Last weekend a round of the North German IC Track regionals took place at the track of the MC Munster club. With treads of rain before the weekend the race itself stayed dry, making for good racing conditions for the drivers. After four rounds of qualifying in the 1/8th IC Track class, it was Serpent’s Merlin Depta in front of ARC’s Lars Hoppe and Shepherd’s Timo Schröder. In the entertaining 30-minutes main finale there were some ups and downs for everyone and in the end it was Lars with the win just 0.16 seconds in front of Merlin. Serpent’s Lennart Skornia completed the podium in 3rd position.
West Coast R/C Works have introduced their new pan car servo setup system V2. The updated tool was designed based on customer requests and suggestions throughout last year. The outcome of this is the V2 which is machined from 6061 aluminium and hard anodised in black. The V2 will now withstand the hardest use cases. The mounting hole is now M3 threaded which makes mounting it to the car much easier. Usually the servo position and angle of the servo horn or servo safer are set with the eye balling method. This method usually results in inaccurate servo positions and servo horn angle. The new tool is designed to counter this problem and introduce a high repeatability of the servo setup process of today’s RC cars. The setup system is composed of two pan car servo centering tools and one servo straight edge V2. The set contains all necessary parts to install the servo in the center and the desired angle on 1/10th and 1/12th scale pan cars. It fits most chassis with a front end hole spacing of 15mm to 40mm.
This past weekend the first round of the Austrian 1/10th 200mm Championship took place at the SFMAV Nußdorfring club. With fantastic spring weather, a total of 38 participants made their way to Salzburg. After the qualifiers Leonardo Varga secured the TQ ahead of Gerhard Kandelhart and Christoph Rohrmoser, all running Shepherd cars. The start of the A-main was very turbulent, and due to technical problems of Leonardo, Gerhard could take the lead, but unfortunately later also had to retire from the race. Christoph Rohrmoser took profit of the situation up front, snatching the lead and pulling a gap from the chasing Franz Engel and the rest of the field. Five minutes before the end, tyre strategy came into play. Franz Engel was able to pass Christoph Rohrmoser, who was already on the rims, for the lead and after 45 minutes, Franz was able to take a popular win from Christoph Rohrmoser 2nd and veteran racer Hermann Berger in 3rd, all running Shepherd cars. Over in the Youngsters class it was Simon Engel with the win at his maiden nitro race.
Round 3 of 6 of the Belgian Electric On-road Nationals was held at the outdoor asphalt track of HRT club in Houthalen. The technical track is ideally suited for electric touring cars, however the bumpy surface meant that the pilots would face a real challenge to find the ideal setup for their cars. Saturday was open for free practice and the fastest driver in Touring Modified would be Oli Bultynck. Oli posted a 15.6 lap time and was closely followed by Florian Joos with a 15.8 and Mitchell Van Es. In Stock, the fight for the title between current championship leader Vincent Van Gansen and Giovanni Moguez would see a third contender. After a short break from racing, Nicolas Delisé made his return with an Xray and posted the same lap times as the other two protagonists. In the Fun class, Luc Wauters seemed to hold the upper hand with a lap time nearly 0.3 seconds faster than his competitors. On Sunday however, everything would change as heavy showers were expected to hit the track.
Last weekend the second round of the Dutch IC Track Nationals took place at the Raco2000 track in Utrecht. Perfect weather conditions made for nice days of racing and in premier 1/8th NK class it was Joey Sorber with the overall TQ and a new 12.887s track record from Arie Manten and Michael Salven. The lineup for the final gave hope for some exciting racing action with Joey Sorber starting from pole, Salven in 2nd place and local hero Arie Manten in 3rd. From the start Joey was able to pull away slowly racing a flawless final with no big problems. In the end Joey (Shepherd) took the win with a three lap margin to 2nd placed Arie Manten (Infinity) with Serpent’s Michael Salven taking the final podium spot.
The Trofeo Grand Prix was held at the Italian Palermo RC Club this past weekend. Sergio Priolo (Shepherd), Mirko Cacicia (Shepherd) and Amorello Francesco battled for the overall TQ in the 200mm nitro touring class. In the 20-minute A-main final it was Sergio who would hold the upper hand, taking the win three laps ahead of his teammate Mirko. Capricorn’s Salvo Cinturino, who started from 4th on the grid, took the final podium spot another lap down.
Fenix have introduced their new Mistral 2-0 1/10th scale formula car kit. A radical departure from the current formula car design the Mistral 2-0 is the first kit to utilise a V-link, better known as quad-link design rear suspension. The rear V-links allow to adjust the chassis’ roll centre for improved overall traction and better adjustability to a variety of track conditions. Also up front Fenix decided to go a different route with the design allowing to use static or dynamic caster adjustments for a more aggressive steering. The kit will become available with a ball or gear differential, allowing to pre-set the car for low or high grip conditions.
European X-Grip distributors Mikimodel have introduced their new range of foam tyres for 1/10th scale pan cars. Developed to produce exceptional traction in all kinds of track conditions while making for an easy to drive car, the pre-trued foam tyres come as 40, 37 and 35 shore front and 32 and 30 shore rear variants, pre-mounted on black multi-spoke rims and usable for both 200mm and 235mm pan cars.