The 7th and penultimate round of the BRCA 1/8th Off Road
series turned into a belter of a race in which Jon Hazelwood took the victory.
The qualifying sessions saw Hobao team driver Graham Alsop
take the pole position with his RB/Byron/Proline equiped Hyper 8.5, and with it
the extra point that may prove crucial in his fight for the championship with
Neil Cragg. Neil on the other hand had some terrible luck in qualifying which
saw him end up pole in the 'B' final. Also qualifying directly into the main
final were Craig Dresher, Lee Martin and Elliott Boots.
The main final saw Pole man Graham Alsop
make the worst possible start by rolling on lap 1 right in front of the pack
which put him back to about 10-11th by the ned of the first lap. After 20
minutes Graham had fought his way back into contention and at this stage we had
5 drivers well in the hunt for the win. These were Graham, Jon Hazelwood, David
Crompton, Craig Drescher and Elliott Boots. Graham, David and Craig were all
making 10 minute fuel stops and Graham had made great use of that to leap over
the middle order at the first round of stops.
Going into the final 5 minutes Graham had the lead from Jon Hazelwood, Jon
really put the hammer down to catch Graham and he closed the gap to about 1
second at which point Graham made the error at the end of the straight, this let
Jon nip through and control the race to the flag.