2023 Hobbystation South Island Indoor Champs Report

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There are lots of ways in which one can rejoice the recently-added public vacation of Matariki right here in NZ – however for native mannequin automotive racers there is just one method: slicing some quick laps and burning rubber on the South Island Indoor Champs!

Now into our sixth consecutive yr operating – that is the premier 1/10 off-road occasion within the South island and attracts racers from Blenheim via to Invercargill able to throw down and battle for some silverware!

Day One – Setup and Follow

Friday would see the monitor being setup within the morning after which open / timed observe for the rest of the afternoon – ensuring all of the touring racers bought on top of things.

The membership had invested in a complete lot extra carpet that means the monitor was bigger than in earlier years that means resident track-design maestro Ian Rickerby may work his magic over the complete corridor floorplan!

Day Two – Seeding / Qualifying Begins

Saturday would see racers again on the monitor vibrant and early – with drivers briefing beginning at 8:00am on the dot.

The Grand Grasp aka Neil White was already sizzling on the mic in his function as Race Director extraordinaire – rustling up racers/promoting raffle tickets, holding the kitchen busy with orders and most significantly holding the occasion on schedule!

The format for the day would see one spherical of randomised seeding – with racers seeded through the three quickest consecutive laps which might hopefully see qualifying teams of similarly-paced racers, adopted by the primary 4 rounds of qualifying.

There was a little bit of shock in that Luke Prattley was dominant in seeding – setting quickest occasions in each 2WD and 4WD buggy forward of seasoned champs superstars resembling Ian Rickerby, Phil Sandford and Daniel Thompson.

May Prattley preserve forward of the chasing pack all through qualifying???


The qualifying format used was race factors with the most effective 3 rounds counting out of 5.

This meant that you simply needed to be constantly quick all through the complete day or so to get ‘er accomplished!  Prattley was spectacular within the first spherical however many others had been proving to be an enormous issue additionally!

The Grandmaster piloted the occasion effortlessly all through the day, ending at an ideal time to get a wee little bit of wrenching accomplished earlier than submit race day beers/coke and meals at Smoky Ts ! The primary 4 rounds of Quals had been within the books with one to go early on Sunday!

Day 3 – End Qualifying and Finals

Once more, we had been all on the monitor vibrant and early with the warmers going robust to offer some reduction from the crispy Christchurch morning!  After some titanic tussles and when the mud had settled after the ultimate qualifying spherical, skilled campaigner Daniel Thompson along with his fluoro Workforce Related rides was sitting atop pole in each 2WD and 4WD buggy.

Jamming Jon Cunard was the highest canine in Stadium Truck and Willie Sloan was accountable for the SCT class!  It was additionally nice to see a number of the future RC stars of tomorrow out in drive within the beneath 16 class!

The “A Principal” teams had been as follows – studying like a “who’s who” of native offroad racers and former champs!

Earlier than the finals started, the “sprint for money” occasion was up!

This noticed eight 2WD buggy numbers referred to as at random based mostly upon qualifying place and beginning in a reverse-grid order – no marshalling allowed and the primary racer to finish three laps received some chilly, laborious money – $100 to be exact!

After some first lap points, wily veteran Dave Beck (all the way in which from Invercargill) managed to stay cool, calm and picked up – slipping a move on younger Jack Henderson with a lap to go to assert the win!

Little doubt the drive-home coffees had been on Dave!!

Finals Time!!

The time that everybody had been ready for shortly got here round – and everybody was able to throw down of their respective triple-mains!

Below 16s would see younger gunslinger Kisik Peltzer outduel the extra skilled Liam Miekle for high spot with the ever enhancing Henry Houliston taking third place!  Nice job lads!  It is not going to be lengthy earlier than these guys are giving it to the large canine!

Stadium Truck was all a technique visitors with Jon Cunard cleansing home and taking all three wins within the significantly fast Workforce Related whip – with veteran Hayden Taskar second within the trusty Schumacher and Tim Engel into third.

Brief Course Truck solely had a small variety of entries however younger pace demon Willie Sloan got here out on high with Danny Lang taking second place dwelling to Invercargill and Clay Sutton taking third all the way in which north to Murchison.

4WD buggy would see a dominant efficiency with Daniel Thompson profitable the primary two races wire to wire in his fast Workforce Related B64 – displaying that you simply actually don’t want the most recent gear to win if the ability is there!

Jon Cunard was feeling the stream after his stadium truck victories and put an X-Ray XB4 onto the second step of the rostrum with Ian Rickerby charging into third place within the purple and white Workforce Related B74.2!

Within the marquee 2WD Buggy class we’d see Luke Prattley’s Schumacher surrounded by a sea of Workforce Related drivers – headlined by defending champ Phil Sandford and wily veteran speedsters like Ian Rickerby and Dan Thompson plus the younger and upcoming Zac Rickerby!

After a tough first spherical, Dan Thomspon once more drove away from the group taking races 2 and three wire to wire in an nearly faultless show!

Jamie Van De Laar displayed consistency all weekend and was rewarded with 2nd place with multi-time champion Ian Rickerby coming dwelling like a freight practice for third for a full Workforce Related podium lockout!  Domination!

This was a incredible effort from Daniel taking out the 2 largest lessons – nicely deserved for a high bloke who continually is the final man out the door at membership nights after packup!  Legend!

Listed below are Dan’s fast rides and trophies from the weekend:

While there have been many different powerful battles, we don’t have the house to cowl all of them in depth – nonetheless you could find the complete outcomes and occasions right here: Christchurch Indoor Radio Controlled Car Club :: Hobbystation 2023 South Island Indoor Champs :: LiveRC

Thank Yous

As all the time, we’ve got many individuals to thank for the continued profitable operating of this occasion.  So, in no explicit order the membership want to thank the next:

Hobbystation – very long time main occasion sponsor and residential of Workforce Related in NZ!  Big large thanks!  Hobby Station

One 7 RC  – first yr 2WD buggy class sponsor and residential of nice manufacturers resembling X-Ray, Serpent, 1UP Racing and so on.  One Seven RC — One 7 RC

Mainland RC – long run class sponsor on this occasion.  House of Schumacher in NZ and lots of different manufacturers.  Mainland RC New Zealand

GTRC – have supported the occasion as SCT class sponsor for a few years now.  The go-to for all of your crawling and bashing wants.  GTRC Remote Control Cars, Trucks and Boats – GT RC

RC Components – first yr stadium truck class sponsor.  Can cater for nearly any RC racing half or setup you may want! RC Car Parts RC Boats (rcparts.co.nz)

Neil White – Thanks for doing such a tremendous job as Race Director. A lot nice suggestions!

The Canterbury Kennel Affiliation – we want to thank our hosts and particularly Leslie within the kitchen for holding the hungry racers fed and watered over the lengthy weekend.

The racers – thanks for turning up en masse from all elements of the island to participate – with out you all we’ve got no occasion!

See you all at subsequent years champs!

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