Day 1 of Neo14 was all about getting a feel for the fast, fun and flowy track in the words of multi time winner Adam Drake, reigning #1 ranked driver of the World Ty Tessmann posted the fastest time over 3 consecutive laps during the last round followed by Ryan Maifield, enjoying a good Neo debut for the RC8 prototype, Lee Martin leads the charge of the three Brits in 3rd overall with pro-whipper Elliott Boots hot on his heels in 3rd whilst round 2 pacesetter Darren Bloomfield is in P5 overall in nitro buggy ahead of Neo first timer Alex Zanchettin in 6th.
3x European Champion Reno Savoya in 7th, recovering from last weekend after some stuff was stolen at an event in France, but clearly flying with his XRAY whilst defending Champion Jared Tebo discovered a small setting in his radio was wrong, bemused during round 1 and ‘starting from scratch’ in round 2, the 5x Neo Champion might not have ultimate pace over 3 laps but is all smiles pitting next to the Cradocks. Ryan Lutz running the new Durango DNX8 buggy is in 9th whilst REDS’ man across the pond Cody King rounds out the top 10 of nitro buggy.
All in all three rounds of practice for the drivers ran well, with universal praise for possibly the best layout to date at a Neo event with flowing features designed to test the World’s best as well as the lesser talented drivers, all seemingly having a good time.
Vampire Racing Electric class:
The very popular electric class at Neo14 saw David Ronnefalk top the timesheets in the last round whilst Lee Martin backed up his pace on this layout. Ronnefalk explained that in the last round he backed off for 10 secs to open a gap infront in order to set a decent time, and by avoiding traffic managed to still set a decent time over 6 mins. Fastest of nitro Ty Tessmann sits 3rd whilst Tebo had a slightly better run in electric with 4th.
Spaniard Oscar Baldo held onto a thrilling victory in the Juniors final at Neo14, holding off a late but awesome charge from Ollie Currie, starting out on pole Oscar Baldo spent much of the final leading, whilst the likes of Callum Niblett and Jack Embling had terrible opening starts, hot Mugen driver Embling would eventually recover to a solid 3rd but was clearly hoping for a higher number.
Out front Ollie Currie was chasing down Oscar Baldo, the pair battled for a lap, making sweeping passes, driving beautifully, all credit to them, however a bad landing from Currie would eventually release Baldo and allow him to cruise to a deserved victory in a popular Juniors final at Neo14.
RCNews.net have uploaded a large selection of photos from today which can be found here.
Team Associated have announced the release of their new Factory Team aluminum rear hubs for the RC10B5 and B5M. Both hubs feature composite bearing inserts for minimized slop and long bearing life, hinge pin set screw hole for reduced slop and vertical ball studs for finer roll center adjustment.
RCNews.net have uploaded a large selection of photos from today’s Neo14 practice which is currently under-way here at Harper Adams! The gallery can be found here.
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Ryan Lutz is running a Team Durango DNX8 prototype at this year’s Neo Race which features a more conventional design. Although official details are yet to be released we can see that the new kit features pivot ball construction front suspension, composite upper A-arms and a different engine position. Body off photos can be found here.
Unless you happen to live under a rock, most of our readers will know that The Neo Race kicks off this weekend – back to it’s natural Easter slot and will play host to some of the World’s top drivers:
The first time all top 7 ranked drivers in the World meet and race together since the World Championships in December 2012!
Hoping to finally break Jared Tebo‘s insurmountable dominance of The Neo Race will be #1 ranked driver Ty Tessmann, the young Canadian star has cemented his status in RC since he last raced the Neo in 2012, whilst fan favourite Elliott Boots, a driver not even ranked in the top 7 currently looked the strongest challenger to Tebo in 2013. David Ronnefalk gets his first taste of 1/8 buggy again after his disappointing exit from the Dirt Nitro Challenge, a race he should have won, whilst the likes of Robert Batlle & Reno Savoya with a combined 5 European titles will be very dangerous.
Ranked 5th is Cody King, last year’s DASH 4 CA$H winner and recent champion of the Psycho Nitro Blast, excelling with Reds power he will be dangerous, not to mention Neo Race favourite Ryan Maifield, who will undoubtedly have the World’s attention on him running the RC8 prototype here this weekend!
Tune into NeoBuggy.net & LiveRC.com to follow the Neo Race. See Top25RC.com