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Pro-Line Driver Kevin Thomas Takes Home Some Serious Hardware at World of RC Parts Trophy Race

WorldofRCParts.com Trophy Race – Report

I had a really enjoyable weekend, as my 7-yr old son and I raced together at the WorldofRCParts.com’s trophy race. We ran a combined four classes, I ran E-Buggy, 2wd and 4wd SCT while my son raced Novice. It was definitely a busy and very tiring day but I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I collected four plaques: two 1st place plaques and a TQ and 2nd place plaque and my son came home with a 3rd place plaque.


It was a complete family adventure as my wife handled a significant portion of the pit crew aspects while also watching and caring for our 2-yr old daughter. We are hoping this weekend was a glimpse of what is to come and hope for many more family weekends at the track.


In the E-Buggy division, I grabbed TQ and the win with my XRAY XB8e. I made a few tweaks to the suspension prior to the race to account for the 90+ degree weather. The buggy responded really well and felt great the entire day, as I was able to win all three heats as well as the main. Due to the heat and blistering sun, the track dried out and the surface became very dusty. I enjoyed the loose conditions and drifting around the corners. It was a welcomed change from the high-bite, sugared tracks. I selected M3 Pro-Line Switchblades and even with the extreme heat, they held up great and provided excellent traction all day.


In 2wd SCT, I ran my Pro-Line PRO-2 truck and after qualifiers I sat third on the grid. I got off to a clean start in the main and was able to avoid some of the bumping and banging that plagued me during the qualifiers. I rely heavily on consistency and smooth runs as my pace does not allow me to throw down the fastest laps by any stretch of the imagination. I created a nice cushion and was comfortably in second with a minute left in the race. I won’t lie, I was gifted 1st place as TLR’s ultra fast racer, Luis Diego unexpectedly lost a wheel allowing me to slide up to 1st place where I would finish.


In 4wd SCT, I flirted with TQ but ultimately ended up as the second qualifier. In the main, after a few laps and the field settled in it was evident that I did not have the speed to push for the win. With the 8-minute main in scorching heat, I decided to pace the truck as I had a sizable gap on third and was not within striking distance of first. I felt the strategy paid off as several trucks ended up retiring early due to various reasons. I was able to finish out the race in 2nd place, reaching the podium in all three of the classes I entered.


I ran Pro-Line Calibers (M3) on both of my short course trucks and all my vehicles were powered with Maclan motors and Venom batteries.

I would like to thank XRAY / RC America, Maclan, Pro-Line, Venom, Xpert, Boca Bearings, BOOMrc, Sticky Kicks, and World of RC Parts in Wilson, NC for their continued support and allowing me to be a member of their teams!

Sponsored Products Used –


XRAY XB8e and Pro-Line PRO-2 SC


Maclan MR4 4150kv, MR8 1950kv, MRR 8.5T motors, Xpert SI-4431/SI-4531 Servos


Pro-Line Switchblades and Calibers (M3)


Venom 63000 mAh 70c 4s, 7200 mAh100c 2s and 4500mAh 100c 2s batteries


Boca Bearings Green Seals and GO Series


Pro-Line Flo-Tek and Fusion

Apparel and Decals

BOOMrc Shirt

Traction Compound

Sticky Kicks ‘Pink’