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2015 Euros – Coming to RHR!

The 2015 10th Off Road European Championships (known simply as The Euros) are coming to Robin Hood Raceway and Yorcc!!

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This is our chance to host (and watch) some of the best drivers in the world at the clay track at RHR. If only there was a website dedicated to the event, with everything you needed to know.

Oh, there is. It’s here.

One thing to note is that there’s a warm-up event in June. Yorcc’s Mike Cockerill says: “We’ve had 14 entries on the first day, so if YORCC members want to have a go they need to apply early. Priority will be given to Euro entrants, followed by first come, first served.”

Follow the link to find out more!

 

Racing this weekend… 29th/30th Nov

On Saturday we have a Club meeting run to the usual format. 2wd and 4wd classes in stock and mod. Doors open 1745, racing starts at 1845 if track is complete.

On Sunday we are having an open meeting for the first time in years,( I am told). It will run on a modified Saturday track and Doors open at 0930. Hope to have 4 heats and Finals but the timetable will depend on number of entries and classes. Finish time around 1630. If the turnout is good we can add Sunday racing to the Indoor calendar in the future.

AGM and Racing – October 11th

It’s that time of year when we have our AGM. It starts at 1900 after the track is built and then into racing. All YORCC members are welcome to attend the meeting, which normally lasts about 45 minutes. Non-members are welcome to race.

Up for discussion are: championship rules, track building and removal, forthcoming events and the election of a new committee + AOB.

See you all Saturday!

BRCA National at RHR

This weekend (August 23rd / 24th) YORCC host the final round of the BRCA National series at
RHR. All club members are welcome to visit and watch the UK’s best drivers in action. If you wish to enter this meeting it may be possible, (2wd Saturday,4wd Sunday). Just turn up on the day with your gear and BRCA card before 8am and, depending on no-shows, you could get in.

We will only know on the day, but as an example there were 10 available places at the last two 2wd nationals. It is a good way to experience your first National.

Volunteers are also welcome to help out with running the event.
Mike

Final Night at Huntington for the summer…

Saturday 19th July is the last meeting at Huntington before we break for the summer.

It’s the last round of the Truck Championship but all other classes are running.

Doors open at 5.45. Racing should start at 7pm.

Racing at Huntington will start again next school term (September). Keep checking here and on Oople for dates. Also, don’t forget you can race at RHR on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.

Saturday 24th May

Racing resumes at Huntington School with Round 8 of 2wd/17.5t/540 Club championship. Usual format: doors open 1745 and racing starts 1845. 4wd class will also run.

Next Saturday, 31st May is half term and no meeting at York.

Saturday 7th June and Sunday 8th June is YORCC Regional at RHR and there will be no racing at York. So get your entries in for the Regional at www.brca-northeast.net. 2wd is on Saturday and 4wd Sunday.

Racing – Saturday 3rd May

Round 7 of the Truck Championship is on Saturday. 3rd May. Let’s have a good turnout for this round. There will also be heats for 2wd and 4wd, so bring your classic RC10’s etc. Doors open 1745 and racing starts 1845.

YORCC Spring Cup 2014

The Yorcc Spring Cup 2014 took place on Sunday March the 30th at the Club’s outdoor venue – the excellent Robin Hood Raceway near Blyth. This astro track is one of the best in the UK and has spawned RHR Dirt, a clay circuit that sits next door.

The Spring Cup is a combination of day-long outdoor Club meeting and standalone competition. It’s a great way to welcome in the (hopefully) warmer weather and the start of outdoor racing. It’s also a brilliant way for 1/10th off road racers to come together and enjoy some driving on this well designed and lovingly maintained outdoor track.

RHR

Talking of which, for 2014 RHR has not only been resurfaced with new Astro turf but has had a change in layout. Take, for example, the approach to the main straight. Whereas this has been a tight, right handed hairpin it’s now a long, sweeping banked curved that’s taken at much greater speed (hence the small number of cars launching themselves off the top of it).

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The event was well supported – with 107 drivers registering by the start of play on Sunday morning.

Although many of these were racers who’d entered two classes (there were 2wd, 4wd and Trucks taking part) it still shows how popular the event is.

 

What was good to see was not only the number of non-members taking part (RHR always draws a crowd) but the pack of Saturday night Yorcc regulars who’d made the trip down the A1 – more than in previous years. Standing on the rostrum felt like a weekend club night at times, with familiar faces to the left and right.

The new surface threw up a challenge (in a good way). Most of those who race indoors at Huntington spend their time struggling with the lack of grip on the polished floor. At RHR the fresh Astro leaned to the other end of the scale, with grip roll being the order of the day, sometimes in the most unlikely of places (the infield more than the end of the main straight). And with a fair amount of sand being removed after initial practice, the amount of grip went up even more.

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But that just meant drivers had to come up with ways to calm things down, with tyre choice being key and a fair amount of spike-trimming taking place. It also evened things out between 2wd and 4wd classes. If you want a full run down, head to the results page but the overall winners of their respective A Finals were Kevin Lee in 2wd buggy, Ben Jemison in 4wd buggy and Bob Childe in Truck.

But the results only tell half the story. The Easter Cup is more of an event than the results table alone can testify. It appeals to racers at all levels – from the serious pros in the “big top” who spent the entire day fettling and rebuilding their machines to those who were content to mix racing with firing up the camping stove for a bit of bacon and egg action.

The weather on the day was pretty faultless, although the sun didn’t quite manage to burn off the cloud that hung over the track. But the Spring Cup 2014 was certainly a good way to welcome in another season off outdoor off-road action. See you in 2015?