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Ronnefalk wins DNC Pro Buggy thriller

Last night the annuakl Dirt Nitro Challenge held it’s climax at the AZRCR at Fear Farm R/C Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. XRAY driver Ty Tessmann would take the overall TQ in the Pro Nitro Buggy class.

The 45 minutes A-main final proved one of the best finishes in DNC history, Tessmann leading away from pole position followed by HB Racing’s David Ronneflak just behind. The two drivers changed positions several times during in the first part of the final. Meanwhile, Ryan Maifield will get closer to the duo and in about 20 minutes he would lead. Another Mugen driver, Robert Batlle having started 8th and getting sucked into the pack had his work cut out but sliced and diced his way to the front in the dying minutes.

At 5 minutes from the end, Robert got a taste of victory, in the lead for a single lap, ahead of Ronnefalk and Maifield. After the last refueling that proved disastrous for Maifield, Ronnefalk took the lead. Robert closed in to David but the world champion will keep him at a distance to the finish line he will cross with a lead of only 0.650 of a second in front of Robert! Polesitter Tessmann rounded out the top 3 mirroring the 2016 Worlds Podium exactly! The current and most recent World Champions as well!

Pos Driver Q Laps/Time Behind Fastest Lap Avg Lap
1 David Ronnefalk 4 69/45:33.017 38.433 39.838
2 Robert Battle 8 69/45:33.667 0.65 38.269 39.822
3 Ty Tessmann 1 69/45:37.165 3.498 38.551 39.915
4 Ryan Maifield 5 68/45:04.492 7.325 38.52 39.998
5 Joe Bornhorst 9 68/45:38.383 33.891 38.849 40.48
6 Renaud Savoya 12 67/45:09.340 11.59 39.149 40.633
7 Ryan Cavalieri 7 67/45:18.849 9.509 38.982 40.811
8 Cole Ogden 13 67/45:25.862 7.013 38.363 40.858
9 Tanner Stees 11 67/45:27.227 1.365 38.949 40.874
10 Jared Tebo 6 66/45:02.011 15.968 39.169 41.184

 

Tessmann tops Buggy Quali at DNC

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Ty Tessmann may be the top billing after qualifying at this year’s DNC, however Portugal’s likeable little Joao Figueiredo was the filling in the Ty Sandwich having memorably TQ’d Q2, a feat that will surely rank as one of the Kyosho driver’s career-best so far. Backing up the Euro’s onslaught on qualifying was fellow ‘Euro’ driver and new XRAY signing Marco Baruffolo followed by David Ronnefalk, the Swede on a TQ run in Q3 before ‘stumbling’ over a backmarker which broke his car. Whilst Thursday belonged to Ryan Maifield, having topped E-Buggy and Truck, the Mugen runner will start 5th for Sunday’s A Main. The difficult track really testing drivers’ skill, car setup ability, and we suspect durability…

# Driver Result Tie Breaker Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
# Driver Result Tie Breaker Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
1 Ty Tessmann 0 19/12:34.815 (1,3) 10/6:33.551 (1) 0 : 10/6:33.551 10 : 9/6:06.933 0 : 9/6:01.264
2 Joao Figueiredo 5 18/12:10.239 (2,3) 9/6:01.644 (2) 18 : 9/6:10.363 0 : 9/6:01.644 5 : 9/6:08.595
3 MaRCo Baruffolo 6 18/12:08.153 (3,2) 9/6:03.567 (2) 47 : 8/5:20.395 4 : 9/6:03.567 2 : 9/6:04.586
4 David Ronnefalk 7 19/12:38.401 (2,1) 10/6:36.149 (1) 5 : 10/6:36.149 2 : 9/6:02.252 46 : 7/4:41.043
5 Ryan Maifield 9 19/12:37.972 (1,2) 10/6:34.075 (1) 3 : 10/6:34.075 6 : 9/6:03.897 49 : 6/4:02.376
6 Jared Tebo 9 19/12:43.893 (3,1) 10/6:38.227 (1) 6 : 10/6:38.227 21 : 9/6:14.931 3 : 9/6:05.666
7 Ryan Cavalieri 9 18/12:12.189 (2,3) 9/6:01.870 (1) 8 : 9/6:01.870 3 : 9/6:02.883 6 : 9/6:09.306
8 Robert Battle 11 19/12:41.234 (1,2) 10/6:36.024 (1) 4 : 10/6:36.024 7 : 9/6:05.210 11 : 9/6:11.675
9 Joe Bornhorst 12 18/12:03.794 (2,1) 9/6:00.103 (1) 7 : 9/6:00.103 5 : 9/6:03.691 52 : 5/3:28.142
10 Spencer Rivkin 14 19/12:42.064 (1,2) 10/6:33.949 (1) 2 : 10/6:33.949 12 : 9/6:08.115 17 : 9/6:16.073

