Meet Jeff Aldrich: Racing at Lake Hartwell Georgia

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RC Race Georgia Jeff Aldrich

Jeff Aldrich

Age:25

Cars: Team Associated B4.2, Losi XXX-sct

Classes: 1/10 2wd buggy, 1/10 2wd Short Course novice

 

When did you start racing?
I started off racing about 4 1/2 years ago in the 1/10 on road class. I raced a Team Associated TC3 that I picked up at a pawn shop.

What type of electronics/equipment do you use on you cars?
The buggy has all the stock RTR rs version electronics on it still, a Reedy 3300kv motor and a XP ESC and XP servo all powered by a Venom 2s LiPO.

The SCT has the stock Losi ESC with a Reedy Radon 30,000 rpm 17T motor. It has a Savox steering servo all of which are powered by a Venom 2s LiPO.

The Buggy runs on Sweep racing tires and Pro-line wheels while the SCT runs on Pro-line wheels and tires.

Why did you choose to race those classes?
I chose the 2wd buggy class because it had a good entry price to get into racing, and as we all know, RC cars are not cheap. I also chose the short course for the same reason, but because the novice class has more strict rules than the 2wd buggy class, it takes more time to find that missing piece that could mean the difference between 1st place and 2nd place.

What made you decide you wanted to race RC?
I went to my local track and watched a couple of races.  I was given the opportunity to test out one of the cars and from then I wanted one.

Who are your RC role models?
Adam Drake and Ryan Cavalieri

What are your goals for racing?
To take the points championship my first year racing the 2wd buggy class.

What is your all-time favorite track and why?
I would have to say that I have two actually. One would be Lake Hartwell RC Complex and the other would be RC Hobby Pro. The reason I like the track at LHRCC is the giant wall turn and the mixture of sand and clay. RC Hobby Pro got me started in the off road side of racing, I went and rented a B4.2 and after a day of just trying it out I was hooked on the off road side.

Tell me about the best race you ever had?
The best race I ever had was my first time I raced in the on road class – and then in my first race on an off road track.

Tell me about the worst race you ever had?
Worst race would have to be my first race in the on road class back in 2010 when I went out of the race due to my servo going out and crashing into the concrete wall destroying my car.

What is the hardest part about racing RCs?
I would have to say that the hardest part of racing RC cars is being able to balance my time between my RC car and my regular life. Trying to make sure that the car is ready to go for the next race and also make sure that I spend an equal amount of time with my wife.

What do you do when your not racing?
Whenever I’m not racing I do remodel work and roofing on houses as my daily job.  But on my off weekends I like to go out fishing, hunting or hanging out with my friends on the trails driving our scale RC trucks.

If you had one piece of advice that you could give to anyone that wanted to get involved in RC racing – what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions while at the track, and don’t get discouraged if you don’t win right off. It takes time and practice to be on top of the podium.

 

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