Over the weekend of Feb. 4th, Lake Park played host to the 2nd round of the JConcepts 2017 Spring Super Cup Series and it was nothing short of spectacular. The event was a fusion of ‘New School’ meeting ‘Old School’ as Lake Park once upon a time hosted one of the biggest races in the United States that saw roots dating back to the 80’s….. those referred to it as the Florida Winter Champs. Although the gear has changed with the advent of mid-motors cars, lipos, brushless motors, and modern tire technologies, Lake Park was transformed into a modern day classic for the weekend with over 250 entries.
Iconic for the red clay surface and great Florida winter weather, the Lake Park track crew, headed by long-time Florida native Ryan Eckert, did a fantastic job with track prep and layout. The layout was awesome and consisted of a great mix of jumps, elevation changes, and flow that resulted in a really fun track that was also a delight to race on.
One of the biggest factors that impacted racing was mother nature as the track and grip would evolve from the cold start of the day to face the beating heat of the sun midday. Later, racers would have to deal with the cold, slicker track conditions at night while racing under lights. The window of ‘dialed’ was constantly shifting throughout the day, but that is part of the beauty of outdoor racing and this track had it by the truck loads.
Complete results are available here. Just click on the link and head over to LiveRC.com’s results page and have a look at times, videos for other mains, and stats! Scroll down below to catch the podiums and all of the A-Main videos.
Traxxas Bigfoot A-main
1st – Jason Ruona
2nd – Dave Duncan
3rd – Garrett Benson
17.5 Independent Stock Buggy A-Main
1st – Ryan Harris
2nd – Joshua Alfro (left)
3rd – Tommy Allen
17.5 Expert Stock Buggy A-Main
1st – Jader Lopez
2nd – Daniel Chavez
3rd – Lee Setser
17.5 Independent Short Course A-Main
Modified Short Course A-Main
4×4 Modified Short Course A-Main
1st – Mitch Zeck
2nd – Ryan Harris
3rd – James Large
17.5 Independent Stock Truck A-Main
1st – Kenny Setser
2nd – Clayton Jett
3rd – Ryan Spriggs (right)
13.5 4wd A-Main
4wd modified saw the class TQ, TLR/JConcepts’ JR Mitch recover from an early mistake to recapture the lead and take the win. Making his way from 5th on the grid, AE/JConcepts’ Daimon Borkowicz would put in a terrific drive and minimalize his mistakes to find himself 2nd overall. Serpents’ Justin Fales would momentarily take over the lead, but would fall back to 3rd and secure his podium spot with a great drive on the challenging evening slick track.
40+ Open 2wd A-Main
2wd Modified A-Main
The 2wd modified A-main saw class TQ and 2nd place qualifier make contact in the 1st turn resulting in the two falling back in the pack. This gave way to AE/JConcepts’ Daimon Borkowicz to take the lead and check out from the field. The battle would be for 2nd and 3rd between AE/JConcepts’ Paul Wynn and Xray’s Landen Lewis. Nearing the end of the 5 minute main, Wynn would hold on to finish 2nd with Lewis finishing a very close 3rd.
Racing is special because of the people involved and thanks to all the racers for coming out and participating in the JConcepts Super Cup. Also, the dedication of the Lake Park R/C track crew can’t be thanked enough as they gave us an awesome place to hold a killer event. Thank you and see you at round 3!