The 2015 North Carolina SCT Challenge Series wrapped up August 8th at MXRC Raceway in Siler City, NC. The 8th and final race featured a lot of tight battles as several positions were separated by a single point. The competition was intense as everyone was scrambling to secure as many points as possible in the series finale.
In the 4WD SCT Division, I had already secured a 2nd place finish so I was able to use the race as an opportunity to test out my new Tekno SCT 410.3 Truck and work out some kinks. The truck was handling great and I was in 2nd place until an issue with my ESC tripped me up in the first of double A-Mains. It was an ironic but fitting end, since I pulled out my TLR SCTE 2.0 to finish the series. The TLR truck was responsible for the majority of points I collected during the series so it was only fitting that I crossed the finish line for the last time with my SCTE 2.0.
I also competed in the 2WD SCT and E-Buggy divisions; in both divisions I needed a strong finish because at the beginning of the day I was on the outside looking in at a podium finish. I had solid races but it wasn’t until all the points were tallied up that I knew I had secured a spot on the podium. In the 2WD SCT, I finished the series 5th overall with my Pro-Line PRO-2 SC Truck after jumping 3 spots in the final race and winning a tie-breaker for that final podium position. I also narrowly squeezed onto the podium in the E-Buggy division with another 5th overall finish.
I was extremely happy to reach the podium in all three of the divisions I entered; the NC SCT Series featured several different challenges as I traveled to tracks throughout North and South Carolina that I had never raced at before. Due to the amount of travel involved, I rarely got to practice on the tracks before the start of the race so I was constantly learning and adjusting on the fly.
It was my first time participating in the NC SCT Challenge Series and I am definitely happy with the results which were only possible through all the support from Pro-Line Racing, Bullit R/C Hobby Shop – Raleigh, NC, Boca Bearings, Xpert Servos, and Maclan (formerly Viper). I would also like to thank Sire Screen Printing for providing me with t-shirts and helping me race in style. I am already looking forward to the 2016 series and using the experience I gained over the past 5 months at future events and races.
Products used during the series –
Boca Bearings – Green Seal Bearings
Viper – ESCs (VTX8, VTX10R ‘BE’) and Motors (VST 7.5 ‘BE’, VF8 1900kv)
Expert Servos – SI-4431 and SI-4531