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Orion announce Maifield nitro deal


8 months since the news of Maifield opting for Novarossi power in 2014, comes the sudden announcement from Team Orion that the TLR star will also be running their nitro line as of 2015, having signed for the electric side back in June.

Orion’s timing of the news is no coincidence, the news coming just a couple of days after Maifield lined up on pole for the IFMAR Worlds final, many tipping him for victory in a tense showdown with nationals rival Tessmann, it wasn’t to be however. The news comes as a slight surprise given Adam Drake’s influence in the TLR team and masterful knowledge when it comes to engine tuning and mileage, Maifield joins the likes of Phend, former team mate Cavalieri & Tebo running the CRF nitro powerplants.

 Adrien Bertin said, “Drivers of the caliber of Ryan Maifield have their choice of engines to run. It is with great satisfaction that we welcome Ryan in our team and admire his decision to run with Team Orion CRF engines. It is another confirmation of our successful product and team strategy.”

Is a reshuffle on the way for Team Orion with Maifield going 100% with the Swiss company ? Watch this space.

2014 IFMAR Worlds Final video

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Its finally here, the full length 60 minute IFMAR Worlds final video with full commentary provided by in-house MC Tony Truman, enjoy!


Top 25 RC post Worlds rankings

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Ty Tessmann again proves why he is the #1 ranked driver in the world according to Top 25 RC, as he went on to dominate the IFMAR World Championships like he has pretty much every other event he has attended in the last 2 years.

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Top 25 RC has released an updated ranking list after the exciting Worlds event today. Surprisingly no  ranking changes within the top 5 spots on the Top 25 list. But the middle part of the list has some major changes, with people moving all over the place. Ryan Cavalieri Moved up 8 spots, landing on the #6 spot, after a great drive to finish second at the worlds.  Carson Weinimont officially put himself on the map climbing inside the top 10 settling in at the #8 spot after a podium finish at his first IFMAR World Championships.

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Brunsden Summer Series victory

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This past weekend concluded the 2014 HNMC Summer Series. The final round hosted over 60 entries, and ended the series with once again great racing. In the highly competitive Nitro Buggy class it would be a three way battle throughout qualifying for the top spot between Kevin Brunsden, Karl Jackson, and Tommy Chung. Brunsden would take the overall TQ heading into the final, and would carry on to win just ahead of Tom Saggers and Chung.

REDS Racing new carb at the Worlds


Italian engine firm REDS Racing have come on leaps & bounds in recent years with the likes of Elliott Boots & Cody King running the mini powerhouses, Mario Rossi & son Marco run the business together and have been present all week at the Worlds supporting team drivers as well as non-team racers.

New from the Worlds this past week is a new carb which features a differently positioned top end needle, rather than pointing diagonally upwards, it is now horizontally positioned much lower down.

Master engine tuner Mario said the revised location allows for significantly improved top end as well as a more stable idle and overall engine tune. The new top end needle is also now ‘in line’ with the low end needle – although on opposite sides of the carb, Rossi says this makes for more precise tuning.

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The new carb will be available next month in October on its own as well as bolted on the REDS R7 engine in limited quantities.

Tozser tops the Mountain Meltdown


Team Associated/Reedy driver Peter Tozser closed off the summer season in style at RC Gears track in Calgary, AB. He took the RC8.2 and RC8.2e to TQ and win in both the 1/8 Buggy Nitro and 1/8 E-Buggy classes at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Meltdown event. Outside of optional springs, AE reports that both buggies were equipped with 100% Associated off-the-shelf parts and Reedy power.

Source: Team Associated

Ty Tessmann: 14th IFMAR 1/8 Buggy World Champion


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Under the World Champ’s Hood


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Chassis: HB D812
Engine: OS B2101
Tyres: Pro-Line
Fuel: Nitrotane
Radio & Servos: Sanwa M12, Savox
Body: Pro-Line ‘Type R’
Event: 2014 IFMAR World Championships – Giardini Naxos, Italy
Notes: Running a lot of new parts on the D812 for this event which will be available afterwards, one of the major changes is the Pro-Line lexan wing developed by Ty & Gord with Pro-Line as well as the new lighter weight wing mount from Torrance Deguzman. New rear gear box, new radio tray with larger receiver battery box & rear hubs with new geometry.

Ty is also running very trick wheel hubs with magnetic wheel nuts developed by family company 110% Racing, when used with the wheel wrench the nut won’t fall out of the wrench, see separate post. In the 2nd round of free practice on Saturday Ty also tried a slightly longer chassis. Gord also told us that they are running bone stock shocks, however the lower threads have been sanded down and removed and then polished.


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Ty Tessmann: World Champion!!


Ty Tessmann overcame a terrible start to the 60 minute final which saw the challenges from Ryan Maifield and Robert Batlle fade, Maifield with receiver issues and Batlle with a flame out on his in lap. Tessmann lapped the field in absolute dominating fashion and Carson Wernimont taking 3rd after a late challenge from Kyle McBride.

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The final started out with Tessmann getting hung up on the first corner first lap pipe, which allowed Ryan Maifield to sail off into the distance and establish a commanding lead from Robert Batlle. Maifield looked in control of things as Tessmann worked his way from 11th to 4th speedily, his nerves settling down after a disastrous start from P2. Maifield himself had a few errors and eventually a bad receiver steering servo would put him out, this left Robert Batlle to take up the charge however disaster struck the ever-reliable Batlle as he flamed out on his in-lap giving Tessmann a massive lead. Tessmann kept his cool and nerve and deservedly took the Worlds victory he so yearned for. Congrats to Ty and his family as well as Torrance, HB, Pro-Line and OS on the victories!

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A deserved TQ and World Championship win from one of the hardest working drivers and teams in RC Racing, elation also from Team Associated with Ryan Cavalieri taking 2nd overall and the biggest smile on Carson Wernimont’s face as he took the final podium spot, “it still hasn’t sunk in” was how the Mugen driver described his 3rd place finish. All the while Ty Tessmann must now be the most photographed RC Racer after throngs of selfies with the IFMAR World Champion not to mention photo ops.

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IFMAR Worlds Final day: A Preview


Today, Saturday 27th September 2014, a World Championship will be decided.

There are favourites for it, outsiders who have a chance and racers who are all still in it, the final day at these World Championships kicks off at 10 AM with the 1/8 A & B finals, followed by the quarters, semis and then the 60 min Grand Finale. With the semis at 30 mins in length, the drivers who do make the show will end up almost doing a full rebuild of their cars, as pit action will be frantic as friends and mechanics all pitch in to support the effort of getting the car ‘fresh’ for a 1 hour challenge.

Expect drama, upsets, surprises and twists and turns as stars are made and egos crushed along the way. Strange things tend to happen at World Championships, that extra bit of fairy dust sprinkled ontop adds pressure and expectation, it weighs heavier on some shoulders than others.

We’ll quickly take you through how the day works, the sub finals of the IFMAR Xmas tree format are 30 mins in length, 12 drivers per final, the top 4 bump [See Finals setup]. Bumping from last night’s 16 A & B finals were Bruno Coelho, Jo Bacro, Ale Stocco & Hannes Kaufler and from the B side, Carlos Duraes, Marcel Guske, Federico Ruggeri & Lorenzo Crolla. They’ll feature in the first two finals of the day.

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