The first round of the 2012 BRCA National Truggy series kicked off on the all-dirt track at Herts Nitro Model Club in Ware, Hertfordshire. For the first time, Electric 8th Buggy nationals would run alongside the truggys in a seperate class – giving an ideal opportunity for the Team Durango racers to drive the newly released DEX408 electric 8th buggy and DNX408T truggy – which should be available in the shops soon. Chris Doughty put on a fine show to take the win in nitro truggy with the Team Durango DNX408T – and took 4th overall in 1/8th electric buggy with the DEX408.
Chris Doughty reports on his days racing:
I decided to run both classes at this event – with the DEX408 electric buggy and DNX408T nitro truggy – so I had a very busy day!
Through practise and qualifying, my DNX408T felt really good, great on the bumps and with good steering. It felt balanced on power and great in the air. With this being the first time the production DNX408T has ever been run I was taking it easy using this event as a bit of a shake down prior to the cars release.
Reliability from the car in qualifying was great, but Issues with traffic, tripping over other Trucks, hitting crashed cars and even getting turned over by stray wheels from other trucks meant I would line up 4th on the Grid for the main – not bad considering it was my first Truggy race! I knew my truck was really good and switching to a super-soft tire for the last round of qualifying was going to work well for the final too, the track never really grooved up and temperature was always very cold, so super-soft tires were the only compound to use.
The final started steady for me, with no warm-up laps being allowed and coming straight from racing the DEX408 electric buggy, it took me a good couple of minutes to find my groove with the Truck. I dropped down a place early into 5th. However, just before the first of the pit stops I had worked my way through the field and was running in 2nd place behind Darren Bloomfield.
Mid-way through the race Darren had an issue stopping out on the track, this allowed me past and through for the lead. As the final progressed I continued to stretch my lead over the field. I ended the final a lap clear of the rest for a maiden win for the production version of the DNX408T!
I didn’t really get any time during the day to work on or change setups on either car – after racing and marshalling it was pretty tight on time to get the cars back out on the track again. My DEX408 and production DNX408T were faultless with their reliability. Even though I didn’t have any time to do some detail changes to tweak the cars to the conditions, the cars were really competitive as I put the cars down on the track in the morning.
Team Durango 8th Electric Buggy team: Stuart Harlow – Adam Skelding – Chris Doughty – Paul RobinsonTeam Durango 8th Electric Buggy team: Stuart Harlow – Adam Skelding – Chris Doughty – Paul Robinson