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1. Zagreb, Croatia March 22, 2015: Opening training race by ModelSportRacing)
Track: Miniautodrom Ayrton Senna
Traction: low

It was my first race in this year. Temperature was around 10° Celsius. It was very cold. At the morning I prepared my car for qualifications. I had two third places in qualifiers and in finals I started as third. I've seen in qualifiers that I can't go faster than the others. My car didn't have punch as before. On my mind was just one question, why am I so slow. I was thinking that my motor burns or ESC. My batteries were brand new.  Path of my driving was practically perfect from lap to lap. I know I must give all of me.  And after all final races I finished fourth in concurence of 10 drivers. After all I checked my batteries. One cell was on 3,70V and one was on 4,10V. The problem was in the batteries. One cell can't go above 4.00V. Factory mistake…  And it is racing… More luck next time. I want specially say thanks to Dean Popič from Slovenia for perfect pictures. :)

2. Zagreb,Croatia, March 29, 2015: First race for Croatian championship
Track: Miniautodrom Ayrton Senna
Traction: low

And again… My second race was again in Zagreb. Today was the first race for Croatian championship. I came to the track around half past eight. Race began at 10 o'clock. 12 drivers were driving this day.  In controlled practice I had second fastest time and I was very happy because, I had bad luck on the last race. After qualifiers I was third, it was OK. And then problems started. In the first final after 10 laps an axle pin in my car burst. I fixed my problem and I was ready for second final race. Second final race started and on the first corner I came on second place. I was doing pressure on first car to the 8th lap and than one driver which was one lap behind me hit me and I went down from the track. I finished 6th. Again bad luck. I knew that I must be first if I want third place today. Third final race started and I was on third position and from the start to the end I was doing pressure on second driver. There wasn't enough space for overtaking. I finished 3rd and 4th overall. It was very close.

3. Benedikt, Slovenia, April 11, 2015: Race in Slovenia
Track: on big sport field
Traction: low-medium

Today my father and I were in Slovenia, it is a small country near Croatia. From my town to Benedikt, distance is about  100 kilometers. The drive was delayed for about 1  1/2 hours due to a big crash at the border between Croatia and Slovenia. I started qualifiers with my new XRAY car. First main I finished in 5th position… And I was pleased with my car and driving. In second main my motor screw screwed out and I had to stop. In third main I was pushing from the start and I came from 8th to 3rd place and I was pushing harder, difference between myself and second car was less from lap to lap…and than while I was overtaking for second, the car behind crashed me, while he broke too late and I went down from the track and my battery holder rifted. I was very sad because I could've finished fourth. I will never go again on this track cause they were some „uncultured“ drivers. They won't stop if they did a mistake and crashed your car… It isn't racing, they didn't became stop and go ...

My next race is in Zagreb in Croatia on June 6, 2015 -- the second race for the Croatian championship
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TRI-TRACK SPRING RUSH
May 23, 2015 – Race 4

Race 4 was once again at Broward County RC Speedway (Mills Pond). Thanks to Boca Bearing and Big Boss Beef we gave away a $50 gift certificate and a bag of some of the best Beef Jerky you’ll ever taste. Luis Perez won the certificate and Massimo Fabiani the Beef Jerky. The day was a bit cloudy and there were hints of poor weather later on so we got right into the qualifiers. The track was in superb shape and the racers were ready for a long day of fast paced racing action.

We started with 2WD Stock Buggy, Jeff Krantz showed us he was on a mission by handily taking the first TQ of the day. Next up was 2WD Modified Buggy and Bart Collins took that TQ by over 20 seconds. Bart then went back-to-back in Modified Stadium Truck with an impressive 16 second spread for a second consecutive Round 1 TQ. Jeff Kranz didn’t want to get shown up so he took Pro 4 Modified SCT’s TQ by just under 5 seconds. Corey Record was 1.559 ahead of Matt Neddeff to steal 4WD Modified Buggy and John Bertelsen just slipped by Bart Collins by 1.184 in E Buggy. Next up, Nitro and James Wicker took Sportsman with 1.522 to spare, while John Bertelsen ended the first round with the final TQ in Pro.

The sun was out and beaming by now and the track had even more traction. Round 2 started off with some controversy as Reuben Diaz and Jeff Kranz crossed together with Jeff having the edge, unfortunately with the excitement Jeff believed the race was over and Reuben slipped into TQ and got the 2WD Stock Buggy point. Sorry Jeff, my bad, I owe you a beer. In 2WD Modified Buggy, Daniel Chavez took the win, but couldn’t get the point because of Bart’s amazing first round run. Bart then sat out Modified Stadium Truck’s round two qualifier and while Jeff Kranz made it interesting, he ended up 2 seconds short of Bart’s first round TQ time and the point. It was the same with Pro 4 Modified STC, Jeff Kranz still had the best time, but was 2 seconds short of his round 1 TQ time keeping his point. Sebastian “Sea Bass” Hazbun showed up just in time to take the win and TQ away from Corey Record by just over 16 seconds in 4WD Modified Buggy. An exciting E Buggy race ended with Michael Mennella taking the TQ away from John Bertelsen with Bart Collins just 1.871 behind. Matt Neddeff took the top spot in Sportsman Nitro in Round 2, but missed the point and James Wicker’s First Round TQ by almost 6 seconds. John Bertelsen held on to his TQ and got the point in Pro Nitrio as the qualifiers ended.

