After an impressive top 10 finish earlier this year at the Reedy Race of Champions, Travis Amezcua took double wins at the Chi Town Shootout in Joliet, IL. His Viper powered Durango’s take the Top Qualifying spot in 4wd Modified Buggy and the overall wins in 4wd Modified Buggy and 2wd Modified Buggy. But his winning didn’t end there, Viper power also drove Travis to 4wd and 2wd Modified class wins in the Dash for Cash. Only thing better than winning the trophies, is winning cash!!!! Travis used Viper VTX10R and VTX10 Black Edition speed controls and Viper motors to power his money making victories. SEE: www.viper-rc.com
TLR’s star man at the Reedy Offroad Race of Champions last week Dustin Evans took 2nd overall and kindly sent us both his setups for 2WD & 4WD – you can even check out the ‘Under the hood’ feature with his XXX4 4WD, we were unfortunately not allowed to do an ‘under the hood‘ of any TLR 22 during the event due to the team running some new bits which weren’t released yet… OK we might have accidentally taken some photos from a far… our lenses are long and enticed by bits we’re told we can’t shoot.. anyway, thankfully we were allowed to shoot the lovely Reedy Girls and here is yet another excuse to post a photo of them (oh there’ll be many more opportunities however tenuous the link!)
Our Reedy Coverage sponsors Team Durango posted up a report of their results at the 2013 Reedy Race where ’12 Champion Jorn Neumann took a very respectable 3rd place in the invite whilst their young blossoming driver Carson Wernimont took up the mantle and won 2WD Open.
Carson Wernimont also flew the Team Durango flag high by winning the 2WD open class and narrowly missing out on the 4WD open class title with a good second place finish. Carson reported that his DEX210 performed extremely well during the weekend’s fast paced action. Winning two A main finals, after already posting the three fastest consecutive laps during practice, was more than enough to see Carson getting a taste of the post win champagne shower. Carson also reported that his DEX410V3 performed very well during his gallant attempts to take the open class double. Carson went on to drive his DEX410V3 to overall second in the 4WD open class.
Whilst Dustin Evans tied on points with Cavalieri the title went to the latter based on number of wins, it was in the penultimate round #5 of 4WD which proved to be pivotal as both Evans & Cavalieri were in the same race and starting towards the back of the grid (P7 & P9 respectively) – it wasn’t until the dying stages of the race where the balance of power finally shifted… have a watch of Rd 5 Heat 2 of 4WD Invite buggy below or watch on YouTube.
Ryan Cavalieri crowned 2013 Reedy Offroad Champion
Ryan Cavalieri held on to victory as he finally won the event held at his hometrack, West Coast – the final result came down to the wire, with Cavalieri tieing on points with former Champion Dustin Evans as he secured a win in the last round whilst defending Champion Jorn Neumann claimed 3rd after a strong finish which saw him take two wins and a 2nd, however 2WD proved to be his undoing as he scored the best results in 4WD. The weekend belongs to Cavalieri who surged out of the starting blocks winning all four of his opening heats of 2WD on Friday, the real ‘decider’ looked to be round 5 in the 2nd heat as Dustin Evans was ahead of Cavalieri on the track but hooked a pipe and allowed Cavalieri to steal a 3rd place and thus a vital point less. Jared Tebo would claim 4th overall whilst Ryan Maifield took 5th and Travis Amezcua 6th, Lee Martin 7th, Steven Hartson 8th, Kody Numedahl 9th and Atsushi Hara 10th.
