WORLDS: Tessmann brought his broom on Day One of qualifying


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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WORLDS: JConcepts’ new kicks


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:

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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.

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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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Publisher: aaron waldron

Controversy over mini Minis at Olympic athletics


Fans at the Olympics have been chuckling at the sight of the miniature radio-controlled Minis which are being used to help out officials at the athletics.

The cars have been used to return javelins, discuses and hammers to competitors in the field events at London 2012, saving time and effort for all involved and adding a light-hearted element to the serious business at hand.

But the remote-controlled cars whizzing around the athletics stadium have triggered branding questions. The Olympic venues at the London Games are supposed to be strictly ad-free, but the use of the distinctive cars appears to be blatant advertising.

The International Olympic Committee ensures adverts or logos of products are not visible in the fields of play in line with its Olympic Charter despite sponsors paying hundreds of millions of dollars to be associated with the Games.

The Minis, made by German car manufacturer BMW who is also a Games sponsor, may not carry visible logos but are instantly recognisable for what they are.

However, they are not the iconic British-owned Minis produced from 1959-2000 but the new type produced by BMW.

“There is no commercial reason (behind choosing Minis),” said Timo Lumme, the IOC’s director of TV and marketing services, when asked if branding rules were being broken.

He said the choice as transporters for the athletes’ equipment was not dictated by a commercial decision.

Since the start of the athletics competitions last week, the Minis have instantly become a point of discussion with their use inside the stadium raising the questions of whether the IOC was indirectly relaxing its own strict ad rules.

He said the International Association of Athletics Federations, responsible for the track and field competitions at the Olympics, had cleared the use of the small vehicles.

“IAAF validates several different transporters. Yes, it happens to be the official partner of the London Games but there is no commercial delivery,” he told a news conference.

“There is no link between the sponsorship and the coverage of the physical fact that these are mini Minis on the field of play,” Lumme said.

The IOC’s rule on advertising states that no form of advertising or other publicity shall be allowed in and above the stadia, venues and other competition areas which are considered as part of the Olympic sites.

Commercial installations and advertising signs are not be allowed in the stadia, venues or other sports grounds.

There are three of these vehicles in total. Each puts in four-hour shifts across nine days of athletics competition, covering six kilometres per day.

The Mini also featured in the Games opening ceremony but again it was the new version and not the one symbolising iconic British post-war design.

“The bottom line is that the producer showed an individual quirkiness, a fantastically entertaining take on British history,” said Lumme of the car’s presence in the opening ceremony.

“The Mini is an incredibly known globally, British icon. Again Rule 50 compliant. No logos,” he said.

The London Games have received some £700m from sponsors wishing to be associated with the 2012 Olympics.

radio control cars in ireland


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ORCA was founded in 1997 but some of our members have been involved in model car racing since the late 80’s when originally the club was racing in what was then the main car park in University College Dublin. Racing is now at St. Annes Park, Raheny.just a small few words the club is currently looking for members and is open to all ages weather its a rtr car or kit car any scale come along to the track and have a look there is alot of rc cars out there but not many people coming out to the track through not knowing or afraid to come out.the club is very welcoming and have many members with alot of knowledge so if you find yourself in a position that you your son daughter has a radio controlled car and want to run it on a track and compete for fun drop out to the track in raheney in dublin and say hello even if it is to get advise or to try the track everyone is welcome…

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