Sunday, June 24th, 2012 Oakland Mills, PA HB/HPI's Factory Team Driver Ty Tessman takes on the Elite Class of 1/8th Off Road Truggy and Buggy drivers in North America at the 2012 ROAR 1/8th Scale Off Road Nationals. The field included the current National Champions and many past Champions as well as the rest of the up and coming favorites in the 1/8th scale off road community. Practice was held on Thursday with qualifying on Friday and Saturday. After an intense two days of qualifying, the HB/HPI Factory Team had Ty Tessman and Jesse Robbers in 3rd and 4th for the Buggy Class. And in the Truggy Class it was Ty Tessman, Jesse Robbers and Tyler Vik in 3rd, 15th and 18th.
With qualifying complete it was off to the Sunday Main events. First off was the 45 minute Truggy Main Event and it was an epic battle between Tessman and the elite of the 1/8th scale world. After holding off late race challenger Dakotah Phend, Ty Tessmann earned his first ROAR National Championship! HB/HPI's Factory Team Drivers Jesse Robbers and Tyler Vik also battled it out in the Truggy A Main event, finishing in 7th and 10th. On to the hour long Buggy final event! After almost an hour of intense battles it was once again Ty Tessman and Dakotah Phend fighting it out for win. The last lap saw the two trade leads several times and it came down to the last few corners to determine the Champion, with Ty Tessman coming accross the line by just three tenths of a second!
With the win Ty Tessmann became only the second driver ever to take both the ROAR Truggy and Buggy Nationals win in the same year! Photo credits: Neobuggy.net