The World Challenge Recap Below
The World Challenge Recap Below
Well this turned out to be one of the biggest turnouts for the event without our european competitors in a long while. Thanks to the Goodwines for an excellent venue as always, the track prep crew, thanks to the sponsors and thanks to Victor. We had racers that hadn't competed since Covid started and some even further back than that. It was good to see some new additions to the 5th Scale Racing Family, The Velez's, Panda back for another round, Dereck Butterfield giving up his Spec 5 for the big boys. The Sarnelle's returning, Kenny Watkins and Frank Pena. Anthony Cope, Andrew Alden and the RAMS and Texas 5 contingent.
If you were here on Friday the wind was a challenge. From your car on the track to being on the drivers stand thinking at any time this was going to take flight. Saturday was better with some breezes and you couldn't ask for better on Sunday for the Mains.
The biggest turn out of F1 in years saw some new drivers and old rivalries rekindled. It was good to have Hugh in Town, Bob Sarnelle showed up to rekindle that battle, BUT WAIT, now the rivalry is complete Bryn Foskett is also here, Mr Podium Hau-Ching, old timer Kenny Watkins and the new crew of Jansen Ng and Texas 5 driver Marquell Osborne.
We start off with the F1 A Main, Jason Markley would start off from Pole and not look back. Marquell Osborne would hold down 2nd until about lap 26 until a wing issue would relegate him back in the field. Then the rest of the race became a battle for 2nd between Hugh Lawson, Cedric Collins and Welcome Back Bob Sarnelle. Your top 5 in F1 was Jason Markley, Hugh Lawson, Cedric Collins, Bob Sarnelle and Jansen Ng.
Now it's time for
Sportsman, it was the Tom Wong show from the drop of the flag. We thought it
was going to be a good battle between Tom and Frank Pena (retuning to
racing) but Frank had issues on Lap Two and would soon retire. Then 4th to 2nd
Danny Pacho tried to give Tom a run only to fall to 3rd by lap 16 and then it
was Mr Podium Hau-Ching Liao jumping from 7th to 2nd on lap 17 and would stay
there. The surprise and making the trip worth it was his brother
It's down to the last two mains, Spec 5 being first. With a coulpe of drivers not making the start, it was a fairly uneventful race with everyone finishing status quo. Paul Smith takes the win, Pepe Velez in his first 5th scale start takes 2nd and Jason Scheerer giving the on road a shot finishes 3rd.
Its time for the finale, STC
2. Kyle Goodwine 1. Satoshi Takesako 3. Crag Kaplan
10. Austin Sarnelle 8. Ken Gerberding 6. Luis Rinzivillo 4. Tony Tam 5. Dave Stroud 7. George Velazco 9. Tony Vega
Kaplan / Tan late race battle for 3rd
Mid Race battle with Kyle Tony and George
Dave / Luis late race battle for 5th
2. Pepe Velez 1. Paul Smith 3. Jason Sheerer
2. Hau-Ching Liao 1. Tom Wong 3. Huan-Ching Liao
2. Hugh Lawson 1. Jason Markley 3. Cedric Collins
2. Jason Markley 1. Dereck Butterfield 3. David Wang
Stadium Trucks Start
2. Matthew Myers 1. Bill Lin 3. Tyrone Robinson
It is Saturday and Welcome to the 2021 Bill Margolis West Coast Championship presented by the RAMS, the longest running 5th scale OnRoad race on the West Coast. This race will usually draw people from around the country and Canada. With some folks still recovering from this crazy year and a half, some haven't gotten their traveling wheels back and so the turnout was a little low for this years race, but THAT DID NOT take away from the intensity. With most of the F1 guys not going to show until Sunday, that class did not run until then which made that one qualifier all the more important. The competition on Saturday was spread across Sportsman, SuperSport and STC. In the first round of Sportsman it was Brian Rodrigues followed by Brendon Foskett and Byron Soublet. By Round 2 Brian had improved his pace by a lap and Brendon and Byron held station, Round 3 Brendon found his grove beat Brian's previous TQ by 1 lap to get the top spot. But now the sweating had to start because there were more drivers coming out on Sunday. On Sunday it was one and done in Round 4 for Al Gerace as he grabs TQ. In SuperSport your weekend started off with a Round 1 win for Kurt Jamrus running 32 laps with a 10:05.056 followed by David Tamira and Jojo Bayabo. Round 2 your winner would be David Tamira followed by Jojo and Brandon Soublet. David's time wasn't fast enough to bump Kurt but put him in 2nd for the moment. Round 3 your winner was Jojo running a 31 along with Kurt. This would put Jojo is spot #3. The final round everyone meant buisiness in SuperSport. Kurts TQ was in serious jeopardy from Danny Pacho, Hau-Ching Liao and Jojo. All drivers ran 32 laps and Danny just missed out on TQ by 0.525. In STC the competition was hot and heavy. Victor Garcia still coming to grips with the short chassis found something this weekend as he set the unofficial track record on Saturday and then backed it up on Sunday running a 15.886. If you were not running low, low 16's, you were fighting for 5th in the main. In Round 1 it was John Burnett grabing the early TQ running 36 laps with the top 4 seperated by 8 seconds. In Round 2 it was Tony Vega running fast with a 36 in 10:01.406 beating Johns previous mark by 4.3 seconds, followed by Burnett and Dave Stroud. In Round 3 it was Vega and Burnett going one lap better running 37's and Vega holding on to TQ. On Sunday, Round 4 it was Victor Garcia that grabbed pole in his last qualifier and it was touch and go for Vega, but he eventually beat out Victor for TQ running 37 in 10:08.028.
