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In a race of his own at times, Davide Ongaro is your 2018 IFMAR World Champion having won in style in Perth, Australia. The young Italian has been leading the pace all year and  takes over the reign from David Ronnefalk who won in Las Vegas two years ago.

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A quick recap of the semis saw high profile drivers not make it – Bruno Coelho after he had threatened for the lead, Dakotah Phend and Elliott Boots. Ty Tessmann would win his semi with Davide Ongaro behind, whilst the second semi final would prove faster, Ryan Maifield taking the win ahead of David Ronnefalk, the Arizona native starting on pole. It was a dramatic build up as the weather turned just before the first semi practice would go on track, giving it a good sprinkle of rain, however thankfully the rest of the day was overcast but dry.

The main would start with Maifield leading the pack out, a clean start soon turned into disaster after defending Champion Ronnefalk suffered from slipping clutch bearings, he would come into the pits and lose touch with the leaders.

 

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This began to form the theme of the main as Maifield, Tessmann and Ongaro were the main protagonists. With all drivers having driven through the 30 min semis, it was really only until midway through the final that Davide Ongaro began to stretch his lead having overtaken Ryan Maifield definitively on lap 33 and he never looked back opening the gap outfront in pure dominant fashion.

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Maifield’s start from pole would end in 3rd on the podium as the Mugen driver succumbed to a longer pit strategy from Ty Tessmann who took 2nd, David Ronnefalk briefly threatened Maifield in 3rd after driving up from the back of the pack but mistakes late on would drop him into a solid 4th infront of Ryan Cavalieri and Robert Batlle.

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A fantastic and dominant victory from Ongaro who originally set the pace in practice, lost his way somewhat in quali before turning on the crescendo. Fully deserved with no driver able to stay in touch with his pure relentless lap speed, his victory marred however by very sad post-win finger-pointing by certain camps… We witnessed a rather public trial in the technical inspection booth post race where cars were subject to incredibly detailed inspections by IFMAR’s officials and the very dedicated tech inspection team. Sometimes one must accept when you’re beaten.

Davide OnGyro Ongaro deservedly joins the World Champion Club!