2004 North East Regional Series Results
10th Electric Off Road
Batley - 5th / 6th June 2004
The second round of the 2004 4WD series and the third round of the 2004 2WD series was held at Batley Buggy Club, at their usual excellent outdoor track behind Spenborough Baths, near Cleckheaton.
Strangely enough the weather was very kind over the entire weekend, and anyone who has seen it when it really rains at Batley will understand that is a very good thing indeed, the previous weekend had seen the straight under 3 inches of water!
Batley’s track is very demanding, and very, very unforgiving! With a great deal of the track being made up of permanent features, it can be a little difficult to create a different track layout, but the Batley club members managed it. On both Saturday and Sunday, they provided the drivers with a very good and race-able track. My only slight criticism is that the track seems to be getting increasingly bumpier year upon year, but I’m sure the Batley crew will sort that out and continue to give the drivers a challenge.
Schumacher Yellow Mini-spikes were again the tyre of choice, and I’m starting to wonder if it’s worth taking anything else these days?
There was a good turn out on both days, which was probably due to the up-coming National, but 6 heats of 4wd and 9 of 2wd was still impressive!
Qualifying was dominated by Richard Taylor and Neil Cragg, who are currently fighting it out with Chris Doughty for wins in the National series! Tricky Dickie would eventually win all three legs of the final from second on the grid to win the meeting. Looks like we could be in for a fantastic National!
Richard Lowe took TQ from Paul Bradby in qualifying, and managed to hold on for his first ever regional win in the one leg A final, despite losing out on the clay banking on the first lap, he eventually crossed the line 1.15 seconds in front of Paul.
A quick mention for Jim Dixon, who managed to tear the ligaments in his foot while going to marshal the first race, resulting in a trip to the hospital. Thanks to all the people who looked after him, and get well soon Jimerly!
4wd “Driver of the Day” goes to Ben Riley for keeping everyone entertained with his car breaking antics all day! I’m not sure exactly how many races he actually finished with the car in one piece, but it wasn’t many. He even raced his B4 in one round, and broke that as well! Nice one fella.
2wd “Drivers of the Day” go to Carl Hopps and Richard Lowe. Carl drove consistently well all weekend, especially on Sunday, and congratulations to Richard on his first regional win, but I’m not sure if Bradders will let it happen again though! JThanks to all of the Batley crew for an excellent meeting, especially Dianne Harrison who kept a very busy meeting running smoothly all day.
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2004 Outdoor Calendar