After the past two months, HPI/Hot Bodies team driver Ty Tessmann may need to build an addition onto his trophy room. His latest victory came at the 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Scale Off-Road World Championships, held September 20-28 in Messina, Italy. Driving the Hot Bodies D812 equipped with the new O.S. Speed B2101 engine, Ty went all the way… straight to the top spot on the podium!
After a somewhat slow start, Ty and his crew — often described as one of the hardest-working teams in R/C racing — kept their cool and ultimately lapped the entire field. It was a dominating performance that paid off in a prestigious World Championship win. Ty had also TQ’d, making this the first time that any IFMAR competitor had been both the Top Qualifier and winning driver.
This latest victory came on the heels of a very successful summer for Ty, who scored three first-place finishes in August action: at the ROAR 1/10 Scale Electric Off-Road Nationals in Florida; in 1/8 Buggy Pro at the Medicine Hat Shootout in Alberta; and in Pro Buggy at the Calgary Nitro Stampede, also in Alberta.
In addition to driving for HPI/Hot Bodies since 2004, Ty is also sponsored by O.S. Engines. He did both manufacturers proud with an impressive showing on an international stage.
Congratulations also go to O.S.- and Futaba-sponsored driver Carson Wernimont, who battled to third place in a field filled with the world’s very best racers. When great drivers compete using great equipment, great things happen!