Gee, Isaacs & Fenimore win at 2016 ROAR Asphalt Nationals

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17-5

This past weekend RC racers from around the USA and Canada converged at Valkaria RC to race against the best at the 2016 Roar Asphalt Nationals sponsored by Team Powers. Practice began on Wednesday morning as drivers quickly became aware of the ever-changing track conditions and intricacies of the beautiful Valkaria RC layout. As practice continued through Thursday night, it was Mike Gee looking strong in 13.5 as well as Mod TC. Sam led the way as “practice TQ” in 17.5 TC with the rest of the team finding strong pace as well. Johnee Fenimore appeared to have the 21.5 TC class locked down. Qualifying began Friday night, with qualifying points being used to determine main starting positions.

In 17.5 touring, the largest class, Sam was able to TQ 3 of 4 rounds and start on pole for Sunday’s main event. Chris Kemper, Danny Jenkins, Billy Spence, and Sal Amato all made the A final for a total of 5 Awesomatix cars. Sam won A1 in convincing fashion over 2 seconds clear of the field. A charging Ray Darroch, Austin Wolfe, and Craig Xavier who started 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively made Sam’s work harder in A2. An early rough start for Sam put Craig and Austin to the top early. 3 minutes in, Austin flipped on a dot and Sam got around, slowly catching Craig for the race lead. With two laps to go, Sam made a clean pass on the inside of Xavier in front of the driver stand just before the chicane, and came around for his final lap to take the overall win and title in the 17.5 division!

21-5

21.5 TC was led by Johnee Fenimore who TQ’d 3 of 4 rounds to start on pole. Tim Haskins also made the final to start 3 cars in the 21.5 main event. Johnee won A1 and A2 to become the 21.5 TC National Champion!

13-5

13.5 touring was the Mike Gee show, as he TQ’d all 4 rounds of qualifying in strong and convincing fashion, with teammate Sam Isaacs finishing with three 2nd’s to ultimately lineup second on the grid. Team Associated’s Keven Hebert would line up third with Xray’s Craig Xavier in the 4th spot in what would surely be a fun and competitive set of A main finals. Danny Jenkins, Chris Kemper, and Mike Hanulec also made A-main appearances for a total of 5 cars in the A. Mike Gee led tone-to-tone in A1 and A2 to claim his 5th National Title, with Sam Isaacs winning A3 to secure second place over Associated’ Keven Hebert and Craig Xavier in 4th.

mod-tc

As expected, Modified TC proved the most entertaining and talent-packed class of the event, with several ROAR national and IFMAR world champions present. Among those entered were Ryan Cavalieri, Rick Hohwart, Keven Hebert, Randy Caster, and Paul Lemieux, making this the most stacked Nationals in recent memory. Awesomatix USA was well represented in Modified TC as Mike Gee, Mike Hanulec, and Monti Panzica all looked to do damage. Mike Gee highlighted qualifying as he lead for 3 minutes over 4 time IFMAR world champion Ryan Cavalieri in round 2, suffering an unfortunately roll over from which he recovered to take his best single round finish of 5th. After 4 rounds, Gee would start 6th with Panzica making the A final starting 10th after an excellent third and fourth round. As the mains began, Rick Hohwart started on pole with Cavalieri, Caster and Lemieux in tow in what was an epic three-leg set. Hohwart displayed perfect driving in A1 but fell victim to “Associated on Associated” crime when Cavalieri hit him from behind and went on to take the A1 win. Hohwart’s driving clinic in A2 led him to a win but a mistake in A3 gave the overall title to Cavalieri. Mike Gee placed best for Awesomatix, finishing 7th overall as Monti Panzica would round out the A-main in 10th.

A-Main results

21.5 TC:

  1. Johnee Fenimore (TQ—Awesomatix)
  2. Robbie Michaels
  3. Michael Bruce
  4. Ken Campbell
  5. Seth Moore
  6. Kevin Abbott
  7. Joseph Depinto
  8. John Kwascigroh
  9. John Toth
  10. Tim Haskins (Awesomatix)

17.5 TC:

  1. Sam Isaacs (TQ—Awesomatix)
  2. Craig Xavier
  3. Austin Wolfe
  4. Ray Darroch
  5. Chris Kemper (Awesomatix)
  6. Billy Spence (Awesomatix)
  7. Sal Amato (Awesomatix)
  8. David Franklin
  9. Robert Cooper
  10. Danny Jenkins (Awesomatix)

13.5 TC:

  1. Mike Gee (TQ—Awesomatix)
  2. Sam Isaacs (Awesomatix)
  3. Keven Hebert
  4. Craig Xavier
  5. Ray Darroch
  6. Dave Vera
  7. Michael Hanulec (Awesomatix)
  8. Stephen Boice
  9. Danny Jenkins (Awesomatix)
  10. Chris Kemper (Awesomatix)

Modified TC:

  1. Ryan Cavalieri
  2. Rick Hohwart
  3. Keven Hebert
  4. Randy Caster
  5. Paul Lemieux
  6. Dave Vera
  7. Mike Gee (Awesomatix)
  8. Lex Tyler
  9. Brandon McNally
  10. Monti Panzica (Awesomatix)

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