Practice Laps with: Tessmann, Bloomfield, J Aigoin, Batlle, Boots, Ronnefalk, Bayer

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Nemo Racing show us Agama’s new ‘A215′ Buggy

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Agama’s factory team at the Worlds are here in force through the professional representation of Jon Hazlewood’s well recognised outfit; Nemo Racing. The team are officially debuting their ‘new’ car provisionally called the ‘A215’ – replacing the current A8 Evo model as well. We caught up with Jon and team drivers Jeremy Kortz & Darren Bloomfield who waxed lyrical about the new car’s improved handling, calling it ‘night & day’ compared to the old car. Bloomfield, recently crowned BRCA Champion has driven the new car ‘geometry’ wise since back in April whilst Kortz got the new car 2 weeks ago and is loving it.

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With such a short time with his car Kortz was overjoyed with the much wider and 2mm longer chassis, finding it much more balanced, easier to drive, jump with, less bottoming out and at the end of day 1 confessing to his team mates in true Kortz stlye, “my car makes me feel horny”!

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80% of the car is all new, lower shock towers, brand new shorter shocks (new springs, bladders the whole lot), despite some initial trepidation concerning 17mm diameter shocks Kortz has been won over. New items include the steering rack & geometry, gearboxes, only 4 screws are required to remove the centre diff, the plastics are better, tighter tolerances and of course a 1 piece radio tray – all contributing to a much easier and faster car to work on.

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The wider chassis also features a small kick up towards the rear, however a ‘droopy’ rear toe plate ensures that the hinge pin locations remain constant, the result both drivers saying that the car is much easier to drive. Tuning options will be available such as carbon or even bronze inserts for the wishbones, in order to increase stiffness if required as well as the elegant kingpin weights we’ve previously seen.

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We stopped by the Nemo Racing tent just after Sunday’s first round of practice with Bloomfield having set a time good enough for 2nd overall, just a few tenths behind reigning World Champion Robert Batlle. Expect the new car to be ready in time for a 2015 release given the provisional name.

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Worlds Practice: Sunday Photos

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Under the Hood: Reno Savoya

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Reno Savoya (France), 27

Chassis: XRAY XB8
Engine: Team Orion RS Edition
Tyres: Sweep Exagon
Fuel: Runner time
Radio & Servos: Futaba 4PKRS, Futaba 9353HV
Event: 2014 IFMAR World Championships – Giardini Naxos, Italy

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JQ Racing hold Saturday night press conference

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It’s more than fair to say that the RC racing industry as a whole lacks degrees of professionalism, vision and even media appreciation, most of us are racers at heart dedicated to the goal of going fast and trying to win, one such character we’ve featured quite a bit on NeoBuggy over the years who shares that goal but pulls off the visionary card rather well is Joseph Quagraine of JQ Racing.

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After day 3 of Worlds Practice in Sicily, JQ had invited the collective RC media as well as a few friends and partners to attend a small press conference at the team villa – laying on drinks, canapes and a typical media rep’s staple diet of beer and pizza, with a healthy audience and air of anticipation JQ launched into his speech. Recounting the last 5 years of his life and company, transitioning from JQ Products to a more professional ‘JQ Racing’ outfit as well as announcing the launch of a non-rc company ‘JQ Threads’ which will in future he hopes serve as a bankroller to the company’s RC operations. Since the launch of the White Edition car a year ago popularity has grown, with JQ cars the 4th most popular car at the 2014 Euros – tieing with TLR in cars present.

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The ‘JQ Racing’ team itself is a vision whereby all drivers within the team run the exact same equipment, no exceptions, thus sponsors and partners of the team receive a full harmonious exposure in key markets and a brand unity, unlike the present day where team driver X uses Y engine whilst his team mate runs something else completely.

Whilst the team is still in it’s infancy, in particular in finding outside backing, the groundwork has been laid, especially when it comes to brand image and promotion, team wear and displays, we’ll also touch on the second half of the press conference which served as a launch of a new RC company ‘Cosmic Industries’ by Finn Heikki Naulapää who showed us his Balancer body. More on that in a separate article. The JQ Racing team will also be present in 1/10th scale and are currently in talks with several companies to provide a car for the team as a whole.

