2016 IFMAR Worlds News

Worlds report by Elliott Boots

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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.

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HB Racing Worlds report

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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.

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JQ’s thoughts: Worlds finalists & cars

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See: JQRacing

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.

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Under the World Champion’s Hood

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David Ronnefalk, 20 – Sweden

Chassis: HB D815 V2
Engine: Team Orion CRF 21 3 Port Tuned (2016 Edition)
Fuel: Runnertime
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)

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Top25 Rankings: Tessmann remains ontop, Ronnefalk, Batlle, Ongaro climb

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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…


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Video: 2016 IFMAR Worlds Main Final

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Worlds Coverage Links:
Coverage Page | Results | Videos | Photos | Tech | Day 7 Photos

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Video: World Champion interview with David Ronnefalk

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Worlds Coverage Links:
Coverage Page | Results | Videos | Photos | Tech | Day 7 Photos

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David Ronnefalk is World Champion!

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David Ronnefalk is your new 1/8 Offroad IFMAR World Champion!

Starting 3rd on the grid, Ronnefalk would follow defending Champion Ty Tessmann round until lap 15 where pitstops cycled through and he moved into the lead, drama already started even before the start as the extended ‘dramatic musical intro’ saw Ryan Cavalieri’s engine cut, mechanic dad Lou forced to re fire him and start from the pitlane, thus handing Tessmann a nice cushion behind him and Ronnefalk open track.

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Tessmann would lead for the opening stint before Ronnefalk assumed the lead and began to open a gap that would sway a lot, it was a final he dominated, and one dominated by the action behind as at times 6-7 drivers were in the hunt for podium spots. Occasionally the gap outfront would fall as Ronnefalk pitted for fuel and the occasional mistake played a part, Tessmann as well as Tebo were running in the top until Boots managed to catch up, looking racy mid way through until Davide Ongaro who had a great showing in the semis came alive late on even challenging Tessmann however the young 15-year old’s magnificent run at this World Championships was halted as he spent time in the pits fixing the pressure fuel line, he would finish 6th.

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Robert Batlle was the driver on the move in the latter stages as he caught and passed Ty Tessmann late on to claim 2nd, making it an all World Champion podium here at the 2016 IFMAR Worlds in Las Vegas, USA, the Spaniard fittingly rewarded with a podium after suffering from kidney stones at the start of the week, the fact that he was running 8th at the halfway mark a sign of how close the fight was between the final drivers. Out front Ronnefalk had the occasional wobble but looked in command with a yoyo-ing gap increasing up to 20 secs towards the end.

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With the minutes counting down on the hour-long final Ronnefalk embarked on his last lap, clapped and cheered on by the racing crowd, it was almost a fairytale last lap, as the Swede had a bit of a brainfade on the last corner table top, getting it all sorts of wrong, before getting a bit of help from a marshall and crossing the line to become the 2016 IFMAR World Champion.

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 2016 1/8th Offroad IFMAR World Championships

Videos | Photos | Results | Live Timing | Schedule | History

Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd: 3 rounds of Free Practice
Monday 3rd:
Seeding Practice (2 rounds), Opening Ceremony
Tuesday 4th: Q1, Q2
Wednesday 5th: Q3, Q4
Thursday 6th: Q5, Q6
Friday 7th: 8192 - 1/16 A,B Lower Finals
Saturday 8th: Semi A 15:30 | Semi B 16:10 | Main Final 17:45

Time in Las Vegas: