Arizona, USA Rivkin & Maifield win at 2019 Desert Classic mars 13, 2019 by Chris Leave a Comment Without a doubt, Chandler, Arizona’s Hobby Action R/C Raceway has become a hotbed for RC talent. Powered by some of the biggest names in the industry and multiple World Champions like Ryan Maifield, Spencer Rivkin, and legend Brian Kinwald to name a few. As they say, steel sharpens steel and if your daily example and club race competition is a crowd of world champions, then you’re naturally going to have a high bar to chase after. After a few years, you’re cultivating some of the hottest talents in the nation! Hobby Action has come a long way. Luckily for us, the facility amazingly still looks like it did when it first opened up almost 3 years ago, but it’s everything else that has improved. The hobby shop is still jam-packed with all the goodies you want, the race program is smoother than ever, and the experienced track crew has accumulated a ton of build knowledge and now produces a consistent surface for a wonderful weekend of racing. To be fast at Hobby Action, it requires the latest and greatest in tire prep and technologies. Some say “burning in your tires” all started in Arizona and this weekend witnessed the first major application of tire warmers for off-road use. Either way, things are on the cutting edge and the competitiveness is always among the highest in Arizona, but somehow the atmosphere is still super friendly and relaxed in the pits making it a weekend of great racing and quality family and friends time. Because of its large size, Hobby Action has one of the fastest paces to offroad racing anywhere in the world. The smooth surface combined with slick tires makes for an ultra-fast feeling of being on the edge and spinning out of control. Your lap starts off as you enter the time clock after a very tight cut-back sweeper, the single singles can be easily overlooked but requires pinpoint accuracy and jump distance as getting on power as soon as possible was the key to speed in this section. Despite it being a straight jump, the triple was massive but perfect execution led to crazy fast laps as you could carry speed into the small table top. The off camber turn made setting up for the chicane very difficult that led up to a step up jump that required goo torque and throttle control. Overall, the layout was fun and had a flowing rhythm as long as you were money on the triple. For most, it was the make it or break it portion of the track, but for the lucky few, it gave them an advantage over their competition. 2wd Modified 2wd National Champion, Spencer Rivkin (team Associated), defended his title on home turf, much like when he earned it a year ago. Fearlessly fast and magically consistent, the JConcepts star was on point during the triple A-Mains taking wins in A1 and A2 to lock up the overall in two mains. Dakotah Phend (TLR) pulled out a clutch win in A3 to leap ahead in points to Ryan Cavalieri (Yokomo) and finished 2nd overall with 3 points total. Adjusting to his new Yokomo rides, R.Cavalieri had a stellar showing in 2wd Mod as he capped off a great weekend with two 2nds and a 3rd place to net him 3rd overall. 4wd Modified It took him 2 years, but the monkey is finally off his back. Despite Hobby Action being his home track, JConcepts’ Ryan Maifield (Yokomo) hasn’t found much success there. However, with an open mind and adjusted driving style for slicks on dirt, R.Maifield came out swinging earning himself the TQ and won the overall in two mains. S.Rivkin gave a great effort and by winning A3, S.Rivkin jumped up to 2nd dropping his 6th from A1. Once again, R.Cavalieri makes his 2nd podium of the weekend showing that the Yokomo transition is definitely coming along nicely as the Desert Classic was only his 2nd electric 1/10th race with the new gear. About JConcepts: JConcepts is a Florida-based R/C design and manufacturing company. Owner and president, Jason Ruona, has been involved with Radio Control cars since the 1980’s. Early beginnings include building and driving such vehicles as the Tamiya Clod Buster, the Team Losi JRX-T and Associated RC10 and RC10T. The 1990’s were spent as a Team Associated travel team driver racing at events all around the world. Now, decades later, Ruona is proudly selling quality bodies, tires, wheels and accessories to R/C racers around the world. Ruona debuted the first body in the Illuzion line of race bodies at the 2003 IFMAR World Championship in Clearwater, FL, and placed in the A-Main with his RC10B4 fitted with an Illuzion body. Also in 2003, Ruona and Brad Reelfs designed and built the BJ4, the company’s first 4 wheel drive electric car for the IFMAR World Championship in Clearwater. Ruona finished 13th overall in 4wd with this new car. Initially, intended only as a prototype for the World Championships the BJ4 was never intended as a production car. However, as hype surrounding this prototype developed, it became apparent that the BJ4 had to become a production reality. A preorder list was created on the JConcepts website and the anticipation began. Partagez17TweetezEnregistrer17 PartagesAbout ChrisFounder of circusrc.com, journalist & photographer in the RC world for several years, Chris is passionate about RC, racing and technique. Whether in France or in the world, he is trying to bring high-quality information and photos for enthusiasts... and make you want to join the world of RC!