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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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Practice Laps with: Tessmann, Bloomfield, J Aigoin, Batlle, Boots, Ronnefalk, Bayer

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Ty Tessmann

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Nemo Racing show us Agama’s new ‘A215′ Buggy

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Agama’s factory team at the Worlds are here in force through the professional representation of Jon Hazlewood’s well recognised outfit; Nemo Racing. The team are officially debuting their ‘new’ car provisionally called the ‘A215’ – replacing the current A8 Evo model as well. We caught up with Jon and team drivers Jeremy Kortz & Darren Bloomfield who waxed lyrical about the new car’s improved handling, calling it ‘night & day’ compared to the old car. Bloomfield, recently crowned BRCA Champion has driven the new car ‘geometry’ wise since back in April whilst Kortz got the new car 2 weeks ago and is loving it.

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With such a short time with his car Kortz was overjoyed with the much wider and 2mm longer chassis, finding it much more balanced, easier to drive, jump with, less bottoming out and at the end of day 1 confessing to his team mates in true Kortz stlye, “my car makes me feel horny”!

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80% of the car is all new, lower shock towers, brand new shorter shocks (new springs, bladders the whole lot), despite some initial trepidation concerning 17mm diameter shocks Kortz has been won over. New items include the steering rack & geometry, gearboxes, only 4 screws are required to remove the centre diff, the plastics are better, tighter tolerances and of course a 1 piece radio tray – all contributing to a much easier and faster car to work on.

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The wider chassis also features a small kick up towards the rear, however a ‘droopy’ rear toe plate ensures that the hinge pin locations remain constant, the result both drivers saying that the car is much easier to drive. Tuning options will be available such as carbon or even bronze inserts for the wishbones, in order to increase stiffness if required as well as the elegant kingpin weights we’ve previously seen.

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We stopped by the Nemo Racing tent just after Sunday’s first round of practice with Bloomfield having set a time good enough for 2nd overall, just a few tenths behind reigning World Champion Robert Batlle. Expect the new car to be ready in time for a 2015 release given the provisional name.

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Worlds Practice: Sunday Photos

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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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2014 Worlds Feature: Who isn’t here ?

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Usually at a Worlds, we’d focus mainly on the goings-on at the event itself  however, at any Worlds there are always a few faces that are missed, absent for different reasons, more than geographic location last time around in Argentina 2012, there is a pretty well-stocked list of drivers who are ‘not in stock’ at Italy 2014.

If we start with the host nation, they have 25 drivers entered in the event (counting Mr Slovenia & Mr Monaco!) however there are two hugely talented future stars that are not entered; Riccardo Berton & Marco Baruffolo – who should be there, they are challenging for race wins already and will surely be challenging for Championships in years to come, there may not be another Worlds in Italy in their careers, the ideal platform for the young duo to make a name for themselves.

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Also absent for the Azzurri are the likes of Stefano Cantoni, Riccardo Perin, Eghlis Gallo & Walter ‘Konka’ Floris, maybe not headline-grabbing as often as Berton or Baruffolo but strong additions to the Italian team that are absent leaving a few holes. Having said that, seeing a Worlds in Europe with a 25-strong driver lineup from the host country is almost unheard of.

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