German Team Associated distributors LRP have announced the signing of Carsten Keller to run the RC8B3 and RC8B3e at all major races across Germany and Europe. The former SWorkz driver and national frontrunner will also use LRP, AKA, JConcepts and Sanwa equipment, with the campaign for his new chassis sponsors starting at the forthcoming EFRA 1/8th Nitro Buggy European Championship A in Spain. Carsten has the following to say about the deal:
I want to thank Jürgen Lautenbach, Andy Krämer and the whole LRP team as well as Team Associated for making it possible for me to run a full “Blue package” from now on. I am very proud of all the faith LRP is having in me and I am sure their efforts will pay off. I will do my best to represent all brands as good as possible.
Round three of the Norwegian 1/10th Electric Off-road National Series was recently held at the Oslo-based Hverven Raceway. In the 4WD Buggy class, Xray’s Malin Karlsen would bring home the day’s win with victories in A1 and A3, coming from the 3 spot on the grid. Yokomo team mates Eirik Andreassen and Daniel Kobbevik rounded out the podium in second and third respectively.
Round four of The Team Associated Summer Series at the Hobbyplex was last weekend, and the competition was stacked with heavy hitters from all over the mid-west with the race having a nice turnout with 194 entries. Will Brinton was an unstoppable force in Modified Racing Truck, taking the TQ in both rounds of qualifying, and a wire-to-wire win in the 8-minute single A-main with a near-flawless run.
Round three of the Xray TORC series was held at Burmod Bursa last weekend. The weekend started off with very hot weather but ended – yet again – in a rain drama. In the Nitro Touring class, Mustafa Alp took round TQs in Q1 and Q2 but suffered strange car problems in the following two rounds. After an overnight car rebuild Alp was back on track in Q5, taking the final qualifier and with it the overall TQ in front of Halit, who came out fastest in Q3 and Q4.
Last weekend the Cyprus International 1/8 Nitro Buggy Race was held in Nicosia with drivers from Cyprus, Greece and Israel in attendance. The weather was extremely hot and the new track layout with high jumps and a lot of bumps made for challenging racing conditions. In the A-main Andreas Thrasyvoulou (Xray) brought home the win from Rafail Panayi (Xray) and Marios Christodoulou (Mugen).
Round three of the Polish On-road Championships was held at the recently refurbished Jelcz-Laskowice track. Offering fast sections and a low grip level the track was a bit of a handful for many of the EP Formula class drivers especially those who prepped their cars according to the EFRA rules with rubber tyres and slower motors than the boosted 17.5T and foam tyres that are allowed in the Polish Championship. In the qualifiers, run in very hot weather conditions on Saturday, the battle for the TQ was on between Michal Milanowicz and Robert Okonski with the better end for Robert. The final on Sunday were a much different affair with 20°C and some rain. Robert though would bring home the win from Michal who suffered from bad luck in A1 and A2. The third and final A-main was than dropped by the organisers due to too much rain. Overall, Jan Ruman would round out the top 3 result, making it an all-Xray top 3.
The third round of the Dutch BL Cup was held at the MACH One club in Helmond. Agama’s Bart Mullink would take the win in the A-main from Xray’s Jarno Pijpers, who suffered problems early in the final but he was able to recover grab the runner-up spot on the podium. Sander van Genechten (Xray) rounded out the podium in third.
The 2016 Byron Challenge recently wrapped up at Leisure Hours Raceway with some fantastic racing among drivers from across the eastern half of the United States. While the forecast was for heavy rain on Sunday, the conditions were high temperatures and sunny skies throughout the weekend. In 1/8th Open 4WD, Xray teammates Eric Jones and Jason Conley battled all weekend for the TQ starting position with Joseph Wright (Serpent) right on their heels. With Jason and Eric both TQ’ing two of the four qualifying rounds, Eric’s better tiebreaker gave him P1 for the start of the main event.