Congratulations to Ryan Cavalieri for taking 1st place in 2WD & 4WD buggy!
Congratulations to Ryan Maifield for taking 2nd in 2WD buggy and the top qualifying position 4WD buggy!
Congratulations to Neil Cragg for taking the top qualifying position 2WD!
These awesome results were made with their RC10B4.1 and B44.1 Factory Team buggies! Drive what the winners drive!
Results like these at an I.F.M.A.R. Worlds Championship don’t happen by accident but by countless hours of hard work, passions and dedication. A big thank you goes out to everyone at Team Associated and our partners for helping to achieve our 26th I.F.M.A.R. Worlds Championship, we couldn’t have done it without you!
Ryan Maifield in the Lead after Saturday
Finns Can Still Make It to A-Finals
Three qualifying rounds in 4WD were driven on Saturday 23 July in the Worlds 2011. The fourth round, which was the last round of Saturday, was not finished because of heavy rain. After the qualifying round on Sunday, altogether four qualifying rounds have been driven instead of the usual five. Each competitor’s position in the finals is determined by their best two qualifying rounds. The track is kept dry until Sunday with a large tarp.
The best racer in Sunday was Ryan Maifield, who seemed very level headed about the upcoming finals. He says he doesn’t have a special strategy for tomorrow. He is preparing for the race like he prepares for all races taking each round at a time.
The setting after Saturday is most exciting for the home audience, because there are two Finnish drivers who still have a chance of making it to A-finals.
Ari Heinonen’s mood is positive and he says that he’ll give the race everything he has got.
Another Finnish driver who might be seen in A-finals is Joseph Quagraine. His goal is to make it to the top 3, but he realizes that there is no room for errors.
1. Ryan Maifield (USA)
2. Jared Tebo (USA)
3. Neil Cragg (GBR)
4. Joern Neumann (GER)
5. Ryan Cavalieri (USA)
6. Lee Martin (GBR)
7. Kohta Akimoto (JPN)
8. Dakotah Phend (USA)
9. Hubert Hönigl (AUT)
10. Naoto Matsukura (JPN)
Pro-Line team driver Dylan Rodriguez dominated the Grass Roots Racing Series held at Thunder Alley RC Raceway on July 16th. The finale of the 8 race series was held on the same track layout used during the 1:8 buggy ROAR nationals, presenting competitors with a challenging race.
Dylan managed to TQ all four rounds of qualifying in both buggy and truck classes and took home the win in both as well!
Dylan used Pro-Line M2 Blockade tires in buggy and Pro-Line M2 HoleShot VTR tires in truck.
The best Australian 1/8 nitro offroad drivers meet at the events of the prestigious NITRO X series. This year’s first round took place at Liverpool, NSW, near Sydney in the end of June. LRP driver Jarred King won the 1/8 Pro Truggy class in style and finished second in the 1/8 Pro Buggy class!
Jarred TQed this class ahead of his fellow Hobbies Australia driver Tom Toll, using an LRP engine as well.
Early in the final, Jarred King set out fast trying to maintain a quick lead from the pack, but Tom Toll put in a good fight sticking with him the whole way and taking the lead for a while after a slight mistake. Tom made a mistake soon after, as Jarred was very close behind him. The Australian LRP ace managed to take back the lead. Afterwards, he defended the first place the whole way down and extended the gap to a 2 lap lead over the rest of the pack. Jarred topped his performance off, setting the fastest lap of the meeting.
After having encountered some technical issues before the race, Jarred could only complete one of the four qualifiers. The one that he ran was still good enough to put him on overall Q2. Again Jarred was hit by bad luck as he had to do a quick engine change before the final with not even enough time to tune it.
The engine had no tune on it so Jarred was unsure of the fuel economy. To be safe, he was pitting at 7 minutes which was costing him much time as his competitor KC Shore was pitting at 11 minutes, giving him a big advantage. Despite these challenges, Jarred finished on the second place.
Two starts – one victory – one podium finish. It couldn’t be much better for LRP and Jarred King! Congratulations, Jarred!
On Wednesday 20 July the World Championship in 2WD was up for grabs. The winner was Ryan Cavalieri from the United States. He praised his team for the great job they have done and said that he is very proud of all of them. Ryan Maifield, who drives in the same team as Cavalieri, came in second.
After the qualifying rounds Neil Cragg from the United Kingdom was leading. He was therefore the first to start racing in the finals and the actual top 3 started right after him in the exact order in which they climbed up to the podium at the end. After the first A-final Cragg still had a very good chance of making it to the top 3, but the catastrophe struck right before the third final when his car broke down during the warm up laps.
Cavalieri drove an even race finishing second in the first A-final and winning the last two A-finals. This was Cavalieri’s first World Championship in 2WD. He was the World Champion in 4WD in 2003 and 2005.
The best Scandinavian driver was David Rönnefalk from Sweden who was 15th.
The best Finns raced in the C-finals where Karri Salmela was 28th and Petri Ström 30th.
Top 10 of 2WD racing:
1. Ryan Cavalieri (USA)
2. Ryan Maifield (USA)
3. Jared Tebo (USA)
4. Dustin Evans (USA)
5. Joern Neumann (GER)
6. Neil Cragg (GBR)
7. Dakotah Phend (USA)
8. Naoto Matsukura (JPN)
9. Lee Martin (GBR)
10. Peter Pinisch (AUT)
The first qualifying rounds in the rear wheel class were driven on the track today, Tuesday 19 July. The aim in the qualifying rounds is to drive as many laps as possible in five minutes after which the drivers are given points and the scores are tallied. There are altogether five qualifying rounds and the total points are calculated based on the best three rounds.
