2015 ROAR Nats News

Tessmann takes 3rd buggy title in style – bosses final


Ty Tessmann pretty much crushed the competition in the hour-long final at the 2015 ROAR Offroad Nationals – it started out with Tessmann leading out in grid order, Cavalieri challenging Phend early on but Phend would go on to keep Ty in check in front with Cav just behind, Maifield in 4th before he dropped back promoting Tebo. Phend had the briefest of glimpses of the lead as Tessmann made an uncharacteristic error allowing Phend to close in on him, get his nose infront, until Tessmann launched an audaciously robust but quite fair re-pass on the inside – Phend got spun out and would have to dig that little bit deeper in order to pass the Canadian superstar with #1 on his car.

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Sadly for Phend, his final run lasted only 5 mins as he retired due to mechanical failure (engine moved), a sad end to Phend’s title bid, Cavalieri however picked up where Phend left off and more than kept Tessmann honest, for the first 30 mins of the gruelling final the gap stayed at around 4-6 secs – a hugely impressive feat of pace and concentration from both, however between the lines, it looked like Tessmann had the upper hand, it proved the case as the gap increased significantly after 35 mins, so much so that Tessmann would cruise up to Cavalieri’s bumper with 8 mins to go in order to lap him – surely a satisfying moment for the HB star.

That was… until he made a bit of an error, dropped back but worked his way back up, the lapping would happen at the end of the straight as Cav made a mistake and specatacularly slid on his lid and hit the fence, Tessmann sped past to cruise to defend his national title. Very well deserved and an epic victory for Ty and his team. Team Associated’s impressive ‘season debut’ for the RC8 B3 continues to impress us whilst Jared Tebo ensured it was an all OS (made) podium.

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2015 ROAR buggy Final Starting Grid

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With Ty Tessmann locked in for pole for the main final already having TQ’d qualifying, the semis would determine the rest of the finalists – Josh Wheeler would end up taking the win in the first semi final, which proved to be slightly slower, Dakotah Phend ‘winning’ the semi finals with Cavalieri in hot pursuit, Ryan Lutz took 2nd in the first semi, with Tebo 3rd, a great drive from Ryan Maifield in the 2nd semi having been almost last place early on, he gritted his teeth and knuckled down and produced a sterling semi drive to take 3rd.

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With the top 6 from both semis automatically making the cut, the next two fastest runners would take the two spots – going to Cole Ogden and Tyler Vik – the latter sneaking in by 2 secs, Barry Pettit missing the cut by that margin.

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Tessmann cruises to 3rd ROAR Truck title


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Ty Tessmann completed a lights to flag victory as he held his lead from pole in the 45 min final at Silver Dollar RC Raceway – the chasing pack got off to a clean start and followed through in grid order, Ryan Maifield 2nd until a mistake allowed Lutz to challenge, further mistakes from Maifield dropped him towards the back, this time Tessmann with a small gap out front, Phend got past as well as Drew Moller, the pair trying their hardest to stay on pace with Tessmann but struggling to.

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Eventually Dakotah Phend seemed able to mount a small challenge, but the gap never really closed to less than 6-8 secs outfront, Tessmann managing it well, even a bad mistake from Tessmann didn’t spice up a pretty straightforward uneventful final, Phend managing a similar one as he clipped the twin corner pylons at speed, donuting on his roof before finally making it into pitlane.

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This mistake allowed Ryan Lutz to assume 2nd, a position he would hold until the finish, he kept Tessmann honest, but never under much serious pressure. Phend would roll in a slightly dejected 3rd – sadly not a repeat of the magic truck final we witnssed last year in Texas, however a more than deserved win for Ty Tessmann – now the buggy final awaits.

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Under the Hood: Josh Wheeler


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Chassis: XRAY XB8 ’15
Engine: OS B2101
Fuel: VP Powermaster
Tyres: Pro-Line Electron X1
Radio & Servos: Futaba
Body & Wing: XRAY Stock
Event: 2015 ROAR Offroad 1/8 Nationals
Notes: Running gold Hot Bodies front shock springs & Kyosho blue springs in the rear.

