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....
Venue: Dooleys Waterview Silverwater
On Saturday 29th November the Road and Track Drivers Club held our end of year presentation night, which we also rolled into our Christmas Party. It was a great chance for competitors to unite and have a good chat with each other and look ahead to the next season.
We will be endeavouring to continue this event as it was well recieved and also allowed some members to meet some of their competitors.
Round 4 Motorkhana 2015
Well what an end to the championship that was! Im sure all of those of you who were present could feel the suspense, as each member took to each course as if there were only 1 point separating them.
RTDC were proud to have a junior attend our event, and what a surprise he was. Kye ended the day 27th out of 35 participants. Kye’s Toyota Starlet was on song all day and didn’t let up. Admittedly we were very cautious and sceptical about having such a young driver, but after a few