Buggyland 3.0

November 22, 2016

This past weekend I made the flight across the pond to Madrid, Spain to take part in the Buggyland 3.0 event. This was my first time to Spain and I was greeted with a pretty awesome track. The layout was super fast and keeping momentum going was important. Also being able to jump and correct at high speeds and stay cool under the head to head battling. It was geared to be an IFMAR style format with 3 qualifiers and ladder finals including a semi and A-final but the weather dictated a different outcome. Practice on Friday went off without a hitch though I think we all expected higher traction. Sugar was applied but perhaps not as much as at least what I am used to. Coupled with the cool morning temperatures and the early runs were on the lower end of the traction spectrum. Throughout the day though the track would start to get a bit of a groove and traction came up. I ended up using SS Long Wear Impacts in the morning and Soft Long Wear Impacts in the afternoon runs.

Tekno Team at Buggyland

Tekno Team at Buggyland

On Saturday morning during the drivers meeting the organizers decided to condense the program a bit due to the forecast for Sunday looking like a potential wash out. They shortened it to two qualifiers and then began the lower mains and also completed the triple A-mains for the electric classes. All they were to leave for Sunday was the Nitro Semi finals and A final which hopefully a window of time would allow us to race.

Tekno Team having fun!

Tekno Team having fun!

In the first qualifier the track was again a bit slick as the moisture from the night and the 3*C / 38*F temperatures kept the traction down. I had an excellent first round taking the TQ in both E-buggy and Nitro buggy. In Q2 things got a bit tougher. In E-buggy I would make one small mistake and the field was super tight. I would take 3rd for the round by 1 second out of first however overall I would secure the TQ. In Nitro buggy my car felt awesome. I was running great but early on got caught behind someone who had crashed early and I had to follow for 3-4 laps before getting by. This was enough to also have me finish 3rd but overall this would put me as 2nd qualifier for the event.

Working hard!

Working hard!

E-buggy A1 was next and the triple A’s were a 7 minute affair each. On the second lap I overshot the back table single and fell to 2nd. Made another mistake to fall to 4th where I ran most of the race. Then with 2 laps to go I got back into 2nd only to give it up in the back right. I don’t remember what happened but I ended up on my lid far from a marshal and fell to 5th on the last lap, so a bit disappointing.

In A2 I ran a pretty solid race leading out for the first 5 minutes. But with the level of competition it only took getting out of shape one time on the tricky left jump section to let Boots by and I fell to and finished in 2nd. A3 was last and I was still hoping for a 2nd overall. I led for basically 6:50 seconds before coming onto the front section for the white flag lap. A lapped car got me slightly out of shape and allowed 2nd to close right behind and on the second jump section in the front he landed on me spinning me out and putting me in second now with 3rd right behind. I held on until the top left corner and I could just feel that last lap throw it in there coming and it did sending me off the track and into the unforgiving barrier breaking my car and I couldn’t even finish the last jump to finish the race thus putting me 7th in that heat and a disappointing 5th overall for the event.

And the rains came. :-(

And the rains came. 🙁

As we arrived to the track on Sunday morning things weren’t looking good. The track crew worked very hard laying down sawdust and doing all they could to prepare the track for the finals but the rain just kept coming and the great majority of drivers voted not to run in the conditions. I really don’t think it would have been safe for the marshals on this high speed track as well. So unfortunately the race had to be called and the final results were based on qualifying position. So I took 2nd overall which was at least a good finishing position for me.

Nitro Buggy 2nd Place. Photo Credit: Inforc.net

Nitro Buggy 2nd Place. Photo Credit: Inforc.net

Overall I had a great time and the track and facility were great. Also the effort by the track crew and organizers was top notch. I also have to thank Manel for all his help and having me over to Spain to race! I hope to be able to make it back again someday.

TQ in E-buggy, 2nd in Nitro buggy

TQ in E-buggy, 2nd in Nitro buggy

Next up is the Fall Brawl in Myrtle Beach first week of December.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Monday 10-10-16

It’s all over and now a new 2 years of preparation can commence! This one seemed more important than others in the past, as it just felt like we have been in Worlds preparation for months. Perhaps it’s because of the new parts we have been testing. Or maybe it’s that it was the first time Tekno would be competing in a World Championships. For whatever reason it happened to be, it felt like we had been preparing for a long time, and I think the end result was a positive.

