The 2017 Palmetto Classic drew over 200 racers from several states so the competition was very high. Once again Brent Densford and the Beach RC crew put on an amazing event and designed a fun track that had great flow.
I spent Friday practicing and originally planned to run three buggy classes; however, I unfortunately miscalculated my tire inventory and had to scale back to only two buggy classes. I settled on four classes in total, I ran 13.5 and Mod 4WD Buggy along with 2WD and 4WD Short Course.
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There is no way Beach RC is not world famous for hospitality and giving racers a great time. With a little over 200 entries, the Palmetto Classic was another great example of a well-executed event. Team Pro-Line made up many of those entries and would walk away with great results.
This tight, indoor track featured a more technical style layout, that was had plenty of traction come race day.
The wet and cold clay was ideal the Pro-Line’s MC compound, and was the choice for most team drivers throughout the weekend. Forward bite was a necessity, and the Pro-Line Positron was a perfect choice for both buggies. Drivers would choose between Electrons, Transistors, and everything in between for the front tires. On the trucks, Electrons were by far the fastest tire.
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This past weekend was the official start of the outdoor season with Thunder Alley Raceway (Wilson, NC) hosting their Season Opener Trophy race. After a year hiatus from Thunder Alley, the 2WD SCT class was offered again which meant I got to run my Pro-Line PRO-2 SCT.
The PRO-2 ran primarily indoors throughout 2016 on high-bite clay tracks so a few adjustments were required. After a couple practice laps, I felt comfortable with the truck and my Tire selection (Pro-Line Hole Shots). Qualifying went extremely smooth, as I was able to keep everything clean.
My Pro-Line PRO-2, TQ’ed the 2WD SCT division as the truck as able lapping the field en route to winning both qualifiers. Read the rest of this entry »
After a strong first practice run (45th) in Expert E-Buggy, the rest of the day was rough and carried over into day two. In each E-Buggy qualifier, I dropped further down the board (58th, 74th and 66th), which put me in the H-Main. I don’t want to make any excuses, I pushed too hard and made too many errors to qualify in the upper half of the Expert E-Buggy Division. I also need to get the mental aspect in check because my racing has struggled to start off the New Year. Instead of having fun, relaxing and focusing on racing lines, I am constantly dwelling on results and trying to justify that the team managers who selected me didn’t make a mistake. I believe I finally, snapped out of it on the third day of Motorama and was able to get on the driver stand and have fun again and enjoy guiding my buggy around the track instead of constantly worrying.
Kevin Ran Pro-Line Fugitive Lites on his E-Buggy Read the rest of this entry »
I traveled north to “The Track” in Gaithersburg, Maryland to attend my first ROAR race. While I faced a series of unfortunate events and struggles in my other classes, I was able to TQ in the 4WD SCT division after two 1st place finishes in the shortened race program.
Kevin Ran Pro-Line M4 Electrons on his 4WD SCT
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I just wanted to say thank you for all your support in 2016 and helping make it a successful year that was filled with a lot of good memories.
Once again thank you for all your support and allowing me the opportunity to represent your Pro-Line Racing.
I took home two Fall Brawl belts from this year’s race. The event has become one of the largest outdoor RC races on the east coast with over 570 entries and featured a majority of the top racers. Every class was stacked so I am very happy with my finishes and hope I can use the experience to gain confidence and continue improving as a racer.
Pro-Line Electrons (MC) / Pro-Line Holeshots (M4 and M3) / Pro-Line Fugitive (X4)
Pro-Line Fusion SCT / Pro-Line Type-R Buggy
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Continued my trek around the region; this weekend took me to Mooresville, NC for Speed RC’s Thanksgiving Classic race. In order to maximize my track time and justify my travel, I entered three classes; 4WD Buggy, 4WD and 2WD Short Course Trucks. I was close to reaching the podium in all three classes but fell just a little short. I ended up with TQ and 2nd place in 4WD SCT, 3rd place in 4WD Buggy and just shy of the podium in 2WD SCT with a 4th place finish.
Speed RC utilizes the same clay as Beach RC allowing me to run the same setups and tire combinations on all my vehicles as the previous weekend.
I ran Pro-Line Electrons (MC) on my Trucks and Positrons (MC) on the rear of my Buggy with Electrons (MC) up front. Read the rest of this entry »
This past weekend I participated in Beach RC’s 2nd Annual Masters of the Dirt Race, which drew close to 250 entries. I finished on the podium in both 4WD SCT and 2WD SCT with a pair of 4th place finishes.
In 2WD SCT, I raced my Pro-Line PRO-2 SC Truck to 4th overall after qualifying in the same position. The 2WD SCT A-Main was the last race for me and it was a good way to end the Masters of the Dirt since the racing was clean. I used Pro-Line M4 Electrons on my PRO-2 truck, which I felt provided the best traction for the 2WD SCT. I had to make a last minute adjustment right before the start of the qualifiers as my gear diff had issues and I had switch it out for an MIP ball diff. It was my first time using a ball diff in my PRO-2 so there was a bit of a learning curve. I had to relearn the tendencies of the truck and what kind of throttle was required to consistently clear the jumps. My truck is powered by the Maclan MMR 8.5T motor and a Venom 4500mAh short pack the combination provided plenty of speed.
The MC Positrons were the tire of choice in all the Buggy classes. Read the rest of this entry »
The Thunder Alley’s Super 7 Series wrapped up on October 15th with the seventh and final race. I am very pleased with the results, as I was able to win the series with my HB D815-E and a respectable 2nd overall finish in 4WD SCT.
I had already used my two drops so the final race was ultimately a make or break race for the entire series. Due to a volunteering commitment, I arrived late and missed the first heat. To compound arriving late and not logging any practice laps, I was greeted with a new layout as well. I felt I was in survival mode as I attempted to quickly learn the new layout, I was able to qualify 3rd overall, which was a surprise since I only had two heats to sort things out. Read the rest of this entry »