TEAM WAGGONER RACING
OC R/C Rock Crawling - EVENT #1
Nature Park in Lake Forest, CA
CODY WAGGONER CLAIMS HIS FIRST, FIRST PLACE WIN AT
Capistrano Beach, CA – Cody Waggoner of Team Waggoner Racing, entered a whole new world of rock crawling last year and after a handful of events finally claimed his first 1st Place win this past weekend.
Orange County R/C Rock Crawlers (OCRCRC), (a sub-club of SoCal R/C Rock Crawlers) hosted their first local event at Nature Park in Lake Forest, CA. In an unlikely place, hidden under an overpass, is a rock garden made for R/C enthusiasts. The combination of rocks, sand and concrete made for interesting courses. “These courses were nicely designed. They were perfect for both the experienced driver as well as the novice. The added bonus gate was a great idea since the beginner had the option to attempt it or go around.” states Cody.
The event at Nature Park was run like any other full scale, or 1:1, rock crawling event. All rigs are required to go through a thorough tech inspection and there are preset courses with set time limits to complete them. The penalty points and rules are also similar to full scale rock crawling competitions. Judges monitor the time and penalty points for each driver on the course, as well as notifying them of oncoming traffic; such as bike riders or horses.
Yes there were horses at this event. Drivers are required to stop where they are on the course to allow the horse traffic to move by without being spooked by the sound of the R/C rigs. Time is started again once they are clear of the area.
Competitors had a total of three (3) courses to compete within five (5) minutes. This event was not only a first for the OC R/C Rock Crawlers, but it was the first for Lindsay, Cody’s wife.
Recently bitten by the R/C bug, Lindsay was persuaded to enter her first event. “I was excited about competing with Cody and not just cheering from the sidelines. I really love the full scale, 1.1, rock crawling and love that this is an extension of that.” comments Lindsay.
Following in Cody’s footsteps, Lindsay spent an evening before the event practicing with Randall Davis, of Axial, to get a better understanding on how to work Cody’s “old” rig. Cody was going to be put to the test at the event since he was going to be playing two rolls; driver and spotter for Lindsay. “My goal was to help her get through each course, and not to worry about taking a back up if she needs to. She just needs to finish the course.” states Cody. “This is a lot different from the first time I spotted her during a full scale rock crawling event, I won’t feel as bad when she rolls.” adds Cody.
The first course attempted by the Waggoner’s had a few tricky spots. Right off the bat there was an off-camber section that seemed to push all the rigs into a cone; only a select few managed to maneuver around it. The bonus line also hung up many of the competitors, including Lindsay. “The few that went before me made it look so easy and I said to myself, ‘I can do it too.’ Looking back I should have done the bypass to at least have the chance to complete the course. Now that the first course is behind us and the jitters are out of the way I hope to stay focused and finish the courses.” states Lindsay. Progression points always seem to be the key to staying on top and possibly winning the event. This is exactly what both Cody and Lindsay did on the remaining courses.
Cody earned his first 1st place win with only one cone penalty; no back up penalty points. Lindsay did finish two of the three courses and placed 26th out of 45 competitors. “Not bad for a beginner; I just didn’t want to finish last.” laughs Lindsay.
Next event held by the OC R/C Rock Crawlers will be February 8th, in Corona Del Mar.
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