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Warm Springs Visit

The weekend of May 14 some of the Socal Crew headed up north for a double race day weekend. Run some electric on Saturday and gather some track data on Sunday. I believe it was said....we have to verify the data, Victor set a new fast lap during quals. But in the main it was Todd Rizzo with fastest lap with his Rizzo/Beast Motor in his RS5 with a 16.680. The Goodwine's had a rough day of it with Phil not making the start with drivetrain issues and Kyle after qualifying 3rd, while running 4th had a shock failure. Dan Kim was your number 2 qualifier and had issues as well. And what can we say about Arnold. Well a couple of shots in the video says it all.

Your top 5: 1st - Victor Garcia, 2nd - Todd Rizzo, 3rd - Mike Tollner, 4th - Cedric Collins 5th - Dave Colbert. Can't wait to make it back up the Bill Margolis West Coast Challenge. If you have a 5th scale dust it off and come on up, this will be a good one. Meet and great social planned for Saturday after the qualifying.

Like in Star Wars...lol. There is another...Oh wait there may be another Garcia. Victor Jr ran in 5th scale Sportsman for the first time, Dad couldn't keep the car away from him but sadly had to pull rank so he could run his race.  We'll see ya on the track Jr.

As Usual, thanks to Steve, Tim, Arnold, Tony and Dan for the hospitality.

Full results for the weekend here


Victor Garcia Wins

The Airtronics Grand Prix 5th Scale A Main

Victor started from pole and never looked back. Craig kept it close for the first couple of laps but that was it. Phil ran a solid third. Tom Wong came home in 4th and Alan Trump in 5th.

On a picture perfect weekend in Southern California that was missing the recent Heat Waves it produced a great weekend of racing. Everyone adapted to the track and the surface. Special attention was needed by mid Saturday as the traction level was so high cars were getting on two wheels into the sweeper. The surprise of the weekend had to be Robbie Cerrato having the TQ for two rounds of the STC qualifying but even he had to know that was going to be short lived as the last round of the day Markus Feldman laid down the law and improved on that time by three laps bringing Arnaldi and Weigerding in tow. That lead into the evenings events and the meet and great social at Buffalo Wild Wings, everyone one enjoyed themselves that night. The STC main would not disappoint in excitement either (watch and enjoy). The usual suspects in the US were present for F1 with a great battle between Southern and Northern California drivers. The GT Race had a new first time racer take the win and Lito Reyes upstaged Dwayne Lawler to grab the TQ in the Super Bike category but could not bring home the trophy.

STC A Main

Race Organizers would like to thank the following sponsors: FG Supply.com, VSpeed Racing, Goodwine Racing, Genius, Samba, Mecatech, WC5S.com (West Coast 5th Scale), PMT, RC Modelsport, Killam Racing, Feldman Racing, Brooks Racing and the RAMS.

1st Markus Feldman  2nd Robbie Cerrato  3rd Marco Weigerding  4th Frank Killam  5th Tony Vega
      6th  Carlos Cartagena  7th Craig Kaplan (not pictured) 8th B A Arnaldi  9th Arnold Mercado  10th Joel Abreu


Driver Intro Slideshow



STC A Main Trophies

GT A Main

1st Francisco Hernandez  2nd Hau Ching Liao  3rd Frank Pena  4th Bob Sarnelle  5th Alan Trump (NP)

6th - Tom Wong 7th - James Stuard 8th - Tony Faskett 9th - David Bellenger (NP) 10th - Brian Tucker


F1 A Main

Bob Sarnelle TQ and 1st Place  2nd Bryn Faskett  3rd Steve Sanchez  4th Haun Ching Liao  5th Mark Brennen



1st - Robbie Cerrato  2nd - Dan Almario  3rd - Mike Solis  4th - Moto Ishibashi  5th - Francisco Hernandez


Lito Reyes TQ

1st - Dwayne Lawler  2nd - Lito Reyes  3rd - Ian Francisco  4th - Craig Kaplan (not pictured)   5th - Kevin Hicks

Results - SB-1  SB-2  SB-3




West Coast Challenge 2015

Hot, Hot, Hot... To say the least. And that was the competition. The weather was also on the steep end of the gauge as some of the beginnings of the storm to the south started to make its way in on Sunday and the humidity went up. There was no issue with grip as an abundance of rubber was being put down. Cars could traction roll if not carefull. Track temp on Sunday was 140+. Awesome layout with a high speed sweeper and curbs to keep you honest. Kudos to the RAMS, Warm Springs Raceway and the whole crew that put on this great event.

