By: Chris Blais
Round 9 of the JBRL finals would be held at the home track “Hot Rod Hobbies”. For all large events the track here is run dry and Blue Groove. I made sure to order up a supply of Pro-Line X2 Compound Tires for all my race vehicles. The weather was great all weekend and never got above 80 degrees which really helped tire wear. I put as many batteries through my B44.2, Losi SCTE, and Losi 8ight 3.0 that I could on Friday practice.
In 4WD Buggy I was hooked up and fast with Pro-Line X2 Transistors on front and Pro-Line X2 Suburbs on back. This car was dialed the first Venom battery I ran though it with my Tekin RSX / 6.5 motor and Airtronics electronics. I was really comfortable and could drive the Wheels off it right away. In the 1st qualifier I would break and had to watch the race from the sidelines. In the 2nd qualifier I would put together a decent run and qualify 7th in the fast field. For the main event I was ready to go and got nailed in the back in the first turn when I checked up. I would be left there for awhile in last place then began my race. I caught up to the pack right away and starting picking guys off. I would make it up to the front group about mid race and it was on. I drove the wheels off my B44.2 and was able to finish 3rd place. I would finish up 5th Overall in this class for the 2014 season.
In Pro 4 I made a bunch of changes to my truck before the race including the 15-degree steering blocks. This really helped the truck be less sensitive but I spent most of the day changing my truck around to work with these steering changes. My first heat was a little slow and I was pretty far back in qualifying. I changed the truck again and my second heat was better setting me in 6th qualifying position. In the main event I would run a pretty clean race and come out with a 4th place finish for the day. I would finish up 7th Overall in Pro 4 for the 2014 JBRL season. I used Pro-Line X2 Suburbs 2.0 all around with Airtronics radio, Tekin RX8 Speed Control, Tekin Pro 4 Motor, and Venom 60c 5600 Batteries.
1:8 E-Buggy would be last on the list for the day. I was able to put together 2 solid qualifying runs with my Losi 3.0 buggy. I was on rails with my Pro-Line X2 Blockades all around and qualified 2nd. We started off our 10-minute main event and I was running really fast and clean. I would settle into 3rd position and would just hang around there most of the race. David Jensen made a couple of mistakes allowing me to catch up and battle with him for awhile until he went for the double and I was doing the triple. We collided in the air and I was forced to wait for him as it was my fault. Once he got back around I was going good until my batteries started to die with less than 1.5-minutes to go. I had my voltage limiter off so I was able to start cruising without the car shutting off. I was barely able to finish and still got 3rd! I would finish up the season in 3rd Place Overall in 1:8 E-Buggy. I was using Pro-Line X2 Blockades, Venom batteries, Airtronics Radio, and Tekin RX8 with T8I 1950 motor.
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By: Nick Blais
JBRL heads to the final round in Saugus, CA for Round 9. I headed up to the track early Saturday Morning being that I couldn’t make it up there on Friday after work. The full Blais racing crew would reunite after I missed the last event. After some well needed practice as I was pretty rusty. My vehicles were dialed on Pro-Line X2 compound tires. Matt Wallace even dialed me in with a tire called the Fugitive and those were the trick for the 1:8. The track was hooked up, very fast and consistent everywhere. It would be up to my venom/ Tekin powered cars to get me around the super fast track.
Qualifying went pretty smooth for me. I would put together some pretty fast runs but there would be just too close of racing to make it all the way to the top of the pack. My Pro-Line PRO-2 SC Truck would be my average run of the day with a mid pack qualifying position. I would settle for 4th pro 2 on the grid, 7th for 1:8 and 4th for pro 4.
Race 16 Pro 2 was off to another good start and I was running in a podium spot for a decent time and then the triple jump just kept getting me. Lap after lap that puppy got me and I would fall back and back. I made up a few spots as some trucks couldn’t take the beating that the Pro-Line PRO-2 SC Truck could. I would end up finishing up 6th place.
Race 20 Pro 4 was off to a smooth start for me. After a few laps in I was right there for the lead as Jenson went flying over the side of the triple and made me just a little off my line and on the gas late to make the next jump. After I was to get off line and trying to continue on I couldn’t get it back together and that pretty much put me in the back of the pack. I was to charge hard after that and come away with a 6th place finish.
Race 23 1:8 By this time it was getting dark out and the lights were on. This race started really good as I would get off the line fast and rail the outside of the turn and pass Casper. I would not push myself as I made a wide second turn and he snuck right back by. I would continue to follow as the triple jump started to play its toll on Casper. We went back and forth a few times but at the end I would not be able to better of a 6th place finish for the weekend.
At the awards ceremony at the end of all our racing season they would give out car/truck kits. Pro-Line was dishing out huge ($200) tire credits, venom was giving out batteries and best of all Jimmy was giving out payback for the top 5 racers. This is a pretty legit series (literally best in the business) if anyone new out there is wanting to give it a go.
I would like to thank Coyote Hobbies Raceway, Pro-Line, Venom, Airtronics, Tekin and Blais racing Services for all the support. It wouldn’t be possible without all the great sponsors out there! See you all next year!
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Pro 4 A Main at Hot Rod Hobbies Raceway Round 9 2014 JBRL Electric Series
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