Dialed In Raceway played host to the California Cup and Cole Ogden was the top qualifier in Nitro Buggy while teammate Adam Drake TQ’d Nitro Truck and Electric Buggy. Adam went on to win the 30-minute Buggy final while Cole secured the top spot in Truck with the two having great battles in both finals. Elsewhere in Electric Buggy it was again Drake with the win from tone-to-tone.
The second round of the Arrowmax Cup Singapore Series was held this past weekend. In the Modified class, which concurrently served as the second round of the Singapore National Series, Dominic Quek (Xray) battled it out with Nicholas Lee (Yokomo). Taking TQ after the four rounds of qualifying, Nicholas had the edge going into the triple finals. A1 went Nicholas’ way with a strong run despite early pressure from Dominic.
Xray have announced aluminium ball bearing hubs for the T4 series of touring cars. Machined from 7075-T6 aluminium and coming orange anodised the bearing cams are a direct replacement for the standard composite parts. Due to being made of metal, they offer improved precision and free-up the drivetrain for less friction losses which is especially helpful in stock racing classes. The cams come in sets of two.
Xray have introduced the 2018 edition of their 2016/17 EOS winning XB4 1/10th 4WD buggy kit. The car, that also is reigning IFMAR World Champion, EFRA European as well as US Champion, received some subtle updates to better cope with the rigours of today’s ultra-competitive Modified racing. First up is a redesigned chassis that accommodates a new, lower motor mount to lower the overall centre of gravity. The corresponding centre bulkhead lowers the position of the centre drivetrain for higher corner speeds especially on high-bite surfaces while the updated side guards add to the all-new low CG setup. In the suspension compartment, improved lower bushings for the shock absorbers allow for smoother and more precise shock shaft movement. The 2018 kit is rounded out by updated front and rear differential crown gears whose greater precision leads to quieter operation and increased reliability.
The 10th running of the UK Dirt Masters was held at the Clanfield RC track recently. The drivers were treated to wonderful weather and the famous 3D track layout made for a lot of fun for everyone. In Nitro Buggy Agama’s Darren Bloomfield would take a convincing win, a lap up on 2nd placed Jack Embling (SWorkz). Kevin Brunsden (SWorkz) rounded out the podium in 3rd.
The Banana RC Track of Batam, Riau Islands played host to the JQ The Race event his past weekend. A total of 24 drivers from Finland, Singapore, Jakarta, Bandung, Kendari, Medan as well local drivers attended the race that was held in mixed weather conditions. The weather was nice and hot in the morning but unfortunately after two qualifying rounds, a rain storm stopped the qualifying. Due to the heavy rain, that stayed for about three hours, the race director decided to take the best qualifier to determine the starting grid. JQRacing’s Joseph Quagraine took the TQ honours and he also came out on top after the 45-minute main final, taking the win from Stanley Wangsanegara 2nd and Jason Nugroho 3rd.
The RC Land 23 track played host to the all-Japan 1/8th Nitro Buggy Championships this past weekend. In the Expert class Yusuke Sugiura and veteran racer, Atsushi Hara battled for the overall TQ with Yusuke ultimately holding the upper hand as Hara had to settle for 2nd after the qualifiers. Kenji Tsuruta would come in 3rd and as the organisers had to cancel the finals due to rain, the qualifying results would also determine the overall standings, handing Yusuke the 2017 championship title.
French brand Rusti Design has released a new shock tower spacer for the Team Associated B6 series of 2WD buggies. The 3-D-printed part allows to mount the rear shock tower in a more rearward position, such as found of the AE B5M buggy. The updated shock tower and rear wing position will improve the buggy’s balance and traction on lower grip surfaces, which was proved by Antoine Rosetti’s 3rd place at last weekend’s French Cup, and the conversion requires four M3x40mm button or socket head as well as two M3x25mm button head screws for completion. The spacer is usable on both the B6 and B6D buggy.