ILER RACING – May 2015 Race ReportDavid Iler #27Jessica Iler #19
May 2, 2015Tri-Track Spring Rush Race 3Mills Pond RC – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Race 3 of the Tri-Track Spring Rush was held at Mills Pond in Fort Lauderdale. It was a beautiful day to hold a race. Due to some unexpected computer issues the race was delayed for a little over an hour. Mills Pond track is known for driving 1:8 scale buggies. Some of the top drivers race there and you always know it’s going to be tough competition there. The track was slick at the beginning so you had to adjust your driving style to be able to hit the corners just right. Round 1 of our heat David took 4th and I came in 5th. David picked up some speed in round 2 and ended up in 2nd, but unfortunately I dropped to 6th. It was a fun filled day with David finishing 6th in the A Main and myself in 5th in the B Main.
David Iler Race Results1:8 E-BuggyQualified: 5thFinished: 6thTires: Qualifiers SS-Z Raptors, Main SS Raptors
Jessica Iler Race Results
1:8 E-BuggyQualified: 4th (B Main)Finished: 5th (B Main)Tires: SS Raptors
May 8 - 9, 2015JConcepts Super Cup Championship SeriesRound 4 – FZRC, Sarasota, FL
This weekend we headed across the state to the West Coast to Sarasota for the final round of the JConcepts Super Cup Championship spring series. We arrived at the track at 9:00 AM Friday morning to set up our tent and pit spots. Practice began around 1:00 PM. We were able to run several batteries each before we headed back to our hotel for dinner and rest up for the big day. Saturday morning we were pumped and ready to go. David had an awesome day with his 4wd SCT and ended up qualifying 2nd. He needed to beat one of the top drivers in the Main in order to take over 3rd place for the whole series. I cheered from the sidelines as I watched him race. Holding my breath a couple times I was able to watch him finish 2nd beating the other racer by 3 positions. Today was the first time for him to make the podium during a JConcepts series. I was super proud of him. I ended up qualifying 3rd in the B Main with my 4wd SCT. I was able to hold onto 2nd place in the Main for 7 laps before I got passed and dropped to 3rd. I pushed hard, but could not make the pass and missed the bump by 1 position. 4wd buggy 13.5 is always a fun class. David qualified 6th and had some bad luck in the Main and dropped to 8th overall. I started off in the 4th position in the B Main. I was able to make a couple passes and move up to 2nd. At one time I hit the back wall and did a barrel roll off of it. During that moment I had thought the race was over for me, but to my surprise I had landed my buggy and kept going. I was able to hang onto 2nd and bump up to the A Main. I was super excited to make it to the main show. I had some bad luck in the A as the sun was going down and I was having trouble seeing my buggy in the shaded areas of the track. In the end I had finished 9th. I still need more running time with my 2wd SCT in order to be more confident with it. I finished 4th in the B Main.
David Iler Race Results4wd SCTQualified: 2ndFinished: 2ndTires: 1st Qualifier Clay Rattlers, 2nd Qualifier and Main Soft RattlersFINAL POINT SERIES STANDINGS: 3RD PLACE
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4wd Buggy 13.5Qualified: 6thFinished: 8thTires: Clay Rattlers back, Soft Bobcats front
Jessica Iler Race Results4wd Buggy 13.5Qualified: 4th (B Main)Finished: 2nd (B Main) bumpedFinished: 9th (A Main)Tires: Super Soft Bobcats front, Super Soft Rattlers backFINAL POINT SERIES STANDINGS: 7th PLACE
4wd SCTQualified: 3rd (B Main)Finished: 3rd (B Main)Tires: Qualifiers Super Soft Rattlers, Main Super Soft SwitchesFINAL POINT SERIES STANDINGS: 8th PLACE
2wd SCTQualified: 5th (B Main)Finished: 4th (B Main)Tires: Super Soft Rattlers front, Super Soft Switches backFINAL POINT SERIES STANDINGS: 9th PLACE
May 23, 2015Tri-Track Spring Rush Race 4Mills Pond RC – Fort Lauderdale, FL
It was a beautiful day as we were sitting in our minivan waiting for the gates to open at 10:00 AM. Not only was it round 4 of the Tri-Track Spring Rush race we were also testing out our new Tekno SCT’s we just built. We were able to get in some practice laps and made some adjustments before the qualifiers. There was a total of 19 SCT’s racing today. We did pretty well qualifying with our new Tekno’s. David was able to qualify 3rd and I ended up 6th. We both had some bad luck in the Main, especially David as he was taken out in the first corner dropping him from 3rd all the way back to 8th. He pushed hard, but was only able to gain a couple positions finishing 6th for the day. Even though I dropped a couple places in the Main I was still pleased with my 8th place finish with my new SCT.
