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A REACH Ranch Rodeo Recap - NYE Edition

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 01:35

Wild Steer Race at the REACH Ranch Rodeo December 31, 2014 Wild Steer Race at the REACH Ranch Rodeo December 31, 2014

The tradition for almost a decade has been ringing in the new year in a rodeo arena, though the location has changed from time to time.  2014 was brought in with a stomp at the REACH Huron Centre in Clinton with a Ranch Rodeo and NYE Bash that gave 2013 the send-off it deserved.

A storm had kicked into high gear outside, though inside, the building heated up as the action commenced.

The Performance kicked off with some Junior Bull Riding, and it had its share of wrecks and rides.  Hendon, Saskatchewan's Dana Balaski rode her junior bull "Freddy" for 8-seconds and then was hung-up for another 8 or more… luckily coming away unscathed and winning with a 68-point Ride.

Into the Steer Wrestling, Jacob Dewetering of Stratford, ON, a former IPRA Steer Wrestling Rookie of the Year and 2-time Ontario High School Association Finals Champ wrestled his big steer to the ground in 4.7 seconds to win the event by over .6 seconds over 2nd place.

A 3.6-second run was what it took to win the Breakaway Roping with London, Ontario's Meagan DeWetering being the Reach Ranch Rodeo NYE Edition Champion.

Tiedown Roping was won by Rockwood, Ontario's Jason Thomson with an 11.1, a great start back from his road to recovery.  Thomson's run was in slack earlier that morning, making the performance champion Tyson Schieckoff of Stratford, ON, who roped and tied in 15.4 to place 3rd at the event.

Team Roping was also won in the slack, Brad Heffernan (Havelock, ON) and Tim Wettlaufer (Shakespeare, ON) were 9.2 to win, while "Team Cowgirl" Morgan and Courtney Bos of Clinton, ON were performance Champions with a 13.1-second run, rounding them 4th overall for the event.

Barrel Racing was won with a 15.743-second run by Sue Collier of Glencoe, ON, the 2007 Ontario Rodeo Association Year-end Champion, who now celebrates back-to-back Reach Ranch Rodeo wins.  The performance champion was Anna Wallace of Ingersoll, ON who ran a 16.007 for 3rd overall, and spun her 2nd barrel in a complete 360 revolution without knocking it.

Stratford, Ontario's Emily DeWetering won the Junior Barrel Racing with a 16.269, a mere 2-tenths of a second ahead of 2nd place.

In a "Ranch Event" Jesse Kinsmen and Jon Merner won the Calf Mugging.

Markus Skovsgard and his team of Rowdies became the first-ever Wild Steer Race Champions.

And Phil Henning of Dresden, ON posted the sole scored ride in the Bull Riding… 68-points vs. Stink Eye.

It was a fun performance of Ranch Rodeo that had its thrills and spills, that's for certain!

The transition then went from ranch rodeo arena to barn dance, and a whole new crowd rawked the night away to ring in 2014.  Plus right after midnight, the Coyote Ugly Contest thrilled the attendees as well.

It was definitely one of the rowdiest, ranchiest NYE's celebrated.  You never know what you'll see happen at a REACH Ranch Rodeo.  

Happy 2014!


Race Into the New Year: 2014 Blast-Off featuring 1/8 eBuggy at RC Acres ThunderDome

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 23:00

Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy - Tailwhip - Tom Bitz Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy - Tailwhip - Tom Bitz

The year 2014 was kicked off inside the ThunderDome at RC Acres with the "Race into the New Year" 2014 Blast-Off featuring 1/8 Scale eBuggy.  An exciting race was staged, with a limit of 30-entries due to the number of pits currently available, while 11 Alternates were accepted, taking the Roster to 41 pre-registrations, the biggest race yet at the ThunderDome!

As the doors opened at 7am, Racers were already waiting to scoop an optimal pit area, and the day commenced early.

At the close of registration, 35 Racers were entered!  In the early future, construction will be completed on more heated pit areas, meanwhile, the 35 racers in attendance were set to tear-it-up, regardless.

An exciting addition to the 2014 Blast-Off was Skycraft Hobbies' last minute sponsorship of the event, sponsoring the cash-payout and providing lots of T-Shirts for give-aways throughout the day of racing.

