WORS 2018 Big Barn Official Race Report - The Toy Car Creative
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WORDS & PICTURES BY NICK COWARD

Second annual Big Barn Shootout draws World Champion, international attention and 300+ entries!


The weekend of April 6-8 saw 143  racers combine for 317 total entries across 11 off-road classes at the '2018 Big Barn Shootout' in Chilliwack, BC. For the second year running the 'Big Barn' served as round 1 of the Western Off-road Racing Series, a rapidly growing  racing series founded by Ross Moore at the beginning of 2017 to serve a hunger for the next level of competitive racing in Western Canada. The plan is obviously working and after word of the 2017 Big Barn event spread like wildfire across the prairies and over the 49th parallel to our southern neighbours, the entry list for this years Shootout had the local R/C community buzzing with anticipation months in advance! The big treat for all in attendance was the late addition of 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Nitro World Champion and multi-time ROAR National Champion Ty Tessmann from Medicine Hat, Alberta. The opportunity to experience, live in person, the difference between pro and joe was such an incredible experience for so many racers old and new alike. To make the entry list even deeper, Team Associated factory driver Nick Wautlet made the journey up the west coast from California and braved the chilly weather to go home with some good results and positive notes from the experience. The depth of talent in the PNW is well-known and any event drawing 300+ entries is guaranteed to contain some very fast talent in it's own right. After setting what was thought to be a pretty high standard in 2017, the 'Big Barn Shootout' has yet again raised the roof for off-road R/C racing in Canada. Look for this event to sell out in 2019!

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The dirt inside the Chilliwack Heritage Park horse arenas is well known to be magic for construction of many  things dirt and racing (particularly BMX and motocross), and this years track definitely did not disappoint. Brian Serneels again led the design and brought all the ideas to the table come Wednesday morning of race week. Over two days Serneels and his small group of volunteers put together what most racers agreed was an incredibly fun layout. Fast and flowing, technical, rhythm, big air, unique features and an overall common sense approach to the build and particularly the use of space gave way to good clean competitive racing all weekend long.

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The addition of master RD and voice of last years EP off-road Worlds in China Justin Wilde was pivotal in the schedule running ahead of time all weekend long. The flow of the program did not stall for two days straight and despite this years event being twice as big as last year, we finished and packed up earlier! Justin's command of the drivers stand and professional approach to the job at hand is second to none and is one of those things that just makes an event "next-level".



2018 Big Barn Shootout - Class Results

1/8 Nitro Buggy


The inclusion of 2014 IFMAR World Champion Ty Tessmann had the crowd on hand buzzing with anticipation and from the moment he hit the track it was obvious the weekend was Ty's to lose. Solid and mistake free qualifying runs in Q1 and Q2 gave Tessmann the comfortable TQ, and an opportunity to sit out and Q3 and help his fellow competitors with their own tuning.  Fellow Albertan Eric Hardy would qualify in P2 and Nick Wautlet out of California recovered from a disastrous round 1 to put his Team Associated buggy in the third grid spot.


The 30 minute A-main would be dominated by Tessman from the get-go and by the time the clock expired he would find himself with a convincing 4-lap lead. Calgary legend Peter Tozser had a run to remember, charging from P6 to finish 2nd. Rounding out third place would be HB Racing’s Carson Phipps, capping off a very successful weekend for the Washington Sate youngster.


Notables: Nick Wautlet recovered from some early trouble to finish 4th, just under 8 seconds back from Phipps. Randy Sides will be happy to have finished in the top 10 after bumping from the B-main and starting in 11th.


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde - http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_race_result&id=1260665

1/8 Nitro Truggy


Top qualifier Carson Phipps had a weekend to remember in the nitro truggy class, taking a solid start to finish win in the high pressure 30 minute A-main. Phipps’ biggest challenge would come from HB Racing teammate Richard Infanti who threw everything he had at the young gun, lap after lap but to no avail. Calgary’s Eric Hardy would finish third.


Notables: Jay Muscroft will be happy to take a top-5 after starting 7th and it was awesome to see young Britt Tozser bump up into the big show from the B-main.


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde - 

http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_race_result&id=1260643

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1/8 Expert E-Buggy


The Expert E-buggy class would draw one of the biggest fields of the weekend, with 55 racers making the grid E-main deep. Despite the depth of talent, it proved to be the Ty Tessmann show all over again with the Medicine Hat native taking a comfortable TQ in Saturday’s heats. Nick Wautlet out of Huntington Beach California would push Tessmann briefly in both A1 and A2 but the class of the Xray Racing ripper would be too much for the field. Wautlet would take A3 with Tessmann’s sweep allowing him to watch the final round from the sidelines. Mike Dana, out of Wenatchee Washington and driving for Team Associated proved consistency pays with three straight thirds securing a well earned podium spot for the 2016  Northwest Championship Tour nitro champion.


Notables: Mark Frauley grabbed a top 5 finish after qualifying 7th, Rob Sorjonen moved from Q9 to finish 6th overall and Brett Wilson will be very happy to finish 9th overall after bumping from the B-main and starting 13th.


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde -

http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_multi_main_result&id=109445








1/8 E-Truggy


Aaron Deagnon took out the E-truggy class with wins in A2 and A3 but local shredder and Big Barn track builder Brian Serneels didn’t make it an easy task. Serneels would win A1 but a 4th in A2 all but sealed his fate with Deagnon proving the more consistent finisher and only really needing to stay in a top-3 position for the final round. Deagnon did just that and then some, securing the title in strong fashion. Longtime local racer Marc Ilton qualified 4th overall but a second in A2 and third in A3 gave him an exciting and well deserved podium finish.


