2017 Victorian State Titles
The 2017 1/10 Offroad Victorian State Titles were held at the red clay track of the bordertown Wodonga RC Club. Big winners were TLR/Motiv Leigh Cheeseman (2wd 17.5, 4wd 17,5 and Truck 17.5), AE/JC/Reedy Ray Munday (2wd Mod), AE/Reedy Cameron Zammit (4wd Mod) and ORCA Simon Healy (Truck mod).
The original date in August was washed out so the re-run was held in combination with the Coleman Cup, an event that has been running for over 20 years in memory of a young racer who tragically died at a young age. This event celebrates sportsmanship and competition, and the prestigious ‘Coleman Cup’ for services to the sport was awarded to Bazz Densely who not only prepared buggies for his 2 kids to race but also helped with track prep and even cooking the bbq through the weekend. It’s because of racers like him that the sport of RC is so much fun!
Racers were treated to a fantastic blue groove surface on the bumpy but flowing classic outdoor track, with sunny weather for practice and 4wd day but rain on 2wd day which kept everyone on their toes chasing the perfect setup. The event ran with the Holeshot V2 as the control tyre for all classes. The small but enthusiastic club members had worked tirelessly in the leadup of the event and during the weekend to give all racers something to remember.
TLR / Motiv racer Leigh Cheeseman was on a mission all weekend, taking TQ in each of the 17,5 classes and converting in the finals to win all 3. It wasn’t as easy as it looked though, as he was pushed extremely hard by Ben Howard (2nd 2wd 17,5 ) and Jason Milbourne (2nd 4wd 17,5 and2nd Truck 17,5T) with Simon ‘sticks’ McHugh rounding out the podium in both of the buggy classes and Hope Densley taking a popular 3rd in Truck 17.5 with her T5M!
Munday took TQ from Zammit and Andrew Selvaggi, but in the finals ‘CamZam’ proved too strong taking out A1 and A3 to defend his title from 2016. Cam was pushed hard by AE racer Selvaggi, the result only decided in the last couple of laps of A3, with Simon Healy and Lachlan Munday 3rd and 4th.
Munday also took TQ in 2wd with his B6D from Healy (Kyosho) and Selvaggi 3rd. In A1 it started raining making conditions slippery but Munday took the win from a hard charging Healy with Andrew holding his podium place. Unfortunately the rain came down harder after A1 so the event was called based on the results of this single final.
Cam Zammit took TQ in this class but had some poor luck in the finals. Simon Healy made the most of this to take the win, Matt Kellett (AE) in 2nd and Andrew ‘Ace’ Adamic (Xray) in 3rd.
Junior 17.5 (Under 16 2wd):
This is a very popular class in Victoria, with a full field of racers looking to make their mark on the sport. Brian Lawrence took TQ from Nathan Facciol and Shane Lawrence. In the finals Brian took the win from brother Shane, Nathan 3rd. Look out for these names in the future!
Paul Slifka took TQ in this class but couldn’t convert in the finals, Nathan Krone taking his B6 to the front of the pack for the win.
This was another battle between Paul Slifka and Nathan Krone with many entertaining races. The result was a reversal of 2wd, Slifka taking the win with his Schumacher from Krones Yokomo.
Thanks to the club for putting on the event!