Seven Victories For Team Associated at the 3rd Annual Team Associated Top Gun Shootout

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 12:00am CDT

The Third Annual Team Associated Top Gun Shootout takes its name from the famous Top Gun Navy fighter school located just across the street in Miramar, CA. And while there weren’t any Maverick or Goose sightings, Team Associated did bring out their top guns with World Champions Ryan Cavalieri, Brian Kinwald, and Steven Hartson all in attendance. Much like the popular 80s movie, there were also some rookies looking to make a splash against the established veterans of the industry.

In the 2WD Modified class it was Team Associated/Reedy’s Spencer Rivkin who started on pole for the double A-Main event's tie-breaking with Ryan Cavalieri. As the main events got underway, the savvy veteran Cavalieri paced Rivkin until a small bobble in each of the A Mains allowed Cavalieri to squeak by and set a pace no one else could match. Kody Numedahl put his Reedy-powered B5M in to second overall while Rivkin had to settle for third place overall. With all 10 A-Main competitors choosing to use the RC10B5M, it’s clear which vehicle was best at the Top Gun Shootout.

In the 4WD Modified class, again it was the Team Associated duo of Cavalieri and Rivkin battling for TQ honors. This time Cavalieri started first and showed the field why he’s 3x 4WD World Champion, taking relatively easy victories in both A1 and A2. Rivkin wouldn’t be flustered, however, matching Cavalieri’s fast pace, but falling a bit short on the consistency, he finished a respectable second overall.

1:8 eBuggy has always been popular at the generously sized SDRC track and the Team Associated duo of Cavalieri and Hartson laid down the law in qualifying, starting 1-2. Using his RC8.2e Factory Team buggy, Cavalieri checked out on the field in A1 and A2 for a comfortable overall victory while Hartson struggled with traffic and finished just off the podium; an uncharacteristic finishing position for the World Champion.

One of the best battles of the weekend was in 2WD Modified Short Course where Team Associated/Reedy’s Kevin Motter started second on the grid. A dominant A1 victory from Motter set the stage for a showdown in A2 with TQ Chris Wheeler. As A2 progressed, Motter sat right behind Wheeler, waiting for a mistake, and with just over a lap to go it happened. Motter got past and sealed the deal, taking the victory in A2 as well for the overall title with his SC10.2 Factory Team truck.

The most popular class of the weekend with close to 50 entries was 2WD 17.5 Buggy. Team Associated’s newest member Jake Mayo put the field on notice with his B5M, setting a pace that was on a whole different level. Unfortunately, a loose wheel nut cost him any chance at an overall victory as it fell off while leading A1. The big benefactor of this was 2013 champion Team Associated/Reedy’s Tommy Hinz, who borrowed Brian Kinwald’s RC10B5 for the event. With a win in A1 and second place in A2, Hinz won the class for the second year in a row, taking home $300 in the process.

Also taking home victories using Team Associated vehicles were Wayne Wyrick in 17.5 Stadium Truck and Casey Becica in 13.5 2WD Buggy.

Special thanks goes out to the whole Bergen family and the SDRC crew for putting on a great event that saw over 200 entries with two full days of racing. Be sure to be a part of the 2015 event scheduled again for the last weekend in June -- and see if you have what it takes to be the Top Gun!

Rivkin, 2WD
prototype Reedy Blackbox Speed Control
#238 Reedy Sonic 540 Mach 2 7.5 Modified
#602 Reedy 4100mAh 65C Competition 7.4V Shorty LiPo Battery
#647 Reedy Pro Silicone Wire, 12AWG Black
#643 Reedy Low-Profile Bullet Connector, 4mm x 14mm

Motter, SC10.2
prototype Reedy Blackbox Speed Control
#240 Reedy Sonic 540 Mach 2 6.5 Modified
#739 Reedy WolfPack 5500mAh 60C 7.4V
#647 Reedy Pro Silicone Wire, 12AWG Black
#643 Reedy Low-Profile Bullet Connector, 4mm x 14mm