BORG and AFLC RTV at Brickhill 5th March
Brickhill is a great RTV site. There is a variety of different types of terrain and ground surfaces to include in the courses.
The weather was not great – not a total down poor of rain but enough first thing in the morning to make the surface damp. Soil just stuck to the tyres, even those with serious mud treads struggled.
Four courses were laid out.
The first down an open area slope with a few dead leaves on top of dead grass and soil. Put on the brakes and lock all four wheels and just slide on down missing the gates. This was amazing to see as the slope is not that steep; something on a dry day perhaps a regular car would drive up OK. If you didn’t lock the wheels and kept the engine braking to allow you to steer into the gates and through the trees, a turn at the bottom up through another pair of tree. Again, it is thinking in advance on this. You need speed where you lack traction and this ground was giving anything away. Big turn at the bottom of the slope and a sprint up the hill to get to the top for the half way marker. Those hoping to accelerate whilst going up the hill – didn’t get to the top!
Most people lost momentum in the hole and couldn’t make the final gates.
The second was down a similar slope as the first but forcing you to cut right past the first tree before hitting the next. A deep hole at the tree actually helped twist the car around. Some people got creative, taking large loops out away and back – all still within the rules so long as you don’t cross any existing tracks you make. This helped some but not others.
Crossing ruts through the gates was not for the faint hearted.
The third was near the entrance, a few well established trees with undulating sandy ground. Turning tight around a tree and getting caught – with mud tyres, rapidly just digging in – producing a pile of sand soil behind each tyre.
This was a thinking game – you needed to plan you route as the final gates played on the ability to get a front hub through the gate since there was no room for the whole car.
The last was in the open grassy area with the water – although we were intending to avoid the water.
Loop around a tree and the slope meant you slide sideways more than you make progress in a forward direction.
A really good day and the weather was fairly kind during the event.
- Liam Challis, BORG, 9 points but in a LWB, D2
- Mike Dun, AFLC, 9 points but in a SWB 90
- Paul Davies, BORG, 10 points in a SWB 90
- James Stevens, BORG, 20 points in LWB D2
- William Piers, AFLC, 21 points in LWB D2
- H Sousa, BORG, 25 points in LWB D2
- Paul Stockford, BORG, 16 points in SWB 90
- Steve Page, AFLC, 25 points in SWB 90
- Matt Elkins, BORG, 27 points in SWB 90
The rest of the people taking part scored points ranging from 26 to 35.
Thoroughly enjoyed by all, both the people taking part and the spectators who were similar in number.