In the field of racers, there were some regulars and some new-to-the ThunderDome racers.  Highlights, of course, Justin Silva (Mississauga, ON) the reigning 3-event champion of eBuggy in the ThunderDome (The Inaugural, Skycraft Invitational, Christmas Classic); Derek Sousa (Everett, ON) a TQ into the A-Main several times in the ThunderDome including TQ Record Holder for eBuggy, yet to take the top of the Podium; Mark Sousa (Toronto, ON) the reigning Provincial eBuggy Champion and winner of the eBuggy Race at the Outdoor Track at RC Acres; Alex Nelles (Brantford, ON) a top-5 Finisher over all-3 previous eBuggy Races in the ThunderDome; plus Mr. Otterville John Blakley (Otterville, ON) a 1/10 SCT convert into 1/8 eBuggy over the past two events; Sergio Vargas (Brampton, ON) - a competitor of all-scales at RC Acres Indoor and Out…, and many, many more.

Into controlled practice, Justin Silva posted the fastest lap in the first heat at 21.784, while Mark Sousa posted the TQ time of 13 Laps, 5:06

In the second practice heat, Mark Sousa posted a 21.516 fastest lap, while Justin Silva posted a 21.698 in that session, and posted a better TQ time of 13 laps in 5:03.

Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy - TailWhip Entry Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy - TailWhip Entry

Prior to Qualifying, a Tail-Whip Competition was staged for the first time ever, with a purse of $40 and a winner-take-all competition.  Entered were: John "Chewy" Bakker (Toronto, ON), Derek Sousa (Everett, ON), Mark Sousa (Toronto, ON), Tom Bitz (London, ON), Brian Gump Belanger (Markham, ON), Aaron Inwood (Bowmanville, ON), Justin Silva and Alex Nelles.  Each competitor would receive 3 hits on the camelback feature and judged by crowd applause.  Throughout the competition, the racers bounced off of the "Vert", though weren't judged on it.  One competitor was perpendicular to the ground as a warm up off of the vert, but staggered their way across the Camelback.  The fans selected Aaron Inwood as the first ever winner (98.2 dB), while Derek Sousa and Tom Bitz were a close 2nd and 3rd (97.4 and 95.2 dB respectively).

Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy - TailWhip Winner - Aaron Inwood Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy - TailWhip Winner - Aaron Inwood

Into the first round of qualifying, Mark Sousa would post the fastest lap time of the day of 21.165, and post the TQ time of 14 Laps in 5:12.485 which would be the TQ into the A-Main.  Seeding for the qualifiers came from the controlled practice, and a re-sort took place after the first two rounds of qualifiers… Darryl Zylstra (Burford, ON) moved up into the fastest section after the re-sort.  Through the three rounds of qualifying, 13 Laps in 5:19.391 would be required to qualify for the A-Main, and all of the 7 seeds from practice heats, and the re-sort after two in qualifying remained as the guaranteed 7 to run in the A-Main.  That left lots of intense racing to see which of the remaining 28 would join them in the Final Race.

With 35 racers and a format for "lots of competitive racing", 6 mains were set with 2 "Bump-Up" opportunities in all of the lower-mains, and 1 bump up from the B-Main to the A-Main.  

Into the first set of Mains, David McLean (Schomberg, ON) had the pole position, and held it all almost all the way through the 10-minute race, until with about 40 seconds left, he wrecked in the rhythm section, right before the start/finish line.  His lead was so commanding, at least a 1 lap lead, that only one racer was able to squeeze by him, Ken Jaggard (Hamilton, ON), and McLean and Jaggard would both advance to the next main.  

In the next main, John Blakley had the pole position, and wanted to earn the bump into the next main to race against one of his forum cohorts… but the field was intense.  Douglas Shewfelt (Stoney Creek, ON) would slide by Blakley in the first lap and hold the lead right until the finish.  Blakley spent the first half of the race playing catch-up, from dropping into 5th and working his way into 3rd at the halfway point, and into 2nd for the last 3 minutes, though both Ian McFly McDaniel (Brantford), and David McLean gave him a run in the final handful of laps.  Shewfelt and Blakely advanced.

