Team Orion Dominates at 27th Annual Cactus Classic!

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The 27th Annual Cactus Classic was held at HobbyTown USA SRS March 14-17 in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. The Cactus is one of the longest on-going electric off-road races to date that brings in the best drivers from all over the United States as well as drawing an International field. The intense competition along with great weather has made this event so successful over the years. This years event reached an amazing 500 entries! New for this year was the addition of sugar coating the track which provided instant hi-traction conditions. Temperatures in the upper 90’s all week long would put every drivers equipment to the ultimate test.

Race Schedule:
Thursday, March 14th: 2 Controlled Practice Rounds with Timed Seeding
Friday, March 15th: 2 Rounds of Qualifying
Saturday, March 16th: 2 Rounds of Qualifying
Sunday, March 17th: Triple A-Main Events

2wd Modified Buggy
After qualifying was complete, Team Orion would have 4 drivers in the A-Main Event. Jared Tebo would start 2nd, Ryan Cavalieri 4th, Dustin Evans 6th, and Cody Turner 9th.

In A-Main #1, Tebo would put in impressive drive to take the Win! Dustin Evans would charge from 6th to finish 2nd and AE’s Ryan Maifield 3rd.

In A-Main #2, Tebo put in one of the best drives seen all year to take the Win and claim the 2wd Modified Buggy Championship with his Team Orion powered Kyosho RB6 Mid-Motor Buggy! AE’s Ryan Maifield finished 2nd and Yokomo’s Matsukura 3rd.

