2012 IFMAR 1/8 Off-Road World Championships – Final recap of practice!

Dec 04, 2012 No Comments by

It was 751 days ago that Cody King, the young American who races for Kyosho and Orion, crossed the finish line to win his first IFMAR World Championship in what has become the elite class in radio control racing. And after the completion of Monday’s final practice, we are just hours away from the official begin to King’s title defense.

His biggest opponent may not be anyone on the track, but the track itself. With a track surface already deteriorating from tons of run time mixed with freak thunderstorms, and more rain in the forecast, the drivers who plan on making a run for the World Championship in Saturday’s final will have to battle the elements as well as their competitors.

Several manufacturers have brought new cars to this year’s Worlds, with prototypes from Hot Bodies, Mugen Seiki, Team Durango, and Team Losi Racing as well as significant modifications to Team Associated’s and XRAY’s buggies. It’s worth noting that defending champion Kyosho – whose drivers TQ’d (Tebo) and won (King) two years ago – was one of the few teams to roll into Argentina with no major modifications to their chassis. Their experience with the MP9 TKI3 has paid dividends early, earning European pilot Elliott Booth the top overall seed after practice based on IFMAR’s point system. However, it was the new TLR 8IGHT 3.0 of young Michigander Dakotah Phend who turned in the fastest 5-minute run during the timed practice sessions. Here are the top fifteen drivers from yesterday:

1Elliott BootsKyoshoNovarossi7/5:17.508Great Britain
2Ryan MaifieldAssociatedLRP7/5:18.402USA
3Dakotah PhendTLROrion7/5:17.429USA
4Ty TessmanHot BodiesO.S.7/5:18.593Canada
5Atsushi HaraHot BodiesO.S.7/5:20.053Japan
6Jerome AigoinKyoshoNovarossi7/5:20.282France
7Robert BatlleMugenNovarossi7/5:18.687Spain
8Renaud SavoyaXRAYRB7/5:19.300France
9Yannick AigoinAssociatedNVision7/5:21.627France
10David RonnefalkKyoshoOrion7/5:20.155Sweden
11Kyle McBrideKyoshoNovarossi7/5:20.667Australia
12Lee MartinMugenNovarossi7/5:20.837Great Britain
13Ryan LutzDurangoAlpha7/5:23.141USA
14Shin AdachiHot BodiesO.S.7/5:23.316Japan
15Taylor PetersonMugenAlpha7/5:22.099USA

Who will win the first round of qualifying? Will it be Boots? King? Tebo? The racetrack? Stay tuned for more coverage!

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