PROTOform WCICS Rd.5 Report – Victoria

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The PROTOform Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series held Round 5, considered by most to be the Crown Jewel of the series, at Victoria’s Speed Weekend on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Hosted by the IROCC Club with an amazing army of volunteers and support! The reputation of the series and this event continues to grow; and this year drivers from across Western Canada, and from Quebec, Texas, Colorado, California & Washington came to race!

The result: the highest registrations so far in WCICS’s 25th season, and setting an all-time record Touring Car, WGT and 12 Mod turnouts! WCICS unveiled its new 25th Anniversary T-shirts, and every racer went home with one. The WCICS Live site, built by Catch 22 Media, continues to amaze with new development; unveiling: 1. “Live Texting” feature, sending every racer their individual heats directly to their phone, 2. “Live Streaming” delivering smooth HD video’s was a hit, and 3. “Live Scoring” screen streamed the RD’s screen directly to your mobile!

“We were proud to host Eric Epp of our title sponsor PROTOform at his first WCICS race! Finally, with almost 18hr days, the IROCC crew again ran an amazingly tight event, after almost 100 heats on Saturday they finished within 20sec of their schedule! Topping it off, our event made the evening TV news! Thanks to all the organizers, Catch 22 (Luke Pittman) for the incredible new features, the entire army of volunteers, our incredible sponsors, VBC (Dave Ehrlich) for giving away 6 kits(!), and of course the racers! On a personal note, I’m just so overwhelmed with the positive energy, the growth, the people, the clubs; WCICS has grown into wonderful series!” says Josh Carter.

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Awesomatix TC Mod: It was just amazing to watch Canada’s own Team Associated driver Kevin Hebert pilot anything around the track, but what was just as amazing was how hard Awesomatix’s Kody Knudtson pushed him, finishing just 1.8sec back while posting the fastest lap, the only lap in the 10’s. Korey Harbke and his Yokomo had a good battle with 4 cars on the same lap, taking the last spot on the podium. With a radar gun at the end of the straight, these guys were clocked at just under 80kph!!! Special mention to Canadian National Champ (and event organizer) Blake Bell’s amazing streak of almost 9 TQ’s and Win’s, which was always going to be tough to continue against some of the best drivers in the world. A few of us know from personal experience, it’s an almost impossible challenge to run a large event and race at your best, and showing what is such a rare selfless quality, Blake always puts the event first, with he and I and several others staying very late every night! If his streak had to end, it ended in the noblest possible way!

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Team Great Hobbies TC Stock: In the biggest class of the weekend, TQ holder Ron Atomic would unfortunately retire on lap 7, handing the lead over to Team Awesomatix Wayne Mah who would drive it to the checkered. Mike Malkinson drove his Awesomatix up from 5th on the grid and would keep the pressure on Wayne, finishing just 1.2 sec back. Joey Krysinski would drive his XRay to the last spot on the podium, only a few tenths ahead of Team XRay’s Luke Pittman!

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CRC WGT: In our biggest WGT turnout ever, Professor Slapmaster himself, Brian Bodine, put his CRC WGT on pole, and drove a perfect race from tone to tone. Local “Trackmaster” Craig Roberts drove his CRC to a solid second, the only racer able to stay on the same lap as Brian. Frank Bortolazzo’s new Roche finished just 0.2sec ahead of Top Privateer WCICS President Josh Carter, in what was one of the closest finishes of the mains!

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ATD Hobbies Tamiya Mini: Again, at the request of current series leader Brandon Rogers, a special “good luck charm” announcer was called in just for this main, with Brandon hoping to move up from his 2nd place qualifying to overtake TQ Justin Gilkison! It almost worked, as rising young star Brandon drove a great race from start to finish, but both drivers drove absolutely mistake free, and were deadlocked, with Justin taking the checkered just a few secs ahead of Brandon. John Ha had his own epic battle, trading 3rd with Brent Wende (who posted the fastest lap of the main) a couple of times, with John taking the last spot of the podium in 3rd.

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Gravity RC CTA: Local BC driver Tom Weston would trade a lot of paint on his way to the top of this main, lol, but when you’re driving vintage muscle cars, that’s vintage style racing for ya. This was an action packed main, with TQ holder Dick Reece seeing early contact that would drop him back to 8th; he would stage an amazing comeback drive to end up 3rd! With Tom now in the lead, Tiny Welch & Justin Gilkison got in the mix and the 3 traded spaces for the first half of the race! Eventually, Tom would emerge in the lead, with Leighton Lederer benefiting from the action as he moved from 5th to 2nd! That would hold until the end, Tom, Leighton and Dick. Thanks for providing and action packed race guys!

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Reedy 12th Stock: What a weekend for Professor Slapmaster! After TQ holder Korgae Scales had some early lap issues that dropped him back to last, Team CRC’s Brian took over the lead and never looked back! The real battle took place just behind him as National Champion Blake Bell’s CRC and one of Alberta’s top drivers Wayne Mah’s CRC fought it out. These two would battle all race, swapping spots, and finishing just tenth’s apart in an epic 8 minute run! Wayne 2nd, Blake 3rd. Special mention to WCICS Live developer, Catch 22’s, Luke Pittman, who posted the fastest lap in the A-main!

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Novak 12th Mod: With our biggest 12th Mod turnout of the season, all eyes were on Team Associated’s Kevin Hebert, who didn’t disappoint posting TQ and taking the win 1.8sec ahead of Korey Harbke, driving a 12th Mod car of his own design! BC’s own Korgae Scales had the drive of the A-main, taking his Roche from 7th on the grid to take the last podium spot!

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Auto Trim F1: Alex Pate made it 2 in a row, taking TQ and the win! Brandon Rogers was the only other car to finish on the same lap, with Ed Mardones having a great battle with Joey for 3rd.

Thank you IROCC for celebrating PROTOform WCICS 25th Anniversary in style in Victoria! Full Results, photos and series standings available at www.wcics.ca or check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wcics/.


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