Round 3 of 2wd qualifying has given us our third different top qualifier in as many rounds. So far Joe Howson sits at the top of the table joined on points by other round winner Neil Cragg. Joe probably the only front-runner to put in a round without errors. Neil’s run had a small mistake here and there and the 4 second deficit is testament to that.
A large crowd gathered track side to watch Joe Howson’s first attempt at backing up his TQ in round 2 with another in Heat 9. Howson got off to a rapid start. He is taking major chances with his jumping strategy – jumping high and long into the faces of the following jumps. It’s paying off most of the time, but he was bitten several times with hard landings running him down the overall order. Joe will just need to dial it back 2% and start putting in clear runs. Michal Orlowski recovered from an error early in the run to take the heat with the remainder of his session very neat and smooth. Lee Martin also put in a solid run to go second in heat some 5 seconds adrift. Crompton managing to stay ahead of a hard charging Howson to take third.
2022 BRCA 1/10th Offroad National Championships
Round 4 – Stotfold – 16/17 July 2022
Kit Jones put in an excellent performance in heat 10 to declare 14/316.08. His drive was smooth and controlled and rapid in places. The time was good enough for third in round – he must be delighted. Jamie Hall was his closest rival in the heat 6 seconds behind.
Heat 11 was predicted to be rapid and Cragg knew at that point that Orlowski had put in a fast time and third round winner would only complicate things. Neil’s run started off well, but a few unforced errors put him under pressure mid run. He absolutely screwed every last bit of performance from his car over the remaining two minutes to recover the heat win, but it was not enough to pip Orlowski. The battle for TQ is going to round 4…
2wd qualifying round 3 top 10…
Overall 2wd Points table after qualifying round 3
|1||Joseph Howson||2 [2 0 (7) (109)]||14/310.45|
|2||Neil Cragg||2 [0 2 (2) (109)]||14/313.02|
|3||Michal Orlowski||3 [(3) 3 0 (109)]||14/310.09|
|4||Kit Jones||8 [(7) 5 3 (109)]||14/316.08|
|5||Lee Martin||8 [4 (6) 4 (109)]||14/315.84|
|6||Charlie Ware||12 [6 (23) 6 (109)]||14/317.70|
|7||Paul Crompton||14 [9 (10) 5 (109)]||14/317.04|
|8||Luke Holdsworth||14 [5 9 (31) (109)]||14/317.74|
|9||Tommy Hall||15 [(11) 7 8 (109)]||14/318.05|
|10||Jamie Hall||18 [(16) 8 10 (109)]||14/318.18|