Into the 3rd Main (D-Main) Aaron Inwood would grab the lead early for the first couple of laps, then Sean Cuthbertson (Oshawa, ON) grabbed it and led for 11 laps, until Tom Bitz jumped in front and lead for 8 laps, until the "bump" Douglas Shewfelt was able to jump to the front and lead the final three laps, though it was intense wheel-to-wheel racing between Bitz and Shewfelt for the final 6 laps.  Shewfelt and Bitz advanced. 

Into the C-Main, Evan Lovato (Welland, ON) had earned the pole position, and and held it for 15 laps, until one of the bumps, Tom Bitz was able to slide by him with about 4 minutes left on the clock, and held the lead for the balance of the race, though Evan Lovato stayed within seconds for the balance of the race, finishing just 1.2 seconds behind.  Bitz and Lovato advanced to the B-Main, while Douglas Shewfelt earned a Skycraft Hobbies T-Shirt Bundle for racing 3-consecutive races in the mains (E, D and C Mains).

The B-Main would feature 7 Racers, with 1 advancing to the A-Main.  Steve Bulmann (Brampton, ON) qualified on the pole and led the first 2 laps, and switched the lead back and forth for a few laps with Ron Lupel (Orono, ON), until taking on too much damage and being side-lined on the 10th lap.  Lupel carried the lead for another 15 laps to win the B-Main and the Bump by an entire lap over 2nd.  Tom Bitz also received a Skycraft Hobbies T-Shirt Bundle for running 3-Consecutive Mains (D, C and B-Main).

Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy - Darry Zylstra Crashes Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy - Darry Zylstra Crashes

The A-Main Field was set with: Mark Sousa at the Pole, Justin Silva in 2nd, Derek Sousa in 3rd, Eric Lajoie (Burlington, ON) in 4th, Darryl Zylstra in 5th, Brian Gump Belanger in 6th, Alex Nelles in 7th and Ron Lupel in 8th.  On the tone, they took off… with Mark Sousa holding the lead through the first lap, and then being side-lined in the 2nd… Justin Silva then jumped to the Front in lap 2, while Derek Sousa sat right behind him.  The two traded places a handful of times, and even crossed the start-finish line side-by side on the 19th lap…. but in the final lap, Justin Silva was again able to pull first across the checkered … winning by .773 over Derek Sousa with a TQ Time of 27/10:16.321 (1.7 seconds off of his record from November), meanwhile the Bump Ron Lupel earned cash payoff for a top-5 finish in the A-Main.  This win marks the 4th consecutive win for Justin Silva in eBuggy in the ThunderDome at RC Acres!!!


Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy - Top-5 Podium Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy - Top-5 Podium

1. Justin Silva - 27/10:16.321
2. Derek Sousa - 27/10:17.094
3. Alex Nelles - 25/10:10.042
4. Eric Lajoie - 25/10:14.445
5. Ron Lupel - 25/10:19.313


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Race in the New Year - 2014 Blastoff - eBuggy


2,013 Thanks For A Great 2013!

Friday, 03 January 2014 20:20

2013 Thanks for a Great 2013 by Joe Scully, ProRodeo MC 2013 Thanks for a Great 2013 by Joe Scully, ProRodeo MC

As I briefly reflect back on the past year of events, it turned out more awesome than I imagined.

45 events, 68 performances, 5 States and Provinces … stellar memories.

My thanks to all of the producers, contractors, committees, organizations and individuals that put their faith in me to rawk their events.  And my sincere thanks as well to all of the travelling partners from the past season (Bobbi, Marshall, Will, Security Chris), timers, secretaries, officials, production personnel, competitors, sponsors, drivers, demonstrators, volunteers, assistants, media partners, operators, public relations people, event managers, speaker repairmen, building managers, sound and lighting techs, bartenders, maids, video dudes, corporate partners, computer repair people, security guards, EMS responders, tow truck drivers, transport divers, Tim Hortons waitstaff, Fuel attendants, mechanics, toll booth operators, daycare providers, blackjack dealers, healthcare providers, McDonald's waitstaff, the guy that designed the iPhone, sound/audio rental places, truckstop waitstaff, hotel front-desk people, and anyone else I've missed… plus of course, Thank You to the Fans!

Bring on 2014!



