Saturday February 12, 2011
On Saturday headed down to Antioch, CA for the Delta R/C Winter Series Rd #5. I went down with my mechanic Dennis and my brother-in-law Eric. The turnout was average, about 70 entries. There was about 17 expert buggies there and a pretty stacked field. Hometown hero Tyler Vik with Kyosho was there, fast as always. Also in attendance was Philip Atondo with Losi, a couple other fast young guns in Austin Blair with Kyosho and Curtis Door with the new JQ Products Car, and a slew of other fast locals. I myself was of course rockin my Durango DNX408. It was decided to race 7 minute qualifiers this week instead of 5 so I thought that may help to come back from a mistake and still have a good run.
In the first qualifier I had a few to many crashes but my car felt pretty good. They had changed the layout sense the last time I had been there and it was much more technical and tight. Fast Lap-times went from 17.5 on the old layout to 20.4 on this layout. So after the first round I was 2nd overall behind Vik. In round two I tried my ‘cheater’ tires which were AKA Super Soft Wishbones. I was able to bring my fast lap times down and I took TQ by over 3 seconds over Vik with a 20 laps in 7:01. We all then took a vote if we wanted to run a third qualifier or not. The majority voted for 3 so my TQ was then on the line. In the third qualifier both Vik and I ran very clean runs. Both of our slowest lap times were a 21.4 and our fast was both around a 20.4. So 20 laps within a second. I was able to eek out a TQ posting a 20 laps in 7:00 to Vik’s 20 laps in 7:01. So it was some very close qualifying and the main was shaping up to be very interesting!
Come main time the temps had cooled off about 15 degrees from the days hi but the temperature in the room was getting hot! At the tone Vik got under me in the first corner as the 2 spot was just as good of a starting position as the 1 spot and he had a great jump. We paced each other until the first pit stop, swapping the lead a couple times when either of us made a bobble. Pit lane is my mortal enemy on this track as where I stand on the drivers stand it is impossible to see the entrance so it’s completely blind. Every week I seem to loose a lot of my time in the pit lane here. Anyways got the first pit stop out of the way and began my pursuit to catch Tyler. He now had about a 4 second lead which I whittled away at until we were again nose to tail. I made a bobble and was about 3 second back when it was time for our second pit stop. This time Pit lane bit me hard as I fell over the edge. Someone in pit lane graciously jumped over to retrieve my car, but with pit lane only being the width of a truggy and the anxiousness of myself, when he set me back on it wasn’t quite straight and I fell off again! 🙁 . He quickly got me and I got fueled up and took off, now with an 8 second deficit and about 6 minutes to go. Tyler found his groove and didn’t make another mistake. I was able to whittle down the lead to about 6 seconds by the end but it wasn’t enough and I took a hard fought 2nd place. I don’t mind loosing to Tyler at Delta because he is just so good there. I know one day when I get my pit lane gremlins worked out we will battle for the entire main and it will be a great show! 🙂
As far as my DNX408, I tried a new lighter diff set-up (8-8-3) and it felt very good on this track. Reason I went so much lighter compared to what I had been running at Delta was because with the new layout being much tighter it just helped with all the transitions and turns because most were off power while the old layout was much more on power. I was very happy with my set-up and felt it was very easy to drive. It is posted in my set-up sheet area! 🙂
Well that’s all for this time. I’m happy I was able to give Vik a run for his money this week and felt I had the car to really battle him with. I was happy to take TQ and next time look forward to making it an even better race for the win. Up next I’m off to Pennsylvania to Motorama, followed by a one day turn around and off to the Nitro Challenge in Arizona! Stay tuned for much more race recaps and hopefully big wins at those events!