2010 1/8-scale Off-road World Championships – Day 7

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After Friday night’s track grooming, many of the lower finals drivers were raving about how fun the track was. It was definitely well oiled, but there seemed to be a bit more traction than the previous time the track was ran on this oiled. Sunday morning is here and the track looks great. All of the deep wear patches are holding up well. Drivers walk the track carefully examining the obstacles in their lines. Two noticeably good sections are the 4 staggered bumps leading the the huge double on the back of the track. The inside line is the fastest as typical but the gamble is jumping the inside bumps as a double. It is by far a faster line but most drivers opted to single-single the section rather risk the crash. The off camber turn leading to this section is now butter-smooth and the face of the first hit has been repaired making it much easier to opt the fast doubling line. Conservative driving has definitely been paying off on this track though.
Months, even years of preparation have been leading up to this moment. Teams have spent tens of thousands of dollars in expenses to be here. Every single person in attendance is standing around the track and the mob of media folk crowd around the drivers as they enter the track. I’m sure the 30 minute introductions seemed like an eternity for the nervous drivers. Many of the drivers nerves were worn on their sleeves as they would anxiously crack jokes about getting the race started. That time could not have come soon enough. I grabbed Ryan Cavalieri’s car from him after he was done taking photos, wished him luck and headed to the pits with Loudog (Louis Cavalieri). Warm-ups started and it seemed like every single driver was shouting at their pitmen to make last minute changes and tuning. Nerves were breaking down the confidence of even the best drivers in the world at this stage. I walked out to the starting grid with Ryan’s car, topped it off with fuel, and listened for the countdown. Before I knew it, we were off to crown the 2010 IFMAR World Champion.
TQ Jared Tebo held the lead off the start while hard charging Ryan Maifield quickly worked his way up to the front. These seasoned drivers know that the race is long and daring passes at this point could hurt them in the long run. The lead was swapped a few times between Jared Tebo, Ryan Maifield, Cody King and Atsushi Hara. Maifield, plagued with bad luck all week but driving amazingly well, flamed out and dropped of from the lead lap. At that point Tebo, King and Hara pulled away from the pack. Different pit strategies became prevalent as Tebo pitted on a shorted schedule than King and Hara. Atsushi Hara was very obviously the crowd favorite as he has been residing in Thailand. Every time he would crash or gain a position on the track, the crowd would roar. Hara was clicking of extremely fast laps but made many mistakes throughout the race. He would remain in second and third the majority of the time, by no means having a bad race. Europe’s top qualifier, Renaud Savoya dropped out early in the race with a broken a-arm. Ryan Maifield’s run ended early with a broken rear shock and his teammate, Ryan Cavalieri, was having throttle issues that sent his car into the fence multples times, ultimately ending in a broken car. With 2 minutes to go in the race Cody King found himself in the lead with a very hard charging Atsushi Hara at his heals. What was once an 8 second lead was quickly clipped to 2 second as Cody case a jump and had a slight bobble. The clock was ticking down to its final moments. Hara was pushing his Hot Bodies car to its absolute limits. Cody jumped over the back double almost side-by-side with Hara. Hara’s car came up short and flipped onto its lid. He was quickly marshaled back into the race as King cased another jump shortly after. King’s lead was more than enough though as he crossed the finish line, threw his hat off the driver stand and pumped his fist victoriously. Congratulations to the 2010 IFMAR World Champion, Cody King!

