A.M.S. 8.0

June 12, 2017

A quick 1.5 day turnaround sent us South this time to Cullman, Alabama for the 8th annual Alabama Manufacturers Shootout. The event under new ownership this year being run now as one of the 4 big races by RaceTime Entertainment. The track this time around was built just a week in advance of the event vs. in the past they started about a month in advance. This always leaves up the air the tire choice as it’s unknown if the track would be prepared the same, so bringing the full range of tires was a must.

The first time on the track I chose AKA SS chainlinks and they were decent and easy to drive overall. For my second run I decided to try out clay compound which had worked well in practice the year before. Sure enough they were a second a lap faster than the SS and more stable as they didn’t balloon at all. So clay it was to be until further notice so I proceeded to run the rest of my practice on the clay chainlinks in buggy. In truck I tried primarily impacts as the track was very smooth and had a groove of sorts with dust outside the line. The groove would gain more traction as the week went on and it was always a choice of running SS LW or Soft or Soft Long Wear each run. One cool thing about this track was that even though it’s ‘indoor’ and 1/10th scale esk in nature, it seemed like there was no clear cut best tire or tread or compound for the surface. People were running SS, Soft, Clay, Soft long wear, M4, M3, X3, yada yada, basically every compound out there and for the most part everything and ever tread was reasonably competitive on the surface.

This race is usually one I struggle with a little bit for some reason. I’m not a great indoor groove with outside dust racer as I run more erratic lines you could say. haha. The race this year had 5 top 25 drivers in attendance and 6 in the top 28 as well as a crop of fast guys from the South East and Midwest region. There were 475 entires in total and we got underway with the first qualifier on Friday afternoon around 4:30pm. My qualifying efforts were middling for me and I just never felt like I was able to put in a great run. I would basically finish 2nd – 5th in pretty much every qualifier. Nothing great but still showing the consistency that I have developed this year of always being in the picture. At the end of qualifying I would see myself starting 3rd in the Nitro classes for the 30 minutes A-mains and 5th in E-buggy for the triple 10 minute A’s.

E-buggy A1 would start us off at around 4pm on Saturday (Saturday is main day at AMS). Starting 5th I just wanted to be sure I stayed with the lead pack and not make any mistakes to put me back in to the fray. I was able to accomplish this and slowly worked up position by position as those in front of me made mistakes. I soon found myself in 3rd behind Rivkin and I pressured him for a few laps until he also made a mistake. I was now in 2nd about 3 second behind teammate and E-buggy TQ Joe. So as we were running Tekno 1-2 I felt good about that and just wanted to finishing out the remaining 4 minutes clean. With a minute to go however Joe got caught in some backmarkers over the back left doubled and had to be marshaled. This allowed me to slither through the carnage of wrecked cars and into the lead and to come home with the A1 win and Joe 2nd for Tekno 1-2.

Next was the 30 minute Nitro Truggy final and I was feeling pretty good about it. I was going to be on Soft Long Wear Impacts as the traction had really come up and it’s the same thing I ran last year. At the start I tailed behind Joe and Spencer until they collided coming onto the front straight. This allowed me into 2nd behind Spencer and I stayed close for a few laps until he crashed and I got into the lead. I then went to work on staying clean and trying to find a couple faster 1/10th’s here and there on the track. Laptimes were just 20 seconds and so the pace was fast and furious. I would extend out to a couple second lead only to see it slip away and he to be back on my bumper again. With about 11 minutes to go I made a mistake allowing Spencer to get racy and over the double triple he landed on my inside momentarily taking the lead but I cut back under him and we went over the table top where he tagged my wing and we both got tangled but he got the worst of it letting me get out to a second or two lead again.

Tangle over the small table top

45 seconds later I made a mistake landing on the pipe and did a cartwheel after the back right hip jump. This put us in a drag race coming down the straight away for the lead with just over 10 minutes to go:

Drag race down the straight

Spencer had the run and beat me down the straight and through turn one. But he left me a truck width on the top left drop down and I snuck under him to regain the lead again!

Snuck under to regain lead

Just a couple corners later though after that double triple he landed inside me and pushed me out into the dust as he regained the lead:

Pushed out into the dust

He though got up on the pipe and jumped the table poorly which sent him out into the dust on the next corner and I threw it in hard and drifted into the line underneath him as we set up for the top right hip:

Got back under him as we set up for the top right hip.

