This weekend, the Risa Racing team headed to the final round of the Nemo Winter Series at stoke Nitro.
This would be the last nitro meeting to be held at the Stoke Nitro venue, as the team and club look forward to the arrival of the much anticipated Storm Valley indoor circuit.
The track was surprisingly dry after overnight rain, and the team got off to a good early pace in Q1 with Graham in 3rd with his FTW/Sworkz/RB, Dennis in 4th with the FTW/Mugen/Novarossi, Glen in 7th with his FTW/Kyosho/Novarossi all posting 8 lap runs. Scott just behind in 10th place again with the Mugen package.
Rd2 of qualifying would see time improvements for all team drivers, with Graham again in 3rd place, Glen improving to 5th,
just in front of Dennis in 7th and Scott 12th(narrowly missing an 8 lap run)
Would there be 4 team drivers in the A Final????…….
Rd3 of qualifying, on a track that had now seen some moisture, and the team trying different things having secured two good runs early on. Mini pins would seem to be the tyre of choice, Glen and Scott showing very good pace.
Scott would come out on top this time placing 3rd in round with the fastest time of the day for the team. Glen would again place 4th in round, having showed good speed. Dennis would place 5th, having showed consistently fast pace throughout qualifying. Graham finished rd3 in 7th.
So there we have it, Risa Racing would indeed take up 1/3 of the A final places, showing the strength of the drivers now enjoyed by the team. Having locked out 4-7th place Risa Racing would be odds on for a podium at this hotly contested series.
1 Ashlee Owen 8/ 316.38 2 [(1) 1 1]
2 Jon Howells 8/ 316.98 4 [2 2 (30)]
3 Stuart Mahon 8/ 318.72 6 [(5) 4 2]
4 Graham Howard 8/ 323.87 6 [3 3 (7)]
5 Dennis Holding 8/ 332.96 9 [4 (6) 5]
6 Glen Howard 8/ 324.68 9 [(7) 5 4]
7 Scott Francis 8/ 322.96 13 [10 (12) 3]
On to the Finals, well we only need to discuss the A final although it is worth noting that there was a fair amount of pressure on the team in terms of overall results for the series.
The A final eventually got away with Graham having cut and starting from the pit lane, doh, would that be 3rd overall for the series, lost??? Only finishing in front of series rival Colin Brennan would be good enough.
Glen and Dennis would get away very well and fight each other early on for 3rd place. Scott and Graham would not enjoy this luxury, with incidents and starting from Pit lane putting them on their back foot early on. They would round the first lap towards the back of the pack in a fight towards the front that would last the entire race.
Whilst Dennis and Glen continued to Scrap out for top honours, Graham and Scott would take the fight to a good quality A final line up.
By half way through the race and still with a pit stop to do, Scott and Graham would pass half the field to lie 7th and 8th respectively, and gaining chunks of time on those in front of them. The pressure on Glen would be released slightly after a fueling error would leave Dennis with a lot to do to catch up after dropping a lap due to a flame out on track. A shame really as Dennis certainly looked to have the pace.
Worthy of note here is young Dominic Nunn, the youngster showing amazing pace with his new chassis, taking up 4th place after Dennis’s fueling issues, only to drop down himself due to issues later in the final. Great Drive Dom!
Scott would also fall to the fuel gremlins after a flame out coming out of the pits and would drop behind Graham but having lapped most of the field would lie in a fairly comfortable 5th place, a shame for him as Scott was showing really good pace. However Risa Racing were set for our best finish yet, with 3 drivers in the top 6.
This left Graham and Glen to fight it out for the last podium spot, Glen by this time fairly comfortable in 3rd and Graham still thinking he was behind Colin Brennan fighting to the line and gaining on a now “cruising” Glen until the last lap when a mistake by Graham would put an end to his podium hopes, but where was Colin???
1 2 Jon Howells 32/ 1331.13
2 1 Ashlee Owen 32/ 1331.49
3 6 Glen Howard 31/ 1339.91
4 4 Graham Howard 31/ 1349.69
5 7 Scott Francis 31/ 1360.39
6 11 James Bullivant 31/ 1366.85
7 10 Collin Brennan 30/ 1343.72
8 15 Steve Shakespeare 30/ 1351.23
9 3 Stuart Mahon 29/ 1274.60
10 14 Richard Greenough 29/ 1322.10
11 12 Jon Griffiths 29/ 1329.97
12 5 Dennis Holding 29/ 1343.74
A thoroughly enjoyable final and one which would see Risa Racings’ best overall result to date, Taking the 3rd Step on the podium (Glen), 4th (Graham), 5th (Scott) and Dennis recovering to 12th.
This would be a fitting end to teams winter season, again showing the strength that the team environment can offer our drivers and 3rd overall for the series to boot!
Next week is the start of the BRCA National championship and results like this show the current confidence within the team, and quite interestingly the introduction of some friendly competition within the team, with every member vowing for the spot of top dog (Which is me by the way, just accept it!! lol), its all to play for this season, good luck lads and well done for a great 2012 Winter season.