The Sagamido Challenge was recently held at the SRT track in Aikou, Japan in the four nitro on-road classes of 1/8th Expert, 1/8th Sport, 1/10th GPT and 1/8th GT. A total of 55 drivers attended and in the 1/8th Expert category it was Worlds runner-up, Takahaki Shimo who set the TQ after the two rounds of 4 minute qualifying, followed by young and talented Shoki Takahata and Keisuke Fukuda in second and third respectively. Masao Tanaka would follow in fourth. The 20 minute A-main was sort of a sprint race with the top drivers pulling away swiftly while Masao Tanaka suffered a first corner crash, but he would recover soon, eventually passing Fukuda during the early stages of the race. Mid-race the traction conditions changed instantly with the previously low grip track changed to high grip as the dust got whipped away, causing a lot of trouble for many drivers. Traction rolling was soon a problem for most with Masao taking profit of the situation as he was able to grab the win one lap head of Takahaki Shimo.
At the recent final round of the BRCA GT national championships and after securing the WGT championship on the Saturday Adam Catchpole’s form continued into Sunday, as he took the TQ and win and with it the overall GT12 title for the season.
Xray’s new XB2 Slipper Eliminator is a direct replacement for the slipper clutch set. Designed and recommended for use with stock motors to reduce rotating mass, reduce weight and improve power transfer from motor without any power loss. With the Slipper Eliminator, motor performance is transferred directly to the car, and there is also no need for clutch & slipper adjustment and exchanging the spur gear is very quick & easy. The set includes aluminium slipper shaft, aluminium spur gear hub, and 69T spur gear (an optional 72T spur gear is available).
Most of you will have noticed a lot of changes on Red RC over the past few weeks as we update our network of websites to utilise a new mobile friendly responsive design. With close to 50% of our visitors now using smart phones or tablets to access the latest RC news, with that percentage even higher in Asia, we created this new design to give visitors an optimised experience on all platforms. Which leads us to some very exciting news, which many of you will already have noticed, is that we have created a new Chinese language site, now available at www.redrc.cn. We believe that China is the next big growth market in RC and so we have established a company in Hong Kong with an editorial team in mainland China. Currently we are translating news from RedRC.net into Chinese but going forward we plan to publish product news and race reports that are specific to this region of the world with our aim to help grow the market in mainland China while also serving localised news to other Chinese speaking regions such as Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The site has been live for a few weeks and after ironing out some kinks we are now happy to officially announce it.
Coming from McKune Design are new FR4 high-bite slipper pads for the Xray XB2, XB4’16 as well as TLR 22-series vehicles. Made from FR4 epoxy fibreglass laminate and offering a vented design the slipper pads are specially developed for all high-bite carpet, astroturf and clay tracks as they show now fading or glazing for a consistent feel throughout the run. The Xray set is a 3-piece package while the TLR 22 specific set, for the 22 3.0, 22 SCT 2.0 or 22-4, includes two pads.
The 2016 South American Championship and FAMAR Cup was recently held in the city of Medellin, Colombia. With the track being located 3000 metres above sea level everyone had a hard time adjusting the engines to the conditions. The opening qualifier was held on Thursday with Q2 and Q3 being run on Friday but due to rain the final qualifier had to be postponed until Saturday. Nicolas Bregante would come out fastest in the 1/8th Nitro Buggy qualifiers to grab the overall TQ and he would also take the pole position for the hour long A-main after winning his semifinal in very muddy conditions due to a big storm. Nicolas continued to dominate the race by also coming out fastest in the A-main to take the South American Championship title from runner-up, Carlos Segui.
Former World Champion, Daniele Ielasi and Germany’s Tobias Kerler will use Energy Fuel to power their rides for their 2016 campaigns. Developed by Pepe Group, the company behind the popular MLC fuel, Daniele and Tobias were very happy with the performance of the juice during their tests and they are now looking forward to a successful season.
The first round of the Swiss Racing Cup was recently held at the iconic Lostallo track. Xray’s Michael Schäfer took the TQ after the qualifiers from Xray team mate Patrick Fankhauser in second. The main final then was a pretty difficult affair as it started to rain some eight minutes into the race but it only was a short shower of a couple of minutes and so the track started to dry soon after. At the end Michael was able to bring home the win in front of Stefan Wüthrich (Xray) and Philipp Bühler (Xray), making it an Xray podium lock-out.