2012 Canadian Off-Road ChampionshipsAugust 6, 2012
Event Name: 2012 Canadian Off-Road Championships
Event Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Event Date(s): July 27, 2012 to July 29, 2012
The weather was perfect for the second annual Canadian Off-Road Champions hosted by Dynamic Hobbies and Sutton Aviation. Drivers from around the world came to the Ontario capitol north of New York for one of the best races of the year for electric off-road. They boasted almost 300 entries with drivers like the current European Champion Lee Martin, Tom Cockerill from the UK, Scott Brown from the U.S., and Michael Schoettler also from the U.S.
Team Associated's Scott Brown and Michael Scheottler set the early pace in the practice heats in all five classes they entered: 2WD Modified, Truck Modified, 4WD Modified, 2WD Short Course, and 4WD Short Course. The tent covering the track made the conditions extremely consistent. After qualifying, Schoettler took the top spot in Truck Modified and second behind Lee Martin in 2WD along with a third in 4WD. Scott Brown found himself on top in both Short Course classes.
In Ontario, Canada, they don't run the traditional triple A-Main format — they run a single 6-minute A Main. The first main up was 2WD Short Course and Scott Brown lead from start to finish. He had no problem putting his Team Associated Factory Team SC10 on top after 6 minutes.
Up next was the battle of the weekend — 2WD Modified. Lee jumped out front until the first jump section and came up short, allowing Schoettler to grab the lead on the first lap. After about 4 minutes Schoettler made a mistake on the tabletop turn and Lee got around him, but only until he came up to the jump section again. Schoettler got back in the lead and held on for the slim victory to take first in 2WD Modified.
Truck Modified came up next and Schoettler was in a league of his own with his Factory Team T4.1. Schoettler took the win.
4WD Short Course was up now and Scott Brown took off in the lead until about lap four when he made a costly mistake while Dave Henry was right behind him. After that there was just to much traffic and not enough time for him to catch up. So Brown settled for the second-place finish with his Team Associated FT SC10 4X4.
Last one up was the 4WD Modified class where Schoettler was going to try to make it a trifecta. Lee was too much in the 4WD class but Schoettler showed great poise and concentration to move up from his third qualifying position to finish in the second spot.
Great weekend and great people up in Canada. We had a great time and will definitely be back to hang out with them again.