Taylor Timmerman reports – This past weekend was the first round of the RC Pro National Series North Division held at the Hobbytown Hobbyplex in Omaha, Nebraska. Alex Sturgeon and the Hobbyplex crew did an amazing job getting the track built and facility prepped for Friday’s open practice. Fast and flowing can accurately describe this year’s track which also plays host to the Jconcept’s Spring Nitro Nationals and one of the many rounds of the Short Course Showdown Nationwide Tour Presented by Scotty Ernst. Shortly after arriving at the track Friday afternoon, I was ready to hit the track with my TLR 8ight 2.0 and 8ight-T 2.0 vehicles. Both of my cars were very close to where they needed to be with minimal changes. This was actually my first race with a completely new setup for the buggy that I’ve been testing under various conditions for the last two months. The new setup changes seem to be working quite well at every track I attend so far. Read More…

Saturday’s qualifying proved to be very rough for me after having a DNF in both buggy and truggy, and getting caught up in slower traffic in the remaining three qualifiers. I wasn’t able to get a true clean qualifier in at my own pace. The track was considerably more dry than I expected and started to groove up very quickly and flake apart in some areas. I actually tested several setup changes during qualifying with the buggy and I had a really good idea what direction I needed to head in for the mains. At the end of the day, I would qualify 3rd in Pro Truggy and 4th in Pro Buggy for the 45 minute A-mains. I chose to run AKA’s new EVO Gridiron tires in soft compound for the truggy and super soft Impacts for the buggy.

Unfortunately, rough driving shuffled me all the way to dead last on the opening lap in the Pro Truggy A-main. However I was able to lay down some very fast and consistent laps and caught back up to the leaders within a few laps. Thanks to my Novarossi powered TLR 8ight-T 2.0, I was able to get amazing fuel mileage. My great fuel mileage and consistent fast laps allowed my to eventually pull a 30 second lead over second place for the remaining of the main. The AKA tires had my truck on rails the whole main event and there was very minimal tire wear after turning 112 laps during the 45 minute A-main.

Avoiding the first lap crashes, I was able to take the lead in the Pro Buggy A-main. I was able to turn very fast laps at the beginning of the A-main, and never looked back. Again, I was able to stay out longer on a tank of fuel thanks to my smooth Novarossi engines. The car’s new setup proved to be successful after turning 112 laps and lapping the field 3 times.

I would like to thank all my sponsors: TLR, Losi, Novarossi, AKA, Nitrotane, and Horizon Hobby for all of their support. I would also like to thank Kevin Gahan of TLR, Mark Pavidis of AKA, and Paul Ciccarello for giving me the opportunity to represent some of the best companies in the industry. Your support is greatly appreciated!