This past weekend NEMO Racing were at the famous Herts Nitro Model Club in Ware, Hertfordshire for the 3rd round of the UK National race series. As with all of the National races we had the full factory support level being offered with the NEMO trailer being hauled on the Friday to the race, meaning we were available to drivers wishing to prep in the afternoon.
On the Saturday morning the conditions were perfect and the track was looking ready to be race on, the hard working HNMC track team put in great effort preparing the track for the meeting, including the addition of a “rumble” section and a triple jump. All this over and above the existing features.
At the stroke of 10am, the first of the drivers hit the track and all of our guys were immediately looking comfortable on the layout, with multiple club meetings on before the national and with it being a local track to many, people are familiar with the circuit. Our BETA range of tires immediately showing the performance yet again on the oiled hard pack surface.
With the practise rounds out of the way, qualifying was underway. R1 was over and we had 6 drivers in the top 20 with Joni positioning himself in 3rd place. R2 was also good with a 4th from young Ollie Currie, and great performance from other young guns like Callum Niblett and William Skidmore. R3 we had Callum showing his pace putting in a 7th place. In round 4, we had Darren finding his feet after a couple of tough runs putting in a 4th place, with some unlucky bobbles. Without these he would of had a solid 2nd. R5 as normal is run on the Sunday morning and we had a great one for the team with Ollie again putting in a superb run to grab 4th place over Neil in 5th. With 7 NEMO linked drivers in the top 20. With the conclusion of qualifying we had BETA/Piranha Driver Kevin Brunsden in 4th place, Darren in 6th with only 3 good scores, Ollie Currie in a solid 8th place, Callum Niblett closely following in 9th, Joni Skidmore 17th and Brother William in 19th, BETA/PRF driver Karl Jackson in 20th BULLITT/BETA/PRF driver Elliot Taylor in 21st, Tony in 22nd and BULLITT driver Dave Bailey rounding out the top 25 drivers.
The Finals were up and we had some great drives lower down the field, in the 1/32 A we had the one and only Dave “the saveloy” Stanley winning his final to progress in the 1/16th, and he managed it again to win his next final to bump into the 1/8th, a superb drive and great result. Well done Dave. In the quarter finals we had Tony Truman progressing into the semi finals. After a short break the semi final practises were completed and drivers had all decided on which tires they were going to use in the Semi finals and then hopefully the main final. Darren went out on the BETA Freeride in super soft compound with the intention of the longevity they would have in the main final, others went out on the Cubez tyre also in super soft compound. The first semi final was ready to start and in this one we had Darren Bloomfield, Ollie Currie and Tony Truman. Darren had a good drive and the car and tyre was looking great but a couple of bobbles early on meant he just missed out on winning his semi, his pace was superb and the fastest of his semi. Ollie Currie had a super drive also to finish in 4th place, Kevin Brunsden finished in 2nd place on the BETA rubber. Tony Truman had looked good but unfortunately a problem very late into the race forced him to retire. Onto the next Semi and in this one we had Callum Niblett and the Skidmore brothers. They all drove very well with a great show from Callum to finish in 5th place securing his main final place, William was masterful and held a very high position with great track presence and poise on the circuit, however on the last lap a stone got caught in his flywheel and his race was done, a massive shame, he had been robbed of the finish he deserved. This meant Joni would be the benefactor and get the final bump up spot into the main final to make 4 complete Nemo packages in the main.
After the cars were released from scrutineering they had the final preparations for the 45 minute main final, the flag dropped and the buggies were off and the final was underway. Darren had a good start and held a strong position, Callum Niblett took the absolute drive of the day with him staying strong through 45 minutes with many tough battles with top national drivers to secure a 4th place finish - a superb result, well done Callum. Darren also drove well to take 2nd place, he had the pace to take the win, but a couple of unbelievably poor laps when negotiating traffic saw him loose upwards of 20 seconds….. in the final stint of the race he was taking chunks out every lap but the initial gap was just too much and he would finish 5.9 seconds behind Neil. Ollie Currie also drove very admirably to finish in 8th place, a change of radio has seen his pace jump up and he's certainly looking back to his old self. Finally congratulations to Neil Cragg on a great controlled drive, he appeared to be nursing various issues and kept his head while Darren applied the pressure.
Overall a very successful weekend for the team all through the field of drivers and an enjoyable race meeting to attend. Big thank you to the HNMC team for preparing a great racing circuit and facility. Next weekend we are at Clanfield for the 3rd round of the SRS series.