By Tyler Hooks
Announcement from PROTOform:
The PROTOform Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series Round 4 arrived at the ocean side city of Victoria, British Columbia. Local club IROCC hosted an amazing race, with a team of volunteers in the familiar Mary Winspear Center, complete with an Aaron Pritchett country music concert next door! Hold my Beer!!!
PROTOform Concourse was awarded to Nick Keown for his 12th scale, Corey Harbke for his TC Stock and Brent Wende for his USGT. All 3 top picks receive a PROTOform body to create their next masterpiece with.
RC America/XRay TC Mod: Sometimes qualifying works like an exact science, and last year’s champion Wayne May took a solid TQ and back to back wins, looking strong again with his new Associated! XRay’s Korey Harbke battled with fellow XRay team mates Luke Pittman and Black Bell, splitting the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishes across the rest of the rounds, with Luke and Korey having an awesome battle in R3, swapping the lead back and forth with Luke taking it at the end. When the dust settled, it was Wayne Mah, Korey Harbke, and Luke Pittman on the podium.
Team Great Hobbies TC Stock: Edmonton’s Ryan Berry dominated qualifying with his Awesomatix, but in the mains he succumbed to the first lap curse, catching a board in all 3 mains. But his car was so dialed, he was able to come from the back and win R1 and R3, taking the overall win. Calgary’s Sammy Lee capitalized on Ryan’s error and won R2. XRay’s Korgae Scales took 3rd with a solid 2nd and 3rd place finishes.
ATD Hobbies Tamiya Mini: Chuck de Belen took TQ and back to back wins, for a solid stamp on the Mini class. Howard Scott took the R3 win, and second place overall. Young Cole Chura would swap 3rd place finishes with Stephen Wilke, with Cole taking the final podium spot.
Blinds Plus Scale Spec: With another great turnout for this fun class, Calgary’s Sammy Lee took TQ and wins in R1 & R3. BC’s Dustin Quanstrom would win R2, with second place finishes in the other 2 mains, and second place overall. Concourse winner Brent Wende drove his beautiful Scale Spec to double third place finishes, and a solid 3rd spot on the podium.
CRC 12th Stock: Always one of the biggest classes in Victoria, former Canadian National Champion Blake Bell put on a racing clinic, TQ and back to back wins. California’s Tim Copp would finish just 3 sec behind in R1, run into trouble in R2, but come back and win R3 for second overall. Victoria’s own young driver Dalyn Staniforth, with back to back 2nd places in R2 & R3, would take the final podium place.
Reedy 12th Mod: Team XRay drivers Korey Harbke and Blake Bell had an epic back and forth battle, with Victoria’s own former Canadian National Champion Blake setting TQ, but Korey taking the R1 win, with Team Associated’s Wayne Mah taking 2nd and Black 3rd. In R2, The Bell Strikes Back! So the showdown was set for R3, when Korey would slowly pull away, leaving Blake to battle with Wayne, eventually taking a 2nd, and Wayne 3rd, which is how they would also stand on the final podium.
Gripworks F1: With Alex of Gripworks setting up his mobile store at the event, parts and equipment was there for all racers. Sammy Lee, however, didn’t need anything extra to secure his TQ and win of F1, with Ed Mardones finishing a solid second, and Dan Cuglietta coming in 3rd.
Live stream of all the action can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU9dxlR9fhZ6xesdOIlWrHg
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 February 8th.