Team Nankang MDUK Debut at Fueltopia Barrel Sprint Round 1

On the 21st April , Team Nankang MDUK drivers Kraigy and Philip took to the FBS track insight of grabbing some vital points for the championship.

The weather was strangely perfect at Santa Pod which made putting the new team gazebo up a lot easier.

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Once we were all set up, music on cars prepped and ready and drivers keen to get on track, it was soon time for the Drivers Briefing.

With a new season comes new rules! The barrels would no longer be in the traditional 1-2-3 order and would now be changing each round.

This time around the order was 2-3-1-3.

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This introduced an awesome variation of speed and precision driving and required consistency in driver skills to hook up each barrel!

Both Kraigy and Philip quickly got their heads around the new layout and were having an awesome time! Maybe a little too much fun….

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Practice was soon over and after a short break we went into qualifying.

This consisted of 4 flat out runs with a stipulation of 2 runs on both sides of the track.

The qualifying times were tight between the top 8 and Kraigy put his car into 8th.

 

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Philip meanwhile stunned himself and rocketed himself into the top spot, 1st Place, in qualifying which was greatly applauded by his fellow competitors.

Being on the top spot gave Philip an automatic spot in the Top 8

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Moving onto the finale, the Battles, Philip sat and watched on waiting for the field to drop to the top 8.

Kraigy was up against a Turbo MX5 of Gavin Anthony Riddle.

Kraigy absolutely flew through the first run creating a healthy gap going into run 2.

Run 2 was a tighter race and Gavin just edged over the line however with the first run being more dominant, Kraigy saw himself through to fight for a place in the top 8!

So who would Kraigy face next….?

Yep as luck would have it, Philip!

We lined up on the start line with a healthy want to fight hard against each other. It was right at the start of the race but Philip was on another page this time out and had a good lead on both heats against Kraigy. This saw Kraigy out with a Top 8 finish and Philip through to fight for a podium.

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Philip lined up in his top 4 battle against Mark Young in his JAPSMotorsport 200sx s13.

They both got off to a good start but Mark was on fire and took the win in both runs.

A podium was still possible.

The 3rd and 4th place battle saw Philip up against Mike Newland, also part of JAPSMotorsport in his 200sx s13.

The first run was tight but Mike took the win, Philip knew he had to push hard on the 2nd run but pushed a bit to hard coming up to the 3rd barrel and over shot. He knew it was over so started to put on a bit of a smoke show around the last barrel continuing to Manji towards to start.

1st Ryan Milton

2nd Mark Young

3rd Mike Newland

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