|R/C Unlimiteds statistics are documented back to the clubs first year in 1974. They have been painstakenly researched and updated yearly.|
| Gold Cup Winners
High Point Classic "Round Nosed" Champion Boat
Stats (includes: Career Wins, Race Winners, Race Win Stats, Career Points and Efficiency ratings)
|About R/C Unlimiteds Career Driver Points|
|Career total points for each R/C Unlimiteds driver have been kept by the clubs statistician since 1974, when R/CU was formed. For the first several years, the total points scored by a driver in every race on the club’s circuit was counted. In those days, R/CU only had around 10 races per year. By the late 1980’s the club’s race circuit grew to 12 or more races. In an attempt to make the Driver’s High Point Championship attainable for more racers, especially those who couldn’t attend every race, it was decided to take each drivers “best ten” race scores. This total was used to determine the outcome of the Driver’s Championship and was also the point total used for each drivers career score. Drivers who attended more than ten races per year had to “throw out” their lowest race scores. The same scoring process was also used to crown the High Point Champion Boat of the year.
In 1994, the club changed the scoring for the Boat Championship. It was decided to count points scored in “all races per season” to determine the boat champ. However, the Driver’s Championship continued to use the “best ten” races. For the next ten years the club’s race circuit typically saw 13 to 14 races per season. But in 2004, R/CU added a 15th race to honor the late Bernie Little. With the larger schedule, the R/CU Contest Board increased the Driver’s Championship to include 12 races rather than the original 10. Driver’s attending all 15 races will “throw out” their worst 3 race scores. The Boat Champion will be based on the total 15.
Driver’s yearly race scores on average have climbed quite a bit over the past 20 years. One reason is that most R/CU races in the first 10-15 years used a three-preliminary heat format followed by a consolation and final heat. This meant a driver could only score a possible 1600 points by winning all of his of her heats and the final. By 1995 nearly all R/CU races moved up to a four-heat format which put 2000 point up for grabs for a driver having a perfect day. And by 1998, another possible 800 points were added as the club changed the Gold Cup to a two-day six-preliminary heat event. David Jensen turned the trick in 2003 scoring a perfect 2800 points winning the Cup for his 12th time.
Another reason for the increase in point tallies is the vast improved equipment used by the club’s racers. Engines and radio gear over the past 10 years has become much more reliable. In the 1980’s it was not uncommon to have half of the boats in a heat go dead on the course due to engine problems or radio failures. Today, driver’s such as Dave Brandt and Lee Robertson finish nearly every heat they enter. And the rare heats they fail to finish are usually due to an accident or other reason.
In 1994, Rocky Fridell grabbed the Driver’s Championship with 13,600 points, an impressive “best of ten” total at the time. In 2003 that score would only place 6th in the club’s Top Ten Driver’s Score.
In 1999, Jesse Robertson driving his famous Circus Circus scored an unbelievable 18,961 winning 10 of the 14 races. And then Dave Brandt bettered that in 2003 scoring a record 19,019. This means Dave averaged over 1900 points per race in his “best of ten,” an amazing accomplishment. In fact, Dave’s four “throw-away” race scores would be a fine yearly score for a rookie!
And then there’s 2004. With 12 race scores counted for the Driver’s Championship, several members career totals will skyrocket. Especially Dave Brandt, who had another amazing season, winning over half of the races and toppled all point records. His 22,919 Driver’s Points will be extremely difficult to equal, and impossible if the club returns to a 14 race “best of ten” circuit in the future.
Don Mock’s consistency driving his 1984 Atlas Van Lines places him atop the clubs career driver points list. For the past ten straight years, Don has finished either 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the clubs Top Ten Drivers Points. His nearly 250,000 points began accumulating his rookie year of 1986. Don’s ‘82 and ‘84 Atlas’ have won the Boat High Point Championship a club record six times.