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The truck A main produced a nail biter of a 45 min race as Dakotah Phend started on pole with his main rival Ty Tessmann just behind, Ty wasted little time early on before pouncing on the lead, the pair sailed off into the distance and left the likes of Maifield, Cavalieri and Lutz to fight for the last podium spot.

The leaders came in on the same lap for their first pit stop generating a palpable buzz around the track as the Tessmanns took on Phend’s pit crew, they would come out like for like, with Phend shadowing Tessmann’s every move. Pitstop 2 and Tessmann & Phend almost had a massive collision as Phend whilst leading due to a tiny mistake from Tessmann, pulled into the pits whilst Tessmann almost collected him.

The pair would continue to swap positions until Phend managed to open a gap, its fair to say Phend looked the faster over a lap, whilst Tessmann displayed all the consistency in the world, Phend took the lead despite a horrific pit exit crash from Tessmann and opened a gap which looked stable enough to earn him a victory.

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But there would be more twists and turns as Phend crashed very badly going into the step up jumping, just managing to limp over whilst Tessmann’s truck flew into the lead overhead, script torn up, it was 6 mins to go until the finish and it would prove to be a thriller.

By now most of the watching audience were simply in awe at how these two young superstars could maintain such an extreme level of consistent pace for such a long period of time, and still have the mental ability to take the title down to the wire.

Tessmann had around a 1.5 sec gap down to Phend and for a couple of laps it looked stable, until all of a sudden Phend lit his afterburners, perhaps fortified by lasting memories of Championships lost, he closed up and managed to slide his way past in the pass of his life, with only a few corners to go until the title decided Tessmann drove fairly with a hint of a nudge here and there going into the last corner he launched his HB truck slightly wildly and ended up spinning out Phend, Tessmann showed great sportsmanship and courtesy and waited, allowing Phend time to face the right way and take his deserved victory.

A huge amount of respect to both drivers who drove out of this world, putting on an absolute masterclass of classy driving and a lesson to any aspiring racer. Whilst the final did turn out to be a case of Phend vs. Tessmann, a nod to Ryan Lutz as well for coming home ‘best of the rest’ in 3rd.

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