On a cold, damp and windy morning 33 hardy souls turned out to welcome in our Off-Road Season with the now traditional ‘Warm-Up’ Meeting – the question was “would it warm up?!” The forecast was for a dry day, with showers later on, so our fingers were crossed that we could have a complete meeting of heats and finals. Lessons had been learned at the ‘Trial Day’ with regard to our new race timing equipment so hopefully things would be relatively straightforward at Race Control!
Some new faces were in evidence, and a warm welcome was extended to everyone at the Briefing. Classes comprised 1/8th Nitros, 1/10th 2wd & 4wd Electric Buggies and 1/10th Electric Short-Course Trucks – one 1/8th Electric Buggy would be racing with the Nitros.
After all of the heats, the timing system had worked well, and all ‘unregistered’ transponders had been sorted out. With only one driver now being counted manually it was getting easier at Race Control! The skies were by now looking very threatening so we tried to press on as quickly as we could. With many drivers in a truly competitive mood the Finals looked very promising!
The Nitro B Final ran first in some very light rain and David Brazington stormed away with his 1/8th Electric Buggy to win by 2 laps from Clive Nash. Before anyone says “but he didn’t have to stop for re-fuelling” remember that he won by TWO laps! In any case, from the points perspective he would have been racing in his own Class. Paul Noy came in 3rd. Just after the Nitro ‘A’ started it rained for 5 minutes, so this made for some interesting track conditions! Anthony and Kristian battled it out from start to finish, with Anthony just having the edge on speed, and Sam Collins came in a very creditable 3rd.
The track was well and truly damp for the 2wd and 4wd Electric Finals, which were run between showers. Danny won the 2wd Final by 23 seconds from Tony Price with Scott Fitzgerald in 3rd place – all on 8 laps. In the 4wd Electric Final Mark Lambert on Pole won by 2 seconds from Michael Spindley. After this Final the heavens opened, so we waited. The sun came out after a few minutes but the Short Course Truck boys had already decided not to go out onto the wet track.
All in all, a good Meeting. The timing system had worked well, and all Personal Transponders had functioned. After the track ropes etc. had been cleared, the trophies were presented and the obligatory photo-shoot took place.