Hebert Lights the Candle in Vegas!
Now in its 9th year, the International Indoor Championships (IIC) has become an unrivaled RC racing extravaganza. Top drivers from around the world gathered at the classic Riviera Hotel and Casino to battle for the newly introduced IIC championship belt. Race organizer Scotty Ernst once again created a challenging layout while Sin City provided plenty of after-hours activities for those that wanted to put the day's racing activities behind them.
The perfectly executed race program remained unchanged from previous years. Four rounds of controlled practice and limited open practice gave each driver an ample amount of time to learn the circuit and develop a setup for the bumpier-than-normal carpet track surface. Four qualifying rounds followed, with a driver's single fastest qualifying run determining his main event and grid position.
Reedy/AE factory driver Keven Hébert won the 1/12 Modified and Super Stock 13.5 TC classes last year and was looking to make it two in a row. A pre-IIC Vegas holiday left Keven relaxed and ready for the task at hand. After four hard-fought rounds of qualifying, Keven started on the pole position in Super Stock 13.5 and in the third position in 1/12 Modified. It appeared that the holiday definitely paid off!
Driving his Reedy-powered 12R5.2, Hébert took control of the 1/12 Modified A-final just past the one-minute mark and never looked back. With no serious challenges, he was able to comfortably win the class for the second year in a row and claim the IIC championship belt.
The pole position start in Super Stock 13.5 TC allowed Keven to drive his Reedy-powered TC6.1 Factory Team prototype to an early lead. Unchallenged, Keven took the wire-to-wire win to earn his second championship belt of the weekend and second class win in a row.
Scotty Ernst promises that next year's 10th anniversary IIC will be the best one yet. I'd take his word for it and start planning your Vegas vacation now!
Hébert, 1/12 Modified
ASC312 Reedy 7000mAh 65C 3.7V LiPo
ASC246 Reedy Sonic 540 Mach 2 3.5T Motor
ASC4020 AE 12R5.2 Factory Team
Hébert, Super Stock TC
ASC309 Reedy 7000mAh 65C 7.4V LiPo
ASC233 Reedy Sonic 540 Mach 2 13.5T Motor
TC6.1 Factory Team prototype