RC Acres Christmas Electric Classic Recap

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 03:44

registration RC Racing Registration Race Director

The RC Acres ThunderDome hosted its first 2-day event featuring 1/8 Scale eBuggy and 1/10 Scale 4-wheel Drive Short Course Truck December 21st through 22nd, 2014.  As the event was staged at the most festive time of the year, it was entitled the RC Acres Christmas Electric Classic.  As witnessed on previous weekends, this event would bring wheel-to-wheel racing with big air, on a treacherous technical track.  … though, unfortunately, the track wasn't the only treacherous surface.

Rain turned to freezing rain across Southern Ontario on Friday evening, and while most highways were fine, rural Ontario was a skating rink.  Those that were in the surrounding cities were able to make the drive to race, while about 25% of the field had to stay at home in their ices capes.

Saturday's 1/8 Scale eBuggy Race featured two RC Acres Champions: Justin Silva (Mississauga, ON), the defending 2-time ThunderDome eBuggy Champion, and Brian "Gump" Belanger (Markham, ON), who won at the final 1/5 scale race on the outdoor track in November.  Some new talent was also ready to race, and into it they went.  

Through heated practice, Justin Silva was the fastest on the Track, posting a 21.726 Lap-time, less than 7-10's of a second off of the track record while over half of the field ran a faster TQ Pace the second round of practice over the first… almost everyone was going to get faster as the day went on.

Before rolling into the Qualifiers, the cast and crew of RC Acres in addition to the racers all paused to wish Gump Belanger and Evan Lovato both happy birthdays.  These two racers each chose to spend their birthdays racing in the ThunderDome, which they got to do, along with enjoying some birthday cake. 

Into the Qualifiers, Silva would emerge as Top Qualifier with a TQ Time of 14 Laps in 5:14.360, while the remainder of the Top-5 would all be within a lap of that time.  Silva also posted the new fastest eBuggy lap record in the ThunderDome in the 3rd Round of Qualifying with a 20.984.

The stage was set for an electric round of Electric Buggy Mains in the ThunderDome once again.

Though the sections were split to have three even Main Races with Bumps, damage and fatigue plauged some of those in the C-Main, so after "Mercy Minutes" turned into "Mercy Months"… two drivers remained on the drivers' stand; and instead of having a race between two for one bump, it was decided to move both into the B-Main to a maximum 8 Drivers on the Stand with 8 eBuggys on the track for a "Bloodsport B-Main" with the largest Main field yet in the ThunderDome.

Frederico Duperly earns an RC Helicopter Drone Frederico Duperly earns an RC Helicopter Drone

Frederico Duperly (Georgetown, ON) qualified 2nd in the B-Main and jumped to the front on the first lap.  He held the front through all 24 laps (24/10:01.064), though Sergio Vargas (Brampton, ON) gave him a big run; going from a lap-behind by lap 9 to within 9 seconds by the halfway mark.  They were then separated by almost half of the track for a few more laps, but then with 5 laps to go, Vargas got within inches of Duperly again, though couldn't get by.  Soon they were 4-seconds apart, then the next lap at 10… Vargas rolled, and Birthday Boy Evan Lovato (Welland, ON) slid into the #2 spot to give chase… though when the checkered waved, Duperly would earn the bump by 13.2 over Lovato and 15 seconds over Vargas.  It was a close top-3 finish in the B-main, with the first-time ThunderDome racer Frederico Duperly joining the fastest-5 from Qualifying in the A-Main.

The A-Main Featured the aforementioned bump, Frederico Duperly in the #6, Alex Nelles in the #5, Eric Devos (LaSallette, ON) in the #4, Co-birthday boy Brian 'Gump' Belanger in the #3, Eric Lajoie (Burlington, ON) in the #2 and in the Pole Position, Justin Silva… defending 2-time eBuggy Champion in the ThunderDome.

Hardcore Racers ventured out on the weekend to race.  6 of the fastest of the hardcore were staged in the grid at the tone.  Lap One was a thing of beauty… all of the drivers established lines over the 3/4's of track between the starting grid and the start/finish loop, and were evenly spaced as they passed it… Silva, then Gump just .8 behind, then Devos 2-seconds behind, then Nelles 2-tenths behind, then Duperly 2-tenths behind and Lajoie 6-tenths behind.  Only Lajoie was the one to move down a position in the first lap.  And then like pro's… the races for track position continued to heat up.  Justin Silva pulled away on a massive pace to do 28/29 laps in the 10 minutes allotted by posting 21 and 22-second laps for the first 6.  Gump wrecked on lap 4 and Duperly who had already moved two more positions slid into the #2, until he wrecked on the next lap and then Nelles would slide into the #2 and turn the heat on to get within reach of Silva, though Silva would only physically lap him only once over the 10-minutes.  

