Driver: John Bernard Jr.
Subject: 2013 Q3 Report
Alabama Manufacturers Shoutout 4.0
I have had such a great year racing and the highlight has to be the Alabama Manufacturers Shoutout 4.0 (AMS). My wife, daughter, and I made the trip to Cullman, Alabama where this large indoor race would be held. I would be running in the 4x4 short course and open electric buggy classes with my Tekno SCT410 and Tekno converted Mugen MBX-6.
AMS was the first time I’ve ever done a seeding round before qualifying. The best 3 consecutive laps would be used to sort the racers for qualifying. My short course felt good and I ran the 5th best time. My e-buggy felt amazing. I set the fast time in the open class and put my car on the pole.
Qualifying went really well with my Teknos as I was able to qualify 4th in the 4x4 short course A-main and TQ’d the open e-buggy class. Being able to TQ this event and share it with friends and family was amazing.
As the double A-mains started I was nervous but just wanted to put in consistent runs. I didn’t get the runs I wanted in 4x4 short course. I had some bad luck in the first A-Main and finished 11th. My luck improved for the second A-Main and I finished 3rd for a 7th overall finish. My plan to run steady consistent runs paid off in the e-buggy A-Mains. Starting from the pole position I managed to take the win in both A1 and A2. I was astonished to find that my times were a 21 @ 10:09.155 and 21 @ 10:09.781. It was truly a great experience and I look forward to going back next year.
It’s always nice to visit my GA friends up at Phil Hurd Raceway. The SCORE club members did a great job and the track looked fantastic. The surface had some moisture in it and a wide groove had already formed. Again I decided to run my Tekno SCT410 and Tekno converted Mugen MBX-6.
The race format for the Summer Scorcher would be 3 rocket rounds of qualifying and 10 minute A-mains which meant a long day in the Georgia sun and likely into the night. Having been here before I knew the track would change every round especially if we finished under the lights.
At the end of qualifying I had set the TQ for the 4×4 short course class and sat second on the grid with the Tekno Mugen. At this point the temperature started falling and shadows started covering the track just as the mains started. I was running in the later mains and knew it would be dark by time I hit the track. Traction would play a key role as the night went on.
First up was the 4x4 short course A-main and I had a great start with the SCT410. I took advantage of my pole position and lead the race start to finish. Travis, the TQ, and I had been close all day and I knew the E-Buggy A-main wasn’t going to be any different. When the main started I wanted to hang behind Travis and wait for him to make a mistake but beside us both having first lap bobbles, he never made a mistake and we finished 1 & 2.
I have to thank Phil Hurd Raceway and the Score club members for all of the work and putting on another outstanding event. I look forward to returning soon.
Next it was time to head to Flowood, Mississippi for the JConcepts Clash. This was the second time we traveled to the Flowood R/C Indoor Park. FRC is a great facility and the event brings in some great racers. Practice would be important this year as it was the first event for my new Tekno EB48.2 and my first run should that I had several changes to make. The Tekno SCT410 felt great and I looked forward to qualifying.
Qualifying was based on the best three out of four qualifying rounds. I don’t mind this type of qualifying as it does reward consistency. My goal was to run three solid rounds and push a little harder in the fourth round if possible. Qualifying went well as I place 2nd in the 4x4 short course A-Main and 8th in the E-Buggy A-Main.
Both classes would be triple A-Mains. I had a great start with the EB48.2 moving all the way up to 3rd from the 8th spot on the grid. I wasn’t able to repeat the feat finishing 8th and 10th in the next two rounds. The short course had been great all weekend and continued to run great finishing 2nd in the first two mains and 1st in the last. Overall I finished 7th with the E-Buggy and 2nd with the short course.
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