David Iler Race ResultsPro 4 Mod SCTQualified: 3rdFinished: 6thTires: SS Switches
Pro 4 Mod SCTQualified: 6thFinished: 8thTires: SS Rattlers
1. Zagreb, Croatia March 22, 2015: Opening training race by ModelSportRacing)Track: Miniautodrom Ayrton SennaTraction: low
It was my first race in this year. Temperature was around 10° Celsius. It was very cold. At the morning I prepared my car for qualifications. I had two third places in qualifiers and in finals I started as third. I’ve seen in qualifiers that I can’t go faster than the others. My car didn’t have punch as before. On my mind was just one question, why am I so slow. I was thinking that my motor burns or ESC. My batteries were brand new. Path of my driving was practically perfect from lap to lap. I know I must give all of me. And after all final races I finished fourth in concurence of 10 drivers. After all I checked my batteries. One cell was on 3,70V and one was on 4,10V. The problem was in the batteries. One cell can’t go above 4.00V. Factory mistake… And it is racing… More luck next time. I want specially say thanks to Dean Popič from Slovenia for perfect pictures. :)
2. Zagreb,Croatia, March 29, 2015: First race for Croatian championshipTrack: Miniautodrom Ayrton SennaTraction: low
And again… My second race was again in Zagreb. Today was the first race for Croatian championship. I came to the track around half past eight. Race began at 10 o'clock. 12 drivers were driving this day. In controlled practice I had second fastest time and I was very happy because, I had bad luck on the last race. After qualifiers I was third, it was OK. And then problems started. In the first final after 10 laps an axle pin in my car burst. I fixed my problem and I was ready for second final race. Second final race started and on the first corner I came on second place. I was doing pressure on first car to the 8th lap and than one driver which was one lap behind me hit me and I went down from the track. I finished 6th. Again bad luck. I knew that I must be first if I want third place today. Third final race started and I was on third position and from the start to the end I was doing pressure on second driver. There wasn’t enough space for overtaking. I finished 3rd and 4th overall. It was very close.
3. Benedikt, Slovenia, April 11, 2015: Race in SloveniaTrack: on big sport fieldTraction: low-medium
Today my father and I were in Slovenia, it is a small country near Croatia. From my town to Benedikt, distance is about 100 kilometers. The drive was delayed for about 1 1/2 hours due to a big crash at the border between Croatia and Slovenia. I started qualifiers with my new XRAY car. First main I finished in 5th position… And I was pleased with my car and driving. In second main my motor screw screwed out and I had to stop. In third main I was pushing from the start and I came from 8th to 3rd place and I was pushing harder, difference between myself and second car was less from lap to lap…and than while I was overtaking for second, the car behind crashed me, while he broke too late and I went down from the track and my battery holder rifted. I was very sad because I could’ve finished fourth. I will never go again on this track cause they were some „uncultured“ drivers. They won’t stop if they did a mistake and crashed your car… It isn’t racing, they didn’t became stop and go …
My next race is in Zagreb in Croatia on June 6, 2015 – the second race for the Croatian championship
May 23, 2015 – Race 4
Race 4 was once again at Broward County RC Speedway (Mills Pond). Thanks to Boca Bearing and Big Boss Beef we gave away a $50 gift certificate and a bag of some of the best Beef Jerky you’ll ever taste. Luis Perez won the certificate and Massimo Fabiani the Beef Jerky. The day was a bit cloudy and there were hints of poor weather later on so we got right into the qualifiers. The track was in superb shape and the racers were ready for a long day of fast paced racing action.
We started with 2WD Stock Buggy, Jeff Krantz showed us he was on a mission by handily taking the first TQ of the day. Next up was 2WD Modified Buggy and Bart Collins took that TQ by over 20 seconds. Bart then went back-to-back in Modified Stadium Truck with an impressive 16 second spread for a second consecutive Round 1 TQ. Jeff Kranz didn’t want to get shown up so he took Pro 4 Modified SCT’s TQ by just under 5 seconds. Corey Record was 1.559 ahead of Matt Neddeff to steal 4WD Modified Buggy and John Bertelsen just slipped by Bart Collins by 1.184 in E Buggy. Next up, Nitro and James Wicker took Sportsman with 1.522 to spare, while John Bertelsen ended the first round with the final TQ in Pro.
