Well, AMS 6.0 is in the books! What a great few days of racing with some of the best drivers in the nation, meeting up with old friends (and some new ones), and just plain fun. AMS has quickly become one of my favorite events every year because of the more casual attitude and the very organized race program. After some maintenance and the confidence gained from the Hobbyplex, I was set to do my very best at the race that wasn't too friendly last year.
Practice went pretty well. It was apparent right away the track would be quite different than last year. Instead of being the hard packed sandy track with dust all over the place, it instead was extremely smooth and had almost no dust (thanks to the track crew) and it started to groove up pretty quickly. I started out with M4 holeshots which were good on the developing surface, but quickly switched to M4 Electrons as they had far more all around grip and were easier to drive consistently fast. Once I settled on the right tire, i made a few tweaks to the nitro car in hopes it would improve a little bit, but ran out of daylight and practice time to test everything I wanted. Both cars were feeling pretty good at that point so I was confident going into the quals.
Ebuggy qualifying on the other hand went very well, thanks in no small part to the awesome Hobbywing power I was using. The back straight went a little faster for me than with everyone else it seemed. With this class being far more familiar in feel I was able to manage a 4th in one round and a 7th in another which set me up for 6th overall on the Amain starting grid.
Going into the mains, both Tekno cars felt pretty good and was confident I could make a charge in both classes to move up the order a little bit. When we arrived on mains day, the track had definitely developed even more of a groove and the track was far more abrasive.
For the ebuggy mains, I pulled out a backup set of used Electrons and hoped they would make it through the double A's. The first main was a little crazy as a crash higher up in the pack caught a lot of guys both in front of and behind me. I got through it with a minor spinout from a driver trying to recover his spot and was back into 6th where I started. The rest of the main was pretty uneventful, aside from a stupid crash coming off the front triple that let both Billy Easton and Shay Brand past me. I would finish in the 8th position. The second main went a lot smoother, and I had a good battle with Shay Brand up until the end of the race where he finally got me and I had to settle back for 6th. Both these mains together put me 6th overall! Good thing this event only used two mains for the electric classes, as by the end of the night the track had almost turned to sandpaper and while my Electrons still had great grip, one more 10 minute run and they would be completely gone. Very happy with my finish, there were some very fast guys that ended up behind me in the final results.
Extremely happy with my entire package now! Tekno cars were working great the entire weekend and setup changes were very predictable, my HOBBYWING ESC and HOBBYWING motor were just insanely fast down the straight while keeping the smooth feel they're known for, and of course my Pro-line tires kept my cars glued to the track for the entire event with much less wear than some of the other brands. My Phantom body looked great also!
Chassis: Tekno EB48.2
Esc: HOBBYWING Xerun 150A ESC
Motor: HOBBYWING Xerun 4274SD 2200kv
Tires: Pro-line Electron M4
Wheels: Pro-line Velocity Lightweight
Body: Pro-line Phantom EB48.2
And as always, HUGE thanks to my sponsors for their amazing support: Tekno R/C, Pro-line Racing, and Hobbywing North America.