Justin Silva took the checkered by 2-laps and 14-seconds with a TQ Time of 27/10:15.671, less than 3/4 of a second off of his own record.  

ebuggy podium eBuggy Podium at the Christmas Electric Classic

It was a rewarding podium for our top-racers.  Skycraft Hobbies awarded a miniature RC Drone to the "Bump" Frederico Duperly, while Tom "Haggersville" Norton awarded 3rd place finisher Eric Lajoie an envelope of cash sponsored by Ferraro's Speedworld.  The Runner-up was Alex Nelles, who continues racing faster and placing higher (4th at the Inaugural eBuggy Race, 3rd at the Skycraft Hobbies Invitational eBuggy Race and then 2nd at the Christmas Electric Classic) and again Justin Silva took the top of the Podium for the 3rd consecutive time, now the 3-time eBuggy Champion in the ThunderDome.   

As the proverbial dust settled on the track, outside the literal floodgates had opened. A lake ("Lake Losi" had formed around the front of the ThunderDome.  Rain and melted snow had flooded portions of the parking area.  Sunday's first-ever 4WD SCT Race was in limbo.

The forecast called for freezing rain, and a storm referred to as "the worst is yet to come".  With considerable thought and a number of phone calls, Gus from RC Acres decided to proceed with caution for Sunday's race.  it was a go, unless otherwise noted.

The Next Chapter.

Passion.... Something that definitely exudes from the RC Racing Community, but was exemplified by our field of racers that were able to escape their homes and holiday schedules to race inside the ThunderDome at RC Acres. 

Sunday morning the hydro was still on at RC Acres and though the driveway was ice, the roads were decent, and some 4-wheel Drive Short Course Truck racers arrived. 

Registration opened, the heat was on, the practice was under way, and then boom… the power went out. Gus and Ian scrambled to get generators running, and shortly, full heat, sound, lights and 3/4 of pits were back operational. All around Ontario over 300,000 people were sitting in the dark with nothing to do while meanwhile the ThunderDome raced on!

The field was narrowed due to the insane weather, and with the break for power replacement, the same format was adhered to.  

Early in Practice, Eric Devos would emerge as one of the fastest… posting the fastest lap in each practice session… a 24.293 in the first round and a 23.999 in the second round.  Each of these being the fastest two-SCT laps, though they would be contested and beated later in the day.  Tom Bitz (London, ON) and John Blakley (Otterville, ON) also posted 24-second laps (24.467 and 24.799 respectively), and these three were the top seeds into qualifying each with 12 laps in the 5-minute allotment.  

Just as practice ended, Tom "Haggersville" Norton walked through the door of the ThunderDome with his daughter's RC Stock Demolition Derby 4WD SCT Truck, and Justin Silva also strolled in separately.  Silva had been entered with plans to run a friend's truck that he would rebuild overnight, which didn't arrive.  With a short-field and RC Camaraderie, Eric Devos and Silva would begin destructing the truck and rebuilding it with replacement parts, upgraded parts, a borrowed transponder and handmade shocks.  Would they be ready to run in the Qualifiers?  "Haggersville" watched intensely as they grinded away… with a bit of luck, the truck with a little heart sticker could be on the track in race condition.  While everyone took a break to eat pizza, work continued on the truck at a rapid pace.  With a little extra stall time, the truck was almost ready… everything was in place except the transponder, and there was still some fine-tuning to do.  The Race Director pondered (into the 1st person… I could have manually timed him with everyone else, but we were talking about a 3-time champ who definitely knows the course.  The truck was one handicap against him… but taking one of the qualifiers away would be just enough of an additional challenge towards him, and even the field for the well practiced racers…) and said "take your time and get it good to go for the 2nd round of qualifying…there is a bump as well…." (the respect for a champ, fairness for racers, and the intrigue of a storyline...)

Through the 1st round of Qualifying, the top-3 from Practice would remain the top-3; Devos, Bitz and Sergio Vargas.  

