VTA Racing Comes to Northern California
Poor weather conditions have kept many rc racers at home this winter. Luckily the skys parted on Saturday, March 5 and the racers came out! Speedworld Raceway located in Roseville, Ca. hosted their first VTA race of the year along with TC classes. Speedworld is a world class fascility that has hosted many top level events. With on site hobby shop and hotdog stand, there’s no reason to leave.
This being everyones first race, most racers spent the morning getting things figured out. Novak team driver Ed Whitecotton was on hand to help everyone get their Novak products up to speed. Speedworlds VTA director Nick McAlpin was helping racers with class rules and get in on a little racing himself.
Qualifing started out with a dominating performance by Novaks Ed Whitecotton taking all 3 qualifiers followed by Jay Cull and Nick McAlpin rounding out the top three in qualifing. This being the first race, some drivers were unable to get to the FDR needed to be competitve.
The Main was run in standard qualifing format. At the start a mistake in the first corner by Ed Whithecotton opened the door for Jay Cull to take off and streech a healthy lead, leaving everyone else to sort it out. As the clock wore down Ed was able to reel in Jay and some intense door to door racing began! Swapping positions several times within the same lap had the crowd on edge. A risky pass attempt by Ed gave Jay just enough breathing room to take the win by 1 sec!
At the end of the day some new rules were set to help level the field for all and make this a class one for anyone to jump in and enjoy RC racing.
For information on the up coming SpeedWorld VTA Series log onto Speedworldraceway.com.
In TC 17.5, a TQ battle was going on between local ace, Henry Turner and Novaks Ed Whitecotton. In seperate heats each driver had his own group of racers to contend with. Swapping TQ honors every round, Henry Turner ended the battle victorious. This proved to be the key to taking the win in the main as you could throw a blanket over the two drivers for the entire 6 minutes! Also of note in 17.5 TC was Alan Morte, this being his first race after a 5 year break, showed he has the skills to hang at the front, only a few “rusty” mistakes ruined his chances of hanging with the front runners.
photo vta2 podium left to right nick mcalpin, jay cull, ed whitecotton