As we went over the table I gunned it and whipped it tight and over the pipe and landed perfectly on the other side of it and thus regained the lead:

Whipped it over the pipe to regain the lead

I highly suggest watching the liverc video of this race here  from the 11 minutes to go mark. The announcer was going nuts and the action was intense. After that action though I was able to stay out front and hold on for the hard fought victory!

Truggy Victory!

Next was A2 of Ebuggy and I was looking to do the same thing as I did in A1. Things were going well overall and I again found myself moving up position by position and soon was in 3rd behind Joe and Tebo. Joe was taking off as the 2-4 drivers were in a battle with some mistakes in front of each other causing us all to slow a bit and let Joe sail into the sunset. It was a tight 3 way battle between Rivkin, Tebo, and I and with 30 seconds to go Tebo who was in 2nd crashed after the right hip allowing Rivkin and I past and I thus would take a 3rd for the round.

Nitro buggy was up next with a 30 minute A-main. I had good hopes as I was running AKA Soft long Wear Zips for my kicks for the race. At the start I got into a groove behind Rivkin and Tebo but they were absolutely on it and I started to loose touch. Then throughout the race I seemed to be magnetized to every back marker crash I could find. Nearly all my major mistakes were getting tangled with and running into crashed cars and it cost me dearly on this 20 second lap track. I would basically just cruise around in 3rd the entire race, never really a threat and I feel I was driving a little to hard for the track as well. Overall though I would come home in 3rd with another solid podium finish.

E-buggy A3 would be the final race of the night as we neared midnight. For me it would be over quickly as I accidentally tagged Phend early on and it just ruined my mindset and I made some mistakes and caught caught up with other and on this quick track soon found myself way out of the running. I would need a 2nd or better to improve my position and it wasn’t going to happen being a lap down so soon so I pulled it off as to not affect anyone else. I would still come home with 2nd overall with my 1st and 3rd place finishes and Joe would run a stellar A3 to take the win for a Tekno 1-2 finish in Pro E-buggy.

Overall Tekno had another great showing at the A.M.S. 8.0. I was able to finish 1-2-3 in Truggy, E-buggy, and Nitro buggy. Joe was able to finish TQ,1-TQ,4-4 in E-buggy, Truggy, and Nitro Buggy. For the event at the Teammate Challenge, even though it was looking good for Joe with the two TQ’s he would finish the event with 7 points and I would finish with 6 for +1 for me. So overall on the season I am now +40 points and Joe has some work to do. But I think he still has the potential to really turn it on at any point now so i’m still building up my points while I can!

Next up is the ROAR Nitro Nationals at Stateline R/C next week!

-Lutzinator

Equipment used:

Tekno NB48.4, EB48.4, NT48.4

Tires for mains: AKA Soft Long Wear Double Downs for buggies, AKA Soft long wear Impacts for truck.

Electronics: Tekin RX8 Gen 3 with Tekin Redline Gen 2 1900 motor.

Servos: Futaba S9373SV in all applications

Battery: ProTek 2600 rx pack, ProTek 6500 4s LiHV for E-buggy

Fuel: Byrons 25/8 Worlds Blend

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Another cross country trip sent me this time to Northern California to one of the nicest facilities in the World. This was the inaugural AMain Manufactuers Cup that should grow to be one of the premier events on the calendar every year. The format for the Pro’s was Reedy format with 4 heads up rounds in each class with 3 out of 4 counting for the final result. In the coming years hopefully the demand to attend the race will grow and the pro class can be an Invite class with all the top drivers in the World attending this exciting race. Look for big things to come next year when this event rolls around. As for this year it was a great time and some awesome close heads up racing battles. 

The Tekno team was once again well represented at the event, and 7 of the top 25 drivers were in attendance making this also a Top 25 RC qualifying event. I ran my standard 3 classes at this event. There ended up being one full heat of Truggy and two full heats of Pro E Buggy and Nitro buggy. The order and heats were shuffled for each of the 4 rounds making things as even as possible in that regard. The grid was staggered into 4 rows of 3 cars in each row and it was made to give everyone at least one front and one rear grid start during their 4 runs. On some races there was some extreme carnage on the straight but most often it happened on the hairpin 180 after a double at the end of the straight and dogleg. After that things generally started to separate and you worked from there. Starts were pretty important and it was possible they could make or break your race. The electric heats were 9 minutes and the nitro’s were 14 to force a pitstop. 

