June 6, 2011
Sunday was main day at the ROAR Nationals and I was prepared to see my hard work pay off and put in some good runs in the semi’s and the A-Finals. As has been my luck though throughout much of my career those aspirations would end short in the Semi’s. In Truggy I was running a solid 3rd and in good position to bump into the A-final. However I was landed on after the front triple and it ended up snapping my rear dogbone!? It was a frustrating way to bow out of the race but I knew I still had the class that really mattered to me, buggy, up next.
Come the buggy semi my Durango DNX408 felt good in the warmup. I made a mistake a few laps after the tone and fell back to 5th. I worked my way back to 4th and I don’t remember exactly how or where this happened but I got hit hard in the rear of the car. The bottom shock screw ended up cracking the arm and coming out and thus I was driving the car with the rear shock not fully functioning. I drove it like this for about 10 – 15 minutes and was still able to nearly keep pace with the 5th – 7th placed drivers. However shortly after that time I think the shock moved outside of the arm and boat anchored into the dirt and it was no longer drivable. Again, very frustrating to have had this happen especially when the car felt good and the track was beginning to get to more of my liking as the semi was going on.
Even though the results weren’t what I would have hoped for this weekend I can still take away some positives. I now have a better high bite set-up to start with the next time I’m on a high bite track. I also was able to qualify 4th overall which showed the pace of my Durango DNX408 on yet another track! I know I am getting more and more competitive each time out with my buggy and the Durango just keeps getting better and better. I know the results will continue to improve as I really mesh with the car and as our team continues to develop the car and make it into a contender for the World Championships in 2012. (That would be the other positive of the weekend, I was able to qualify for the Worlds in 2012 so everyone better watch out!) 😀
June 4, 2011
Today was a day to forget racing wise. We had the last two rounds of qualification and i just ran poorly and had bad luck this time around. Luckily yesterday was good enough to put me solidly into the Semi’s. I ended up qualified 4th in Buggy and 7th in Truggy. I will be looking for a solid top 5 in each of my semi’s to seat me into that coveted A-main. It should get interesting tomorrow night as the schedule seems to be running a little late and thus the mains could possibly be in the dark in which case the track will be completely different from if we run in the day time. It will be interesting, and having an assortment of tires ready will be key! Thanks AKA for all the support on that front!
I’m personally hoping for a later main because the track will be more loamy and there hopefully won’t be that tiny high bite groove that I can never seem to stay in!
Going to let-er-rip tomorrow and hopefully bring home some nice hardware!
June 3, 2011
Out here today at the beautiful facility that is Thunder Alley Raceway. Rob, Levi, and crew have done a fabulous job yet again in bringing a world class R/C facility to us racers to enjoy!
Today was the first day of qualifying and I was looking to put my Durango DNX408 buggy and my rent-a-ride Mooooogen up near the top.
In truggy i’m doing my best to learn this Mugen MBX-6T truggy on the fly. The Mugen camp has been extremely helpful to me and I am very grateful for their assistance. Overall I have put in two 7th place runs. This isn’t so bad considering the truck is completely new to me. It should be plenty enough to qualify directly into the semi-finals so i’m happy with that.
In buggy my Durango DNX408 is rockin again. In the first round I got stuck behind traffic for the first 3 laps and eventually made my way around them and ran a clean rest of the race. I worked on staying clean and just putting in a solid run. I started throwing down faster and faster lap times as the track dried out. I threw down the fastest lap time of the round with a 29.3 on the last lap and ended up taking 2nd place just 1.7 seconds behind Tebo. Needless to say I was pleased with the result as I had done about 4 changes before the round and they all seemed to do as I had hoped.
Come round two I was hoping for a repeat or a little bit better. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as I struggled to get the pop I needed to clear the front triple. I cased it nearly every lap and that probably cost me about a half second a lap. Everywhere else the car felt very good and I was still able to run relatively clean and put in a top 5. I guess it’s a good thing when your slightly disappointed at getting 5th at the ROAR Nationals. Must mean the car is working well!
Well tomorrow is two more heats of qualifying. Tebo already has two TQ’s in Buggy so the only way to unthrone him is to TQ the last two rounds and have a better tie-breaker…..That’s my goal! 🙂 (Dream Big!)