Joern Neumann is the top seed for qualifying at the 4WD Electric Buggy World Championship in Chico, the Durango driver posting the fastest two consecutive lap times in the first controlled practice with team-mate Ryan Lutz making it a 1-2 for the DEX410. Such was Neumann’s new found pace the German was a full second faster than Ty Tessman who set the third fastest time. For reigning champion Ryan Cavalieri it was a disastrous controlled practice as he completed just two laps before breaking a front arm on his Associated. This left the American 24th fastest. Although he put in some surprisingly fast Top 10 lap times in free practice with his Xray, the surprise of CP1 was A-Main Hobbies team driver Tyler Vik who ended up 4th quickest ahead of Lee Martin, Ryan Maifield and three time touring car World champion Marc Rheinard.