1st: Ashton “DrobotRacer” Gamble 2nd: Johnathan “Royal” Huckabee 3rd: Ken “FlyingBear” Loo 4th: Chris “PhluxyFPV” Spangler (relive Chase the Ace Round 1: https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=CaDikjbB0pg and Chase the Ace Round 2: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=bfnqmzqT9dI)
As DrobotRacer is already qualified for Las Vegas as a Contender, the wildcard was passed to Royal who had flown in for the opportunity from North Carolina, by way of Arizona! Rounding out Saturday evening, we opened up the Emax Drone Cup area for a freestyle competition, and were fortunate to have a renown panel of judges. Armed to mark the criteria of Technicality, Flow/Music, Use of Obstacles, were: Jenn Minas from BrainFPV, Christopher Davis from Newbee Drone, and Josh Woodruff from Team Legit. The competing pilots had 2 minutes to impress the panel, and the benefit of a 30s caution to right their crafts if necessary. An additional $100 in gift certificates from DiatoneUSA were on the line, and there were definitely some highlight moments over the evening. Freestyle Podium: 1st – Ken “Flyingbear” Loo 2nd – Scott “ScottyDoo” Simmons 3rd – Colby “SFPV” Curtola (relive the Freestyle Competition: https://www.
Into Sunday we went for Team Racing. Building upon the successful “Round Robin” Format debuted the weekend before in Baton Rouge and on Saturday with the Final-6, the course was reversed, and a schedule was built so that all teams would meet each other once throughout the competition. Also, we built upon some other team concepts by way of DCL and VRL where the teams of two would match their opposing team with 2 single head-to-heads, their highest ranked pilots against each other and their second ranked pilots against each other; then they would compete 2 vs 2 in a “big heat”, in a race to collect 20 laps combined. In an added twist, the pilots all self-pit stopped, which added an intense degree of athleticism to the competition!
Final Team Ranking:
1st – Son of a Pitch: Scott “ScottyDoo” Simmons, Scot “Nope” Woolums (15 pts)
2nd/3rd – Cannon Fodder: Ron “RocketRonbo” Rossetti, Aaron “KidDrone” Vliet (14 pts)
2nd/3rd – Hamburger: Ken “Flyingbear” Loo, Kyle “InteousFPV” Serrano (14 pts)
4th – Invasion of Privacy: Colby “SFPV” Curtola, Daniel “iamspanky” Sung (5 pts)
5th – Tunnel Vision: Johnathan “RoyalFPV” Huckabee, Eric “SegFPV” Gever (3 pts)6th – Team DNF: David “HazardFPV” Spencer, Russell “Eyefly82” Moore (2 pts) Thank you to our Team Racing Prize Sponsors, the pilots on the winning team each earned an Emax PowerTrain (4x Motors & ESC’s) and Tattu TinyHawk LiPo’s from Team Legit! Example of a “Big Heat”: https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=EL8I3uvBmrM and Relive all the races: http://mgp.livefpv.com/ results/?p=view_event&id= 292157
Three exciting days, 4 intense competitions, lots of champions crowned and a lot of laughs to be had. AMA Expo West was one of the most exciting while “Chill” events of 2018.