January 26, 2019

Maifield most significant winner in second RROC encounter

Ryan Maifield claimed the most significant win of the second round of racing at the Reedy Race of Champions, the other wins going to fellow pole starter Joe Bornhorst and young ace CJ Jelin.  Starting from the opposite end of the grid to the opening round, the former Champion backed up his 2nd place from 10th on the grid with his first win to share the early points lead with Ty Tessmann.  Running in the 2nd race of the round, Tessmann came from the back to survive a chaotic race finishing 2nd behind former team-mate Jelin.  Bornhorst claimed an easy win in the round’s opening race ahead of Cole Tollard and Tanner Stees, the same race netting Round 1 winner Spencer Rivkin a fifth.  After claiming the first win of the 25th running of the event, Ryan Cavalieri made little progress from his P8 starting position to finish 5th in the race won by Maifield.

Summing up his race Maifield said, ‘I started first, got a good start and just drove around.  I was able to play with some different lines over the front jump. It was nice to see what you can do.’  The Yokomo driver continued, ‘the track was not really there in practice but its getting there now so it was good to run around out there on my own and try a few things’.  Looking to the next round, he said, ‘I wont make any changes to the car. It is getting better each run as the tyres are coming in’.

Bornhorst said his race went ‘just how I like it’.  The Tekno driver continued, ‘I started 1st and just logged 5-minutes of clean laps. It was actually pretty boring’.  Starting the next round 8th on the grid, he added, ‘I am going to be patient at the beginning and get through the mess.  That worked out well for me in the first one.  Patience is the name of the game here’.  On his car the American said, ‘the car is great. I have only made two very small changes from when I turned up.  The track changed a little today so I made changes between the first and the second round but I will change nothing for the next one.’

Flying the flag for Kyosho, the mature headed 14-year-old Jelins said, ‘It started off good and I was 3rd from the get go.  I knew 1st place had a spur gear going out so I knew to be patient.  It was close with Ronnefalk and Tebo but I held my line. It was a good run’.  Having had a DNF in his first race of the day, the star of the recent 1:8 Offroad World’s in Australia said, ‘to finish last in the first one because of a mechanical and then come back and win the next one was a good feeling’.

Describing his race as ‘pretty much chaos the whole time’, Tessmann said, ‘starting at the back I knew I needed to be patient and make no mistakes.  I made it up to 2nd or 3rd and then me and David (Ronnefalk) got together.  On the last lap I was 4th or 5th and then somehow, I don’t exactly know what happened, I got 2nd.  I’m sure it was exciting for everyone to watch’.  Having changed his car set-up for after Round 1, he Xray driver said, ‘the car was better that time. I just going to drive it the next one’.

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