JConcepts is victorious in twelve of the fourteen classes at the 2012 Clash.
The 2012 JConcepts Clash as come to a close and once again it was an exciting event for racers and spectators alike. The 6th year of the Clash, where Nitro and Electric classes run on the same weekend proved this event gets better and better every year. Hosted by Flowood RC Indoor Park located just outside Jackson Mississippi, for the first time outside Florida and indoors.
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Ryan Maifield was able to hold on to his titles winning all three classes he participated in. Ryan secured his victories in Mod Buggy running JConcepts Bar Codes front and rear by winning A1 and A2. Ryan’s B4.1 was equipped with the new JConcepts Front and Rear Hex Adapters, Aluminum Wing Mount, Aluminum Bell Crank and the new Carbon Fiber Battery Strap. Ryan also finished his overal victory in Mod Short Course in A2 earlier in the day. His SC10 running Double Dees up front and Bar Codes in the rear was unstoppable. Ryan went on to dominate the 30 minute 1:8th Expert Buggy A Main after his closest competition ran into trouble. In the end Maifield took the win by four laps from Jason Smith with Top Qualifier Dustin Evans recovering from two engine flame-outs to complete the podium. Top Five in the Nitro A Main were running the new JConcepts Stackers Tires.
Pleased with his weekend in Mississippi, Ryan flew out Monday straight to Argentina for the 1:8 Buggy World Championship warm-up race. Maifield said he had expected a tougher race in the 1:8 Expert Buggy Class. Having worked on his RC8.2′s set-up throughout the weekend he said it was ‘dialed’ in the final, which was proven with a 20.594 lap, the fastest of the race.
Running one less stop than Maifield, Jason Smith was delighted with second spot as he held off factory TLR driver Evans by 4 seconds. Competing in his fifth JConcepts Clash, the North Carolina driver benefited from being able to get 10-minutes between stops. Suffering from brake fade for much of the run he said knowing he had the buffer of one less stop than his rivals he was able to work around the problem.
With the 1:8 Nitro Buggy final out of the way the schedule moved on to the 3rd round of mains for the electric classes. With Maifield having wrapped up the two higher profile classes of the event, 2WD Buggy and 2WD Short Course, A3 was all about deciding who was going to be runner-up. First up was 2WD Buggy which with Maifield sitting the race out had Evans at the front of the grid but the race was to produce no less than four different leaders with Evans, Ruona, Denney and Flurer all getting to run out front it ended up being Dustin Evans also running Bar Codes front and rear who secured second overall ahead of Flurer. Evans also went on to win A3 of 2WD Short Course with his 22SCT running Bar Code Rears Double Dees Fronts but it was JR Mitch on the same tires who finished overall runner-up on a tie break.
The Stock Classes also had some exciting racing. New Comer Landen Lewis was able to take the victory in Sportsman 1:8 Truck and took the Second spot in Sportsman 1:8 Buggy. Dave Duncan drove his JConcepts equipped T4.1 to victory. Dave really liked all the new JConcepts Aluminum Accessories and said he felt a huge difference with the JConcepts Steering Bell Cranks on his T4.1.
In Stock Buggy, Michael Guzman wrapped up the victory in A2 with William Ables taking 2nd overall. 10 year old Austin Venezia held on to the third spot with John Bernard Jr and Marcus Black rounding out the podium.
Stock Truck was all Dave Duncan. Dave was able to secure the victory in A2 but he had his work cut out for him in A1. Austin Venezia gave Dave a run for his money in A1 finishing just 2 seconds behind. Austin was able to come back and win A3 securing his second place spot. Jonathon Paulk, Alan Wight and TJ Pollack rounded out the podium in the Stock Truck Class.
Open Truck had Team Associated Team Manager taking the overall victory by winning A1 and A2. Brent’s T4.1 was equipped with the new JConcepts Finnisher Body, New Hex Wheels and Bar Codes gave the grip Brent needed to dominate the class. Tanner Denney almost had Brent in A2, finishing less than a second behind. Tanner went on to win A3 to secure the second spot. Daimon Borkowicz, Zack Genova and Don Knapp rounded out the podium.
Pro 4 Short Course was dominated by MIP’s Matthew Olson. Matthew running JConcepts Pressure Points on his MIP Pro4mance equipped Losi Ten-SCTE was able to secure the top spot winning A1 and A2. Max Flurer was a close second in A2, Max went on to win A3 to secure the second spot on the podium. Kevin McCoy, Blake Boggs and Jeffery Fleckenstein rounded out the Pro 4 Podium.
In 4WD Buggy JConcepts’ founder Jason Ruona battled his way to victory ahead of A2 winner Denney as he repeated his A1 win in A3 while Max Flurer completed the overall Top 3 all running JConcepts Bar Codes front and rear. Steve Bortolotti and David Gibson rounded out the top five.
Martin Harrison dominated the 1:8 eTruggy class. Martin was able to win A1 and A2 to secure the top spot running JConcepts Hybrids on the Elevated Wheel. Spencer Glasgow was a close second and winning A3 secured is number two position. Matt Gorrell, John Bernard Jr and Nathan Harrison rounded out the top five.