There were four qualifying rounds driven during the day and the fifth round, which is the last qualifying round, will be driven tomorrow.
After Tuesday there were six Americans, two Brits, one Austrian and one German driver going to A-finals. The best driver of the day was Ryan Cavalieri from the United States, who was the most consistant performer. He was the World Champion in four wheel class in 2003 and 2005.
The best Nordic driver was David Rönnefalk in position 19, which would give him a place in the B-finals and the best Finnish driver was Karri Salmela in position 24, which qualifies for a place in the C-finals.
After all the qualifying rounds have been driven the drivers are ranked and divided into different groups for finals depending on their overall scores. A-final is driven three times and the total points are calculated based on the best two rounds.
Come join us and watch the exciting finals tomorrow starting at 2.30 pm! The finals end by 5.30 pm.
The 10 best drivers after 4 qualifying rounds are:
- 1. Ryan Cavalieri (US)
- 2. Ryan Maifield (US)
- 3. Jared Tebo (US)
- 4. Neil Cragg (UK)
- 5. Dakotah Phend (US)
- 6. Lee Martin (UK)
- 7. Dustin Evans (US)
- 8. Peter Pinisch (AUT)
- 9. Mike Truhe (US)
- 10. Joern Neumann (DE)
The RC8.2 Factory Team kit has a long list of new performance parts, making it the best and lightest Associated 1:8 scale buggy to date. The RC8.2 Factory Team starts with the new Factory Team +3mm 7075 hard anodized chassis. The new chassis and side guards add 3mm of length to optimize weight distribution and overall handling.
To further improve handling, the RC8.2 Factory Team kit received newly designed suspension arms featuring centerline shock mounts and an optimized anti-roll bar position. The new suspension arms were designed to work with the Factory Team 5mm 7075 aluminum low-CG shock towers to improve and optimize the suspension geometry, making the RC8.2 Factory Team kit more plush and forgiving in rougher terrain.
The RC8.2 Factory Team kit includes the 16mm “Big Bore” hard-anodized threaded shocks with 4mm titanium nitride coated shafts and revised shock boots to help increase traction and keep the rubber on the ground. The RC8.2 Factory Team kit also proves to be an exceptional value, including many Factory Team parts that were previously only available as separately purchased upgrades.
- Factory Team 3mm lengthened 7075 hard-anodized chassis
- Newly designed suspension arms feature centerline shock mounts and optimized anti-roll bar position
- Factory Team 16mm “Big Bore” hard-anodized threaded shocks with 4mm titanium nitride coated shafts
- Factory Team 5mm 7075 aluminum low-CG shock towers with optimized geometry
- Factory Team 7075 blue aluminum lower suspension mounts for optimized geometry, light weight
- Factory Team 7075 blue aluminum steering knuckles
- Factory Team 7075 aluminum axles and center drives
- Factory Team 7075 blue aluminum one-piece top plate
- Factory Team lightweight spur and ring gears
- Factory Team lightweight diff outdrives
- Factory Team aluminum steering posts
- CVA boots on center and rear drive joints
- Heatsink brake rotors front and rear
- New low-CG wing mount
- JConcepts Punisher Body and Illuzion wing included
- Molded composite radio tray includes optional forward-placement
- Molded composite front and rear chassis braces
- Tough steel-alloy shock standoffs
- Factory Team 83mm “big” wheels included
- Aluminum clutch shoes
- 4.30:1 ratio gearboxes for maximum punch
- Caster blocks adjust 14, 16, or 18 degrees with molded inserts
- 3.5mm light CVA drivetrain with full ball bearings
- Factory Team shock and differential fluids included
- Mud guards
The first press conference for the Electric Buggy Worlds 2011 filled the media center with interested locals and foreign press. The purpose of the conference was to convey the atmosphere of the race through different perspectives. Representing EFRA was Paul Worsley, who is one of the favorites of the race. Jared Tebo presented his view of the race as a professional driver and Finnish perspective was conveyed by Jukka Steenari, the most successful Finnish RC driver, who is the first Finnish professional driver and now living in the United States developing RC cars.
There are about 150 contestants from 22 different countries competing for the championship in two classes, Worsley summed up. According to him the size of the teams is affected by the size and previous success of the country in modular racing. The host country Finland has got one of the largest teams of the competition with 19 contestants. Hosting the event has also benefited the neighboring country Sweden, which has 16 representatives. The favorites of the race come from the United States (19 contestants), Great Britain (16 contestants), Germany (13 contestants) and Japan (10 contestants). One of the favorites is Jared Tebo from the United States.
For Tebo winning the championship means a lot and it is his highest goal. For him it is a wonderful feeling when everything goes smoothly. Tebo, who is the 2007 world champion in four wheel driving, praised the arrangements in Vaasa as well as the race organization, and even went as far as giving the race the title of the best race ever. He was happy with the track and especially pleased with the layout, which he thinks allows the contestants a better chance to pass each other.
Monday was used to drive practice rounds on the track and during the intensive day the contestants got their first feel of the track and worked on the final adjustments on their
cars for the qualifying rounds starting tomorrow.