The 2017 Top Gun Shootout has evolved into one of the So Cal’s best race of the year with some of the nation’s top drivers in attendance for 2017. Entries were in the 280 range making for an ultra-competitive race on the famous high-bite clay track. The layout was fun and had great flow with tough jump sections that required focus and timing. Thanks to Travis Brock and the entire SDRC crew for all of their hard work providing a great race event, facility, and track.
It was a gutsy performance by the JConcepts Super Duo, AE/JConcepts’ Spencer Rivkin and Ryan Cavalieri, as there were able to finish 1st and 2nd on the podium of the highly contested 2wd Modified class. Cavalieri went on to win A1, but rising to the challenge, Spencer Rivkin took the win in A2. The ultimate showdown was set for A3 as the two aces put on an amazing show for the crowd. Through 5 minutes of nose-to-tail racing, Spencer crossed the line 1st and took the overall victory. Jake Mayo finished 3rd making the fast top 3 podium. Also, congrats other JConcepts notables for making the A-Main at the Top Gun Shootout like Broc Champlin who finished 4th, Tommy Hinz 6th, Matthew Gonzales 7th, Kamryn Ayers 8th, Kyle Layton 9th, and Brent Thielke 10th.
Once again, the Ryan Cavalieri and Spencer Rivkin show were in full effect during the 4wd Modified class. Spencer took the win in A1 and Ryan won A2 to force another intense A3 showdown. Ultimately, Spencer would finish ahead of Ryan by .6 seconds in a thriller of a race where both drivers duked it out for the entire 5 minutes. Jake Mayo finished 3rd in a near identical podium shot in 2wd.