This past weekend Elliott attended the last round of the BRCA 1:8 National Championships at a really well presented track at Slough, near London. There was to be 5 rounds of qualifying, 3 rounds to count. The track was all dirt with some concrete corners.
Elliott’s choice of tyre for qualifying was to be a Blockade X3, which worked extremely well and made the car easy to drive with lots of traction, which he was able to take the TQ spot halfway through qualifying. He then decided to switch to the X3 Diamond Back, which he felt made the car a little faster for him, but we did then decide that the Diamond Back X3 would be his choice for his Semi Final as he used this tyre last year at this event.
Elliott was able to have a very close race with Lee Martin and was able to just get ahead of Lee to take first spot and give him pole position for the A-Main Final. The track was grooving up very nicely, with the dust that was on the track nearly all gone and it was becoming very hard packed and becoming quite warm in temperature. We were undecided whether to go out with an X2 Compound but as it was now getting late in the day Elliott opted for the X3 Diamond Back.
Elliott again had a very close race with Lee, the pair of them pulling away from the pack with both drivers swapping the lead throughout the 45-minute Final with Lee doing one less fuel stop, It was always going to be hard to win as they were racing bumper to bumper. Lee was running the new Fugitive X3 compound which we think was a better tyre for this type of track now, and was looking really good. So, Lee was able to win just in front but it was a great race.
Elliott finished 3rd in the Championship this year with Lee in 2nd spot. Just a very very close Championship this year – you just needed a lot of luck, which sometimes didn’t always come our way but it has been a well fought Championship and with the tyres working brilliantly all year and now looking forward to the World Championship. We think now if the track is hard packed we certainly think the new Fugitive tyre could be the one that we use.
– Chris Boots