2 Wheel Drive - Round 1
Report by Kash Khan and Brian Hopps.
Race and Championship Data 2WD
NEW SEASON, NEW CLUB, AND A NEW TRACK !
meeting of the outdoor regional series was held by the newly formed club
Teesdale Park Buggy Club.
This was their first competitive meeting so it was interesting to see
how it would turn out. There were a few concerns as to whether the event
was going ahead because there was a large amount of rainfall leading up
to the weekend. However drainage on the site is excellent so the track
wasn’t affected by this, but the cricket pitch close by had become a
large duck pond.
The club is situated in the Teesside area in the Thornaby Football Club
grounds, the club has allowed Teesdale Park Buggy Club to use what was
once a bowling green, which had been there for around 85years. Looking
over the bowling green there was a large pavilion which was
unfortunately burned down on Boxing Day, which delayed the work that the
club had planned for setting the track and pitting area up. However Team
Teesdale did a really good job, making sure that the first regional went
ahead on time. Ok that’s enough of the history lesson for now, back to
Presently the track is all grass, and being a former bowling green is
very flat! A few wooden jumps were added to make it more interesting,
and there will be some permanent features to come later in the year as
club and track development continues. With two small jumps along the
back that set a challenge for a few drivers to try and clear them in
one. A number of people managed this but couldn’t get a consistent
landing. It was amusing to watch though but very busy if for marshals at
The laps were reasonably long with the faster drivers managing to
complete a lap in around 25 seconds.
Round by Round was chosen for qualifying and tyre choices varied with
most combinations working but most drivers chose to use Schumacher
Yellow Mini Spikes.
TQ was set by the very consistent Richard Lowe, he won each round of
qualifying with all of his times within 6 seconds. Both Ben Riley and
Stuart Wood had 4 points after qualifying but Ben, leaving it until the
last round, managed to take 2nd on the grid by the fact he had a faster
Ben Riley went on to win the meeting taking the lead from Richard in the
first lap. Richard kept the pressure on Ben throughout the race but made
a mistake in the closing laps to give Ben a comfortable five second win.
It was good to be back outdoors again, and makes us look forward to the
I would like to say a Big Thanks to Derek Bradby for running race
control who's help was greatly appreciated by all of Team Teesdale.
Derek Bradby and Race Director Malcolm
Hebden showing off the trophy won by the North East Region at the recent
National Indoor Finals.
Note that the next Regional meeting (4WD Round 1) due to take place at
Harrogate on 8th May has had to be cancelled. This is due to access
problems at the St John's Fisher venue and drainage works at Beckwithshaw, we are currently trying to re-arrange the 2WD Regional on
26th June. If you have registered your email on the
North East booking in site,
you will be sent information regarding this in due course, and there
also will be information posted on
2005 Outdoor Calendar
Sun 17th April 2WD
NE Regional - TEESDALE
Sun 08th May 4WD NE Regional - HARROGATE CANCELLED
Sat 04th June 4WD NE Regional - BURY METRO
Sun 05th June 2WD NE Regional - BURY METRO
Sun 12th June 4WD NE Regional - TEESDALE
Sun 26th June 2WD NE Regional - HARROGATE TO BE
Sat 02nd July 2WD NE Regional - BATLEY
Sun 03rd July 4WD NE Regional - BATLEY
Sat 20th August 4WD NE Regional - YORK
Sun 21st August 2WD NE Regional - YORK
Sun 04th September NE INTERCLUB HARROGATE