On March 14th Bumps and Jumps RC in Etters, PA held the 2015 Electric Elite Challenge with 110 entries to closeout their indoor season. The fastest times of the year were laid down on the clay track and with the level of competition, no mistakes could be made. With the competition second to none and the on-site kitchen with the best food around for the racers, there was no reason to leave the facility where everyone brought their A-game. Drivers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia were all represented.
Pro-Line drivers, Jason and Ethan Mackanick were in attendance running the competitive 4WD Mod SCT class with their Xray XB4 4wd Modified Buggies. The buggies were both equipped with 2.4″ MC compound Transistor tires on the front, 2.4 MC compound Electron tires on the rear and the latest 1/10th Trifecta wing.
With 28 entries again this week, the 4wd modified buggy class was tied for the largest class at the event with the 2wd modified buggy class. Round number 1 was a throw out where there would be a failure of his front pinion gear in the gear differential assembly. Thanks to Jason Spangler for having the part on hand, the car was ready for round number two. Coming out on fresh tires with both cars, it took about 3 rounds of use until the buggies started to settle into their top fashion. After three rounds of qualifying, Ethan would put his Xb4 buggy on the 9th qualifying spot or first in the B-Main. Jason started 5th in the B-Main. Only two drivers would bump to A-main to round out the feature event of a total of 10 drivers. Ethan would put on a blistering run in the B-main putting a lap on the field. Jason would just miss the transfer spot to the A-Main for third place behind the Altoona, PA veteran racer of Ed Toth.
The 10 minute A-Main with the top drivers from the Northeast would be an exciting show to watch in the fastest class of the day. Starting from the number 9 position on the grid, Ethan would immediately drive around the confusion on the first lap up to the number 4 position. For the next few laps he would begin to chase down the top three of Jamie Grayek, and Team Associated’s Mike Gay and Ken Garner. Mike Gay would begin to have problems making a clean run through the rumble strip section of the track and Ethan was able to make a clean pass for third place and set his sights on Garner for the number position. As he reeled in the front drivers of Grayek and Garner, Grayek would make a mistake at the end of the front stretch double coming into an immediate right hand corner which would let Garner takeover the lead with Ethan in chase. Ethan would lay down the fastest lap time in the race with a 15.96 seconds at 3/4 point of the race while putting on the attack on Garner. With two laps to go, both drivers were running nose to tail and Garner was keeping the door closed on every inside corner. Ethan would try twice to make the air pass over the biggest jump on the track only to send the vehicle like a rocket too far into the sky to be able to capitalize on the move. Looking in hindsight on the way home, the lesson learned this week was to try and make the pass where his car was noticeably faster on the back stretch into the large right hand sweeper where he wheeled the car like a 410 sprint car going into the corner with no fear or any thought of ever lifting off the throttle.
Pro-line teammates were represented in two other classes at the event also. Devin Chesney dominated the 4wd SCT class in usual fashion to take the A-main feature win. Shaun Duffy and Jason Miller represented the team in the 2wd SCT Modified class with their 5th and 10th place respective finishes in the their A-main features.
The Trifecta Wings are still holding up strong after another weekend of use in the 1/10th buggy class.
Thanks to Chris McKinney at Bumps and Jumps for providing the highest level in 1/10th offroad competition in the state, Jason Spangler for the differential pinion gear, support from LCRC Raceway‘s Kevin and Christa, and Pro-Line’s continued production of the highest quality standard products for competition and their unparalleled support and sales teams.
– Jason Mackanick