RACE COVERAGE: 2010 REEDY TOURING CAR RACE OF CHAMPIONS – FINAL DAY

RACE COVERAGE: 2010 REEDY TOURING CAR RACE OF CHAMPIONS – FINAL DAY

Story by Darth Vader. Pictures by Darth Vader, Yukari Biner, and Ron Diao

The final day of the 2010 Reedy Touring Car Race of Champions was completed on Sunday. R/C Evil Empire was on hand for the festivities.

The day started off with a short 7:30am to 8:30 am open practice session for all open class drivers. Each driver was given 2 minutes to run on the track. Following your run, you could get back in line for another go around. This was done to break in the track surface. Since the track wasn’t yet settled, this was pretty much for fun and not a great gauge of car setup,etc. Soon after, a short drivers meeting was called inside the pits. Track owner Kevin Jelich went over the format for Sunday. It was explained that there would be 1 more qualifier for open class drivers . The best 2 “round finishes” as stated by IFMAR qualifying rules would determine the A Main contestants. All 17.5, 13.5, and Open class drivers would run triple A mains. Single mains would be run for all other mains. In addition,  4 more Invitational rounds would be ran. The best 6 round finishes would determine the Reedy Invitational Champion!

Nor Cal Co-Owner Kevin Jelich explains the day's proceedings

Nor Cal Co-Owner Kevin Jelich explains the day's proceedings

OPEN CLASS QUALIFYING – ROUND 4

In the 17.5 Touring class, young Eric Albano would claim back the top qualifier spot from top contender Dave Bowser of Florida after a strong final qualifying run. Bowser would get some sense of satisfaction in the 13.5 class. He was able to leapfrog from 3rd qualifier to 1st with a strong run in the 4th round. This would move him ahead of rivals James Arluck and Jason Ertrachter. In Open Mod, it was a strong run by Fred Hubbard to walk away with the TQ. Hubbard ran the fastest time in all 4 qualifying rounds for a perfect score of “0″. The stage would be set for the 13.5, 17.5, and Open classes. It was anyone’s guess who would win the 17.5 and 13.5 classes. The Open class had a clear favorite in Fred Hubbard.

Fred Hubbard's TQ X-Ray

Fred Hubbard's TQ X-Ray- Open TQ

Fred Hubbard

Fred Hubbard - Open TQ

Eric Albano - 17.5 TQ

Eric Albano - 17.5 TQ

17.5 TRIPLE A MAINS

In A Main’s 1 and 2, T.O.P. Racing’s Eric Albano would show his TQ dominance with wire to wire wins. The home track hero would drive his colorful T.O.P. Photon to victory in wire to wire fashion. His first and second A Main wins over 2nd place Dave Bowser were by more than 4 seconds each. Both runs were nearly identical. It was a strong slowing for Albano for the 17.5 title. In A3, Dave Bowser would get the win to secure 2nd place overall. It was a strong finish for the Florida native.  A strong 3rd place finish in A1 and A3 would secure the final podium spot for Kyle Eden (also of Florida).

Albano through the S turn

Albano through the S turn

Clean starts = Clean victories for Albano in A1 and A2

Clean starts = Clean victories for Albano in A1 and A2

The final standings and tech chart looked like this. The final positions and tech chart for 17.5 read as follows.

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17.5 Podium - Bowser -2nd (left) Albano - TQ and 1st (Center) Eden - 3rd (right)

17.5 Podium - Bowser -2nd (left) Albano - TQ and 1st (Center) Eden - 3rd (right)

I wouldn’t be truly living up to my “Evil Lord” name if I didn’t post a better shot of this…It has to be the best picture of the weekend. Eric gets his first kiss….how cute. Congrats to the 17.5 Champ!

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13.5 TRIPLE A MAINS

The first A Main would see Team X-Ray’s Dave Bowser jump out to the front. He would stretch his lead in the first 30 seconds of the race as a fierce battle for end ensued between James Arluck, Jeff Hastings, and Jason Ertrachter. Eventually, Bowser would pull away for the easy A1 victory. In A2 Bowser would jump out to the lead in a very similar fashion to A1. Very aggressive driving was demonstrated at the front by top competitors Jason Ertrachter, James Arluck, and Jeff Hastings. Eventually, Hastings would get by and attempt to make a run at Bowser. Hastings would eventually make 2 charges at the leader. Both in which lead to crashes that secured the lead and overall 13.5 championship for Florida native Dave Bowser. A3 would see the champion sit out. This allowed Nor Cal local James Arluck to take the easy win for a nice 2nd place overall finish. Jason Ertrachter would finish in 3rd overall.

