The first half of the Super Nationals are complete. I have to say this is quite strange having the format with the traditional classes done and over with already with still racing to go. The race was really a challenge with the track changing at the beginning so much with all the dust.
We were behind on setup the first part of the week but pulled everything together as a team for the final day of qualifying in all three classes. Once we had gotten a couple things worked out with the setup it was game on, the TLR 22 buggy was amazing with tons of grip on a lose track that had become polished.
The team got their TLR cars working well by the time the mains came around and the team was looking positive but it came down to just not starting close enough to the front that would cost us the races. Most of the time our bad luck in the mains would be mistakes from our competitors that would collect us in their mistake. For the final main of 4wd buggy Dakotah Phend would prove he had the speed with a great start that would put him out front where no one could catch him. He would take the win and secure himself the final spot on the podium.
Privateer racer Kevin Motter showed that his three out of four TQ in qualifying of 17.5 buggy would not be a fluke after winning the first two mains. Kevin would lead every lap of both mains in dominant fashion with his Schuur Speed powered TLR 22 buggy. Kevin also contested in the 17.5 Stock truck class where he also chooses to run his Schuur Speed powered TLR 22T and yet again put in an impressive drive to take 2nd places after winning the second main and just falling short in A3 taking second which would give him second overall. Great job Kevin Motter!
The team seemed to be very happy with their TLR 22T truck from the start of practice but as the track changed a lot for qualifying they had to start making some changes. The truck just had to much steering for the amount of grip the track had in qualifying. One of the big changes was going to a different compound tire that really helped the grip in the rear and tamed down the steering on both the TLR 22 buggy and 22T truck. Overall for the way the track has been throughout qualifying I am very happy with how the team has done. I will say this has been one of the toughest ROAR Nationals I have been to in a long time.