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X Factory Success At Motorama!

     
     
This past weekend X Factory traveled to Harrisburg, PA, to attend the 38th Annual Motorama show. Self-labled as "The Greatest Show In The East," Motorama has become a destination RC race in amongst a huge number of other shows, events, and competitions. X Factory Drivers Paul Sinclair and John Cravotta experienced great success at this years race!
     
     
The 1/10th scale Motorama track is a temporary one made out of sticky orange clay. Built over two days before the race, the dirt starts out incredibly wet and soft - good, sticky traction if you can get through the unintentional bumps left by the marshal's footsteps! This year's layout featured a back straight away and sweeper made tough by the bumps; lots of cars struggled to carry the speed needed for the quickest laps. The traction changes considerably through the weekend: X Factory's Paul Sinclair said, "It's always a challenge here at Motorama to keep up with the track conditions, as the dirt dries out significantly. My X Factory cars were stable and created a lot of traction, which really helps on the uncertain surface. My JConcepts Gold dirtwebs with Reino's Ragu provided me with plenty of traciton all weekend!" In Friday's round 1 of qualifying, Paul would run his X - 6 Cubed to the 10th fastest time in 2wd buggy modified.  
     
  While waiting for their next opportunity on the track, Motorama offers so many different events and entertainment for racers to spectate. Beyond the two RC tracks, rock crawler course, and demolition derby, there's arenacross, quarter-midgets, go-karts, robotic conflict, and two different full-sized car shows! It's a great experience for anyone interested in any kind of motorsports, and the exposure for RC racing as a sport is absolutely fantastic. Whether you're a pit guy or a racer, you'll be sure to talk to someone interested in learning about our great hobby. One great event this year took place on the 1/8th scale track on Saturday; announcer Scotty Earnst arranged to have a few of the Ms. Motorama contestants race some RC cars! Needless to say, it was the best looking drivers' stand we've ever seen...

When the dust from qualifying settled, the X Factory team had vehicles in three Amains: Paul Sinclair in the 2wd Modified SCT main, and John Cravotta in the 2wd Stock buggy and 2wd Stock SCT main. In 2wd mod short course, Paul battled up from his 6th qualifying spot, finishing solidly in 3rd in Amain number 1. A rough start in A2 dropped his SCX-61 back in the field, but he charged through the pack to a 4th spot. With the podium to play for in A3, Paul drove smart to start the race and soon found himself 2nd behind Associated's Chad Due. Paul pushed hard and kept his nose clean, finishing 2nd in the race and securing the third spot on the podium!
     
 

John Cravotta battled similarly with his Infinity-equiped B5m and SC5m in his 17.5 Amains. Starting 8th in 2wd Stock buggy, John's CF chassis was one of the

  only buggies to regularly clear the tough infield triple jump. John's best moment came in A2, when smart driving and quick laps worked him up to the lead, but a hard tumble off the straight away dropped him back in the pack. A 4th place finish in in A3 would put his Team Scream-powered Infinity B5m 7th overall. John was super-consistent with his Infinity-equiped SC5m, finishing 4th in all three Amains to take a convincing 4th overall.

If you're interested in more coverage of this great event, check out some of the racing action in our video playlist below. You can find tons more pictures on our facebook page, and more information about this great event on their website.
     


     
     
     
     
     
 
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