JConcepts introduce two new tyre treads in the form of the Whippits and Rippits tyres for 1/10th scale buggies. Starting with the Rippits 2WD front tyre, featuring vertical bars that were used on the Whippits rear tyre but designed and positioned more favourable for a front tyre. By moving the bars vertical the front tracking and stability is very noticeable. The Rippits allow the driver to clear a corner, release the turn and power forward with confidence on grippy conditions. The positioning of the bars in close proximity provides a smooth transition side to side and grips high-speed corners with force. The tread spacing still cuts through the dust on the outside line of the track giving plenty of “catch” allowing the driver to search out the quicker laps. The highly blended outside bar makes the transition from 180 degree corners to high-speed sweepers that much more forgiving. The overall surface area of the tyre grips harder in areas of the track where the most traction exist translating into quick lap-times. Rippits will excel on tracks that have taken on rubber or have been pre-treated with fluids or chemicals to induce extra grip or consistency.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series makes one final stop in the mountains at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia for round 7, the Mid Winter Challenge which was hosted by the TVRCRC. This club each season relocates its track and equipment to a beautiful indoor facility offering great racing and great viewing for the public. Another great show of entries from all the provinces in the series, and some joining from south of the border. Each class showed full support, and great racing action.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The first round of the Italian 1/10th Nitro Touring Nationals took place in Gubbio, host of the 2016 IFMAR 200mm Worlds. Francesco Tironi won the first two qualifying rounds to directly proceed to the A-final and to start the 45 minute main from pole position. At the start Francesco was able to defend the lead from Dario Balestri in 2nd and after the first round of pitstops he opened a gap of several seconds over the rest of the field. Step by step he increased his lead until he was nearly 2 laps in front around halftime. Controlling the race from the front for the final 20 minutes Francesco conserved the gap and crossed the finish line 2 laps in front of Luca Redaelli with Alessio Mazzeo completing the podium.
Source: Shepherd [team-shepherd.com]
Monday, March 30, 2015
Having topped 2WD practice yesterday at the Euro Offroad Series Lee Martin picked up where he left off as he took the first of the the four rounds of qualifying in Austria. Just missing out on a 16-lap run, the Yokomo driver was almost 3-seconds clear of the field with Xray’s Martin Bayer posting the second fastest time. Posting the fastest lap of the opening qualifier, Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski completed the Top 3 despite two incidents. Also suffering errors, it wasn’t a good start to the day for Berlin podium finisher David Ronnefalk as ‘too many stupid mistakes’ left the HB driver 17th fastest.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Introducing a system that looks and works much like disk brakes on motorcycles, bikes, and large cars, MIP’s all new Real Brakes are here for the Losi 5ive-T. Consisting of proper and replaceable brake pads for stopping power and a disk rotor that is sure to last the life of the car, this system is sure to stop Losi’s large scale truck on a dime. With the updated brakes adjusting the pitch of the car in the air is a synch and as the car reacts in the air the brake rotor will not get cocked forward or backward due to special brake guide. This system has been tested for months by MIP’s product development team and is attributed with the 2014 West Coast Nationals Win and 2015 Nitro Challenge wins.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
The 5th and final round of the DRCMU series was held in Djurs Country, also known as the “nose” of Denmark. Going into the final round both the Touring Car Modified and Super Stock titles were still up for grabs in the series, that attracted over 130 drivers this season. In the Super Stock class the title decision would be between Nicolai Lindegaard and Steven M. Olsen. In the first two qualifying rounds, run on Saturday, Lindegaard took the TQ, putting pressure on Steven who stroke back in the third qualifier, held on Sunday morning. Despite the pressure building up Nicolai kept his cool and secured Q4 and Q5 to take the overall TQ for the finals. Steven M. Olsen came in 2nd while Soren Boy Holst rounded out the top 3 so far. The young guns of Mads Andreas Callesen and Stefan Finnich completed the top 5.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
After years of close cooperation of Shepherd Benelux with Robert Krens as setup specialist and pit-crew for several Shepherd drivers, the company now welcomes him to their 1/10th scale nitro team. Robert will compete at the Dutch 1/10th nationals this season and he had the following to say:
After racing EC1:12 and EC1:10 for several years, I’ve always been looking for new challenges to improve my knowledge and skills. I’m very glad that Shepherd Benelux offered me to be part of the team and gives me this opportunity. I have seen the quality of their products from helping fellow IC1:8 racers during Nationals and was impressed by the quality and performance of Shepherd products. I’m feeling really confident and exited to start the new season.
Source: Shepherd [team-shepherd.nl]
Thursday, March 26, 2015
The first round of the Dutch BL-Cup for 1/8th scale electric brushless buggies was held at Raco2000 in Utrecht. The previously modified track now offers more challenges for 1/8th buggies and it was the first race on the new layout. With 55 drivers from the Netherlands and Germany it was a good turnout for the BL-Cup which only started in Holland this year. Sunday started out cold but dry and around mid-day the sun came out making for perfect weather conditions. After the qualifiers Bart Mullink, Nick Anneveld and Stefan Petri were the fastest drivers with Bart having won two of the three qualification heats while Nick came out fastest in the other.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015