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Worlds: Phil’s Sunday Pit Chat!

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We’ve found a willing camerman and Phil makes his first Official appearance infront of the camera at this World Championship as we cover the basics of the track, talk to the three top guys and wander around the pits at the 2014 IFMAR Worlds.

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Ty Tessmann ahead as Worlds free practice concludes

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Different day, same name at the top of the timesheets – Ty Tessmann, he had a bit of a steady round 1 caught behind Ryan Maifield but normal service resumed in rounds 2 and 3 as Tessmann’s competition demolition serivices got going and put a bit of daylight between himself and Ronnefalk in round 2, Ty took the fastest time again in round 3 infront of an impressive run from Ryan Maifield who made it into P4 overnight whilst Yannick Aigoin took the 3rd fastest time in the last round to show his prowess on this hard and fast Naxos track.

Overall Practice Standings after 3 laps

 

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Worlds Practice Sunday Report

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The final day of free practice started out with slightly clearer weather conditions, for those arriving only today (Borja Hernandez, Baldo brothers) they could immediately see the pleasant yet foreboding view of the active volcano Mount Etna some 25km away, the words ‘safety’ and ‘security’ take on a new meaning when you’re camping out and racing in the shadow of one of Europe’s most famous volcanoes.

-> Sunday Worlds Photos

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Geography lesson over, Sunday at the World’s longest practice session aka Day number ‘I don’t remember’, started out with owner and organiser Salvatore Schepis taking a moment of his time to show us a couple of track fixes the active crew had made overnight, patching some of the holes that had developed after the countless practice laps had been done.

It should be noted that despite inaccurate reports, the track is not ‘concrete’ – it is a very hard packed finely sieved dirt mixture with a little bit of resin to bind it, the result is so far pretty darn impressive holding up track, which bear in mind has to hold for around 10 days – a length of time no 1/8 Offroad event to our knowledge has come close to. So the organisers have been smart and done a worthy job on the track, not forgetting the facility as a whole.

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Onto the action, three 10 min rounds were run today with the mornings early round seemingly always slower, probably down to track temperature, Robert Batlle setting the pace once again followed by a strong run from Darren Bloomfield.

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Round 2 belonged to a name we’ll likely see many many more times here on this site for the next week; Ty Tessmann. Demolishing the competition with a run that had no less than FIVE 36 sec laps, his fastest a 36.520 – doing 3 laps in 1:50.743, David Ronnefalk the closest driver with a 1:51.951 although Ty looks to able to turn low 37 sec laps consistently without major issue whilst Ronnefalk and Batlle in 3rd (1:51.956) seem a little more unpredictable. Although we’re early days, it would seem that looking ahead to controlled practice tomorrow, Tessmann hold’s the ace card with Ronnefalk & Batlle searching for around 0.5 sec a lap to really challenge Tessmann. -> See videos of Tessmann, Bloomfield, J Aigoin, Batlle, Boots, Ronnefalk & Bayer

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All that said, we must remember 3 laps are 3 laps, qualifying is 10mins per round, so all can and probably will change!

The final round of the day saw Ty revert to a previous chassis he had tried and plans to race with until the end of this Worlds, the young Canadian with a smile from ear to ear as we interviewed him as he would go fastest ahead of two new faces in the top 3; Ryan Maifield in 2nd and Yannick Aigoin in 3rd. The last day of free practice at the Worlds before… yes more practice but ‘controlled’ which actually matters; seeding the drivers for qualifying, get it right and you’re on course, get it wrong and you’ll be in a slow heat and maybe look at some bumpage (and even grindage).

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Worlds Practice: Sunday Photos

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Check out the photos here

Under the Hood: Reno Savoya

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Reno Savoya (France), 27

Chassis: XRAY XB8
Engine: Team Orion RS Edition
Tyres: Sweep Exagon
Fuel: Runner time
Radio & Servos: Futaba 4PKRS, Futaba 9353HV
Event: 2014 IFMAR World Championships – Giardini Naxos, Italy

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JQ Racing hold Saturday night press conference

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It’s more than fair to say that the RC racing industry as a whole lacks degrees of professionalism, vision and even media appreciation, most of us are racers at heart dedicated to the goal of going fast and trying to win, one such character we’ve featured quite a bit on NeoBuggy over the years who shares that goal but pulls off the visionary card rather well is Joseph Quagraine of JQ Racing.

