Round 1 of the Swedish 1/8th Buggy Nationals was held at the Botkyrka MK club near Stockholm. Changing weather conditions made things challenging for the drivers and it was Niclas Mansson who took the TQ after the qualifiers with Pontus Larsson and Elias Johansson sitting in 2nd and 3rd respectively. During the semifinals it started to rain which set the stage for an entertaining main final. At the start, Nille got away in the lead, but then his engine stopped and he lost the 1st place while Hampus Berg and Elias Johansson had a long battle with Jessica Palsson just a couple of seconds behind. Just before last pit stop Elias flamed out which made way for Hampus Berg who brought home the win in front of Jessica and Pontus.
Coming soon from PR Racing is the S1 V3R Ev0 2WD buggy kit. The main focus has been to make the car smoother and easier to drive on track, and this has been achieved with a revised 2.5mm thick -5mm length 7075 aluminium chassis. In addition new insert-type hangers have been introduced, and in conjunction with the chassis design allow for much lower rear roll centre, keeping the car much flatter on track with smoother rotation. New Ackerman geometry, and new CNC rear hubs with longer link positions also improve on track driveability. A new motor mount has been produced to lower the motor 2mm into a recess in the chassis, and makes a particular difference on today’s high grip tracks. In addition to all the geometry and mechanical changes, the V3R Evo has been treated to a new body, designed to look sleek and offer more steering with its much larger forward mounted cabin. The kit comes with a host of optionals such as CNC alloy servo mount, 4 degrees alloy caster blocks, front camber plates, vented slipper plates, a swaybar set and 34T alloy idler gear and it will hit stores in June.
As the popularity of RC Monster Truck and Mega Truck racing and competition continues to boom, JConcepts has added a new event to the 2019 calendar. The Monster and Mega Tour will hold its inaugural event at The Track in Gaithersburg, Maryland, during the weekend of December 7-8, 2019. The Track, owned by Mimi Wong, is no stranger to hosting large events, most recently hosting the 2017 1/10th ROAR Electric Nationals along with a slew of high-level regional events. The Monster and Mega Tour will feature events centered around the naming formula while competing in all sorts of qualifying trials, side-by-side racing and the wildly popular freestyle. The Track provides enough space for two indoor tracks, one on brushed concrete and the other on dirt. The concrete surface, has a slight texture and provides the placement for the Fred Reep designed track to be used by the Sport Mod, and Pro Mod trucks for racing and all-out freestyle competition. The hard packed dirt track will be the setting for Classic, Retro and the Mega truck races built in the image of a full-size track of yesteryear. Full details can be found on the dedicated event website here.
The opening round of the Südcup 1/8th electric buggy series was held at the A-Team track in Graz, Austria this past weekend. Team Associated’s Jürgen Trieb was the man to beat all weekend and after taking the overall TQ in the qualifiers he would sweep the triple A-mains, taking the win in each leg for the overall from TLR’s Marc de Zwart in 2nd and SWorkz’s Marcel Trieb in 3rd.
The Sand am Main track played host to a round of the German 1/8th off-road regionals this past weekend. The regionals are qualifying races for the German nationals later this year and in the Nitro Buggy class it was Mugen’s Carsten Keller with the overall win in the 40-minute main final, some twelve seconds in front of SWorkz’s Micha Widmaier, who started from the back of the field due to problems in his semifinal. Aaron Münster (Mugen) would round out the top 3 podium result in front of “best of the rest”, Alexander Schmitt. Over in 1/8th E-Buggy it was Micha Widmaier with a flawless TQ and win.
Round 2 of the Danish DRCMU 1/10th Off-road Nationals was hosted by the Heden RC club this past weekend. In the premier 2WD Modified Buggy class it was Team Associated’s Jesper Rasmussen with the win from Yokomo’s Frederick Hovgaard on the runner-up spot. Young Marcus Kærup would round out the top 3 result. Over in 4WD Modified Buggy it was up and coming Marcus Kærup with clean sweep in the qualifiers and starting from pole position into the triple A-mains he would also walk away with the overall win from Jan Larsen on the 2 spot. Kim Nielsen would complete the podium result in 3rd. Over in the Racing Truck class it was Mads Koue with the TQ and win from Ulrich Rasmussen in 2nd and Per Eriksen in 3rd.
Xray have introduced new aluminium shock towers for the XB4 series of buggies. The parts are machined from high-quality 7075 aluminium and they come black anodised for wear and looks. The front tower features lowered upper shock mounting positions and an overall lower design for an optimised centre of gravity while the rear tower matched the shock positions of the carbon fibre part, however it sports new outer wing mount positions that allow to shift the rear wing up and down to adjust the aerodynamic balance of the buggy. The 3mm thick shock towers offer increased overall stiffness compared to the carbon fibre parts for an easier to drive and more predictable car when running in high-bite track conditions.
The 2019 Lonestar Challenge was held at Thornhill Racing Circuit in Hutto, Texas this past weekend. The event was organised by The Dirt Racing’s Joey Christensen and attracted most of the country’s 1/8th off-road stars with Tekno RC’s Jared Tebo making the double in the Pro Nitro Buggy and Pro Nitro Truggy classes. It was Agama’s Ryan Lutz who would take the TQ in the Pro Nitro Buggy class from Xray’s Ty Tessmann, however after the 45-minute main final it was Jared Tebo who would walk away with the silverware from HB Racing’s Cole Ogden on the runner-up spot. Tekno RC’s Joe Bornhost would come in 3rd while TQ Ryan Lutz had to settle for 8th overall. Over in the Pro Nitro Truggy class TQ holder Ryan Lutz had to settle for 2nd overall, a lap behind the eventual winner, Jared Tebo. Joe Bornhorst, 2nd after the qualifiers, came in 3rd to round out the podium.