First quarter report:
These first months of the year, nothing much has been moving up here in Northern New Brunswick (Canada). We are still waiting for all the snow to melt, to finally be able to, even see the driver stand at our outdoor off-road tracks. We don’t have the luxury of having indoor tracks up here, not yet anyway.
So, what did I do to make time go more quickly? Well, I disassembled all my RC’s and re-done them all, to be race ready for our first race. The Boca Bearing tool kit and pit mat were definitely a good add on to my tool kit! Made the job a lot easier. I even did a new paint design on all my racing fleet. All my bearings are still in top condition, thanks to Boca, and with the Lightning Lube, it kept them ready for action. I will also be racing in 2 new classes this year, 2wd short course and 2wd buggy, adding to the 4wd short course and 1/8 electric buggy classes.
Other than that, for our RC Track (Black Fly RC), I have redesigned our website (www.blackflyrc.com) and we have successfully built, from scratch, a timing system and transponders. Thanks to one of our club member who is a genius in electronics. No more manual timing using the keyboard and numbers printed on the side of each RC. Will make our life, and races, a lot more enjoyable!
I’m also in the planning mode for an RC training camp for new young racers, that will take place on May 23rd, 2015. Thanks again to Boca Bearings for being part of that event, for its first edition. I will take a lot of pictures on that day, and will send them with my next quarter report.
Big thank you for your support Boca Bearings!
Cal Poly Supermileage:
We took 6th place out of 38 teams in our division with 988.3 miles per gallon.
Boca bearings performed wonderfully, and I’m sure it contributed to our results.
We’ll keep you posted with more pictures and video as they get processed!
The 39th Annual Florida Winternats is in the record books. Five days in the mid to upper 80’s and no rain. Competitors from all over the world including, the continental U.S., Switzerland, Hawaii, Brazil, Argentina, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Germany raced on the world famous, high traction, low tire wear track know as “The Fort” in Fort Myers, Florida.
First timers always think the layout is easy but soon realize that in order to go fast, you must thread the needle and drive inches off the metal boards.
The 1/8th Master class is a 45 and older class giving the more “seasoned” drivers a chance. This class is populated by many track owners and long time racers so driving curtesy is always recognized. Qualifying was tight but in the end it was Joaquin DeSoto coming out on top. During the Main, DeSot led from Start to finish but the second place Peter Breton was only 4 seconds behind after 210 laps and 45 minutes of racing. Rounding out the top 3 was Randy Colvin.
GT 1/8th is a growing class bringing in newer racers to the sport. After 5 rounds of Qualifying, Joaquin DeSoto claimed his 2nd TQ of the event. During the main, 2nd Qualifier Rino Lino got by DeSoto on the first lap then lead the race for every lap except one lap when DeSoto briefly passed him. Later DeSoto ran into trouble dropping him back and finishing 6th, while 8th place Qualifier Franco Desiderio picked off the filed one by one running a clean race finishing 2nd…Followed closely in 3rd, was Michigan resident Rick Davis.
1/10 Sedan qualifying was pretty much dominated by DJ Apolaro. Others were close but DJ TQ most if not all of the rounds. DJ lead nearly 100 straight laps in the final when he came in for a tire change. A problem during the change cost him a few positions, leaving the pits in 4th place 6 laps down. With the tire change, Apolaro turned fast laps including a 12.0 which is 1 tenth off the sedan track record set by Apolaro during the 2014 Winternats. Paolo Morganti moved into 1st followed closely by Ralph Burch. The two battled for the top spot but on lap 154 Burch tangled with 3rd place Scotty Gray after Scotty was spun out by another driver. Burch slowly made it back to the pits where Pit man Drew Ellis shook his head and Ralph walked off the drivers stand. Scotty moved into 2nd with Apolaro in chase. Meanwhile bump up driver Steve McNichols and Loren Whiting moved up to take the 4th and 5th positions. Back to the front with only a few laps left, Morganti was cruising with a 3 lap lead while Gray and Apolaro drove at 100 percent trying to catch the leader. Then morganti stripped a belt adding 3 seconds a lap to his times. Only a couple laps left, Morganti did his best to keep the sedan moving through the corners to keep up the speed. He was able to keep a 1 lap lead when the checkered flag came out. Morganti, Gray, Apolaro, McNichols and Whiting for the top 5.
