Axe 2.0 and Advanced Black Diamond Speedo
Supreme at the Spektrum R/C New Year Dash
Frank Ulbrik, Tom Firsching and
Brian Wynn (not shown) used their Advanced Black Diamond LV speed controls to
dominate the 14th Annual New Year Dash Carpet Oval Challenge in Oneida, NY. With
it's debut in Las Vegas in September 2009, Advanced Electronics shook the world
with the stunning performance of the Black Diamond. Now, with Advanced schooling
other companies how to build a fast speed control, others have attempted to
duplicate the speed, but the Black Diamond just keeps on winning. Ulbrik took
his Prototype Hyperdrive machine to a dominant victory in the TOUR Expert 7.5
with the Advanced Black Diamond speed control powering his ride. In the 1:12th
scale 10.5 class, Brian Wynn took his Razor II to a T.Q. and win with the Black
Diamond providing the power.
Tom Firsching used his CRC Battle
Axe 2.0 to win the Pro-Stock 10.5 class. Tom used the new option offset rear pod
plates (1964 - top, 1966 - bottom, & 3274 - X-brace) and new wide body mount graphite cross plate (1970). The
offset plates moves the motor left to the maximum. The new pod shifts the weight
to the left, which is very critical with the lightweight 1s lipo packs. The new
cross plate brings 2 changes to the Battle Axe. First, it is a 1-piece cross
plate that stiffens the rear of the car by connecting the 2 side plates.
Secondly, the cross plate widens the rear body posts to meet the flat area
outside of the "greenhouse" on the current crop of 1/10th scale oval bodies.
This allows the racer to use shorter, lower and lighter rear body posts.
While CRC is known for dominant
road course cars, victories at the Snowbirds and now the New Year Dash prove the
CRC Battle Axe 2.0 and CRC is very capable on the oval scene. And with the
Battle Axe priced hundreds below the competition, it is a great car at a great
price. Check it out!
Tom Firsching's winning CRC
Battle Axe. The Pro-Stock 10.5 class was very competitive with 2 CRC
Battle Axe cars making the A-main in the hands of Tom and Mark Calandra.
The new Battle Axe 2.0 rear pod
and widened cross brace and short body posts. Tom used body clips to hold
his body on! Wow, cutting edge technology!
The Battle Axe brings doom to
the competition at a
price they can only dream
The 14th Annual New Year Dash was
sponsored by Spektrum R/C. The race was held at the Kallet Civic Center in
Oneida, NY. The competitors were greeted with super smooth CRC Fasttrak carpet
in a beautiful theater setting. The pits were comfortable, the sound clear and
booming. A concession stand on site kept the racers happy with coffee, food,
water and pizza. The field of racers was very talented with teams from many
manufactures present. To name a few, we had Tekin's Salvas brothers, McPappy's
James Van Horn, RIP driver Mike O'Brien, Hyperdrive/Thunder Power racer Frank
Ulbrik and a good group from the CRC team.
The event was broadcast on Live
R/C and used the superior scoring of R/C Scoring Pro. CRC also used a "seeding"
round of qualifying where competitors were timed in a teched "practice" round.
The best 4 consecutive laps in a row seeded the racer into a qualifying heat, a
first on the oval! This seeding round made qualifying very clean and fair.
Click any picture
for a larger view.
Thanks to all the racers for
attending the event. A big thanks to all the CRC staff and racers who helped put
the race on; John Kranik, Chris Lare, Rob Barone, Joel Winnicki, Alex Cataldo,
Nicole Jeffery, Jim Peckham, Steve Pemberton, Nancy Calandra, Jake Jeffery, Myles
Hale, Tom Firsching, Mark Calandra, Erin Elrick, John Firsching, Brian Wynn, Dan Holcomb,
David Holcomb, Ray Wakulik, Terry Rott and the Kallet's own Marc Smith.
Mark your calendar for next
years race, January 15 - 16, 2011!