Hot Race Tyres have announced the signing of Austrian racer Martin Wollanka to their team. The factory Xray left former long-termn tyre sponsors Pro-Line right before this year’s European Championships and he will be using Hot Race Tyres’ range of competition tyres from now on. Martin has the following to say about the deal:
It was time to chance some things after around 10 years with Pro-Line tires, so I looked for another option. I start to test Hot Race Tyres some months ago and Iwas really impressive how they working fine on my Xray car. I drove very good laptimes and constant too. I was also impressed by the always equal quality of the tires, and the quick adaptation of any condition of the track and temperatures during the races. Nicola showed the potential of its product in on road, now becoming one of the pioneers of the On Road industry, and I want to help him to show it in offroad too! I’m already know it. I’m happy to be part of the Hot Race team.
The fourth round of the Finnish 1/8th On-road national series was recently held at the Kuovola track. Good weather allowed a very nice and fair weekend of racing and after the qualifiers it was Teemu Saarinen who started from the top spot into the main final followed by Henri Frederiksson, Tomi Mairue and Tony Raikas. In the first minutes of the main final Teemu pulled away from the field until he hit a slower car. After this incident there was a great battle for the lead between Tomi and Henri. At the end Tomi won the race with Henri Fredriksson in second and Tony Raikas completing the podium. For Henri the second place was good enough to secure himself the 2016 overall Championship title.
Racers from all over the US gathered at the Chicopee Wood Agricultural Center in Gainesville, Georgia, for one of the fastest growing events, The Wicked Weekend. With an unexpected entry count of 643 total entries this race would definitely live up to its name and be a wicked long race. Because of the large entry count the race organizers decided to change up the race format from three 5 minute qualifiers to two 7 minute qualifiers to save on time. With many racers unsure about the sudden change it would prove to be a very wise decision in the end. In Pro Nitro Buggy, the most competitive class at the event, Cole Ogden came out on top with one of the closes races of the event. Blake Pickett finished second and Blake Boggs would continue to show his presence rounding out the top three.
The recent Chunchoen Worldleisure 1/8th Offroad Championships were held in Korea with high temperatures making for a tough day for both men and machine. Kyosho driver Wattaru Takashiro would make the best out of the conditions by taking the win in the 1/8th Nitro Buggy main from Agama pilot Si Minsu and Jang Wonseok (Serpent). Dani Choi (Kyosho) and Jeon Hanyoung (Serpent) completed the top 5 result.
The damp and bumpy astroturf track at Bury Metro in the north of England saw Ben Smith taking the BRCA 4WD Buggy Junior under 13’s title. Ben drove a very mature race to win the first two legs of the A-final to take the title and elsewhere in the 2WD class he would finish 2nd to round out a great weekend.
After an 8-week break the 2016 RC-Lemans Series continued with round six held at the RMC Düren track. The weather forecast for the weekend promised unsteady weather with Saturday’s practice underwent in cold but dry conditions. The opening round of qualifiers on Sunday morning would then be held on a dry track but in time for round 2 it started to get wet meaning all drivers would opt to sit out the remainder of the morning. Thankfully in time for the finals the weather cleared up and the mains would be run on a dry track.
Creation Model has announced that British talent Kyle Branson has signed to join their factory race team. Branson, who was the runner-up at the 2013 1/8th EFRA Euros, joins a line up of experienced racers, to compete in the on-road nitro classes with Infinity’s 1/8th scale platform and the recently revealed 1/10th scale prototype. Branson will also be continuing to race electric on-road, and contributing to the development of Infinity’s future projects. Branson, a multi-time ENS and Euros A-finalist, made the top ten at this month’s IFMAR Worlds in Gubbio, has the following to say about the deal:
I’m really excited to join creation model to be running their infinity brand car’s. The dedication the team has shown in its short time to establish itself as one of the leading manufacturers is amazing, and I can’t wait to hit the track with their cars. I want to thank Kenji and every body at creation model for the opportunity to represent the team, and look forward to achieving more great results with them.
The second annual Summer Slam hosted by NORCAR at The Gate in Brunswick, Ohio not only marks the nearing of the end to Summer and the start of the indoor carpet season in the U.S. Midwest region, but also the final weekend of the popular annual USVTA National Points Series. This event only offers rubber tire chassis’, this year saw Formula, VTA, USGT, GT-R, and Touring 17.5. The event saw a growth from the inaugural year due to the unique layouts that can be achieved with a rubber-tire only event. Lots of dots were used, okay … an exorbitant amount of dots were used and the Ring of Death made its reappearance. Saturday’s qualifying heated up quickly in round 1. In Formula Wayne Gerber set the early TQ in front of Brian Wynn, the only two to post early 38 lap runs.