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After day 3 of Worlds Practice in Sicily, JQ had invited the collective RC media as well as a few friends and partners to attend a small press conference at the team villa – laying on drinks, canapes and a typical media rep’s staple diet of beer and pizza, with a healthy audience and air of anticipation JQ launched into his speech. Recounting the last 5 years of his life and company, transitioning from JQ Products to a more professional ‘JQ Racing’ outfit as well as announcing the launch of a non-rc company ‘JQ Threads’ which will in future he hopes serve as a bankroller to the company’s RC operations. Since the launch of the White Edition car a year ago popularity has grown, with JQ cars the 4th most popular car at the 2014 Euros – tieing with TLR in cars present.

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The ‘JQ Racing’ team itself is a vision whereby all drivers within the team run the exact same equipment, no exceptions, thus sponsors and partners of the team receive a full harmonious exposure in key markets and a brand unity, unlike the present day where team driver X uses Y engine whilst his team mate runs something else completely.

Whilst the team is still in it’s infancy, in particular in finding outside backing, the groundwork has been laid, especially when it comes to brand image and promotion, team wear and displays, we’ll also touch on the second half of the press conference which served as a launch of a new RC company ‘Cosmic Industries’ by Finn Heikki Naulapää who showed us his Balancer body. More on that in a separate article. The JQ Racing team will also be present in 1/10th scale and are currently in talks with several companies to provide a car for the team as a whole.

Thumbs up to JQ Racing for the press conference and forcing the introvert RC racing industry as a whole to explore outside opportunities.

Under the Hood: David Ronnefalk

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David Ronnefalk (Sweden), 18

Chassis: Kyosho Inferno MP9 TKI3
Engine: Team Orion RS Edition
Tyres: AKA Catapult
Fuel: Runner time
Radio & Servos: KoPropo EX-1, Ko RSX2
Event: 2014 IFMAR World Championships – Giardini Naxos, Italy
Notes: Started with his Euros winning setup, mainly focusing on tyre testing this early on in practice. Will test a few other areas for day 3 of practice.

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Video: Tessmann & Ronnefalk

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Ty Tessmann

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Tessmann dominates Practice day 3

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HB / Pro-Line driver Ty Tessmann set the pace through both rounds of 12 min practice sessions on day 3 of practice at the 2014 Worlds, whilst only marginally ahead in the morning round, Tessmann really opened up and put on a commanding display of consistency and speed which will surely leave his peers and competitors scratching their respective heads where they can make up the ground.

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Tessmann as we’ve reported is running Pro-Line’s new lexan ‘Trifecta’ wing, although his HB buggy looks perfectly hooked up coupled with Pro-Line tyres, up to the penultimate heat of round two, David Ronnefalk had refound some form after a scruffy round 1 doing a 3 laps in 1:52.099 only to be bettered by defending Champion Robert Batlle with a pinpoint perfect 1:51.905, few thought that Tessmann could completely demolish that time by 1.4secs however. Despite it being early on in practice, it is a major signal of intent from the Canadian superstar.

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With the top three seemingly establishing itself slightly (Tessmann, Batlle & Ronnefalk), Martin Bayer continues to impress with a 4th best time overall over 3 laps, backing up his 5th fastest time of yesterday whilst holding up the Aussie end of things is Kyle McBridein 5th, Neil Cragg using yesterday’s (longest) track walk (ever) to good use posting a time good enough for 6th with the new Associated buggy which they’d prefer us not to shoot the inside of because the final version will be different.

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Stand out names at the top include Carson Wernimont in P11 and Drew Moller in 14th, whilst one of the pre event favourites Dakotah Phend posted a time for 15th ovearall, still more speed to be found, likewise for new TLR recruit Ryan Maifield in 21st.

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Whilst Tessmann’s brutally strong finish in round 2 is still very early days, expect many more Pro-Line lexan wings to be seen up and down the pitlane, tyre wear is also an important factor, given the rounds today have been 12 mins, vs. the standard 10min qualifying time, it seems Pro-Line’s rubber is holding up better on the rough abrasive Naxos World track.

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Video: Laps with Batlle, Boots, McBride, King, Martin, Tebo

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Robert Batlle

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