The warm up for the European B Championships will be held at the CARTT track (Madrid) across the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of May. The two day event is open to all drivers with an entry fee of 35€ in place. The deadline for registration and payment is the 31st of April with additional details available here.
As the first ever non-US Top Qualifier of The Neo Race in it’s 9-year history, Frenchman Reno Savoya made history this past Easter weekend, whilst his Championship challenge may have faltered ending with an overheating throttle servo he reports from Neo14:
“Well known as the Indoor World Championship, The Neo Race attracts every year all the best drivers on the planet.”
Fresh from winning the last race in France, I was really confident getting ready for Neo. I started with the same setup except a few details on sway bars, camber and diffs, and the car was amazing since P1!
I then changed a few details and work on the tires to get the best out of my package! It was an amazing team effort as we all worked together, Miguel Mathias, Martin Bayer and Lorenzo Crolla all securing the semi spots! I had 2 perfect rounds in Q1 and Q2 giving me the opportunity to be on a provisional TQ before Q5. I tested a harder compound on Q5 and it didn’t work but I still hang on to the TQ overall! An amazing result! First non-american driver to TQ Neo!
In the mains, the temperature was higher, so between the semi and the main I had to rise the shocks oil to 800-600 and diffs to 7-7-3. In final, my car felt way better than in the semi and I could really feel it and fight for the top spots. I was 3rd 7 minutes before the end and my throttle servo died because of overheating. Too bad as the podium was already quite secured! Too bad but it was a really good practice for World championships in September, and I feel a little bit more ready every race I attend!!
Ty Tessmann (21) – Neo14
Chassis: HB D812
Tyres: Pro-Line Square Fuzzie
Radio & Servos: N/A, Savox SB-2274 steering
Notes: TQ’d Q4, Q5, won Dash4Ca$h, 2014 Neo Race Champion
Live RC have kindly uploaded their full length video of the Main Final from Neo14, the final is split into two videos, with a short one showing the start and a second longer clip with the rest of the final. Enjoy!
Ty Tessmann’s double victory at Neo14 will go down as one of domination – a driver at the peak of his powers, if not prior, then now going into events as the favourite to win regardless of venue or history – history has been made today as the Tebo era of Neo domination comes to an end. His record of 5 Neo victories may never be surpassed let alone equalled, however his achievement is still outstanding even if the day, weekend and dare we say… year has Tessmann’s name on it ?
The final kicked off with a pair of lively semis and even more so Last Chance saloon race, first off – casualties in the semi finals, the big scalp was sadly Darren Bloomfield, breaking just before the straight he was unable to make it back with enough time to try and make the Last Chance, the watching audience were denied given Bloomfield’s pace and turn of speed in his semi. A big upset. With the ‘A’semi being considerably faster than the ‘B’the grid was pretty much ordered ‘A’,B’ and LCS – the Last Chance was eventful to say the last, Yannick Aigoin on pole and leading them round till he fell back, Martin Bayer took over, but at one point all three Associated prototypes occupied the top 3 – Ryan Maifield missing the direct cut in the semis due to a engine flameouts during refueling. It looked like Neil Cragg would make the grade, but a backmarker caused him issues and ruined his chances, allowing Bayer, a racey looking Atsushi Hara and Maifield sneak into the Neo14 final.
The main - after Mogsy and his fire breathing antics had succeeded in warming the crowd, Ty Tessmann got away clean, Tebo tangling and falling to fifth pushing Ronnefalk into p2 with Cody King just inches behind, until Ronnefalk put a move on Tessmann in the stair case section to take the lead only to have a tiny nibble of his wing from Tessmann preventing him from keeping it but for a corner – Tessmann regained and all in order with Tebo up to 4th.
Further bobbles from Ronnefalk dropped him back gifting 2nd to Cody King but with a gap to Tessmann infront, 5 laps in Ty was strengthening his grasp with a slender lead to King, until Tebo with a bad landing went tumbling, not losing a position but buckets of time almost allowing Boots, Savoya to almost have a sniff. Meanwhile outfront Cody King steamed right up to Tessmann’s gearbox, perhaps rattling and surprising Tessmann, Cody wasted no time in proving why he won a World Championship, swiftly picking his moment as Tessmann landed a touch wide, Cody swept past 8 mins into the final.
However for all that was beautiful, Cody came up short on a corner jump and Tessmann said thank you very much and started to lay the hammer down, eeking out an advantage as Cody King put in the drive of his life to try and keep Tessmann honest out front, the pair played out a tense thriller with King clearly having not followed Tessmann’s preferred script for the final of an easy lights-to-flag victory – as it happened, Tessmann did lead from start to finish but with constant pressure from Cody King. It proved a close-r finish then expected, King only 4 secs down the road, who knows if it had been 5mins longer?!! All in all both first, 2nd and 3rd delighted with the finish.
For much of the final, Jared Tebo occupied third, losing touch with Cody King he was challenged by Reno Savoya until XRAY’s top qualifier fell back a touch, passed by Ronnefalk who at one point was looking like the fastest car on track… until a few mistakes made sure that at best he was racing for 3rd. Tebo looked out of sorts, not his usual very assured confident fluid, fluent self – just not his weekend, as mistakes crept in and Ronnefalk was able to capitalise and steal the last podium spot. Reno Savoya’s Neo14 ended on a low after such a high of taking TQ, the first non-US driver to do so, the Shark had an overheating throttle servo cook itself with only 7mins to go, a sad end for Savoya who looked on course for 3rd.
In the end a very deserved win for Ty Tessmann who clearly found his mojo midway through qualifying, TQ’d Q4 & Q5, won the Dash4Cash, won the Vampire Racing Electric class and promptly won Neo14 in stunning fashion the hard way, the young Canadian proved why he really is the World’s #1 right now.
A massive thank you to every one involved, you know who you are – Lewis, Wes, Andy, Kong, Ben, Elliot, Tinny, Chaz, Ricky, Mark the whole of DXR crew, racecontrol – Kevin, Sue, Rob, Diane, Mogsy, Jason, Kevin, Arno, our commentators for the weekend Rob Rasey, DJ Ben Williams and Tony Truman & all our take down crew!
Ty Tessmann took a deserved victory in the Vampire Racing electric class after a chaotic start to the final which saw plenty of crashes but Ty Tessmann would emerge closely followed by Lee Martin and Jared Tebo, the top 3 freight training round the track quickly opening up a lead over the rest of the pack.
A bad landing from Tessmann would allow Lee Martin past however his lead proved short lived as Tessmann soon snuck by without too much trouble and led the rest of the final accordingly for the rest of the final taking a pretty easy victory, Tebo briefly challenged Tessmann for the lead, however the 5x nitro champion would finish 2nd to Tessmann whilst Adam Drake passed Lee Martin towards the end to take the last spot on the podium.
Photos from today’s racing can be found here.
Vampire Racing Electric Final:
- Ty Tessmann – 20/10’5.248
- Jared Tebo – 20/10’12.974
- Adam Drake – 20/10’13.367
Elliott Boots (21) – Neo14
Chassis: Kyosho MP9 TKI3
Engine: REDS R7 Evoke
Fuel: Byron Fuel 25%
Tyres: Pro-Line Holeshot X4 Blue inserts
Radio & Servos: Sanwa, Sanwa Exces 2
Notes: Clutch setup change for extra punch for the jumps. Running REDS R7 Evoke, smooth power delivery otherwise same as normal. Making his official debut for Byrons Racing Fuel