Round 2 of the BRCA National series was held at Kidderminster Off Road car Clubs venue. It really is a superb venue, being an old bowling green that has now been turned into one of the most challenging off-road tracks in the country. It would be very difficult to play bowls on it these days as it has all manner of elevation changes, man made features and surfaces. The track is primarily astro-turf, with a little dirt, tarmac and brick-sets thrown in for good measure.
Paul Worsley and Tony Meredith had spent 180 hours preparing the track since Christmas and it could be seen. At drivers briefing Paul informed the drivers that the weather forecast did not look good, and that for the meeting to count towards the championship a minimum of two rounds needed to be run.
During the first round of practise the track was almost bone dry, with many people even venturing out on ‘Yellows’ in the later heats. Tom Yardy was in heat 4 running the brand new X11 for the first time, Tom had only got the car on the Friday morning, so it really would be a baptism of fire for the car. Many people turned out to spectate during Tom’s first practise to witness the car absolutely flying round the track. It is hard to say how fast when there is no official timing but the car was certainly fast. Tom commented after he came off the rostrum that he’d never gone round some of the corners as fast before!
My own first practise went well, I was running a prototype 1 way front diff in my car, but apart from that it was a standard X10. I ran a set of partially worn Ballistic Green spikes, and even with worn tyres the car felt very fast and direct around the challenging track. The extra on power steering of the 1 way diff caught me out a couple of times on the same corner, but apart from that the car had been very easy to place on the track. I came off from practise one happy, but perhaps looking for a little less overall steering.
Before round two of practise started it started to rain, so all my attention turned to waterproofing the car. With only 2 minute runs, it would soon be time for my second practise even though I was in heat 11 of 12. Due to waterproofing the car I missed Tom’s second practise and didn’t get chance to change anything on my own car, not even the tyres. I have wanted to run a new set to get see what the car did on new rubber. The wet track had however solved my too much steering problems, but on the worn tyres the car was now drifting around the track. It was still fast but just not hooked up. I realised though that I was driving the car harder on the wet track, using the 1 way front diff to pull the car out of the slippery corners where it would have tended to understeer with a standard diff in.
Just after practise I met in the flesh for the first time the new owner of the Predator brand, Lewis from Xtreme RC. A really nice guy, he’d been kind enough to bring me the new front end parts from the X11 to fit to my car. It was really exciting as these parts had made a huge difference to Tom Yardy’s car at Tiverton. I fitted the new aluminium XBrace, Graphite gearbox top, and new aluminium rockers.
Tom Yardy Round 1
I eventually ended up E7, a little disappointing really, the car was capable of much more, and so was I for a change! I was pleased with how the car had gone though, the 1 way front diff had made the car really good on a difficult track to be quick on.
Interview with 'Team Extremes' Lewis Dickinson and team driver, Tom Yardy
Interviewed by Vicky Storey
What special features does the X11 have that aren't seen on other 4wd cars?
What hop-ups or special set-ups are you using?
When will the X11 be released to the general public?
How much practice have you had with the X11?
What else is planned for Team Extreme in the future?
Do you like racing in the rain?
Interviewed by Graham North (Northy)
What's your favourite cheese?
Along with the new car and new ownership, you also have a new brand name behind the car, the Predator has always been synonymous with Tenth Technology, so why the change?
What do you feel is the single biggest improvement the X11 has to offer over the X10?
Do you like the new orange wheels?
What would you like to see in the future for team Xtreme?
Can you sum up your day at Kiddy (Kidderminster National) and if you are happy with your result?
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