Round 2 of buggy qualifying produced a tight finish with no less than three drivers nearly occupying the same real estate at the top, Rikvin, Tessmann and Phend separated only by 10ths of a second, whilst the headlines will go to Rivkin, 3/10ths behind him Tessmann has put in a very strong run so far on his XRAY debut.
Two 3rds for Dakotah Phend despite a moment in the front jump section, it can’t be repeated enough how much a clean run epitomises the holy grail, even Rivkin had a duff lap in his TQ run. Alex Zanchettin is continuing to impress us, taking up the mantle for Europe as World Champion David Ronnefalk continues to struggle to keep it clean, sitting dangerously after two rounds.
Ryan Maifield – USA
First big race debut with for the new brand, the boss is here watching and he sticks it on TQ in round 1. Not too shabby from Ty Tessmann, here this weekend with a point to prove any doubters of his winter move that the speed is there and wins will come. The final heat saw Elliott Boots hold provisional TQ going into the last round, Elliott would end up 6th overall whilst the final heat was dominated by Tessmann and Maifield, the pair were on a near-identical pace with Maifield just ahead until the 2nd last lap where a mistake dropped him off the TQ pace, Tessmann held it together and lowered his expected time.
Taking 3rd Dakotah Phend also making his bi race debut for REDS power, Truck TQ Ryan Lutz looks to have a new lease of life with his BLOK powerplant claiming 4th.
In lucky 13th Joseph Quagraine with his ‘Black Edition’ buggy, one spot ahead of David Ronnefalk who endured a mistake-laden run with new team mate Cody King in 11th, similarly Jared Tebo mistakes cost the Kyosho star.
Less windy conditions on Friday here at the DNC, noticeably warmer and still no watering of the track which is rather strange not seeing Joey and his men running wildly across the track with hoses.
Following with the new Procircuit logo and new tires project announcement, Procircuit is going to release four new tyres next week, the H-Block, the Addictive, the Sprinter and the Claymore. Before to present each new tread patterns in detail, Procircuit introduces the new packaging design as well as the new compounds which have achieved a new level of performance and consistency on all different track conditions, but are especially useful in those conditions when grip is hard to come by on slick or dusty track.
See: HB Racing
HB Racing have announced that Absima will be distributing HB Racing in Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg. A long friendship unites Absima boss Jürgen Laux and HB Racing owner Philippe Neidhart for more than 20 years and now both partners start a close collaboration on a new level.
“HB Racing is sure that Absima is the right partner to strengthen the product supply and brand image of the World Championship winning racing cars in the mentioned area.” – HB Racing
Dealers are welcome to contact Absima directly for further information at www.absima.com.
Ryan Lutz was the star of the show during Thursday’s Nitro truck qualifying made up of three rounds, Lutz bookended qualifying taking rounds 1 and 3 with Ryan Maifield claiming Q2. It was a wider quali success for the whole of team Tekno with 3 drivers placed in the top 10, whilst XRAY’s big name signing Ty Tessmann, multi-time winner here at the DNC will start 3rd on the grid for Saturday’s truck main.
A tale of differing stories for the Team Associated boys as Spencer Rivkin claimed 4th whilst Ryan Cavalieri will have to race his way through the B main down in 16th. Team Europe pinning their hopes on Boots, Ronnefalk and Zanchettin, the Swede setting the pace in practice but mistakes costing him throughout quali.
A day that was dominated by wind, a lack of watering, a first for the DNC but contributing to cutting down on the timetable and slightly happier drivers although the late finishes that are ingrained within the DNC ‘DNA’ remain.