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Zachary Rogers launched the RC Fantasy League, a website who allows you to follow your favorite drivers at some of the worlds largest RC races. You can create profiles, get credits, and pick your favorite drivers potential finishing positions to earn points and possibly win some cash. The goal with the money raised is to help fund a new National series in the USA, known as RC National Series. With the launch of RC Fantasy League at the 2018 IFMAR 1/8 Nitro Off-Road IFMAR World Championships, it is plan to build off this event and continue to extend his contest to many other races throughout the world.

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Ty Tessmann 2018 Worlds TQ

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Qualifying at the 2018 IFMAR Worlds in Perth Australia saw a three-way tie of TQs between eventual overall Top Qualifier Ty Tessmann, David Ronnefalk and Davide Ongaro – each driver taking two rounds. Ronnefalk would set the fastest time of qualifying in the first round, whilst Ty would step it up and take rounds 2 and 3, Davide Ongaro up until then had looked out of sorts but picked it up and TQ’d Q4. David Ronnefalk badly needed a boost after a rough rounds 3 & 4 and stormed to TQ in the penultimate qualifier before Davide Ongaro impressed with a final TQ.

In 4th Ryan Maifield, rescuing his effort somewhat in the last round whilst Robert Batlle surely has his eyes on the prize on Saturday, always setting up his car with an eye on the main. Stand out performances from the likes of Naoto, CJ Jelin and Tanner Stees who did what he needed to do in Q6 to make it into the top 16. Join us on Saturday to follow the action.


Ongaro TQ’s final qualifying round

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It would come down to the deciding round of quali at the 2018 IFMAR Worlds to determine overall TQ and it proved a bit of a fairytale round for Davide Ongaro who pretty much didn’t put a foot or tyre wrong, the Italian Associated driver bagging TQ by an impressive 7.5 sec margin from Ty Tessmann, Ongaro seemed a man on a mission as he floated his way round the track like a butterfly with laptimes that stung like a bee…

With the track packed out the question on everyone’s lips was, could Ronnefalk unseat Ongaro’s impressive performance ? The answer was a definitive no, as the Swede started out brightly but would struggle to make it cleanly over the step down jump, he had multiple moments across his run, ultimately costing him vital time that may have secured him overall TQ over Ty Tessmann, that said however going into the final round, Ronnefalk already had two throwouts and needed a good run, not a TQ one. He would finish behind a strong Spencer Rivkin in his heat taking 3rd overall infront of Ryan Maifield in 4th amidst paddock gossip regarding his engine. Standout performances from CJ Jelin and Tanner Stees to ensure they make it into the top 16 for Saturday.

Q5: The return of Ronnefalk

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Round 5 and the top guns were up at 10:30, heat 1 experiencing a dry track, and heat 2 just after a blow off and water, pundits divided on what was favourable.. The temperatures are finally coming up for those of us with only shorts and sunnies packed and that has started to take it’s toll on the track with it drying out faster.

Heat 1 witnessed Ongaro going quickest, the quiet Italian re-finding his pace and above all consistency that saw him leave many spellbound during practice. Despite a couple of errors he went top infront of a revived Robert Batlle whilst Ty Tessmann leading during the middle part of the race had a bit of an unusual run for him with a couple of errors but with a string of consistent results he looks likely to at least start on pole for a semi final. After a duff day yesterday David Ronnefalk did the job he had suggested and TQ’d by 2.5 secs ahead of Ongaro, a couple of troubles with the top corner table top step off along with plenty of other drivers but banked needed points after his two throwouts yesterday – 4 from 6 rounds count. A strong run for Spencer Rivkin taking 3rd, underlining the Associated team’s pace it would suggest whilst CJ Jelin ended up top XRAY, not so for Elliott Boots who would see his car unfortunately carried off the track after starting out well.

Ongaro TQs Q4 as Ronnefalk has day to forget

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Four rounds into qualifying and we witnessed an eventful Q4 with a watered track for the top guys in heat 1, struggling to match laptimes seen earlier in the day as they ran in the evening dusk. Ty Tessmann’s run would come to an end with Davide Ongaro pitting early and then clicking off strong laps to commence his qualifying rescue operation. Ryan Maifield would have a run to forget whilst heat two benefitted from slightly better track conditions. David Ronnefalk was out on a charge after his Q3 breakage and was flying until disaster struck on lap 11 at the end of the straight his engine died, pitman Adrien Bertin sprung into action and worked to re-fire the car with a suspected glow plug failure. Ronnefalk would lose 40 secs and any hope of a decent time, the lap before he was 1.57 sec under Ongaro’s time. This left Ryan Cavalieri who has had a slow start to the Worlds to pick up the lead pace and confirm an Associated 1,2 – after Bruno Coelho had earlier blocked and then ended up tangling with another car. Naoto Matsukura would take P3 just ahead of Spencer Rivkin.

Tessmann continues Quali form in Q3

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Ty Tessmann led an XRAY 1,2 midway through qualifying here at the 2018 IFMAR Worlds in Perth, Australia, the Canadian some 4 secs clear of team mate Bruno Coelho, with Juan Carlos Canas having a strong round in 3rd less than a tenth behind. Ryan Maifield seemed to lack the pure lap speed, his fastest lap some 3/10 behind Tessmann. Recoveries for Ryan Cavalieri in 10th not so for opening TQ’er David Ronnefalk who fancied his chances only to expire on lap 3 as he crashed after trying to pass a backmarker and broke a lower arm. The story so far of quali however is Davide Ongaro going missing, he desperately needs to have a good rest of quali to make it into the top of the semi starters list.

Ty Tessmann TQs Worlds Q2

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Round 2 of qualifying proved quite eventful as mysteriously, the order of heat 1 followed by a break of ‘Lunch+water’ than heat two as stated in the timetable didn’t quite happen like that, rather lunch before heat 1 and water (and the standard drying time) afterwards ahead of heat two.

Q2 saw Ty Tessmann TQ after Davide Ongaro had the lead midway through before the unforgivable happened – front left wheelnut fell off… at this level catastrophic for practice pacesetter Ongaro who has a DNF and a 10th place to his name (i.e. two throw outs when 4/6 count..). Maifield might have had a sniff at TQ but a poor couple of final laps cost him dear and saw him finish 1.1secs down to the Canadian.

Q1 TQ David Ronnefalk put it into 3rd overall some 3.4 behind Tessmann perhaps on a slightly slower track, his best lap of 32.7 from earlier comparing to a 33.3 in Q2, Robert Batlle improved to 4th one of 5 mugens in the top 9 along with the Aussie charge of Aaron Stringer. Dakotah Phend looked to be facing lots of traffic in his heat, whilst Bruno Coelho suffered the same fate down in 16th.