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December 10, 2012

Team Durango at the 2012 1/8 Nitro Buggy Worlds

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 12:16 pm

Our man in Argentina, Hupo Hönigl, sent us this summary of the 2012 Worlds from a Team Durango perspective:

“Well, the 2012 1/8 nitro Worlds is over and we see a deserved winner with Robert Battle.

Ryan Lutz started finals day in the 1/4 final – he drove a safe race and bumped-up quite easily into the semi-final, even with a stop-and-go for bad refuelling.

In the semi-final Ryan drove amazingly and he was able to bump up in the A-main. After his semi-final practice we were very confident. I knew that Ryan had a chance of doing really well in the A-main. In the final Ryan had a perfect start and was in fourth position after only three laps, and then when Maifield crashed in front of him, Lutz moved into third place. Then, as Ryan said later he, “dorked it going up to the concrete section and breaking a front center driveshaft!” Before this crash Ryan’s prototype DNX408 looked very competitive and very fast. Chief Team Durango designer Gerd Strenge managed to repair Ryan’s car and got back on the track (having lost 12 laps). Ryan was pushing his prototype DNX408 like crazy and equalled the fastest lap of the final together with Robert Battle.

One of the other Team Durango Pro drivers, Jörn Neumann, won his 1/16 final easily. In the 1/8 final he fought his way up to the lead within a few laps and was pretty much gone. Jörn had to pit one more time than most of the other drivers, so they were able to catch him up again. However, Jörn drove a great race and was able to bump-up into the 1/4 final. For the 1/4 final, we chose to run a harder tire. The tires worked better as the final went on, but Jörn lost too much time at the beginning because the tires took time to start working at their best. So, Jörn’s Worlds ended in the 1/4 final. Jörn was really happy with his prototype DNX408.

The other Team Durango Pro driver at the Worlds was Carson Wernimont. Carson started in the 1/8 final but suffered back luck as he broke a front arm.

The whole team worked really hard and well together.”

The Worlds were covered in detail by and Their coverage was excellent, and a sample of their photos can be seen in the gallery below. We’d like to thank both and for taking so many great photos of our drivers and cars.

After the Worlds were over, Ryan Lutz had a moment to reflect on his, and Team Durango’s, achievement,

“I have mixed emotions today. I’m glad I got my setup sorted and was able to bump twice to make the A-main at the Worlds. I am disappointed in moving up to third place in the first couple laps only to dork it going up to the concrete section and breaking a front center driveshaft. My car was so dialled in the main. It all came down to a big driver mistake taking me out of contention.
I look forward to 2013 as my racing package has never been better and I know more big wins are in store for me very soon!
Thanks to everyone for the awesome support! I have the greatest family, team, sponsors, and fans in the industry! :-)”
Ryan Lutz


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