The 9th Annual Dirt Nitro Challenge was held at The Nitro Pit in Witmann, Arizona for the second straight year. The Nitro Challenge is known as the first big off-road gas race of the year. All the top US drivers were in attendance as well as many from overseas. The track layout resembled a supercross type track with huge jumps and difficult rhythm sections. Along with a super smooth race program, this has made The Nitro Challenge one of the most anticipated races of the year.
Team Orion Factory Driver Ryan Cavalieri competed in both 1/8 Pro Truggy and 1/8 Pro Buggy.
In the Pro Truggy Class, Ryan was able to choose any Truggy he wanted to compete with. Cavelieri chose the Kyosho ST-RR, arguably the best Truggy on the market. At this same track a few months ago, Ryan set the world on fire by winning the 1st Annual Nitro Cross World Championships with this same truck.
After qualifying was complete, Cavalieri racked up a TQ and 3rd that would allow him to start second on the grid for the 45 minute A-Main.
At the start of the tone Cavalieri matched the fast pace with the leaders up front. RC stayed smooth and made a late race charge to take the lead. Never looking back, he went on to win the main event by a comfortable margin.
In 1/8 Pro Buggy, CavalieriÂ¬ finished up qualifying with a very respectable 2nd and 9th place points. With 11 points, Cavalieri would start 7th.
At the start of the main, Ryan suffered a rough start forcing him back a few positions. Ryan quickly worked his way back up through the field eventually catching the lead pack with his Team Orion powered RC8. With a few laps to go Ryan took the lead and went on to win his second championship of the weekend making it a clean sweep!
Winning Equipment Used by Ryan Cavalieri:
ORI80311 Team Orion Wasp .21 Team Engine
ORI88801 Team Orion 06-S Medium Glow Plug
ORI88010 Team Orion .21 Off-Road 069 Pipe Set
ORI30117 Team Orion Advantage Charger
ORI12227 Team Orion 1600 Marathon Receiver Pack
Source : Team Orion