The race weekend of May 18-20 was a busy one in Texas. Mike’s Hobby Shop near Dallas hosted Round 3 of the popular RC Pro Texas State Series while 350 miles away in the Texas Panhandle the AKA Mid-America Championships were held at Amarillo RC Motocross. Both were well-attended, attesting to the vibrance of the region’s RC scene.
AKA Mid-America Championship
With former IFMAR world champion and countless-time national champion Mark Pavidis of AKA among the 119 entries, excitement was guaranteed. AKA’s soft compound City Blocks were the spec tire for the race. Strategic watering throughout the event rendered an excellent racing surface that held up beautifully over the weekend. The stage was set for some thrilling action.
FTW’s Mike Battaile and Jason Branham dueled all day Saturday for the TQ in open buggy and truggy, with Branham eventually securing both. In the meantime Battaile dominated both open short course classes and took the second starting spot for the E-buggy A Main.
On Sunday, Battaile took second in open buggy behind Pavidis, and Branham grabbed third. In truggy, Battaile and Branham would swap finishing spots, finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively while Pavidis took the top spot. Battaile continued the podium parade for FTW taking 2nd in E-buggy.
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FTW Racing Components:
Battaile: FTW00029 Night Fox & FTW00030 Tactic for Team Losi 8ight 2.0, FTW Prototype Exabyte for 8ight-E 2.0
Branham: FTW Prototype Night Fox for Agama A8
RC Pro Texas State Series Round 3
Registration filled months in advance for Round 3 at Mike’s, as is becoming the norm for the RC Pro State Series in Texas. Around 170 entrants battled from early Saturday morning til the early morning hours of Sunday, as the state series format holds all quals and mains on Saturday.
In E-buggy, Jake Dellinger’s hot streak continued as he took the class TQ and win. Hunter Kinsey crossed the line behind Dellinger to take 2nd. Micah Smith took 5th in the class and recently crowned Intergalactic Buggy Champion Tyler Hooks took 8th.
Dellinger and Kinsey also had good runs in open buggy, taking 6th and 8th respectively.
Sportsman driver Robbie Williams grabbed another podium spot for FTW with his 3rd place finish.
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FTW Racing Components:
Dellinger: FTW00008 Night Fox fitted to Team Associated RC8.2e and RC8.2
Kinsey: FTW00008 Night Fox fitted to Intech BR5 Evo and BR5 Evo custom electric conversion
Smith: FTW00010 Night Fox fitted to Xray XB9
Hooks: FTW00029 Night Fox fitted to Team Losi 8ight-E 2.0
Williams: FTW00008 Night Fox fitted to Team Associated RC8.2