The PROTOform Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series Round 3 was held in the Capital of Alberta, Edmonton. Hosted by the NASCAR Club, great weather helped racers from all around Western Canada make the drive, and this year saw their biggest turnout ever!
CRC WGT: Top Privateer, WCICS President Josh Carter took a tight TQ, but couldn’t hold off the speed of one of Western Canadian’s top drivers, Team ORCA’s Wayne Mah in the final, who drove away for the win. Dropping back to 3rd behind Ken Miller, it was now a battle for 2nd place. Josh was looking for any clean pass, but Ken was on a perfect drive, and it looked like Ken would hold the challenge off to the end. But on the 2nd last corner of the final lap, Ken just barely swiped a board, pushed wide, which was the opening Josh had been waiting 20 laps for. In a drag race to the finish, Josh would end up 2nd, Ken 3rd. Great race!
ATD Hobbies Tamiya Mini: TQ Scott West from Calgary appeared to be untouchable, having basically held TQ throughout the entire weekend, with a car several tenths faster than most of the field. If that description sounds familiar, check the Round 2 Penticton report! It also looked to be repeat performance, when on the first corner Scott misjudged his turn-in, and stuck his car against the corner board while almost the entire field drove past. In a drive like Rossi in Valencia MotoGP, Scott drove back through the entire field, this time vanquishing the ghosts of Penticton and taking back first place! Fellow Calgary racers Erwin and young up and coming driver Carter finished just 2 and 4 seconds behind, rounding out the podium.
Gravity RC CTA: This race belonged to Edmonton driver Des Tse, who led from TQ to checkered! Cam and Erwin would fight for second, with Cam taking the #2 spot on lap 7 and running to the end. Erwin, who would drop back to 4th on that lap, had to battle back to claim the last podium spot.
Reedy 12th Stock: With reigning Canadian National Champion Blake Bell putting his CRC firmly in TQ, and would lead to the checkered, it would seem like an easy victory. But Team Associated Peter Tozser, with the fastest lap of the main, put constant pressure on The Champ for the full 8 minutes, finishing just 0.4sec behind. It was a great battle! Team XRay’s Luke Pittman, while posting the second fastest lap, would take the last step on the podium!
Novak 12th Mod: In a reverse of 12 Stock, Team Associated’s Peter Tozser would take TQ, again with the fastest car. But a mistake on lap12 would drop him back to 2nd behind “The Champ” Blake Bell This time it wasn’t so easy for the National Champion, as he had a fantastic battle with TQ Team Associates Peter Toszer, trading the lead back and forth, treating the fans to an amazing race in this hugely challenging class, it would be “The Champ” who would get by right at the end for a virtual photo finish! Calgary’s Ivan Chan was third.
Auto Trim F1: Local Edmonton drive Ian, returning to RC after years off, is back on form with a win in F1, a class he’s helped grow at his home club. Mike Watson drove an almost perfect race to finish a solid second. Ivan Chan was third.
Team Great Hobbies TC Stock: By far the biggest class of the weekend provided a great final race. Awesomatix’s Wayne Mah was dominant, solidly in TQ most of the weekend. He led from tone to tone taking the win in style. XRay’s Ryan Rice, having traveled all the way from Saskatoon, moved from 3rd when fellow Team XRay’s Danny Buck had a mechanical. Top Privateer Josh Carter kept the pressure on Ryan all the way to the end, taking 3rd.
Awesomatix TC Mod: When you’re hot, you’re hot, and National Champion, Team XRay driver Blake Bell drove his T4 from pole to checkered without looking back! For his second round in a row, Blake took all 3 class wins, again proving exactly why Blake is “The Champ!” Fellow Team XRay driver Danny Buck would hold 2nd for almost the entire race, but on the 3rd last lap it all exploded with 3 different racers holding 3rd place (Danny Buck along with Team Associated’s Peter Toszer and Team Awsomatix’s Wayne Mah). Peter Tozser would bring it across the line, followed by Danny.
“Thank you NasCar for celebrating PROTOform WCICS 25th Anniversary in style in Edmonton, we look forward to next season! Full Results, photos and series standings available at www.wcics.ca or check out our Facebook page.”