Tekno RC factory team driver Joe Bornhorst attended 1/8 Scale Winter Midwest Champs at CRCRC, Ohio. With a total of 196 total entries, Joe managed to sweep all three classes, TQing and winning e-buggy, nitro buggy and nitro truggy, making it a perfect trifecta weekend! Here is a report from Joe:
“This weekend I traveled a couple of hours southwest to the annual CRCRC event, the Midwest Champs. For this race, I did my normal three classes of ebuggy, nitro buggy, and nitro truggy.
On Friday morning we were greeted with a great facility and track provided by Curt Schlichter and the rest of the Ohio RC Factory crew. For the practice day, I took my time and focused on track time because the track conditions are much different than any other race held there. Once we got into the afternoon, I started to make a couple small changes, tried some different Pro-Line tires and just ran through all of my cars and got comfortable. Once I had my mind made up on tires and I was comfortable with the track, we called it a day and went to get some dinner and sleep.
For this year’s race, they decided to change it up a little bit and go with rocket round qualifying rather than the normal qual point style that we see at most nitro races. For the first round, I had clean runs in all three classes and grabbed the top spot early. Round two of qualifying went pretty much the same, I had three more clean runs and improved my time in all classes. For round three, I started to look toward the mains a little bit and tried a little bigger pin on both nitro classes and broke in a set of tires for the ebuggy. In ebuggy, I had a little bit of a rough run, and teammate Dylan Gerard was on point. He had a good run and came super close to snatching away my TQ, coming up just a half of a second short. For the nitro classes, the bigger pin Blockade tires were really good, and I was able to keep my TQ’s and felt comfortable for the mains the following day.
Since ebuggy was a 10 minute sprint main, right at the tone I started to go as fast as I could and runaway from the pack. About 5 minutes in, I had about a half lap lead and put it on cruise control. I held the lead at about 10 seconds and brought it home with a good win to start out the day.