Ty Tessmann’s double victory at Neo14 will go down as one of domination – a driver at the peak of his powers, if not prior, then now going into events as the favourite to win regardless of venue or history – history has been made today as the Tebo era of Neo domination comes to an end. His record of 5 Neo victories may never be surpassed let alone equalled, however his achievement is still outstanding even if the day, weekend and dare we say… year has Tessmann’s name on it ?
The final kicked off with a pair of lively semis and even more so Last Chance saloon race, first off – casualties in the semi finals, the big scalp was sadly Darren Bloomfield, breaking just before the straight he was unable to make it back with enough time to try and make the Last Chance, the watching audience were denied given Bloomfield’s pace and turn of speed in his semi. A big upset. With the ‘A’semi being considerably faster than the ‘B’the grid was pretty much ordered ‘A’,B’ and LCS – the Last Chance was eventful to say the last, Yannick Aigoin on pole and leading them round till he fell back, Martin Bayer took over, but at one point all three Associated prototypes occupied the top 3 – Ryan Maifield missing the direct cut in the semis due to a engine flameouts during refueling. It looked like Neil Cragg would make the grade, but a backmarker caused him issues and ruined his chances, allowing Bayer, a racey looking Atsushi Hara and Maifield sneak into the Neo14 final.
The main - after Mogsy and his fire breathing antics had succeeded in warming the crowd, Ty Tessmann got away clean, Tebo tangling and falling to fifth pushing Ronnefalk into p2 with Cody King just inches behind, until Ronnefalk put a move on Tessmann in the stair case section to take the lead only to have a tiny nibble of his wing from Tessmann preventing him from keeping it but for a corner – Tessmann regained and all in order with Tebo up to 4th.
Further bobbles from Ronnefalk dropped him back gifting 2nd to Cody King but with a gap to Tessmann infront, 5 laps in Ty was strengthening his grasp with a slender lead to King, until Tebo with a bad landing went tumbling, not losing a position but buckets of time almost allowing Boots, Savoya to almost have a sniff. Meanwhile outfront Cody King steamed right up to Tessmann’s gearbox, perhaps rattling and surprising Tessmann, Cody wasted no time in proving why he won a World Championship, swiftly picking his moment as Tessmann landed a touch wide, Cody swept past 8 mins into the final.
However for all that was beautiful, Cody came up short on a corner jump and Tessmann said thank you very much and started to lay the hammer down, eeking out an advantage as Cody King put in the drive of his life to try and keep Tessmann honest out front, the pair played out a tense thriller with King clearly having not followed Tessmann’s preferred script for the final of an easy lights-to-flag victory – as it happened, Tessmann did lead from start to finish but with constant pressure from Cody King. It proved a close-r finish then expected, King only 4 secs down the road, who knows if it had been 5mins longer?!! All in all both first, 2nd and 3rd delighted with the finish.
For much of the final, Jared Tebo occupied third, losing touch with Cody King he was challenged by Reno Savoya until XRAY’s top qualifier fell back a touch, passed by Ronnefalk who at one point was looking like the fastest car on track… until a few mistakes made sure that at best he was racing for 3rd. Tebo looked out of sorts, not his usual very assured confident fluid, fluent self – just not his weekend, as mistakes crept in and Ronnefalk was able to capitalise and steal the last podium spot. Reno Savoya’s Neo14 ended on a low after such a high of taking TQ, the first non-US driver to do so, the Shark had an overheating throttle servo cook itself with only 7mins to go, a sad end for Savoya who looked on course for 3rd.
In the end a very deserved win for Ty Tessmann who clearly found his mojo midway through qualifying, TQ’d Q4 & Q5, won the Dash4Cash, won the Vampire Racing Electric class and promptly won Neo14 in stunning fashion the hard way, the young Canadian proved why he really is the World’s #1 right now.
A massive thank you to every one involved, you know who you are – Lewis, Wes, Andy, Kong, Ben, Elliot, Tinny, Chaz, Ricky, Mark the whole of DXR crew, racecontrol – Kevin, Sue, Rob, Diane, Mogsy, Jason, Kevin, Arno, our commentators for the weekend Rob Rasey, DJ Ben Williams and Tony Truman & all our take down crew!