Pictured is the Xray factory team at work: Reno Savoya, Martin Bayer, Josh Wheeler, Kurt Kellum, Jérôme Treignier & Juraj Hudy at a private practice in LA in preparations for the upcoming Dirt Nitro Challenge in Phoenix. The team has been hard working to fine tune the set-up of the new XB9'13 and to be fully ready for the show.
Our friends over at Neo Buggy reports - "At the recent Dirt Nitro Challenge in sunny Phoenix much fuss was made from the TLR camp of their 'no photos of the car' policy. Spotting any differences initially proved challenging, sadly no under the hood shots of the alleged servo saver plate and updates inside... all in good time! We did notice the TLR top guns running dogbones in the rear, in addition to the rear hinge pin brace, with the letters 'LRC' standing for Low Roll Centre.
However the big story came as we hung around loitered trying to 'pap' Pavidis car as it went through tech (yes sometimes even NeoBuggy lensmen; whiter than white as they are, need to be a bit sneaky!), sadly no inboard shots, but we caught a glimpse of what looked like a lateral wing strut at first, bolted onto the rear wing plane [Pavidis photo below]. All wings to some extent wobble at high speed, although with its vertical stabilisers the TLR wing is considered one of the better aerofoils in the industry."
AMain Hobbies reports - "Tyler Vik was one of those kids at the racetrack that had to have a radio in his hand. Impressively fast (and undeniably charismatic), those who saw him at big races across the country would’ve been remiss not to think that he’d one day be a racer to watch.
That was ten years ago. And everyone who thought he’d make it was correct. An up-and-comer for Mugen Seiki and Kyosho for much of his career, a switch to Hot Bodies for 2011 (while sticking with A Main Hobbies and ProTek R/C, for whom he has driven since 2010) seemed to spark an extra bit of confidence for the college junior.
Fresh off of his best qualifying performance ever at The Dirt Nitro Challenge, where he earned the final guaranteed starting position in Saturday night’s Pro Truck final, he promptly returned to the track the following morning and confidently nailed down a TQ run in the Pro Electric Buggy class over some of the fastest drivers in the world. I lured him into the A Main Hobbies motor coach after his second nitro buggy qualifier (which may or may not have included a bribe of apple sauce, his favorite) for a quick interview.
After taking the TQ spot in the Buggy A Main and qualifying second in the Truggy A Main, Ty Tessmann has become one of the few racers ever to win BOTH of the big racing classes at the annual Dirt Nitro Challenge race in Phoenix, AZ, an event that kicks off the racing season in the USA.
Ty started off second in the Truggy A Main, keeping a controlled distance from the leader until a critical steering part broke on the leader's truck. Ty then assumed the lead while 2nd to 4th place battled hard for the remaining podium spots, allowing Ty to keep a safe gap all the way to the finish! This was a great start to the A Mains for Ty!
With a TQ in the Buggy class, Ty was already off to a great start and although he was chased by up-and-coming stars and current World Champions, the challengers eventually faded away, leaving Ty with a monster lead with nearly 20 minutes left in the 60-minute race. Teammate Jesse Robbers drove a preproduction CR8 to second place and Ty ran an HB D8 Hara Edition buggy.