Team C Racing’s Michael Guzman has won the 2WD Stock SCT class at the recent Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout. The TQ went to MIP’s Matt Olson (Team Associated) who ultimately finished on the third place. The runner up spot was taken by Matt Gilbert (Kyosho).
The fifth round of the JBRL took place at the Controlled Chaos Raceway and it was MIP’s Matt Olson who held onto the top qualifying spot for quite a while, until being nudged out by .8 second faster Chris Blais. In the A-Main, Blais and Dunford had the initial leads, then Olson climbed to second for several laps behind Blais until Matt shifted into second gear taking the win by four seconds. Second place went to Chris Blais (Losi) with Ryan Dunford taking the final spot on the podium.
The 4th stop of the Short Course Showdown Nationwide Tour was run last weekend at Tacoma RC in Washington State. The weekend started out on Thursday with practice and a small club race that night. The track is run wet in the morning and then swept between rounds all day long. We found the best compound for this surface would be gold compound. For the 2wd class we ran Bar Codes rear and Pressure Points up front. For 4wd, there were some guys on Bar Codes front and rear and others on Pressure Point front and rear.
Round two of Short Course Summer Cup in Finland took place recently at the Tammisaari SC track. Track was recently modified for SC trucks and it gave a great racing experience. The rrack was a lot rougher than what tracks usually are in Finland, but due to that it created some great off-road experience and good reviews from racers. For the first time in the SC winter or summer cup, 4wd cars outnumbered 2wd cars by having 23 participants over 12 in 2wd. As in previous round in Vantaa, Mikko Pyhältö in 4wd and Riku Tolonen in 2wd took first places after the qualifying heats. We also saw new drivers climbing to the A finals which shows that there is a wide range of drivers that can compete for the top positions.
The first Short Course Summer Cup event took place recently at the Lavanko electric race track which is located in Vantaa, Finland. The SC Summer cup consist of four races on four different tracks in Finland and is intended for SC2-10 and SC4-10 cars. The series follows on from the SC Winter Cup which that was big success and also brought new racers to the SC class. In qualifying it was Riku Tolonen in 2wd and on Mikko Pyhältö in 4wd that took pole position.
The Short Course Kings Series rolled into Ocala, FL for its 4th and final round of the 2012 season. NewRed Hobbies was the host track for this event with 104 entries geared up to do battle and crown the Kings of Short Course. Pro 2 stock qualifying was dominated by Shea Peterson setting the TQ in the first round and backing it up by winning the second round to secure the overall TQ. Pro 2 expert stock was the Billy Bruce show as he went on to TQ both rounds by a large margin with his JConcepts equipped Kyosho truck. JConcepts driver Zack Genova showed the way in the Pro 2 expert mod class by setting a first rd TQ that held up for the overall #1 starting position. Pro 4 expert mod had a great battle for the TQ spot between local racer Bobby Reeves and JConcepts driver Chris Viesins. Bobby set the early TQ in round 1, but Chris came storming back in round 2 to claim the overall TQ going into the main event.
JConcepts Team Driver Max Flurer made the trip to the vacation destination of Myrtle Beach South Carolina this past weekend to the Badlands RC raceway for their annual Spring Sting. The Spring Sting is always the first big race of the season in the region, one of the best tracks and facilities await the drivers as one of the can’t miss races. With a full arsenal of JConcepts equipped Associated cars, Max made a statement that if you want to stand on the top step, you are going to have to climb past him.
On back to back weekends JConcepts keeps its winning streak alive by TQ’ing and winning all 3 expert classes at round 3 of the Short Course Showdown. The Trackside Hobbies crew did an amazing job with this year’s track layout and surface prep. With plenty of elevation changes, off-camber turns, rhythm sections, and high-bite conditions, the racing was tight and super exciting.