The EFRA 1/8th Nitro Buggy European Championships B was recently held in Freixedas, Portugal, with about 107 drivers in attendance. While young Juan Carlos Canas grabbed the title, it was Fernando Almeida who took the 40+ class in dominant fashion, leaving Helder Barros and Frederick Cederberg behind in second and third respectively.
Xtreme Racing have introduced a set of carbon fibre frame rails for the Axial SCX10 truck. Designed to replace the standard rails, the parts are cut from 3mm carbon fibre for strength and a little flex when needed. The chassis sports integrated shock towers and allows up to 100mm shocks with the additional shock hole locations. Frame rails also have been raised 10mm for better clearance. Included in the set come two side frame rails.
Round four of the Danish Electric Off-road Nationals was held in Sommersted on a super high-bite and technical track. In the 2WD class, Frederik Hovgaard took the TQ from Mike Gosvig, who struggled a bit with the hotter and slightly lower grip conditions compared to the practice sessions before. The opening A-main then saw Frederik continue to dominate as he won from Jesper Rasmussen in second and Marcus Kærup in third. Mike ran into some trouble and wasn’t able to finish in the top 3.
The third round of the North German electric off-road regionals was held at the astro turf track in Celle, located between Hamburg and Hanover. In the 2WD class, new Schumacher recruit Christopher Krapp would sweep the qualifiers by taking wins in all three rounds. From the pole position he then also dominated the triple A-mains, taking convincing wins, leaving Team C’s Sebastian Honscha and SWorkz driver Yannil Wilcke behind in second and third respectively.
Serpent have announced the signing of female U.S. racer, Loran Whiting to their team. Loran will focus on 1/10th scale nitro and electric racing but she will also campaign Serpent’s 1/8th on-road cars and 1/10th buggies at selected events. The former Capricorn racer had the following to say about the deal:
I am incredibly lucky and thankful to be given the opportunity to race with Serpent. They are a world-class company with a great team. I am confident that we will be successful and I am looking forward to all of the great and fun times! Thank you to Ronald, Michael, Stef, and Paolo for the support!
Turkish company MCD Racing have introduced their all-new Dirt-Xross tyres for large scale off-road cars. Specially developed for compact gravel tracks the heavy-duty design offers increased sidewall protection and wear resistance and thanks to a more dense tread packing the tyre offers increased traction at a reasonable wear rate. Like the recently introduced Micro-Stud V2 tyre, the Dirt-Xross will also feature MCD Racing’s new internal webbing structure and it is available in the ultra-grip blue compound.
New from Ruddog come universal tyre glueing bands. The well-thought-out length allows to use these bands both on 1/10th and 1/8th tyres with the increased width of 25mm not only applying force on the carcass but also the whole tread. This ensures proper tyre fitment on the rim and thus a precise and reliable glueing job. The red-colour bands come Ruddog-branded and in packs of four.
New from Revolution Design Racing Products comes the Ultra heat shield tape, a special woven structure tape for the use in a variety of applications. The structure makes for ultra-high rigidity that is further upped by a foam-padded support layer. Overall the tape is nearly 1mm thick, making for exceptional protection against both heat and mechanical impacts. The extra-flexible tape is ideal to keep nitro fuel tanks from expanding due to exhaust heat, it keeps body shells from melting when applied from the inside and it also is usable to repair damaged body shells or to keep them from breaking. The tape comes in 100cm rolls and it is available now.