The 27th Annual Pro-Line April Fools Classic hosted by Murf’s Intermountain R/C Raceway in Salt Lake City, UT, attracted over 250 entries from all over the western United States. As one of the longest-running events in the country, the heritage of the April Fools Classic is undeniable, and with a new facility racers were excited for the next chapter.
Team Associated was in attendance with I.F.M.A.R. World Champion and defending April Fools title holder, Steven Hartson, and Tanner Denney, both making the trip to meet up with local Rob Gillespie Jr. With a challenging and tight layout, patience and corner speed were at a premium and Gillespie Jr. had both.
Taking the TQ in both Truck Modified with his RC10T5M and 2WD Modified with his RC10B5M, Gillespie was poised for the finals as he also qualified second in 4WD Modified with his RC10B44.3. Denney and Hartson joined him in the 2WD Modified main and Truck Modified, and 4WD Modified respectively.
As the main events got underway Sunday morning, Gillespie Jr. was on point and ready to compete. Taking a victory in A1 and A2 of Truck Modified, Gillespie Jr. sewed up his first title with a good challenge from teammate Tanner Denney, leading a 1-2-3 podium sweep for the T5M.
In 2WD Modified and 4WD Modified, Gillespie Jr. got the wins in A1 and looked to seal up the titles in A2. However it wasn’t to be and the titles had to be settled in A3. With a calm and determined mindset, the young Utah native completed the three-class sweep by winning both of the remaining main events in front of a very supportive hometown crowd.
Special thanks goes out to the April Fools staff and locals who made the team feel so welcome, and congratulations on your new facility. We look forward to returning again next year.
Team Associated’s RC10B5 and RC10B5M have been met with wild success by racers around the globe at both the club level and at major racing events. Always looking for a challenge, Team Associated’s Area 51 engineers took it upon themselves to make the best RC10 to date even better! A version of the B5M that would optimize the platform to excel in classes requiring spec motors and for certain track conditions that allow the racer to take full advantage of the performance offered from reduced weight.
Enter the RC10B5M Factory Lite Kit. Shedding over 75 grams of weight, the RC10B5M Factory Lite includes a 3-gear transmission for lower rotational mass, a lightened hard-anodized aluminum chassis, titanium turnbuckles, and aluminum front axles.
Coming in at fighting weight, the RC10B5M Factory Lite is sure to be a winner!
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