Mid West Regional 4WD round 1:  Coventry Model Car Club

Laura Yardy

8th April 2018

 

The first regional of 2018 was hosted by Coventry Model Car Club. The day started grey, with rain in the forecast.

 

There was good attendance, with 72 drivers competing in 4WD. There was also a 2WD guest heat.

 

Our usual time keeper Stuart Whyman returned to a warm welcome.

 

 

Qualifying

Qualifying started dry, with most drivers opting to run Schumacher yellow dart tyres. As the first few heats got underway the rain started and began to get heavier throughout the first round.

 

Earlier heats had benefited from a slightly dryer track, and their times were the ones to beat.

 

By round two the rain was consistently falling, and the tyre choices switched to ballistic buggy greens or Schumacher silver darts.

 

 

Individual round scores were as follows.

 

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

1

Ritchie Thorn

Tom Yardy

Tom Yardy

Tom Yardy

2

Tom Yardy

Ben Pugh

Danny McGee

Danny McGee

3

Ben Pugh

Ritchie Thorn

Ben Pugh

Tony Bishop

4

Danny McGee

Tony Bishop

Tommy Hall

Ben Pugh

5

Tony Bishop

Keith Robertson

Tony Bishop

Jamie Hall

6

Brett Birch

Tommy Hall

Keith Robertson

Keith Robertson

7

Alex Haywood

Mathew Dodd

Ritchie Thorn

Ritchie Thorn

8

Steve Haskins

Jamie Hall

Mathew Dodd

Mathew Dodd

9

Freddie Russell

Alex Haywood

Alex Haywood

Alex Haywood

10

Keith Robertson

Tristan Wright

Steve Haskins

Tommy Hall

 

 

After four rounds of qualifying the top 10 was as follows:

 

Overall Top 10

 

1

Tom Yardy

Schumacher

2

Ritchie Thorn

Losi

3

Danny McGee

Schumacher

4

Ben Pugh

Schumacher

5

Tony Bishop

X-Ray

6

Tommy Hall

PR

7

Keith Robertson

Associated

8

Jamie Hall

PR

9

Mathew Dodd

Schumacher

10

Alex Haywood

Losi

 

 

 

A final Leg one

Tom Yardy was the winner of leg one, running the new Schumacher L1. His team mate Danny McGee was second by 2.8 seconds. Ritchie Thorn was third followed by Ben Pugh, Keith Robertson, Mathew Dodd, Tony Bishop, Tommy Hall, Alex Haywood and Jamie Hall.

 

 

 

 

A final Leg two

Tom Yardy took the leg two win, by quite a considerable distance from Danny McGee who finished second. Ben Pugh was third followed by Mathew Dodd, Tommy Hall, Alex Haywood, Ritchie Thorn, Jamie Hall, Tony Bishop and Keith Robertson who did not start.

 

 

 

A final Leg Three

By leg three the rain was falling heavily.

 

Danny McGee won leg three from Tom Yardy in second and Ritchie Thorn in third. Ben Pugh was fourth, followed by Tommy Hall, Tony Bishop, Alex Haywood, Mathew Dodd, Jamie Hall and Keith Robertson who did not start.

 

The overall results were as follows:

1.      Tom Yardy

2.      Danny McGee

3.      Ritchie Thorn

4.      Ben Pugh

5.      Mathew Dodd

6.      Tommy Hall

7.      Alex Haywood

8.      Tony Bishop

9.      Keith Robertson

10.  Jamie Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Final winners

 

B Final: Kit Jones

C Final: Freddie Russell

D Final: Euan Jarman

E Final: Adam Drane

F Final: Charlie Saunders

G Final: Ian Gillespie

H Final: Alan Birch

 

2WD guest final: Mark Simpson

 

A big thank you to the members of Coventry Model Car Club, Stuart Whyman

for running the meeting, and Carnival Pizza for feeding us all.