We arrived on Friday to witness some of the pre-race-in drivers competing for the final spots in the event. The track was smooth and pretty easy at this point with organizers full knowing the track would get rough by the end of the event. Over the next 3 days practice would take place with the greatest challenge during that time being the Wind on Sunday and Monday. I would fly out of the gate with the fastest lap time of the entire weekend on my 5th lap on the track. A 33.3 second time that would never again be touched. It was a dialed lap with a full drift at the end of the straight and just perfect corners throughout. As the track got slower and slower throughout the weekend, we ended up being fortunate just to put in 35’s at the end of the event. The final rounds of practice were used to seed the qualifiers with the top 39 fastest over 3 laps comprising the top 3 heats of racing.

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Now this year for whatever reason they put the fastest group in races 1,2,3 instead of 16,17,18. This didn’t make sense as on day one, race one had the greenest track. Also you could say race one had the most inexperienced marshall’s from the final heat. Either way by the end of qualifying the top drivers would still make their way to the top of the timesheets and things would work themselves out. Throughout the 6 rounds of qualifying over 3 days of racing competition was fierce and we all battled to get into that coveted sweet 16. Those 16 drivers would be straight into the Semi-Finals which is everyones goal at the start.

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Happy Happy Joy Joy

In Q1 I would start off with a mediocre run in which I left 8 seconds of mistakes on the track. I would qualify 16th for the round in that one. Q2 would finish the first day of quals and it was my best run of the weekend. I had a little traffic incident near the end of the run but otherwise it was pretty clean and I took 5th for the round. So after day one I was sitting pretty good heading into the next day. Day 2 saw me start out with a mental lapse. I forgot / didn’t charge my receiver pack and thus my battery died about 3 minutes into my run on a really fast pace leading my heat. It was embarrassing and a big oversight for me, but I resolved to come back stronger to finish out the quals. Over the final 3 rounds I put in more solid runs but nothing ever that just felt like a great run. I had a 14th, 10th and 14th in those final 3 runs. Taking best 4 runs out of 6 I would qualify 11th overall and thus directly into the odd semi-final.

Good moments!

Good moments!

Semi’s were up on Saturday afternoon and in the warmup I was feeling good about my chances. My car felt great and everything was running great. We narrowed down the tire compound to AKA Soft Long Wear. The track was becoming much more abrasive than it had been all week as the races were longer and the track was dryer and thus we went with Double Down’s for the tread. Something we knew would last the race and have good tread left at the end. As the semi started I went around with the lead pack and the top 6 or so broke away from the ensuing pack. I was battling with King for  much of the first 6 minutes trying to find a way to make a clean pass but the track was tight. Eventually he would make a mistake and I would get by into 5th which was the last guaranteed transfer in spot.

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On my first pit stop I made an error though. Usually I pay good attention to the sound of my engine in the pits but this time I didn’t and I gave throttle with the tank open and ended up flaming my buggy out. My pit guys got me fired back up quickly though and I stayed in 5th I believe. I would run pretty solid the rest of the race even starting to catch up to 4th. Phend ran out of gas with just a minute or so to go which promoted me to 4th and I was right behind Tebo. I put in a last minute charge but came up about half a second short of 3rd and thus took a solid 4th which put me into the main. This would be my 3rd consecutive Worlds A-main final which is an awesome accomplishment for me.

A-main Finalists

A-main Finalists

We had about 45 minutes to prepare our cars once we got them back before the hour long A-main. I chose to change clutch shoes and bearings. Also to rebuild the center diff and go 25cst lighter on shock oil. I would also go from Soft long wear to regular soft Double Down tires for the final which would be under the lights, starting later than expected at about 6:45pm. It was going to be a challenge for all as the conditions would be slightly different than we had seen all week and the track of course was at it’s roughest. My personal biggest concern was possibly the running at night as my eyes play tricks on me at times when running at night as they occasionally cross at inopportune moments. But I had made the A final and planned to make the most of it. I also really wanted to finish this one as in all 4 of my previous Worlds mains I had always broke out of whatever the highest final I made it to was. So I figured it would be a nice change to finish one for once! 🙂

Right before show time!

Right before show time!

At the start things were looking OK. I was qualified 7th for the final and thus starting mid pack. I was driving around with this pack unit the landing of the single double double on the right where I got open wheeled by another buggy and sent off the track and into last.

