Team Associated’s Ryan Maifield completed a clean sweep in the opening round of Mains at the JConcepts Indoor National Series Finals, winning A1 in all three classes he is contesting at the Omaha, Nebraska event. First up for the Arizona ace was 4WD Buggy in which the Top Qualifier took the win over TLR’s JR Mitch, but only after his team-mate made a mistake on lap 8 rolling at the end of the straight and braking a front arm. There was little time to think about the win as up immediately after was the one class for which the overall title is still to be decided 2WD Short Course. Again starting from the pole, Maifield lead this entertaining encounter from start to finish seeing off very close attention from title rivals Harston and TLR’s Dustin Evans. Evans, who didn’t start the 4WD Main after stripping a spur gear in the warm-up, would finish second with Hartson claiming third from 5th on the gird.
In the blue ribbon class of 1:10 electric offroad, 2WD Buggy, Maifield took a somewhat lucky win. Starting third behind Hartson and Top Qualifier Taylor Larsen, the 15-year-old year old doing a good job to hold the world class drivers at bay for 4 laps, Maifield benefited from a mistake by Hartson on the penultimate lap. Looking on target for the win having taken the lead on lap 6, he caught the pipe coming onto the straight allowing Maifield who posted the fastest lap of the race to take the win by a 1.8 second margin. Starting from 5th on the grid Maifield’s protege & A1 Stock winner Spencer Rivkin completed the Top 3 after a great battle with fellow 15-year-old Larsen, the TLR driver finishing 4th ahead of Evans.
2WD Buggy A1 Result
1.(3) Ryan Maifield – Team Associated – 14/5:12.468
2.(2) Steven Hartson – Team Associated – 14/5:14.262
3.(5) Spencer Rivkin – Team Associated – 14/5:21.881
4.(1) Taylor Larsen – Team Losi Racing – 13/5:00.229
5.(4) Dustin Evans – Team Losi Racing – 13/5:03.669
6.(10)Allen Horne – Team Associated – 13/5:07.314
7.(7) Cody Hollis – Team Losi Racing – 13/5:07.813
8.(8) Chad Due – Team Associated – 13/5:09.647
9.(9) Alex Sturgeon – Team Losi Racing – 13/5:15.941
10.(6)Kyle Skidmore – Team Associated – 13/5:17.937
4WD Buggy A1 Result
1.(1) Ryan Maifield – Team Associated – 15/5:20.346
2.(4) JR Mitch – Team Losi Racing – 14/5:03.408
3.(2) Nick Gibson – Team Associated – 14/5:07.611
4.(6) Matt Gosch – Team Associated – 14/5:11.469
5.(8) Chad Due – Team Associated – 14/5:18.297
6.(10)Mitchel Gardner – Kyosho – 14/5:21.853
7.(7) Aydin Horne – Team Associated – 13/5:11.276
8.(3) Steven Hartson – Team Associated – 8/2:49.578
9.(9) Carter Flotron – Caster – 1/22.305
10.(5)Dustin Evans – Team Losi Racing – DNS
2WD Short Course A1 Result
1.(1) Ryan Maifield – Team Associated – 13/5:06.223
2.(2) Dustin Evans – Team Losi Racing – 13/5:08.148
3.(5) Steven Hartson – Team Associated – 13/5:14.901
4.(8) Cody Hollis – Team Losi Racing – 13/5:20.502
5.(4) Alec Walters – Team Losi Racing – 13/5:20.599
6.(7) Mack Vanderbeek – Team Associated – 13/5:21.322
7.(3) Matthew Olson – MIP – 13/5:22.683
8.(6) Taylor Larsen – Team Losi Racing – 13/5:22.936
9.(9) David Fast – Team Associated – 12/5:11.466
10.(10)Mike Maldonado – Team Durango – 12/5:12.031
TLR driver Taylor Larsen has secured the overall TQ honours for the blue ribboned 2WD Buggy class at the JConcepts Indoor National Series Finals taking place in Omaha, Nebraska. Getting the day off to a dream start by topping the opening round of qualifying for the event’s biggest class, with 71 entries, the 15-year-old will start the triple A-Mains ahead of factory Associated duo of Steven Hartson and Ryan Maifield.
Posting his worst of the three qualifiers in Q3, with the fifth fastest time, Larsen benefited from a coming together between Maifield and TLR’s JR Mitch which would cost Maifield a TQ run for the round to go with his Q2 topping time. Having TQ’d round 1 and backed it up with second behind Maifield in Q2, Larsen said his final heat could have been better but his nerves got the better of him. Running his Orion powered TLR22 in rear motor configuration while his rivals are running mid motored cars, he said it was ‘so cool to out qualify the best drivers in the world’. Looking forward to Sunday’s finals, he said the plan is to try & shake the nerves and just focus on doing his own race and try ‘not to wreck’, an approach that paid off for him in Q1 & 2.
With Maifield’s potential TQ run coming to an end on lap 12 of 14 when he had a 26 second lap, it was Hartson who would take the TQ ahead Maifield’s young protege Spencer Rivkin. The 15-year-old will start the A-Main from 5th on the grid just behind TLR’s Dustin Evans who completed the Top 3 in the final qualifier ahead of Maifield.
2WD Buggy A-Main Grid
1. Taylor Larsen
2. Steven Hartson
3. Ryan Maifield
4. Dustin Evans,
5. Spencer Rivkin
6. Kyle Skidmore
7. Cody Hollis
8. Chad Due
9. Alex Sturgeon
Team Associated’s Ryan Maifield pulled off another overall TQ at the JConcepts Indoor National Series Finals posting the fastest time in the third & final round to secure pole position for tomorrow’s 4WD Buggy A-Mains. His second TQ of the day, having earlier wrapped up the honour in 2WD Short Course in Q2, the Arizona ace will start the triple Main ahead of fellow Associated driver Nick Gibson who starts from the no.2 spot.
With the heats reseeded for Q3, this was the first time all the top drivers ran together and in the first TQ to be decided 4WD, it was a close run battle between the similar Reedy powered B44.2s of Maifield and his World Champion team-mate Steven Hartson. Hartson looked on target for a 15-lap run until a mistake on lap 8, which allowed Maifield to the front. After a 25-second lap on Lap 2 which left him running 8th, Maifield would work his way to the top of the timing screens, posting a new fastest lap of the day with a 20.795 on lap 11.
Despite getting hooked up on the piping on the penultimate lap Maifield would hold on to take the final qualifier from Hartson, the only other driver to post a 20-second lap over the day, with JR Mitch third and Q1 pace setter Nick Gibson fourth. With 17-year-old Gibson set to line up second on the grid, Hartson will start third with Mitch, the first non-Associated car lining up fourth. Unfortunately for Dustin Evans a blown rear diff in the warm-up put him out of contention for a competitive round. Although he completed the run he finished outside the Top 10 and will line up 5th on the grid.
4WD Buggy A-Main Grid
1. Ryan Maifield
2. Nick Gibson
3. Steven Hartson
4. JR Mitch
5. Dustin Evans
6. Matt Gosch
7. Aydin Horne
8. Chad Due
9. Carter Flotron