Sanford and Son RC headed out to CVRC Raceway in Chula Vista, CA on July 20th for Round 1 of the TLR Off Road Grand Prix Series. We were prepared for a hot summer day at the track, but it was overcast all day with a stiff breeze, so it was very comfortable all day long.
My competition for this event would include Barry Baker from A Main Hobbies, TLR’s Don Vinkemulder, Chad Panek from Tekno RC, Kyosho teammate Brandon Aymar, and a number of very fast local racers.
1/8 Scale Expert Truggy
The track crew watered every other heat, and I would get the dry track for Round 1 of qualifying. I opted for AKA Super Soft Impacts for Round 1 of Truggy. The Impacts performed well, and I got the Round 1 TQ. I got the wet track for Round 2, and the Impacts worked even better, as my times were better. Even though I drove mistake free, I got stuck behind traffic on three different occasions and lost the TQ by 1 second. I would start 2nd on the grid for the A-Main.
In the A-Main, I got a good hole shot and pressed the leader Filipe Martinez for the first couple of laps, but he maintained a tight line. I got impatient, and tried to pass on the inside after the center table top jump and caught a pipe. The mistake required a marshal, and cost me about 5 seconds, but my Kyosho ST-RR was on rails, and I would soon be right back on Martinez’ rear bumper. I remained patient this time, and waited until Martinez went a little wide after the double before the center table top. Martinez didn’t leave me a lot of room, but I went for it, making a clean pass. From there, I stretched out my lead and took the win. My Kyosho ST-RR on AKA rubber was hooked up the entire day.
1/8 Scale Expert Buggy
I bolted up a new set of AKA soft Impacts, and it proved to be a good choice. I had a mistake-free run, and managed to lock down the TQ. The TQ held up in Round 2, so I would start in the pole position for the A-Main.
In the 25 minute A-Main, I got a great start, and lost the lead briefly only when I pitted. I regained the lead when the competition pitted, and held it for the entire race. I was pressed very hard the entire race by X-Ray driver Mason Elliot, and one mistake would have certainly handed him the lead. I maintained a six second lead thru the remainder of the race and brought home the win.
I want to congratulate my Kyosho teammate Brandon Aymar for a 3rd place finish. I know Brandon had a rough start and had to work his way up from 7th place. He was patient, and drove a great race to take the final podium spot.
My Kyosho MP9 on DE wheels and AKA rubber could not have performed better.
I would like to thank all of my sponsors for making it happen: Sanford and Son RC, Kyosho, AKA, DE Racing, Track Star RC, Tekin, TTN Racing, Upgrade RC, West Coast RC Raceway and EKD Paint Labs. Thank you also to TLR and DE Racing for sponsoring this event.
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