Saturday, 4 May 2013

TORCH Mid South 4wd Regional

If you thought TORCH was already a good place to go 1/10 buggy racing then you would be correct. Not a club to rest on its laurels however the Hampshire massive have been busy over the last few weeks moving things on to another level.

Plenty of good work has gone into improving the parking and pitting areas and money has been spent upgrading the timing system. This all adds to the professional feeling of the venue but, not to do things by halves, there has also been a complete revamp of the track.

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It's smooth where is should be, bumpy where intended and punctuated with some great features.
Take a look at this mega corner feature, great work. It's just a shame my 40 something eyes struggle to spot it properly!

The end result is fast and fun, a test of man and machine, or should that be overgrown kid and toy car.
The 80 ish drivers rocking up for Rnd2 of the Mid South Regional series were sure to enjoy it.

Unfortunately I was not one of them as I do not currently have a 4wd car. I did however bring along my trusty Cougar SV2 to have a bimble round in the 2wd support class alongside the likes of Darren Bloomfiield.

Spot the European champ.

A covered rostrum is amongst the recent improvements.

Dan contemplates his impending 'A' final appearance.

A few action shocks to give you a flavour of what you can expect from a visit to TORCH.

Chris and Matt, the Laurel and Hardy of the RC world.

Team Kyosho, gettin' it dialled.

Al and Mark debating some crucial set-up changes.

John 'Magoo' Clarke claims this is a tidy pit hauler, I'm saying nothing, you decide.

As with all good tracks things always look simpler than they are!


This heat didn't go so well for Marcus 'Q ball' Askell whilst James Lucas takes his marshaling duties seriously.

The illustrious line up that comprised the 'A' heat.
Who can you spot?

There was some great racing in all the heats.
I saw post race frowns and smiles but would say that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the new track.
Some were happy with their performance whilst others were scratching their heads at the lack of  theirs. 
When the dust had settled and qualifying sorted itself out however the usual suspects could be found at the top of the time sheets.

The 3 legged 'A' final was hotly contested with Kyosho driver Kev Lee getting the better of Steve Brown and Glen Westwood (Xray).

Well done chaps.

I really enjoyed the day and the track and can't wait to get back for the next club meeting in an attempt to get my car sorted.

A big thumbs up to the TORCH crew for all their hard work both in the run up to the event and on the day, they should be proud of what they have achieved.

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