October 5, 2015

Cragg & Tebo to go head to head for Worlds TQ


Neil Cragg and Jared Tebo will go head to head in the final round of qualifying tomorrow morning for the honour of being Top Qualifier at the 1:10 2WD World Championships in Japan.  A second TQ run from Cragg in the fourth round of qualifying, when he headed an Associated 1-2 from star of the event Spencer Rivkin, sets up the dual between the former Champion and Tebo. The defending champion also took two TQ rounds from the day but a bad second & fourth qualifier means Tebo sits 3rd overnight behind Rivkin.


‘My car was dialled again but I did get lucky too’ said Cragg explaining that having landed on the cones his B5M did a forward flip before landing on its wheels.  Adding that had it landed on its roof it was ‘game over’, he said ‘we are right in it now’ so while its going be ‘pretty boring, there will be no beers tonight’.  Describing his car as ‘pretty perfect’ the Brit said the car wouldn’t be touched nor would the driver be getting a shave!


Having made a set-up change to his Kyosho, Tebo said ‘maybe it was the change that got me out of my groove’.  Suffering a 3-second mistake on the second lap at the double after the table top, he said he struggled throughout the run on that one same section. Despite setting a new outright fastest lap, being the only driver to make 16-seconds also doing it in the previous round, for the final qualifier he plans to undo the set-up change and run the car as how it was in Q3 when he posted the fastest qualifying time of the day giving him the tie-breaker advantage should it be needed.


A driver who is turning a lot of heads on his Worlds debut, Rivkin said ‘it was good, me and Neil battling it out’.  Describing his Reedy powered B5M as ‘unreal’, the 16-year-old said he is ‘still driving on the conservative side’ but with ‘no wrecks’ thats paying off.  Despite the close battle with his team-mate, the gap only 2/10ths of a second, he said he didn’t want to push any harder as he was happy to take a second and not risk anything and end up throwing it away.  Appearing to be taking the event in his stride, that not being the case for his father, he said he remains focused on ‘consistency, consistency, consistency’.


Putting in his best performance of the day, Lee Martin would post his first Top 3 run.  One of the pre-race favourites, the reigning Vice World Champion struggled in practice but managed to open qualifying with a promising P4.  Changing his Yokomo’s set-up for Q2, the European Champion struggled.  Getting the car ‘drivable again but still not perfect’ for Q3 he said for Q4 they took the approach ‘better the devil you know’ and left the car unchanged.  Running in the second fastest heat, he felt he could have pushed harder and knowing this to end up only 1-second off was a little annoying but he was pleased the day was ‘a lot better than yesterday’.  Looking to the morning’s final qualifier he said ‘its time to tame the devil’.


Backing up his P5 from Q3 with fourth, Joern Neumann said it was a ‘very good run’ with the German managing to eliminate any mistakes.  Knowing he needs a good result to have any chance of making the A-Main, the Serpent driver said it was a safe run and he planned the same type of performance for the final round.  In terms of his car the German said he only plans to run the slipper a little tighter.


Another driver to benefit from cleaning up his driving was Associated designer Kody Numedahl.  The Warm-up Race podium finisher said he hasn’t really changed anything on his modified B5M since the first practice.  Normally happy to just target making the A-Main at the Worlds, the American said after his Warm-up performance he came into the event with more confidence targeting a Top 5 qualifying result.  Feeling his car can comfortably run Top 5 pace he said he just needs to get it around the track and get another good result in Q5.


Completing the Top 6, Ryan Cavalieri said the fourth qualifier was the best his Associated has been working, but excluding his break in Q1 it was his worst result due to him making a mistake.  Changing the rear wing for the run he said he’s wasn’t sure if the track came to the car or the wing made that big a difference but he’s very happy with the car and hopes to put it all together in the final qualifier.


View the overall standings after 4 rounds here (PDF).

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