Roaming through the pits at the recent opening round of the JConcepts Indoor National Series we had a chance to sit down and talk to Ron Schuur, team manager of Hobbywing. It was interesting to discuss the testing and tuning Ron had come up with for his team drivers here this weekend at the JConcepts Winter Indoor Nationals. Not only are the team drivers being taken care of but Ron has turned some heads with customer support helping drivers tune their vehicles trackside.
The 2WD Modified Winter Indoor National Champion of the premier class came down to the final race between AE/JConcepts’ Michael Schoettler and AE/JConcepts’ Nick Gibson. With Gibson having a win and a 3rd and Schoettler with a win and a 2nd, A3 would decide who would be crowned the new champion. Once again, Nick Gibson would attack right from the start and put the pressure on the rest of the field as he would try and repeat his perfect run in A2. Gibson’s fast pace was hard to match lap for lap as TLR’s JP Richards would push hard to keep the Kansas City native within striking distance. On the 7th lap, Richards was unable to maintain Gibson’s pace and a mistake would allow Schoettler and Kyosho/JConcepts Mitchel Gardner through to see if they could chase down the leader.
Having made an early mistake in A1 which resulted in an unfavorable 3rd place finish for the 2WD Modified TQ, AE/JConcepts’ Nick Gibson vowed he wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. This time, the story was much different as Gibson was able to slowly stretch out his lead from the rest of the pack. In a league of his own and having the fastest car on the track, Gibson was able pull away and cruise to an uncontested win in A2 leaving the rest to battle for 2nd and 3rd.
The tension at the opening round of the JConcepts Indoor National Series had finally reached the weekend high as racers calm the nerves and settle in for the first round of A mains. The highly anticipated battle in the super competitive 2WD Modified class did not disappoint and a nail biter from start to finish.
The last round of qualifying was an awesome display of dominance by TLR’s JP Richards. On a mission, Richards set the quickest time in all 3 classes he entered. Posting the fastest time in the 2WD Modified class with a 19 lap 5:04.78, Richards was able to take his 1st TQ and bettering his overall position for tomorrow’s triple a-main by starting 2nd on the grid.
Round 2 of the Winter Indoor National Series has seen an unexpected rise of the young, fast, and talented racers like Nick Gibson. The Team Associated/JConcepts driver had a near flawless run with just two minor incidents with traffic, but was able to climb his way to the front and put in the fastest time of the round with a 19 lap 5:08.35. Having not changed his car from his first run, Gibson said he was “glad to have a much better run than round 1,” and was much happier with his performance.
Delivering on what the TLR customers have asked, TLR’s updated 22T 2.0 truck in all the right ways. TLR’s Senior Product Developer Frank Root is running a basically stock kit in mid-motor form (rear motor parts are all included) at Round 1 of the JConcepts Indoor National Series with ti-screws and turnbuckles by TLR. Pushing the envelope to another level, TLR has included 2 bodies for mid and rear motor configurations for all your racing needs. Also included in the kit is the updated grooved slipper plates to help clean as well as cool the slipper pads. In addition, the kit comes with machined shock internals and the bellcrank steering assembly.
Team Associated’s Team Manager Brent Thielke is running a production version of the T5M at round 1 of the JConcepts Indoor National Series, decked out with Factory Team option parts such as titanium turnbuckles and screws, an aluminium steering rack, rear hubs and C/D plates along other options such as a graphite battery strap, 8.5mm aluminium hexes, motor plate and shock standoffs. With the stadium truck being based off the very successful B5M platform, most of the Factory Team option parts are interchangeable and already in stock with the release date is scheduled to be in March.