Matthew Olson also went on to win the Pro Lite 17.5 Short Course Class. Matthew was out front all day running JConcepts Bar Codes. Dave Duncan held on to the second place spot with Michael Guzman a close third. MIP’s Eustace Moore took the fourth place spot and Brian Abbott finished fifth overall.
Pro 2 Modified Short Course had Ryan Maifield sailing to victory winning A1 and A2. TLR’s JR Mitch and Dustin Evans battled it out for the second place spot. JR took second in A1 and A2 but Dustin came back and won A3, with the tie breaker going to JR Mitch. Max Flurer finished in the fourth spot and Daimon Borkowicz finished fifth.
In 1:8 eBuggy our biggest class at this year Clash, JConcepts Team Driver Max Flurer running JConcepts Hybrids took the overall win just edging out Jake Dellinger. Brent Thielke took the third spot with Justin Cranford and William McIver rounding out the podium.
JConcepts Team Driver Nathan Harrison took the overall win in 1:8 Sportsman Buggy. Landon Lewis was a very close second battling out all race with Nathan. TQ Mitch Watson took third with Jason Coleman and Kevin Hudgins rounding out the podium.
The 2012 Clash would not be possible with the help of our great sponsors and staff. Thanks to Nick Black for a very smoothly run program. Thanks to our sponsors, Team Associated, Reedy, LRP, AMain Hobbies, P1 Brand, Futaba, O’Donnell, Team Durango, Airtronics, Viper and of course JConcepts for the great prizes and support. Flowood RC Indoor Park for the great facility and track. Marc Beck and his crew for a great track build and especially Bubba Barham, manager of FRC for his amazing hospitality and facility. We also like to thank Eoghain and Oisin from RedRC.net for the great photos and reports from the track and also Jeremy with RCInsider.com for his reports from the track.
Also a special thank you to Mike Darnell of Mike’s Hobby Shop for all your help with LiveRC and the P1Brand track stencils.
If you missed out this year make sure you plan on attending next years event. The JConcepts Clash is one of the most unique RC events and one not to miss.
Visit RCinsider.com to read their reports from the event.
RedRC.net contributed to this report.
JConcepts Team Won With The Following Products:
#3017-01 Bar Codes 2.2″ buggy front wheel – Blue Compound
#3016-01 Bar Codes 2.2″ buggy rear wheel – Blue Compound
#3347 Mono – B4.1 | RB5 – 12mm hex front wheel
#3348 Mono – B4.1 | B44.1 | RB5 – 12mm hex rear wheel
#0212 Illuzion – B4.1 +8mm Finnisher worlds body
#0122 Illuzion – 6.5″ wide Hi-Clearance wing
#2091 12mm rear hex adaptor for B4.1, B44.1
#2135 12mm front clamping hex adaptor for B4.1
#2075 8/32″ locking wheel nut
#2159-1 B4.1, T4.1 aluminum wing / body mounts (Blue)
#2158 B4.1, T4.1 and SC10 aluminum steering bell-cranks
#2161 B4.1 +8mm Monroe Carbon Fiber battery brace
#3048-02 Hybrids 1:8 Buggy Tire Green Compound
#3065-01 Stackers 1:8 Buggy Tire Blue Compound
#0230 RC8.2 – Finnisher body
#2073 1/8th wheel nuts (fine thread)
#3043-01 Double Dees SCT Blue Compound
#3044-02 Bar Codes SCT Green Compound
#0222 Hi-Flow SCT body
#2134 12mm front clamping hex adaptor for SC10
#2081 12mm rear hex adaptor for SC10
#3344B Hazard – SC10 / SC10 4×4 – 3mm wider off-set – 12mm hex wheel
#2163 SC10 Monroe Carbon Fiber battery brace
#0235 Illuzion – T4.1 – Finnisher body
#3354 T4.1 Mono Hex Wheels
#3021-01 Bar Codes 2.2″ truck wheel Blue Compound
#3020-01 Bar Codes 2.2″ 4wd front wheel Blue Compound
#0213 Illuzion B44.1 Finnisher worlds body
#3348 Mono B4.1 | B44.1 | RB5 – 12mm hex rear wheel
#3349 Mono B44.1 – front wheel
#2167 8/32″ thin-pattern locking wheel nut – fits B44 front
#2160-1 JConcepts – battery hold down thumb / wrench nut
#2139 JConcepts – body clips – black
#3045-01 Hybrids Elevated, 1/8th truck tire
#3334 Elevated – 1/8th truck wheel Standard offset
#0096 Illuzion Mugen MBX6-T Punisher body
#0120B Punisher 1/8th wing, side dams and decal (Black)
#0239 Illuzion RC8.2e Finnisher body
#3048-01 Hybrids 1:8 Buggy Tire Blue Compound
#0113B Illuzion 1/8th buggy / truggy wing
#3062-02 Pressure Points 1/10 Truck Green Compound