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.
Coming from T-Works and made for the Serpent SRX8 GT kit are a titanium turnbuckle set as well as two screw kits. Starting with the turnbuckles, the links are machined from high-quality 64 grade titanium with the 7-piece kit including all all toe and camber links as well as a smaller servo link. Also included are suitable turnbuckle wrenches for easy adjustment. As for the screw kits, T-Works have announced the release of a 159-piece UFO head titanium and a 235-piece gold-colour steel screw set. The titanium kit will greatly lower the overall weight of the car while the gold-coloured set will make for added visual impact.
Yeah Racing have introduced their new adjustable body mounts for the 6mm body posts of most 1/10th on-road cars. Machined from high-quality aluminium and coming black anodised for looks and protection, the body mounts offer an adjustable design by simply rotating the mount on the post to access the different level mounting holes and then fixing the platforms with the included screws. This ensures the selected height will always stay the same compared to the popular threaded twist-type mounts whose height adjustment can change over time. The set included four body mounts and four mounting screws.
The fifth round of the FinTrack Tour took place at the Kuusankoski outdoor track this past weekend in perfect weather conditions. In the Touring Modified class it was Miko Teponoja with the overall TQ from Georgy Chmigal and Karri Salmela who also took a round each. In A1 and A2 Miko would come out on top, handing him the overall win early as Georgy Chmigal cemented his runner-up spot with a win in A3. Karri Salmela, who took the runner-up spots in all three A-mains, had to settle for 3rd overall.