Last weekend saw the continuation of the highly competitive Northwest Indoor Series make its way to Four Seasons’ Raceway in Olympia, Washington for round 3 of the glorious Pacific Northwest racing series. With 2 races already in the books, this 3rd race proved to be a pivotal weekend for all racers as there are no drops making each race vital for points in deciding the overall champion in each class. One bad race and your chances are out the window. One great race finish can catapult you up the standings and put you right there in the mix for the title hunt as all classes are still undecided.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The second round of the Norwegian Banken Cup was held in Kvinesdal on a large indoor carpet track. The Touring Car Modified class once again attracted a strong field of drivers. The race format saw two rounds of qualifying followed by triple mains. In the first round of qualifying reigning Nordic champion and Schumacher driver Nikolai Haaheim started out TQ-ing the round from Xray drivers Rune Svestol and Oskar Fjeld.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The final round of the Danish Electric On-Road Nationals not only saw the title decision in the Le Mans class but also the Touring Car drivers battled for the overall championship. Organised by the Broendy RC club and run with the help of the Faxe RC club the race, that was held in the City2 shopping mall near Copenhagen, attracted a good turnout of drivers while being attractive for the many spectators as well. During the practice sessions it soon became clear that Mike Gosvig was the man to beat as he was able to pull the fastest laps.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The fourth round of the Polish Benek Cup was held in the city of Lodz. The organisers built an impressive 36×24 metres track with 16 different obstacles including an 8 metres long table top jump. Around 50 drivers split into the three classes of 2WD Buggy, 4WD Buggy and a beginner category. The race saw the attendance of young Michal Orlowski who opted to race in Lodz despite other race commitments. The Schumacher factory driver then went on to take the TQ in both the 2WD and 4WD class and he also quite easily won the A-mains make it a double at the weekend.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The third Off Road Wars Series is now over for another winter season and looking back on the series TLR has dominated both 2WD and 4WD on the array of circuits at Maritime. The premier indoor facility has seen some exciting and challenging tracks that have varied from multi-surface through to 100 percent carpet. The surface change is not the only variable that has occurred over the course of the championship with the track extension being brought in for the fourth round opening the track up allowing for a greater variety of layouts. Both decisions by the club have proved to be popular among the racers going to show that the Maritime club are truly about providing a great track for all to compete on. Speaking with Ian Knight about the track surface change he mentioned that the intention is to introduce wooden turns from time to time to change things up, but the 100 percent carpet circuit has worked well and provided a different challenge from the traditional mix at the venue.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Ty Tessmann tore up the track at the 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Scale Off-Road World Championships running an O.S. Speed Tuned B2101 engine tailored to his winning specs. Now O.S. makes that same setup available to other drivers — in the Ty Tessmann Limited Edition Speed Tuned B2101. The engine features the same tuned pipe, manifold and carb restrictor used by Ty to win the 2014 IFMAR Championships. Its T-2090SC pipe is paired with an M2002SC manifold whose added length increases torque in the low to middle range. The 5.8mm restrictor — not available on any other O.S. engine — matches what O.S. supplied to Ty for extending run time in competition. Like the standard B2101, this version has a lowered cylinder head, DLC crankshaft with balanced tungsten weights, and a Type 21J carburettor. Only a small number are being produced, making this engine both competitive and collectible. The Ty Tessmann Limited Edition Speed Tuned B2101 is easy to distinguish from the standard model due to the natural-colour cylinder head and Ty’s name laser-etched onto the crankcase, crankshaft and tuned pipe.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
The latest vehicle to receive JConcepts’ Silencer bodyshell treatment is the Team Associated B44.3 4WD buggy. The Silencer sports a special design aimed at today’s high-speed tracks with a profiled, Finnisher stance cockpit and forward raised side-pods. A smooth, high-speed transition around the cab keeps the Silencer heading in the right direction while a slight recess just behind the cab with channeling out the rear provides rear end stability. The side pods have a clipped rear end, narrowing the rear by angling in just in front of the rear tyres. The rear side-pods angle sharply toward the shock tower and wing, enhancing the force placed on the rear pods during high-speed acceleration. Included with the body come two 6.5″ Hi-Clearance rear wings, window masks a decal sheet.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Pro-Line introduce the “very limited edition” Fuel Stick. Used in Ty Tessmann’s dominating performance at the 2014 IFMAR Buggy Worlds, the Fuel Stick is designed as a no expense spared successor to the original Pro-Line Fuel Gun. Built for ultra-fast refuelling, the nozzle tip is also designed to fill the tank completely. The diffuser screen covering the outlet prevents excess splashing and prevents large bubbles from forming during filling. The vertical trigger orientation makes refuelling a truck or buggy more ergonomic especially when doing so over high pit walls and it is also good for use with 1/8th and 1/10th cars. An easy to read gauge marked in 10cc increments helps to estimate mileage at a glance. Continuing the over-the-top theme, the nozzle and trigger assemblies are made of machined billet aluminium anodised in Pro-Line blue. Each Fuel Stick is stamped with a unique serial number and certificate of authenticity verifying that it was fully made in the USA and hand assembled in Pro-Line’s Southern California headquarters.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015