RC season starts with a ROAR
The first day of racing for the Radio Operated Auto Racers 2013 season took place over the weekend at Garfield Sobers Sports Complex and the action was at the highest level.
Fresh from his participation in La Madinina Cup in Martinique over the previous weekend, Scott Foster started the ball rolling with a well deserved victory in the first race for the 1:8 modified buggies.
Foster, using his new Team Losi 8ight, which was tuned to perfection, drove a well planned race to outsmart the 2012 national champion, Robin The Undertaker Mustor, by using a one pit-stop strategy instead of the customary two. This allowed Foster to build up a sizeable lead over Mustor, who was not able to make up for the lost time in going into the pits twice.
Barry Mustor in his Team Xray XB 10 held on for third spot.
Not to be outsmarted a second time, Mustor in his Mustor’s Wholesale Liquors Team Xray XB 10, decided that he would also retune his engine for the second race to adopt the same one- stop strategy and this time around, it gave him the necessary ammunition to bury his competition.
Nick Harrison in his Mugen MBX 6R managed to capture second position, while Barry Mustor once again placed third.
In the final race which lasted for 30 minutes, Mustor continued on his winning streak but this time around, Barry Mustor drove consistently to place second while Nick Harrison filled the final podium spot.
The 1:10 on road class brought with it a fresh new approach to racing by combining both nitro “gas powered” and electric “battery powered” racing.
In the first of two 20-minute races, it was Gerry Haynes with his Mugen MTX 4R who blazed the way for the Nitro camp by easily taking the chequered flag from Sherwin Layne in his team associated TC 5 and Kevin Hutson who used similar machinery to Layne.
In the second race for this class Llewellyn “Lulu” Riley with his Team Xray NT1 demolished his competition and also set the fastest lap time of the day when he posted 20.437 seconds. Haynes captured second position and Hutson rounded out the top three.
It is now left to be seen how the “electric” drivers will bounce back next race day, as they have failed to prove the point that battery-powered is faster and better than gas-powered.
Racing resumes on February 17 at 2.00 p.m.†††