California’s southernmost R/C track played host to Round 5 of the 2014 HB HPI Challenge Series on April 19th. Just minutes from the Mexico-United States, the Heritage R/C Park features on-road and off-road tracks for hobbyists to enjoy. Racers from as far north as Ventura and Southern California trekked to Chula Vista to rack up points as we go into the final two rounds. HRC’s on-road director Kyle Christy had the track perfectly prepared as racers arrived. The newer asphalt surface with grape soda sprayed over provided traction racers often dream of!
HRC provided two rounds of heads-up qualifying this past Saturday. This style of qualifying allowed for close racing that kept spectators marveling at the scale speeds and excitement. Drawn in by the awesome action, spectators stopped by the HB canopy to ask questions or check out the latest HB kits displayed while picking up catalogs and DVDs. By noon, racers had finished vying for that pole position in each of their respective class. Top Qualifiers for Round 5 were Chris Rodriguez (Electric Sport), Chin Luc (Electric Pro), Mark Dawson (Electric Open & Rallycross), Todd Marshall (Nitro Sport) and Jack DeAnda (Nitro Pro). During the break before the mains, the sun had finally peaked through allowing for the group picture and HB HPI Concours Challenge! HB Infantry Team driver Carlos Franco would emerge victorious with his Subaru Impreza Type C painted up in a sharp, racy paint scheme featuring his signature colors.
Chris Rodriguez had his eyes set on taking home yet another #1 plaque on Saturday. Once the tone sounded, Rodriguez set out on a mission leaving Jeremy and Jacob Dee to battle it out for second. Taking his fifth consecutive Electric Sport win was Chris Rodriguez. Jeremy Dee would go on to finish second with Jacob Dee taking third. In Electric Pro, Chin Luc took his second consecutive win this season. Luc piloted his Cyclone TC away from the carnage behind him as soon as the tone sounded. Cody Secara, also a two-time winner in the series, went on to finish second. Charlie Barnes and his TCXX finished third. In Electric Open, Mark Dawson edged out HB Infantry Team drivers Jarrod Kadonaga and Carlos Franco to start on the pole. Dawson would lead from the tone with Kadonaga closely behind until a bobble left him on his lid. This allowed Dawson to stretch his lead further and take the victory. Kadonaga and Franco would finish second and third putting their HB TCXXs on the podium. The nitro cars provided the spectators trackside with some smoke and tire burning action. Todd Marshall would claim his fourth Nitro Sport victory of the season, while Jack DeAnda grabbed his third straight Nitro Pro win. Rallycross became an instant favorite with spectators and racers alike. Six WR8 Flux rally cars lined up side by side and once the tone sounded madness ensued. Mark Dawson claimed the victory in Rallycross with Jerry Holsti finishing second and eight year old Jacob Dee taking his second third place plaque of the day.
The sixth and final round of the 2014 HB HPI Challenge Series returns to the HPI USA HQ in Foothill Ranch, California on May 10. Please visit www.hpiracing.com for more information and complete class rules.