Photo proof! haha

Photo proof! haha

After that it took me a few go arounds to feel like I was finding my groove. I felt like perhaps going down in shock oil wasn’t the right decision and maybe the regular soft had to much grip for me compared to the soft long wear and thus exaggerated the shocks feeling a little soft. When you want to win the Worlds you need everything to go right and I feel like I may have missed on those two set-up decisions. But i’ll never really know and I just did the best I could with what I had on the track at the time. I wasn’t on the pace that the leaders were putting down this go around but I was doing my best for the conditions. I had a couple of good intra race battles and everything ran well for the entire 60 minutes. My pit guys were efficient and quick and I drove the best I could at the time. In the end I would finish 9th in the IFMAR World Championships.

This was a great accomplishment as it was Tekno’s first trip to the IFMAR Worlds and also my first time finishing the Worlds final without issue. I’m very proud of where our team has come in such a short time and there are great things on the horizon. Also I want to again mention the Top 25 RC ranking in which all 12 A-main finalists were in the top 15 coming into the IFMAR Worlds. I think the rankings are pretty accurate and while one race may go some drivers way more than others, I think the overall rankings are pretty spot on for our industry!

2018 Perth Australia, here I come! 😀

-Lutzinator

Monday 9-26-16

Worlds preparations are in full swing and it’s all coming down to the home stretch. This years Worlds will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, which for the ROAR block gives us ‘home field advantage’ this year. This years Worlds will take place on the smallest track that I personally have been to for a World Championship in the 1/8th Nitro division. This I think could equate to closer qualifying times and of course the possibility of more traffic, due to the presumed shorter lap times. Also new for this year will be a track that is prepped to blow out vs. previous years where things such as concrete mixture (Italy), or oil (Thailand), were mixed into the dirt to help hold it together. This year they are allowing for the use of water throughout the event to help keep dust down (due to proximity to airport), and also bring us back to ‘more natural off road racing’. The hope for the organizers is that the track will get rough, and that while the layout may seem tame at the beginning, by the end of the event it will have a lot of natural character to navigate.

IFMAR Worlds track ready to go! -RC Tracks Las Vegas

IFMAR Worlds track ready to go!
-RC Tracks Las Vegas

Of course controversy has followed this stance throughout the year and there is sure to be more to come as the event gets underway. It can be said that no event this entire year held at the track was a true warm-up event for the Worlds. Even the race that was billed as such has many differences compared to what we will see at the Worlds. Part of that all stems back to the track glue used at Silver State this year. Although that was the last time it was applied, it still resurfaced for all future events. It wasn’t until the rebuild for the Worlds that they finally tilled all the dirt up which should remove the track glue and change the characteristics of the dirt. Now the surface should have less of a chance of grooving up than it has at previous events this year. I for one am excited about the prospects of running on a looser, loamier, track surface that should get blown out. That’s the kind of track that can really start to show those who have a combination of best set-up, equipment, mental game, and line choices. Where as many of these smoother surfaces lately truly cater to which tire company has the best tread or compound for the surface. I feel here you will see tires be much less of a factor compared to the skills mentioned above.

Another controversy I can foresee coming out of the event is  going to be that water schedule. With human beings watering the track it’s never going to be as consistent as people want. Also you have to factor in time of day, outside temperatures, if the sun is shining or the clouds are out. All of this is going to make the track condition really different from heat to heat and there isn’t going to be a consistent surface for everyone. But at the same time, that’s the same circumstance for everyone. Kind of luck of the draw. I for one will as always be go with the flow, is what it is, lets just race in my mentality. But i’m sure there will be plenty of pit and media chatter about the matter.

Two years ago was near the beginning of the Top 25 RC Ranking system which is the closest thing we have to a ranking system in R/C. As with anything there is a ton of controversy shrouding these standings, but honestly when your trying to rank a worldwide hobby where they only all meet 1 time every 2 years to race it out, I think it does a pretty darn good overall job at ranking our contingent. Here was the rankings heading into the 2014 Worlds in which 6 of the top 10 ranked drivers made the A-final and 11 (out of 12) of the top 16! That’s pretty accurate and impressive that 11 of the top 16 ranked drivers before the Worlds made it into the 12 positions for the A-final.

