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Its one thing to win two consecutive rounds of qualifying at the IFMAR Worlds, but its quite enough to leave the rest of the field in your dust. Current ROAR National Champion Ty Tessmann made short work of the first day of qualifying at the 2014 IFMAR Fuel Off-Road World Championships, winning the second round by five seconds – which, believe it or not, was actually closer than the first round. Hes halfway to the overall TQ, as the points earned in four of the six rounds contribute to the overall qualifying order, but a perfect score on Day One is certainly an excellent start.
Tessmann flirted with a 17-lap run with a dazzling display of car control – and an equally brilliant pit stop from his parents using the new Pro-Line fuel stick, which he chose to complete before the halfway mark in order to make the best of track position and stay out while the other drivers cycled through pit lane. A small bobble on the second lap was really the only blemish on an otherwise sterling performance. Though TQ earns nothing but bragging rights and a front-row spot for the ever-important semifinal, Tessmann can sleep well tonight knowing he’s halfway there.
Defending champ Robert Batlle improved significantly over his first round finish of ninth, turning a time some 13 seconds faster to be the fastest of anyone not hailing from the land of the maple leaves. Batlle’s only mistake also came on the second lap of the heat, but it was smooth sailing from there – and he set his fastest lap of the race right after his pit stop.
Batlle’s Mugen Seiki teammate Lee Martin was fourth, and he too set his best lap of the heat after his pit stop. Martin ran behind Lutz for two laps until he settled in, and led the rest of his heat before finishing 4.5 seconds up on Lutz and the field. The run gave Martin two fourth place finishes on the day, a great result considering his second run was about a half second slower.
Jörn Neumann finished third in his heat, after winner Batlle and less than six tenths behind Jared Tebo. The run was a 14-second improvement over the first round, as the German went toe-to-toe with Tebo for nearly the entire race with his Durango DNX8 prototype.
One can’t help but imagine that Ryan Maifield is pleased with the beginning of his first major nitro race with new sponsor TLR, scoring his second top ten finish of the day with his 8IGHT 3.0. No doubt benefitting from the guidance and experience of teammate Adam Drake, who finished third in round two, Maifield is off to a great start.
Ryan Cavalieri improved by four seconds and was the fastest of four drivers within less than eight-tenths of a second – including the two drivers who finished immediately behind him in heat one. Just sixth in his heat on lap one, Cavalieri quickly climbed to the top of the charts and held off a late chart from Darren Bloomfield. Cavalieri led the AE prototype charge, with teammate Cragg just .075 seconds behind.
Ty Tessmann – Canada (Hot Bodies/O.S./Pro-Line/Nitrotane) – 10:01.737
Robert Batlle – Spain (Mugen Seiki/Novarossi/Procircuit/Nitrolux) – 10:06.775
Adam Drake – USA (TLR/Novarossi/Pro-Line/Nitrotane) – 10:09.695
Lee Martin – England (Mugen Seiki/Novarossi/Pro-Line/Nitrolux) – 10:12.247
Jared Tebo – USA (Kyosho/Orion/AKA/Maxima) – 10:13.008
Jörn Neumann – Germany (Durango/FX/Pro-Line/Maxima) – 10:13.597
Ryan Maifield – USA (TLR/Novarossi/JConcepts/Sidewinder) – 10:13.963
Ryan Lutz – USA (Durango/Alpha/AKA/Byron) – 10:16.855
Ryan Cavalieri – USA (Team Associated/Orion/AKA/Sidewinder) – 10:18.098
Neil Cragg – England (Team Associated/LRP/Pro-Line/LRP) – 10:18.173
Darren Bloomfield – England (Agama/BULLITT/Beta/Piranha) – 10:18.489
Martin Wollanka – Austria (XRAY/FX/Pro-Line/RB) – 10:18.837
Carson Wernimont – USA (Mugen Seiki/O.S./Procircuit/Flash Point) – 10:19.962
Alex Zanchettin – Italy (TLR/Novarossi/Pro-Line/MLC) – 10:20.769
Cody King – USA (Kyosho/REDS/Pro-Line/Byron) – 10:20.887
Martin Bayer – Czech Republic (XRAY/LRP/AKA/LRP) – 10:22.620
Davide Tortorici – Italy (Mugen Seiki/Bliss/VP-Pro/Meccamo) – 10:23.045
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3 Port hard chromed liner
Piston CNC machined from billet
Knife edged lightweight aerodynamic connecting rod
New 60mm cooling head design to maximize efficiency
High quality Swiss steel bearings
Composite long needle slide carburetor with 7mm venturi
Output: 2.5hp @ 32,000rpm
RPM Range: 3,000 – 40,000 RPM
PICCO is proud to announce their newest engine to their offroad Boost series lineup. The new PICCO Boost .21 3TZ engine is a 3 port competition racing engine that is equipped with a 14mm silicone filled crankshaft, large 60mm cooling head, new crankcase design allows more clearance for different flywheels, super strong “knife edged” aerodynamic connecting rod, lightened piston CNC machined from high percentage silicone alloy billet, and high quality “Swiss” made bearings.
