Round 4 of 4wd qualifying was nail biting as it was not just the top three drivers we needed to watch but also the leading drivers from heat 8 & 9.
We will come back to Michal Orlowski in Heat 7 as his race is linked to battle for overall TQ. For now we will look at what’s going on in Heat 8. Paul Crompton has shown lots of speed all day but he just hasn’t hooked up a perfect run…. until now. Crompton and Jamie Hall had a very high speed run, swapping the lead of the heat on the timing system several times. A fastest lap of 22.83 mated to a string of fast 23 second laps was enough to yield him a time of 13/303.45. This time is only 1 second slower than the fastest time posted by anyone all day – so it will be a tall order to beat it.
2022 BRCA 1/10th Offroad National Championships
Round 1 – Kidderminster – 16/17 April 2022
In the last heat, Tommy Hall and Neil Cragg went to battle. Both on a furious pace, they tortured their cars around the tight undulating track. 2 minutes in Neil mad a mistake allowing Tommy through. Ben Smith then got involved on the clock and split the two Associated cars. Cragg made several attempts to regain ground on Hall, but was unsuccessful. Cragg recovering to a blistering time of 13/304.72 with Ben Smith just ahead of him with 13/303.70. However Tommy couldn’t be touched setting a fastest time so far for the meeting of 13/302.07
Going back to Michal Orlowski in Heat 7, again he has shown tremendous pace, but unfortunately a barrel roll mid race would only allow him to clock a 13/304.39. Tommy’s time was untouchable – his second TQ and pole position for A Finals.
4wd points table after Round 4 of qualifying
|1||Tommy Hall||0 [(2) (2) 0 0]||13/302.03|
|2||Neil Cragg||2 [0 (6) 2 (6)]||13/302.00|
|3||Michal Orlowski||3 [3 0 (3) (5)]||13/303.06|
|4||Paul Crompton||5 [(7) 3 (4) 2]||13/303.45|
|5||Jamie Hall||7 [(6) 4 (9) 3]||13/303.57|
|6||Ben Smith||9 [5 (7) (5) 4]||13/303.70|
|7||Josh Holdsworth||9 [4 5 (13) (9)]||13/304.33|
|8||Luke Holdsworth||15 [9 (50) 6 (15)]||13/306.95|
|9||Edward Callan||15 [(16) (10) 7 8]||13/309.25|
|10||Phil Sleigh||16 [(17) 9 (10) 7]||13/309.15|