With the TQ at the worlds in Argentina in late 2012, this gave me a massive boost for the 2013 race season which started with Montpellier in early Febuary, This was an excellent meeting with a very good driver turn out and with the extremely cold condition’s setup and tyre choice were key, I went on to TQ and win this event and was an excellent start to my 2013 campaign.
Two weeks later I headed out with new friend Jim Boulton from Risa-Racing back in the UK, to the DIRT nitro challenge in Phoenix Arizona.
This was my first time racing in America and the track was awesome with the big jumps allowing me to whip it! for the crowd in style !! Again I qualified really well in 4th behind some formidable American racers, the scene was set for a epic battle for the win. I started really well fighting with Mayfield but a miss placed rock on a face of a jump ruined my chances of a top finish.
We then moved onto the BRCA nationals back in the UK where at RD 1 i took the TQ
from Lee Martin and Darren Bloomfield, but a cut in the semi left me 25th place with a lot of work to do over the next 4 rounds. Myself and Lee Martin had an epic battle all season long taking the TQ from each other, it came down to the last round @ Remote World in Slough, Darren Bloomfield took the TQ with myself in second, I hoping for the weather to hit and turn things upside down as i need Lee to finish lower than 10th for a shot at the title but the gods didn’t answer !!! Lee drove a very calculated race coming home 2nd and securing theChampionship (Well Done Lee) with me 2nd overall just 1 point clear of Darren Bloomfield in 3rd.
It was then time for the Euro A’s in Reims France, again i had an excellent qualifying and Final on a track which was really hard to master due to the chalky conditions. but my Novarosssi powered MP9 took me to 7th overall. With Team mate Ronnefolk taking the Win for Kyosho.
The next major event was NEO 13 held at Harper Adams University in the UK, This event is well known for being one of the biggest in the world with most of the top racers attending.
This year they decide to Run 1/8th Electric and Nitro class’s which gave us more track time, this year the Neo guys had gone for big jumps with a really fast layout maybe this was my year !
In E Buggy it was a close fight between Jared Tebo, Ryan Lutz, Lee Martin and myself to take the TQ spot but Jared came out on top so I had it all to do in the Final !
In the A final I managed to pull past the guys in front of me during the 12 min final and take a Win for the UK and put an end to the USA dominance of this event !! now all i had to do was take the Win in the Nitro class !
In the Nitro final I got off to a bad start on the first few laps dropping a few spots, but i put my head down and managed to pull back to 3rd behind world champion Robert Batle, I battled hard with Robert for the entire race trying every which way to get past ( Even jumping over Him !! ) but it was down to my last pit stop and the Speedy hands of Pit men Gonzales Howard !! and Speedy Perry to get me clear of Batle, I came out level with Batle and a small mistake from him allowed me threw to take 2nd spot, Buy this time Tebo had cleared off but i set about pulling him back in but ran out of time, 2nd Overall and my best ever finish at NEO.
This rounded of an excellent year, with a little bit more luck next year who knows where i could be, but none of this would be possible without the dedication and help from all of my Sponsors and friends who have helped this year !!
A big thanks go out to all of you
Dad – For the Car prep and keeping me grounded even thou I never listen !!!!!!
Mike Craddock – For car Prep and setup help and pit duties at all the Major races
Glen Howard – Website and race reports, Pit duties
Race fans for believing in me and supporting me throughout the year !