Ronald Volker showed himself to have the advantage in terms of speed going into this year’s Reedy Race of Champions. While being quickest at the iconic heads up racing event doesn’t count for much when it comes to getting the overall success, being fastest over the four rounds of practice today at Tamiya Raceway does provide Volker with a phycological boost over his 23 rivals. The 19th running of the Reedy Race, Volker would be the only driver to record a legitimate 11-second lap with reigning champion Marc Rheinard closest to the Yokomo ace some 2/10ths of a second off his long standing rival. Rheinard’s Tamiya team-mate Christopher Krapp, one of the stars of last year’s event before a costly mistake at the famous kink in Race 10 cost him a shot at the title, would make it an all German Top 3.
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Designed for their range of pan cars and also many other brands are the Teamsaxo soft side springs. Made from high-quality steel and coming with colour-coded dots for easy identification the spring are softer than the company’s previous side springs, allowing for a wider setup range both on carpet and asphalt tracks. They come as pairs and in three different hardnesses.
The Protoform Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series WCICS, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary this season, again hosted eight events across Western Canada. For the second year in a row, CRC driver Blake Bell took the 1/12th Modified championship. Roche Racing’s Korgae Scales finished second overall, and Team Associated’s Peter Toszer came in 3rd. The 2016/17 season of the championship which will kick off September 23rd in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Coming from Yokomo and made for their BD7 touring car are pre-assembled 44mm rear driveshafts with aluminium dogbones and a 1-piece 44.2mm FR suspension mount. Starting with the driveshafts, the new parts greatly reduce the drivetrain’s rotation masses thanks to replacing the heavy steel dogbones with lightweight aluminium ones. A new lightweight clip design further reduced the overall weight, resulting in improved throttle response. The 44mm units come pre-assembled and they are usable in the rear of the car.
The recent third round of the Malaysia National Championship was held in the town of Sibu in East Malaysia. The race format saw six round of qualifying followed by triple mains. In the Touring 13.5T Boosted class the battle for the top spot was on between Michael Lo (Awesomatix), Chong YeeYong (Awesomatix), Albert Tang (ARC), Max Teo (Destiny) and James Ki (Awesomatix). Michael would take the TQ in the opening qualifier from Chong YeeYong, Albert Tang, Max Teo and James Ki.
Italy’s A-Paint has announced the cooperation with reigning IFMAR Electric 4WD Buggy World Champion and current ETS Championship leader Bruno Coelho. Having debuted with the new colours in Riccione at the fourth round of the ETS, where he took a TQ and a convincing win, Bruno will now race with A-Paint treated bodyshells in every class he attends.
Round two of the Turkish Onroad Championships was held at the Efmod track in Izmir. Like in wide parts of Europe the weather forecast for the weekend was pretty depressing. Friday’s practice would be held in dry conditions but arriving on Saturday morning the track was damp, meaning further practice would be delayed a couple of hours. Right in time for the first rounds of practice it started to rain again which meant further delays. As more rain was predicted for Sunday the organisers decided to go ahead with a shortened schedule of one practice round, two qualifiers and shorted sub and main finals to make sure the race could be held on Saturday.
Round three of the Malaysia Electric Touring National Championship was held in Sibu East, Malaysia. In the Touring Modified class Azri Amri (Xray) took the top qualifier position and he would hold on to the first place in the mains too, taking the day’s win from teammate Norazam (Xray) while Yokomo driver Shahrin rounded out the top 3 result.