PICCO says, “The PICCO Boost 3TZ has great torque and top speed with a very usable and controllable powerband. Its strong yet smooth bottom end make the 3TZ is suitable for both buggy and truggy racing applications. It provides great fuel economy, easy stable tuning and PICCO’s legendary quality.”
Racers are always looking for an advantage, which is why their sponsors often bring new gear to big races such as the IFMAR World Championships – especially on the tire front. JConcepts launched four different patterns this weekend in Italy specifically for 1/8-scale racing on fast, high-grip surfaces. Here’s the official word:
JConcepts has once again come loaded to the IFMAR World Championships with a variety of fresh product. The unique conditions in Italy, along with steady improvement has led development to the next level with 4 new tire options here in Messina. The concrete based track here in Messina gave JConcepts designers an idea for long life and smoother feeling characteristics to these carefully created tread designs.
First to show is the Diamond Bar. Named after the shape and longer horizontal bar, this tire has shown incredible wear on the concrete surface and blends consistency with speed and durability. The Diamond Bars have a dual stage, tapered design. This allows for exponentially less wear over time allowing to consistent.
Next up is the Reflex tire designed to bridge a gap between the popular Hybrid tire and other options such as Crossbow and Stacker tire. The Reflex has square angled pins that are stacked vertically to flex and fold evenly across the tire. Typically a stacked tread will wear less and provide more forward bite. The aligned space helps rotation in the turns and gives a snappy release to square up quickly.
The 3rd newly designed option will certainly be a favorite across multiple conditions. The Chasers rely on hefty, medium lugs which are angular in multiple directions. The horizontal type tread has a striking similarity to the trusty Crossbow tire which has remained a favorite for the last several years. Chasers have a lower, closer lug arrangement which gives incredible responsiveness and bites in medium, high and low grip conditions. The wet and dry condition tire has small recessed cuts in the top of the tread for extra edges and increased formability over terrain. The center overlapping bar treatment increases durability in the highest wear region of the tire.
4th and final, the Remix. Tested during the year at races such as the ROAR Off-Road Nationals, the Remix is a crossover tread bringing two tire lines together. With directional side-bars and straight forward block detail, the Remix will serve as a high-speed blue groove tire on larger style and flowing track layouts. The sidebars react calmly to bumpy sections while still giving stability as borrowed from our successful Metrix tire. The blocks are beefy and medium in width and height. That arrangement gives forward tracking stability and the sidebars handle the all important cornering support.
All new tires will include the latest insert from JConcepts. The Dirt-Tech insert popularized by its durable nature and gray color will give customers the combo package they have been waiting for from JConcepts.
The last new item here at the Worlds is an updated 83mm wheel. Customers have asked for a more polished face wheel allowing a cleaner look and finish to an already successful wheel. Also revised are the locations of the upper ribs for better tire alignment and more bullet holes added near the center axle while a solid area remains for locknut clamping surface area.
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