Former Winternats champion Michael Salven had a bad week of qualifying. A very fast car but never finished a qualifier leaving him in the D main. Salven bumped up all the way to the B Main with hopes of making the final but tangled with another driver and retired after 16 laps in the B Main.
1/8th Open. 5 Rounds of qualifying had multiple top qualifiers but at the End Paolo Morganti was TQ with Switzerland Driver Simon Kurzbuch right behind him. The start of the A main was like a train. Morganti leading with the fastest laps times. Simon had a rough start falling back to 4th on lap 4. Brazil driver Flavio Elias jumped from 3rd to second on lap 3 but a few laps later traction rolled letting Apolaro take over the 2nd spot moving Elias back to 5th. Around the same time, Ralph Burch hit the high speed “S” flipping over with damage. Limping around to the pits, a quick adjustment and the car was back on the track but Burch was now in last place. Bump Up driver Sebastian Recio retired with engine trouble around the 8 minute mark. The Other Bump Up driver Daniele Ielasi moved into the 4th, 5th and 6th position battling with Kurzbuch and Burch The 3 traded positions until but Burch pulled away. Now Morganti was feeling the heat from Mike Swauger for the top spot. Morganti had a problem leaving Swauger in the lead with a fast car. By this time, Burch moved from last all the way to 2nd until 1st place Swauger clipped a board and lost a tire. Now with Burch in First and Swauger in second the chase was on. Not enough time left for Swauger so he settled for 2nd with Ralph Burch claiming the top spot for the 2015 Winternats. First time at the Winternats, Kyle Branson finshed in 4th just 3 seconds behind ENS champion Simon Kurzbuch in 3rd. The A main final could have easily been a World Championship final. The worlds best pushed for 45 minutes, all with a deep breath after the race was over because they finished one of the hardest tracks in the world.
April 11th 2015 would find Kickin Dirt Raceway in Somerset Pennsylvania hosting the First Annual Silver Cup. This race was presented by Kickin Dirt Raceway, Dan’s Auto body, Team GFRP and Stick Figure Signs.
There were 85 entrees for this race in its first year and it saw some of the biggest names in RC dirt oval racing on the East Coast in attendance hoping for a chance to hold up that silver cup at the end of the night.
TQ Honors would go to the following racers by class.
Sportsman Sprint – Ryan Pisarcik with his Hyper Drive Hustler
Sportsman Late Model – Ryan Pisarcik with his Hyper drive 3.017.5 Stock Sprint – Bryan Boyd with his BMS Sprint 17.5 Stock Late Model – Bryan Zimmer with his Hyper Drive 3.017.5 Stock EDM – Mark Blake with his KCM Dirt Nightmare 10.5 Late Model – Jason Burns with his Hyper Drive 3.0Mod Sprint – Jason Burns with his GFR1
Each of these racers received a TQ medal and $20 cash from Stick Figure Signs.
This would lead us to some very exciting lower mains picking up lower main wins were 17.5 sprint D main Kris Pisarcik.17.5 late model C main – Mike Jeffery17.5 sprint C main – Dale Hartzel17.5 late model B main – Tryston Phillips17.5 sprint B main – Keith Steinle17.5 EDM B main – Noah Swank.
Hard Luck awards courtesy of joker speed went to
17.5 Stock Sprint – Ryan Juliana17.5 Spec Late Model – Bradley Duff17.5 Stock EDM – Jason Watson10.5 Late Model – Ryan RudyMod Sprint – Ron Williams
First non-qualifier awards courtesy of joker speed went to
17.5 Stock Sprint – Justin Haynes17.5 Spec Late Model – Tim Natalino17.5 Stock EDM – Chris Wolfson
Next up would be the A mains for the 7 classes.
Our first class up would be Sportsman Late Model which saw 10 cars entered in hopes of leaving with the silver cup, TQ Honors would go to Ryan Pisarcik.