13.5 Grid. Bowser on the pole

13.5 Grid. Bowser on the pole

Jeff Hastings and Bowser battle it out

Jeff Hastings and Bowser battle it out

Bowser's X-Ray

Bowser's X-Ray

James Arluck finished an impressive 3rd

James Arluck finished an impressive 2nd overall

The final positions and tech chart went as follows.

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13.5 A Finalists

13.5 A Finalists

OPEN TRIPLE A MAINS

The first two A Main’s of Open Mod saw a dominating performance by Fred Hubbard. The So Cal native left the line with is Team Checkpoint powered Xray for a uncontested for a wire to wire finish. The two A Main finishes capped off a perfect weekend for Hubbard. He would score TQ rounds in all 4 qualifiers and win the first 2 A Mains. The win qualified Hubbard for the 2011 Reedy Race of Champions invitational class. Nor Cal locals Leo Zhao and Jesse Stark would round out the 2nd and 3rd place podium. It was nice job by the two locals.

Hubbard gets a good start in A-1

Hubbard gets a good start in A-1

2nd Place Leo Zhao

2nd Place Leo Zhao

A Main Grid for Open Touring

A Main Grid for Open Touring

Hubbard in the S Turn

Hubbard in the S Turn

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Zhao -2nd (left) Hubbard - TQ and 1st (Center) , Stark- 3rd (Right)

Zhao -2nd (left) Hubbard - TQ and 1st (Center) , Stark- 3rd (Right)

INVITATIONAL CLASS ROUND 5

Heat #1 featured a stacked heat that involved a battle between Team XRay’s Paul Lemieux and current World Champion Marc Rheinard. A small cornering bobble would lead to a victory for Lemieux. Rheinard would wind up 2nd.

Marc Rheinard

Marc Rheinard

Rheinard / Lemeiux battle in Round 5 Heat 1

Rheinard / Lemeiux battle in Round 5 Heat 1

Heat #2 started out with Jimmy Jacobson of Tamiya taking the lead. He was followed in tow by Josh Cyrul and Juho Levanen of Finland (Team Associated). An eventual aggressive pass attempt by Cyrul would knock Jacobson back to mid pack. This allowed Levanen to take the lead. Cyrul would fall back a bit only to make a last minute charge that fell short. The order of finish was Levanen – 1st and Cyrul 2nd.

Heat #3 would see Nor Cal local Tyler Vik and Team Associated legend Rick Hohwart battle it out for all 5 minutes. Vik would hold off Hohwart by less than .5 seconds for the win. It was one of the better races of the weekend for sure.

Tyler Vik vs. Rick Hohwart in round 5

Tyler Vik vs. Rick Hohwart in round 5

INVITATIONAL CLASS ROUND 6

Heat #1 was very similar to Round 5 heat 1. It pitted favorites Lemieux and Rheinard against each other. On the start, Paul Lemieux jumped out followed by Rheinard. Eventually, a rare mistake by the world champion would allow Paul Lemiuex to take the lead for good. A battle between CEFX designer Josh Cyrul and Marc Rheinard would turn out to be a close one. Eventually, Cyrul would settle for 3rd place. The order was Lemieux – 1st, Rheinard – 2nd , and Cyrul – 3rd

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Cyrul and Rheinard battle for 2nd

Heat 1 Grid

Heat 1 Grid

Heat #2 started off with Tamiya’s Thomas Pumpler and Juho Levanen jumping out to the lead. Thomas would pull away a bit only to get reeled in by Levanen. Juho would eventually seal the deal with a win. Pumpler would take a 2nd.

Juho Levanen makes a pass on Jimmy Jacobson

Juho Levanen makes a pass on Jimmy Jacobson

Heat #3 would be all Tyler Vik. The Nor Cal local would have his 2nd impressive win of the day over Rick Hohwart of Team Associated. This boosted him into serious contention on day #2.

Tyler Vik in control of heat 3

Tyler Vik in control of heat 3

At the end of 6 rounds, here was the score:

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INVITATIONAL CLASS ROUND 7

Heat #1 started off with Josh Cyrul of CEFX out to the lead. He would be followed by Thomas Pumpler and Lex Tyler of Team Associated. Eventually, Lex Tyler would fall back and allow Pumpler to secure 2nd. The order never changed with the finish going Cyrul – 1st, Pumpler – 2nd, Lex Tyler – 3rd.

