2013 Tiltyard World Championship – Dayton, VA – 8/24 & 8/25
The weekend didn’t start out so great as rain washed out Friday practice on my 43rd birthday. Homer Allman had a mix of wood chips and sawdust brought in from a local mill which was spread atop the entire track. Once run in, the track offered amazing grip for four rounds of high speed qualifying on Saturday. My 811TE was TQ after 1st round with 17/7:05 which held until the 3rd round as the track got faster and faster. The bearing in my P5 let go in the first minute of round 3 and I was off to the pits to replace the engine while dropping to 5th in qualifying. With a fresh Bonito I hit the track during a break for a tune and to test the Holeshots, the truck was dialed and I knew I had a shot at TQ. In the 4th round, the truck was flawless and I was fortunate enough to put in a perfect drive setting the new TQ of 18/7:14…fastest qualifier across all four nitro and electric classes.
For Sunday’s main I rolled the dice and stuck with the Holeshots which turned out to be a great call as the track was damp throughout the 45 minute show. After some early mistakes a lightning fast pit stop took me from 5th to 2nd only a few seconds behind the leader. A few corners later on lap 37 I regained the lead and stayed out front for the next 70 laps bringing home the win in a very competitive race. The top 4 truggies were only 17 seconds apart all finishing on the same lap at the end of one of the cleanest (and fastest) mains I’ve ever raced in. Congrats to second place Jason Miller, third place David Alfree and fourth place Homer Allman for their fine finishes.
What a weekend as the weather (except Friday) was perfect and the track was simply the best in my 7 years of traveling to the Tiltyard. Huge thanks to Homer & Lisa Allman for welcoming us to live in their backyard for three days. Kudos to my friends George Lai, Daniel McCaffrey and Tom Ulmer for the support, encouragement and stellar pit work. Lastly a shout out to Paul Ciccarello and my fellow Serpent team members for all of the help and advice this season.
My set-up: http://serpent.com/racing/setups/