Thumbs up to JQ Racing for the press conference and forcing the introvert RC racing industry as a whole to explore outside opportunities.

Under the Hood: David Ronnefalk

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David Ronnefalk (Sweden), 18

Chassis: Kyosho Inferno MP9 TKI3
Engine: Team Orion RS Edition
Tyres: AKA Catapult
Fuel: Runner time
Radio & Servos: KoPropo EX-1, Ko RSX2
Event: 2014 IFMAR World Championships – Giardini Naxos, Italy
Notes: Started with his Euros winning setup, mainly focusing on tyre testing this early on in practice. Will test a few other areas for day 3 of practice.

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2014 Worlds Feature: Who isn’t here ?

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Usually at a Worlds, we’d focus mainly on the goings-on at the event itself  however, at any Worlds there are always a few faces that are missed, absent for different reasons, more than geographic location last time around in Argentina 2012, there is a pretty well-stocked list of drivers who are ‘not in stock’ at Italy 2014.

If we start with the host nation, they have 25 drivers entered in the event (counting Mr Slovenia & Mr Monaco!) however there are two hugely talented future stars that are not entered; Riccardo Berton & Marco Baruffolo – who should be there, they are challenging for race wins already and will surely be challenging for Championships in years to come, there may not be another Worlds in Italy in their careers, the ideal platform for the young duo to make a name for themselves.

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Also absent for the Azzurri are the likes of Stefano Cantoni, Riccardo Perin, Eghlis Gallo & Walter ‘Konka’ Floris, maybe not headline-grabbing as often as Berton or Baruffolo but strong additions to the Italian team that are absent leaving a few holes. Having said that, seeing a Worlds in Europe with a 25-strong driver lineup from the host country is almost unheard of.

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Video: Tessmann & Ronnefalk

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Tessmann dominates Practice day 3

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HB / Pro-Line driver Ty Tessmann set the pace through both rounds of 12 min practice sessions on day 3 of practice at the 2014 Worlds, whilst only marginally ahead in the morning round, Tessmann really opened up and put on a commanding display of consistency and speed which will surely leave his peers and competitors scratching their respective heads where they can make up the ground.

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Tessmann as we’ve reported is running Pro-Line’s new lexan ‘Trifecta’ wing, although his HB buggy looks perfectly hooked up coupled with Pro-Line tyres, up to the penultimate heat of round two, David Ronnefalk had refound some form after a scruffy round 1 doing a 3 laps in 1:52.099 only to be bettered by defending Champion Robert Batlle with a pinpoint perfect 1:51.905, few thought that Tessmann could completely demolish that time by 1.4secs however. Despite it being early on in practice, it is a major signal of intent from the Canadian superstar.

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With the top three seemingly establishing itself slightly (Tessmann, Batlle & Ronnefalk), Martin Bayer continues to impress with a 4th best time overall over 3 laps, backing up his 5th fastest time of yesterday whilst holding up the Aussie end of things is Kyle McBridein 5th, Neil Cragg using yesterday’s (longest) track walk (ever) to good use posting a time good enough for 6th with the new Associated buggy which they’d prefer us not to shoot the inside of because the final version will be different.

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Stand out names at the top include Carson Wernimont in P11 and Drew Moller in 14th, whilst one of the pre event favourites Dakotah Phend posted a time for 15th ovearall, still more speed to be found, likewise for new TLR recruit Ryan Maifield in 21st.

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Whilst Tessmann’s brutally strong finish in round 2 is still very early days, expect many more Pro-Line lexan wings to be seen up and down the pitlane, tyre wear is also an important factor, given the rounds today have been 12 mins, vs. the standard 10min qualifying time, it seems Pro-Line’s rubber is holding up better on the rough abrasive Naxos World track.

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Video: Laps with Batlle, Boots, McBride, King, Martin, Tebo

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