Chassis: Associated B64D Motor: Reedy Sonic 5.5T ESC: Reedy Blackbox 510R Batteries: Reedy Zappers 5400mAh Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Reedy Body: Kit body Tires (handout): Pro-Line Positron/Transistor Remarks – Reedy Factory driver Dustin Evans is using the all new Associated B64D which he only drove for the first time a week ago. The first time to ever run a shaft drive 4wd he says the car is awesome to drive but the team as a whole are looking for more steering out of the handout front tire. Having made some changes for this morning’s practice session they believe they have made big progress by removing the front sway bar and lightening the oil in the front shocks.
Dakotah Phend is the overnight leader at the end of the first day’s racing at the Reedy Race of Champions. The defending champion took an impressive third win in the closing race which was to prove the most entertaining of the day’s 16 races. Starting on pole it was his former TLR team-mate Dustin Evans who lined up beside him who would get the better start. Battling clear of the pack out front, the pair would make contact on the main straight allowing Alex Kosciuszek with Jared Tebo in toe to go to the front setting up for a thrilling showdown. Tebo’s chances of a first win however where short lived as he made an error and it wasn’t long before Kosciuszek followed suit with Phend there to pick up the pieces for an important win ahead of Cole Tolland. With drivers allowed one dropped score, as it stands this leaves Phend with the perfect score with two 4WD races remaining as he heads Ty Tessmann and Ryan Cavalieri who sit joint second in the points. The fourth round would see Tessmann become the only other multiple race winner of the day as he notched up a second win ahead of Ryan Maifield and Cavalieri. Claiming the first European win, Lee Martin was the other winner of the round after getting around Malin Karlsen, the Norwegian teenager making history as the first female to compete at the Reedy Race in the Invitational class.
‘I’m pretty happy’ was how Phend summed up the first day of his title defence before adding, ‘but I already have to use my throw out’. Targeting Top 3 runs in tomorrow’s concluding two 4WD encounters before the switch to 2WD, Phend said the day’s final race was ‘a lot of fun’ continuing ‘me and Dustin had a blast, it was an exciting race’. Commenting on his contact with Evans, he said, ‘I went wide coming onto the straight trying to get by Dustin but hit the wall and got sideways. It was just a racing incident’.
Tessmann declared it ‘a good finish to the day’ adding ‘I got to keep getting low points I guess’. Planning to ‘keep pushing forward’, the new Xray signing said his car is ‘awesome’ and referring to his opening two races, in which he got P4, he said he ‘just need(s) better luck’. Starting the closing race on pole but losing out to Tanner Denney off the line, the former 1:8 World Champion said, ‘It was a little hairy at the start’. Surviving a rollover once in front after Round 1 winner Denney made a mistake he was able to control the race for an easy 3.6 second win over Maifield.
The Reedy Race of Champions most successful driver, winning the unique prestigious race 3-times, Cavalieri said, ‘I’m really happy so far especially with having a new car’. With Team Associated using the race to debut their long overdue new 4WD platform, the B64D, he continued, ‘we have been all working hard to making it a little quicker’. Making changes for Round 4 to the diff oils and removing the front swaybar he said this gave him more corner speed and now they will try some changes in the rear to ‘try get a little more for tomorrow’.
Chassis: Yokomo YZ-4 Proto Motor: Orion VST2 Pro Lightweight 5.5T ESC: Orion R10.1 Vortex Pro Batteries: Orion 4000mAh Radio/Servo: Sanwa/MKS Body: JConcepts S2 Tires (handout): Pro-Line Positron/Transistor Remarks – Ryan Maifield is making his Yokomo debut at the Reedy Race of Champions in Huntington Beach. Having only tested the car for 2 days prior to this event he is using a prototype version of the YZ-4, which features a new shortened chassis plate, centrally mounted steering servo and larger outer belt pullies. In terms of set-up he is working with his team mates to find the perfect balance for the car between hard to drive and fast and has changed the front spring, rear swaybar and rear shock position.
After a tough second round, defending Reedy Race Champion Dakotah Phend rebounded to take a win and become the first driver to register two wins on the opening day of the event. Starting from sixth on the grid, the TLR driver managed to get by former champions Ryan Cavalieri and Dustin Evans to win by a very comfortable 3.7-seconds. Also in the same heavy hitters race starting from another P9, Ryan Maifield would hit problems having to nurse home a very noisy Yokomo to 7th, a result he will be hoping will become his one permitted 4WD throw out. In the other encounters, Alex Kosciuszek had a great race from the middle of the pack to win Race 1 ahead of Mr. Consistent so far Joona Haatanen while Ty Tessmann got the job done in Race 2 ahead of Jared Tebo and Round 1 winner Tanner Denney.
‘The previous one I got a rough start and had a rough race, that’s why it is called the Reedy Race, but I got my head down and managed a good rebound’ was how Phend summed up his race. With two wins, he continued ‘hopefully I can count the 6 as my throw out’. In terms of his TLR22-4 , the 19-year-old was very happy with the car saying, ‘I haven’t had to make any changes between races, it really easy to drive so there is no need’.
After opening the 23rd running of the Reedy Race with a pair of 4th places, Tessmann was pleased he ‘finally got a good track and drove’. Describing his Xray XB4 as ‘awesome’ for all his races, he said it was ‘a little frustrating when the car is working really good’ but you get caught up in other people crashing ahead of you. Starting his first two races from the back row resulting in them being ‘really sketchy and rough’, the Canadian will take up his first pole start in the day’s closing round and is confident he has the car to add a second win.
‘I didn’t wreck at the start’ was Kosciuszek’s reaction to his popular win. Winner of the 4WD Open class at the event last season to book his place among this year’s 30 driver Invitational class line-up, the 17-year-old Associated driver continued, ‘I waited quite a bit for a hole in Carson (Wernimont) and it came and I just went from there’. Describing Round 1 as ‘pretty bad’ after a wreck, he said Round 2 he didn’t have the car, the steering not good, but for his third attempt, which he started 5th, it all came together.