January 25, 2015

Tebo opens final day at Reedy Race with important win


Jared Tebo opened the final day at the Reedy Race of Champions with an important win that when dropped scores are taken into account puts the Kyosho driver in the lead from overnight leader Ryan Maifield on the tie breaker. Both chasing their first title at the 21st running of the event, they each started their respective third round of 4WD action from 7th on the grid with Maifield up first and getting a third while in the next encounter Tebo despite giving away his lead in the race with a mistake got lucky in the final lap to claim his second win of 4WD.  In the third race defending Champion Ryan Cavalieri, starting from the front row of the grid, would cruise to an easy victory to register his first 4WD win.  Moving the Associated driver up to third in the standings back ahead of Joern Neumann, with dropped scores the Californian sits 3-points adrift. Former champion Neumann is a further 2-back, both drivers needing both good results and bad rounds for Maifield and Tebo to get back in the hunt for adding another Reedy Race title to their CVs.


Race 1 had an all HB front row with David Ronnefalk on pole with Ty Tessmann along side.  Tessmann took the lead on the opening lap and pulled clear while Ronnefalk came under pressure from Maifield with Neumann also joining the fight.  Coming out of the Associated Esses, the Swede would get his D413 out of shape at the double delaying Maifield and allowing the Durango of Neumann to pass them both with 4-laps to go.  Behind the German the battle was now for third and on the last lap a mistake on the landing off the triple from Ronnefalk would allow Maifield through to complete the Top 3.


The second encounter, which was delayed when Karri Salmela broke during a false start caused by Dustin Evans, it was front row starter Atsushi Hara who lead for the opening 6-laps.  With Tebo on his rear wing, the S-Workz driver would get the landing at the triple wrong with Tebo not needing an extra invitation to move to the front.  Looking in control of things but with a hard charging Drew Moller having also got passed Hara, a mistake from the 2WD World Champion at the right hand double on lap 10 would let the HB driver go to the front.  The 18-year-old looked as if he had enough to see off the Zx6 but again the triple would change the order as Moller rolled and Tebo went by for the win.


Race 3 was to be only a formality of Cavalieri as he started from the front row. Cruising to a 5.4 second win the only drama for the multiple World Champion was when he collected the upside down car of Hupo Honigl on his last lap after the triple but no damage was done. Behind, Dakotah Phend who started third took second ahead of Kody Numedahl.

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