With raindrops eventually arriving towards the end of the second semi final, it continued to shower during the buildup to the main final, and with only a few minutes left, the decision was taken via consulting the main finalists not to run the final due to the wet track and potential hazards to marshals as well as ruining of equipment / transmitters. A couple of drivers looked like they might fancy a race of attrition however with several days of practice looming the prospect of a total rebuild wasn’t high on many drivers’ agendas, afterall they are all here to learn and gather data – not really to race… but prepare for the Worlds in October.
The end result based on the starting lineup sees victory handed to Ty Tessmann, ultimately a justified victory albeit by default, the raindrops coming 10mins too early for Ronnefalk in the 2nd semi, nevertheless, HB complete their showing at the event with a dominant 1,2 of qualifying and the main final, Ryan Maifield handed 3rd overall after a great battle with Tessmann in the first semi.
The final qualifier at the Worlds warm up ran on Saturday morning and David Ronnefalk ensured it was a HB whitewash of qualifying as he TQ’d infront of Ryan Cavalieri with already-crowned TQ man Ty Tessmann in 8th. Spencer Rivkin found some pace in 3rd whilst Jared Tebo put in another consistent run in 4th.
The penultimate round of qualifying witnessed a predictable final result, but the track here at the 2016 Worlds warm up is anything but predictable, the World’s best drivers struggling with the bumps, ruts and tricky constant evolution of the track over the course of a 10 min run as it starts out damp and drys over the course of 16+ laps.
Whilst the top heat saw Tessmann speed away, Ronnefalk threatened but far too many mistakes crept into his run, Jared Tebo rightfully had a huge smile on his face as he headed to watch Arena cross tonight, disappointingly seeding into the ‘B’ qualifier (by his standards), Tebo upped his game overnight and put in very consistent runs, Ryan Cavalieri had a rough start to qualifying but put any woes behind him netting 2nd in Q4, however deja vu as Alex Zanchettin yet again continues to climb – from 13th in Q2, to 7th in Q3 to 4th in Q4.
Three rounds in and the HB team mates Ty Tessmann and David Ronnefalk are sharing the spoils thus far, giving newly reinstated designer Torrance Deguzman reasons to smile despite the overcast and slightly chilly conditions. However nothing but fired up driving from Ty Tessmann, putting in the first 17 lap run we’ve seen so far, ominous stuff from Ty, not only going round for a victory lap, but slicing his way through heavy amounts of traffic late on, all of whom were courteous, still mightly impressive stuff.
Ronnefalk claimed 2nd, working his way up, the Swede leaving Q3 with mixed emotions, feeling he lost too much time in the beginning, Dakotah Phend overcame an early heat mistake to claim 3rd as Jared Tebo is loving life in the ‘B’ heat, Elliott Boots looks to be back, a few mistakes cost him a potential 4th late on, similarly for Maifield who was looking quick but ultimately mistakes crept in and a loss of concentration saw him drop off his P2 run. Alex Zanchettin is perhaps the stand out name, the Italian TLR driver starting to ascend the tables.