World Championship Top Qualifier Tater Sontag has converted his pole position into a win in the opening A-Main of 2WD. The Team Losi Racing driver survived a number of moments including one on the opening lap to lead a chaotic race from start to finish. Getting a few opportunities to challenge Sontag at the front, sixth place qualifier Aydin Horne would finish 2nd after seeing off a challenge from multiple World Champion Ryan Cavalieri, the Schumacher having to give back a place to the Team Associated after they made contact. Starting second on the grid defending Champion Spencer Rivkin had a rough opening lap that dropped him to last with the Arizona driver only able to recover to 6th behinds team-mate Davide Ongaro.
With the emotional pressure of starting from pole on his 1:10 Worlds pouring out as he sealed the A1, Sontag summed up his winning effort with, ‘It was a little rough for sure. I had a moment on the first lap but lucky still came out in front. I had one more bobble myself so for sure getting that race done is a lot of weight off my shoulder.’
‘Honestly it was a surprise to move up the field like and I was caught off guard by my position’, was Horne’s reaction to the first of the three A-Mains. The 21-year-old continued, ‘I went defensive instead of offensive but it was a good race’.
Cavalieri said, ‘I got a great start man and drove around the carnage’. He added, ‘I thought I could get around Aydin but clipped the pipe and we made contact. I didn’t feel it warranted a penalty but I had to give the spot back.’ Fired up by his race, the Californian said, ‘I’ll try do the same thing and try not be in the carnage’.