The third round of the 2011 BRCA 8th Nitro Rallycross series was held this past weekend at Slough, Southern England. The event is the only one in the calendar that’s stretched over two days and runs to a similar format to the EFRA and IFMAR Championships with Christmas tree finals. For this reason it’s the most prestigeous and highly regarded race of the series.
The meeting kicked off on Sunday the 29th May 2011 with one round of practice in heat order followed by five qualifiers with the best three from five results to count toward overall qualifying positions.
Team Durango drivers tried a few things out during qualifying to get the cars ready for the main event with all the guys trying out the rear shock position on the back of the car a Team Tech Tip for the rear shock modification will follow.
Leading the Team Durango charge in qualifying was team leader Chris Doughty who placed 5th overall. Team mates Kevin Brunsden and Elliott Boots were 7th and 9th overall respectively and this meant all three drivers lined up in the same semi final together in positions.
The semi went smoothly for Doughty and Boots but Kevin Brunsden had to fight back from a poor start to bump up with the other guys into the A Main. Elliott Boots meanwhile, after a poor day qualifying (by his usual high standards) the previous day, was back on form and sailed past Doughty and Richard Barton to quickly establish a lead and sail through to win the semi. In the break between semis and the A Main it started to rain and the weather continuted to be changable throughout the final.
Elliott Boots sat in 4th on the grid for the A Main and quickly passed Simon Willets after a few laps and then John Holmes for 2nd position. Elliott battled with defending National Champion Darren Bloomfield for around seven laps before passing over the back jumps and laying down the fast laps. Fuel strategies came into play with Neil Cragg having a longer gap which allowed him to catch Boots, but in the end it was Boots that came home first and he was the only driver on 70 laps to give Team Durango their first BRCA National victory, and at the premiere event.
Chris Doughty finished 4th and Kevin Brunsden 6th to give TD three cars out of the top six, again, a great result that proves the team are working together well and finding their groove with the car more and more each time out. It was important to have a car that worked well in all levels of traction and as Boots, Doughty and Brunsden showed, the DNX408 dealt with the conditions superbly.
The 1st round of the SNG (Ukraine, Belorussia and Russia) off road Challenge 2011 took place from 20th to 22nd May 2011 at the great Astro track in Odessa, Ukraine.
The weekend started on Friday the 20th of May with free practice. Saturday was a racing day for qualifying and Sunday was for finals, but the weather made some changes to the schedule. On Saturday after half round of qualifying, heavy rain started and the racing closed for the day.
1/8 TD driver Dmitry Malyshko had great results in the first and second round of qualifying to take second place in his first nitro buggy run with DNX408 in this year! A mistake in the final qualifyer meant Dmitry placed 3rd overall in qualifying, with Rudoy Maxim 6th overall with his DNX408. The rain came down before the start of the 8th buggy A Main and it was abandonned so results went on qualifying with Dmitry taking a podium with his 3rd overall.
1/10 In 4WD electric buggy there were three Team Durango cars in attendance and Dmitry piloted his DEX410 to take the overall TQ Gennady Modnev won the B final with the DEX410 and in the 3 leg A Main Dmitry Malyshko took the opening two legs to secure the victory for Team Durango.