Published on Thursday, 06 September 2012 07:31
Written by BSI Editor
Andy Castellini – Wins at the 30th Anniversary of Family Hobbies …. 4 Wins and 3-Top Qualifiers !!
Futaba Team Driver Andy Castellini dominated the 2 wheel mod buggy and 2wd short course at the Eastern States Challenge. He then went on and showed his skills the next day in 1/8th Scale to take down another TQ in Electric 8 and backing it up by winning the 10 minute A Main and another skilled win in the 30 minute Buggy Nitro Main. Andy’s 4PK Fasst Radio and FASST Receivers kept him in the game all day, running flawlessly, with the speed, dependability and accuracy needed to beat the competition!
Tenth scale included over 25 buggies and 25 short course trucks from the Tri-State area. The field was full of tough local and outside competition, including sponsored drivers from PA and NY. The track changed every round as it dried and more and more syrup was applied, but even with the improved track bite, Andy’s early TQ’s set the pace for the day. After 10 minutes of racing, Andy showed his domination of the field by driving a perfect race and never letting the competition in Buggy get within striking distance. When the Short Course action started, he once again kept in front and went on to lap the field by the end of this 10 minute race.
Eighth scale was another day and competition was fierce. After setting the TQ early on, the track went through a major change after a brief light rain. By the third round it was dry and fast, but Andy held the TQ and would now have to face one of the best eighth scale drivers in the North East. Andy knew the 10 minute electric main would require perfection from him and his equipment. Once the tone sounded to start the race, he took the lead and never opened the door to allow second place close enough to challenge him. Driving almost a perfect race for 10 minutes he came in for another Victory at the Eastern States.
The Nitro Buggy class was stacked and full of competition. Missing the Nitro TQ by hundredths of a second, the stage was set for the 30 minute gas “A-main” show down. For 25 minutes, fighting back from an early flame out on his first refueling, he tracked down leader. By now he was almost a lap down with the difficult task of catching a skilled seasoned champion driver and the favorite to win. After perfect laps for over 25 minutes he made up the time, passed the competition and never looked back. His buggy was perfect and his driving flawless. He went on for the win and ended the Eastern States by capturing his 4th Victory of the weekend!