Some of my best battles came in Round 2 of truggy where I got out to the early lead with Maifield and Tessmann in tow. They stayed between 1 – 3 seconds behind me for much of the entirety of the 15 minutes and I was able to stay clean and fend them off. It was a great accomplishment for me as Maifield was ballistic this past weekend as was Tessman. I had some mental successes in that one! I believe it was also Round 2 of Nitro buggy where I had another good start and stayed out ahead of Maifield for a little over half the race. He was chomping on my tail and i’ll be the first to admit he was faster than me this past weekend. But we battled hard for a number of laps before he got by. However with two laps to go he ran out of gas. Probable cause was us coming into pits one after the other and his pit guys rushing to try to beat me out of the pits. But Danny and Matt were ballistic for us in the pits all weekend and at the time kept me out front and filled my tank to allow me to finish in 1st in that one.

Overall I did way better than I thought possible coming into Saturday. I was able to take 1-2-3 finishes in truggy to take the overall Victory! In E-buggy I had a 3-2-2 to take 5th overall. In Nitro buggy I had a 1-2-2 to take 3rd overall on the Podium. In the end it was some more great results for me in this heavy competition with 4 of the top 5 ranked drivers in attendance and 7 of the top 25. I moved a little closer in points up the list and am just tenths out of 4th at this time as I reside in 5th. I still have much to improve upon and just hope to continue learning, improving, and consistently finishing as the year progresses on!

Next I head to AMS tomorrow to attend AMS 8.0. Short turn around, but looking forward to the event as always and some awesome competition. 

-Lutzinator

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This past weekend I flew west to attend the ProLine Gas Champs at the ProLine Test track. Last year was a good year for me at this track as I was undefeated in the Nitro Classes at both the Gas Champs and SikCross that were held there. It’s quite interesting that AKA tires are pretty dominant there. Tire wise I stuck with primarily SS Grids on a watered run and SSLW Grids for a drier run. For the mains I went to SSLW Impacts in buggy.

I chose to run my primary 3 Tekno vehicles and was able to practice once with each one on Saturday morning. Then we jumped right into qualifying which was all heads up. The sort into the heats was random and they started rd 1 using 1-12. Rd 2 was 5-12, 1-4, and the final round was reverse order. In the past we drew ping pong balls for starting position which I preferred for its randomness but it was the same for all.

First Qualifiers started Ok. I was able to TQ truggy and took 2nd in the buggies behind Maifield. In Q2 I swept the round taking TQ in all 3 classes. This gave me overall in truggy and a battle with Maifield for the two buggy classes in rd 3. In the final qualifier in Ebuggy I wasn’t able to make it happen and had to settle for 2nd qualifier. In Nitro buggy though I had a great run under the lights and put in a TQ run to grab the overall and TQ both Nitro classes.

Sunday saw triple A mains for the Ebuggy class and a 30 min and 45 minute final for Nitro truggy and buggy respectfully. In Ebuggy A1 I started right behind Maifield and he made an early mistake and Joe and I got away into a 1-2 Tekno lead. I led him but he was pushing hard and would catch up only to make a mistake. I would take the win with Joe in 2nd.

Ebuggy A2 started off and early in the race I again got into the lead only to blow a section allowing Maifield back by and he cleaned it up and we paced each other the rest of the race about 3 seconds apart setting up an A3 battle once again. In A3 unfortunately a battle with me didn’t materialize as I crashed early and often and also got a rock stuck in my rear wheel. Overall it was a run to forget for me but I used it to try to learn some new lines for the Nitro buggy as the track was starting to develop a little bit of character. Never waist track-time folks! Overall I would take 2nd and Joe in 3rd for two Teknos on the podium.

2nd overall
Tekno 2-3

The 30 minute Truggy final was a pretty good one. At the start I was able to get away to a quick 6 second lead when I crashed on my own and lost the entire gap as now it was a 4 way battle. But soon thereafter I started to pull away again but this time I had company. Joe was right on my tail and as the track started to dry out he was getting faster. He reeled me in and I did some good block passing for a few laps. Then on one lap we must have swapped position 3 or 4 times on one lap. Not making contact but just inside outside moves all over. I came out ahead and he made a mistake giving me a couple second lead. I held that lead for the next 10 minutes or so until about a lap before our final pit stop around 23 minutes in. We were both called in and I knew it was going to be a dogfight that last leg of the race. Unfortunately for Joe though he crashed upside down on his in lap and flamed. This gave me a sudden lap plus lead on the field and I cruised home to victory. Billy Fischer was able to come in 2nd for a Tekno 1-2!

