By Mike Garrison
Race Report from Team Associated:
Photos courtesy of Kyle McBride. Thanks to Kyle McBride for this report.
Over the weekend we attended the third and final round of the Australian Nationals Series. After already winning the first two rounds, I was looking forward to securing the final victory to take the overall series with my Team Associated B3.1!
The organizers in Townsville had put in an amazing effort with a brand new pitting facility, drivers stand, and a fresh track for us to run on. Arriving at the track Thursday, we had two practice rounds to get used to the layout and prepare for qualifying to begin Friday morning.
Friday came and it was perfect weather with five rounds to be completed throughout the day. My Team Associated B3.1 was working great on the track. I had a few unlucky qualifiers but took three out of the five rounds on Thursday to sit TQ before the final round on Saturday morning.
Come Saturday morning, my car was feeling really strong from the night before and I was confident to take the final round and secure the Top Qualifying position. I did just that with a fantastic run in round six to take the TQ.
Sunday arrived and we had some warm weather ahead of us for the the finals day. We had a semi practice before our semi final; my car felt great, and I had all confidence going into the semi final then the long, 1-hour A final. The track was really starting to form a groove with the hot weather. I got off to a fantastic start and began to gap the field. I had one crash which had the second-place driver right behind me in the beginning, but with my awesome runtime I was able to pit one less stop than anyone else and drove my Team Associated RC8B3.1 to a five-lap victory to take the 2018 Australian Nationals Series Championship! It was a fantastic result for me, and my package continues to get better and better at each race I attend.