Sanford and Son RC headed out to our local track, Heritage RC Park in Chula Vista, CA for Round 1 of the Heritage RC Challenge Summer Series. Turnout was not the greatest, due to a number of other races in the area, but we love racing at Heritage RC Park and wanted to support our local track. Qualifiers were bumped up to 7 minutes, so everyone would have plenty of track time. The track was watered every other heat.
The competition for this round would include Mugen drivers Travis Cory, Gil Alontaga and Jaime Boquiren, Team Associated driver Tyler Hicks, TLR’s Don Vinkemulder and some very fast local racers.
1/8 Scale Expert Buggy
We had a couple of hours of practice before the 10:00 AM start, but the car felt so good that it needed no setup changes.
For Q1, I had the wet track, and I bolted up a fresh set of AKA Soft GridIron II tires. I had a very good run, and got the first round TQ.
For Q2, I had the dry track, and the increased traction resulted in significantly better lap times for everyone. I had a mistake-free run, and bettered my first round TQ. As a result, I would start on the pole for the 30-minute A Main.
Everyone had a good, clean start to the A Main, and racing was pretty tight for the first few laps. The cars in the middle of the pack were battling each other, so Boquiren and I were able to separate ourselves somewhat from the pack. My pit man pitted me a little early at the 8:15 mark because of some traffic ahead of me. My pit man did a great job, and got me out of the pits with about a 5 second lead. By the time I pitted for my second pit stop, I had stretched my lead to about 15 seconds.
Boquiren made a good charge, but I got into a groove and gradually increased my lead. I almost finished the race marshal-free, but with a minute left, I caught the pipe on a downhill left hand turn, landing on my lid. The marshal got to me quickly, and I was able to get a victory lap.
My Kyosho MP9 TKI3 on AKA rubber was phenomenal all day!
1/8 Scale Expert Buggy Results:
1. Lucas Sanford (Kyosho)
2. Don Vinkemulder (TLR)
3. Jaime Boquiren (Mugen)
1/8 Scale Truggy
For both qualifiers of Truggy, I opted for a set of Soft AKA GridIron IIs tires, and it was a good choice. I had the wet track in Q1, and the truck was pushing a little bit everywhere. I had a great battle with Boquiren, swapping the lead back and forth. Midway thru the race, I cleared the center table-top jump, but the truck landed on all fours, bottomed out, and flipped over on its lid. I needed a marshal, but Boquiren had a bad landing on the big jump right behind me and also needed a marshal. I ran mistake free the rest of the race and was able to take the first round TQ.
I had the dry track in Q2, and just like in the buggy race, lap times were better. I had made a couple of minor setup changes to alleviate the push, and the truck felt much better. I had another great battle with Boquiren, but was able to race clean and increase my lead. Late in the race, Boquiren suffered a servo failure and had to retire. I finished with a comfortable lead, and took the win.
My Kyosho ST-RR Evo 2 on AKA rubber was pretty good after the setup changes. I need to make another minor setup change or two to get some more steering, but otherwise the truck felt fantastic.
1/8 Scale Truggy Results:
1. Lucas Sanford (Kyosho)
2. Jaime Boquiren (Mugen)
Radio duties for both cars were handled by the KO EX-1 KIY transmitter and KR-413FH receiver. Both cars were equipped with the KO BSX2 Response H.C. servo for throttle, and the KO RSX2 Power H.C. servo for steering.
Thank you to Heritage RC Park, to track manager Gil Alontaga and the entire track crew. A brand new layout is going in for Round 2 on August 8, so it should be fun!