TQ + Win!
Tekno 1-2

Nitro buggy was the final race of the day and a 45 minute affair. I would start on pole but midway through the first lap missed a corner a bit allowing Maifield ahead then I blew another letting Truhe by. Soon there after though they made mistakes and I was back in and finding my groove. I got a couple second lead and it just kept extending. Next I heard it was 9 second and after the first pit stop it was 18 seconds. My Tekno NB48.4 was on point and my AKA SSLW Impacts were the perfect tires for the conditions. Midway through the race I got just within a lap on the field and that’s pretty much where I would finish by the end of the 45 minute race. Joe also did well taking 3rd on the last lap and thus a Tekno 1-3!

TQ + Win
Tekno 1-3

I was able to continue my top results at this event winning Pro Buggy for the 3rd year in a row. Also defending my Truggy title this year. My 2017 has been amazing so far and hopefully is just getting started. I have a busy schedule coming up and looking to keep up the results!

The Tekno Teammate Challenge continues on and unfortunately for Joe I am on a hot streak! We came in at me with +31. I gained 2 more points with my two TQ’s. Then gained 2 points in Nitro buggy, 1 point in Ebuggy, and 3 points in Truggy. So now I am up +39 points on the season. 

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Neo 2017

April 19, 2017

So just a day after returning from one of the most grueling events of the season, the Psycho Nitro Blast, I was off across the pond to the UK for the Neobuggy event. This year Ilias decided to be brave and be our driver on the other sided of the road and car and I must say he did a fine job! Only one curb was hit which is pretty good on the narrow hedge lined roads. The track this year was challenging with lots of elevation changes and action everywhere. The surface got a little bumpy and their was tons of lefts and rights and a crossover to boot. The layout was fun but it wasn’t fully  planed out I don’t think. There was no where for marshals to be in the middle of the track. And as always the crossover turned out to be dangerous with a few people getting hit, some worse than others. A balance between fun and safety needs to be thought out for sure. What this all meant was there was potential that you could loose half a lap if you crashed in the wrong place at the wrong time so that became paramount to avoid such situations.

The Track

The classes at the Neo are just Nitro buggy and Electric buggy. Every year they seem to allow a few more entries making more heats of racing but also making the days longer and the racing less. I remember a few years ago we were doing 10 minute qualifiers and done by 7pm. Now we are down to 5 minute qualifiers and done by 8pm and starting earlier at 7:45am to boot. I do love the time schedule though as you know exactly what time you will be up and it just makes the event feel bigger with the proper rules in place.

My pit spot for the weekend in the back corner.

I went with basically my Psycho Nitro blast set-ups (which were my silver state set-ups) on the car in hopes that they would continue to work at Neo. But Neo always seems to present unique challenges and cars just feel different on this surface. There were a couple of big jumps with some sharp landings if you didn’t downside just right. The track was also bumpy to an extent and had an uneven stair steps to navigate as well. My shock package wasn’t quite right at the start and it took me until probably the 3rd qualifier to nail it down and start to feel comfortable. I actually opted to go back to the stock pistons of 4×1.9 which gave a good balance of the big jump landings and also the bump and uneven surface handling.

Ready for Nitro buggy qualifying action!

Through qualifying I really worked hard on set-up changes looking to make my car easier to drive as it was a bit nervous and twitch on this track. Here is a list of some of the things I did:

-Moved the front hubs forward

-Front spring all the way up to green instead of my usual Black

-Front diff up to 8K instead of 7K

-Zero bump with about 2* of static toe out in front to try to make less twitchy

-Raised rear camber link on tower to middle outside instead of down and outside. (Stayed middle on hub)

-Lower center diff down to 4K instead of coming in with 7K to give more front wheel drive.

-Heavier front sway bar to 2.4 for the main instead of the 2.3 I had been running.

These changes all helped to make my buggy easier to drive and I was pretty pleased with it by the time the 4th qualifier came around. My first 3 qualifiers were a bit of a struggle though I did manage a 10th and 9th in Q1 and Q3 which I attribute to my growing maturity as a driver. In E-buggy I got a 3rd in Q1 which was my best finish and after that I struggled a bit with my timing and trying to do the quad instead of triple single.

