Hi Brandon, Yeah just a bit of bad luck, or we'd have another TC5 in the top 10.
I actually built the car a couple of days before the IIC and it certainly proved to be a top competitor right out of the box. Plus with the added bonus of having you and the rest of the AE guys there to help. Best $330 I've spent on RC.
Hi BlueSilver, I don't warm up my tires for my particular track, I just calculate the time that I sauce the tires. I did try tire warmers once and it caused the tires to warm up too fast towards mid race and bogged down the car through corners.
I use the Futaba 9550 servo.