DNC 2013 News
LiveRC have put together a nice little post race review video from the 2013 Dirt Nitro Challenge held just over a weekend ago in Phoenix, AZ. See our Nitro Challenge coverage
Having posted the sneak peak trailer for A Main Hobbies’ 2013 Dirt Nitro Challenge video, we have the full four and a half minute version below, enjoy.
The Fear Farm in Phoenix, Arizona hosted a great event that Tekno RC was proud to have sponsored. The Dirt Nitro Challenge is always an exciting event bringing out amazing drivers from all over the world. The Tekno RC team showed that it is a force to be reckoned with taking podium finishes in many classes!
With the introduction of the SCT410 to our ranks, the Short Course PRO4 race was one to watch. Barry Baker (SCT410) would take the 1st round TQ, edging out fast guy Ryan Lutz. Lutz set a faster time in the 2nd round of qualifying but Austin Blair (SCT410) would steal it away again. There was a double A Main format and Austin got off to a slow start in A1. Lutz took the A1 win by a few seconds. In A2, Austin got away clean while Lutz had a few hiccups. The win was determined by combined times and Austin finished just 0.9 seconds ahead of Lutz. Tyler Vik (SCT410) ended up 3rd.
In Pro 1/8th Electric, Austin Blair (EB48) took the TQ. Curtis Door (EB48) and Tyler Vik (Tekno V4 HB D8) also made the A Main. Austin lead the first half of the race but a couple bobbles would cost him a couple spots to finish 4th. Tyler Vik was right there behind him in 5th and Curtis took 8th.
Another great race to follow throughout the weekend was the Open 1/8th buggy class. Tekno RC took all 3 podiums positions in a well fought battle between some awesome drivers. While Chad Panek was able to take the overall TQ, Zach Burnside, followed by Thomas Jones and Ryan Hughes swept the podium with their EB48 buggies.
In the Open 4×4 Short Course class the new Tekno RC SCT410 completely dominated the competition. Thomas Jones TQ’d as well as won the Open 4×4 class followed by teammate Jeff White in 2nd.
The Dirt Nitro Challenge – not a race but an event.
This year’s DNC served up scoops of action and drama as weather played havoc with practice only for the race to settle into it’s groove as Ty Tessmann successfully defending his truck title and Maifield took the win in buggy – we have more than 1000 photos in the dedicated galleries, however we selected 99 of the best photos from the race under the sun.
We’d also thoroughly like to thank our three fantastic
event coverage sponsors for helping us attend this classic event:
Pro-Line, Absolute Hobbyz & Alpha RC
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A Main Hobbies’ in house video wizard/genius Derrick Threatt is fastest off the block with a preview video of whats to come from his epic-tacular videos of events, this time fromthe weekend’s Dirt Nitro Challenge, with plenty lashings of fast cuts, edits and flying footage, enjoy!
Arizona’s own Ryan Maifield took a well deserved victory in the buggy class at this year’s Dirt Nitro Challenge held at the Fear Farm track in Phoenix, Az. The four day epic marathon of an event ended with glorious sunshine although a bit cold having started out with sleet, snow and hail. Much of Sunday we heard A Main Hobbies driver Austin Blair mentioned race after race, bumping from the bottom of the Pro buggy order all the way to B main – an effort especially worthy of a dignified mention or two. Also due a shoutout, Mark Pavidis – winner of the ‘old dudes’ class – showing the youngsters that despite being dinosaurs, they can still drive like Champions! Also Guillaume Hebert of France – winner of both truck and buggy open classes – perhaps the first ‘international or overseas’ driver to achieve that feat? Great drive from the Nemo, Agama backed racer.
Back to the pros, where Mike Truhe, Carson Wernimont and Dakotah Phend bumped from the B to the A main – Martin Bayer looked to be in with a good chance to make the show but ran out of fuel, the Czech star saying sometimes ‘that’s racing’. A Main’s funnyman Tyler Vik, downbeat to miss the main but always the driver with the biggest smile missed out by 4 secs to a recovering Dakotah Phend, making the final but not fighting at the front. Worlds finalist Ryan Lutz had a weekend to forget as his day finished with a broken car in the C main –below expectations having been leading comfortably in the blustery conditions.
The final got underway as the sun had set to a beautiful pink Arizona sky, an air of anticipation was evident as racers picked ‘their top 3’ finishers – as the tone went Jared Tebo got the holeshot but not the best of starts as Maifield looked hungry and aggressive, on the first lap going up the hill Maifield carried more speed, perhaps nudging Tebo’s – (he may also as a result of the line into the corner not carried enough speed) MP9 in the air, sending it barrel rolling onto it’s roof – he lost what felt like a century of time and once on all 4 wheels, last with some work to do. P3 man Drake cased the step up and allowed Boots to pass. Meanwhile at the front Maifield had the lead with Boots not far behind, the traveling Worlds TQ qualifying 4th and pumped up to show the Americans what one man and his stick radio can make a car do. Chaos ensued behind them as Savoya went tumbling along with other drivers.
It wasn’t long before he pressured Maifield and took the lead, however it wasn’t to last long despite Boots building a comfortable lead very quickly. The leading pair broke away v. easily from the rest as somehow, Tebo had sliced his way into 5th behind Cavalieri in 3rd and Cody King in 4th. Up front Maifield had claimed the lead and had a bit of a gap, enlarged by a series of bobbles from Boots, the leading trio all jumping the center table top with 4th placed Tebo taking the safer shorter landing option, 2nd placed Boots however would be the first retirement of the night with a broken car, a sad end to the Brit’s hopes. Boots’ demise gave Maifield a pretty insurmountable gap which he enlarged to Cavalieri, and so was the pattern for much of the main, Tebo would fight his way past, resist late challenges from Cav in the dying minutes and claim 2nd.
Maifield looked to be in a class of his own, no doubt benefitting from having a clean getaway and running a very consistent, mature pace. Cavalieri took 3rd despite from the looks of things nursing a slightly sick car to the finish – a strong result, Tebo – pumped up after yesterday’s truck result not going his way will curse his luck as the crash on the opening lap came to define the final’s storyline with him not cast as the main protagonist. B main bumper Carson Wernimont took a great 4th, the young Team Durango driver a rare talent, P5 went to Reno Savoya, again he suffered in the start but recovered well. All praise to Joey, Aaron, Curran, Kenny and the whole team for another wonderfully, unforgettable event – it attracted somewhere in the region of 700 entries across many classes, is there a bigger race around?!