Concourse Winner

2nd                                    3rd


STC A Main Field

Arnold Mercado (3) - Frank Killam (1) - Victor Garcia (2) - Tony Vega (4) - Mike Tollner (5) - Cedric Collins (6) - Steve Gerace (8) - Daniel Colhour (Bump) Tony Nguyen (Bump)

Not Pictured - Todd Rizzo (7)

The STC main started with pole sitter Frank Killam laying down the law early to get clear of what was expected to be a hard charging pack. Frank got a break when Victor Garcia went wide in Turn 1 and confused the pack a little which gave Frank the break he needed to begin his check out run. At that point it was the back and forth battle with Victor, Arnold Mercado and Tony Vega. Victor began to have issues with his ride and that allowed Arnold and Tony through. Between the two Arnold was on a career run and posed a threat to Frank if he even thought about a bobble. But for Over Killam that wasn't going to happen. Lap after Lap ever consistent with feedback from Sarnelle during the race Frank dialed it back a little with a few minutes till the end to make sure he made it on gas as he had the field covered with laps.

1st - Frank Killam      2nd - Arnold Mercado     3rd - Tony Vega

F1 A Main

Hau-Ching Liao (5) - Steve Sanchez (7) - Anthony Varvare (8) - Bryn Foskette (1) - Fernando Jose (9) - Robert Sarnelle (2) - Hugh Lawson (4) - Steve Gerace (3) - Al Gerace (6)

The F1 race started with Bob Sarnelle leading the way for the first 7 corners until the curbs in corner 8 sent him flying into the catch fence. Going from first to last and handing the lead over to Hugh Lawson followed by Team Gerace, Hau-Ching Liao in 4th and Bryn Foskett in 5th. Gerace would get by Lawson and lead for a while. Bob would play the catch up game while Lawson, Gerace and Foskett traded places with Foskett mounting his ultimate charge for the top spot. As the announcer commented with his Duck Tail wing he had his car hooked up and worked his way speedily to the top spot. But maybe too speedily. As the race time came to an end, Bryn ran out of gas at the 29 minute mark. But he had done enough damage to the field that he still finished 1 lap ahead of second place finisher Bob Sarnelle. Hau-Ching Liao would finish 3rd. Steve Gerace 4th and Al Gerace 5th.

Bryn Foskett (1) FINALLY      Robert Sarnelle (2)       Hau-Ching Liao (3)

 4WD A Main

Ty Lam (5) - Huan-Ching Liao (8) - Robert Sarnelle (3) - Dan Kim (1) - Terry Campbell (Bump) - Larry Bani (4) - Daniel Colhour (6) - Tony Nguyen (Bump)

The 4WD race started with pole sitter Dan Kim leading the first part of the race and looked like he was going to be untouchable for the win. As Dan had issues and Bob having a similar start he had in the F1 race it was up for grabs for the end of this race. As Dan's issue mounted Larry Bani got closer to number one and Bob Sarnelle mounting another run from the rear got closer. Larry and Bob got closer and Dan continued to have issues. Huan-Ching Liao ran his pace and let the race come to him. Your top five in the 4WD A Main were Larry Bani, Robert Sarnelle, Huan-Ching Liao, Tony Nguyen and Daniel Colhour.

