David Ronnefalk is your new 1/8 Offroad IFMAR World Champion!
Starting 3rd on the grid, Ronnefalk would follow defending Champion Ty Tessmann round until lap 15 where pitstops cycled through and he moved into the lead, drama already started even before the start as the extended ‘dramatic musical intro’ saw Ryan Cavalieri’s engine cut, mechanic dad Lou forced to re fire him and start from the pitlane, thus handing Tessmann a nice cushion behind him and Ronnefalk open track.
Tessmann would lead for the opening stint before Ronnefalk assumed the lead and began to open a gap that would sway a lot, it was a final he dominated, and one dominated by the action behind as at times 6-7 drivers were in the hunt for podium spots. Occasionally the gap outfront would fall as Ronnefalk pitted for fuel and the occasional mistake played a part, Tessmann as well as Tebo were running in the top until Boots managed to catch up, looking racy mid way through until Davide Ongaro who had a great showing in the semis came alive late on even challenging Tessmann however the young 15-year old’s magnificent run at this World Championships was halted as he spent time in the pits fixing the pressure fuel line, he would finish 6th.
Robert Batlle was the driver on the move in the latter stages as he caught and passed Ty Tessmann late on to claim 2nd, making it an all World Champion podium here at the 2016 IFMAR Worlds in Las Vegas, USA, the Spaniard fittingly rewarded with a podium after suffering from kidney stones at the start of the week, the fact that he was running 8th at the halfway mark a sign of how close the fight was between the final drivers. Out front Ronnefalk had the occasional wobble but looked in command with a yoyo-ing gap increasing up to 20 secs towards the end.
With the minutes counting down on the hour-long final Ronnefalk embarked on his last lap, clapped and cheered on by the racing crowd, it was almost a fairytale last lap, as the Swede had a bit of a brainfade on the last corner table top, getting it all sorts of wrong, before getting a bit of help from a marshall and crossing the line to become the 2016 IFMAR World Champion.