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November 2, 2010

Team Durango Winter Series at Ardent Raceway – Round 1

Filed under: News — Team Durango @ 1:37 pm

Last weekend saw the first round of the Team Durango Winter Series at Ardent Raceway.

The Venue

Ardent Raceway is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication by John Dawson and the staff and volunteers who have spent a lot of time making this facility into one of the best indoor racing facilities in the UK.  The venue usually holds on-road meetings on a perfectly flat carpet track. John wanted to return to his racing roots and hold an off-road series at Ardent Raceway, this was the first round of this series and the  first off-road meeting to be held at this venue.

On the Friday before the event the transformation of the track from a flat carpet track to a multi-surface off-road track was started. This was completed on Saturday morning, ready for the arrival of keen off-roaders wanting to practise.

The track consisted of different surfaces including several different types of carpet, hardboard and laminate flooring. There was a table top feature with a hairpin, a wall ride, rumble mats and a tricky double jump.

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track left

track right

Sunday – Race Day

116 competitors were booked in, this was split into 6 heat of 2wd, 6 heats of 4wd and one heat of Short Course Trucks.

Several of the countries top off-road racers were booked in and would be fighting it out for overall victory. Also competing in a rare off-road outing was former World and European on-road champion Andy Moore.

The format of the meeting was 3 rounds of FTD qualifying followed by 2 legged finals for everybody. This is a little different to round-by-round qualifying format that has become the norm for off road events. Having 2 finals for everybody would ensure more racing against others rather than racing against the clock.

Qualifying

With the FTD qualifying format that was used it was even more important than usual to get clean, fast runs.

After 3 rounds of qualifying TQ in 4wd was taken by Team Durango driver Nathan Waters. Second place on the grid was taken by Andy Moore, with Simon Moss rounding up the top three with a fast run in the third round of qualifying. The overall top ten looked like this:-

Position Name Best time
1 Nathan Waters 15 / 304.85
DEX410
2 Andy Moore 15 / 305.75 DEX410
3 Simon Moss 15 / 307.22
4 Danny McGee 15 / 311.25
5 Paul Robinson 15 / 312.53 DEX410
6 James Helliwell 15 / 312.75 DEX410
7 Kev Lee 15 / 315.95
8 Adam Skelding 15 / 316.17 DEX410
9 David Gibson 15 / 317.38
10 Ashley Caunt 14 / 300.20

With the top two positions in qualifying and 5 places in the top 8 the Team Durango DEX410 definitely showed its speed in qualifying.

In the pits

Spotted in the pits were a few new products.

The first item noticed were the dBoots Terrabyte tyre. This tyre is joint control tyre for the Team Durango winter series and should be available for the next round.

dBoots Terrabyte

The next item seen was a Team Durango rubber pit mat. The Team Durango pit mat incorporates a magnetic strip at the bottom of the mat which helps any loose metal parts stay in place. A lot of drivers liked this feature and were asking when the mats were available to buy. The answer – within the next month 😎

pit mat

Finals

The finals would be decided over two legs. The driver with the lowest score when the positions in each leg were added together would be the overall winner.

Nathan DEX410Robbo DEX410

In the first leg of the 4WD A final Andy Moore got a great start and passed Nathan to take the lead. This lasted for a few laps, but then mistakes from Andy let Nathan past into the lead allowing Nathan to win the first leg of the finals.

In the second leg of the 4WD A final Andy Moore once again got an awesome start to take the lead from Nathan. Andy was setting the pace at the front until lap 5, where a mistake cost him the lead. A slow lap from Andy on lap 6 gave Nathan some breathing space, allowing Nathan to win the second final and with it take overall victory for the meeting. Second place in both finals gave Andy second overall for the meeting, and Paul ‘Robbo’ Robinson had two solid finishes to give him third position overall.

Nathan Walters DEX410 in the pits

Nathan’s DEX410

The other Team Durango DEX410 drivers in the A final had good final results, the 5 DEX410’s in the final finishing in the top 5 positions in the final!

Here are the overall results from the 4WD A-final:-

Final Position Name Total Points Leg 1 Leg 2
1 Nathan Waters 2 1 1 DEX410
2 Andy Moore 4 2 2 DEX410
3 Paul Robinson 9 5 4 DEX410
4 James Helliwell 10 7 3 DEX410
5 Adam Skelding 12 6 6 DEX410
6 Simon Moss 13 3 10
7 Kev Lee 13 4 9
8 Ashley Caunt 14 9 5
9 David Gibson 15 8 7
10 Danny McGee 18 10 8

Congratulations to Nathan and all the Team Durango DEX410 drivers in the A final.

Nathan’s winning set-up can be found here:

Top 5

A Final – Top 5

The next round of the series is on the 28th November and we have been promised some ‘Big Air’ by the Ardent crew. See you there!

Position Name Best time
1 Nathan Waters 15 / 304.85 DEX410
2 Andy Moore 15 / 305.75 DEX410
3 Simon Moss 15 / 307.22
4 Danny McGee 15 / 311.25
5 Paul Robinson 15 / 312.53 DEX410
6 James Helliwell 15 / 312.75 DEX410
7 Kev Lee 15 / 315.95
8 Adam Skelding 15 / 316.17 DEX410
9 David Gibson 15 / 317.38
10 Ashley Caunt 14 / 300.20

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