Race Reports

Nitro Blast

We were in Tillsonburg, Ontario for the 2020 Nitro Blast at Otterville Raceway. As usual John Blakley and Karla Josephson put on a great event.

The track is truly a work of art. With the Daytona corner, multi-level jumps and even an option lane it was going to be and exciting race weekend.

We arrived Friday morning for practice. Both cars felt good. We were ready for the seeding rounds. Seeding went very well. We seeded 2nd overall in Ebuggy and 4th overall in Nitro Buggy. Qualifying started Friday night, and resumed Saturday morning. After 3 rounds we qualified 2nd overall in Ebuggy and 3rd overall in Nitro Buggy

Sunday were the mains. With the threat of rain in the afternoon there were concerns on whether we would get to complete the program. We started 2nd on the grid in Ebuggy A Main. The start went well. Took the lead early on and held it for a while. I made a small bobble and fell back to 2nd. With one lap to go we had a battery short out and the buggy stopped. DNF. My dad had marshaled majority of a 45 minute race, which didn’t give us much time to locate a spare battery for the 2nd race. So we didn’t make the start of A2. DNS. We would like to that Rob Van Es for offering Dylan his car for the 2nd race. Like to thank everyone who tried to locate a battery for us. About 10 minutes before the final race of the day it started to rain. So it was decided to start the race anyway. The start was wet and slippery and I feel back to 6th. A few laps in I found myself back in 3rd. I held that position for majority of the race. Pits stops were good, we had no issues there considering the wet conditions. The rain stop for a short period of time and a dry line started to appear. I was able to pick up the pace, but the rain started to fall again. We had LF tire blowout (tire unglued) and I did my best to hold my position. By the end of it (45 minutes) I finished 4th.

First we want to congratulate all the drivers in the final race. Everyone finished!

Like to thank John and Karla again for an amazing weekend of racing. Like to that Brandon Marshall for his work on the mic all weekend. We always look forward to your commentary!!

Team XRAY had a strong presence at the Nitro Blast and congrats to all of them on their podium finishes.

Quebec Classic

This past weekend we made the trip out to Napierville Quebec for the 7th annual Quebec Classic. The track was very technical with elevation changes and a couple of blind sections. It had an incredible amount of grip. This was my first time in the province of Quebec, first time at the Quebec Classic, my first time racing both Xray buggies, first time racing with the team boss present. I was a bit nervous.

Eric Deschenes, Kevin Lachapelle and the Bego crew put on a great event. The hospitality was amazing. The atmosphere felt like a family reunion. Everyone was having a good time.

The XB8e ran strong in all three rounds of qualifying. We finished 5th in round one, 9th in round two and 5th in round three. We suffered a DNF in the first round of nitro buggy. The last 2 rounds went well, finishing 7th and 5th.  After 3 rounds of qualifying, we were able to secure A Main starts with both cars!

I started 5th in ebuggy A1-Main. I didn’t have a great start, made a few mistakes early on. I was starting to find my rhythm then my buggy lost power after a jump. We were able to get it going, but I was a couple of laps down. We finished 12th.   In ebuggy A2-Main started 5th. I didn’t have a good start and fell back to 12th.  I slowly started to move up through the field. I was in 8th and gaining on the 7th place buggy, I pushed a little too hard and crashed and suffered suspension damage. DNF

I started 11th in nitro buggy A Main. This was my very first nitro buggy race, however not quite the start we were hoping for. In the warm up just before the start we had a front bearing failure (new bearing). The plan was to replace the bearing. Then our teammate Paul Parks had a complete RF suspension assembly from his own car and both my dad and Paul replaced it. I was able to line up on the grid just seconds before the start. The buzzer goes off and the engine flames out (stalls). We got the engine restarted, but by that point I was in 14th position. It was along race (30 minutes) so I knew I had time. I drove hard and the buggy was working well. I made a few mistakes but I kept my head down and started moving up through the field. I Finished 8th!  It was an awesome day!!

We would like to that Gord and Ty Tessmann as well Tony and Mark Sousa for their help. Like to thank Natalie Sousa for feeding us all week. Like to that Tori Camaro for asking the race director for a mercy minute, and a HUGE! Thank you to Paul Parks for his help in the pits and saving the day.

We attended the Motown Showdown at RC Clubhouse this past weekend. There were 77 drivers with more than 145 entries.

Motown Showdown

We arrived Friday morning for practice. We were hard at work getting the tires and setup sorted out. The cars felt pretty good. I felt confident with the cars going into Saturday’s race.
Round 1 of qualifying went pretty good for both cars. I finished 3rd in my heat and was sitting 4th overall in 17.5 2wd buggy. In 13.5 4wd buggy I was able to take TQ, sitting 1st overall. Round 2 went even better. I was able to improve my time in 2wd, finishing 2nd in my heat and sitting 2nd overall. In 4wd I finished 1st in my heat and was able to improve the TQ time. Round 3 didn’t go as well as I hoped. I made a few mistakes in my 2wd heat that had me finish 8th in the heat, but I was sitting 3rd overall. My final round didn’t go well in 4wd buggy. I got tangled up with a couple of cars early on and did my best to recover. I finished 3rd in the heat and sitting 2nd overall. I want to say congrats to Nathanial Betly for taking the overall TQ in 13.5 4wd buggy.

I was starting 3rd in 17.5 2wd buggy A Main. Had a good start, moving into 2nd in lap 3. I drove clean and took my XB2 to a 2nd place finish! In the 13.5 4wd buggy A Main, I was starting 2nd. Unfortunately Nathanial broke in warm up, which had me start on pole. My start was clean and slowly broke away from the pack. I was approaching a couple of lapped cars when I got hit and needed to get marshalled. I fell back to 2nd. I started to push to catch the lead car. By the 11th lap I was able to regain the lead and hold it to the finish!!

