The 1st Annual PRCR Invitational was held this past weekend in Portland, Oregon at Portland R/C Raceway. This is the home track for Team Orion USA Team Manager Joe Pillars. JP helped organize this event and would also race. The race format consisted of 3 6-Minute Qualifiers using the Rocket Round format (single fastest run counts) on Saturday. Then Sunday the lower main bump-ups would be ran first, followed by Triple A-Mains for all classes. The top 7 drivers after qualifying would go straight to the A-Main with a 1 car bump-up from the lower mains. In the Stock Short Course Class it was privateer Jaromy Smallwood who TQ’ed overall with his Team Orion powered Kyosho Ultima SC. Jaromy went on to win A-Main #1 and A-Main #2 to take home the Championship.
The JConcepts Wave race takes place in the heart of the R/C corridor, SoCal. One of the world’s premier indoor off-road facilities, ORCR Raceway has been chosen for 2 years in a row to host the event. With more than 100 indoor pit spots, as well as a fully stocked hobby shop and sizable indoor clay off-road track, the Wave’s venue and location are second to none. California locals were well represented with Steven Hartson, Brent Thielke, Cody Turner, Frank Root and Chris Jarosz taking part in the event. Drivers traveling in from out of town such as Nor Cal’s Lloyd Dassonville, Arizona’s Tanner Denney and Florida’s Jason Ruona provided tight competition all weekend.
The 1st annual Northwest Short Course Nationals were held May 14-15th at TriCities RC Raceway in Pasco, WA and the race was a huge success with over 150 entries. Team Kyosho’s Jesse Munn took the overall win in the Modified 2wd class with his Kyosho Ultima SC, winning the 2 mains of the triple A-Main format against a field of 44 entries. Jesse won a hard fought battle in A-Main 1 against Team Associated driver and TQ Chris Bridgewater, winning by just .7 seconds. The 2nd main Jesse came back and won by a comfortable 11 seconds to bring home the overall win for Kyosho. Jesse also TQ’d and won the Modified 4wd class with a second place in A-Main 1 and victories in both A-Main 2 and A-Main 3. Privateer driver Eyria Eatmon took the Stock SC class TQ and overall victory running his Kyosho Ultima SC as well.
The 1st Annual Short Course Showdown was held at Trackside Hobbies in Milwaukee, WI April 23-25. This event was directed and announced by World Famous Scotty Ernst. Representatives from all the major short course manufacturers were in attendance including Kyosho, Team Associated, Losi, HPI, and Traxxas. The total entries for the event reached an amazing 248, making this the largest short course race in the World.
Last weekend’s Cactus Classic race saw AKA debut their two new SC tires, which we wrote about previously, the Wishbone and the Enduro at the event. Mark Pavidis posted the fastest time in Short Course qualifying and started in second for the main. Two laps into the 15 minute final Mark took the lead and never looked back. Mark took the top spot on the podium followed by team mate Joe Pillars who finished third overall. Some competitors questioned using the small Wishbone tread on such a high bite and abrasive track condition, but the pictures prove that AKA’s long wearing proprietary rubber compounds proved the competition wrong and finished with tread to spare. Click here for images of Mark’s truck
The Dirt’s Joey Christensen has been in touch to announce the Short Course RC Truck Championship that will take place at the Milestone RC Track on the 30th of January. The event is open to Sportsman spec, Intermediate and Expert short course classes as well as Unlimited 4wd Short course and SC8. Practice is from 10am to 1pm with the racing starting at 2pm sharp, with Championship trophies awarded to all class winners. For more information you can phone Joey at 951.347.4707 or e-mail him at email@example.com
Hosted by R/C Madness in Enfield, CT, the Inaugural Short Course Nationals brought together racers from across the country to compete in the first all-Short-Course event. Normally piggybacked with another event, the promoters created an event that stood alone and catered just to the growing Short-Course racing crowd with seven separate classes. As major supporters of the Short Course class, Team Associated sent out factory representative Scott Brown as both an ambassador and racer to promote and assist fellow participants. Scott has been involved in R/C for years and is the owner of Tacoma R/C Raceway near Seattle, WA so his experience in the hobby runs deep. Utilizing his Team Associated SC10 and SC8, Scott brought home the victories in the top classes, taking the win in Electric 2WD Open with his Reedy/LRP powered SC10 and in 4WD Nitro with his Reedy 121 VR-powered SC8. Scott also participated in the fledgling class of 4WD E-Conversion Open and again piloted his SC8e to victory using Reedy power.