Round 3 of 6 of the Belgian Electric On-road Nationals was held at the outdoor asphalt track of HRT club in Houthalen. The technical track is ideally suited for electric touring cars, however the bumpy surface meant that the pilots would face a real challenge to find the ideal setup for their cars. Saturday was open for free practice and the fastest driver in Touring Modified would be Oli Bultynck. Oli posted a 15.6 lap time and was closely followed by Florian Joos with a 15.8 and Mitchell Van Es. In Stock, the fight for the title between current championship leader Vincent Van Gansen and Giovanni Moguez would see a third contender. After a short break from racing, Nicolas Delisé made his return with an Xray and posted the same lap times as the other two protagonists. In the Fun class, Luc Wauters seemed to hold the upper hand with a lap time nearly 0.3 seconds faster than his competitors. On Sunday however, everything would change as heavy showers were expected to hit the track.
Round 1 of the Swedish 1/8th Buggy Nationals was held at the Botkyrka MK club near Stockholm. Changing weather conditions made things challenging for the drivers and it was Niclas Mansson who took the TQ after the qualifiers with Pontus Larsson and Elias Johansson sitting in 2nd and 3rd respectively. During the semifinals it started to rain which set the stage for an entertaining main final. At the start, Nille got away in the lead, but then his engine stopped and he lost the 1st place while Hampus Berg and Elias Johansson had a long battle with Jessica Palsson just a couple of seconds behind. Just before last pit stop Elias flamed out which made way for Hampus Berg who brought home the win in front of Jessica and Pontus.
Coming soon from PR Racing is the S1 V3R Ev0 2WD buggy kit. The main focus has been to make the car smoother and easier to drive on track, and this has been achieved with a revised 2.5mm thick -5mm length 7075 aluminium chassis. In addition new insert-type hangers have been introduced, and in conjunction with the chassis design allow for much lower rear roll centre, keeping the car much flatter on track with smoother rotation. New Ackerman geometry, and new CNC rear hubs with longer link positions also improve on track driveability. A new motor mount has been produced to lower the motor 2mm into a recess in the chassis, and makes a particular difference on today’s high grip tracks. In addition to all the geometry and mechanical changes, the V3R Evo has been treated to a new body, designed to look sleek and offer more steering with its much larger forward mounted cabin. The kit comes with a host of optionals such as CNC alloy servo mount, 4 degrees alloy caster blocks, front camber plates, vented slipper plates, a swaybar set and 34T alloy idler gear and it will hit stores in June.
As the popularity of RC Monster Truck and Mega Truck racing and competition continues to boom, JConcepts has added a new event to the 2019 calendar. The Monster and Mega Tour will hold its inaugural event at The Track in Gaithersburg, Maryland, during the weekend of December 7-8, 2019. The Track, owned by Mimi Wong, is no stranger to hosting large events, most recently hosting the 2017 1/10th ROAR Electric Nationals along with a slew of high-level regional events. The Monster and Mega Tour will feature events centered around the naming formula while competing in all sorts of qualifying trials, side-by-side racing and the wildly popular freestyle. The Track provides enough space for two indoor tracks, one on brushed concrete and the other on dirt. The concrete surface, has a slight texture and provides the placement for the Fred Reep designed track to be used by the Sport Mod, and Pro Mod trucks for racing and all-out freestyle competition. The hard packed dirt track will be the setting for Classic, Retro and the Mega truck races built in the image of a full-size track of yesteryear. Full details can be found on the dedicated event website here.
The opening round of the Südcup 1/8th electric buggy series was held at the A-Team track in Graz, Austria this past weekend. Team Associated’s Jürgen Trieb was the man to beat all weekend and after taking the overall TQ in the qualifiers he would sweep the triple A-mains, taking the win in each leg for the overall from TLR’s Marc de Zwart in 2nd and SWorkz’s Marcel Trieb in 3rd.
Last weekend the second round of the Dutch IC Track Nationals took place at the Raco2000 track in Utrecht. Perfect weather conditions made for nice days of racing and in premier 1/8th NK class it was Joey Sorber with the overall TQ and a new 12.887s track record from Arie Manten and Michael Salven. The lineup for the final gave hope for some exciting racing action with Joey Sorber starting from pole, Salven in 2nd place and local hero Arie Manten in 3rd. From the start Joey was able to pull away slowly racing a flawless final with no big problems. In the end Joey (Shepherd) took the win with a three lap margin to 2nd placed Arie Manten (Infinity) with Serpent’s Michael Salven taking the final podium spot.
The Trofeo Grand Prix was held at the Italian Palermo RC Club this past weekend. Sergio Priolo (Shepherd), Mirko Cacicia (Shepherd) and Amorello Francesco battled for the overall TQ in the 200mm nitro touring class. In the 20-minute A-main final it was Sergio who would hold the upper hand, taking the win three laps ahead of his teammate Mirko. Capricorn’s Salvo Cinturino, who started from 4th on the grid, took the final podium spot another lap down.
The Sand am Main track played host to a round of the German 1/8th off-road regionals this past weekend. The regionals are qualifying races for the German nationals later this year and in the Nitro Buggy class it was Mugen’s Carsten Keller with the overall win in the 40-minute main final, some twelve seconds in front of SWorkz’s Micha Widmaier, who started from the back of the field due to problems in his semifinal. Aaron Münster (Mugen) would round out the top 3 podium result in front of “best of the rest”, Alexander Schmitt. Over in 1/8th E-Buggy it was Micha Widmaier with a flawless TQ and win.