Specifically, the 1/8 scale buggy class. Last year, Team Associated’s Spencer Rivkin took the win. Will he repeat? That would be quite a feat with the heavy hitters he’ll be up against. Anything can happen…but here’s who I think are the top five contenders:
Since Rivkin scored his 2015 World Title, the youngster has since showed it wasn’t a fluke showing dominance at major races ever since. Full of raw talent and still logging racing experience, Rivkin has matured as a racer proving his discipline and speed is lethal on the track.
It seems like the last couple of years, the right moves have had positive impact on Ryan Maifield’s race program. Changing teams, new cars and big wins like the coveted Reedy Race title show Maifield is full steam ahead and is definitely in the hunt.
Is there anything Ryan Cavalieri can’t do? The former multiple world champion raw talent seems like it has only gotten better over time, not only on the dirt, but on the tarmac also. If Cavalieri isn’t running in the lead, he isn’t far behind pushing waiting for a mistake to be made.
Tekno has always had innovative and competitive cars, but their cars showed their true potential when Tekno signed top pro’s Ryan Lutz and Joe Bornhorst. Both drivers have consistently finished in the top 8 at World Championships and Nationals races demonstrating that at anytime they can take the overall win. Ryan is the better-known name, but it would be naïve to count either driver out for the W.
The Tessmann/XRAY formula is proving to be a successful one. Ty’s natural driving talent has earned him major wins at races like The Dirt Nitro Challenge and the 2014 1/8 Worlds in Italy. Fresh off his Manufactures Cup win at Silver Dollar Raceway in Chico, Ca, Ty Tessmann is definitely not willing to setting for any position other that 1st.