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
January 16th marked the first round of the Nulon Nationals for 2016 and the begining of our campaign to be the champions once again.
The competition changed for 2016 with the introduction of a new team and changes to the points system. This year there is no bonus points for return drivers and classes were introduced instead. These were 2WD Forced Induction, 2WD over 3.5l, 2WD under 3.5 and AWD with each class receiving 15 points for first, 14 for second all the way down to 1 point for last.
It's no secret that RTDC has a great array of cars suited to all of these classes and we took advantage of that sending our top 4 drivers into the rounds. Competition was hot from the moment the first cars hit the skidpan. The AWD class was dominated by The NSW WRX club however our very own Rob Benkovich held his own battling it out for first place with Adrian Vos.
2WD Forced Induction included returning champion Scotty Gibbs in his MX5 and was always going to be though to beat given his multiple national motorkhana trophies. RTDC's Andrew Crick was looking comfortable in the mix having taken out first place in our own motorkhana championship last year but unfortunately 2 errors on the same course pushed him down to mid field leaving him no choice but to battle his way back up the ranks.
2WD Under 3.5l saw the return of Dave Masing and his little lancer coope and he dominated the class from the beginning leave the other too chase him down.
2WD Over 3.5l had our RWD champion Nathan Aldous in his CV8 Monaro prove why he was there. This was the smallest of the classes but competition was there none the less with the like of Bea Yates in the mix.
By the end of the day RTDC was found at the top of the leaderboard, foloowed very closely by the WRX club. Rob Benkovich then went on to win himself a personal prize winning the "one hit wonder" full skid pan with a cracking time!
As is often the case with large events like these, a large show and shine was setup with over 500 cars setup and on display. A big thanks to all our team members for the awesome result and of course to all members for their continuing support, we had a vast array of cars to choose from.
Also a big thank you to NULON for their continuing support of amateur motorsport.
Official video by our friends at Speedrun
So next year is going to be another epic year of motorsport. With that in mind, we have added a twist to the motorkahna championship. With the points difference between 1st and 3rd place (after all events) being so close, this twist could potentially alter who gets the trophies. We have also added a track championship that will be run within the interclub events. See how things will be next year below.
We are happy to announce that we have added a 5th round this year. Yes RTDC will run our 4 events as normal with our full pan craziness, because we know you all love it, however for 2016 the 86 club have extended us an invite to 2 of their twighlight motorkhana events. One of these is primarily a drift event, but the other will be traditional motorkahna style. This will be the event we add to our championship.
So how it works....