Crispy Critters Raceway of Fairfield NJ held its first Short Course Showdown, hosted by Steve Charles. Classes consisted of 2WD and 4WD Modified Short Course, 2WD Spec Short Course and 2WD Modified Truck. The turnout was great with over 50 entries with the most popular class being 4WD Short Course. In the Blinky Spec Short Course class, TQ Steve Charles led the first lap before Aja made a nice pass on Lap 2 and never looked back. Third place B. Love filled out the podium.
The popular Team Associated-sponsored Short Course Showdown Series made its sixth stop of the year at 702 Raceway in Las Vegas, NV. With racers from across the country and a destination like Las Vegas, the event was sure to be a hit. Team Associated was well represented with 2x World Champion Brian Kinwald leading the way. In qualifying, BK put his Factory Team SC10 in the #1 qualifying position for the 2WD Modified Short Course class. Joining him in the main for Team Associated were Scott Brown and Tommy Hinz. In the 4WD Modified Short Course main, the Factory Team SC10 4x4s of Brian Kinwald and Scott Brown would contest the win. With a side-by-side grid start, Kinwald got the jump on the field and checked out in 2WD Modified Short Course. The 4WD Modified Short Course class wasn’t as easy a win. With a mid-pack start, Kinwald worked his way just behind the leaders, one of which included teammate Scott Brown. With just a few laps to go, Brown got tangled and Kinwald took over the lead. A solid finish by “The Dirtinator” got him the double victory for Team Associated and the Factory Team SC10 and SC10 4×4.
Home of the famous Belgian GP, MBV Kampenhout hosted the 4th leg of the Belgian SCT Cup recently. The track is very challenging with a lot of elevation and off camber turns. The 2WD class qualifications saw Nicolas Evens taking TQ with his freshly built 22SCT by winning all 3 qualifiers. Vincent Brauns won the first final leg with his TeamC truck, Nicolas ending second under strong pressure from Mike Renotte. In the second leg, Nicolas came ahead of Mike. Vincent had a bad start and ended 3rd. During the last final, Vincent and Mike had a great fight, Mike closing on Vincent lap by lap, ending 0,3 second behind. Nicolas took the leg win and the overall.
The fourth and final round of Finland SC Summer Cup took us to Jyväskylä. The race was driven on same weekend as Neste Rally Finland. Unfortunately the RC track was too far away from WRC happenings and so we only saw lots of general traffic the way to and from track. Weather wasn’t as good in morning as it had been in previous rounds, there was constant threat of thunder storm ahead, but fortunately rain and thunder went around us and we only got very short and light shower during qualifying. Unlike in two previous rounds we had more drivers in 2wd (17) than in 4wd (16). Once again we had few drivers that had never been in an RC race.
The 3rd round of the Belgian SCT Cup was run at RC Electro Liège in Sprimont. The track was technical and slippery, making mastering it very challenging. Saturday was free practice all day with quite a few drivers showing up under a blue sky. On Sunday morning three rounds of qualifying where held. Hong Nor Team Driver Raphaël Robert took TQ in the 4WD Modified class and Mike Renotte took the top spot in 2WD. In the afternoon three finals in each class where held with Raphaël Robert taking the first two 4WD A-finals. 2WD was a different affair with every driver on the podium winning a final. At the end it was Raphaël Robert taking the win in 4WD with Nicolas Evens and Mike Renotte in second and third respectively. The 2WD class was won by Mike Renotte with Nicolas Evens in second and Vincent Brauns in third.
The fifth round of the Short Course Showdown Nationwide Tour stopped at Hobby Town USA, Hobbyplex a massive facility that houses two full-sized RC race tracks. The tour once again brought a bevy of pro drivers and factory representatives to America’s heartland. Pro drivers like Brian Kinwald, and Billy Fischer arrived and were ready to do battle. Taylor Timmerman dropped in fresh from the Byron’s race, with the fastest youngsters in the Midwest: Cole Tollard, and Jason Hills adding to the pace of the race. Factory Fast JConcepts Guru Dave Duncan, Spektrum’s Sonny Brown, www.liverc.com and factory fast Mike Garrison, Novak’s Traveling Tech man and Short Course Showdown staffer Charlie Suangka, as well as the Traxxas crew made the trip to Omaha for stop number five. Chris Kovachevich from RC Driver and Trevor Duncan from R/C Car Action made the trip to cover the event as well.
The 2012 Short Course Nationals again hosted at RC Madness in Enfield, Ct had over 300+ entries this past weekend and the word of the day was ‘hot’ during qualifying. High temps and big time humidity would make for a long day with everyone ducking for a bit of shade where they could. This race has been plagued by the weather in the past. Unfortunately this year would be no different. After all rounds of qualifying TLR’s Ryan Dunford would TQ 4WP Pro 4 SC and would get yet another TQ in the 2WD Pro 2 SC class. Weather would dominate the mains though not allowing any competitor to run their mains. So qualifying order would end up being finishing order as well.
The warm-up race for next weekend’s Short Course National Championship was held recently at R/C Madness in Connecticut. X Factory drivers Mike ‘Lights Out’ Aliberti and Chris Cristo qualified first and second, with privateer John Cravotta third, all driving the new SCX-60CF. It was a very large and busy lay-out with triples, doubles, a table-top and a monster berm, and as is often the case with short course outdoors, the wind make the many jumps interesting. Aliberti took the first round of qualifying by 10sec over second and that time stood up for the pole position in the main. In the second qualifier Mike was set to improve on that time with an 8-lap run when he did a big wheelie on the straight and the truck flipped over backward. Cristo’s time in Q2, four seconds behind Aliberti’s Q1 time was good for second on the grid. John Cravotta took Q3 five seconds off Aliberti’s time. It was all Mike Aliberti in the main as he checked out for the win. Cristo was involved in some first-lap ‘short course racing’ and came out of it 9th. He put he head down and worked his way through the pack to finish third.