Cactus Classic w/Ryan Lutz

March 16th, 2014

The final edition of the Outdoor Cactus Classic has come to a close. For me my results were a big improvement over last year and i’m very pleased with the finishes I have come away with. The weather was gorgeous all week and it was a perfect end to this outdoor facility. Here is how things went for me.

4WD SC A-main – I would start from the number 3 spot on the grid behind Phend and Neumann and my hope was to follow them around a couple of laps until we caught lapped traffic and hope they would get caught up in it and allow me to make a move. Well the lapped traffic ended up moving out of the way pretty good and so we were for the most part able to get by cleanly. I did have one incident getting into someone going up the uphill in the top right. Loosing those couple seconds put me out of reach of the leaders and I had to settle for the hot lap of 21.9 and a 3rd place finish. I’m just happy I got a set-up to make my truck competitive on this super high traction surface!

3rd place in 4WD SC Mod

3rd place in 4WD SC Mod

4WD Buggy Triple A-mains – Starting from 10th on the grid put the odds stacked against me in getting to the front. In A1 however I was able to run a pretty clean race. I navigated others mistakes and crashes and found myself in 4th place at the end of the run. My car was a bit of a handful to drive and so I was pleased with the final finish. In A2 I tried some set-up changes including a lighter rear sway bar. My car was much better as evidence of getting the hot lap of the main. However my navigation skills through the traffic weren’t as keen and I had to settle for 7th. In A3 I again felt great on the track and had second fastest lap behind teammate Jorn but again just couldn’t make it through the pack very well. In the end though after points were tabulated I was able to claim 6th overall in the class. A +4 from my qualifying position which I was pleased with.

2WD Buggy Triple A-mains – This was for certain my surprise class of the weekend. Having qualifying results that were all above my expectations was awesome. Come the mains I just wanted to see if I could race with these top guys. In A1 it felt like the slowest first few laps ever. The ‘freight train’ we were going around the track in just seemed so cautious and slow. Eventually it started to speed up and I finally moved forward one position from my starting position into 7th before I would crash into crashed cars in the high speed S section and send me to last place. On lap 10 though I would navigate a group of crashed cars and get back to 8th and finish there. In A2 I moved up to 7th and then 6th in the first few laps. I would hold there before making a mistake and falling back to 7th. Then more mistakes on the final laps knocked me back to 9th. In A3 it would be my best race of the mains. I held my start and slowly moved past people as they made mistakes and steadily moved up to 6th by the 12th lap. Then a few guys crashed over the front triple into the double and a got right in the middle of it and fought hard and stiff armed the others and got through them and moved up to 4th and was able to finish there! Overall this put me 5th place in the class!!

Very pleased with Final results!

Very pleased with Final results!

4wd SC Qualifying – This class was a little light on top competition. I started off the weekend with my set-up from the Nitro Challenge and on this Sugary track it was absolutely a handful to drive. It took me until Q2 to get it all figured out at which point I have been able to lay down the hot laps in the final runs. I am still making a few to many mistakes though and having to work through the amount of traffic the top guys are having to content with is making the racing a little bit more of a crap shoot. Some big changes I made from Nitro Challenge to try to stabilize my truck and make it handle this super high sugared track are going to 25K, 500K, 25K in the diffs. This makes the diffs much more 4wd buggyesque. Also I completely raised the inner camber links on the tower and slammed the ride height to 18mm front and rear. In total my truck is now very fast and it’s just a matter of keeping that fine line of smoking fast lap times or flipping. I will start 3rd on the grid right behind Phend and Neumann. It should be an amazing 3 way battle in our 1, 7min A-main.

4WD Buggy Qualifying – Surprisingly this was the class I have struggled with the most this weekend. Generally regarded as my best class I just never had a clean run and never quite felt comfortable. I was able to charge hard in Q4 after an early roll over at the end of the straight to capture 5th for the final round putting me into the A-main in the #10 spot. I was shocked and happy about that considering the amount of mistakes I made in all of my qualifiers. When I was going strong though my lap times were on par and competitive so hopefully I can put that final piece of the puzzle together for the mains and surprise for the back of the grid!

Buggies ready for A-mains!

Buggies ready for A-mains!

2WD Buggy Qualifying – I know I didn’t see this coming! My new DEX210v2 was phenomenal all weekend so far only doing very minor changes from the Chi-Town shootout which included heavier shock oil for the hotter conditions and slightly lowering the rear outer camber link. Other than that it’s been 4 very good runs for me in qualifying. On Friday I had finishes of 7th in both qualifiers and I was elated over that. Come Saturday it would only get better as I put in a 4th and 5th in the final rounds respectively. Running my last qualifier with the other Ryan’s and seeing that I could run with them in a class i’m usually just a wee bit off pace was so gratifying to me. With 9 total qualpoints I will be starting 8th on the grid in a competitive A-final and will look to move up a few spots and keep the great weekend going!

Awesome new banner!

Awesome new banner!

Next up is the Psycho Nitro Blast where I think I am going to attempt 5 classes again. It’s going to be a long few days but it is my favorite race of the year and i’m looking forward to it!

-Lutzinator

Equipment used:

2WD Mod –
Car- Durango DEX210v2
Motor – Tekin Redline Gen 2 6.5
Speedo – Tekin RSX
Batteries – ProTek Shorty 4700
Tires – AKA Pinstripe front and Deja Vu rear in soft
Radio/Receiver – Futaba 4PKS-R / Futaba R614FS

4WD Mod –
Car- Durango DEX410v4
Motor – Tekin Redline Gen 2 5.5
Speedo – Tekin RSX
Batteries – ProTek Saddle 5500
Tires – AKA Pinstripe front and Deja Vu rear in soft
Radio/Receiver – Futaba 4PKS-R / Futaba R614FS

4WD Mod SC-
Car- Durango DESC410v2
Motor – Tekin 4-pole 4600
Speedo – Tekin RX-8 Gen2
Batteries – ProTek Saddle 5500
Tires – AKA Deja Vu in soft
Radio/Receiver – Futaba 4PKS-R / Futaba R614FS

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