“Team Durango driver Paul Robinson had his first taste of the new DEX210 2WD buggy this weekend at the UK BRCA Mid-West regional held at Kidderminster.
With much anticipation in being given this opportunity to run the DEX210 for the first time out in the region, me and my dad were very eager, amongst a crowd of others, to see what the new Team Durango DEX210 could do.
A good start to the day saw a promising practice with the car right on the pace. The suspension was a little too hard for the type of track, proving to be quite a lot different to Robin Hood Raceway where the car had been used the week prior by another driver. Also initial steering was a bit twitchy, and had on-power understeer due to the slipper being too tight. That noted, there was an impressive feeling from the geared diff. It really gave me the feeling that I was driving a Team Durango buggy.
For the first round we felt we had to calm the car down, especially with the high grip levels in the dry, warm conditions. We added an extra 1 degree of camber and altered the front axle droop to 3mm to help with the steering. We also softened the shock oil on the rear from 450CST to 400CST to help with the bumps.
The setup felt better and the car was easier to drive, so we at least knew we were heading in the right direction. The steering still felt a bit twitchy due to the front end setup, although the suspension felt a lot better on the rear and the DEX210 was more flowing over the bumps. Quite a solid first run other than a couple of errors gave me a third place finish. Not bad for my first race with the car.
The second round was unfortunately quite a poor qualifier after looking so promising in the first round. This was due to a front tyre change which made the car feel completely out-of-balance, as the front end really digging-in especially when letting off the power at high speed.”