The organisers of the forthcoming Cactus Classic which is taking place this week at the SRS track in Scottsdale have released the above panorama photo of the events track layout. Stay tuned to Neo Buggy for our very own coverage which is sponsored by Tekin, A Main Hobbies, JConcepts and SWORKz!
The 2014 Cactus Classic takes place across the 10th – 16th of March at the HobbyTown USA / SRS track and will be announced by the one and only Scotty Ernst! Full details can be found by clicking the above flyer.
David Ronnefalk had a strong if unfortunate end to his Dirt Nitro Challenge, the reigning European Champion taking a surprise win in the 1/8 electric class and challenging Ty Tessmann seriously for victory in the main final before 3 separate flame outs cost him due to a cut air filter tube, he would end up finishing 4th but comfortably had the quickest car in the final based on average laptime.
We have his two setups! Available on our Setup page and here!
The first major race on the Australian EP offroad calender has been run and won, with a Nationals Quality field and a very challenging track. Ryper Hobbies driver Josh Pain taking TQ and win in both 2wd and 4wd mod classes. Josh was in a class of his own in 2wd on the challenging Tasmanian track and his Yokomo bmax2mr was dialed in and he easily took the first 2 finals wins and consequently the overall victory.
However it was a close fight for second and third with 3 drivers battling for the minor podium spots, Sam Wells finished second overall with a win in the third leg and Matt Tied up third spot. 4wd was a different affair with some tight battles coming from second place driver Chris Sturdy and third place driver Matt Griffin.
All three drivers gaining a Win in the three finals, with Josh and Chris both having a win and a second, the tie break going to the fasted winning time. Josh just edged out Chris by 2 seconds to get the overall win and claim the prestigious Dual Tazmanian titles along with some vital Worlds Qualifier Points that should help toward Japan in 2015.
Josh was running Ryper Hobbies Products straight off the shelf with Yokomo bamx Cars, AKA tires, Futaba Radio Gear, LMR wings, Schelle Bearings along with Track and Field Lipo Power. Thanks should go to the Goodwood Rc club for all there hard work in organising a very well run event!
Day 5 – Tessmann’s Brilliance
By Stephen Bess
If you tuned in to the Nitro Challenge coverage expecting to see anyone except Canada’s Ty Tessmann atop the podium, you wasted your time. Tessmann wrapped up his race weekend by capturing his second championship in less than 24-hours, winning the 1/8-scale nitro truggy title last night and the buggy title today having never relinquished the lead.
Unlike last night’s truggy race, Tessmann was challenged several times—at least as challenges to Tessmann go—by a hard charging David Ronnefalk of Kyosho and TLR’s Dakotah Phend, but both came up well short in the end. 3x Euro champion Reno Savoya of XRAY grabbed third place but never knocked on Tessmann’s rear bumper or mounted a serious threat for the lead. As our race recap details, it was all Tessmann, pretty much all the time in buggy and truggy, the two most prestigious classes at the Nitro Challenge.
Ty Tessmann stamped his authority on the 15th Dirt Nitro Challenge in Phoenix, AZ – repeating his 2012 result of a double victory in the buggy & truck class. Dakotah Phend led the pack away at the start but a bad landing on lap 1 handed the lead to his main rival Tessmann who never looked back, clocking off not-the-fastest laps but running consistently fast out front. Tessmann initially came under pressure from Tebo and then Ronnefalk as the Swede built up a 5 second lead however three separate flameouts (due to a cut air filter pipe) whilst pitting for fuel cost him a shot at the win, quite unbelievable that he recovered to take 4th despite those troubles at a race of this prestige.
Reno Savoya kept Tessmann honest outfront however the Frenchman gapped Tessmann but never really made any inroads into the Canadian’s lead, and by the time Phend got past with 10 to go, he had to push too hard which resulted in a few mistakes. The late night race seemingly throwing quite a few spanners in the works as drivers suffered flame outs, broken cars and more, some especially struggling with temperatures and tyres.
