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Race Report by Team Orion:
The 2015 Horizon Hobby Off-Road Championships were held this past weekend at Trackside Hobbies & Raceway in Milwaukee, WI. Team Orion would show up to this years event with a very strong team of drivers consisting of: 4-Time IFMAR World Champion Ryan Cavalieri, Current 4×4 Modified Short Course ROAR National Champion Dakotah Phend, & former 2wd Modified Buggy ROAR National Champion Dustin Evans.

2wd Modified Buggy
Team Orion Factory Driver Ryan Cavalieri would TQ all 4 rounds of qualifying to secure the overall TQ! Cavalieri then went onto finish 2nd in A-Main #1, with his AE teammate Spencer Rivkin taking the win. Then Cavalieri would take the win in A-Main #2, with Rivkin finishing 2nd. A-Main #3 would not prove lucky for Cavalieri or Rivkin, while Team Orion’s Dustin Evans would go onto take the win. The track would follow IFMAR rules for the tie-breaker to decide the Champion between Cavalieri & Rivkin both with 3 points. Since Cavalieri’s winning time in A-Main #2 was faster than Rivkin’s winning time in A-Main #1…Cavalieri would take his 1st Championship of the weekend!

2wd Modified Buggy Top 3 Overall:

  1. Ryan Cavalieri (TQ)
  2. Spencer Rivkin
  3. Dustin Evans

4wd Modified Buggy
Team Orion Factory Driver Ryan Cavalieri went onto dominate qualifying in the 4wd Modified Buggy class by TQ’ing 3 out of 4 rounds to take the overall TQ! Team Orion’s Dakotah Phend would take the Win in A-Main #1, with Cavalieri finishing 2nd. Cavalieri then rebounded nicely to take the Wins in A-Main #2 and #3 to take home his 2nd Championship of the weekend!

4wd Modified Buggy Top 3 Overall:

  1. Ryan Cavalieri (TQ)
  2. Dustin Evans
  3. Corey Liebherr

2wd Modified Short Course
Team Orion Factory Driver Ryan Cavalieri went onto TQ all 4 rounds of qualifying in the 2wd Modified Short Course class to complete the perfect TQ sweep of all 3 classes he competed in. Cavalieri then went onto dominate the single 7-minute 2wd Modified Short Course A-Main Event from tone to tone and took home his 3rd Championship of the weekend to complete the perfect sweep!

2wd Modified Short Course Top 3 Overall:

  1. Ryan Cavaleri (TQ)
  2. Tyler Whitt
  3. Chad Due

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4wd Modified Short Course
Team Orion Factory Driver Dakotah Phend would be on-fire in qualifying to take the overall TQ! Phend would lead every lap of the single 7-minute 4×4 Modified Short Course A-Main Event and would eventually lap all the way up to 2nd place before taking the Win & the Championship for the weekend!

4wd Modified Short Course Top 3 Overall:

  1. Dakotah Phend (TQ)
  2. Matt Sunderlage
  3. Adam Gratz