As the 2nd round started, "the Truck that Love Built" was rolled onto the track. In that first qualifier, Silva ran a fastest 27.609-second lap while Eric Devos posted a 23.883-second lap halfway through his 2nd round of qualifying.  Devos' lap would become the fastest lap on record for 4WD SCT in the ThunderDome.  Siva's borrowed, re-built and un-tuned truck ran a 10/5:04.513, ranked 7th in the field behind Devos' 13/5:23.132

Tuning by all of the drivers including the re-addition.  Following the 3rd Round of Qualifying, the top-3 three remained Devos, Bitz and Vargas, though over half of the field including Silva had their fastest races.

Into the Mains, obviously the story-line was the heart truck as the B-Main commenced with 5 drivers trying to earn a bump into the A-Main to race against the fastest 4 from qualifying.  Bryan Flynn (Barrie, ON) had earned the pole for the B-main.  The Christmas Electric Classic inside the ThunderDome featured a number of Ontario RC Track Owners; not only cool to see the support, but also the opportunity for those that run races actually get the chance to race.  Flynn was one of those owner-racers who was excited to finally race without worrying about logistics.  Flynn lost the front early in the first lap, while Steve Emery (London, ON) would jump from 3rd to 1st in the first lap and hold it for another, but eventually rolled on lap 3.  Silva had started 2nd, dropped a position in the 1st lap, gained two in the 2nd, and then passed the rolled over Emery in the 3rd to jump to the front.  Emery was one of the fastest in the field when on four wheels, and would recover and make his way back within 4 -seconds of Silva, but then after another catastrophic rollover, would slowly roll his way off the track after 6 laps.  With Emery off to the side, Flynn would jump back up into the 2, and race side-by-side with Justin Silva for a lap, trading places a handful of times around the course, leading one lap just 7-tenths of a second ahead of Silva, and settling in about 4 seconds behind using him as a pace car for another lap until veering off of the rhythm section into the snow-fence to be passed by Douglas Shewfelt (Stoney Creek, ON).  

With about 3 minutes left-to-go, Shewfelt had pulled himself within reach of Silva.  Justin Silva had a barely tuned Truck and couldn't take the features with the same speed and height as Shewfelt, but had a solid line and rhythm.  Shewfelt had the advantage of taking the "Vert" and the Camelback at full speed and clearing half, while Silva had to ride the entire obstacle out.  At the 2-minute mark, they began trading places on the track.  Silva would lead or pass through the flat sections and Shewfelt would lead or pass after the jumps.  And then with a minute left of racing, the two Trucks connected.  Silva went tumbling off the raceway, and Shewfelt took the lead and distanced himself by 6 seconds.  Without succumbing to the pressure of being out front, Shewfelt smoothly piloted his truck with two of his average 28-second lap times to take the checkered by 11-seconds over 2nd and 3rd and to earn the bump into the A-Main.

5-Trucks were put in the grid for the A-Main.  All 5 Racers crossed the loop within 6-seconds of each other after 3/4 of a lap from the grid to the stripe, in the order that they were staged, and on lap 2, Tom Bitz climbed into the lead and held it for 3 laps, while the top-seeded Eric Devos inched closer and the two passed each other intermittently, just 3-4 seconds a part; and Sergio Vargas held close to the pair as well, crossing the stripe a second later.  Devos began to jump ahead about 3-minutes into racing, while Vargas and Bitz began a battle for second about 8-seconds behind the leader.  Midway through, some space was between each of the top-3, until traffic put Vargas and Bitz side-by-side again with 2.5 minutes to go.  The battle for second continued for 4 more laps, with the two side-by-side for most of it.  The leader Devos pulled ahead of the pair in one of the last laps, but eventually gave right of way for their race to play out, and ended the race 20-seconds over Vargas.  Bitz was 2-seconds short of being granted a 19th lap to finish his race for 2nd.

sct podium sct podium

Eric Devos owned 1/10 Scale 4WD SCT racing in the ThunderDome at the Christmas Electric Classic… earning the fastest lap, was the Top-Qualifier into the mains and won the A-Main with 19 laps in 8:03.722.  Over the 19 laps in the A-main, his average Top-15 lap times were less than 9-tenths of a second off of his fastest lap… that's a stat of consistency on a 23-second track.

The Top-5 earned Skycraft Hobbies Gift-Certificates sponsored by RC Acres and Skycraft Hobbies awarded a miniature RC Drone to the farthest driver… Bryan Flynn who was 2nd to arrive at RC Acres, trekking from Barrie.

