This weekend we were at Slough for the second round of the Southern Regional Series. With over 25 Agama drivers attending the event it was looking to be a busy one for us, and with the very hot weather it made for a glorious day. The series brought nearly 100 drivers to the event, because of this there was only a bolt-on practise round for the drivers and with many having not driven on the track since the last national in 2016 it was a steep learning curve for most.
With the 3 rounds of qualification over, the nitro buggy standings went as: Joni Skidmore 1st place, Darren Bloomfield 3rd place, BETA/PRF driver Kevin Brunsden in 4th, Ollie Currie 6th, William Skidmore 7th and Callum Niblett in 8th, this made for an NEMO packed A-Final race. In Truck, Jon Hazlewood took a commanding TQ, with Michael Shorey in 2nd, James Tatlow 4th, Tony Scott 5th, Allan Bridgeman 6th, Mark McDonnell 7th, Tony Bolwell 9th, Bernard Wija 10th, Steve Brunsden 11th and finally Nicky Knights in 12th, making 10 out of the 13 A finalists Agama A215T drivers, a superb statistic.
The lower finals were underway and we had some great performances from all of the team, with many bumping up from their finals, a great achievement on a very tough track. The Truck A final was up first and as the buzzer went Jon Hazlewood stormed his BULLITT powered Agama round the first corner and into the distance, his Truck was on another level and it grew quite a crowd of people watching it poise and precision as it went around untouched for the 20 minute final. He brought it home in 1st place a lap up on the 2nd place driver. James Tatlow also had a great final allowing him to take the final podium position, well done James.
The last final of the day was the Nitro Buggy A final, and with the sun started to fall into the horizon the cars were off on their 20 minute race. It was a very close final to watch with Darren, Jamie and Kevin all switching positions, until Darren found himself a lead over 2nd and 3rd place drivers until an unfortunate last lap incident between Darren and the 2nd place driver meant he had to return to the pits, this sadly was Darren's race over. PRF and BETA driver Kevin Brunsden found himself a spot on the podium in 3rd place. Well driven Kevin. Overall a good day with Jon’s superb truck result and James and Kevins podium positions, and we look forward to R3 in a couple of weeks time at Clanfield.
This weekend we are at Westmill for the 3rd round of UK RallyX National Series.
Last week the NemoRacing team joined the rest of Europe in Eskilstuna, Sweden for the European A Championships.
All of the best and brightest were in attendance and every practice run and heat; you could feel the tension and excitement in the air.