The “B” Mains ran both Pro 4 Modified and E Buggy and after a lot of smashing, bashing and crashing, with the unfamiliar face of Daniel Paz battling car issues all day to take the first bump-up and A.J. Reynolds the second. Tom Baiza and Loren Kretzschmar (say that name 3 times real fast) took the final two spots in E Buggy to go to the show. The Featured Mains started with a close hard fought race ending with Reuben Diaz on top, Jeff Kranz in the two and Tom Allen for the show. Bart Collins had an 18.716 gap to beat Richard Hazbun and Corey Record in 2 WD Modified Buggy. Then Bart did it again in Modified Stadium Truck with an impressive 12 laps in 5:25.327 to Jeff Krantz’s 11 laps 5:14.281 and Reuben Diaz’s 11 laps 5:17.741. Sebastian “Sea Bass” Hazbun took the win easily over Gavin Butera and Matt Neddeff in 4WD Modified Buggy. In one of the most exciting finishes of the day Jeff Krantz got the win by just 0.319 seconds over Daniel Paz, taking a second straight win away from Daniel in the class. Gavin Butera had a good showing in third and another Pro 4 Modified race was in the books. E Buggy had John Bertelsen easily taking the win splitting the 100 with Mike Mennella and Jeff Krantz not too far behind. James Wicker finished in the top spot in Sportsman Nitro followed by Paul Holness and Matt Neddeff. Finally, Luis Perez, Mike Mennella and Bart Collins completed the day’s race in that order with Pro Nitro.

Race 5 is at the Coral Springs RC Track on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Gates opens at 8 am and racing starts at 10 am. If there is a rain-out we will move the race to TriCounty Hobbies and start at 12pm. We will run the 1/10 scale cars there as a TriCounty Series Race. Please make sure you have the proper tires and equipment to make this adjustment (just in case). The following week will then be the make-up (Race 5) at Coral Springs (Now Race 6). A special thanks to all of our sponsors TriCounty Hobbies, JConcepts, Boca Bearings, Lead Finger Racing LFP, Maxy’s Fuel & Cinco BT, Gens Ace, Tekno RC, Exotek Racing, Venom, AKA, Atomik RC, Speed Demon Hobbies and Big Boss Beef. With out these great companies, none of these events would be possible. Also a quick introduction to our newest sponsor, Ztw Brushless Controls. Welcome to the family and we hope to have many more events with you.
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This past weekend was the 3rd round of the JBRL series which was held at the new SDRC Raceway facility in San Diego, California.

The track layout was yet another premier racing layout that provided some challenging sections. The total entry count would reach over 225 entries.

TLR David Jenson took the victory in highly competitive PRO 4 and 1:8 scale classes.

David's Team Losi Racing TEN SCTE 2.0 with the new 3mm shorter chassis and 8ight-E 3.0 were both equipped with Team Orion power with PRO-Line MC Electron's and orange seal ceramic BOCA Bearings.

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This past Sunday was the second round of the 2015 Enduro World Series in County Wicklow, Ireland, about an hour south of Dublin. Macky flew into England a week before the race and met up with some friends and after a few days of exploring the trails near their home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, drove (and ferried) with them to Ireland. 

The race was spectacular. The weather was uncommonly dry for Ireland and with the exception of one short rain shower on the first day of practice, the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Like the EWS in Rotorua, it was a 7-stage, one-day race, but the final totals ended up being a bit smaller, with only 35 miles of riding and 6000 feet of climbing. The trails were a mixture of loose, high-speed sections and tight, twisting, muddy singletrack through the trees and were absolutely lined with rowdy, costumed Irish spectators. Apparently the Irish are into mountain biking...

At the end of the day, Macky ended up 82nd in the Open Men's category out of 214 finishers (approximately 25% of the field didn't finish). He had some crashes and took an accidental 15-minute detour on his way to stage 5 but still arrived on time for all of his starts and finished the day mechanical-free. Now he's on his way to Scotland for next weekend's EWS round near Peebles. And if Scotland lives up to its reputation, it will be steep, rooty, rocky and extremely wet. Wish him luck.

After dropping Macky off at the airport the weekend before last, Syd headed to the mountains of Glorieta, NM (just outside of Santa Fe) for the second round of the NM Enduro Cup. The weather didn't cooperate and instead of pre-riding Syd hid in the van while it snowed and hailed. Race day dawned bright and clear, however the fire road transitions were still muddy. In fact, muddy is a bit of an understatement. Racers slogged through six inches of New Mexico's finest clay, which clogged up bikes, coated tires and pretty much destroyed everyone's drive chains. The race stages weren't nearly as wet -- they were a bit slippery, but still quite fun. Syd had a few crashes and some drive chain issues, but finished in 3rd in the pro women's field behind Leigh Bowe and Krista Park. And it was a great adventure!

Here's Syd's blog post about the race - http://www.freewheellifeblog.com/mountain-biking/go-home-may-youre-drunk-lamentations-on-tire-choice-and-spring-in-nm
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Memorial Day weekend: 2015 Serpent Cup

I raced in three divisions and was fortunate enough to reach the podium in all three divisions. In the 4wd SCT division, I was able to race to a 2nd place finish after working out some kinks in qualifiers. In the 2wd Sportsman Buggy class, I got extremely lucky as the another racer bobbled on the last turn before the finish line and I was able to sprint past him to claim 3rd place and a spot on the podium. My third class was 1/8th EBuggy which was my first time racing an EBuggy, it was a very tight A-main though I was able to narrowly walk away with a 2nd place finish by  .580 of a second.

I upgraded my vehicles with Boca Bearing green seals for this race and was very happy with the results!

It was an enjoyable day of racing and I would like to thank all the companies that allow me to represent them: Pro-Line Racing, Viper R/C Solutions, Boca Bearings, Xpert Servos and Bullit Performance R/C hobby shop in Raleigh, NC. Thank you for your support!

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Gonzo Racing: Third place in the first run in Schaffhausen.
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