HB’S DAVID RONNEFALK TAKES THE PRO EBUGGY WIN AT THE 2019 DNC
Congratulations to HB Racing team driver David Ronnefalk for taking TQ and the A-Main win in Pro Ebuggy class at the 2019 DNC
race, one of the biggest events in America for the past 20 years. The much anticipated 2019 event attracted the top teams and top
drivers from around world. Ronnefalk used his HB E817 V2 buggy powered by a Performa motor and ESC to capture the Top Qualifier
spot. For the A-Main his HB electric buggy was performing great, which allowed him to get an early lead and pull away from the star
packed field to take the win. A big HB Racing win to kick off the 2019 racing season, way to go David!Here’s what he had to say after
HB: Congratulations on your victory at the 2019 Dirt Nitro Challenge using the E817 V2 electric off-road buggy! How was the
race event for you – obviously you won – but how did you get there? Was it an “easy win”?
David: The race was pretty much flawless for me with my Performa equipped HB Racing E817 V2. Before DNC I practiced on
another track close by and it felt very promising. Once practice was under way at the DNC we quickly realized the track was going to
get very rough throughout the week. We made a couple of changes to the car and together with the super smooth power delivery from
the new prototype Performa ESC the car felt amazing. From that point I knew it was my race to lose, I kept it together and took a
convincing win in the 10 minute A-main after starting out on pole as I TQ’d 2 out of 3 qualifiers.
HB: What was the key advantage the E817 V2 gave you?
David: The most important thing you needed was the car to handle the bumps very well. With a great shock package the car really
felt amazing out there and it was very smooth over the bumps and it didn’t get upset when you got off the line, which was a key.
HB: Have you made any special modifications or settings to the car?
David: I think the major difference on the car is that I used the 43/13 nitro gearing inside the gearboxes. Normally I prefer the
standard 43/10 E817 V2 gearing because it gives more punch coming out of the corners, but for the very rough DNC track I went with
43/13 to get more throttle control.
HB: What option parts did you use?
David: This time I must say the car was very much stock. For option parts I used the hard suspension arms, and for this track I also
had the optional 2.75 degree toe in the rear. For the rear hub plates I used #5 from the 817 series. Other than those and the nitro
43/13 gearing, the car was a standard E817 V2.
HB: Any general comments about this race event?
David: The DNC is one of my favourite races of the year. I love the big races where you go up against most of the professional drivers
out there for 1/8 buggy. I have had my fair share of success at the event before and this was my 4th Pro class win. This time it was at
a new location and even though I really liked it in Arizona I must say for this event it was a very good facility. The crew did a massive
job to get us on the track in time for practice as they had terrible weather and lots of rain leading up to the race. Also during the first
two days it was very cold and we also had a bit of rain, but after that the rest of the week was great with warmer weather and good
races. I wish I could have finished off the event with the Pro Nitro Buggy win as well but it wasn’t to be this time which was unfortunate
as I got such a good start in the main. I will be back next year and try to get some more wins!