[Updated: Cavalieri's Speed Control & Hartson's Motor]
The penultimate round of 4WD at the 2013 Reedy Race saw Rene Trauner start at the front of the grid in heat 1 with Bradders along side, Maifield got off to a good start in 2nd but soon fell back after a crash on the small double infront of the drivers stand, lap 3 saw Numedahl blast past Bradders into 2nd with Neumann staying in 4th, Trauner would go onto crash after the sweeper and table top losing 4 positions after a bit rough and tumble Lee Martin moved into 3rd behind Neumann and Numedahl who was in the lead. Neumann after the tabletop landed on the inside which gave him track position, Numedahl overkeen to fend off the attack tapped Neumann and he crashed, he waited but the incident saw Martin move into the lead followed by Maifield then Neumann, Numedahl. Maifield sensing a result might be on drove super aggressive trying to force Martin into a mistake, a small coming-together saw the chasing pack close up Maifield paused for a second but had the inside line on the woops and sent Martin wide into the marbles, as he returned Numedahl tagged him ruining any chances of a good finish. Up front it was Maifield followed very closely by Jorn who wasn’t going to let a win escape him it seemed, intense pressure led to Maifield turning in too early and losing the lead. Neumman would take the win follwed by Numedahl and then Due with Maifield 3rd (timing missed a lap)
Brian Kinwald would lead away heat 2 a star studded affair complete with title rivals Evans and Cavalieri, Kinwald led the first lap until it all got very racy with Denney snatching the lead in a great pass with Kinwald, Tebo and Hartson going three a breast in a corner. On the straight Tebo attempted the avoid a swerve and clipped the pipe sending his Kyosho cartwheeling dropping him back, at this point Evans and Cav were cautiously racing – both trying to outwit the other and slice their way through the pack. Upfront Hartson was chasing Denney and it wasn’t long before Hartson amde it past and had a small gap to Evans and Cavalieri now fighting at the front. A mistake from Evans saw Cav and Tebo move ahead each driver desperate to challenge Hartson in P1. Towards the closing stages, Cav pushing hard to catch Hartson rolled it off the washboard, Tebo slipped by and Evans just missed out, Cav actually tagged him, it would finish Hartson, Tebo, Cav.
Heat 3 and Rick Hohwart led the pack away followed by Phend and Truhe, early on Hohwart had a bit of a lead as Phend and Truhe batled, the lead didn’t last long as the chasing TLR drivers caught him up. Phend managed somehow to sneak alongside Hohwart over the tabletop but Hohwart responded a bit too robustly sending Phend spinning, he waited and the race was on again. Behind them, Cragg had moved into 3rd he pulled off a sweet move around the outside of Hohwart and knuckled down to catch Phend in front. A bad landing off the straight double saw Cragg accelerate past but Phend was able to get the power down to maintain 2nd at least, Hohwart pushing too hard flew into the pipe off a double and dropped way down, it would finish Cragg, Hupo Honigl and Travis Amezcua as crashes from Phend dropped him back
The opening heat of round 4 had Jared Tebo starting out front followed closely by Chad Due and Phend, they ran in that order for two laps until Due tagged Tebo at the start which saw mayhem ensue as there were multiple car pile ups on the straight not to mention awesome quickstep acrobatics from Dustin Evans unfortunately this major event saw the demise of Dakotah Phend and Kohta Akimoto – both retiring with broken buggys. With the mayhem over, Due had managed to reclaim the lead with Castellano 2nd and Numedahl 3rd. A crash from Castellano put Numedahl into 2nd followed by Amezcua with 3 mins to go, poleman Tebo failed to regain any momentum battling with Martin and not making much progress in the midpack. After a lap Lee Martin made up some places and was challenging Amezcua for 2nd – both catching Due outfront, in the in field Amezcua caught Due and followed him round waiting for any sign of a mistake, behind them Tebo was hurrying Martin – it wasn’t long before Amezcua sniffed out an oppurtunity, going up the inside on corner exit this was the start of Due’s demise as he dropped back to 5th after driving well. It would finish Amezcua, Martin and Tebo.
Heat two and Bradders had poleman’s privelage but suffered wheelspin on the start putting Peter Pinisch into the lead albeit only for a moment as Bradders tagged Pinisch on the sweeper and spun him causing a sizeable pile up on lap 1 corner 1, Pfeihofer got through unscathed along with Truhe however a few corners later Truhe had the lead followed by Ty Tessmann with Tanner Denney a little further back. Lap after lap Tessmann tailgated Truhe until he hooked a pipe turning in a slight bit too early he lost a place to Tanner Denney. The leading trio of Truhe, Denney and Tessmann were running a second apart jostling for pace, Truhe looking comfortable until he made a big mistake on the double infront of the drivers stand promoting Denney, a further wheelie moment from Truhe allowed Tessmann to close onto his wing and the pair couldn’t keep it apart as Tessmann took a corner tighter and tagged Truhe, Tessmann sportingly waited and allowed Truhe back past. At this point Denney had a pretty commanding lead, the young Associated driver’s nerves under pressure but coping well. Truhe would finish 2nd and Tessmann 4th after a bad landing after the tabletop, a great result for Tanner Denney.