TQ - Dan Kim

1st - Larry Bani    2nd - Robert Sarnelle    3rd - Huan-Ching Liao

Your quick lap times for the weekend


4WD   F1   STC  
Dan Kim 16.901 Hugh Lawson 18.189 Frank Killam 16.843
Larry Bani 17.466 Bryn Foskett 18.271 Victor Garcia 17.022
Todd Rizzo 17.504 Robert Sarnelle 18.426 Arnold Mercado 17.123
Robert Sarnelle 17.780 Steve Gerace 18.631 Tony Vega 17.228
Eric Vasutin 18.005 Steve Sanchez 19.029 Cedric Collins 17.451
Tony Faria 18.151 Hau-Ching Liao 19.201 Mike Tollner 17.590
Jojo Bayabo 18.614 Jose Fernando 19.224 Bryn Foskett 17.700
Huan-Ching Liao 18.678 Tim Gerace 19.602 Todd Rizzo 17.853
Tony Foskett 18.834 Al Gerace 19.888 Dan Kim 18.211
Ty Lam 18.897 Anthony Varvare 20.721 Hugh Lawson 18.286
Kenny Kimbrow 19.086     Steve Gerace 18.329
Daniel Colhour 19.140     Charlie Mostek 18.481
Terry Campbell 19.269     Daniel Colhour 18.864
Byron Soublet 19.385     Hau-Ching Liao 18.950
Henry Cruz 19.487     Tony Nguyen 18.982
Tony Nguyen 19.802     Huan-Ching Liao 19.603
Marc Drennen 20.074     Steve Sanchez 19.679
Jo Montes 20.837     Al Gerace 20.258
Bill Margolis 20.939        

2015 Region 12 Champion


The track conditions for the 5th scalers was not the greatest. The combination of the overcast day, all the foam and oil from the Nitro guys (plus the early morning mist) made for and interesting event. Round 2 Victor got the TQ and couldn't better the run in round 3 or 4. Frank Pena and James Stuard continued to make adjustments to their cars but it was Tom Wong that came out of no where in Round 2 to grab the second place on the grid. Completing the top 5 was Cedric Collins (4th) and James Stuard (5th).

The race would start off with a bang, literally as Tom got into the back of Victor which bottled up Frank and let Cedric and James through. Cedric hounded leader Tom trying to get by for the first three laps until something started not feeling right. The car was good in the infield but down the straight it began to lose power at the halfway mark. This allowed Victor and Frank to catch up quickly. After both got by he retired the car. Victor now on a mission seeking out his punter...lol. The track was still a handful and Victor made quick work of  getting by Tom. Frank ran a consistent 2nd place for the latter half of the race. James and Kenneth Watkins would finish on the same lap with James getting 3rd.



What you never want to happen to your 5th scale....Check it out Same as above but you can expand



Everyone is starting to put in the work to get ready for the International Challenge. This year will have its biggest contingent of Euro's, South American's and Dominican Republicans. Victor Garcia had his Mecatech dialed in and running his new tuned pipe and was on fire but failed to make the distance of the 20 minute main. Maybe the extended warmup came into play but that didn't hurt him from taking the win. Ced Collins (Mecatech) starting last came back to pass Frank Pena (Mecatech) at the line to take second. Craig Kaplan (FG Evo), who was running solidly in second the first half of the race would come home in fourth. James Stuard would come home in 5th in his new Mecatech.

RAMS 2014 Series Winners

5th Scale International Challenge 2014
Presented by FG supply.com

The So Cal rematch of the No Cal race the RAMS Club came to establish their dominance in the West Coast 5th scale area. But a few So Cal drivers had a say in the matter. Victor Garcia was TQ in the STC class Tom Wong TQ in the GT class and Cedric Collins TQ in the F1 class. Now TQ doesn't always translate to a win. Frank Killam won STC, David Bellinger won GT and Hau-Ching Liao (No Cal) won F1.

The IGT class was won by Robbie Corrato and the unlimited Bikes by Litto Reyes and the Stock Handout as well.

       IGT                             F1                     STC                    GT                     Unl / Handout
Robbie Corrato        Hau-Ching Liao     Frank Killam   David Bellinger          Lito Reyes

View the race       Main Results          Trophy Winners

RAMS West Coast Challenge 2014

Earlier this year we had the beginning of the West Coast Freeway Series with the RAMS Club of Northern California. The first of two  races in California you don't want to miss if you run 5th scale Onroad. No Cal Heavy weights were there for the STC class. Tony Vega, Arnold Mercado, Charlie Mostek, Bryn Foskett, Todd Rizzo, Steve Gerace and Steve Sanchez to battle with So Cal drivers Frank Killam, Victor Garcia and Ced Collins. Due to real life issues Victor could not make the event but that didn't take away from "Over Killam" taking the win for So Cal.

The GT Group was headed by No Cal Drivers Larry Bani, Dan Kim, Daniel  Zaring and Elliot Miyahsiro with David Bellinger (minus Bob Sarnelle and Alan Trump) leading the charge from So Cal.

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Rams West Coast Challenge

July 15 -17, 2016

Must attend event

The Grand Daddy of the year. The International Challenge.

October 21 - 23rd, 2016