This race would have a smooth start and would see Ryan Pisarcik doing his thing and pulling away but Paul Lighty, Brandy Heffner and Chuck Lighty would battle it out in the early going by mid race it seem Pisarcik had the race locked up with a huge lead but then on lap 31 tragedy would strike after getting caught up in lap traffic Pisarcik would wind up with body damage which would send him pit side for repairs and give up the lead to Paul Lighty who would never look back picking up the win and the silver cup with his BMS Late model, Brandy Heffner would come home second after a very tough race in her BMS Machine and winding out the Podium was Chuck Lighty with his newly acquired BMS Late model. After troubles Ryan Pisarcik would charge back for fourth, fifth would go to Sara Haynes, Regan Rhodes would come home sixth, with Jason Novak seventh, and winding out the field in 8th was Matt Shinoski.
Next Up would be the Sportsman Sprint which would have 7 cars signed in for competition, this class would also see Ryan Pisarcik picking up the TQ honors once again. This class was a very tight qualifying battle between Pisarcik and new comer Mike Schrum. When the Green flew in this one once again Ryan Pisarcik would pull out to a huge lead but the battle in this one would be for the remainder of the podium with Schrum, Matt Wensel, Rowdy Heffner, and Paul Lighty in a fierce battle all race long. As Pisarcik pulled away the unimaginable struck once again when he would get caught up in traffic and top wing would come free from the front mounts. But just when it looked like it was over somehow Ryan would hold onto it and take the win with his Hyper Drive Hustler, fifth places starter and hard charging Rowdy Heffner would bring his BMS Machine home second, Matt Wensel would Charge from sixth starting spot for third. Fourth would go to Paul Lighty, with Mike Schrum coming home fifth, sixth would be Tim hunter, and rounding out the field in 7th would be Brandy Heffner.
This would lead us to the 17.5 stock late models which would see a very nice 16 car field. This was one of the tightest classes of the day but when the 3 rounds of qualifying ere over it would be all Jason burns on tip earning TQ honors. This main took us 4 tries to get it started but man once we did it was a barn burner. Jason burns and Bryan Zimmer would battle for the lead early but the hottest battle was for the 3rd spot which saw Mike Gindlesperger, Laudan Seigfried, and Dan Harding Battling it out. When the Dust Would settle it would Be Ohio Native and one of the hottest dirt oval racers in the nation Jason Burns picking up the win with his Trinity powered hyper drive 3.0 car. Bryan Zimmer would take second with his 3.0 machine, the third and final podium spot would go to Laudan Seigfriend with his rip motorsports car. Mike Gindlesperger would take home fourth, fifth would go to Dan Harding. Bo Collins would come home sixth, seventh would go to Tryston Phillips, and rounding out the field was Gerald Markle.
Rolling up next would be the ever competitive 17.5 EDM class with 13 cars battle ready. Mark Blake would be the class of the field in qualifying picking up all 3 rounds to take TQ honors. When the green flagged dropped in this one it was all Mark Blake. An early move would shoot Mike Silvernail to second and he would run his best but never could catch Blake the battle in this one was for the final podium spot between fourth place starter Jerry Kelleher and Rob Hillman. When the checkers Fell it was Mark Blake completing the sweep in his KCM, PCR, Grip factor machine, Mike Silvernail would bring his KCM car home second, With Jerry Kelleher rounding out the podium in third with his hyper drive 3.0, fourth would go to Rob Hillman, Mike Jeffery would come home fifth, sixth would go to Brian Price, Jason Watson would come in seventh, and rounding out the field in 8th was Noah Swank.
This would lead us to our largest class of the day the 17.5 Stock Sprint class which would see 24 cars show up to battle for the Silver Cup. After some of the tightest racing and qualifying in recent history Bryan Boyd would take TQ honors by the slightest of margin. Bryan Boyd would lead them to the line and only a few laps where in when tough luck hit 3rd place starter Kevin Griffie, Griffie would make contact while racing for the 3rd spot and he would get spun and caught on a pipe which cost him as he had one of the fastest cars out there. One of the best races in this man was between Duane Wentzel and young gun Noah Swank what a race they put on for second place in the early going. When this one reached the checkers it was MR. Bryan Boyd picking up the win with his BMS Sprint, Duane Wentzel would bring his Custom works G6 home second and third went to Keith Steinle in his Custom works sprint after battling from a B main Bump spot. Noah Swank would hold on for fourth, fifth would go to Sebastian Walker, John Bath sixth, seventh to Kevin Griffie and rounding out the field in eighth was Nick DeAngelis.