2014 Rankings heading into Worlds in Italy

2014 Rankings heading into Worlds in Italy

This year heading into the Worlds I can say looking at the current top 25 rankings that the results could end up being very much the same. In my opinion the favorites heading into the event have to be Maifield, Tessman, and Ronnefalk. I feel they are the most dominant trio of drivers at this time, and they have a great shot at being at or near the top. Some others I feel that will be in the mix heading into the A-final on Saturday will be actually the rest of the drivers in the top 15 or so spots. I really think 10 of your A final positions will be comprised of drivers in the top 15 in the rankings. I think 2 from outside the top 15 will make it in as well. There is a lot of young talent coming out of Europe right now and I think a surprise or two will make it in as well this year. Here is those 2016 rankings heading into the Worlds:

Rankings heading into IFMAR worlds 2016

Rankings heading into IFMAR worlds 2016

I personally feel I have as good of a shot as ever this year. I may be coming in with a chassis that is getting it’s first taste of Worlds action (Tekno). But rest assured i’ve never been a part of a company where the top brass are so focused and quick to improve and develop their product. We have put in a ton of time perfecting the cars and this Worlds is hopefully really going to show all of that dedication. It would be an amazing honor to put a rookie chassis in the winners circle. This year I feel my preparation package is better than ever. I’ve greatly matured in my driving. I have worked hard on not only my mental game, but also my physical game in recent months. You may be thinking wait, what’s needed physically to drive an R/C car? Well let me tell you having the extra stamina, and confidence in the work you’ve put into yourself can pay dividends on the track as well. I’ve also greatly matured spiritually over the past two years fully giving my life to my Lord Jesus Christ. With him all things are possible, and I know I am going to be able to give it my all, through him, regardless of the outcome!

This event is so hyped up every two years. It’s what we all are waiting for in the most prestigious and competitive class of R/C racing IMO. It also comes down to team work as your pit crew can also make or break you. There is also more variables in nitro racing than any other form. So much can go wrong, but if you want to win, everything has to go right. There can be only one winner, and that person can carry the title of World Champion for 2 years starting on October 8th. Whose lucky day is it going to be? Be sure to tune in the entire week and keep up with all the action! Also be sure to thank the RC Tracks of Las Vegas crew for putting this event together and hopefully making it the best Worlds yet!

-Lutzinator

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LutzRC Hometown Challenge

September 26, 2016

This past weekend I helped to put on my first event which was dubbed the LutzRC Hometown Challenge. It was held at my local track Medina R/C Raceway about 10 minutes from home in Ohio. The turnout was a little low as it seemed many of the locals had other plans already for the weekend, but the event did draw some entries from Chicago, Detroit, and New York areas which was pretty cool. For the event all my sponsors chipped in with some great prizes including a Futaba 4PX radio, a Tekin 1900 motor, an Alpha Plus Lutz Worlds edition Engine, and many other items. I also gave away a number of CowRC made LutzRC Magnetic pit mats and part trays. All in all I think everyone enjoyed the raffle as I did something a little different with it. Everyone got a ticket for their entry. Then if you finished 1st or 4th in your qualifying heat you got another ticket. I think most enjoyed that and worked on collecting more tickets!

As far as the racing went I ran my E-buggy and Nitro buggy and was able to TQ and Win all of my races. In the Nitro main I agreed with a couple guys that I would pit my own car so ‘they could have a chance’. It was either that or start 15 minutes late they said for the 30 minute final. haha. So I obliged and got my workout in during the race. I considered it some Worlds conditioning for next week.

All in all I had a great time and it was satisfying hearing the positive feedback on the event and the track. I designed the track and the Johnson family and a couple others did a great job putting all in and I think it ended up being one of the funnest layouts i’ve driven on.

Hopefully this can become an annual event and it can be made bigger in coming years.

Special Thanks to all of my sponsors who donated products to the event:

Futaba, Tekin, Tekno, Alpha Plus, AKA, LutzRC

-Lutzinator

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This past weekend I headed to the far west of Missouri for the first time to Fastlane Raceway. This event would be a yearly event that Byron Fuels sponsors and promotes as sort of a customer appreciation event, with the chance for all drivers running Byron Fuels to earn some contingency. The format would be standard qual points qualification and 45 minute Nitro A-mains. Friday practice would be rained out so I had a good time with some friends going Go-Karting, and to Skyzone to practice some front flips. Come Saturday the track crew put in some hard work to get the track practice ready at 11am and allowed for 3 hours of practice before quals would start at 2. I opted not to practice as the track was still really soft and a bit muddy and thus chose to save my cars for the qualifications.

With 17 heats we were still able to get in all the quals before 10:15pm as Mike Garrison ran a tight program with some good announcing. In truggy I would pilot my Tekno NT48.3 to a TQ in all 3 qualifiers. The first two rounds being very close, as in under a second. But Q3 was solid and set me up well for the A-main. In Nitro buggy I would need to work on my set-up a little having come from the Pro-Line test track which was lower traction and bumpy to where Fastlane is as the name implies, fast and generally smooth. I would still manage a 2nd, 3rd, and 2nd for the three qualifiers to put me 2nd overall behind Tebo at his home track. I did a few set-up changes each run but I was going to need to do something a little more for the mains.

