The 1/8 Coastal Challenge Series concluded this past weekend with Round #5 at The Badlands R/C Supercross in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This was the first weekend on the new layout which was put in place for the upcoming Fall Brawl. With this being the final round, the racers were ready to take on the new track and see who could take the win for the day and for the series. Qualifying – The track showed a wide variety of lap times, which was due to the new layout and the whoop section being very difficult for most. The only driver that was able to relax was Travis Dupree in the pro class, since he had wrapped up the series by TQ’ing and winning the first 4 rounds. The rest of the racers were looking at all the scenarios it would take to win or place in the top 3 or 4 positions for the series. In Pro Buggy, Losi/Trinity driver Travis Dupree TQ’d over Trinity driver Jason Smith in second and privateer driver David Lindbert in third. In Sportsman Buggy, John Michael McGinty TQ’d, with Layne Leffleor in second and Henry Taylor in third. Read More…
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In the Pro Buggy class, Losi driver Mike Kendall tried to make a move for the lead on the 3 turn, but stuffed the pipe to let Travis Dupree jumped out to an early lead, with the rest of the field in tow. Kendall’s move dropped him to last place, but because of he was able to jump the whoops more consistent than others, he managed to get back to the front quickly. Dupree decided by the 4th lap to take it easy through the whoops, which was good idea with most racers trying to rhythm, but crashing in them. Xray driver Kevin Bullock got off to a slow start, but managed to pull himself into contention with Kendall and Jason Smith. Dupree and Kendall started to pull away from the rest of the field after the first 10 minutes. This left Bullock and Smith to battle for third. At the end of the race, Dupree took the win, with Kendall in 2nd and Bullock edged Smith by five hundreds of a second to take 3rd place. The Sportsman Buggy class was just as exciting as the Pro Buggy class. At the start of the main, the field stayed close together, due to the whoops. There were at least 2 or 3 cars wrecked in the whoops in the opening laps. The ones to take advantage of this were TJ Johnson, Henry Taylor, and John Michael Mcginty. These three were able to pull away from the field and battle for first. The one surprise that was missing from the top was point’s leader Robin Corlett. He battled the whoops and other racers most of the race and even ran out of fuel. This was a good thing for Taylor, who was Corlett’s biggest threat for the point’s series. Henry was able to take the win, with Johnson in second and Mcginty in third.

PRO BUGGY TOP 3

Travis Dupree – LOSI EIGHT 2.0/TRINITY EXTECH 2.0

Mike Kendall – LOSI EIGHT 2.0/NOVAROSSI

Kevin Bullock – XRAY 808/NINJA

SPORTSMAN BUGGY TOP 3

Henry Taylor – LOSI EIGHT 2.0/MUGEN NINJA

TJ Johnson – LOSI EIGHT 2.0/MUGEN NINJA

John Michael Mcginty – MUGEN MBX6/MUGEN NINJA

For series, cash was paid out to the Pro Class Top 4. In sportsman, the winner recieved a Trinity Extech Engine/Pipe combo, 2nd place was awarded 2-JR 9100S servos and 3rd place received Losi tires and wheels.

SERIES RESULTS
PRO BUGGY
1st – Travis Dupree
2nd – Bobby Patsel
3rd – Kevin Bullock

Sportsman Buggy
1st – Robin Corlett
2nd – Henry Taylor
3rd – TJ Johnson
Report by Travis Dupree