The dust is yet to settle after the close of the 27th annual Cactus Classic in Arizona. Team Durango have solidified our position as a world famous racing manufacturer with impressive results in multiple classes against the stiffest competition that 10th off-road has to offer. With eight top ten finishes that included four podium positions, Team Durango pro drivers team are once again the racers to watch when it comes to performing at the very highest level of RC competition.
Jörn Neumann was once again the only European driver to truly rattle the combined forces of Maifield and Cavalieri on their home turf. Jörn returned with a second in 4WD buggy, positioning his DEX410v3 directly between the USA’s best racers. He then went on to gather a second overall in 2WD Stadium Truck with the DEST210R, and also add a third overall in 4WD Short Course with his DESC410v2.
Team Durango did not stop there! Super racer Ryan Lutz returned with a solid third in 2WD Short Course with his DESC210 . Carson Wernimont, Travis Amezcua and Hupo Hönigl all blasted into top ten finishing positions across multiple classes to further stamp Team Durango’s indelible mark on this pretigious 500+ racer attended event.
4WD Mod Buggy Overall Result
1. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 200 pts
2. Jörn Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 199
3. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 196
Team Durango made light work of the grueling Cactus Classic race calendar with Travis Amezcua piloting his DEX210 buggy straight into the top ten finishing positions to deny rival manufacturers taking ‘total domination’ rights. Carson Wernimont was battling hard in the middle of his top ten 4WD buggy finish to once again drive a very firm Team Durango flag into the results board at Scottsdale RC Raceway. Hupo Hönigl was clearly travelling at world-class 4WD Short Course pace as he returned with a second from his third leg of the prestigious A main final.
2WD Stadium Truck Overall Result
1. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 200 pts
2. Jörn Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 198
3. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 198
Team Durango fielded a full range of professional race kit vehicles, bringing our precision engineered off-road products directly into world focus once again. It is impossible to deny the powerful qualities of our products, and the pro team drivers we entrust with racing them at events such as the Cactus Classic.
2WD Short Course Overall Result
1. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 200 pts
2. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 199
3. Ryan Lutz – Durango/Tekin – 196
The Cactus Classic is a unique off-road event. The massive volume of entrants creates an intense racing schedule that demands as much endurance as it does speed, both from the vehicles and the racers who pilot them. With high ambient temperatures and the pit time between some rounds being nearly seven hours, it can be a truly exhausting experience for even the most experienced race teams. Combine this epic test of strength and stamina with the fastest racers from all four corners of the globe and you have a powder keg of action that seems to ignite on an hourly basis throughout the weeks racing calendar.
4WD Short Course Overall Result
1. Dakotah Phend – TLR/Orion – 200 pts
2. Billy Fischer – TLR/Novak – 198
3. Jörn Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 198
Our pro team drivers found that the enormous gap between some race class qualifying rounds gave them chance to work on their vehicles in finer detail. No detail is left unchecked at this level of competition, with some drivers even deciding to rebuild cars after each round. Imagine the unique demands that are placed on sporting professionals who only have five minute opportunities to perform, and that could possibly be five minutes every seven hours for a lot of the top-flight field. Consistency is very difficult to master when your ‘operating window’ is so critically balanced.
A race meeting of this style can be seen as the perfect testing ground for the best RC race manufacturers to battle their products against each other. The parallels with full-scale motor sport are very apparent for any of you who have been fortunate enough to attend a race of such scale. Team Durango never stop working on the development of our products, and the Cactus Classic was no exception.
When Team Durango attend large-scale International race meetings it is a real company effort. As well as the pro team racers engaged in the track action, there is a dedicated crew of administration and support staff who make all the elements of our International racing tours run smoothly. Just imagine the intense organisation that can go into making every vehicle perform at such a high level. Let alone the hundreds of hours of promotions, product support, customer liaison, prototype development, logistical organisations and human resources that are required to move everybody in the direction of the winners podium.
Events that allow Team Durango to visit venues all over the world are always such a great inspiration to us all. We are truly humbled by the amazing support that the world-wide racing community show our brand. It is always so exciting to meet our customers in person. It is also such a wonderful feeling to stumble upon one of the millions of lovingly created model shops across the globe and find such a strong representation of Team Durango products.
The 27th annual Cactus Classic has provided our pro team drivers with some wonderful racing results. It has also further cemented Team Durango in the ‘premier league’ of off-road RC competition. We are very proud of our rich racing heritage, and the Cactus Classic has allowed us to share our philosophy with the world from the pit table to the winners podium. We congratulate our drivers, pit crew, support staff, International partners, retailers, family members, production staff and supporters for their dedicated hard work. Team Durango is ‘Serious About Racing’
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