5150 Media Productions and Pro-Line Racing present to you the story of the 2016 IFMAR Worlds. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that David Ronnefalk won the 2016 IFMAR Worlds held in Vegas last October. But that’s only the end of the story…and to be honest, the final wasn’t all that exciting. What was exciting is seeing how we got to that point.
2016 IFMAR Worlds News
See: Kyosho Europe
The worlds campaign started the week before we headed out to Vegas. My Dad and Mick came out to Italy for a three day test. After picking them up from the airport we headed off to the track where the Italian Job Race was held as this was a tough track with lots of jump sections and we wanted to try some set ups and new parts on the car. We also had some new Worlds Edition R7 Reds engines to set up so there was quite a lot of work to be done. After we had finished at the this track we decided to return the following day to the track and finish off and I was very happy with my car.
See: HB Racing
The RC world gets together every 2 years to crown a new World Champion in the highly competitive 1/8 Off-Road Nitro Buggy class. At the last event in 2014 HB Racing Team Driver Ty Tessmann took the World Champion title with his D815 buggy. And now, HB Racing Team Driver David Ronnefalk has taken the 2016 World Champion title with his D815 V2 buggy. That’s back-to-back wins for the D815 buggy in the largest and most competitive class in RC racing.
See: HB Racing
JQ looks back on the 12 finalists of the World Championship and gives his opinion about the drivers and their cars who participated at the Main final:
David Ronnefalk 1st (Prediction 2nd)
David was just as good as we expected. After finding the right tyre, soft grid irons, he was on the pace in qualifying, his confidence grew, and he never looked back! Luckily AKA’s new double down tyres worked and lasted well, and with a great 60min main drive where everything looked to work perfectly he took the win. The race was close for the first half or so, and it definitely wasn’t clear that David would win it, but after about halfway, he started clicking off laps and just motored away, and was suddenly behind the other guys on the track instead of in front of them. He did crash on the last lap on the 2nd to last corner, which could have ended in disaster, like Cody did on the last or next to last lap in Thailand. It seems like it is difficult to play it safe in those last moments. Heart stopping stuff.
A well deserved win for David, who has been supported by his father and Adrien Bertin for many years. I was sceptical about his chances after he switched to HB from Kyosho, because of his driving style, but he proved me wrong, by improving, remaining aggressive but being even more precise and in control.
David Ronnefalk, 20 – Sweden
Chassis: HB D815 V2
Engine: Team Orion CRF 21 3 Port Tuned (2016 Edition)
Tyres: AKA’s new DoubleDown, Standard Soft compound
Radio & Servos: AMain Hobbies Sanwa M12 | Highest DT1100 Power HV
Body & Wing: JConcepts “Silencer” body painted by BM Design | Kyosho MP9 TKI4 Black wing
Event: 2016 IFMAR 1/8 Nitro Offroad World Championships
Notes: Custom gold decals from Maugrafix, custom made jumper switch (How To article)
Following the running of the IFMAR Worlds in Las Vegas, USA, Top 25 RC have released the updated rankings which sees newly crowned Champion David Ronnefalk move up two spots at the expense of Dakotah Phend who showed great potential in the semis, Worlds TQ Jared Tebo retains his 5th place spot whilst Tessmann remains ontop.
Interestingly, the rankings appear to be pretty accurate… with all of the top 8 ranked drivers making the main final…