So this past weekend (December 3rd – 5th), the Spektrum Off-Road Challenge took place in Brookfield, WI hosted by Trackside Hobbies, which is about 10 minutes from where a lot of us at RCNightmare.com live! Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to see it but I heard they put on a great event!
As the 1:10 electric winter racing season kicks off, the challenge got underway with over 300 entries for the three day event. Friday’s schedule had one qualifier with the three remaining rounds of qualifying on Saturday and concluding with main events on Sunday.Team Associated didn’t waste any time in the races.
In the 4wd Modified class, or Wheeler as we call it here in the Mid-West, Ryan Cavalieri of Team Associated started things out by setting the fastest time in three of the four rounds. This put his Factory Team B44.1 in the #1 grid spot for Sunday’s main event. With racers from all over the country in attendance the main events were loaded with talent that was separated by mere seconds over the five minute qualifiers.
Team Associated dominated with drivers Ryan Cavalieri, Chad Due, Steven Just, Josh Hohnstein, Sean Cochran & Michael Paige along with many other Associated vehicles occupied a majority of the “A” main spots.
As the main event got started, Cavalieri once again showed his skills by qualifying in the 4wd Modified class by expertly winning A1 and A2 and securing the overall title. This latest title just emphasizes the outstanding year Cavalieri and his B44.1 have had, including his ROAR National Championship.
So this is where it got good – the Modified Short Course class. Team Associated drivers Chad Due and Ryan C
avalieri hunted Top Qualifier Dustin Evans from behind in their 2nd & 3rd place starting spots. Evans made a devastating mistake that caused his truck to break and the battle was on between the Associated teammates!
The teammates were matching eachother move for move and Cavalieri was never more than a second from the Reedy/LRPpowered SC10 of Due. But Due cruised to the finish to take the win in the Modified SCT class. Good job to both racers. They put on a great show for their fans!