2012 IFMAR World Championships – Qualifying Wrap-Up

Dec 06, 2012 No Comments by

With the weather forecast for the week showing imminent disaster, the choice was made to run the fifth round of qualifying on Wednesday after rounds 3 and 4 – which turned out to be the right decision, as the skies opened up on Thursday and prevented any chance of completing the sixth and final round of qualifying. The IFMAR Worlds schedule calls for two days of main events, with lower finals running tomorrow and the world champion being crowned on Saturday.


Round Three

Elliot Boots picked up the pace in round three, grabbing the round TQ after scoring a 3 and an 11 in the first two rounds. The young British Champion narrowly edged Batlle, who looks to be Mugen Seiki’s best chance of winning in the new MBX7′s debut, while ROAR National Champ Ty Tessman backed up a strong first day of qualifying with the third spot. Ryan Maifield improved from his two previous rounds, moving up from 10th to 4th and giving himself a great chance to make the semi out of qualifying with three strong top-10 runs.

1Elliot BootsKyoshoNovarossi14/10:39.259Great Britain
2Robert BatlleMugenNovarossi14/10:41.101Spain
3Ty TessmanHot BodiesO.S.14/10:43.192Canada
4Ryan MaifieldAssociatedLRP13/10:01.809USA
5Lee MartinMugenNovarossi13/10:02.283Great Britain
6Atsushi HaraHot BodiesO.S.13/10:03.450Japan
7Kyle McBrideKyoshoO.S.13/10:04.028Australia
8Martin BayerXRAYLRP13/10:04.400Czech Republic
9Yannick AigoinAssociatednVision13/10:05.874France
10Jared TeboKyoshoOrion13/10:07.983USA
11Taylor PetersenMugenAlpha13/10:08.913USA
12Dakotah PhendTLROrion13/10:10.694USA

Round Four

American XRAY driver Josh Wheeler had his breakout race at the 2002 IFMAR Worlds in Indonesia, finishing 4th at the age of 17. Ten years later he TQ’d the fourth round, leading a 1-2-3- sweep for USA drivers. The biggest surprise of the fourth round was undoubtedly A Main Hobbies’ team driver Dylan Rodriguez, who finished second for the round in his first Worlds appearance by less than two-tenths of a second over 2010 Top Qualifier Jared Tebo.

1Josh WheelerXRAYO.S.13/10:14.317USA
2Dylan RodriguezKyoshoO.S.13/10:15.599USA
3Jared TeboKyoshoOrion13/10:15.771USA
4Yannick AigoinAssociatednVision13/10:16.073France
5Ryan MaifieldAssociatedLRP13/10:16.138USA
6Jerome AigoinKyoshoNovarossi13/10:16.906France
7Elliot BootsKyoshoNovarossi13/10:18.263Great Britain
8David RonnefalkKyoshoOrion13/10:19.290Sweden
9Davide TortoriciMugenBliss13/10:19.847France
10Renato Tradardi Jr.AssociatedNovarossi13/10:19.709Venezuela
11Taylor PetersenMugenAlpha13/10:20.139USA
12Travis AmezcuaXRAYNovarossi13/10:21.794USA

Round Five

These Boots were made for walkin’ – with the biggest margin of victory of the week, Elliot Boots destroyed the field by nearly 13 seconds in the fifth round. Though the drivers may not have known it at the time, this was the final round of the week.

1Elliot BootsKyoshoNovarossi13/10:04.162Great Britain
2Ryan MaifieldAssociatedLRP13/10:17.157USA
3Davide TortoriciMugenBliss13/10:18.875Italy
4Robert BatlleMugenNovarossi13/10:18.903Spain
5Jared TeboKyoshoOrion13/10:20.241USA
6Kyle McBrideKyoshoO.S.13/10:20.518Australia
7Atsushi HaraHot BodiesO.S.13/10:23.382Japan
8Simon WilletsMugenNovarossi13/10:23.486Great Britain
9Yannick AigoinAssociatednVision13/10:23.677France
10JR MitchTLROrion13/10:26.492USA
11Taylor PetersenMugenAlpha13/10:27.219USA
12Martin BayerXRAYLRP13/10:27.555Finland

FINAL QUALIFYING RESULTS – Top 16 transfer directly to the semifinals

1Elliot BootsGreat BritainKyoshoNova RossiAKA452
2Robert BatlleSpainMugenNova RossiPro Circuit451
3Ty TessmanCanadaHB/HPIO.S.Pro-Line448
4Jared TeboUSAKyoshoOrionAKA446
5Ryan MaifieldUSATeam AssociatedLRPJConcepts445
6Lee MartinGreat BritainMugenNova RossiAKA441
7Yannick AigoinFranceTeam AssociatedNvisionPro Circuit438
8Kyle McBrideAustraliaKyoshoO.S.Pro-Line437
9Davide TortoriciItalyMugenBlissVP-Pro434
10Martin BayerCzech RepublicXrayLRPAKA434
11Jerome AigoinFranceKyoshoNova RossiAKA429
12Atsushi HaraJapanHB/HPIO.S.HB/HPI428
13David RonnefalkSwedenKyoshoOrionAKA426
14Josh WheelerUSAXrayO.S.AKA424
15Taylor PetersenUSAMugenAlphaAKA423
16Renato Tradardi jR.VenezuelaTeam AssociatedNova RossiJConcepts418
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