XRS Race Report



The inaugural XRAY Race Series (XRS) Australia race was held at Sydney`s Moorebank raceway. 57 entries were received over the 3 classes, 1/8th, GT and Nitro Tourer. The Saturday was open practise with 3 rounds of Qualifying and bump up finals on Sunday. Good weather and a well organised meet allowed all the races to be completed with everyone enjoying some close racing and friendly atmosphere. There were even some interstate competitors that flew in from across the country to join in. With the track hosting next year`s nationals it was a good opportunity to get some track time for the non-locals.

There were 27 entries in the Nitro Tourer class, Alex Koussas taking the closest of TQ`s by less than a tenth of a second from Jeff Hamon.  With an A, B and C final there was plenty of action. In the C final Chris Stanley took the win from Shaun Kaltenbacher and David Morgan allowing them to bump up to the B final. There were some big names in the B final and some close racing. David Chen took the win from Andrew Bardetta and Darren Neave again all 3 bumping up to the A final.  In the final, Jeff Hamon (Mugen) took the win, leading all but 3 laps. Andrew Bardetta (XRAY) took 2nd after bumping up from the B final  and a late race battle with Alex Koussas (Capricorn) ending up 3rd.

In the 1/8th class 15 entries battled it out with Aaron Lee taking TQ. In the B final Nathan Hallard took the win from Ben Dunn and Scotty Elliot. The TQ curse struck again with Aaron Lee (Shepard) and Jeff Hamon (Mugen) having a race long battle, Aaron suffered with some slow pitstops and a couple of offs, Jeff Hamon taking his 2nd win of the event with Aaron Lee 2nd, veteran Stewart Grant (ARC) rounded off the podium in 3rd.

1/8 Touring clas results:

  1. Jeff Hamon
  2. Andrew Bardetta (XRAY NT1)
  3. Alex Kickass
  4. Andrew Gillespie
  5. Darren Neave
  6. David Chen
  7. Dustin Fletcher
  8. Tim Moylan
  9. John Germanos
  10. Joel Casey

GT again saw 15 entries. Tim Moylan (Mugen) took the TQ by 9 secs. In the B final David Chen took the win from Bruce Berg 2nd and Daine Parsons 3rd. All 3 bumping up to the 30min A final. In the A final a close battle between Tim Moylan and Rick Seymonsbergen ended when both struck issues during the race. This allowed up and coming young racer Aaron Horsnell who drove a very consistent race to come through with 10 laps to go to take the lead and win. Rob Parrington in 2nd and Rob Russell in 3rd.