The East of England regional series rolled up at the superb Boughton raceway in Norfolk for the penultimate round of the 6 meeting series. The track has been immaculately prepared to the highest standard and must rank as one of the top 10th off road astro tracks in the country. The racers were greeted by much better conditions than when the series last visited for round 2 of the series when the rain didn't let up all day. This time shorts and t-shirts were the order of the day as the racing got underway.
At the business end of the championship it would be Danny Conway and George Fairweather going head to head for the title with the scores pretty much even at the beginning of the meeting.
The first round of qualifying saw George Fairweather with the Losi SCTE take the round win with a steady but all important clean run. The second round saw Danny make a cheeky manoeuvre from the start, holding back at the start line to get himself a clean run at the first few laps. This paid dividends for him as he just sneaked the round win from George, taking the round by round qualifying format to the final round. Danny would set of first with the faster time with George in hot pursuit to try and take the pole position. The one second gap from the staggered start was maintained for some time as George tried to hang on to Danny and keep the pressure on. The
pressure told as Danny made a small error over the
camel humps allowing George to get a run on him into the sweeper and make the pass up the inside. Danny was back on the case straight away and got great drive onto the main straight and pulled alongside George, but nearing the end of the long straight the pair came together side by side, with the big Losi of George coming off better and then on to take the leg win to take the pole position and the all-important bonus point.
With the championship protagonists lining up 1 and 2 on the grid the finals looked an exciting prospect. The first leg didn't disappoint, the 2 leaders broke clear of the pack the first time through the chicane as an almighty pile up ensued involving all of the trucks from 3 downwards. This allowed George and Danny to duel it out alone and duel it out they did. Danny was stuck to the rear of George's Losi, literally pushing him along at points, looking for a way past left and right. George kept the door firmly shut, making Danny try the long way round but to no avail, until George ran a yard too deep through the sweeper allowing Danny to slip up the inside and take the lead. With the roles reversed it was now George pressuring Danny into making a mistake, which came two laps later through the camel humps where Danny rolled allowing George through, just missing the fluorescent yellow and orange truck of Danny has he passed. George kept it together for the
remaining lap and a half to take the chequered flag of
the first leg.
The drama for leg two of the finals came before the start, Danny Conway's truck made an awful noise on the warm up lap and ground to a shuddering halt before it reached the grid. This left a hole in the starting grid behind George. This time the whole field got away cleanly through the first few corners and allowed everyone to get settled down. George led the way with the Losi SCTE but was being chased hard by Lee Hedges. George edged out a 5 second lead over Lee but that's as far as it got with Lee just waiting for George to make a small error. Unfortunately for Lee it didn't happen in leg 2 as George took the leg win and the overall meeting victory. However, in leg three things went Lee's way. Again George took the lead and built a small gap, but this time the mistake did come through the whoops. George went in to fast, causing the truck to be flipped over as he got the timing all wrong. George could do nothing about Lee who drove a superb leg not allowing George to catch up.
Thanks to the Boughton Crew who have constructed a superb track and run a superb meeting. They will be running their own series through the summer, check out Boughton raceway on Facebook.
Thanks to George Fairweather for the report