November 20, 2017

FORCE Series Rd7 – Report

Round 7 of the FORCE Series was held at River Rat RC Raceway. In 1/8 Pro Nitro Buggy Mitch Zeck was able to take TQ in round 1 and take a 3rd in Q2 which gave him the overall TQ. In the 35 minute A-main, Gene Hickerson took the early lead and started to check out. Zeck worked his way up from last to 3rd before having a receiver pack fail, causing a DNF. A great battle ensued between Hickerson, Jordan Singletary, and Julien Oliveras for the next 25 minutes. With five minutes to go, Hickerson got stuck on a pipe and flamed out, handing a 1-lap lead to Oliveras who went on to win. Hickerson rejoined in 4th but quickly worked his way back up to finish 2nd by just 0.07 seconds over Singletary in a very exciting photo finish.

Expert Nitro Buggy top 3 results:
1. Julien Oliveras – Team Associated/Pro-Line
2. Gene Hickerson – SOAR/James
3. Jordan Singletary – Mugen/JConcepts

In 1/8 Pro Truggy Hickerson took TQ in both rounds of qualifying. In the A-main, Hickerson took the lead 5 minutes in and never looked back to score his second victory in a row at the FORCE Series with the SOAR prototype truggy.

Expert Nitro Truggy top 3 results:
1. Gene Hickerson – SOAR/James
2. Aaron Sikes – Losi/JConcepts
3. Sebastian Vasan – Losi/Pro-Line

In the 1/8 Pro E-Buggy class Patrick Rossiter took TQ. In the A-mains, Rossiter and John Bernard Jr. both scored a 1st and 2nd, while Zeck finished 3rd in both mains after continuing motor and battery issues that caused a loss of power half way through both mains, taking him out of contention for the wins.

Expert E-Buggy top 3 results:
1. Patrick Rossiter Jr. – Tekno/JConcepts
2. John Bernard – Tekno/JConcepts
3. Mitch Zeck – SOAR/James

Source: SOAR Racing []


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