The truggy 45 min main was up first and my goal was to do 9 minute pit stops with my Alpha Plus Dragon 3 engine. I was getting around 10 throughout qualifying so I figured I would drive consistent and smooth and see where I ended up. At the start the ensuing field got into a bit of may-lay and this allowed me to quickly build a 10 second lead. I would work on extending that out into my first pitstop at 9:30. Everything was going to plan as the truck was running well and all systems were go. There are a lot of fast youngsters at this track and that attended and they were putting in some faster laps than I, but I kept my goal for the race and just put in lap after lap. I made it the entire 45 minutes without crashing on my own and came home with a 1 lap victory over super fast teammate Seth VanDalen. This kid has a strong future ahead of him! For the main I ran AKA Soft Long Wear Impacts in front and Gridirons in Rear.

Truggy TQ + Win

Truggy TQ + Win

The buggy main was the last main of the day and the battle was on. From the tone I stayed right with Tebo as we stretched out a 10 second+ lead on the pack. I stayed between 1 – 3 seconds behind him for the first 6 minutes or so until I traction rolled. The marshal for that spot has to watch two corners and someone crashed in the other at the same time and I was left for dead. No one came to get me for what seemed about 8 seconds and I had throttled upside down to try to get a marshall attention and must have then sucked air and flamed me out. Thus I was now down to 3rd and about 10 seconds behind King and nearly a lap down to Tebo. I would start driving more precise as I was confident I could still make it up to 2nd. I did that about 25 minutes in and caught up to 2nd until I went down the back straight and seemingly ran out of gas. I could feel it going and I was like what is going on. Well when they got me back to the box they saw the clunk had turned in the tank and wasn’t reaching the fuel that was still in it. So here I was now down a lap to King in 2nd with about 15 minutes to go. I still felt like I had a shot and I turned on the afterburners. I started throwing down the fastest laps of the race and was putting in sub 31’s every lap for a few laps in a row. I whittled the gap to 2nd down to about 10 seconds and also got a lap back from Tebo as I caught and passed him in the process. So I knew my car and I had the speed it just wasn’t meant to be this time around. As I got within about 8 seconds with 2 laps to go I ran out of fuel again as I had been driving so hard that last stop. So alas it this race wasn’t meant to be won for me but I gave it my all and happy I could show the speed again in preparation for the Worlds.

Next up for me is attending my race I am helping put on, the LutzRC Hometown Challenge at my local track in Medina, Ohio. Then comes the one we have all been waiting for. The IFMAR Worlds in Vegas in a week and a half! I have a very busy week and a half ahead of me!

-Lutzinator

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This past weekend I flew out west to join up with the Tekno team in what would be a good final test for the IFMAR Worlds. The location was the Pro-Line test facility in Banning, CA. The reason it should be a good test for worlds is that they watered for most of the runs and the track got some character to it by the end. i.e. ruts, holes, and bumps! This is my favorite style of track surface and it’s always great when Levi Jackson designs and builds a track! I would run my standard 3 classes at this event with primary focus being on the hotly contested Pro Nitro buggy class where 9 of the top 25 drivers in the world were in attendance.

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

I also enjoy the format of this race as it’s completely unique and only a 2 day event. You get 2 practice tickets to use up first things Saturday morning per vehicle. For me because of 3 cars I could have practiced 6 times but ran out of time only running each vehicle 1 time. Then it’s right into qualifying where there would be three 6 minute rounds with all 3 counting. But they were also gate start and qual point type format but only based on where you finished in your exact race. Out of the gate things looked great as I would Win all 3 of my heats in round 1. Now both buggy classes had 2 heats in our class while truggy had just 1. So there was the potential for ties and that is what would end up happening. In Q2 they did a resort and put fastest time from Q1 in heat one then 2nd fastest in heat 2, then 3rd fastest back in heat one and so on. This split up the top drivers a bit more and made the heats more even. Q2 would continue to go my way as I would take the Win in all of my heats again.

