Team Durango drivers swept the board – taking top three in all classes at the 2012 PetitRC race. The race was held for the second time in as many years at Ardent Arena – an indoor touring car track changed to an off-road track for this event.
In 2WD, Jörn Neumann took control from the start and dominated early qualifying – taking the first four rounds. Qualifying was ‘Fastest Time’ format however so anything was still possible. Team Durango’s Hupo Hönigl managed to oust Jörn from the top spot in the 5th and final round – taking the win just ahead of Jörn, but in a time that wasn’t quick enough to take the overall TQ away form Jörn.
In leg one of the A-main Jörn pulled away and didn’t look back. Kevin Brunsden wheelied off the line and dropped down the order. Hupo stayed in second but couldn’t match Jörn’s speed – Jörn finished 7 seconds up on Hupo.
Leg two saw some drama as Jörn had to retire early – which gave the other drivers a chance. Hupo took advantage and took the win ahead of his team mate, Kevin Brunsden.
The final leg of 2WD was between Jörn, Hupo and Kevin Brunsden for the win. Hupo made an early mistake which left Jörn and Kevin to battle it out up front. Jörn made a mistake which Kevin used to his advantage and took the lead – followed by some fantastic close racing between the DEX210′s of both drivers. Jörn managed to regain the lead but with about 30 seconds left on the clock, he made another mistake and Kevin was leading again which he held to the line for the win.
All three drivers took a 1st and 2nd finish which gave all three the same points – it came down to the fastest winning time which was Jörn’s – followed by Hupo and Kevin third.
Short Course was dominated by Team Durango, with Hupo taking the overall TQ. In the final however it was Jörn who took the win ahead of Hupo, with Nathan Waters third.
Jörn used the new option springs that the team are testing at the moment – this harder range of big-bore springs is specifically designed for the heavy Short Course trucks – more information on these will be posted on the TD blog when they’re available.
4WD saw 4 Team Durango drivers in the top 4 positions after qualifying was over. The qualifying was dominated by Team Durango drivers – with Jorn Neumann, Craig Collinson, Hupo Honigl and Nathan Waters all taking rounds. Jorn Neumann showed he’s the one to beat at this race with another TQ performance and the only driver on 25 laps.
The finals went to Hupo Honigl however as the Austrian driver took legs 1 and 3 of the A-Main for the overall victory, with Jorn having to settle for second and Craig Collinson third. Team Durango had 6 cars in the main final – a fantastic result for the team.
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Thank you to Stuart Evans & Vicky oOple from www.oople.com for the photos and videos.