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August 2, 2010

TQ & Win for Collinson @ Robin Hood Raceway

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 9:40 am

Craig Collinson sent us in this report from the NE Regional Series…

DEX410 & DEX410R finish 1st and 3rd at RHR!

The 4th round of the North East Regional was held this weekend at Robin Hood Raceway (RHR). The track is 95% Astroturf with the exception of one long sweeping banked concrete corner with very little traction, taking some skill to get around it quickly. The rest of the track is very high traction in the dry, with lots of tight technical corners and many manmade features providing a very challenging yet rewarding track. With the National being held here just a few months earlier, many of the drivers had a good base set up right from the off.

Race format

During drivers briefing the option of having 4 rounds of qualifying with your best 2 to count and 2 finals, or having 5 rounds of qualifying, again your best 2 to count, but only 1 final, was put to the vote, with the majority opting for the latter.

Round 1

Round 1 saw Wayne Collinson put in a great drive with his DEX410R in heat 5 and set the early pace. Craig Collinson was in the final heat of the round and had his sights firmly set on beating his brothers time (nothing better than a bit of brotherly rivalry!). The early part of the race didn’t get off to the best of starts with Craig making a few errors which saw him move down to 3rd place on the track. Hearing the sounds of being down in 3rd place fuelled him up, almost to the extent of him turning to his green bulk alter ego, and quickly started to apply the pressure. After a few angry laps Craig was soon in the groove and started putting some really quick laps. By the end of the heat Craig had done just enough and won the heat and the first round of qualifying. Paul Bradby finished 2nd in the round (Paul TQ’d the RHR National, so to finish ahead of him really showed the cars pace). Wayne Collinson finished 3rd in the round, a really pleasing score given this was only his 2nd meeting with his own 410R.

Round 2

Craig made quite a few set-up changes for round 2 to really see how much quicker the car would go, which seemed to really pay off as Craig took the second round of qualifying, the car was simply awesome!! Wayne had some bad luck in the second round and was unable to finish the round.

Rounds 3, 4 and 5

The next three rounds were much of the same for Craig. Having found the perfect set up in round 2, he decided to keep it this way for the rest of the day and focussed his attention on driving down his quickest laps and overall time. In round 3, Craig finished 2nd with Bradders coming first and setting the quickest time of the day, which seemed to spur Craig on as rounds 4 and 5 saw him pull it together and finish as the top dog. Wayne also managed to pull it together and finished with another 3rd in the later rounds, to go with his 3rd in round 1. Overall, this left Craig with an almost perfect score putting the DEX410 on pole in the A-main, with Wayne qualifying in 4th behind Paul Bradby and Greg Williams.

Finals

For the Rango’s, the final couldn’t have gone any better, with Craig getting off to a clean start, whilst Paul Bradby had an incident on the second corner of the first lap which allowed Craig some breathing space. Greg Williams took up 2nd from Bradders but also had an incident which allowed Craig to break from the chasing pack even further. Capitalising on the mistakes from Bradders and Greg, Wayne moved up to 2nd place with the 410R, with Bradders hot in persuit to rectify his earlier incident. Within a few more laps Bradders had caught up with Wayne and started to apply the pressure to force the mistake. Wayne was managing to hold his nerve and keep Bradders at bay, that was until they both hit the straight and Bradders B44 missile rocketed past Wayne as though he was stood still. Whilst all this was going on for 2nd place, Craig had managed to pull out a sizable lead, finishing over half a lap in front of Bradders and Wayne in second and third place respectively.

Yet another great display for the DEX410 and DEX410R!

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Craig’s set-up can be found here:

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