Heat 3 also known as the heavyweight heat as the likes of Evans, Cavalieri, Maifield & Neumann all present. Rick Hohwart would start first alongside Steven Hartson however they would end up swapping the front of the grid for the back in the end, for the first two laps the running order stayed the same despite Hartson’s efforts to get past and a patient Neumann in 3rd waiting for the action to unfold it wasn’t until a lap later when Hartson took a different line around the woops that he was able to challenge, however Hohwart turned in as Hartson was landing bouncing him into 3rd allowing Neumann to pick his way through into 2nd. Evans was running 4th with Maifield right behind then Martin and Cavalieri – Evans attempted a pass around the drop down sweeper which didn’t come off, his TLR flying off the track in spectacular fashion this dropped him behind 2013 title rival Cavalieri. After that Neumann stepped his chase of Hartson, pressuring the 3rd placed driver to try and pass him however behind him a massive crash on the straight with Cragg, Evans and Cavalieri saw them lose touch at the same time Hartson perhaps distracted by the commotion lost his lead to Neumann and Maifield moved into 2nd and Hohwart into 3rd. Neumann would go onto victory despite a late charge from Maifield who took 2nd infront of Cavalieri who had to push hard to get past Evans who bobbled on a pipe allowing Cav through to 3rd.
The standings after Rd3 of 4WD see points leaders Cavalieri & Evans still tied on points after both drivers won their respective heats, Steven Hartson maintains his strong 3rd place but Ryan Maifield climbs to 4th tied on points with Neumann after his heat 3 win.
The morning round 3 of Invite 4WD hit the track at 9AM, it turned out to be one of the tamer rounds as the leading players dispatched the competition with relative ease and finesse. Heat 1 had the most heavyweight names with Phend on pole and Neumann 2nd, early on Neumann pressurised Phend who refused to buckle, steering his trusty old TLR round the West Coast layout that was until after the washboard Phend bobbled and Neumann snuck inside, Phend corrected his line to block Cavalieri who was running tight in 3rd but upfront Neumann got his line wrong and clipped the downside of the double before the straight and donkey flipped and was promptly collected by Phend, Cavalieri some say he’s lucky but he sailed right on by snuffing out any chances of anyone other than him taking the win.Neumann recovered to 2nd and tried in vain to hunt down Cav perhaps pushing too hard he crashed off the washboard and then clipped the inside corner pipe on the next corner allowing Phend and Hartson to snatch two places off the reigning Champion.
Heat 2′s start was delayed as a result of microphone issues, eventually fixed, Chad Due started on pole with points leader Dustin Evans right alongside, Due led the first lap then gave way to Dustin, Cragg soon got by Chad as well and looked like he had the speed and confidence to catch Dustin up. Indeed within a lap Cragg was only a few car lengths behind in the tight sections until he crashed off the table top and dropped back behind Due and Amezcua, again Due gave away places on the double before the straight promoting Amezcua in the P2 hunter position. He took up the mantle with Cragg 3rd but it wasn’t long before Dustin had opened up a nice gap and Cragg passed Amezcua for 2nd. Tebo starting 8th had a disappointing round failing to make much headway as he ended up 6th behin Mike Truhe.
Heat 3 saw Kody Numedahl start out front with Josh Numan 2nd, Ryan Maifield quickly moved up from his P4 starting grid position to 2nd and began to reel in Numedahl albeit quite slowly at first, the script looked to be written at this point already – as with the previous heats, Maifield would surely sweep past at some point and build himself a safe gap, however that wasn’t the case as Numedahl resisted being caught, it was only really with two minutes left that Maifield upped his pace and was able to catch up – having said that Maifield looked a little ragged in parts, brushing pipes and pulling off a couple of saves – despite this he was soon bearing down on Numedahl’s rear driveshafts. The pair were running nose to tail during the closing laps Maifield trying everything in his playbook to outwit and challenge Kody infront however the pair actually came together after a step up hair pin as Kody took a cautious exit whilst Maifield carried more speed hitting the car infront by accident spinning him into the pipe, Maifield graciously waited for a moment but the words “GO GO” were heard on the drivers stand and Maifield pulled away as the leader and took the win infront of Kody and Hara in 3rd.