On June 5th-7th KRC hosted our first big event as a club, the 2015 Buggy Shootout! With around 70 entries from racers all over the interior, there was some great racing and good times had by all. The race featured four rounds of qualifying in points format on Saturday, and Triple A-mains on Sunday with triple bump-ups. The event was made possible by the kind support of our sponsors: ATD Hobbies, Blinds Plus, Butcher Boys, and Okanagan Hobby and Crafts.
A compiled list of overall results are available here. For detailed results see below:
2wd Buggy – Sponsored by Blinds Plus
In the 2wd Buggy class Kelowna’s Aaron Matlo took TQ honors in convincing fashion, winning 3 out of 4 rounds on Saturday. On Sunday A1 went to Vernon’s Greg Gavelin with Aaron a close second and Penticton’s Nick Weinrauch rounding out the podium. A2 saw Aaron and Greg swap their positions for first and second, with Penticton’s Anthony Hobbs coming home third. That meant A3 would be the deciding race. Aaron was able gain the upperhand, after an eventful start for all of the front runners, and claim first for the overall victory, once the points were calculated Greg G. claimed second with Anthony in third.
Stadium Truck – Sponsored by ATD Hobbies
Castlegar’s Mark Frauley recovered from a rough start on Saturday morning, to win the final two rounds of qualifying in the afternoon to secure the overall TQ. On Sunday Kelowna’s Darren Dozois drew first blood scoring the win in A1 after a close battle with Mark, Kelowna’s Greg Shorter was able to hold off the rest of the field for third. In A2 Mark put in a commanding drive leading from start to finish to put himself back on even footing with Darren, who came home second, Greg again claimed the final podium position. A3 came down to the battle between Mark and Darren, and once again Mark led from the start and never looked back, taking A3 and the overall victory. The way they finished in the final also mirrored their overall finishing positions with Darren in second and Greg in third.
2wd Short Course – Sponsored by ATD Hobbies
TQ Honors for 2wd SC saw a close battle between Aaron M. and Darren D, with both drivers claiming two victories on Saturday. The tie-breaker was based on combined fastest times which gave Aaron the edge. On Sunday Aaron jumped out to an early lead claiming the win in A1 with Anthony H. second and Kamloops’ Graham Lye third. In A2 Aaron again claimed the win with a nearly flawless run, giving him two wins and the overall victory, Darren would bring home second and Graham once again secured the final podium position. Aaron elected to sit out A3, with second position overall still up for grabs amongst several drivers. When the dust had settled Darren was on top, with Anthony second and Graham yet again claiming third. Once the overall points had been calculated, it was Darren finishing second, and Anthony taking home third.
4wd Buggy – Sponsored by ATD Hobbies
4wd Buggy saw Aaron M. once again put in a strong performance on Saturday, winning 3 out of 4 rounds to secure his 3rd TQ. A1 showcased a great battle with the top three each taking a turn in front. In the end though it was Mark F. coming through for first, with Aaron in second, and Greg G. in third. In A2 Mark took the lead on lap three and never looked back, taking the win and securing first overall. Greg G. finished up second and Penticton’s Brandon Rogers came home third. A3 was the race for second overall and there was action all over the track as four different drivers led, on the final lap though it was Greg G in first, Kelowna’s Steve Chickloski second and Kamloops’ Brian Lemaire in third. The final standings found Mark in first, Greg in second, and Steve(who had bumped up from the B!) in third.
4wd Short Course – Sponsored by ATD Hobbies
Qualifying in 4wd SC saw three different winners in the first three rounds with Penticton’s Elmer Villar, Anthony H, and Brandon R, each claiming a victory. In the final round though it was Anthony who came through for the win and the TQ. Sunday started off much like Saturday had finished, with A1 going to Anthony, Brandon finished second and Elmer secured third. In A2 Anthony once again came through for the victory, locking up first overall, Elmer took a comfortable second and Nick W came through narrowly for third. With the win already in the bag, Anthony sat out A3 which made room for some new faces to fight it out at the front, in the end Brandon R. claimed the win with Kelowna’s Luke Pittman in second, and Penticton’s Jim Rogers in third. The win gave Brandon second overall leaving third for Elmer.
1/8 E-Buggy – Sponsored by Okanagan Hobbies & Crafts
Mark F put in a commanding performance on Saturday claiming wins in three of the four rounds to secure the overall TQ. In A1 it was Greg G putting in a nearly flawless run to take the victory with Anthony H. narrowly beating out Kamloops’ Dustin Quanstrom for second. A2 saw Mark recover from his A1 disappointment to take the win with Kelowna’s Rob Schneider in a comfortable second and Greg S in third. It would all come down to A3 with seven drivers still having a mathematical chance at the win. Mark looked set to secure the victory as he made the most of a great start and comfortably led for the first 9 minutes, but electrical gremlins would strike in the final minute dropping him down to fifth. That let Dustin through for the win, with Greg G in second and Anthony in third. The drivers were unsure of the final positions until the results came from the scoring booth: Greg G had taken first, with Dustin in second and Anthony in third.
Thanks again to all of our class sponsors and those who donated prizes and supplies to the event. Also thanks to Luke P, Earl T, and Grace for doing a great job running the races and managing the prize draws, and special thanks to Steve C. and Mark F. for, despite the heat, doing a fantastic job of taking care of the track throughout the event(Steve also took care of lunches!).
Our next big event will be our leg of the WCICS in December, hope to see you there!