I’m home and reflecting on the just completed 20th running of the RROC (Reedy Race of Champions). It’s an amazing event that has tons of history and prestige behind it. Unfortunately I never had the privilege to meet and talk with Mike Reedy, but you can tell that he is a man who really was an important part in making this hobby so great. His influence is still seen and it’s a positive legacy that I hope continues to live on for a long time.
The event is comprised of an Invite class of many of the top 30 drivers from the past year as well as past champions. There is also an Open class which is hotly contested with the winner of 2wd and 4wd getting an invite into the Invite class the following year. I had the privilege of being in the Invite class and as always the competition was fierce. The format consisted of 6 rounds of heads up racing in both 2wd and 4wd. 5 of the 6 runs would count for each class and total points would be calculated from both to determine the overall positions.
First up was the 6 rounds of 2wd buggy. I started off the week in rear motor configuration. It wasn’t until I arrived that I realized that over the last few months sense the IFMAR Worlds that it seems the World has changed to Mid Motor on most all tracks now. Having been focusing on 1/8th cars recently I wasn’t aware of this and thus started with my past set-up from previous Reedy events. Well after finishes of 7th and 9th in my first two runs I decided to go to Mid Motor like everyone else. For sure in that 3rd round my buggy felt much better in this configuration. Jump handling and cornering ability were improved and I knew than that I should have just gone that way from the beginning. Anyways in my final four runs of 2wd I had finishes of 4th, 6th, 7th, and 9th. Overall my points after 2wd put me in 20th position. This was already a great improvement of last year where I finished out in 22nd after it was all said and done and I still had my stronger 4wd class to go!
4wd started off great and I was able to take the victory in my first round. I got to the lead a few laps in and was able to stretch out and maintain my lead the entire remainder ahead of a hard charging Lee Martin. In my second main I would take 4th to start off good in 4wd. Next morning on Sunday it was 4 more runs of 4wd. In the first run I was starting on pole but I got pressured heavily by Tebo at the start and coming around the front left corner I simply rolled it over going over the curbing and went to 10th. I fought back and would finish 6th though I knew I had squandered the opportunity. For round 4 I did some set-up changes as my car felt a bit loose that morning. I moved my rear hubs forward and gave it less anti-squat and that seemed to do the trick. I round 4 I went out and fought hard and had a three way battle with Vik and Phend. I would get by Phend with about a minute to go and start to catch Vik but I then went wide and let Phend back by and got tagged and spun out really quick loosing a second. Over the next two laps I caught back up a little and on the last lap they collided on the front jump section and Vik went flying off the track, then over the option section Phend rolled it and I snuck by to take the win! Made up for some issues in previous heats! In round 5 it may have been my most impressive race. Coming from 10th on the grid I moved my way up the field. I got into 4th and was able to get by Tessman, then Maifield made a mistake and I was into 2nd right behind teammate Jorn. However this only lasted a lap as I made a mistake over the double before the straight and landed in the infield letting Maifield and Tessman back by and I had to settle for 4th. I did throw down the first 18.1 second lap of the event in that race though. In round 6 I was in a stacked heat. I started 8th and again made it past a few cars on the start. But over the front section everyone just checked up to much and I got caught and tumbled sending me to the back and getting bashed around. Wasn’t able to do much from there recovering only to 8th. I did get another 18.1 second lap though and was the only driver of the weekend to get to that time! So I was able to Hotlap the event which was pretty cool!
Overall I had a good time. My final result put me 16th overall. I haven’t had a chance to see where just 4wd would have put me by itself but I think it would have been top 5. I’m really excited for next year and have a goal for top 5. I think it’s possible and i’m going to work hard towards that goal. This is going to be a good year for me and this race put some confidence into me for the year upcoming!
Durango DEX210v2, Tekin RSX, Tekin Redline Gen2 7.5 motor, ProTek 4700 100C lipo, Futaba 4PK Super R, Futaba R614FS Rx
Durango DEX410v4, Tekin RSX, Tekin Redline Gen2 6.5 motor, ProTek 5500 100C lipo, Futaba 4PK Super R, Futaba R614FS Rx
Posted by Ryan Lutz