Josh Cyrul

Josh Cyrul

Lex Tyler

Lex Tyler

Heat #2 started off with a rare holeshot by Sean Williams. He would be followed by Team Associated’s Mike Blackstock and Juho Levanen. Eventually, Williams would crash very hard. This allowed Blackstock to the lead. Eventually, mechanical malfuctions would knock him out of the race. This allowed Juho Levanen to take the easy round 7 win.

Mike Blackstock

Mike Blackstock

Heat #3 started with a battle between Tyler Vik and Marc Rheinard. The current Ifmar World Champion would push the younger Vik around for a few minutes before finding a opportune time to pass. From there Rheinard would take the lead and win for good. A nice battle developed between n Vik and Paul Lemieux. The eventual finish would be Rheinard – 1st, Vik -2nd , Lemieux – 3rd. This was a rare non-win for Paul Lemieux whom was nearly perfect up until this point.

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Vik holds off Rheinard

Vik holds off Rheinard

Vik and Lemieux battle

Vik and Lemieux battle

Round 7 evened things out a bit. Here’s what the score looked like heading into the final round.

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INVITATIONAL CLASS ROUND 8

Heat #1 started out with another easy win for Tyler Vik. Tyler would impress the local crowd by going 3 for 4 on the day. His worst finish was a 2nd! What a day! Keven Herbert of Canada (Team Associated) would finish in 2nd.

Heat #2 had a nice run between Mike Blackstock and T.O.P’s EJ Evans. The local crowd would witness a nice run for the local. The two cars followed each other for nearly 4 minutes before being chased down by Nor Cal Hobbies owner Kevin Jelich. Eventually, time would run out. This left Blackstock to take the win with Evans and Jelich in 2nd and 3rd.

Blackstock leads EJ Evans around

Blackstock leads EJ Evans around

Going into the final round heat 3, there were two drivers with a major shot at winning the overall title. Both Juho Levanen and Paul Lemieux had 5 wins. Both also had a 2nd and 3rd place tie. The final round would decide the winner. Both drivers were incidently sorted into the same heat 3. It would be a showdown for the title. One race, the winner takes all!

Heat 3 started out with a unbelievable jump from Marc Rheinard, Juho Levanen, and Paul Lemieux. Again, a rare mistake entering the straight would cause a crash for the champion. Paul Lemieux would take over the lead followed by Levanen. The stage was set…3 minutes to a championship! The two contenders battled it out tooth and nail. Eventually, Paul Lemieux of Team XRay would pull away for the heat 3 win and overall 2010 Reedy Race of Champion Invitational title!

Rheinard chases down Lemeiux

Rheinard chases down Lemeiux

Three way battle between Lemeiux, Rheinhard, and Levanen

Three way battle between Lemeiux, Rheinard, and Levanen

INVITATIONAL FINAL STANDINGS

The 2010 Reedy Invitational class was one to remember. In true Reedy race fashion, the final race determined the overall title. Luckily,both Juho Levanen and Paul Lemieux were able to race it out for the championship. They were both worthy champions. The title could have went either way. It was the 2nd year in a row that Levanan had to settle for 2nd place in the Reedy Race. Last year, he was narrowly defeated on a lap time tie breaker by Ronald Volker. Current Ifmar World Champion Marc Rheinard made a few rare mistakes throughout the two days. Many occurred in crucial point situations with top competitor Lemieux. After a great first day, Viktor Wilck of Team Tamiya found himself in a tough position. It never seemed like he caught a good break on day two. Starts are key in the Reedy Race heads up format. The force wasn’t with Wilck on day two. Speaking of force….it was definitely with Nor Cal local Tyler Vik on day two. He would battle back from 8th place after day one to take 4th overall. It was a great showing for the local. The final Reedy Race invitational positions and tech chart are below.

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Invitational Class

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Congrats to Paul Lemieux

Congrats to Paul Lemieux

Invitational Class

Invitational Class

Invitational Class - Top 10

Invitational Class - Top 10

Top 3 Toast

Top 3 Toast

Winners in all classes

Winners in all classes

FINAL THOUGHTS

The 2010 Reedy Race of Champions was a great event. Nor Cal Hobbies proved to be a worthy facility for the event. R/C Evil Empire would like to thank all of the racers and organizers for a great event. It has already been announced that the 2011 Reedy Race of Champions will be held at the same location and weekend. We look forward to another great weekend of racing. Over the course of 3 days, we managed to snap over 1000 photos. Here are some links to a photobucket account with all the images. Enjoy!

DAY 1 and 2 Practice

Day 3 -Qualifying

Final Day – Darth Vader + Ms. Vader Pics

Final Day – Ron Diao

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