Tekno EB48.4

After day one of qualifying the top 15 currently got to do the 10 minute dash for cash in inverted order. Because I was currently 12th I would start 4th on the grid. Within 2 laps all those ahead of me had made mistakes and I inherited the race lead. I was a bit concerned as Tebo, and Maifield who were going fast in qualifying had already made it up to 2nd and 3rd but they and Tessman started making it the bash for cash and just making mistakes all over. I used that advantage to take off into the sunset and win the Dash which was the turning point of my weekend.

The next day first round of Nitro buggy I was able to prove that the Dash wasn’t a fluke and I went out and put in a great run in the B heat to take TQ. No one in the A heat was able to beat my time so that gave me the TQ for the round and coupled with my 9th and 10th put me solidly up into the Semi-finals. It’s a good thing to because in Q5 I would do my warmup laps and then lost all brakes. My throttle servo went out on me before the start and i’m assuming all the 60ft jump landings at PNB didn’t have anything to do with it. haha. At least I was in the Semi’s and it happened before the Semi is all I can say! In ebuggy I struggled a bit still with my timing but was still able to manage to qualify 10th overall after qualifying.

Challenging Stair steps

That night we did the Semi-final for E-buggy and boy was it an ugly race for me. I was super nice at the start and if someone behind me pressed the issue I let them go as I just wanted to spread out and stay with the pack. But I got tagged and sent to last and it was a battle from there. People were driving nuts and crashing everywhere and I just put my head down and tried to stay as clean as possible. I picked off a few drivers here and there but I couldn’t understand the announcer and had no clue what position I was in. I just fought back until the end and somehow took the 7th position and seeded last into the A-main final in 15th. At least I made it! 🙂

Monday morning started us off with the E-buggy A-main final. Now starting dead last on the grid isn’t as terrible of a thing as one might think. It may take me out of contention for the win but at least there is no where to go but up! haha. Anyways I got by a few cars in the first few corners to just get hit one more time and be dead last again in the top left. But after that I was able to chisel my way through the pack which pileups and crashes happening everywhere. About halfway in I was up to 6th or so and then a contender had an issue and I got up 5th. Then I had a battle with 4th for a couple laps near the end as we swapped position 2 or 3 times before he made a mistake and I got into and finished in 4th! Not bad all things considered and I was pretty pleased with that.

Finished 4th from the #15 spot on the grid.

Next was the Nitro buggy Semi-final and I was starting 4th on the grid in the Odd semi having qualified 7th overall. Things started off well as I was running in my 4th position with the leaders for the first 3 laps and my car felt great. Then I decided to take the quad instead of triple single and I hit the low spot and shorted it and was upside down in the jump. This knocked me back to last as the marshal had to let everyone by. I wasn’t to concerned as my buggy felt great and I knew I could make up time. I quickly moved back past a couple of crashed vehicles and pileups and worked my way though the field. For the most part I was doing the quad well but I shorted it about 3 more times throughout the run whenever I would hit that low spot in the jump face and just didn’t get the lift. I should have just triple singled it but I was stubborn for that run. I still managed to work up through the pack and into 5th and an automatic transfer spot into the A final. After the second Semi I found out I would be starting 9th on the grid for the A.

Photo courtesy Neobuggy.net

The A final was the last race of the day and I was pretty excited by my prospects. My car felt great and I knew I had a shot if I could have a good start. But as mentioned before it is hard to run with others on this track and especially a pack of 5 or more guys at once. I got tangled and sent to the back to start my main in the top left and ended up in the chair! Well it was catchup time now and I put my focus into clean laps and staying out of trouble. I worked through the field and stayed on the lead lap as more and more people fell back with crashes or whatnot. I don’t quite know where I was early mid race but by about the 30 minute mark I had caught up to Maifield for the battle for 4th /5th. But at around the same time I started to make some mistakes as my front tires were starting to go bald. So when I got out in the dust I would push hard and loose time. I also found out after the race that my universal pin that goes in the outdrive had come halfway out was cutting into the arm and bulkhead and that was what was causing my erratic handling for the last 5 minutes or so. I kind of just though I forgot out how drive for a few minutes there! haha. Overall though I had built a big lead over 6th and thus came home in 5th place which was a good result for me!

Overall Good results with Dash for Cash win and 5th overall!

