Fifth Scale des Nations Recap
Saturday, 11 October 2014 16:25

stand2 Fifth Scale des Nations - Off-Road Dirt Oval

The inaugural Fifth Scale des Nations transpired October 4th - 5th, 2014 in Ontario, Canada. It was one of the most unique team-style of races ever hosted for 5ifth Scale Racers, and it was successfully received. Assimilating the FIM Trial des Nations, teams were created with members racing in Three of Four Classes: 2-wheel Drive Buggy, 2-wheel Drive Truck, 4-wheel Drive Truck and DBXL Desert Losi. To ensure even teams in terms of skill-level, a caveat was placed that drivers must reside within 30 kilometres or 30 miles of each other; or their next closest neighbours.

shavings shavings at fifth scale des nations

Prior to the first controlled practice, 14 teams were registered, notably a team from the Netherlands, America and Quebec, Canada, on top of the roster of teams from Ontario, Canada. In a two-day competition to see whom were the fastest drivers on dirt, originally the teams would be challenged between an off-road dirt track and a dirt-oval track.

Unfortunately, the weather wreaked havoc on the event, and first the track schedule was switched, and ultimately only one track would be featured, the Oval. By the close of registration, 10-teams were set to race for two days of racing in efforts to earn a $1,000 Purse. On day-one, the Oval had standing water, and the track crew waited to see if the wind would assist with the issue. Eventually, shavings and straw were added to the surface, and after a few "test laps", the event started... just after 1:30 on Saturday. There were a few breaks for natural watering (rain) throughout the program, however, a full schedule of controlled-practice, qualifying and Two-Motos (Double-A Mains) transpired.

On day-one, Team Netherlands' Rik Hofman of De Vecht, Netherlands was the 2wd Buggy Champion, Fibreglass Grannies' Richard Nash of Toronto, Ontario was the 2wd Truck Champion after earning Top-Qualifier and sweeping both Motos, Team Netherlands' Erwin Kattekamp of Veenendaal, Netherlands won the 4wd Truck after earning Top-Qualifier and sweeping both Motos, and RC Challenge Team's Daniel Latours of St. Helene de Bagot, Quebec earned Top-Qualifier and swept both Motos for DBXL Desert Losi.

monster DBXL desert losi racing

At the conclusion of Day One, the Fibreglass Grannies and Team Netherlands were tied based on finishes, however, the Fibreglass Grannies lead based on points, and the RC Challenge Team was a close third.

At 8:30 on Saturday Night, the decision to close the Off-Road track was made as RC Acres was still under water contrary to the team's all-day efforts to combat existing and new rainwater, and the Fifth Scale des Nations became a two-day Oval Race.

Day Two started a little later to accommodate two teams that didn't receive word about the schedule change, and everyone recieved enough time to practice for the day of redemption.

drift drifting fifth scale style

RC Challenge Team's Jean Bernard of Longuille, Quebec earned Top-Qualifier and won both Motos in 2wd Buggy, Richard Nash was the Moto Champion again in 2wd Truck for the Fibreglass Grannies, Erwin Kattekamp was again Top-Qualifier and swept both Moto's for Team Netherlands in 4wd Truck, while Daniel Latour swept both Motos again for the RC Challenge Team in DBXL Desert Losi.

At the conclusion of the 2nd day a the Fifth Scale des Nations, by one individual placing, or a handful of points, Team Netherlands consisting of Erwin Kattekamp (4wd Buggy), Rik Hofman (2wd Buggy) and Franciscus Brown (2wd Truck) were crowned the first ever Fifth Scale des Nations champions, while Fibreglass Grannies finished 2nd and the RC Challenge Team were 3rd on the podium.

baja baja 5b oval racing at 5ifth scale des nations

This event was managed and produced by Gus Bakos and the RC Acres Club Team, hosted by Glenn Styres and Ohsweken Speedway, with thanks to Skycraft Hobbies for on-site parts support, the countless volunteers that lent a hand when needed, Ken Jaggard for Flagging and Pace Car driving, and Dave Presnail for his many efforts in track construction and maintenance. The Race Director was Joe Scully.

Full Team and individual class results are available HERE.

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netherlands Team Netherlands wins the Fifth Scale des Nations
podium The Winners at the 2014 Fifth Scale des Nations

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