By Aaron Waldron
Race report from Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series:
The PROTOform Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series Round 4 flew into the beautiful Pacific island town of Victoria (Sidney), British Columbia for Speed Weekend! Hosted by IROCC, the team of volunteers led by track builder extraordinaire Craig Roberts put down yet another great track! High speed and flowing, it put the focus on the racing, while the brand new spec tire, the Sweep QTS-32 BK (Black Carpet edition) provided the perfect tire for the high grip, fast layout. With racers flying in from all over Western Canada and the northern US, it was once again a great event! To top it all off, Motive RC sponsored the WCICS Live coverage streaming all weekend long! Huge thanks to Blake Bell, Luke Pittman, Craig Roberts, Neil Johnson providing tech all weekend, and the entire RD and track building crew, this was just an amazing weekend!
RC America/XRay TC Mod: Team Awesomatix's Wayne Mah, last year's TC Mod Champion, is currently on a perfect streak of TQ's and Wins, and lands in Victoria and continues to tear it up! Setting a fast TQ over a great field, edging out Team Ray's Korey Harbke and Team XRay's Luke Pittman. Wayne then went on to a perfect double win, to watch the battle for the rest of the podium in A3. Dave Ehrlick would drive his XRay T4 to the win in R3, and end up 2nd overall, with Korey completing the podium.
Team Great Hobbies TC Stock: As if dominating TC Mod wasn't enough, Team Awesomatix's Wayne has done exactly the same in Stock. Last year's champion is on a perfect streak, and he three-peated in Victoria! But this time Team XRay's Luke Pittman would make him work hard for it, pushing Wayne to the end every round, and taking the win in R2, would put him 2nd overall. Dave Ehrlich with two second place finishes would take third overall.
Blinds Plus Tamiya Mini: Calgary's Sammy Lee would set TQ, and win R1, but then Dustin Quanstrom would take the R2 win. In the final showdown, Sammy took the win and the top trophy, with Dustin second, and Calgary's Ian Buchan taking his first WCICS podium. Congrats Ian!!!
ATD Hobbies Scale Spec: With a great turnout for this fun class, Calgary's Dwayne Flodell would dominate the show, TQ and winning the first 2 rounds just ahead of Sammy Lee who won R3. B.C.'s Brent Wende would finish third overall with a combined 2nd in R1, and 3rd in R3.
CRC 12th Stock: In the biggest class of the weekend was definitely the most exciting! In one of the qualifiers, the top 6 drivers would run the full 8 minutes with never more than a 1.5sec spread from top to bottom! Team CRC's Adam Balk from North Dakota would take TQ, but Team Roche Racing's Brian Bodine from Washington would snatch the R1 and R2 wins. Race organizer and RD, former Canadian National Champion, and Team XRay driver Blake Bell would qualify 2nd, finish 2nd in R2 & R3, and take home the second place trophy (that he ordered, lol). Adam would suffer tough luck in the mains, with a 2nd and a 3rd, putting him in 3rd on the podium. All of them stood proud at the end having put on a show with some amazing racing!
Reedy 12th Mod: In the fastest class of the weekend, Washington's Team XRay driver Korey Harbke and fellow Team XRay member Blake Bell would battle it out, but Korey would set TQ, and take R1 & R2 wins, with Blake taking the R3 win and 2nd overall. Team Associated's young and upcoming star Stuart Mason from Washington did a simply amazing job, with a 2nd place in R2, and a 4th in R1, it would come down to a tie-breaker on point with local Track Builder and pan car driver extraordinaire Craig Roberts, with Stuart standing on the podium in third after the accounting was done. Great job Stuart in what I believe is also his first WCICS podium!!!
Gripworks F1: Ed Mardones would drive his Marlboro McLaren to TQ, cut would have to fight for the trophy after a 6th in R1, which was won by Calgary's Sammy Lee. But fight he did, with a 2nd and 1st securing him the top podium spot. Penticton's Colin Roussel would win R2, and with his 2nd place in R1, would come down to a tie-breaker decision with Ed, but ultimately end up on the 2nd spot. Sammy Lee, with a 3rd in R3, finished on the last step of the podium, but still got to taste the champagne!
PROTOform Concourse was awarded to Doug Smith, with a very white/blue angles theme. All 3 top picks received a PROTOform body with which to create their next masterpiece.
Thank you IROCC for once again hosting the PROTOform WCICS series in Victoria! We look forward to Round 5 in Regina, Saskatchewan, hosted by Fastraxx on Feb 2nd! Full Results check www.wcics.ca/results.php, photos and series standings available at www.wcics.ca or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wcics/