This race is considered an “indoor Worlds” as most all the top drivers in the World attend. This was also an event that was part of the top25 rankings for R/C and my result helped to promote me to #5 in the world. Just 0.7 tenths out of 3rd! I can’t believe that but it just goes to show that I am getting more consistent and my results have been solid.

Cows crossing the motorway

I now have about a month before my next travel race. That time will be used to spend some quality time with family and catch up on all my to-do’s. Also some local club racing hopefully as well as the weather is finally getting nicer!

-Lutzinator

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Psycho Nitro Blast 2017

April 10, 2017

The long awaited, long anticipated, and long day’ed PNB 2017 is in the books. My head is pounding, and just 6 hours after I went to sleep at 3am, I’m up and ready for my 8 hour drive home to prepare to leave for NeoBuggy on Wednesday. I can still hear the sounds of announcers and Nitro vehicles in the silence of the hotel room. Fortunately the event is full of good memories for me and some great results. Let’s get to the action.

I packed up the rental GMC Yukon XL with my race equipment and a good part of my LutzRC business and headed south to pick up Joe and head to White Pine Tennessee. The plan was again to by Psycho and run 5 classes while Joe ran 4 and we filled that Yukon nose to tail. Practice would start at 5am on Friday morning and continue with a couple breaks until 5am Saturday morning. We arrived for practice at just after 5 am and put in some laps to learn the track before it got to busy around noon. We then worked on our cars to prepare them for we early morning practice. The Tekno team also built a EB48.4 kit for a customer getting pretty much a rolling chassis done in 1.25 hours. He ended up running the car over the weekend and last report was he loved it over his previous ride.

Well after we took off around 5pm for a nice dinner we tried to force our bodies to sleep around 8pm as we were to wake back up at 1:30am to head back to the track in hopes of some more good open practice. It was a little busy at first but by 4am the drivers stand was very minimal wait and we were getting some quality runs in. Then in the last session we took the Tekno MT410 monster truck and did a little exhibition doing backflips and sending it high off the big wall! Hopefully a video will come in the future out of that fun!

So it was finally time to start qualifying and the grouped all the classes together. Meaning even though there was 54 heats we ran all the pro heats within 10 races basically. So you would have plenty of preparation time then it was mass rushing to do all the racing, pitting, and marshaling in a very seemingly short timeframe. They kept the program moving very quickly with just one lap of warmup and marshalls doing a good job to get off the drivers stand and on to the track fast.

First round of qualifiers saw me taking a lot of 2nds coming up just short for one reason or another. I got 2nd in Ebuggy, nitro truggy, and Nitro buggy. My etruggy I made a mistake and didn’t have a transponder in my car so I didn’t count, and I took TQ for 4wd SC. The 2nd and 3rd rounds resulted in continued decent rounds. I would take TQ in Q2 and 3 of Nitro Truggy to take the overall TQ. I would also TQ rd 2 of 4wd SC to take the overall and allow me to leave around 1am instead of having to run my last round at around 4am Sunday morning! With nearly 900 entires the days were nothing short of very long. We spend 24 hours at the track from arriving at 1:30am to practice on Saturday morning until we left just after 1am on Sunday morning after our 3rd qualifiers. I would also manage to qualify 2nd in E-buggy and E-truggy behind Joe and a little bit disappointing 5th qualifier in Nitro buggy but Joe got TQ which gave Tekno a clean sweep of the TQ positions in the classes we raced! 

E-buggy A-main – This was the first main that we had and it was up just after 6pm. At the start I followed Joe around for a lap and he made a mistake I think after the triple going wide letting me get by and into the lead. I would then lead out ahead of he and Cavalieri. They would both close the gap but then make mistakes and I would get out to a 4 second cushion on Joe for much of the second half of the race. But on the last lap I didn’t line up properly on the slick concrete section and I missed inside and landed off track. I tried to get over the pipe but got hung up for a second. Joe was coming in fast and by the time I got loose he was right on my bumper with just a few obstacles and corners to go. I held him off until the back double where I knew he would try something to get by. Well I pulled a little to much trigger and tried to get to fancy and pushed out a little wide on the top right corner and he slid underneath and we were side by side but he had the inside line. Halfway down the short shoot before the final corner we touched tires and my car went cartwheeling off the track and Joe went on to win the race. I was pretty upset with myself for giving up such a lead on the last lap. It was entirely my fault but I still was happy for Joe for being there and for the Tekno 1-2 finish!

