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November 4, 2010

DEX410 TQ & Win with Collinson at the Wheel.

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 2:50 pm

Team Durango driver Craig Collinson sends us in this report from round 1 of the Chadderton Indoor Series:

The venue

The series is been held at Raddclyffe Athletic Centre in their huge sports hall, with the surface been very similar to that of Worksop. The surface is a kind of cork flooring, which is very smooth giving low to medium grip. The track was laid out on the Saturday to allow for an early start, as there were 12 heats in total. The layout was very large taking full advantage of the huge hall and included man made jumps and lots of fast sweeping corners.

Race format

Round by round qualifying was decided with your best two of four to count. This is probably the fairest way of qualifying as it rewards speed and consistency, even though the venue is indoors the track does become quicker throughout the day as the temperature in the hall rises and rubber from the tyres beds into the track. After qualifying only one final would decide the winner which made your qualifying position all that more important in order get a good start!

Round 1, 2, 3 and 4

Each round saw some very close racing with some fast racers in attendance, but it was Team Durango driver Craig Collinson who had the edge, taking FTQ in each and every round of qualifying to give Craig and his DEX410 pole in the A-main. Second place after qualifying went to Mark Stanley who finished 2nd at Southport National just behind former world champion Neil Cragg! This just proved how quick the DEX410 was going. Damian Whittle and Graham North had a great day with their DEX’s and also made the A-main.


The start of the final didn’t quite go according to plan as Craig’s car spun out to the left on some tape that was used to mark out the grid positions. Craig managed to gain control just in time and only lost one place going into the first corner. Mark Stanley took an early lead with Craig in hot pursuit. This was a great opportunity to showcase just how good the DEX really is as Craig hadn’t been in this position all day so was going to have to push hard to regain 1st place. Craig sat comfortably behind Mark for most of the race but then really started to apply the pressure during the last few minutes. With less than a minute to go the pressure forced a very small error from Mark just before coming onto the main straight. Craig didn’t hesitate to capitalise and as Mark went slightly wide Craig snuck down the inside with a clean move to take the lead entering the straight. With only a few laps to go it was Marks turn to try and apply the pressure which he did, but Craig managed to keep his cool to take a great win for Team Durango!!

Craig’s TQ & Winning Set-up can be found here:

Video of the A main can be found here:

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