The sun was out and beaming by now and the track had even more traction. Round 2 started off with some controversy as Reuben Diaz and Jeff Kranz crossed together with Jeff having the edge, unfortunately with the excitement Jeff believed the race was over and Reuben slipped into TQ and got the 2WD Stock Buggy point. Sorry Jeff, my bad, I owe you a beer. In 2WD Modified Buggy, Daniel Chavez took the win, but couldn’t get the point because of Bart’s amazing first round run. Bart then sat out Modified Stadium Truck’s round two qualifier and while Jeff Kranz made it interesting, he ended up 2 seconds short of Bart’s first round TQ time and the point. It was the same with Pro 4 Modified STC, Jeff Kranz still had the best time, but was 2 seconds short of his round 1 TQ time keeping his point. Sebastian “Sea Bass” Hazbun showed up just in time to take the win and TQ away from Corey Record by just over 16 seconds in 4WD Modified Buggy. An exciting E Buggy race ended with Michael Mennella taking the TQ away from John Bertelsen with Bart Collins just 1.871 behind. Matt Neddeff took the top spot in Sportsman Nitro in Round 2, but missed the point and James Wicker’s First Round TQ by almost 6 seconds. John Bertelsen held on to his TQ and got the point in Pro Nitrio as the qualifiers ended.
The “B” Mains ran both Pro 4 Modified and E Buggy and after a lot of smashing, bashing and crashing, with the unfamiliar face of Daniel Paz battling car issues all day to take the first bump-up and A.J. Reynolds the second. Tom Baiza and Loren Kretzschmar (say that name 3 times real fast) took the final two spots in E Buggy to go to the show. The Featured Mains started with a close hard fought race ending with Reuben Diaz on top, Jeff Kranz in the two and Tom Allen for the show. Bart Collins had an 18.716 gap to beat Richard Hazbun and Corey Record in 2 WD Modified Buggy. Then Bart did it again in Modified Stadium Truck with an impressive 12 laps in 5:25.327 to Jeff Krantz’s 11 laps 5:14.281 and Reuben Diaz’s 11 laps 5:17.741. Sebastian “Sea Bass” Hazbun took the win easily over Gavin Butera and Matt Neddeff in 4WD Modified Buggy. In one of the most exciting finishes of the day Jeff Krantz got the win by just 0.319 seconds over Daniel Paz, taking a second straight win away from Daniel in the class. Gavin Butera had a good showing in third and another Pro 4 Modified race was in the books. E Buggy had John Bertelsen easily taking the win splitting the 100 with Mike Mennella and Jeff Krantz not too far behind. James Wicker finished in the top spot in Sportsman Nitro followed by Paul Holness and Matt Neddeff. Finally, Luis Perez, Mike Mennella and Bart Collins completed the day’s race in that order with Pro Nitro.
Race 5 is at the Coral Springs RC Track on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Gates opens at 8 am and racing starts at 10 am. If there is a rain-out we will move the race to TriCounty Hobbies and start at 12pm. We will run the 1/10 scale cars there as a TriCounty Series Race. Please make sure you have the proper tires and equipment to make this adjustment (just in case). The following week will then be the make-up (Race 5) at Coral Springs (Now Race 6). A special thanks to all of our sponsors TriCounty Hobbies, JConcepts, Boca Bearings, Lead Finger Racing LFP, Maxy’s Fuel & Cinco BT, Gens Ace, Tekno RC, Exotek Racing, Venom, AKA, Atomik RC, Speed Demon Hobbies and Big Boss Beef. With out these great companies, none of these events would be possible. Also a quick introduction to our newest sponsor, Ztw Brushless Controls. Welcome to the family and we hope to have many more events with you.
Memorial Day weekend: 2015 Serpent Cup
I raced in three divisions and was fortunate enough to reach the podium in all three divisions. In the 4wd SCT division, I was able to race to a 2nd place finish after working out some kinks in qualifiers. In the 2wd Sportsman Buggy class, I got extremely lucky as the another racer bobbled on the last turn before the finish line and I was able to sprint past him to claim 3rd place and a spot on the podium. My third class was 1/8th EBuggy which was my first time racing an EBuggy, it was a very tight A-main though I was able to narrowly walk away with a 2nd place finish by .580 of a second.
I upgraded my vehicles with Boca Bearing green seals for this race and was very happy with the results!
It was an enjoyable day of racing and I would like to thank all the companies that allow me to represent them: Pro-Line Racing, Viper R/C Solutions, Boca Bearings, Xpert Servos and Bullit Performance R/C hobby shop in Raleigh, NC. Thank you for your support!
Gonzo Racing: Third place in the first run in Schaffhausen.