“This weekend saw Round 1 of the Northern Regional Series return with a boom, 90+ drivers turned this into the great NRS atmosphere previously found at last years events, a day where the North’s top drivers, clubmen, amateurs and juniors meet up for a great days racing. The day started off with rain, which had been ongoing overnight. Eventually the sun came out and the mown grass field track dried up surprisingly quickly. Qualifiers progressed with efficiency, credit goes to the organisers for keeping everything in order. Finals ran from F all the way up to the A for Rallycross and the lack of truggy entries meant only an A Final. Notable bumpups throughout the finals would be Shaun Reeve who progressed from the D Final all the way up to the B. and William Skidmore going from E to C.
Prior to the Buggy B Final starting, drivers knew what would happen when darkness spelled out the incoming rain, just a few laps into the B the heavens opened and drenched the track, drivers equipped the good old Spiral/Angle Spike tyres, which paid off, and the final continued with Richard Greenough, Damian Clark, Jonathan Clark and Jimmi Price making it into the A Final. The Truggy A final then got underway on a still very wet track, the freshly mown wet grass gave us a spectacular race to watch with truggies drifting and kicking up grass all over the place, the race was stormed by Dave Rolleston and a close 2nd, 3rd and 4th from Kevin Davies, Karl Lucas and John Dingwall respectively.
Onwards to the Buggy A Final, the sun shone down again drying the track up to a much more driveable state and we saw a great final indeed. From the start Stuart Mahon (Losi/Alpha) stormed away and kept a good half lap ahead of the other drivers, throughout the final we saw some great competitiveness, good etiquette and some pretty spectacular jumping from Jimmi Price! By the end, Bruce Thompson kept his 2nd starting position and Pete Watt finished in 3rd. Thanks go out to Biggin RC for hosting and running the event like clockwork and also to Neil Burdess, organiser of the NRS for providing us with the kind of race we all look forward to and remember. Photos from the event can be found here and here.”
Report: Ryan Lownie