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September 23, 2011

Niblett takes final 8th Buggy Junior National @ Herts

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 4:28 pm

Herts is Callums local track and he entered round 9 of the nationals needing a good round score to have any hope of making a podium finish in the Junior National Championship.

We were using our tried and tested set up, which nowadays we seem to use everywhere, often with only small changes to the upper suspension arm positions and shock oils.

nibbo Qualification Round 1 saw Callum go 23rd in the round – a good start to the day,  Qualification 2 was not a good run – a couple of mistakes halfway through then led to more mistakes in trying to make the time up.  Qualification 3 was a better run with a very clean and consistent drive leading to an 8 lap run and 24th in the round.  Overall qualification was 26th so he had made the C final, more importantly than this he had managed to TQ the Junior category giving him an extra point which he desperately needed.

Finals were a nervous time, Callum could not afford to finish any lower then second Junior.  It however seemed like lady luck smiled when Luke Lee was the only Junior to bump up into the C final.  This was just as well though, we had been running medium compound Subculture tyres in 3rd qualification which we had elected to stick with for the final.  This decision ultimately was a bad one!  the heavens opened just as we were going out leaving a very slippery track with absolutely the wrong tyres on and no time to do anything about it!.  Predictably Callum was not on the right pace however it was a great spectacle to watch his Durango navigating the track Ken Block style with huge amounts of drift everywhere and a smile on his face!

Luke Lee had some engine issues which despite our tyre issues allowed Callum to finish in front of him meaning Callum had TQ’d and won the Round and more importantly gained maximum points allowing him to take third in the Junior Championship. Callum is competing with drivers up to 16 in the juniors class and at just 11 years old he’s showing great potential for the future with his DNX408.


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