ACT Indoor Nationals
Author: Mark Wallin
The 2018 RCRA Australian Indoor National Championships held at the ACTMCRC's
indoor track in Canberra over the weekend of October 6 and 7. The track was a
technical layout with a high grip & carpet surface. A strong field was present for
all classes with some of Australia's best drivers in attendance such as Alex Ilievski,
Scotty Callaghan, Ed Clark, Paul Simms and Jeffrey Mackie.
I won the first round of qualifying of 1/12 th Modified with my XRAY X12. Ed Clark
won the second round of qualifying with a great drive, posting a 37 lap run, two laps
faster than my best at that point! I made some minor adjustments and improved my
time by a lap to take a win in round three. Ed struck trouble in Round 4 again
allowing me to take another round win. In round five I was out after a few laps with
damage, giving Ed his second round win. At the end of the day I held Top Qualifier
but I felt Ed had a real shot at securing pole position for the finals if he has a fast run
in round six, scheduled for Sunday morning.
On Sunday morning Ed came out strong, posting a 36 lap run. After having a full
night’s sleep I felt good but was surprised when I managed a 37 lap run and secured
TQ for the finals.
At the start of leg one I was very nervous, making several mistakes and dropping to
third place while Ed took the lead and Scotty Callaghan took second. With my
nervousness out of the way, I settled into a groove and was able to post some good
laps. It seemed to me I was closing on Scotty, and at least matching pace with Ed.
It was time for fate to smile on me, Ed collided with a barrier and was forced out with
damage. Now I was in second and closing on Scotty. A few laps later Scotty's car
began to fail. It was a race to see if Scotty could hold me off long enough for the race
to end. With a few laps to go, Scotty was forced to retire allowing me to win the first
leg of the finals.
The start of leg two was similar as I dropped to fourth place for a few laps. This time
though I was much closer to the lead pack. After a few laps of battling for position I
passed Paul Simms for third place and I set about catching the leaders. Ed and
Scotty were racing hard for the lead with Scotty eventually taking the lead as Ed
again was forced to retire with a damaged car. Scotty and I then had a fantastic run
for the rest of the race. I passed Scotty in the final minutes of the race and was able
to hold the position and take the race win and title.
It was a great meeting with some exciting racing in the finals across all the classes.
It was very satisfying to pull together all the experience I have gained over the past
few years racing 1/12th Modified and secure a victory of this type at my home track.
My XRAY X12 performed faultlessly. It was reliable, and fast and consistent for the
Thankyou to Team Xray Australia for their support.
1 st Tony Smith ARC
2 nd Phillip Merrick XRAY
3 rd Daniel Hamers XRAY
4 th Gerard Elias Awsomeatix
ISTC 13.5 A
1 st Jeffrey MacKie XRAY
2 nd Alex Ilievski Infinity
3 rd Christian Atal Awsomeatix
4 th Aden Young XRAY
5 th Brian Malaquin Capricorn
6 th Scotty Elliott
7 th Brian Stewart XRAY
8 th Dan Maher XRAY
9 th Hugh Benbow XRAY
10 th Ed Clark XRAY
1/12th Scale Stock A
1 st Alex Ilievski Roche
2 nd Ricky Vocale Roche
3 rd Scott Callaghan CRC
4 th Christian Searl CRC
5th Paul Sims CRC
6th Pete Wong Roche
7th Gerard Elias CRC
8th Carter Sims CRC
9th Dan Maher XRAY
10th Warren Buttriss CRC
1/12th Scale Modified A
1 st Mark Wallin XRAY
2 nd Scott Callaghan CRC
3 rd Paul Sims CRC
4 th Matthew O'Loughlin CRC
5 th Ed Clark XRAY
6 th Gerard Elias CRC