The second round of the Essex Winter Series took place this weekend, with yet another sell-out entry creating a competitive and busy day. Olly Jefferies was out to extend his points lead after victory at the opening event of the series, but qualifying for the Modified class was opened up by Elliott Harper setting the pace with his Xray, ahead of recently crowned nitro onroad vice-world champion Kyle Branson (Capricorn) and Olly’s Schumacher. Alan Bickerstaff took his Associated to fourth in the round, ahead of Alex Thurston and Stefan Chodzynski. Elliott continued his form into the second qualifier, as Olly moved up to second and closed to within four-seconds of Elliott, with Alex taking a strong third in front of Stefan, with Belgian youngster Florian Joos, again making the trip over to the UK, in fifth.
Two new 1/10th buggy rear tyres are coming from JConcepts in the form of the Twin Pins 2.2” and Nessi 2.2”. Starting with the Twin Pins carpet tyre, the tread features a dual spike design which is connected together to form a mini-mountain like silhouette. The Twins are rotated throughout the design to form a solid, pin rich environment so surface area is maximised. The tyre carcass itself has been refined, slammed to low-profile, high-speed standards and slimmed out to reduce weight in all possible areas. The centre section of the tyre is connected at the base by an ultra-low, winding “river walk” which strengthens pins near the base. The “river walk” can also extend the longevity of the tyre once the pins are gone, the “walk” retains some height for emergency long distance main events. The outside of a tire can make or break side-bite, too much pin and the tire can be somewhat tippy, while not enough yields a squirrely vehicle. The very outside of the Twin Pins have legs which extend out to micro pins giving the racer all-important support turning high-speed corners. The pink compound marked with two pink dots on the tyre represents a new compound for JConcepts, a medium soft material with healthy wear characteristics. The rear tyres include open cell inserts making them a complete set ready to mount, straight out of the package.
Capricorn have introduced the One .12 Tuned Miami Edition 2.1cc nitro on-road engine. The limited edition offering features a new timing, an updated liner as well as a larger head, the latter will improve cooling efficiency in difficult conditions. The competition engine also features a DLC-coated crankshaft and it is available now.
Xray have introduced new graphite composite lower rear arms for the XB4 buggies. Moulded from a specially-formulated composite material the arms are the perfect choice for high-grip track conditions as they are less prone to flex compared to the standard composite wishbones. The result is increased stability and corner speed. The arms are available separately for the left and right hand site.
Coming soon from RCON is the R4WRC WorldRX and TCR body shell for short wheelbase M-type chassis. The body is made of 1.0mm polycarbonate material and it is usable for rally or touring car applications as it can be used as a WRX rally or TCR on-road body shell. The lid offers a 208mm wheelbase and at a width of 168mm and it comes including window masks, a decal sheet and an add-on rear wing.
LRP have introduced their all-new ZZ.21C Davide Ongaro Edition 3.5cc nitro off-road engine. The power plant was developed in cooperation with Team Associated’s Davide Ongaro and it was used by the young Italian talent to win last week’s IFMAR 1:8 Nitro Off-road World Championships in Perth, Western Australia. The O.S. based engine was developed to deliver smooth power supply in the lower RPM range combined with exceptional mileage and great overall power, resulting in LRP’s unique crankshaft design and porting. The 14mm precision-balanced crankshaft is DLC-coated for wear and sports a silicone insert for optimised mixture flow. A rear ceramic ball bearing ensures a lower overall weight and also higher peak RPM. Other features include a long stroke design for best possible power and torque, a LCG engine head and specially designed carburettor needles for improved throttle response and mileage. The engine will hit stores by the time you read this.
The opening round of the Winter Race Series was held at the RAP Carpet indoor track in Pianbosco, Italy. In the Touring Stock 13.5T class it was Nicola Di Palma with the win from Paolo Smorgon 2nd. Luigi Buffagni would round out the top 3 podium result, making it an Awesomatix 1-2-3.
Exotek have introduced new optional parts for the TLR 22 SR and Tekno EB410 1/10th scale off-road buggies. First up is a set of Puck diff outdrives for the TLR 22 SR. The conversion outdrive cups for the SR diff allow to use the diff with the popular MIP pucks and roller bones. The parts replace the stock plastic outdrives of the 22 SR diff with heavy-duty hard-anodised 7075 aluminium cups for longer lasting stock racing performance when combined with optional MIP pucks or rollers. The stock TLR 22 bones are not compatible and 67mm length Puck bones are recommended for the 22 4.0.