The first-ever R/C onroad race event at the famous Circuit of the Americas F1 track in Austin, Texas took place over last weekend. Coordination on the part of HobbytownUSA Austin, the SouthWest Championship Series Committee, and several R/C racing enthusiasts at the Circuit of the Americas made this event possible. Both nitro and electric classes were run, which made for an exciting and unique experience.
The nitro classes ran 30-minute A-mains. In the 200mm nitro sedan class, the battle was between Top Qualifier Chris Metheny and Brandon McNally. McNally ultimately took the win, but not without a late charge from Metheny, who placed 2nd, while third place went to Brian Fong. In the 8th IGT class, Top Qualifier Chad Kiffe took the win with Eduardo Romero and Tony Luna placing 2nd and 3rd, respectively. In 8th Open, Chris Jones beat out Top Qualifier Bob Ingersoll for the win with Rick Lindsay finishing in third.
The electric classes ran double A-mains. In modified touring car, Brandon McNally took the overall win with Chris Kemper and David Heredia finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively. In 17.5 spec sedan, Jose Moreno dominated both A finals, leaving Jimmy Huynh and Mike Sambrano to round out the podium. However, Sambrano would go onto win the 1/12th scale class with Steve Shepherd and Frankie Pena finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Lastly, F1 was won by Marcus Williams with Chris Jones and Tony Luna rounding out the top three.
This was the first-ever R/C race at the Circuit of the Americas, and it is the hope of many in the local racing scene that this race was just the beginning. The dedication and commitment of a few made this event a success for all those who attended.