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July 13, 2010

DEX410 and 410R hit the track @ Preston Park

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 8:39 am

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Craig Collinson sent us in this report from the NE Regional Series @ Preston Park.

The North East Regional Series headed to the Preston Park venue in the North East of Eangland. The venue is a fine example of the ‘Old Skool’ grass track on an undulating surface with the addition of man-made features such as jumps and a table top. The track was quite challenging with lots of chicanes and fast, sweeping corners, which really tested the skills of the driver and ability of the cars.

Round 1

The first round of qualifying didn’t quite go according to plan. I was out in the lead, on target to set TQ, when I broke the car around three minutes into the race. This left James Chappell to take TQ in round one. I knew the car was well and truly on the pace so losing the first round was not too much of a worry.

Round 2, 3 and 4

The next three rounds went much better, infact they couldn’t have gone any better as I TQ’d all three, putting in the fastest overall time of the day and the fastest laps of the day. The car was awesome right from the off, only needing small changes from practice to the 1st round , after which I didn’t touch the set-up all day.  After running a prototype ‘R’ from the start of the outdoor season, Wayne Collinson (my older ‘slower’ brother) – (Not as Oswestry 2wd -Ed). was racing his own Durango 410R  this weekend for the first time and he also made the A-main.

Finals

Leg 1

The finals were run over three legs with your best two of three to count.

On the first lap of the first leg I went slightly wide on the corner just before the tabletop allowing James Chappell to take the lead. This was a really good chance to see how much quicker the car could go, as I had to push to catch James and take back the lead. The car handled the extra pace with ease and was just as comfortable being pushed to the limit. It only took a couple of laps for me to catch and pass James and from that point I didn’t look back and went on to take Leg 1. In the meantime Wayne had made his way up from 10th on the grid to 3rd and was cruising round with lap times that were just shy of my own. Unfortunately for him his run came to and end as he clipped the track marking hard.

Leg 2

The second leg was quite similar but instead of making an error on the first lap I made an error half way through the race, which dropped me from 1st to 3rd. Again I had to push and regained my lead, which I did. Once out in front I never looked back and went on to take the second leg and the overall win. Wayne had had another eventful run making his way up from 10th to 3rd, but in his rush to build the car at 1:30am he had forgot to use threadlock on the screw holding the piston on the shock shaft. This had taken all day to work loose, but came loose at the worst possible time.

Leg 3

In the third leg I wanted to try and put in a clean run as I’d ready won the overall meeting. During the third leg again I led quite comfortably until I approached a back-marker. I tried to take the inside line but clipped the track marking leaving me needing to be marshalled, this again dropped me a few places. I only had around two minutes to get my lead back and it took me until the last lap with two corners to go to do it. James went slightly wide on the downside of the tabletop, which left me just enough room to put a move on him, which I managed to pull off, and took the third leg. Wayne, with a fully prepped car (double and triple checked) for round three made his usual trip from the back of the grid upto 3rd by putting in laps that were consistently only just off my ultimate pace and with the threadlock in place, he brought the car home for a well deserved 3rd in the last leg.

Another great win for the Team Durango 410 and and excellent result for the DEX410R.

Craig’s Set-up can be found here:

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