4 Titles for Team Associated at the 24th April Fools Classic
4 Titles for Team Associated at the 24th April Fools Classic

May 1, 2012
Event Name: 24th April Fools Classic
Event Location: Intermountain R/C Raceway, Magna, UT
Event Date(s): April 27, 2012 to April 29, 2012

For the 24th year in a row, racers gathered at the historic Intermountain R/C Raceway just outside of Salt Lake City, UT. This facility has seen several legendary R/C racers attend in years past: Brian Kinwald, Billy Easton, Matt Frances, Scott Hughes, Mike Truhe, Travis Amezcua, Scott Brown, Dustin Evans, and more. This year the the entry count was over 200 for the smooth indoor clay surface race.

Qualifying started Friday afternoon and ended Saturday night, with Mains on Sunday. Modified classes included 2WD Buggy, Stadium Truck, 4WD Buggy, and 4x4 Short Course. Team Associated/Reedy/LRP driver Rob Gillespie Jr. made a bold statement in qualifying, earning TQ in all three classes he entered, Modified Buggy, Modified Truck, and Modified 4WD. The hometown driver seemed to be very comfortable on the track with his Pro-Line-equipped Team Associated vehicles all weekend long. Adrian Redding went on to earn the last TQ spot in the 4x4 Short Course field with his Factory Team SC10 4x4.
 
Rob Gillespie Jr. got off to a slow start for the triple A-mains. A shaky start from Rob saw him finish third in A1. However, a stellar recovery with victories in A2 and A3 allowed him to take the 2WD Modified championship with his Factory Team B4.1 Worlds Edition.
 
1st Rob Gillespie Jr
2nd Joel Eaton
3rd Corey Peterson


In Modified Truck the story was similar. However, this time Rob Gillespie Jr. took the A1 win after some very close racing with Joel Eaton, and in A2 Rob would again go ahead and run a flawless race and earn the championship with his Factory Team T4.1
 
1st Rob Gillespie Jr
2nd Joel Eaton
3rd Brian Strange

 
4WD Modified proved to be very intense and packed some of the best racing of the weekend. TQ Rob Gillespie Jr. and local privateer racer Kobe Yonker, also running an Associated B44.1 on Pro-Line rubber, had a great race. Rob's run at winning all three classes got a bit of a wrinkle as Kobe took the win in A1. Rob would respond with a win in A2, leaving it to a two-car showdown in A3 to decide the winner. Kobe and Rob would quickly get away from the field and race each other strongly for about 5 minutes. A bad crash from Rob with about a minute to go was enough to kill his chance of a triple crown for the weekend. Kobe Yonker looked great all weekend in 4WD and deserved the win. Rounding out the podium for Team Associated was Eric Willardson, completing the B44.1 sweep.
 
1st Kobe Yonker
2nd Rob Gillespie Jr
3rd Eric Willardson
 

In the 4WD Short Course class, Adrian Redding and his Pro-Line-equipped Factory Team SC10 4x4 made good on his TQ position. After fending off local Jason Smith, Redding gapped the field, thus securing a fourth title for Team Associated at the April Fool's Classic.
 
1st Adrian Redding
2nd Jason Smith
3rd Aaron Eastman

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