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Under the Hood: Jared Tebo


Jared Tebo (USA), 28

Chassis: Kyosho STRR EVo 2 truck
Engine: MX OS B2
Tyres: AKA Impact
Fuel: MX 30%
Radio & Servos: KO EX-1 Radio, KO RSX2 Power HC
Body: Stock Kyosho body & wing
Options: KingHeadz rear chassis brace, weights in front end
Event: 2015 ROAR Offroad 1/8 Nationals
Notes: Evo 2 truck shock towers and radio tray, Lunsford Ti screws and turnbuckles for both.

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Under the Hood: Ty Tessmann


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Chassis: HB D8 Ty Tessmann Edition
Engine: OS B2101 Tessmann World Edition, T-2090SC Pipe
Tyres: Pro-Line Blockades
Fuel: VP Powermaster
Radio & Servos: Sanwa M12 provided by Amain.com, Savox servos
Body: Pro-Line body, Pro-Line lexan wing
Options: 110% Racing Wheel nuts, Avid wing buttons, Lunsford turnbuckles
Event: 2015 ROAR Offroad 1/8 Nationals
Notes: 4/4 TQs 

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Under the Hood: Austin Blair


Austin Blair (USA), 20

Chassis: Sworkz S350 Evo 2
Engine: Protek Samurai
Tyres: AKA unnamed tyre & longwear compound
Fuel: Byron Fuel 30% Worlds blend
Radio & Servos: Airtronics M12 Protek 170 servos
Body: Pro-Line Phantom, Pro-Line lexan wing
Options: Running the phantom vertical lexan vane
Event: 2015 ROAR Offroad 1/8 Nationals

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Ty Tessmann dominates ROAR Nats Qualifying


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Results: Q1 – Buggy, Truck | Q2 – Truck, Buggy | Q3 – Truck, Buggy | Q4 – Truck, Buggy

Overall Qualifying Results

After a slightly off-boil racing season by his World Championship winning credentials, Ty Tessmann came back hungrier and faster than ever and crushed qualifying at the 2015 ROAR 1/8 Offroad Nationals held at Silver Dollar RC Raceway in Chico California. The two day, four round qualifying format consisting of 7 min heats witnessed a total 4/4 TQs from Tessmann in nitro truck, and 3/4 TQs in nitro buggy, Q4 going to a lightning-quick Dakotah Phend – finally getting it all together, reminding his rival that they shared the spoils last time out at the ROAR Nats – Phend winning truck, Tessmann buggy.

Eat. Sleep. TQ. Repeat.

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That was Texas, this is California and Tessmann has been driving sublimely well – a product of intense focus and preparation. There were a few rumours of tyre saucing going on, fingers pointed at Ty – we even believe for his own amusement pitdad Gord fanned the flames a little by strategically placing a toothbrush near a gatorade bottle with some liquid on their pit table – theres racing on the track and then there’s bench racing!

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Overall Qualifying Results

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Elsewhere in the controversy files, a couple of high profile drivers were hit with ‘forgetting to marshall’ penalties (losing their best result in the respective class) – Ryan Maifield in buggy and Josh Wheeler in truck – according to our sources, names weren’t called in these two cases, however in another high profile ROAR driver’s case his name was called and his dad ran out marshalled for him – again we stress this is what we were told – suggesting somewhat uneven application of rules/penalties – the result demoting Maifield to 10th in buggy and Wheeler from a net 3rd to 8th in truck. The pair happy to admit their mistakes, but unhappy about the patchy rule application.

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Overall Qualifying Results

Not to derail off onto a rule-bashing tangent but another driver to fall foul of that was Ryan Lutz, DQ’d in Q2 of truck, his wing being deemed too large – he was testing different ones, trimmed it and it ended up being slightly too big – very firm! Whilst Pro-Line dominated the top 3 in buggy, it’s more open in truck with three different tyre manufacturers in the top 3 – however whilst we’ve had four rounds of qualifying, Sunday’s 45 min truck final and 60 min buggy final will surely produce it’s own set of headlines. Join us then.

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 2015 ROAR 1/8 Offroad Nationals

2015 ROAR Nats:

Wednesday 17th: Practice
Thursday 18th: Controlled Practice
Friday 19th:
Saturday 20th: Qualifying
Sunday 21st: Main events, Final

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2014 1/8 Buggy Champion: Ty Tessmann
2014 1/8 Truck Champion: Dakotah Phend