Nov 27

Race Report: 2011 King Of The Rug

Thank you to Matt Stacy for the following race report.
Dirt Trax RC just finished hosting the King of the Rug Indoor Shootout for the first time ever in Ottawa. The race consisted of 1 day of practice and 2 days of racing between November 11 and 13. The king of the rug race is carpet off-road and consists of 1/10 scale electric classes including 2wd buggy, 4wd buggy, 4wd Short Course and 2wd Short Course. The race was heavily supported by Dynamic Hobbies, Dirt Trax Racing, Sutton Aviation RC Research and Development, MX101, Tamiya Canada, Tekin, Great Hobbies, Team Associated, Bodywerx and Schumacher.

Hotrod Hobbies driver Justin DaSilva was the top qualifier in the 2wd buggy class. DaSilva was driving a Losi 22 and was very impressive during qualifying. He had an impressive 3 wins in the 5 rounds of qualifying.

Sutton Aviation driver and “local favorite” Jake Solt raced to victory in the 2wd buggy A-Main. He was driving his Schumacher Cougar SV and completed 25 laps in 6 minutes and 7 seconds. He took the lead near the start of the race and never looked back. Once he gapped the field he raced without incident to finish first. Justin DaSilva was second driving a Losi 22 with 24 laps in 6 minutes and 3 seconds, while John Gagnon took 3rd driving his Losi 22 with 23 laps in 6 minute and 1 second. Justin DaSilva had the fastest lap of the day for 2wd buggy with an impressive 14.28

Jake Solt with his 1st place plaque for 2wd buggy 

Justin DaSilva collects TQ and second

John Gagnon accepts his 3rd place plaque

Dynamic Hobbies driver Joe Glover was the top qualifier in the 4wd buggy class. Glover was driving a Tamiya 502x. Glover had a close battle for TQ with Steve Bortolotti from Tamiya Canada.

Tamiya Canada driver Steve Bortolotti raced to victory in the 4wd buggy A-Main. He was driving his Tamiya 502x and completed 25 laps in 6 minutes and 7.81 seconds. He raced to the line and barely won with a hard charging Abiye Birku also from Tamiya Canada. This was the most exciting finish of the weekend as Bortolotti edged Birku by a mere 0.07 seconds. Joe Glover took 3rd driving his Tamiya 502x with 25 laps in 6 minute and 11 seconds. Abiye Birku had the fastest lap of the day for 4wd buggy with a 13.793 clocking.

Steve Bortolotti accepts his 1st place plaque

Abiye Birku accepts his 2nd place plaque

Joe Glover accepts his TQ and 3rd place plaques

The combined King of the Rug for Buggy was a close battle between Justin DaSilva and Jake Solt. They tied with points and a tie breaker was used to declare Justin DaSilva the winner (By fastest lap). Justin was awarded $250 for his efforts while Jake won $100. Steve Bortolotti was third and collected 50$ for his efforts.

Local Dirt Trax driver John Gagnon was the top qualifier in the 2wd Short Course class. Gagnon was driving his TQ Racing Short Course truck.

Gagnon raced to victory in the 2wd Short Course A-Main. His TQ Racing Short Course truck couldn’t be caught in the main and he went on to win with a time of 23 laps in 6 minutes and 15 seconds. Matt Stacey driving for Sutton Aviation was 2nd with a time of 22 laps in 6 minutes and 2 seconds. Gordie Tam driving his SC10 was third in 22 laps in 6 minutes and 11 seconds. Gordie Tam had the fastest lap of the day for 2wd short course with an impressive lap time of 15.248.

John Gagnon Accepts his TQ and 1st place plaque

Matt Stacey accepts his 2nd place plaque

Gordie Tam accepts his 3rd place plaque

Sutton Aviation driver Matt Stacey was the top qualifier in the 4wd short course class. Matt was driving a Losi TEN-SCTE 4wd Short Course truck.

Hotrod Hobbies driver Justin DaSilva raced to victory in the 4wd Short Course A-Main. He was driving a Durango DEX410 Short Course truck and completed 24 laps in 6 minutes and 14 seconds. Gordie Tam of Dynamic Hobbies was second with his SC10 4X4 and Matt Stacey was 3rd. Justin DaSilva had the fastest lap of the day for 4wd Short Course with a 14.560 lap.

Justin DaSilva accepts his first place plaque

Tam accepts his 2nd place plaque

Matt Stacey accepts his TQ plaque

The combined King of the Rug for Short Course was a close battle between Gordie Tam and Matt Stacey. They tied with points and a tie breaker was used to declare Gordie Tam the winner (By fastest lap). Tam was awarded $250 for his efforts while Matt won $100. Justin DaSilva was third and collected 50$ for his efforts.

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