Thursday, 6 December 2012

Argentina 2012 Worlds Top 16 Semi Finalists

Kyosho’s Elliott Boots has claimed the honour of Top Qualifier for the 14th 1:8 Offroad World Championship after the much anticipated and talked about heavy rain arrived over night in Argentina forcing the cancellation of the sixth & final round of qualifying.  Waking to a wet morning in Buenos Aires drivers made their way to the track in the hope that they may get to run today but shortly after 09:00 local time even more torrential rain along with thunder & lightning arrived leaving organisers little option but to cancel today’s racing.

The cancellation means qualifying has been called on each driver’s best three runs from the five rounds that did get run with Q3 & 5 pace setter Boots taking the overall TQ honours from Warm-up Race winner Robert Battle, the European set to line up on pole position for their respective Semi finals on Saturday ahead of American aces Ty Tessmann and Jared Tebo.  Boots TQ, the 19-year becoming the first British driver to take the honour, is the second consecutive TQ for defending champions and the sports most winning manufacturer Kyosho who in Thailand topped qualifying with Tebo.

Reigning World Champion Cody King ended qualifying in 38th position and so will start out his title defence from the 1/8th finals.

Top 16 (Semi finalists)
1. Elliott Boots – Kyosho/Novarossi – 542 pts
2. Robert Battle – Mugen/Novarossi – 541
3. Ty Tessmann – HB/OS Speed – 448
4. Jared Tebo – Kyosho/Orion – 446
5. Ryan Maifield – Associated/LRP – 445
6. Lee Martin – Mugen/Novarossi – 441
7. Yannick Aigoin – Associated/nVision – 438
8. Kyle McBride – Kyosho/Novarossi – 437
9. Davide Tortorici – Mugen/Bliss – 434
10.Martin Bayer – Xray/LRP – 433
11.Jerome Aigoin – Kyosho/Novarossi – 429
12.Atsushi Hara – HB/OS Speed – 428
13.David Ronnefalk – Kyosho/Orion – 426
14.Josh Wheeler – Xray/OS Speed – 424
15.Taylor Petersen – Mugen/Alpha – 423
16.Renato Tradardi Jr – Associated/Novarossi – 418

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