Godzilla like’s Roar Races!
This year was a first for Roar and the North American National Championship, the SUPER NATIONALS!
That’s right, they are in fact super! 8 full days of racing action! First part of the week were the more classic classes, Buggy, Truck, and 4wheel. 2nd half of the event is the newer classes, Short Course and Electric 8th Buggy. Turn out was a bit light for the 2nd half, so the event was wisely rescheduled to cover 3 rounds of qualifying instead of just 2, with the 2nd day having the 4th final round, and the A Mains. Genius if you ask me. The event will wrap a full day early and allow all of us a day at the beach! A day to relax at a major RC event is not a common thing these days.
The first week was almost boring, The TQ of each class, TQ’d nearly every round, and won their title with practical ease. Cavaleri, on his home track was unstoppable, and local Hot Shoe’s Kevin Motter, and Nolan Anderson TQ’d and won 2wd and truck stock respectively. The TQ of the 4 wheel buggy class also won, but was not a local. Zack Genova, from Ocala FL flew out and stayed with Team Novak through the entire event. He drove awesome and also finished 3rd in stock Buggy and Truck. Nice work Zack! Zack is back for more racing and attempting to claim National Title #2 in the Stock SCT Class. The Premium Ballistic 17.5 motors have had great power, and Zach has turned some of the fastest laptimes in the stock classes. Novak Or Nothing!
Pro 2 should be interesting, everyone looks to have a good rig, but they need to run clean. Something very tricky at this event. The layout may look easy to some, but the off camber and curb like corner markers make it hard to push the lap without minor mistakes here and there. Running on the edge is very tricky.
8th scale, is well, indoor electric 8th scale! Loud, fast and almost scary to watch at times. I feel like we should be watching from behind some hockey glass! Tessman’s HB ride is lightning fast, he and Tebo have been duking it out for the first 2 rounds, but it’s anybody’s game still. These guys can drive smooth and with a lot of restraint. Holding back with so much raw horse power has got to be tricky. I love E8th scale! GRRRRRRRRRR BRRAAAAAAHP
How are the Novak powered guys doing? Good so far! Zack is top 5 in stock SCT. Cody is just inside the Top Ten in both E8th and Pro 2. Billy Fischer has good pace, but clean runs are hard to come by. He’s in the top ten in Pro 4, and just inside the top 15 in Pro 2 and E8th.
There’s a handful of “other racers” orange powered, but lets face it, we’re at the Nationals, here, the big names are gonna be faster. We’ve got everyone’s motor’s checked, freshened the spec guys rotors up and have really no problems to report! A good week at the race track.
The guys all report the X-Drive updates continue to impress, and we’ve been working on our first test ESC’s this weekend. We have Havoc Pro SC based ESC’s with updated firmware. It has our new “Super Tuner” like will be used in the Impact. It’s a bit early to tell, but something like this should be available as a racer update in the coming months. Before you go asking the hobby shops, or race tracks, give us some time, we’ll get the info out as soon as this is all ready for “Prime Time”. We’ve only been testing with the Mod guys, but everyone is happy, and the setting’s are much easier to work with and is just like a “bigger” Impact for the heavy duty applications.
4×4′s A1 was interesting as Tessman put massive pressure on Maifield nearly the entire run. It was amazing. There was simply no place for Tessman to make a move, and Maifield was solid. Only blinking once or twice over the near side double, minor bobble that gave an ew and an ah, but nothing came of it.
A2, was not as close, Tessmans truck looked harder to drive and could not stay with Maifield. I happened to chat with Tessman before the buggy A2, he commented they suspected the diffs had lost some fluid.
Buggy was all Tessman all weekend, perfect 4 TQs and won both A1 and A2. Tessman was dominant in the mains as each challenger was forced into a mistake. A1 saw Hartson, and Tebo take repeated swings at the champ, but nothing came of it. Tessman drove like an Iceman. At one point, Hartson jumped over Tessman and lead the main for about half a corner. He slid out and Tessman moved back to the lead and held it.
A2 saw Tebo pace well with Tessman, but a couple of mistakes and Tessman found himself pulling away and into another 8th scale National title for 2012.
(Godzilla race reporting, while Charlie pretends to look busy…)