October 31, 2012

Belgian SCT Cup Rd5

The fifth and last round of the Belgian SCT Cup 2012 took place at the Blackcountry Arena’s indoor astroturf track in Charleroi. The club, which hosted one of the EOS races in 2011, has as always been very efficient in organising the race, and even offered a glass of champagne to everyone at the end. The 2WD class saw the most attendees this weekend with some fast guys like Jean-François Renard and Nicolas Hammerton in attendance. The first and second leg of qualification was won by Nicolas Evens which gave him the overall TQ. The third leg was a tough one with four fast guys fighting hard on the track, running all together for most of the 6 minutes. In the end Jean-François was the quickest in front of Vincent Brauns and Nicolas Hammerton. In the first A-final Vincent had an excellent run with his rear motor truck. He was able to secure a second place between the two Nicolas’s and their 22SCTs. Second final started by a huge pile-up allowing Nicolas Evens to have half a lap lead. Nicolas Hammerton and Jean-François Renard fought for second place and ended in that order, separated by 1.5 seconds only. Last final saw the same guys fighting for the victory, with Vincent taking the win.

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October 25, 2012

Short Course Showndown finals – Report

Mike’s Hobby Shop in Carrollton, TX played host to the 2012 Short Course Showdown Finals. Mike Darnell, owner and operator and Scotty Ernst put on an amazing event that brought in 269 entries for some fierce side by side action. The track appeared to be a fairly simple layout by design, but with jump placement and slick conditions, this track turned out to be very technical and tire selection was of the upmost importance. With qualifying under way JConcepts/MIP driver Matt Olson made a statement in the opening round by setting an amazing TQ run with the only 15 lapper of the event in the Stock division. Matt’s TQ run held from start to finish of qualifying and put him on the pole position for the Main event. Next up was 2WD Modified SCT and this was a heavy weight battle throughout all three rounds between JConcepts/Team Associated driver Scott Brown and JConcepts/TLR driver Frank Root. Frank and Scott traded TQ positions each and every round with Frank finally taking the last round by 4 seconds and claiming the top spot for the A-main. Last up was the 4×4 Open SCT class and once again, we saw a fierce battle for the TQ spot. JConcepts/MIP driver Matt Olson was going head to head with JConcepts/TLR driver Frank Root round after round as they traded TQ spots each and every round, but once again Frank pulled out the TQ spot giving him the double TQ for both Modified classes.

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October 13, 2012

Numedahl & Wernimont win at Reedy Truck Race

The Reedy Truck Race of Champions has become one of the premier racing events in the country thanks to the hard work and dedication of Jimmy Babcock and the Hot Rod Hobbies crew. Thankfully, early October temperatures in Saugus, California made for a comfortable weekend of racing for the nearly 150 entrants. The prestigious modified 2WD and 4WD short course truck classes featured a field of the of the top West Coast pros including Reedy factory drivers Carson Wernimont and Kody Numedahl. The Pro 2 Modified SC class was all Kody Numedahl and his Reedy-powered Factory Team SC10. Starting from the pole position thanks to his top-qualifying performance, Kody went on to win A-Main legs one and two in convincing fashion to claim the title. Wernimont joined Numedahl on the podium with a third place finish overall. Carson Wernimont had to battle a little bit harder than Numedahl on the way to his victory in the Pro 4 Modified SC class. A win in A-Main leg two and consistent finishes in legs one and three were all that Carson needed for the win.

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October 6, 2012

Crispy Critters Short Course Showdown report

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.

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September 27, 2012

Kinwald victorious at Vegas SC Showdown

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.

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September 12, 2012

Evens & Keyaerts win Belgian SCT Cup Rd4

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.

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August 15, 2012

Finland SC Summer Cup Rd4 report

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.

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August 9, 2012

Belgian SCT Cup 2012 Rd3

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.

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