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Ryan Maifield completes Nitro Challenge clean sweep

Ryan Maifield, a man on a mission this weekend successfully completed a grand slam sweep of his prestigious home race, the Dirt Nitro Challenge, a feat few would have foreseen going into this event due to the impressive entry field, a contender throughout, Maifield overcame a scrappy start to move into the lead of the buggy final and cruise home to the first ever clean sweep of the three pro classes at the DNC.

Going into the 45 min buggy final, the B main transfers were Jared Tebo, Mike Truhe and Cody King, the latter particularly hard-fought after a late race pass at the expense of Reno Savoya, the likes of Tebo also leaving the stand with a huge sigh of relief.

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The first 10 mins of the main final got off to a somewhat uncharacteristically scrappy start, with Ty Tessmann leading them out on pole before Spencer Rivkin capitalised only to lose the lead the next lap to Ryan Cavalieri, with 4th placed on the grid Dakotah Phend moving up to 3rd. The frantic pace continued at the front as Elliott Boots would suddenly hold the lead for a couple of laps only for Phend to string together a series of good laps up front, only until lap 21 when he began having issues did he drop back.

Up to that point, Ty Tessmann had not experienced the final he expected and hoped for whatsoever, as low as 9th at one stage before getting continually shuffled around in the midpack, taking blows and jabs from all sides as drivers struggled not to crash, magnetically run into each other. It would however go from bad to worse for Nitro Challenge royalty Tessmann, as the unthinkable happened – once more battery related issues (following the turck final’s issue with the receiver plug), this time not 100% clear on the issue. Ty was understandably gutted afterward but put on a brave face as he recognised an issue early on and opted to pull it in rather than chance a runaway.

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Former team mate David Ronnefalk had also had a bit of a nightmare, this time shuffled down the order due to cars around, only to have to come in twice during fuel stops and change BOTH front tyres due to rubber separation… losing around 35 secs overall.

Out front as Phend was leading he hit servo problems and his pace dropped off a cliff, not able to feel his steering servo return to pointing straight he quickly started making errors and Maifield wasted no time in snatching the lead and never looked back, a far cry from earlier in the main when he was battling with elbows out in the midpack, credit to him for getting though the chaos.

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Behind him Mugen’s Adam Drake briefly held onto 2nd, his fuel strategy and multiple classes entered paying dividends for himself, he could not quite hack the pace of the podium towards the latter stages but would take 4th as Elliott Boots would claim second, a beaming Boots clearly happy with that result.

Ryan Cavalieri once past Drake ran fairly free of cars around, whilst having started towards the rear Jared Tebo made it into 5th, 6th a stunning recovery drive from David Ronnefalk despite the two front tyres being changed, he had the pace for a podium finish today had it not been for the tyre issues.

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Once more not quite the classic Nitro Challenge final of years past, as high-profile racers were forced to retire leaving one shining beacon of ‘keeping it all together’ and dominating – Ryan Maifield. A hard-fought and deserving title and record-keeper.


Pre-order JQRacing BLACK Edition now available

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After 6 years and 5 Editions, JQRacing have announced that the newest THECar BLACK Edition whose the official release date is set at 1st of April is available for pre-order now. Videos and a lot of information about the car will be releasing in the coming weeks showing all the changes, as well as the very latest setup advice. The first 500 kits come with special laser engraving, not available separately. Click here to pre-order in Europe, here for USA and here for the international store.

SWORKz S35-series rear chassis balance weight

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Coming from SWORKz and made for the new S35-3 is the rear chassis balance weight. The part is made from brass, weighs 15g and comes laser–engraved. A total of 3 weights or 45g can be fixed to the chassis at specific locations to vary the weight balance of the S35-3. 

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Under the E-Hood: Ty Tessmann

Ty Tessmann, 23 – Canada

Chassis: XRAY XB8E’16
ESC: Team Orion Vortex R8.1 Pro
Batteries: Team Orion Carbon Pro
Tyres: Pro-Line
Radio & Servos: : Airtronics M12 provided by, MKS servos
Body & Wing: Stock body, Pro-Line Trifecta Lite wing
Event: 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge, USA

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Under the Hood: Spencer Rivkin

Spencer Rivkin, – USA

Chassis: Team Associated RC8T3
Engine: Maxima Mx B2
Fuel: MX Fuel
Tyres: JConcepts 
Radio & Servos: : Airtronics M12, Reedy RT2207A servos
Body & Wing: JConcepts Striker body & stock wing
Weight: 3393g (without fuel)
Event: 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge, USA


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Under the E-Hood: David Ronnefalk

David Ronnefalk – Sweden

Chassis: HB Racing E817
ESC: Team Orion Vortex R8 ProX
Batteries: Team Orion Carbon Pro
Tyres: JConcepts
Radio & Servos: AMain Hobbies Sanwa M12 Highest DT1100
Body & Wing: JConcepts “Silencer” body painted by BM Design | Kyosho TKI4 wing
Event: 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge, USA


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