Congrats to all of our racers putting on some solid racing and thanks to the RC Acres team of Gus, Ian and Amanda for the hospitality. We all had a blast and appreciate there being a facility to race at with a crew encompassing perseverance to ensure that everyone has a good time. 

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Dec 21 - Christmas Classic - 1-8 eBuggy - PRACTICE
Dec 21 - Christmas Classic - 1-8 eBuggy - QUALIFIERS
Dec 21 - Christmas Classic - 1-8 eBuggy - MAINS

Dec 22 - Christmas Classic - 1-10 4WD SCT - PRACTICE
Dec 22 - Christmas Classic - 1-10 4WD SCT - QUALIFIERS
Dec 22 - Christmas Classic - 1-10 4WD SCT - MAINS


Thunderdome eBuggy Records:

Fastest Lap: 20.984 - Justin Silva - December 21, 2013
Top TQ Time Qualifying: 14 / 5:06.980 - Derek Sousa - December 7, 2013
Top TQ Mains: 27 / 10:14.699 - Justin Silva - November 23, 2013

Inaugural Invitational 1/8 Scale eBuggy Race (13/11/23) - Justin Silva
Skycraft Hobbies Invitational 1/8 Scale eBuggy Race (13/12/7) - Justin Silva
Christmas Electric Classic (eBuggy) (13/12/21) - Justin Silva


Thunderdome 1/10 4WD SCT Records:

Fastest Lap: 23.883 - Eric Devos - December 21, 2013
Top TQ Time Qualifying: 13 / 5:23.133 - Eric Devos - December 21, 2013
Top TQ Mains: 19 / 8:03.722 - Eric Devos - December 21, 2013

Christmas Electric Classic (1-10 4WD SCT) (13/12/21) - Eric Devos


Skycraft Hobbies Invitational 1/8 Scale eBuggy Race

Sunday, 08 December 2013 03:18

Skycraft Hobbies Invitational 1/8 Scale eBuggy Race inside the Thunderdome at RC Acres in Hamilton, OntarioThe Skycraft Hobbies Invitational 1/8 Scale eBuggy Race inside the Thunderdome at RC Acres in Hamilton, Ontario was a day filled of intense racing once again.  19 Racers converged into the newly heated pits and began laying laps down in hopes of being the event's first champion.

Prior to the day, the prevalent racers to watch were: 
Justin Silva (Mississauga, ON) - the inaugural eBuggy Winner inside the Thunderdome 2 weeks prior, vying for back-to-back titles
Derek Sousa (Everett, ON) - the Racer that led 24 of 27 laps in that inaugural race and ended with a DNF, racing to reclaim what was almost his
Mark Sousa (Toronto, ON) - the Racer that posted the fastest lap two weeks prior, and was the eBuggy Main Champion at the RC Pro Series Race at RC Acres in August, racing to win his 2nd title at RC Acres in 3 events

… and a field of 16 more, most with some laps previous to the day inside the Thunderdome.

Out of the heated practice, Mark Sousa posted the fastest lap of 21.075, to be chased over the day of racing.

Through the 3 Qualifying Rounds, Derek and Mark Sousa would be the Top Qualifiers, with Derek earning the  pole in the A-Main with a TQ Time of 14 laps in 5:06.980 (a new track eBuggy record); with Mark a mere .988 second back, and Justin Silva within 7 seconds.  The Skycraft Hobbies Invitational 1/8 Scale eBuggy Race featured 3 mains with 1 bump per main, and joining the top-3 would also be Steve DiPlacido (Newmarket, ON), Mike Sloat (Branchton, ON) and Chris Capelo (Ancaster, ON).  Any of the remaining 13 would have one more opportunity to race their way into the A-Main for a chance at Cash-Payout, and the insanity ensued.

In the C-Main, Steve Taylor (Grimsby, ON) started with the pole position and hold it for the opening 2 laps, but on the third lap would veer off course and drop to third, and grind his way up finish 2nd.  Rui "The Import" Almeida (Hamilton, ON) qualified 2nd in the C-main, and would slide into the lead on lap three and hold first for the balance of the race, lapping at least every racer once to earn the Bump Up into the B-Main.

