RC Concept have announced that UK frontrunner, Lee Martin will use Thor Fuel to power his RC Concept equipped rides for 2017. Lee will attend the UK BRCA Nationals as well as all major 1/8th off-road events such as the Neo Race and the European Championships to name just a few.
The RBR36 Arena farewell race was held this part weekend in Barcelona, Spain. The final race at Robert Batlle’s own indoor off-road facility saw his brother, Dani Batlle walking away with the win in the 1/8th Nitro Buggy class.
The Amazing Indoor Arena AMA in Guangzhou, China held their opening race this past weekend. The race was run at the facility’s 40x25m indoor asphalt track and it attracted some of the country’s fastest electric on-road drivers as well as industry personalities to celebrate the official opening of China’s latest and possibly largest RC car racing Mecca. Racing-wise the event also attracted guests from abroad and two of them, Sweden’s Viktor Wilck and Germany’s David Ehrbar, that also took responsibility for the track layout, would take respective wins in the Touring Modified and Formula class A-mains.
The third round of the Mibosport Cup 2016/17 was held this past weekend with 208 entries for the four electric on-road and two off-road classes. The race kicked off the second half of the season and in the Touring Modified class it was Dominic Vogl with Kuba Šimurda and Oliver Havránek occupying top 3 spots after the qualifying. The first A-main primarily saw a battle between Dominic Vogl and Kuba Šimurda. Kuba tried to attack but Dominic, with his fast and precise driving, didn’t give Kuba a chance. At the end of the first leg, Kuba was losing almost two seconds to the first place while Oliver Havránek finished in third.
The 2017 Panamerican International GT Grand Prix was held at Homestead RC Raceway in Florida over the weekend. In the Pro GT class it was Joaquin Desoto Jr. who took the win in the hour long main final some three laps in front of runner-up, Lazaro Alonso. Peter Breton would complete the top 3 result another lap down.
CML Distribution have announced the singing of French top driver, Antoine Rosetti to their team. Antoine will race in the French 1/10th Championship in order to qualify for the European Championship in 2018, which will take place in Reims. He brings with him a wealth of experience and victories including a 2WD third place in 2011 from the European Championship in Pau. Antoine will be running the RC10B6/B6D in 2WD and the new RC10B64D in 4WD, powering his cars will be the Reedy Mach 3 brushless motors, Reedy 510R Blackbox ESCs and Reedy LiPo batteries. The whole of team CML UK and CML France welcome Antoine and look forward to some great results in 2017 and beyond.
Following his departure from Novarossi last week, Hobbico have today announced that Adam Drake, along with his wife Ronda, have joined the O.S. and TrakPower race teams for 2017. This R/C power couple has been kicking the competition for a combined 50+ years, racking up countless wins at all levels. Now they’re bringing that expertise to a track near you, coaching race peers and helping Hobbico make fast drivers even faster with cutting-edge products. “O.S. is passionate about winning and is the proven choice of champions,” Adam explains. “I’m honored to be a part of the team.” Ronda adds “It has been a dream of mine to run for O.S. Everyone knows that they are the best engine on the market!”
The annual January Jam was held at Flowood RC in Mississippi in pretty cold conditions. Ryan Lutz and teammate Joe Bornhorst would battle for the TQ honours in the 1/8th classes and ultimately it was Joe who TQ’d Nitro Buggy and Nitro Truck while Ryan top qualified the E-Buggy category. Nitro Buggy was the final race of the day and the most entertaining. Both Joe and Ryan again got off to a close start swapping the lead a couple times before Ryan again made a bigger mistake. Lutz then had a terrible lap with 3 crashes as the track was developing some character with some bumps as well as some dust. Joe got out to a 10 second plus lead halfway through and Ryan really thought he had it in the bag. But nearing the final five minutes Bornhorst made some mistakes as his tires were making it hard for him to drive and Ryan was able to catch up and put in a pass. Lutz could feel something going out in his buggy’s steering and was just praying it would stay together to finish the race, and fortunately with Joe pushing hard behind him, Bornhost made another bobble or two giving Ryan Lutz the cushion he needed to bring home the bacon.