I think most deals are announced now. You know how genius I was? Out of the 24 predictions I got 22 right. I missfired on King and Aigoin. Not bad, not bad at all. Let’s take a look shall we: (A more detailed 2017 prediction post will follow)
Ryan Maifield – Leaves TLR – Joins Mugen – Never lets go of throttle.
Yes, it happened, Maifield joins Mugen, and Yokomo for 1:10th. Looks like 1:8th program is on point. 1:10th program needs some setup work!
Davide Ongaro – Leaves Mugen – Joins AE – So nothing really changes.
Davide Ongaro – Leaves Mugen – Joins AE – Already has a dialed setup.
Davide Ongaro – Leaves Mugen – Joins AE – Already has all the spare parts.
Davide Ongaro – Leaves Mugen – Joins AE – Basically in order to make the car match his blue cooling head.
Ongaro did in fact go to AE, and he was immediately dialed. What a surprise!
Cody King – Leaves Kyosho – Joins JQRacing – Paul King Stays with Kyosho.
Well I almost got this, just substitute JQRacing with HB. And once Paul King get’s out of intensive care, he will most likely stay with Kyosho.
Jerome Aigoin – Leaves Kyosho – Linked to Mugen- Americans are now asking “Who is Jerome Aigoin?”
I should have seen this one coming. I am disappointed in my lack of foresight. His brother sells Xray, and runs it. Seems so obvious now.
Jared Tebo – Staying with Kyosho – Yawn.
Got it. Didn’t believe the rumours.
Joseph Quagraine – Fires himself – Buys his spot back on THE Team.
Yep, it cost me a lot, but I had to do it.
Ty Tessmann – Leaves HB – Joins Xray? – If it is God’s will.
It was God’s will. Tessmann really did go to Xray!
Juha Aromaa – Stays with TLR for 1:10th scale, because he is dominating.
Well, he showed up at OCRC running TLR’s!
Baldo Brothers – Leave Mugen – Join TLR – Culture Shock Imminent
Well I’ll be damned, got it!
Daniel “Mr Party” Quinton – Stays with Kyosho – Meaning he still buys Kyoshos, moving Kanai-san ever so close to that new Ferrari.
Still paying for Kanai’s Ferrari!
Atsushi Hara – Dude, I bet he doesn’t even know what he is doing himself. Possible onroad career ahead.
I was right in the way, that Hara still doesn’t know what he is doing.
Jeremy Kortz – Can’t leave anyone because he is not on a team – Does not sign with anyone.
Kortz is still not signed with anyone, and it’s still 0-0, for another month!
Max Mört – Stays with JQRacing – Mainly due to severe threat to his life if he leaves.
Max has confirmed that he does not want to die yet. Too much to live for at the moment.
JC have Maifield, Rivkin, Ogden, Savoya, they are good right? Well about to get a whole lot better. I have heard that David Ronnefalk to JC is a done deal, and Ryan Cavalieri is possible.
Got all those!
Then again, with the rumours of Tebo and Phend going to AKA, it just makes this whole scenario not make any sense. Haven’t heard anything about Lutz, staying put I believe.
And all these!
Haven’t really heard anything about European drivers and PL. Even if Tebo and Phend did leave, they still have a ton of great drivers, like Boots, Drake, King, Cragg, Aigoin, Berton and Tessmann. I would not be surprised to see more drivers out though.
Yep, all good, just add McBride there.
Dave Wentz – Kyosho to JQRacing – The Earth’s Orbit adjusts to this news.
Dave is being mysterious. No one knows exactly what is going on!
Robert Battle – Modelix (ProCircuit – Ultimate) Out – AKA and Picco In – Mind blown.
Yes it really did happen!
Barry Baker – Comeback? – Old School: instead of social media drama, he brings it in reality.
This was a genius one, and it ended up being Serpent!
Cameron Kyle Neff – Stays with SWorkz – No One Cares.
As predicted, no one cared!
Davide Ongaro – Adds traction to his program – This could go either way.
Well would you believe it, I called it right. Now we just need to see what happens this summer!
Alex Zanchettin – Leaves TLR for Tekno – Upgrade in $$$, Downgrade in handling.
Did go to Tekno, let’s see how he handles the handling!
Team Orion – Downsizes team after Ronnefalk’s Worlds Bonus empties bank account.
Cavalieri and Phend did leave, haven’t seen anyone added, but yet to be announced Cody King to HB and Orion.
Honorable Mention – Marc Rheinard – Tamiya back to only caring about plastic models.
I said he goes to Infinity, it hasn’t been announced, but I’m just going to announce it. If he isn’t going to Infinity I’ll go there.
Joseph Quagraine – JQ deal fell through due to lack of pace in mains – Retires and gets real job.
I was WRONG. At the last moment I managed to win OCRC Wednesday Night Worlds in 2wd, which was so impressive, that I convinced myself to give me another year to prove myself. The 17th year is bound to be the one, it’s the right time, its JQ time finally. I’m going to JQ the shit out of 2017.