The Top-Qualifer in the B-Main was Darryl Zylstra (Burford, ON) a Motocross Racer who two weeks previous had been successful in bumping up; while right behind him in the starting grid was Alex Nelles (Brantford, ON), another motocross racer with success bumping up at RC Acres within a fortnight… and earned an envelope of cash for 4th.  These two would swap the lead 3 times in the first 7 laps, and Nelles eventually put some track between the two at the midway point.  Meanwhile, the biggest mover and another motocross racer, Evan Lavato (Welland, ON) qualifying 6th in the grid and slowly and surely continued to post smooth lap times, and move up to finish 2nd, just 20.3 seconds off of the B-Main Champion, Nelles.  Deja vu all over again, Alex Nelles would earn a bump into the A-Main.

The Field was then set for the A-Main.  As soon as the race went green, the newly heated pits cleared as everyone in the Thunderdome  ran to get a good vantage point of the next 10 minutes of slugfest driving.

Top Qualifier Derek Sousa remained in front for the first 3-laps, posting a 22 and 21 second lap, and then would flip onto his lid in the Rhythm Section.  Hot on his tail was Mark Sousa and Justin Silva who would zoom past and have an 8-second lead over him, until history repeated itself… over "the vert" Derek went with full power and to a screeching halt on the other side he would go… with obvious shock and chassis damage to the front of his eBuggy… he would pull off again immediately by the Driver-stand.  Meanwhile, wheel-to-wheel racing was happening all over the track as Justin Silva and Mark Sousa battled it out for 1st, and Alex Nelles and Mike Sloat charged for third.  Through laps 5 and 24 (the end of the race for Nelles and Sloat), they would change leads 6 times.

However, following the leaders Sousa and Silva around the track, lead changes were not as easy to count.  Into the S-Section at the South-end of the Thunderdome, Mark Sousa would cut-to the inside of Silva at turn-6, while Silva would go wide and cut to the inside of Sousa at turn 7 and slingshot ahead through turn 8 into the Rhythm Section… and Sousa would gain ground and pass on the inside of the final turn 9 and cross the loop… a change in position between the Table-top and the Vert (Turn 3) and another change before the camelback at Turn 4.  At most, a 5-second gap on one lap… but side by-side… Justin posting a 21.045 at about the 3/4 mark on lap 19 (ultimately becoming the fastest lap of day) , and Sousa's next lap was a 21.779.  They swapped full lap lead changes 7 Times… 

But in the final throws of the last minute 20, Justin Silva would continue dominating the last section of the track and immediately before the loop, Mark couldn't get by.  Swapping leads deep in the track, and Silva first across the loop.  1.2 Seconds, .9 seconds…. .03 seconds apart.  

And in the final lap out of the rhythm section, their cars seemed a foot apart, over the bump and to the stripe…. Justin Silva would cross first, again, to be the back-to-back 1/8 Scale eBuggy Race Champion.  Mark Sousa would end up being reserve champion, by a mere 3/4 of a second.  Third went to the repeat "Bump" - Alex Nelles (one spot ahead of his previous podium appearance two weeks earlier).

Skycraft Hobbies provided Bonus Prizes to the LQ and Farthest Driver… Lukas Prikryl (Aurora, ON) proudly accepted a set of tires for his brand new eBuggy after his first day of racing it (a Skycraft Hobbies Purchase on Black Friday!), and Benjamin Clement (Kingston, ON) received a set as well, reward for being on the Highway of Heroes at 4am to go racing.

Another Great Finish to another Great Day of Racing.  The Heated Pits were amazing… T-Shirt Weather when it's -11 or -20 with the windchill, and more changes are coming for Driver Stand Heating…. and more racings coming very soon!

See 'ya when I see 'ya,
Joe Scully, Race Director


December 7th - Skycraft Hobbies - 1-8 eBuggy - PRACTICE 
December 7th - Skycraft Hobbies - 1-8 eBuggy - QUALIFIERS
December 7th - Skycraft Hobbies - 1-8 eBuggy - MAINS


UPDATE (Dec 8):
Slight correction: 21.011 was the fastest lap of the day and track eBuggy Record ... Derek Sousa - Qual 3, Race 3, Lap 10.

UPDATE (Dec 10)
Check out the KpopRC Youtube Video of the entire A-Main:

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