The 2017 ROAR Fuel Offroad Nationals were held at Stateline RC Raceway last weekend. Rainy weather made things unpleasant at times but the track owners went above and beyond to make sure everyone had everything they needed and more, and got the track ready to run again after the rain came. In the Nitro Truck A-main runner-up after the qualifiers, Ty Tessmann (Xray) tried to keep up with leader Ryan Maifield (Mugen) right from the beginning and he waited for an opportunity to pass. Both battled back and forth during the beginning of the race but eventually Maifield made a bigger mistake which allowed Tessmann to get out in front and form a gap between them. Ty didn’t push too hard but just tried to maintain the gap and finish the race in 1st place which he was able to do, giving him his 4th national Truggy title. Behind Tessmann, Ryan Maifield and Tekno RC’s Ryan Lutz would round out the podium result.
Round 4 of the Jimmy Babcock Racing League Electric Series was held at OC/RC Raceway in Huntington Beach, California. The event again attracted some of California’s fastest electric drivers to compete in several Modified and Stock classes with young Broc Champlin (Team Associated) making the double in the 2WD Open and 4WD Open categories. The Team Associated duo of Ron Devoll and Tommy Hinz came in 2nd and 3rd respectively while in the 4WD Open class Broc was side lined by Jake Mayo (Team Associated) and Tommy Hinz (Team Associated) in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Round 3 of the Swiss Electric On-road Championship was held in Geneva in the usual classes of Touring Modified, Touring Pro Stock, Formula and Swiss GT. 45 drivers signed in to battle it out in the most south-west point of the country. In the Touring Modified class Michele Manzo swept qualifying to secure the pole position for the triple A-mains. A1 then also went to plan for Michele but in A2 he struggled with backmarkers and he had some bobbles in A3 but nevertheless he was able to bring home the win in front of teammate Fabian Widmer. Philipp Huber would round out the podium result.
Round 2 of the Asia Onroad Championship was held at the famous TRC circuit in Hong Kong. This time, for the sake of variety and the driver’s opinion, the organisers had decided to use the bigger GP track for the event. This was a much welcomed move, as it was very fun to drive as a result of its bigger size and high grip levels. Unfortunately, the event was struck by heavy rain showers throughout but the organisers were able to be flexible with the schedule, to allow drivers to get most of their runs in. The Touring Modified finals were rather eventful and ultimately it was Infinity’s Akio Sobue who walked away with the win from teammate Naoto Matsukura in 2nd and Xray’s Alexander Hagberg 3rd.
Round 3 of the Czech Nitro On-road National Championships was held in Svitavy this past weekend. In the 1/10th 200mm Nitro Touring class it was Oliver Havránek (Xray) who put his car on pole position for the A-main but the final was ultimately won by Michal Abrahámek (Xray) as Oliver ran out of tyres in the closing stages, but was able to secure the 2nd spot though. Sunday and race two saw Oliver in trouble as first an engine and then also a servo broke but he managed to get the bump-up spot to the A-main to start the race from P11. In the main final Oliver would soon move up the field and despite finding himself in the grass once, he was able to bring home the win from Michael Abrahámek 2nd and Michal Jansa (Serpent) in 3rd overall.
Following the introduction of the new Fleta ZX V2 modified motor, Muchmore now also present the Fleta ZX Sting V2 stock variant. The outlaw stock motor utilise short stack technology for greatly improved power output over conventional stock motors and it features a highly machined alloy can, 20 degree to 50 degree advanced timing, a lightweight aluminium end plate for further improved cooling as well as Grade 5 ball bearings and a strong aluminium mount for the sensor unit. A Neodymium magnet rotor with ZX balancing further enhances the overall performance of the motor that is soon available in 10.5T to 30.5T winding variants.
The Buggyland 4.0 1/8th off-road race will be held from the 15th to 17th of September at the CARTT Fuencarral track in Madrid, Spain. The 3-day event, widely known as the country’s season highlight, will see 1/8th Nitro and Electric Buggy racing, attracting Spain’s fastest drivers as well as many entries from abroad. More information can be found here with registration being available here.
This past weekend the third round of the 2017 Norwegian 1/10th Off-Road Buggy Nationals was hosted by the Innherred RC-Bil Klubb at the IHRC Raceway astroturf track in Levanger, Norway. After the initial shake down and instalment free practice Friday evening, Saturday was 2WD race day. Three rounds of qualifying were ran and it was Schumacher driver Roy Gjemble who took his Schumacher KC to the overall TQ position. Øystein Døler (Team Associated) qualified 2nd, Thorbjørn Døler (Team Associated) came in 3rd, and the young and talented 11-years old Alexander Gjemble (Team Associated) claimed 4th on the grid for the A-finals.