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You may have caught some of our 2017 Silver State Race coverage over the weekend, kindly supported by Absolute Hobbyz, we hope you enjoyed it, we certainly did photographically!
In the following post we’ve picked out our photo favourites over the weekend – portraits, action, emotions and how could you not love a track with the Las Vegas Strip in the background, we hope you enjoy the selection
Ryan Maifield made it two wins from three at the Silver State in Las Vegas, keeping up his brilliant start to the 2017 season, the story of the race however belonged to Dakotah Phend as he led for over half the race but would be cruelly denied late on with problems.
Starting out Phend held the race lead until mistakes cost the polesitter dropping him as low as 4th, this re-ignited his drive and he fought his way back as Tessmann and Maifield took it in turns to lead, confirming how close the pack was during the first 15 laps, eventual winner Maifield was as low as 6th on lap 15 whilst Ty was out front with Phend in 2nd, eventually Maifield would pass Tessmann and open up a bit of a gap, but Phend looked to have everything in hand.
That was until a mistake allowed Maifield to catch within 2 secs, this ebbed and flowed until late on lap 69 just after his last fuel stop, Phend came out and his car strangely came to a halt, a damaged servo steering link the culprit, Phend, team manager Kevin Gahan and the whole TLR team gutted at the lost victory, he deserved more.
Where Dakotah hit bad luck, Maifield gained, promoted to 1st he cruised home to a victory with Ty promoted to 2nd and a charging Ronnefalk 3rd, overcoming a typically poor start and driving through the pack, the World Champion rued his opening lap which set the tone, saying he would work on improving his starts to make them clean.
With Ryan Maifield having swept the E-Buggy final many expected him to clean up in truggy as well having dominated the DNC a few weeks ago, that was the case until Ryan Lutz had other ideas…
Just before the main event, rather surprisingly, part of the track pipe was removed after the far right double, with cars landing on it all weekend, it was perhaps a little damaged, thus the race was run with a lack of pipe in that section, much to the bizarre bemusement of several drivers.
The start saw Maifield lead out with Lutz sneaking by Tessmann, the trio looking fast and racy, however it wasn’t long before Lutz crashed and would drop quite a bit down, allowing Maifield and Tessmann to open up a gap to the rest of the pack.
Tessmann snapping at Maifield’s heels would get by on lap 10 and hold the lead until lap 28, the pair swapping positions alternately, Maifield would edge infront and open up a gap to Tessmann, looking in control as Lutz worked his way into 3rd after fending off Jared Tebo.
Disaster struck Maifield however as a slightly hot engine flamed out whilst pitting for fuel, sending pitmen scrambling down to recover the stricken polesitter, after getting re-fired quickly Maifield was out on track, man-on-a-mission. He quickly disposted of Tebo running solidly in 4th and looked like he would haul himself back into contention up front as Tessmann suddenly found his newly inherited lead under threat from a rapid Ryan Lutz.
As if a guided missile, Lutz took over the lead on lap 51, Tessmann clearly pushing hard during the final making a few mistakes along the way, nonetheless managing to finish, however Lutz proved himself best of the bunch as he extended his lead late on. A big result for the Tekno driver further underlying the collective faith in the Tekno RC truck. 3rd for Maifield who wasn’t able to catch Tessmann quite enough, but will surely be fired up for the buggy main, 4th for Tebo and 5th for Phend having re-taken the spot that Ronnefalk stole on the penultimate lap.
Dakotah Phend is top qualifier of the 2017 Silver state in Las Vegas, having bookended qualifying with a TQ in round 1 and finishing up mere hundredths behind a resurgent Ryan Maifield who would TQ round 3. The track during the single round of qualifying saw temperatures in the low 30s (celcius) and it was Phend who looked like he might be on course until Maifield made it a clean sweep of qualifying today having TQ’d Q3 in E-Buggy, Pro Truck and Pro Buggy.
Lining up 2nd on the grid will be Ty Tessmann level on points with Maifield, rather interestingly… 7 different cars in the top 7, oh and Cav still hasn’t turned up… Missing the cut from the A was Tekno’s Joe Bornhorst – top of the hotly contested B main which should provide some entertainment tomorrow.
Ryan Maifield seems to be riding the crest of the Nitro Challenge wave as he swept to TQ Pro Truck having successfully TQ’d Open E-Buggy only earlier, Jared Tebo once again impressed after a strong showing taking 2nd in Q3 whilst Mike Truhe’s 3rd place confirms the Mugen truck’s speed here at this RC Tracks of Las Vegas facility, not so for some as underdeveloped trucks mean they lack a certain something in terms of speed.
No Cav in the top 12 of course… as he’s not here.
Ty Tessmann holds overnight TQ in both the Pro buggy & truck class at the Silver State in Las Vegas, after a tense finish to the final heat of round 2 which saw Ronnefalk, Maifield and Ty swap positions for the lead, Ronnefalk had a bobble midway through allowing Maifield and Tessmann to charge outfront, the Canadian ending up outfront with Maifield having a slow last lap which allowed Ronnefalk to sneak a 2nd place.
There was no love lost however in the pits as an irate Maifield vented his frustrations to the XRAY’s team manager Gord, allegedly claiming strategic releasing at the start of the run, potentially benefitting Ty. That said, he sits on top of the pile with a 2nd and a TQ, Q1 TQ Phend faring worse in Q2 with a 6th. Still all to play for with one further round to go tomorrow.