.
Saturday will see a head to head race down conrod straight, through the bend and finishing down at the official finish line. This will test straight line speed and commitment to start with, but then it will also test how well each driver can carry their speed through the last few corners. Sunday will see the true hillclimb side of the event, where one-by-one the drivers will race up mountain straight up and climb up to the top of the mountain. The climb being a great test of power and balance for each and every car.
All of this of course would not be possible without Nulon, and a big debt of gratitude goes to them for continuing to invest in grassroots motorsport.
Heres to a big weekend! We hope to see you there, and we hope to do our members proud!
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Well what a busy start to the year we have had. As such this has been my first chance to get onto writing up a report on our events.
Round 1 started out with some nerves on our behalf, we were trialling a new traffic light system for starting. But if there was something to put those nerves to rest, was we had the gods with us in the form of a full sun and empty sky. As scrutineering was being completed it appeared we had an influx of new competitors and a few of our regulars had chosen to sit out due to the Interclub supersprint being held the next day. Little did we know that some of the new drivers had a bit of skill up their sleeves. A new car on the scene, a stickered up little Honda civic pivoted on a dime and found itself in the top 5 by the end of the day. The volunteers had it tough, a gale force wind trying to rip down their tent and trying to lower their body temperatures! The day took a sour turn as a very unusual storm rolled through and gave us all a little fright.
Round 2 mirrored round 1. The weather was awesome and we once again had some new cars. The traffic light system was well and truly in full swing and from all reports the competitors have loved its inclusion. As our club evolves the live timing setup is also becoming more and more embraced. Allowing competitors to check their standings as the event goes on. Once again Rob Benkovich was to pull ahead and take the cake, but from the times it would appear as if a few of the other regulars are slowly sneaking up on him. We shall see....