This years York indoor regional was held at a new venue - again a school sports hall but since the old school was being refurbished the club had to find a new location. York, being a strong club, have been holding regular club meetings here, so were well prepared for the large turn out for the regional. And large it was - 120 drivers, the maximum allowed. Split evenly between 2WD and 4WD classes.
Plenty of new faces were at the meeting - many attending from different disciplines such as touring. This was in fact the busiest regional race I have ever attended and a real indication of the growing popularity of electric off-road.
The race hall was mostly laid out for the track with a small number of tables for pitting allowed - the rest of the pitting was spread around the school! And yes, I do mean in various classrooms and locker areas.
Things got off to a slow start - the sheer numbers adding to the work load for the fantastic guys in race control.
Local superstar Tom Cockerill set about taking the TQ in both classes - driving his XX4 and XXXCR respectively. In the finals however Tom wasn't able to capitalise on his position.
4WD A Final: Richard Lowe sneaked off for an early lead running the BJ4Worlds - with Tom Cockerill and Craig Collinson (XX4) chasing hard. Tom and Craig slowed one another down for a while as Richard pulled a slight gap. By half distand all three were railing round the track nose to tail - Richard constantly blocking with an obvious but slight speed disadvantage.
2WD A Final: Tom unfortunately didn't get off the line from pole which left Stuard Wood in the lead from the first corner driving for MTroniks with the B4. Stuart just didn't look back and his car was unmistakeably the best looking on the track. Craig Collinson with the XXXCR pushed hard and took second from Dan Greenwood with the X-6, followed very closely by Graham North with his X-6.
Congratulations to Richard Lowe and Stuart Wood.