By Aaron Waldron
Race report from JConcepts:
The opening round of the "JConcepts Super Cup" kicked off the 2016 season with a bang as 297 entries made their way to the newly renovated Beachline Raceway. Beachline Raceway is located in Cocoa, FL and is quickly becoming one of the nicest indoor R/C race facilities in the country.
The unique surface is sealed orange clay that provides amazing traction, low tire wear, and the consistence you need throughout an entire event. The fresh track layout provided a nice combination of speed, elevation, jumping, and technical precision.
Qualifying was stacked with amazing talent throughout the stock and mod classes, but it would be the main events that would provide all the action. Expert stock (17.5/blinky) got things rolling for the premier classes as newly signed AE young gun AJ Marasco would take his B5MCE from 6th on the grid straight to the front. After taking the lead on lap 6, AJ controlled the pace till the end for the overall win, Jeremy Harris and Alan Wight (TQ) would round out the 2nd & 3rd podium spots for a B5M sweep!
Next up was 2wd mod buggy; with a former World Champion, several A-main National & Worlds finalists, this was certainly the most competitive class of the weekend. The start of the race saw a 4-way breakaway with Billy Easton, JR Mitch, Daimon Borkowicz, and Paul Wynn until lap 4 when things started to heat up. Team Associated teammates Daimon and Paul moved into 2nd & 3rd after a mistake from JR, and on the very next lap Daimon took the lead from Billy after he made a small mistake. Daimon would lead for the next few laps over Billy, but Billy and Daimon would tangle on lap 11, this allowed Paul and JR to take over 1st and 2nd. Paul never looked back as he lead the remaining laps with his Reedy powered B5MCE, JR Mitch and Daimon Borkowicz would go on to finish 2nd & 3rd.
Expert Stock Truck (17.5/blinky) saw a great 3-way battle between Robert Molina (TQ), Team Associated's AJ Marasco, and Kyle Paquett. An early mistake by Robert dropped him back to 6th allowing AJ and Kyle to battle it out early as they exchanged the lead. Halfway through the race, AJ and his T5M took the lead and looked to cruise to an easy victory, but youngster Robert and his T5M put together some amazing laps to make a late race charge to finish only 1.6 secs back. AJ held on for the win with Robert 2nd and Kyle 3rd for another Team Associated podium sweep!
4wd Mod buggy was the last of the premier classes and it was Team Associated's Daimon Borkowicz putting together an amazing drive. Daimon and his Reedy powered B44.3 started from the TQ position, but was challenged early by JR Mitch. JR went for an aggressive jump pass early on lap 3, but it didn't work out and allowed Daimon to open up his lead for a wire to wire win.
Other notables: Team Associated vehicles won the Indi Stock class (no sponsor drivers allowed) with privateer Shad Galante (B5M), the Expert Stock SCT with privateer Robert Molina (SC5M), and 2wd 40+ with privateer Bart Collins (B5M).
Special thanks to Beachline Raceway, the track crew, and JConcepts for the amazing Super Cup Series.