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May 23, 2011

DEX410 TQ’s North East Regional with dBoots!!!

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 10:19 am

This weekend saw the first round of the North East regional series held at Stannington. The track was totally different to anything usually raced on here in the UK, which are predominantly astro/grass tacks. The track for the fist round was held on a kind of packed dirt/mud tack, leaving tyre choice a bit of an unknown.

collinsonstannington Qualifying
Round 1 saw Team Durango driver Craig Collinson put in a clean run with his Durango DEX410 to take 1st in round, Greg Williams took the 2nd spot. Round 2 again saw Craig put in another clean run to take 1st in round. The regional series uses a round by round system where your best 2 of 4 are added together giving your overall qualifying position. TQ looked to be in the bag for Craig with two 1st already accomplished, but in round 3 Craig made a few small mistakes allowing Greg Williams to take the top spot. With one more round of qualifying remaining the TQ spot was all to play for. Craig drove an excellent race in round 4 putting in a completely error free run, which resulted in Craig and his DEX410 Being pole in the A-main.

Final
Craig got off to a clean start leading the way round with his DEX410, whilst Greg Williams was in hot pursuit. After around 4 or 5 laps it was clear to see the top spot was going to be a battle between Craig and Greg, as they edged away from the chasing pack. Coming off the large table top in font of the rostrum the front two had a slight collision with Craig coming off better, allowing some breathing room between him and Greg. The result looked set with just over a minute to go but Craig made an error coming onto the tabletop, which needed to be marshalled. Greg was able to take advantage of this and drove past whilst Craig was still on his roof waiting to be attended. With less than a minute to go Craig pushed hard to regain the lead, but with not enough time remaining it was Greg who crossed the line in first. This was a great race to watch and could have gone either way.

Craig’s set-up can be found here:

dBoots
Although the dBoot tyres were not designed for mud tracks, they proved to be the tyre of choice, as proved by Craig taking TQ in both 2wd and 4wd. Craig also went on to win the A-main in 2wd, also using dBoots on the front and rear.

The next round of the North East regional series will be held at Robin Hood Raceway (RHR), on the 4th and 5th of June. Keep an eye out for the next report!

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