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Kyosho's David Ronnefalk Wins @ 2014 Nitro Challenge!
The 2014 Nitro Challenge was held February 19th-23rd at "The Fear Farm" in Goodyear, Arizona. This event is very well known as the first big 1/8 off-road race of the new year. Kyosho would show up to this years event with an impressive international field of drivers consisting of: Former 1/8 Buggy ROAR National Champion Jared Tebo, Current 1/8 Buggy European National Champion David Ronnefalk, Former 1/8 Buggy World Champion Cody King, and 1/8 Buggy Worlds TQ Elliot Boots.

Race Schedule:
Wednesday, February 19th: 2 Rounds of Controlled Practice
Thursday, February 20th: 3 Rounds of 1/8 Nitro Truggy & 1/8 Electric Buggy Qualifying
Friday, February 21st: 3 Rounds of 1/8 Nitro Buggy Qualifying
Saturday, February 22nd: 1/8 Nitro Truggy and 1/8 Electric Buggy A-Main Events
Sunday, February 23rd: 1/8 Nitro Buggy A-Main Events
1/8 Electric Pro Buggy
In the 1/8 Electric Pro Buggy Class, Mugen's Drew Moller would take the TQ honors after qualifying was complete. Kyosho would have 3 of their heavy hitters in the A-Main Event: David Ronnefalk qualified 3rd, Jared Tebo qualified 5th, and Cody King qualified 9th.
The 8-Minute A-Main Event would see the TQ Drew Moller lead the field around for the first 2 laps. Kyosho's David Ronnefalk quickly made his way up to 2nd and started putting the pressure on Moller for the lead battle. As Moller headed onto the back straight, he hit a rut and lost traction, just then Ronnefalk rocketed by to take over the race lead. Ronnefalk would never look back and extend his lead throughout the main event. David went on to win by an impressive 10-second margin with his Team Orion powered Kyosho MP9E! Moller would hold on to 2nd after a great battle with TLR's Dakotah Phend during the last couple laps. Phend would round out the podium in 3rd. Kyosho's Cody King put on a great charge at the end of the race to finish 4th. After a rough start, Jared Tebo would work his way back up to 11th.
1/8 Electric Pro Buggy Top 3 Overall:
           Driver              Manufacturer
1. David Ronnefalk     Kyosho MP9E
2. Drew Moller (TQ)            Mugen
3. Dakotah Phend                 TLR
Winning Equipment Used By David Ronnefalk:
30897B      Kyosho MP9E Race Kit
ORI65129  Team Orion Vortex R8 X Brushless ESC
ORI28270  Team Orion Vortex VST2 Pro 690 4P 1900KV Motor
ORI14050  Team Orion 6400mah 90C 4S Li-Po Battery
AKA           New Catapult Tire in Super Soft Compound
Gearing: 15/46
A big congrats goes out to Privateer Ryan Reese for taking the Win in the 1/8 Nitro Open Truggy Class with his Kyosho ST-RR Evo!
Also a big congrats goes out to Privateer Monty Houston for taking the Win in the 1/8 Open Buggy Class with his Kyosho MP9 TKI3!
Thank you both for choosing Kyosho!
Thank you to JP for the race report.