Next up would be the 10.5 mod late models which had 8 cars signed in and ready to roll around kickin dirt raceway. TQ honors in this one would be taken by Jason Burns. When the green Dropped in this one there were 2 very good races one for the lead between Burns and Bryan Zimmer and for 3rd between Rob Hillman and Mike Gindlesperger. These races were very exciting to take in as this class is growing into one of the most fun classes to watch and race. When this one was all said and done it was Jason Burns picking up the win with his trinity powered Hyper drive 3.0, second would go to Bryan Zimmer in his Hyper Drive 3.0 car and rounding out the podium in third was Rob Hillman with his JRC machine. Mike Gindlesperger would come home fourth, fifth would go to Dave Harris, Ryan Rudy sixth, and seventh would go to Gil Palomino and rounding out the field in eighth would be Jason Werstler.
This would lead us to the final event of the day the mighty mod sprints with 10 cars signed in. This class is the most powerful in attendance but then again power was not needed on this surface. Jason Burns would once again take the TQ honors in this class. After his previous domination a bounty was put out if anyone could take the win from Burns. When the Green Flag fell in this one it was Bryan Zimmer all over Burns as the would catch lap traffic it was a thing of beauty watching these two wheel man work past cars to perfection. Late in the race Burns was just too much to handle and would pick up the third win of the day this time in his Trinity powered Hyper Drive GFR1 and making his one day winnings a combined $340, Bryan Zimmer one again would follow burns across the line for second with GFR1, and Rounding out the podium was Mike Ginlesperger with his hyper drive hustler. Fourth would got to seventh starting Ryan Rudy, Ron Williams would finish fifth, sixth would go to Sebastian Walker, Jerry Kelleher would come in seventh, and rounding out the field in 8th was Nick DeAngelis.
This race could not have been such a success without our great sponsors which we are very thankful for.
Our sponsors for the 2015 Silver Cup were:Dan’s Auto Body, Team GFRP, Stick Figure Signs, Custom Works, Grip Factor, Psycho Cells Racing, Left Hander RC, Boca Bearing, Joker Speed, JRC, Bumps and Jumps, Norton Sign, Kickin Dirt Raceway
I want to take some time and thank some people for helping make this race a success:Mike Hoffman and his family the owners of the Kickin Dirt for Their belief in us and allowing us to run this race at his track and just believing in us and know we would produce an amazing event.The Rhodes Family I can’t thank you enough for everything you did for this race and for Kickin Dirt raceway. The Countless of hours of work this weekend and in the weeks leading up to this amazing event.
Sebastian and Brian Walker I can’t thank the two of you enough not only for being great friends on a personal level but for all the hard work you spent this winter at Kickin Dirt raceway to make it a success.
Brock Heffner what can I say you were an amazing help this weekend for calling and running the race in a manner only you can. You are a true ambassador for this hobby and a heck of a nice guy there is no way I can ever thank you enough for your efforts during this event.
Noah and Jeremy Sweank for your never ending belief in Kickin Dirt Raceway and the hours of your own time you have spent to help the facility this winter as well as being a dedicated helpers for this event.
Every racer who helped with or entered in the first ever Silver Cup without you this race would not have been such a huge success we thank each and every one of you for your belief in the staff of the silver cup and driving a long distance to give a new track a try and for the tremendous support I am truly overwhelmed with the fact that we had 85 entries at a track which never held a race and for our first attempt at hosting a race thank you all.
The season in the UK is just starting up.
Picture shows the Xray NT1 ready for replacing the original bearings with Boca Bearings, ceramic orange seal ABEC 7.
Cleaned them with Lightning Clean touch and lubricated them with Lightning High Speed Oil.
Almost ready for our first big competition of the year.
Off to Italy to compete in the 1st round of the Euro Nitro Series in Bologna.
Thanks for your support.