Eddie Bernal led a group of BMiller Racing drivers who made the trek north to the Clearlake area with three victories in Round 1 action of P1 Raceway’s Spring Points Series in Lakeport, California. Bernal handily won Pro 2wd Buggy, Pro 2 X short course, and the TQ Trophy Dash. The BMiller squad also swept the podium in Pro 4 X short course.
Bernal seemed immediately dialed on the clay within the 5,600 square foot layout at P1 Raceway. Going with Panther Bobcats in clay compound on the front and clay Panther Rattler II’s in the rear with DE Racing’s Borrego rims all the way around on his Associated B4 buggy, Bernal laid down the weekend’s fastest laps in practice and during race action. In the Pro 2wd Buggy A main, Bernal jumped out to a big lead and was never challenged in the wire-to-wire win. Eddie’s son, Nathan Bernal, finished third in the race.
The most exciting race action of the day came in Pro 4 X where BMiller Racing’s Josh O’Connell and Lou Figueria put on a high-speed, door-to-door display before O’Connell took control midway though the race. Figueria made a late charge with some blistering laps but could not catch O’Connell at the line. Teammate Patrick Zhao ran a steady race throughout and completed the BMiller podium sweep. All three drivers had Losi SCTE’s on Panther Switch 2.0 tires in clay compound with DE Racing Trinidad wheels.
The crew at P1 Raceway ran an efficient program with a track record of nearly 100 entries, and their hosting of a TQ Trophy Dash added a lot of smiles to the day’s activities. With the TQ drivers from each of the eight classes qualifying, the two-minute sprint featured an inverted start (rookie class TQ on the pole), running the race in reverse track direction with no turn marshals. BMiller Racing had four qualifiers in the dash, and Bernal came out on top, passing teammate Troy Hanson (Pro 2 Lites TQ) in the final lap.
The P1 Raceway Spring Points Series features five rounds of racing with one drop. The remaining dates for the series are April 15, May 20, June 17, and July 15. P1 Raceway is located inside the Lake County Fairgrounds at 401 Martin Street in Lakeport (website: www.p1hobbies.com/track, phone: 707-376-8658).