Brandon Soublet, Full car tear down
Danny P. and Hau-Ching
David and Jansen
Victor GarciaAdditional Pics from Byron
1) Tony Vega 2) Victor Garcia 3) John Burnett
1) Fernando Jose 2) Cedric Collins 3) Hau-Ching Laio
1) Danny Pacho 2) Hau-Ching Liao 3) Tim Gerace
1) Brendan Foskett 2) Al Gerace 3) Brian Rodrigues
Super Sport Battle
5th Scale US Nats
As the Applebees song goes.....Welcome back
We had a decent turnout for the race with everyone starting to emerge from their bunkers due to Covid. Unfortunately we had a date conflict and lost out on Texas 5 guys coming but that did not take away from the title bout. Like the Fight of the Century (Last Year), Super Fight II (This Year) we have the Thrilla in Manilla to look foward to either in 3 months or next year. The battle between Kyle Goodwine and Satoshi Takesako is reminissense of Ali and Foreman. Kyle got the better of Satoshi last year with a 98.18% consistency run. Satoshi returned the favor this year running 98.00% consistency. We cant wait for round 3.
Well it was good to see three of the five 5th scale areas represented in the main event. Socal , NoCal and Miami and some guy named Panda (Kevin Cole) making his first start in a 5th scale STC car. Satoshi and Kyle dominated the event but Kyle gave Craig a brief moment of exhilaration when he got by him for 2nd but that didn't last long. Kyle would get back to 2nd by the next lap and stay there till the end. The biggest mover was Tony Vega, starting in 8th and getting up to 5th in 6 laps and getting as high as 4th at one point in the race. Victor Garcia (Q5) and Tony Tam (Q3) had early race incidents that ended their day. The Miami Gang ran a good consistent race and both drivers made up multiple places from their starting positions. George Velazco would finish 4th and Luis Rinzivillo would finish 6th. Your finishing order was:
6-Luis Rinzivillo 4-George Velazco 2-Kyle Goodwine 1-Satoshi Takesako 3-Craig Caplan 5-Tony Vega
10-Victor Garcia 8-Ken Gerberding 7-Panda 9-Tony Tam
Mr Podium, it always happens. Congrats to Hau-Ching Liau on his F1 Victory.
2nd - Jason Markley 1st - Hau-Ching Liau
In Sportsman it was your pole sitter James Stuard that lead most of the 52 laps the race was run by the eventual winner. But things got interesting on lap 38 when James went from 1st to 2nd, Z Isayan from 2nd to 1st then one lap later Z woulld go from 1st to 3rd, James back to 1st only on the next lap to fall to 2nd and Tom Wong would go from 3rd to 1st and stay there till the end for the win. Mr Podium would sneak in for 3rd with Jojo Bayabo 4th and Z finishing 5th.
2 - James Stuard 1 - Tom Wong 3 - Hau-Ching Liau
In SPEC 5 it was Garen Hagobian in the Goodwine prepared ride laying down some great laps in qualifying. In the main he started second behind TQ Paul Smith, by lap 6 everyone had their shot at leading with Gary taking the lead for a stint on lap 6 and holding it until lap 36 when Garen would take the lead for good. Both would finish with 53 laps with Gary 7 seconds behind for 2nd.
2021 Protoform Nitro Grand Prix
Apr 21, 2021 to Apr 25, 2021
It's race time and you could tell racers were ready to leave the couch and the walls of the house behind to come out for some good RC racing.
It was a great turnout for the Protoform GP and congrats to the Goodwines for hosting another great race. But we are here to talk about 5th scale so lets get to it.
It's Friday and Round 1 is about to get going. Some of the racers either could not get the day of or figured they would hit it hard Saturday with rounds 3 - 5. In SPEC 5 you had Tom Prokop running a 26 10:06 with Eugene Osburn's 26 10:20 followed by Gary Kyes,Paul Smith and Rich Reybok. You just know as the rubber gets down they will get faster.
In STC Kyle Goodwine laid down a 29 10:09 with a fast lap of 20.427 letting everyone know he means business. Phill Goodwine would run a 27 lapper and Bill Lin a 26 in round 1. You know those would improve with time and rubber.
Gary got his car together and ran a 27 10:12 with Tom right behind him with a 27 10:20, Eugene fell a little of the pace and David Figueroa got his frst laps in.
In STC Kyle was alittle off pace, 0.05 seconds...lol.
Running another 29 and putting his stamp on the event as
Paul Smith gets on track with a 27 lap run to get in
the game with Gary and Tom.
Round 4 and the drivers you expect to be on top in
SPEC 5 are there all running 27 laps seperated by
Round 5 No one in SPEC5 improved on time with only
three drivers taking to the track for this round.
It's the Mains
Gary Kyes starts on Pole and with clean and consistent
driving would never relinquish the spot
Steel City Raceway - US