The fourth and final round of the 2018 JConcepts Spring Super Cup was held at Newred Hobbies in Ocala, Florida, that wrapped up the spring edition of the long-running Florida race series. With championship points on the line, the final round always becomes the most crucial race as overall results are decided by taking points from the best three of the four series races. Newred is a unique track that consists of Florida clay/dirt mix and sealed for low dust and high traction. The jumps are man-made consisting of wood construction and then carpeted over to provide grip and consistency. With the tire choice being a slick or semi-slick tire, the speed and intensity are off the charts. The finale layout was challenging requiring a degree of high technical skills and a car that could handle high-speed corners without traction rolling. All in all, the layout was fun and provided an awesome arena for the drivers to battle it out for the Spring Super Cup Championship titles.
Taking his first 2WD Modified Super Cup win, Team Associated’s Jackson Brunson delivered one heck of a race and finished ahead of the field from 4th on the grid. Team Associated teammate, Lee Setser, showcased some serious speed to finish 2nd. Finding the last spot on the podium, TLR’s JR Mitch had an exciting back and forth battle with Setser for 2nd, but come away with 3rd overall.
It was a fabulous day for TLR’s JR Mitch in the 4WD Modified class, as JR powered his way to a terrific win from 5th on the grid by minimizing his mistakes. With smooth style and consistent driving, Team Associated’s Ryan Eckert moved up from 4th to finish 2nd and AE’s Lee Sester rounded out the podium in 3rd.
It was David Davis’ day as he set the TQ time and took home the win in the 40+ 2WD Open class. John Prickett and Richard Schaeffer put up a good fight to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. Unfortunately, David wasn’t available for the podium photo.
It was Jader Lopez taking top honors in 13.5 4WD class. From TQ to 1st, Jader had a perfect weekend while rockin’ the F2 body on gold Octagons tires for the win. Ryan Harris took a wonderful 2nd place finish along with the talented Jake Shugarman finishing up in 3rd.
Going three for three in podium finishes, Ryan Harris was able to take the top step on the podium in the 13.5 Stadium Truck class with Danny Wight 2nd and Rick Jacobs 3rd to round out the top 3.
It was Alan Wight who took the win in a highly contested field of 17.5 Expert 2WD drivers. Ryan Harris was able to mount a charge from 6th on the grid to finish 2nd. Mason McCombs rounded out the top 3 with a 3rd place finish.
Breaking away from the field, Thomas Andre won the Independent 2WD class with great driving and poise while Jeff Lynn finished 2nd. Only 1.6 seconds back from Jeff was Kevin Castillo, who made a mid-race comeback to power his way into 3rd.
The top 4 drivers would break away to engage in an exciting battle of their own in the Independent Stadium Truck class. In the end, Kevin Castillo crossed the line in 1st, Thomas Andre finished 2nd, and Tracey Proctor 3rd overall.
Independent classes mean no sponsors drivers, but that doesn’t mean these guys are slow by any means. Putting on a great show in the Independent Stock Short Course class, Jeff Lynn would go home with the win, Tracey Proctor 2nd, and Thomas Sherman 3rd.
Thanks to the Novice racers at Newred for attending the round 4 of the Super Cup. It’s fantastic to see a group of young racers excited to be at the track and driving awesome. Mike Shultz took the win with Reid Schaeffer 2nd and Bo Shultz 3rd.