Maifield tops DNC Truck & E-Buggy Quali

Arizona native Ryan Maifield made swift work of day 1 of qualifying at the annual Dirt Nitro Challenge in Phoenix, AZ. With Thursday hosting truck and E-Buggy qualifying rounds and Friday reserved for nitro buggy, the recently crowned 1/10th World Champion would TQ rounds 1 and 3 with Associated team leader Ryan Cavalieri TQ’ing Q2. Tanner Stees will line up 3rd for Saturday’s AMain, having done his work early in rounds 1 and 2, starting just behind is Tanner’s more decorated XRAY team mate Ty Tessmann. The ‘Top Euro’ award goes to Alex Zanchettin, the Italian ‘Bull’ relishing the rough track conditions with his truck.

Qualifying Pro Truck (Select 1-8 Pro Truck)


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In the Pro E-Buggy class we had 3 different top qualifiers share the spoils, with Ryan Lutz taking round 1, Maifield Q2 and Joe Bornhorst Q3 setting the fastest time so far. With Maifield coming home a close P2 in the final round he secured himself the best points score with two from three rounds counting a few extra bonus dollars with TQ. Bornhorst will line up 2nd, Lutz 3rd. Tanner Stees once again leading his team mate in quali in 3th with Ty 5th, rejuvenated intercom-wearing Spaniard Robert Batlle 6th.

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Vlog: DNC practice with Ronnefalk

XRAY support at the 2018 DNC

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XRAY have announced that off-road manager Gord Tessmann will provide full support at the Dirt Nitro Challenge from 21st till 25th February 2018. Team support will be provided by Ty Tessmann and Tanner Stees. If you need any help do not hesitate and to contact anyone from the XRAY team or just stop by for a chat.

REDS Racing support at the DNC

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REDS Racing will provide full support to all REDS customers and drivers at the 2018 Dirt Nitro Challenge. If you are using REDS Racing products or want to know more about them please come and see them.

DNC at Fear Farm AZ: 100% sure!

Joey “The Dirt” Christensen sent us this statement aimed at reassuring and specify that the location of the 19th annual The Dirt Nitro Challenge remains unchanged, at the Fear Farm RC in Phoenix, Arizona:

“Hi racers!! I know there has been some concern as to whether or not the 19th annual DNC will FOR SURE happen at Fear Farm AZ Feb 21-25…Myself and the owners of Fear Farm have been 100% the whole time, but to ease any doubts, here is a photo of myself and the Fear Farm owners during my walk through of the facility on Tuesday Jan 16th! We are standing on the drivers stand with the track in the background 🙂 Two thumbs up from the men in charge!! We have great plans for the race with a new stand for the 5th scale event and a new stand for the U4 event! There will be a few changes but nothing that will interfere with the the 19th annual DNC!!! We are excited and look forward to making this years DNC one for the record books!! See you all at the track!”

 2015 Dirt Nitro Challenge

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2015 Nitro Buggy Champion: Ryan Maifield
2015 Nitro Truck Champion:
David Ronnefalk