Event Name: Australian Electric Offroad Nats
Event Location: Perth, Western Australia
Event Date(s): November 11, 2016 to November 13, 2016

The 2016 Australian Electric Offroad Nats were held over the weekend in Perth, Western Australia, with over 150 entries converging at the West Coast track. The club put on a fantastic layout on a medium-grip clay surface which was very bumpy but fast and flowing, and was very challenging for all racers.

Team Associated and Reedy Power dominated the 2WD Open class, sweeping the podium, with 17-year-old Queenslander Mitchell Steer taking his first nationals win (and TQ) from fellow Queensland junior Alex Bernadzik (14 years old), and Victorian Ray Munday finishing third the day after celebrating his 40th birthday. The B6D/Reedy combo was untouchable on the track, winning every qualifier and every final and a total of four in the modified A final.

Alex Bernadzik backed up his second-place finish with a win in the SCT class with his SC5M, defending his 2015 title. Mitchell Pratt finished third with his Team Associated SC5M as well.

Products used, B6D
#90012 RC10B6D Team Kit
#322 Reedy LiPo 5300mAh 70C 7.4V Shorty
#260 Reedy Sonic 540-M3 Motor 7.5 Modified
#27108 Reedy RS0806 LP Digital HV Hi-Speed Competition Servo

Thanks to Raymond Munday for this report.

I traveled to Perth for the 2016 1/10 EP Offroad Australian National Championships. This was my third year at a 1/10 National event. Practice was held over two days and started well for me, with my B6D and B44.3 cars feeling consistent in the slippery conditions. The track was flowing and although it started off slippery it grooved up towards the end of the second day of practice.

2WD race day started off extremely well and I top qualified my first three qualifiers to take the overall TQ. This was my first TQ at a National event and I was stoked! The B6D was on rails and super consistent.

In the first final I made an error on the second lap, which put me back in the pack. I crawled my way back to second position, which is where I finished that final. In the second final I got away clean and gapped the field for a comfortable win. The third final was a heated battle with fellow AE teammate Alex Bernadzick for the overall win. Coming down to the last lap, I put in the fastest lap of the weekend and took the overall win and the championship title! What a feeling knowing that I now held the National Title, and to top it off, my AE teammates Alex Bernadzick and Ray Munday took second and third.

Overall, the event was a huge success. The AE team worked together as a complete unit, offering each other tips and setup support. On a Facebook live feed on Saturday morning, fellow racer and race director, Chris Mitchell, talked about what everyone learned from the 2WD day. His comment went something like, "What did we learn? We learnt if you didn't have a B6D you were nowhere."

Products used
#90012 RC10B6D Team Kit
#27100 Reedy RS1206 Digital HV Hi-Speed Competition Servo
#27000 Reedy Blackbox 410R
#260 Reedy Sonic 540-M3 Motor 7.5 Modified
#317 Reedy LiPo 5200mAh 50C SQ 7.4V Competition Battery

Thanks to Mitchell Steer for this report.


R. Munday