Having reported on last week’s Cactus Classic in Arizona at Scottsdale RC Speedway, we have finally got some more action videos online, this time from finals day. Above is leg 2 of the 2wd modified A-main, while below we have the 4wd modified A-main leg 2, the 2wd Short Course modified A-main leg 2 and another bonus video showing some racers trying to pass the time.
With qualifying for this year’s Cactus Classic completed on Saturday, Sunday saw the all important mains day with race favorite Ryan Maifield looking to convert his 4 TQ spots into victory. At the end of Saturday’s qualifying, all of the racers in the Pro-4 class were called to the announcer’s booth for a meeting. I was slightly confused why, then I asked Ryan Maifield what was going on? He said a lot of the guys were worried about “nuking” their motors in the scheduled 10-minute main. Their compromise was to run double 5-minute mains. In A1, top qualifier, Ryan Maifield held his lead for the first three laps then let Mike Truhe and Hupo Honigl slip by. The Durango duo of Jorn and Hupo did some swapping of positions with Maifield while Truhe ran away with the win.
The scorching Arizona sun went a bit easier on us today as qualifying wrapped up. Mid-day cloud cover and a slight breeze made it much cooler, but the track still had an amazing amount of grip. The re-sort from day 1 qualifying gave us some much-anticipated battles today with Ryan Maifield using his home advantage to TQ 4 of the 5 Modified classes.
What an epic day of qualifying! 48 heats twice through, started at 8am and ended at 10:30PM. Round 1 of the 25th annual Cactus Classic is saw Team Associated’s Ryan Maifield dominating the field. With his home track advantage and his cars looking stellar around the track, he finished with TQ’s in 2wd Modified Buggy, 4wd Modified Buggy, and Pro-2 Short Course. Ryan had some minor motor issues in Pro-4 SC but otherwise would have likely TQ’ed that as well. I asked him what the plan for round 2 is and if he is going to change anything up. He said, “Everything is working really good today. I’m going to put a new motor in the SC-10 4×4 and hopefully have a better run.”
The 2011 Cactus Classic is taking place this weekend at the Scottsdale RC Speedway in Arizona, USA. This annual electric race attracts top drivers from around the world and this, its 25th year, is no exception with top Europeans such as Lee Martin, Hupo Honigl, Joern Neumann, Marc Rheinard and Viktor Wilck joining the top US stars to battle it out for this year’s titles in 4wd, 2wd, SC and Truck. With 430 entries, making 48 heats it is making for a long day for everyone and the blazing heat is also taking its toll. Open practice has been underway since Wednesday and the drivers are closing in on their final race setups ahead of Friday’s first 2 rounds of qualifying. Red RC will be reporting from the event throughout qualifying through to Sunday’s A-mains so stay tuned.