2nd place E-Buggy. Tekno 1-2

4wd SCT A-main – Starting on pole I just focused on staying clean and out front. No one had attempted the big 60ft triple that I know of in Short Course yet so we were all doing double single through that section. I really wanted to jump it though and that was in my mind throughout the race. I started to find a groove about halfway through the 10 minute final and worked up to an upper teen’s lead and on the last lap I decided I was going to go for the triple to see if I could do it. I didn’t feel like I was going to have the speed but I was on a victory lap so I just gave it a go. I came around the corner hot and held full throttle. I hit the jump in the place that launched the car the best and held throttle for the first 10 feet to keep the nose up and noticed it was flying beautifully. I watched in awe at the beauty of the truck flying perfectly through the air and finishing the jump on the perfect downside. It was a thing of beauty and I was able to come away with the victory as well! (Feel free to check it out on the last lap on the liveRC video of the race.)

4wd SCT TQ + Win!

Nitro Truggy A-main – The Nitro truggy A-main was our next race and it was to be a 30 minute race. I started on pole again for this one and led out from the start. I quickly worked a few second gap on the field but made a mistake a few laps in doing a pirouette and shrinking my lead to a second or two. But I regained my composure and my line and got back into about a 5 second lead. That’s pretty much where the lead would stand for the next 15 or so minutes until the final fuel stop. Cavalieri was in pursuit but sometime around his last stop he broke his shock and began to fall off pace. This gave me a huge cushion by the end of the run by over 20 seconds and the victory in Pro Truggy! 

Nitro Truggy TQ + Win!

E-Truggy A-main – The E-truggy A was just another battle between Joe and I. Or at least that is what I was hoping it would be. Instead in the first couple laps he worked out to a 4 second lead which is pretty much where it stayed for the rest of the race. Joe would come away with the victory as I took another 2nd. When we were done though we did a backflip over the kicker jump and then tried to rail grind the top of the wall. On my second try I went over but it landed it and I drove it back to the pit lane. We had a good time and that class is a lot of fun with the trucks being so powerful!

Etruggy 2nd + Tekno 1-2

Nitro Buggy A-main – The Nitro buggy A-main was the final race of the day and it started just after Midnight. I was starting 5th and at the tone just wanted to keep the car clean to start to feel my groove and see how things would shake out. Dakota put in a pass and I conceded the position and we soon got by someone who crashed. Then over the next couple laps another and another would crash and I was soon in 3rd and then into 2nd behind Joe who was leading! I caught up to Joe and over the center kicker I took it slightly harder than he did and mid air we touched and sent us both crashing. We got out with the lead still and I trailed behind him for another couple laps. Then I put in a good run on him around the huge sweeper and misjudged my distance as our cars turned to come towards us and I tapped the rear of his car and sent him tumbling. I was so mad at myself for making contact. I waited for the marshal to get him but it put us in a 5 or 6 way battle for the lead. Everyone else came in to pit that next lap and it seemed most of them had some sort of trouble. I stayed out an extra lap with my Blok fuel mileage and had a clean pit lane. Matt and Red were super quick and got me out and I came out right in front of Dakota suddenly in the lead! Soon thereafter he wrecked and I was alone out front with an 8 second lead! 

Nitro Buggy Victory!

The fortunes changed so fast in this one and about halfway into the race with the lead intact I decided to start to double single the huge triple to save my equipment. I kept my lines tight and as the rest of the field battled behind I just kept clicking off clean consistent laps and in the end came around with another big victory! Wow it was such a great day of racing for me and I was very happy with the result. Everything is really coming together and working well right now!

Iron Man Award!

Just completed my 8 hour drive home and now have a day and a half to regroup, repack, and head to England for the Neo race! Looking forward to another great competitive week of racing!

I want to thank Matt, Mike, Jamie, Joe, Red, and Jeremy for all the help with various things throughout the weekend. Congratulation to Joe and Tekno for a complete sweep of the PNB with Joe and I taking TQ and Victory x 5 classes! Awesome to be a part of!

Tekno Teammate Challenge: (Joe started to play catch up during qualifying with his 3 x TQ’s to my 1 x TQ in classes we both raced. But my final results of 1, 1, 2, 2 gained me points over his 1, 1, 4, 13.) So we came in with me at +18 points and now after PNB I am at +31 pts!

-Lutzinator

 

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