By Tyler Hooks
Press Release from Maritime RC Raceway:
The 3rd race of the 4 race Maritime RC Offroad Series was held at Shady Pines Raceway, in Fredericton New Brunswick. Shady Pines is owned and operated by Mark Baird. Mark and his track crew (Gerald Fanjoy, Gregg Lawton, Cody Porter, Jason Sullivan, Terry Terris) did an excellent job of preparing the track for the race. On raceday the announcing was shared between Jordan Miles, Darren Scott, and Stephane Doucet. Stephane brought his lap counting system down from his track and George Thompson brought his rental transponders. The lunch bbq was put on by Mark’s daughter Shelby Baird. There were a lot of people involved to make the event successful, and the racers appreciate all the effort that went in to the event and preparations!
On raceday it became apparent that there were 2 distinct sections of the track with different grip levels. The sweeper and infield section before the doubles (near in above photo) was hard packed with light dust, while the back section (far in picture) seemed to be damp and had good grip. The track layout was deceivingly simple. The goal of the track design was to have a track where most racers could turn laps without crashes, but also to make it difficult to run the track fast to challenge even the best of drivers. The morning started cool and calm as shown in the track photo, but by mid-day the marshals ran for the shelter of the trees from the heat and sun with only the bravest venturing out to marshal the infield.
This race was well attended, with A & B heats in 4wd SCT and 1-8 buggy. 2wd buggy had enough entries for A, B, & C mains! Thanks to all the racers who traveled to the race and local racers who attended. Your participation made for an excellent race day!
The series sponsors donated lots of door prizes for the racers which were drawn after the racing was complete. Thanks to all the series sponsors for the Series, it is much appreciated by the racers.
As always, as race 3 of the 4 race Maritime Series the results of this race will be added to the overall 2019 Maritime RC Racing Offroad Series points.
The 2wd A-Main had a 7 car final. At the tone (as seen in the video) the top 5 broke away and had a clean first few laps with Kyle in the lead. Kyle would then have a few bad laps with bobbles and fell to as low as 6th, with David Jean taking the lead. The race would settle down with close racing until about 3 minutes to go. At that time David would crash in the Double section and this would allow Guillaume to take the lead and Gregg to sneak by into 2nd. Kyle would stay close to David and make the pass for 3rd with only 30 seconds remaining. The race would end with Guillaume having a consistent race to finish 1st, Gregg improving from his 5th place start to take 2nd, and Kyle recovering on the last lap for 3rd.
In 2wd SCT it was decided to race the trucks together in the largest final of the event. From the start of the race Kyle put on a racing clinic and lead the race from tone to tone, finishing about 1/2 a lap over 2nd. This left the remainder of the group to fight over the remaining podium positions. Jon Betts, who recently came out of retirement for this race, held 2nd spot until a bobble dropped him to the 3rd spot. Jeremy took advantage of the rusty driver and took over the 2nd spot for most of the race. Jon collected himself and fought off charges by Derek. With about 2 minutes to go Jon would make the pass on Jeremy and this time did not let it go. The race finished with Kyle 1st, Jon 2nd, and Jeremy 3rd.
4wd SCT A-Main: RESULTS
In 4wd SCT we welcomed Jordan Miles, who was vacationing in the Maritimes, to join us for the race. At the start of this race the top 3 would battle it out around the first few corners, which would allow Gregg Lawton to take advantage and work his way to 1st for a lap. The action was not over, as Jordan would take the lead for a lap before a bobble would drop him back to 3rd, this time allowing Jon Betts (back for the race) to take the lead. Jordan would eventually recover and work his way back to 1st. Gregg and Jon would then have a close back and forth battle for the 2nd spot for the rest of the race. When the race ended Jordan would finish 1st, Jon 2nd, and Gregg 3rd only 2 seconds behind Jon.
In 1/8 Buggy, David Jean had the hot setup for the track. He lead the race tone to tone with a very consistent race to finish 1st. Stephane also would prove to be a force on this track and would finish a solid 2nd. The battle in this race was for the 3rd spot on the podium. Mark McKinnon would have a chance at the 3rd spot for a lap, but a few slow laps dropped him to 5th for the race. Rene would then have a chance at the 3rd spot, but Dario would take the spot and run with it for a few laps. Rene would recover and take back the 3rd spot for the remainder of the race. Dario would chase and challenge for the spot, but just could not get it back and had to settle for 4th.
In 1/8 Truggy, Guillaume Berube was having a great day. He had the hot setup in truggy, lead the race tone to tone, finished 1st, and had the fastest lap of the race. The battle was for the remaining spots on the podium. Rene would start the race in 2nd and hold the spot until the 4 minute mark. Early in the race Derek Bain would jump up from his 4th place starting spot to get into the 3rd spot before a mechanical failure would cause him to drop out. Stephane would then take the 3rd spot with his eye on Rene in 2nd. At the 4 minute mark Stephane would charge into the 2nd spot. Rene would apply pressure but had to settle for the 3rd spot only 2 seconds back from 2nd.