Ryan Maifield sweeps 2014 Surf City Classic
The 2014 Surf City Classic took place this past weekend at OC R/C Raceway in Huntington Beach, California. The turnout was great with the pits completely full right from the start of the first practice on. Big names in attendance included current World Champions Jared Tebo Steven Hartson, along with Ryan Cavalieri, Ryan Maifield, Dustin Evans, Cody Turner, Tanner Denney, Spencer Rivkin, Brent Thielke, and Frank Root.
2WD Modified Buggy qualifying had Ryan Maifield winning the two opening qualifying rounds with former AE team mate Ryan Cavalieri grabbing the final qualifying round to secure 2nd overall. Steven Hartson (Team Associated) and Spencer Rivkin came in 3rd and 4th respectively. 4WD Modified Buggy saw Ryan Maifield (TLR) taking the TQ in dominating fashion by winning all three qualifying rounds. TLR team mate Dustin Evans qualified 2nd while Brent Thielke (Team Associated) and Jared Tebo (Kyosho) completed the top 4 result.
In 2WD Modified Short Course truck Kyosho’s Jared Tebo grabbed the round 1 TQ while TLR’s Ryan Maifield stroke back in round 2 with Jared taking back the TQ honours in round 3. Pro4 saw Frank Root walking away with the overall TQ, Ryan Dunford came in 2nd after the qualifiers while David Jenson and Jake Thayer put their trucks on 3rd and 4th on the grid respectively. 1/8th E-Buggy and it was again Ryan Maifield who scored in the opening qualifier and also the 2nd qualifying round. In the final qualifier Ryan Cavaleri secured the 2nd place followed by Rudy Rico in 3rd and Jake Thayer in 4th.
All A-mains would be run as 10 minute single mains with 2 bump-ups. In 2WD Modified Buggy Ryan Cavalieri (TLR) brought home a close win from Ryan Cavalieri (Team Associated). Jared Tebo and Spencer Rivkin came in 3rd and 4th respectively. Rob Gillespie Jr. completed the top 5 result.
The 4WD Modified Buggy A-main had Ryan Maifield (TLR) securing a comfortable win by coming in some 5 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Jared Tebo (Kyosho). Mike Truhe (Serpent) finished a lap down in 3rd, Rob Gillespie Jr. and Ryan Cavalieri completed the top 5 result.
In the 2WD Modified Short Course A-main it was again Ryan Maifield (TLR) who took the overall win from Ryan Cavalieri (Team Associated) who finished in 2nd. TQ Jared Tebo (Kyosho) dropped to 3rd overall while Spencer Rivkin and Cody Turner came in 4th and 5th.
The Pro 4 final, like all A-mains run over 10 minutes, had Frank Root taking home the win with a 4 second margin over Jake Thayer. Ryan Dunford completed the podium a lap down for a TLR 1-2-3. Rudy Rico and David Jenson finished the race in 4th and 5th respectively.
In the 1/8th E-Buggy A-main Ryan Maifield (TLR) took a close win from Ryan Cavalieri (Team Associated) to complete a perfect sweep of all four classes he raced. Rudy Rico (Tekno) came in 3rd, Ryan Dunford and David Jenson finished 4th and 5th respectively.
Thanks to Joe Pillars for the report.