Last weekend the Force Series kicked off its first race of the 2019 calendar at Dean’s Discount Hobbies, featuring some of the biggest names in the Southeast. In 1/8th Expert Nitro Buggy former World Champion, Serpent’s Billy Easton took the win in Pro Nitro Buggy as the longtime ace veteran proved to be the fastest after 25 minutes. Making the podium and also showing tremendous speed over the weekend was Team Associated’s Julien Oliveras. Julien has been working hard and close to a breakout race win. HB Racing’s Alfredo Arrieta closed out the podium in 3rd.
Too fast for the competition, South Florida’s own Jader Lopez took the win in the Expert Nitro Truggy class using green compound Triple Dees to get the job done. Kyle Phillips finished out in 2nd as Sebastian Vasan took home 3rd.
Making an 1/8th scale comeback, Team Associated’s Daimon Borkowicz took home 1st place in the Expert 1/8th E-Buggy class at round 1 giving Daimon the early points lead. Daimon finished just ahead of Serpent’s Billy Easton and Justin Fales, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
TJ Bradley was the driver to beat int he 40+ Nitro class as he found another gear during the 20-minute main and took the win. Kawri Brown finished a respectable 2nd with Bobby Smith in 3rd.
It was a close race in the 40+ E-Buggy class between the two top contenders, Jabin Carlton and Kawri Brown. Both finished the double mains tied in points, but ultimately the tie-breaker went to Jabin with Kawri finishing 2nd. Once again, Bobby Smith finished 3rd keeping that consistency dialed in.