Watch the 45min Final courtesy of LiveRC below!
Savoya came under late pressure from Ronnefalk – a repeat of the 2013 European final protagonists, however this time Savoya claiming the last podium spot, another mature drive from the hard working XRAY driver. It turned out to be an AKA dominated final however missing out on the podium, likewise for Team Associated as the RC8 prototypes failed to live up to the hype, Maifield breaking early on and Cavalieri running 5th at best for some time until he ended up 10th.
Day 4 – Dirt Nitro Challenge, Main Day #1
By Stephen Bess
A Changing of the Guard?
I’ve been absent from national-level RC racing for nearly a year now due to a personal illness, and in that time something remarkable seems to have happened. When I last attended a national caliber off-road race, I could count on a group of pros dominating the leader boards week in and week out. Tebo, Cavalieri, Maifield…these were once the young guys who made it look effortless every time out. TQs, wins, podiums. They collected these like baseball cards.
Some might say that the script was already written with two-time defending Truck Champion Ty Tessmann TQ’ing the truck class ensuring he would line up on pole for the 45 min final. It proved a start-to-finish victory for Tessmann as he handed a prestigious win to the new ‘Tessmann’ edition D8T Truck. Whilst Tessmann’s 3rd consecutive win (4th overall in truck) will further cement him in ‘Dirt’ history, praise must go to the sterling drive from 9th qualifier Barry Pettit.
We mentioned previously that it looks as if Mugen have assembled and pieced together a good looking young competitive team, and so it came good for 21 year old Barry Pettit as he came through early battles and would ensure Tessmann couldn’t let up, a very impressive finish from Pettit – his arrival into the big league maybe?
Dakotah Phend would claim the last podium spot after a hard-fought fight with Jared Tebo, coming home 0.8 sec infront of Kyosho’s main man, TQ of the buggy class, Phend suffered from a poor getaway but recovered.
Day 3 – TQs and DNFs
By Stephen Bess
Qualifying at the 2014 Dirt Nitro Challenge for buggy and truggy is officially in the books, which means that we now know both who has earned TQ spots in each class and who received DNFs. Along those lines, I compiled my own list of TQs and DNFs today as I walked the pits and observed the goings-on at this year’s race. Here are my picks…
Dakotah Phend secured TQ & thus pole for the 15th Dirt Nitro Challenge buggy final on Friday as racing got underway late and finished in the 1AM regions, Phend immediately set the pace with a TQ time 3 secs clear of Mike Truhe in 2nd, Truhe making his Serpent debut would go onto qualifying 14th after some problems in rounds 2 and 3.
Round 2 and the track had settled down as Phend shaved a massive 9 seconds off his Q1 time, amounting to almost a second a lap, he was followed home by Carson Wernimont (Mugen) 4 seconds down, Mugen’s new signing once again excelling after a strong 2013 Nitro Challenge. Truck TQ Ty Tessmann would take 4th in Q1 and 20th in Q2 but recovered with a 2nd in Q3 as Jared Tebo improved round by round TQ’ing the last qualifier with a time 3 secs faster than Phend’s Q2 time.
Lining up 4th in Sunday’s A Main is European Champion David Ronnefalk, with a 3rd in Q1 & 4th in Q3, he’s joined by fellow European Reno Savoya in 8th. Judging the top 12 grid, it would seem Kris Moore has made some shrewd signings & investments with his ‘young’ team with 3 cars in the main.
Less spectacular has been the Associated RC8 Prototype’s debut qualifying, Cavalieri sparing the teams’ blushes hauling the car into 9th overall after a 7th & 8th place results, bad luck for Ryan Maifield as he just missed out on the A Main and will have to bump his way from the B – starting from pole. Elliott Boots is another driver struggling, down in 21st the Brit raised eyebrows last year but will be looking to find more pace for Sunday.