Notables: Thomas Reynolds grabbed some important championship points in the triple A-mains, moving from Q7 to end up with a solid top 5 overall.


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde -

http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_multi_main_result&id=109461

1/8 Sportsman E-Buggy


Nick Finlay is probably thinking this whole dirt racing thing is pretty easy, sweeping A1 and A2 in Sportsman E-buggy in his first ever attempt on dirt, and with a borrowed buggy to boot! Jason Phipps would TQ Saturday qualifying after a 6 year absence from the drivers stand but second overall was the best he could manage come Sunday. Kamloops’ Chris Kayer, also new to the off-road scene, will be over the moon with his third place finish.


Notables: Lewis Point moved from Q6 to finish 4th overall, Jordan Gallisky 11th to 7th and David Lorenz finished 8th from a B-main bump spot, including an exciting 4th place in A3.


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde -

http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_multi_main_result&id=109433

1/10 2wd Open Buggy


Perhaps the toughest class to master and most delicate to manage, 1/10 2wd buggy drew a solid field of diehard racers to take on everything the Big Barn layout had to offer. Vancouver Island fast guy Nick Keown came prepared, apparently even with tire warmers, but any raised eyebrows quickly disappeared as he stormed his way to Saturday’s TQ and then a sweep of A1 and A2 on Sunday. Van-City OG ripper Terry Yeo is always hanging around come mains day and 2nd in A1 was just the start he needed. A 5th in A2 was not the desired result and ended any hopes of an overall win but a bounce back victory in A3 secured the second step on the podium for Yeo. Redmond Carroll rounded out the top three spots with two solid second place finishes in A2 and A3.


Notables: Young up-and-comer Brysen Stelcz came from mid pack in the B-main to grab a top 10 overall result in the triple A-mains.


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde -

http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_multi_main_result&id=109424

1/10 2wd Short Course Truck


Brian Boot was the class of the field in 2wd short course truck, TQ’ing after Saturdays qualifying rounds and sweeping A1 and A2 on Sunday. Terry Leeman, incredibly in only his first ever race on dirt, drove with the confidence of a veteran to take two second places behind Boot, and then a win in A3 for good measure. Terry Yeo took two 3rd’s and a 2nd to snatch his second podium of the weekend.


Notables: Tyrell Wilkinson will be happy to get the much needed championship points of a top 5 finish after qualifying 6th. Wes Turnbull continued the trend of impressive performances of racers making a return to dirt after extended breaks, finishing 5th overall after qualifying mid pack in the B-main and taking a bump spot.


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde -

http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_multi_main_result&id=109439

1/10 2wd Stadium Truck


The Brian and Terry show continued in 2wd stadium truck and again it was the youngster Boot who triumphed over the impressive first timer in Leeman. It wasn't without a scare for Boot though, the plucky first timer in Leeman would steal a one-second win in A1 and trail Boot by about the same amount in A2 to guarantee an A3 showdown for the ages! The two did not disappoint either, Leeman hot on the heels of Boot for 5-minutes straight but  a mistake  just never eventuated. It was a classic showdown and  Boot would take A3 at the line, again by only 1.5 seconds! Somewhat forgotten in the battle up front, the rest of the field was left to fight for the scraps and it was Richard Robichaud who really impressed with a move from P6 to finish on the podium.


Notables: Darren Dozois will be super happy to end up 6th overall after qualifying 11th and Evan Milliard had an amazing run in his first dirt race to finish 8th after qualifying in the B-main and taking a bump spot.                     


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde -

http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_multi_main_result&id=109448

1/10 4wd Open Buggy


Youngster  Carter Herasymiuk surprised everyone but himself in 1/10 4wd buggy, snatching Saturday’s TQ from a wad of veteran racers and then remaining cool calm and collected on his way to a a sweep of Sunday’s finals. Robert Sorjonen was perhaps the biggest threat all weekend long and after sticking close in 2nd for A1 he had every chance to steal the show. An unfortunate popped ball cup while comfortably leading A2 all but ended Sorjonens hopes of an overall win, with Herasymiuk fighting back from a tough start to take the title. Mark Frauley was the consistent performer of the class and three 3rds locked in the final podium spot.


Notables: Mike Wetmore qualified in 10th and moved all the way up to 5th overall. Dan Schellenberg will be a contender come championship end and a top 5 finish equals valuable points.


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde -

http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_multi_main_result&id=109460

1/10 4wd Short Course Truck


Mike Wetmore made the trip north worth it with a TQ and clean sweep of the 4x4 short course truck title. His good buddy Tim Nelson made sure not to be left out of the action, grabbing second overall with strong results in A2 and A3. Vancouver Islander Craig Shepherd qualified 4th but took 2nd in A1 which helped lock in his eventual podium finish.


Notables: The order stayed relatively steady throughout but David Boot did come from the B-main bump to finish 9th overall.


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde -

http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_multi_main_result&id=109466

1/10 Novice


Ayrton Cui took wins in A1 and A3 to secure the Big Barn novice title. George Alexander made things interesting with a win in A2 and Brittni Davis gave the boys a scare with a super run to 2nd in A1. In the end though they would finish in that order.


Notables: All of the novice drivers did an amazing job on what was a very big and challenging track. For many of them this was a very unique, if not first time experience they will probably never forget! Jake Alexander did an amazing job to finish 7th after qualifying 14th and Evan Roeth scored a top 5 finish after starting out 8th.


Link to complete A-main results thanks to Justin Wilde -

http://wilde.liverc.com/results/?p=view_multi_main_result&id=109423

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