2010 1/8-scale Off-road World Championships Days 4, 5, & 6

Nov 12, 2010 No Comments by

Day 6 – Q5 & Q6

Qualifying round 5 has been completed. I just walked the track with Ryan Cavalieri and we were discussing the wear on the track and line changes to avoid the colossal ruts. Cavalieri has 4 quality runs already and is looking to pick up the pace a bit. His plan of attack is to slow down. I must admit, as wrong as that sounds, it is spot on. Corners are being blown through quite often. The cement picks up a layer of dust during the racing and becomes very slick, specially since most corners are off camber as well.

Jared Tebo TQ’ed Q5 with a 13/10:13.78 which wraps up top spot for qualifying.  Ryan Maifield was looking hungry for a good run to start the day and broke a steering servo in the warm up. Adam Drake’s points have varied by no more than 1 each round. He has nothing to lose for Q6 and I would keep an eye on him as he should be pushing it hard.
Q5 13 laps
1 Jared Tebo 10:13.78
2 Ryan Lutz 10:18.31
3 Adam Drake 10:19.84
4 Mike Truhe 10:22.86
5 Atsushi Hara 10:23.20
6 Billy Fischer 10:23.78
7 Renaud Savoya 10:26.74
8 Ryan Cavalieri 10:27.03
9 Miguel Matias 10:28.84
10 Billy Easton 10:28.90
11 Taylor Peterson 10:29.47
12 Jeremy Kortz 10:29.93
13 Cody King 10:31.92
14 Travis Amezcua 10:32.96
15 Dakotah Phend 10:34.27

The weather this morning was back to typical. The skies are very overcast and the temperature is slightly cooler than yesterday’s sunny afternoon. The track is showing a fair amount of wear on the sweeper and the faces and landing of high speed jumps. The Dirt sections of the track look very loose and dusty. The concrete capped off camber corners are taking a darker color and have a bit of an oiled sheen.

Heat one started off with quite a few lead changes. Wheeler found his way at the top for a bit with Drake and Tebo Following. The win went to Billy Fischer creeping up from the middle of the pack with a solid run. All eyes were on Ryan Maifield in heat 2. He started off with what looked to be a comfortable pace and didn’t show any mistakes early. His second lap was a smoking fast 44.7. It looked as if we were going to see Maifield put down back to back to back TQ runs. It wasn’t until the last few laps of the race when he started to show being human after all. He made an unforced mistake on the sweeper and found himself on his lid. Its not a good place to crash as marshalls seem a little timid to jump on the sweeper as cars come through full punched.  Hara was on a 14 lap pace for most of the race and a few mistakes left him with a 13 lap run but took top honors for round 3 with a 13/10:09.99.

Round 3 overall results
1 Atsushi Hara 13 10:09.99
2 Billy Fischer 13 10:12.32
3 jared Tebo 13 10:12.78
4 Adam Drake 13 10:15.58
5 Renaud Savoya 13 10:16.57
6 Cody King 13 10:16.82
7 Mike Truhe 13 10:17.68
8 Ryan Cavalieri 13 10:17.87
9 Jeremy Kortz 13 10:18.05
10 Jorn Neumann 13 10:21.73
11 Jash Wheeler 13 10:22.70
12 Ryan Maifield 13 10:23.04
13 Darrin bloomfield 13 10:23.39
14 Dakota Phend 13 10:23.43
15 Yannick Aigoin 13 10:24.31

Overall points after 3 rounds

1 Ryan Maifield 543
2 Adam Drake 543
3 Jared Tebo 542
4 Atsushi Hara 536
5 Renaud Savoya 530
6 Ryan Cavalieri 526
7 Billy Fischer 516
8 Ty Tessmann 509
9 Matt Castellano 508
10 Darren Bloomfield 505
11 Jeremy Kortz 503
12 Teemu Leino 503
13 Yannick Aigoin 501
14 Josh Wheeler 499
15 Mark Pavidis 496
The order of the heats today have been running 6-15 followed by 1-5. Midway through heat 14 of round 4, the skies cracked and the rains came. Heat 15 was sent out on the track and the race director called for a 25min delay in hopes of the rain passing. This sent many of the early round drivers scrambling to mount up softer tires again.

The rains came and went rather quickly. After the 25 minute delay the track was almost dry again. One thing that has stood out to me today is that not one single driver had a flawless or even close to flawless run. Fast laps are still there but every driver has been caught at least once by the ruts in the track. I caught up with Jared Tebo watching the race before his and asked him about tire selection after the drizzle. He shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t even know.” His final choice was AKA soft City Blocks up front soft I-Beams in the rear. Tebo piloted those to TQ the 4th round with a 13/10:09 which also put him up top for the overall points lead after 4 rounds. Off his double TQ’s from yesterday, Ryan Maifield had a bit of a reality check today. “My car was working really good, I just made a few driving errors and had a bit of bad luck” said Ryan at the end of the day. His first round was mediocre and he landed hard in a rut during his second round which popped a center drive-shaft out of place. After the day he dropped down to 36th overall. Team Losi’s Billy Fischer had another good day and already has 4 solid runs in his bag, finding himself in good position overall. Ryan Cavalieri looks like he figured out a few things with his car, put down 2 top ten runs today and find himself 4th overall. He switched to Proline Calibers up front with Revolvers in the rear. This is a tire combination that they tested and liked in practice but just went back to it today.

More rain is expected tonight so I cant wait to see how the dynamics of the track change even more.

Round 1 is in the bag and the sun is no longer hiding behind clouds for the first time since we’ve been here. Track temperatures have spiked to 118 degrees and oil is starting to seep through a few areas of the track. The track surface is very dynamic throughout the lap. The concrete corners and patches are very prevalent. A few corners are very dusty, ruts are forming and starting to become 1-2 inches deep in areas. The faces of jumps are holding up pretty well. The only one I noticed that is deteriorating is the face of the inside jump in the 4-staggared section. This may be a concern for driver as that is definitely a fast line clearing the inside double.

Once again, Ryan Maifield is looking unstoppable topping his first round TQ by over 2.5 seconds. He made very few mistakes during his run and I don’t think times are going to get much faster. Ryan has been running the Jconcepts green compound subcultures and is planning on sticking with them for tomorrow’s qualifying. Hara stepped up his game after flaming out in the first round. He had a 14 lap run putting him in the elite group with Maifield and King. He decided to go with Hot Bodies white compund megabites. Jared Tebo missed 14 laps by just over a second. Tebo decided to go with medium compound AKA Impacts.  Maifield, Tebo, Drake, and Castellano are the only 4 drivers staying in the top 10 for the first two rounds of qualifying.

rd 2 top 15
1 Ryan Maifield 14/10:35.283
2 Atsushi Hara 14/10:44.154
3 Jared tebo 13/10:01.509
4 Adam Drake 13/10:09.445
5 Kyle McBride 13/10:11.375
6 Elliot Boots 13/10:11.516
7 Yannick Aigoin 13/10:11.614
8 Matt Castellano 13/10:14.482
9 Josh Wheeler 13/10:18.660
10 Teemu Leino 13/10:18.660
11 Ty Tessmann 13/10:20.806
12 Yuichi Kanai 13/10:21.387
13 Ryan Cavalieri 13/10:22.549
14 Billy Fischer 13/10:23.330
15 Jerome Aigoin 13/10:23.858

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