Team Durango team drivers Chris Doughty, Nathan Waters and Ben Cosgrove visited the famed Worksop indoor racing venue near Nottingham in the UK last weekend. The team had their sights clearly set on not just winning, but swinging the manufacturers series position strongly in the favour of Team Durango. With a very high class field of fast racers present, it was going to be a very interesting day.
Both 2WD and 4WD classes were running during this fifth round outing for the competitors of the Schumacher Off-Road Masters. With Team Durango fielding the recently ‘hyper-quick’ Nathan Waters and our resident Euro Champion, Chris Doughty, it was by no means going to be a walk in the park for the likes of Neil Cragg, Danny McGee and Paul Bradby. With Team Durango multi-class star Ben Cosgrove also finding recent pace, the start of 2WD would see a strong contingent of DEX210 vehicles ready for action.
Nathan Waters made his presence widely noted from the buzzer of his round one qualifier. He returned with a TQ finish closely followed by Chris Doughty who raced hard for a second place. The second round of qualifying saw Nathan once again run at TQ pace, taking full advantage of his incredibly well set-up DEX210. Chris returned with a fifth place after a few minor mistakes, which at sub 21 second lap pace can easily drop most drivers a few positions.
Round three was again dominated by Nathan Waters who pushed his DEX210 again to command TQ position from the grasp of the chasing field. Chris returned with a fourth place finish with Ben battling hard in the pack as his DEX210 settled into Worksops challenging track surface. With round four being a strong deja-vu of round one, Nathan came away with yet another TQ pace finish and the only 16 lap round of the day. Chris flew into second place with Ben having a strong final qualifying round to also put him cleanly in the A final. The DEX210 was on form. Team Durango had already posted the two fastest runs of the day so far.
With Worksop only running single leg finals the team knew that every lap had to really count. With an epic mid-final battle between the cars of Nathan, Chris and Neil Cragg, it was a rush to the closely contested finish line for a second from Nathan and a third from Chris. At this high level of 2WD competition it is hundredths of a second that can dictate the finishing frame. Team Durango had returned with two podium positions.
Chris Doughty reported that he had used the Team Durango aluminium hub carriers to ‘tweak’ his DEX210′s rear toe set-up as the track conditions changed throughout the day. Chris finely tuned his rear-toe by 0.5 degree increments as the grip levels changed. This is a shining example of how the DEX210 responds quickly to the racers desired tuning alterations.
With Nathan proving to be very fast on the day and Chris bringing home a solid performance, the DEX210 was once again perfectly balanced for a wide selection of driving styles. Stay tuned for a closer look at how Team Durango attacked the 4WD class at Worksops shortly. With our team drivers currently holding the top three series positions after round five, our goal is to continue this solid level of performance.
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