After Friday night’s track grooming, many of the lower finals drivers were raving about how fun the track was. It was definitely well oiled, but there seemed to be a bit more traction than the previous time the track was ran on this oiled. Sunday morning is here and the track looks great. All of the deep wear patches are holding up well. Drivers walk the track carefully examining the obstacles in their lines. Two noticeably good sections are the 4 staggered bumps leading the the huge double on the back of the track. The inside line is the fastest as typical but the gamble is jumping the inside bumps as a double. It is by far a faster line but most drivers opted to single-single the section rather risk the crash. The off camber turn leading to this section is now butter-smooth and the face of the first hit has been repaired making it much easier to opt the fast doubling line. Conservative driving has definitely been paying off on this track though.Months, even years of preparation have been leading up to this moment. Teams have spent tens of thousands of dollars in expenses to be here. Every single person in attendance is standing around the track and the mob of media folk crowd around the drivers as they enter the track. I’m sure the 30 minute introductions seemed like an eternity for the nervous drivers. Many of the drivers nerves were worn on their sleeves as they would anxiously crack jokes about getting the race started. That time could not have come soon enough. I grabbed Ryan Cavalieri’s car from him after he was done taking photos, wished him luck and headed to the pits with Loudog (Louis Cavalieri). Warm-ups started and it seemed like every single driver was shouting at their pitmen to make last minute changes and tuning. Nerves were breaking down the confidence of even the best drivers in the world at this stage. I walked out to the starting grid with Ryan’s car, topped it off with fuel, and listened for the countdown. Before I knew it, we were off to crown the 2010 IFMAR World Champion.TQ Jared Tebo held the lead off the start while hard charging Ryan Maifield quickly worked his way up to the front. These seasoned drivers know that the race is long and daring passes at this point could hurt them in the long run. The lead was swapped a few times between Jared Tebo, Ryan Maifield, Cody King and Atsushi Hara. Maifield, plagued with bad luck all week but driving amazingly well, flamed out and dropped of from the lead lap. At that point Tebo, King and Hara pulled away from the pack. Different pit strategies became prevalent as Tebo pitted on a shorted schedule than King and Hara. Atsushi Hara was very obviously the crowd favorite as he has been residing in Thailand. Every time he would crash or gain a position on the track, the crowd would roar. Hara was clicking of extremely fast laps but made many mistakes throughout the race. He would remain in second and third the majority of the time, by no means having a bad race. Europe’s top qualifier, Renaud Savoya dropped out early in the race with a broken a-arm. Ryan Maifield’s run ended early with a broken rear shock and his teammate, Ryan Cavalieri, was having throttle issues that sent his car into the fence multples times, ultimately ending in a broken car. With 2 minutes to go in the race Cody King found himself in the lead with a very hard charging Atsushi Hara at his heals. What was once an 8 second lead was quickly clipped to 2 second as Cody case a jump and had a slight bobble. The clock was ticking down to its final moments. Hara was pushing his Hot Bodies car to its absolute limits. Cody jumped over the back double almost side-by-side with Hara. Hara’s car came up short and flipped onto its lid. He was quickly marshaled back into the race as King cased another jump shortly after. King’s lead was more than enough though as he crossed the finish line, threw his hat off the driver stand and pumped his fist victoriously. Congratulations to the 2010 IFMAR World Champion, Cody King!

Jared Tebo takes TQ in commanding fashion!
Jared Tebo was off to his typical ways in heat one, setting the TQ time to beat with a 13/10:13. In the following heat Ryan Maifield had quite a bit of pressure to put down a good run. His 2 previous runs were plagued with technical problems. Ryan was looking good of the start. The track was getting extremely bumpy and everyone’s cars were getting unsettled at anytime. Ryan came into the pits on a 13/10:08 pace which was well ahead of the TQ. He told me that he heard where he was at and just drove a little too conservative after the pit stop and found himself at 2nd qualifier for the round.
Lap times and overall race times have been on a slowing trend as the rounds go on. There is no doubt that this has to do directly with the track conditions. Almost every corner and every jump face are showing signs of wear. The track maintenance team should be out in full force tonight to prep the track for the early mains on Saturday. Drivers have been adjusting their setups, tire choice and lines to change with the track. I would assume we will see a concrete patched and well oiled track for the start of Saturday and Sunday mains. This is the track style that Ryan Maifield TQ’ed back-to-back rounds. Everyone would love to see a Maifield/Tebo battle, but lets not write off the next 10 drivers below them yet. This is still anyone’s championship to win.
Q6 results
1 Jared Tebo 13/10:13.41
2 Ryan Maifield 13/10:20.39
3 Atsushi Hara 13/10:21.76
4 Josh Wheeler 13/10:26.42
5 Ty Tessman 13/10:26.83
6 Ryan Lutz 13/10:26.92
7 Mark Pavidis 13/10:28.22
8 Robert Batlle 13/10:28.46
9 Adam Drake 13/10:28.95
10 Jarome Aigoin 13/10:29.11
11 Dakota Phend 13/10:31.71
12 Martin Bayer 13/10:33.85
13 Travis Amezcua 13/10:34.25
14 Ryan Cavalieri 13/10:34.45
15 Jeremy Kortz 13/10:36.40
Top 16 – overall points:
TQ- Jared Tebo                 737
2. Atsushi Hara                 730
3. Adam Drake                 726
4. Ryan Maifield              726
5. Billy Fischer                  716
6. Cody King                      715
7. Reno Savoya                 715
8. Ryan Cavalieri              710
9. Miguel Matias             695
10. Mike Truhe                694
11. ty Tessmann              692
12. Darren Bloomfield   689
13. Yannick Aigoin           689
14. Jeremy Kortz             687
15. Jorn Neumann         680
16. Josh Wheeler           680

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