2004 North East Regional Series Results
10th Electric Off Road
Durham - 2nd May 2004
The first round of the 2004 4WD series was held at Nissan Sports and Social Club, the home of Durham City Model Car Club. Unlike the previous 2wd round held at the same venue a few weeks earlier it was a wonderful sunny day, with many people pitting outside with only a couple of tents in use.
Which with hindsight probably wasn’t a very clever thing to do, as by the end of the day a few people were complaining of sunburn! Who would have thought you would need sun block in this Country in May, and in Durham of all places!!!
Due to the fantastic weather, Tony Snee asked the drivers to vote for the type of qualifying they wanted. The outcome was that TQ qualifying would be used. This turned out to be a good decision, with the weather staying dry throughout the day, even though the sun disappeared a few times and the black clouds loomed.
While the track was still damp from the mornings dew, people were trying various compound tires, but by the time qualifying started the track was dry and most people ran Schumacher Yellow Mini-spikes on what was essentially a flat grass surface with a couple of man made jumps. The track itself was challenging with some very technical sections, and by the end of the day there were some ‘worn’ areas that made racing the finals a little more interesting.
On a lighter note, I noticed a worrying trend among the ‘younger’ racers at the meeting. It appears they have all become allergic to the hairdressers! I urge the parents of these people (you know who you are!) to take your sons to get their hair cut! Having hair in front of your eyes can’t be good for your racing can it? And as for the body piercing…………
This meetings “Driver of the Day” goes to Damian Whittle. After breaking his car in all four qualifying rounds (while being on A Final pace) he qualified 2nd in the E Final. In the finals he was on an absolute mission! In the first leg, he even had time to stop (three times!) to take on liquid refreshment and still win it !.
Dan Greenwood is enjoying his first year racing in the North East.
David Snee takes an interesting line through the first corner.
Carl Hopps pushing hard on his way to a
win in the B final
Probably not the best line over this jump
Thanks to Bill
Allison, Tony Snee, Derek Bradby (who turned up especially to help out)
and the rest of the Durham crew for an excellent meeting!
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Thanks to Graham for the report of this event, if you would like to contribute to the report of the next regional or national event, please let me know.
2004 Outdoor Calendar