Both Xray cars ran strong all weekend. The Maclan MMax Pro ESC’s with the 17.5 and 13.5 Tuned MRR V2 motors are fast and reliable. The Maclan 4500mah V3 HV provided amazing power in both cars.

Would like to thank Billy and Melissa for hosting the event.

New York Winter Championship

We were at the 6th Annual New York Winter Championship hosted by Veracity RC. This was the 2nd time that the event was held at MakinTraxx RC in Rush, NY.

Brian Davin and the Kothman family did an amazing job running the event.

This weekend was our 1st race with Xray Team. Dylan was a little nervous but excited to run the cars and work with the team.

Friday practise went well. Dylan spend the day just getting a feel for the both cars.

2wd qualifying was a bit of a struggle as we’re still getting use to the car. Dylan was able to finish both 1st and 2nd round, however a motor issue prevented us from finishing round 3.
4wd qualifying went very well! Dylan felt very comfortable with the XB4’19 finishing all 3 rounds and qualified 8th overall.

We started 4th in 2wd buggy D Main. A couple of mistake early on had Dylan fall to the back of the pack. He drove hard and slowly began moving up through the field. He was in 3rd a closing the gap on the lead 2 cars, but traction rolled on the last lap. He finished 3rd.

We started 8th in 4wd buggy A Main. Dylan ran well in all 3 rounds of the A finals and finished 8th overall.

We would to thank Mark Sousa and Andrew Rizzo for their help throughout the weekend. Like to thank Mark for lending us his cars. Also like to thank all the sponsors for supporting the event.

JConcepts Fall Indoor Nationals

We attended the Fall Indoor Nationals hosted by JConcepts and RC Clubhouse this past weekend. Big thanks goes out to the Clubhouse crew and Jason Ruona for as exceptional event.

Qualifying and Mains went very well. I started 8th in 17.5 2wd D Main. Finished 2nd and took the bump to the C, where I finished 9th. I started 5th in Mod 4wd C Main buggy and finished 1st. I started 9th in 13.5 4wd buggy A Main. I was able to finish 7th.

Both Serpents, SRX2 and SDX4 ran strong all weekend. The Maclan 17.5 and 13.5 motors were strong and reliable all weekend as well.

We had a great time hanging out with George BousioutisSteve Bulman and Clint. Want to thank Mark Sousa for helping us out this weekend.

Brain DeCarie Memorial Race

We attended the 9th annual Brain DeCarie Memorial Race in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Everyone help raise over $4700 for cancer research.

Despite the weather everyone seemed to be having a good time.

Our sincere condolences to Brandon Marshall and family in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

We managed to get about half way through the mains before the rain. Unfortunately we weren’t able to complete the rest of the races.

Like to thank the SPARC crew for all the hard work, cleaning and preparing the track. Also like to thank all the sponsors for contributing and supporting a great cause.

This concludes our outdoor season for 2019. Now we begin preparation for the fall/winter indoor season.

Otter Cup Series Final

I was an amazing weekend at the final race of the Otter Cup Series. There were 165 entries on hand of some of the best drivers in Southern Ontario and North East US. The layout for was simply “Epic” This was by far our favorite layout!

Qualifying went well in ebuggy and 4wd buggy. After 3 rounds of qual points, Dylan took his Serpent SRX8e to an 8th start in ebuggy A main. He put his Serpent SDX4 on pole in 4wd buggy A main.

Double A mains went very well. Dylan finished 9th and A1 and 10th in A2 in ebuggy. He had two great runs in 4wd buggy, winning both A1 and A2. The Maclan MRR V2m 6.5T motor and MMAX Pro 1/10 160A ESC ran strong and consistent all season in his SDX4. Like to thank Brandon Dyche and Ian Maize for their support. In the Otter Cup Series standings. Dylan finished 2nd oval all in 4wd buggy and 15th overall in ebuggy.

We would like to thank John Blakley and Karla Josephson for their great hospitality, as well as giving us an amazing facility to race. We always have a great time in Otterville! Like to Jared Bardin for his amazing commentary.

We would also like to thank our sponsors for their continued support


2019 ROAR Nationals

We were in Columbus, OH for the 2019 ROAR Nationals at EN Hobbies. This was our first national event and we were excited!

We arrived Wednesday for practice. In a matter of a few feet of entering the building, Dylan saw all the pro drivers. He stood in front of me frozen. He was star struck. The smile on his face when he looked back at me was priceless!

Thursday seeding rounds went well. We were off pace but slowly improving. Dylan felt good with his SDX4. However the SRX2 needed some work. By the end of the day we felt good going into qualifying.

Friday qualifying was good. We slowly improved our pace but struggle to stay consistent. Dylan was feeling a little more confident with each lap

Saturday’s 2nd round of qualifying didn’t go as well. We had a wheel nut come off in the 3 round on his 2wd buggy race. By the end of the day Dylan was able to qualify in the F mains with both buggies

Sunday Mains. We started 10th in 2wd buggy. Unfortunately we didn’t have a clean start. We got tangled up the buggy in front of us going into the first turn. Dylan did the best he could to catch the field. We finished 9th. We also didn’t have a clean start with the 4wd buggy. We got stuck on the pipe on the first lap. He did the best he could and finished 8th.

We would like to thank all the drivers that signed Dylan’s T shirt. Also like to thank Billy Easton and Cledus Snow for helping us out throughout the week.