2wd Modified Buggy Overall Finishing Order:
        Driver                          ESC               Motor         Battery
1. Jared Tebo              Team Orion  Team Orion  Team Orion
2. Ryan Maifield                LRP                Reedy           Reedy
3. Dustin Evans           Team Orion   Team Orion  Team Orion
4. Naoto Matsukura     Yokomo          Yokomo       Yokomo
5. Lee Martin           Speed Passion Speed Passion Speed Power
6. Ryan Cavalieri        Team Orion    Team Orion   Team Orion
7. Steven Hartson             LRP                   LRP                Reedy
8. Travis Amezcua           Viper                Viper              Reedy
9. Cody Turner            Team Orion  Team Orion  Team Orion
10. Jorn Neumann   Speed Passion  Speed Passion  Thunder Power
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Winning Equipment Used By Jared Tebo:
ORI65102 Team Orion Vortex R10 Pro ESC
ORI28259 Team Orion VST2 7.5 Brushless Motor
ORI41444 Team Orion 270mm Sensor Wire
ORI14048 Team Orion Carbon Pro 5500 90C Saddle Pack Li-Po Battery
ORI30187 Team Orion Advantage Touch Charger
Geared: 21/76
Jared Tebo’s Winning R10 ESC Settings:
V1.09_120324
V3.0_111208_MOD
Running Mode: For/Brake
Drag Brake: 11%
Voltage Protection: 3.0/cell
DRRS Punch: 5
Brake Force: 62.5%
Reverse Force: 25%
Initial Brake: Drag Brake
Neutral Range: 6%
Overheat Protection: Disable
Boost Timing: 0
Turbo Timing: 10
Turbo Slope: 24
Turbo Delay: Off
2wd Modified Short Course
After qualifying, Team Orion drivers would consist of half the field. Ryan Cavalieri would start 2nd, Dustin Evans 4th, Cody Turner 5th, Matt Castellano 6th, and Frank Root 10th.
In A-Main #1, AE’s Ryan Maifield would just edge out Cavalieri for the Win. Ryan Lutz finished 3rd.
In A-Main #2, Cavalieri would take the Win with Maifield finishing 2nd only 1 second behind. Lutz would finish 3rd again.
In A-Main #3, After a great battle throughout the entire main, it was Cavalieri crossing the finish line 1st to take home the 2wd Modified Short Course Championship with his Team Orion powered AE SC10! Dustin Evans would make a last lap pass to finish in 2nd and Maifield 3rd.
2wd Modified Short Course Overall Finishing Order:
           Driver                  ESC               Motor           Battery
1. Ryan Cavalieri  Team Orion  Team Orion  Team Orion
2. Ryan Maifield          LRP                  Reedy          Reedy
3. Ryan Lutz               Tekin                Tekin            Pro-Tek
4. Dustin Evans     Team Orion  Team Orion  Team Orion
5. Brian Kinwald          LRP                   Icon              Reedy
6. Chris Wheeler       Novak               Novak             CRC
7. Matt Castellano Team Orion  Team Orion  Team Orion
8. Jason Corl                LRP                  Reedy            Reedy
9. Frank Root          Team Orion  Team Orion  Team Orion
10. Cody Turner     Team Orion  Team Orion  Team Orion
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Winning Equipment Used By Ryan Cavalieri:
ORI65102 Team Orion Vortex R10 Pro ESC
ORI28259 Team Orion VST2 7.5 Brushless Motor
ORI41445 Team Orion 150mm Sensor Wire
ORI14053 Team Orion WTS Carbon Pro 4000 90C Li-Po Battery
ORI30187 Team Orion Advantage Touch Charger
Geared: 19/84
Ryan Cavalieri’s Winning R10 ESC Settings:
V1.09_120324
V3.0_111208_MOD
Running Mode: For/Brake
Drag Brake: 11%
Voltage Protection: 3.0/cell
DRRS Punch: 5
Brake Force: 75%
Reverse Force: 25%
Initial Brake: Drag Brake
Neutral Range: 6%
Overheat Protection: Disable
Boost Timing: 0
Turbo Timing: 0
Turbo Slope: 24
Turbo Delay: Off
4×4 Modified Short Course
After qualifying came to an end, Dakotah put himself in great position to battle for the overall win by starting 2nd.
In A-Main #1, Dakotah came back from a rough start to chase down the lead pack and a few laps later making a pass for the lead and took the Win! TLR’s Billy Fischer finished 2nd and Durango’s Hupo Honigl 3rd.
In A-Main #2, Dakotah got off to a great start and paced Fischer who was leading. Phend made a pass for the lead halfway through the main event and held on for the Win to take the overall 4×4 Modified Short Course Championship with his Team Orion powered TLR 4×4 SC! Fisher finished a close 2nd with Durango’s Jorn Neumann 3rd.
4×4 Modified Short Course Overall Finishing Order:
            Driver                   ESC                 Motor               Battery
1. Dakotah Phend  Team Orion    Team Orion       Team Orion
2. Billy Fischer               Novak             Novak                  CRC
3. Jorn Neumann  Speed Passion  Thunder Power  Thunder Power
4. Hupo Honigl            Dual Sky       Thunder Power     H-Speed
5. Ryan Lutz                    Tekin               Tekin                 Pro-Tek
6. Travis Amezcua       Viper                  Viper                  Reedy
7. Trevor Clement       Novak               Novak              Team Orion
8. David Jenson       Team Orion   Thunder Power  Thunder Power
9. Brian Kinwald            LRP                   Icon                      Reedy
10. Charles Hicks        Novak                Novak             Team Orion
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Winning Equipment Used By Dakotah Phend:
ORI65102 Team Orion Vortex R10 Pro ESC
ORI28240 Team Orion Vortex VST Pro 4.0 550 Motor
ORI41445 Team Orion 150mm Sensor Wire
ORI14045 Team Orion Carbon Pro 6500mah 90C Li-Po Battery
ORI30187 Team Orion Advantage Touch Charger
Geared: 11/40
Dakotah Phend’s Winning R10 ESC Settings:
V1.09_120324
V3.0_110728_MOD
Running Mode: For/Brake
Drag Brake: 0%
Voltage Protection: 3.0/cell
DRRS Punch: 7
Brake Force: 62.5%
Reverse Force: 25%
Initial Brake: 0
Neutral Range: 6%
Overheat Protection: Disable
Boost Timing: 10
Turbo Timing: 15
Turbo Slope: 24
Turbo Delay: Off

Author: kevin

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