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

So heading into Q3 things were looking great. But with this format it would only take one issue and you could be down and out. And with gate starts you never knew what was going to happen on those starts. Well Q3 started out great with another victory in Ebuggy which set me up with a tie with teammate Joe Bornhorst. The tiebreaker was combined laps and times of all 3 rounds in which I would take the overall TQ. In truggy I would take another win in Q3 to secure the overall TQ in the class. Nitro buggy was the last race of the day and at the first corner things looked rough as I found myself at the back. But within 2 laps I got into 1st until I crossed the line and did my line just fine but the guy in 2nd jumped the track, hit the pipe, and ended up taking me out. This set up a chain reaction of things as the ensuing pack was rabid and I found myself in dead last again. By the end of the race I only managed back to 4th so that put me as 3rd qualifier overall for the class.

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

All 3 classes had triple A-mains but the Nitro’s were unique. You could consider it still a 45 minute main but split into 3 x 15min sessions. This gave you a chance to change something if you wanted to come back if something went wrong. Each 15 minutes session was split with a 5 minute break in-between which I primarily used to change tires and air filter. A1 of E-buggy was up first and for the class it was a standard triple A-main with 10 minute mains. I got out to a good start and took a commanding victory in A1. As A2 rolled around the track was getting a bit rougher and my set-up wasn’t quite conducive for the conditions. I tried my best and ran as clean as I could but would settle for 2nd place. In A3 at the end of the night we did a lot of set-up changes and the car was totally different. It was better in sections but I just wasn’t comfortable and after having just run Nitro buggy I just didn’t have my electric finger. I settled for 3rd which put me into a tie once again with Joe! Again, combined laps and times from all 3 mains counted and I would take the overall victory by about 6 seconds.

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

The Truggy triple A-mains were pretty straight forward for me. My starts in A1 and A2 were not the greatest as I would get swallowed up in those first corners. But in each one I would fight back and regain the lead a few laps in a pull away from the field for some commanding victories. This pretty much secured that I just needed to finish A3 reasonably well. At the start I again was caught in the fray but again worked my way up to 2nd behind Joe. Joe had found his Mo-Joe though and was cookin in this one. I tailed along and made a pretty good race of it. In the final minutes I was about 3 seconds back and by the second to last lap I threw down the fastest lap of the weekend with a 34.9! This put me right on Joe’s bumper but I made a mistake on the last lap and took 2nd. Still this was enough for the overall victory and gave me a shot at the $1,000 bonus if I could also win Nitro buggy!

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

So I was pretty excited to get Nitro buggy underway as my Tekno was feeling great and I thought I had a good shot at things. At the start though things were rough and 2 laps in I was amazed at what I noticed. The guys who qualified 1st, 2nd, and 3rd were running 10th, 11th, and 12th! That’s how crazy the gate start can make things! I just couldn’t catch a break for the first 7 minutes or so of the race and was wallowing back in the pack. Finally after first pit stop I began to work my way through the field and found myself in 4th on the last lap with an outside chance at 3rd. But the guy in front of me was having some type of issue and it messed him up over a jump which collected me and sent me to  my lid. This knocked me down to 6th for A1 and things weren’t looking to good. The buzz on the stand was also pretty tense as during that 5 minute break there was some jawboning and tempers flaring for sure. I kept my composure and put my focus down for a better A2.

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

A2 started much better as I tucked in behind everyone on the first corner and creeped around the first corners on the inside while everyone else blasted outside and into each other. I came out of things in about 3rd and quickly moved up into the lead and turned on the blasters. I wasn’t going to let this one get away from me and I just continued to pull out to a greater lead as the field fought for 2nd. I would come home with the victory in this one and now with 7 points I still had an outside chance at taking the overall victory!

In A3 my goal was a repeat of A2 and the start was very similar. I tucked under the field and held tight to the pipe around the first corners and again found myself in 3rd. It took a couple laps but the guys in front of me made mistakes through the left rhythm section and I took the lead and again didn’t look back. I pulled from the field and soon found Joe to be in Tow running in 2nd. We went on to finish Tekno 1-2 in A3. With how people finished in A3 my 8 points were enough to take the overall victory by 2 points and thus win the $1K bonus for winning both Nitro classes! Pretty pumped about that with the strong field in the class! My AKA Super Soft Gridirons were dialed all weekend and were able to keep me out front throughout!

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

Next up i’m heading out in a couple hours to Kansas City for the Byron’s Challenge. Still have this and my event the LutzRC Hometown Shootout next week before I head off to the Worlds!

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

-Lutzinator

Levi wasn't entirely happy with handing over the 1G! ;-) Photo Credit: Rugspin Graphix

Levi wasn’t entirely happy with handing over the 1G! 😉
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