The second round of the RC-Lemans Series was held at the Dutch Apeldoorn track. A dusty track on Friday made things challenging for the handful of drivers that attended the free practice with overnight rain solving the dust issue but the track still offered relatively low traction. In the fast LMP1 Modified class Reinder Wilms laid down the fastest run after the three rounds of qualifying. The traction level increased from round to round and already in Q2 Reinder was a lap quicker compared to Q1 with Tim and Kai Altmann coming in 2nd and 3rd. Despite two quick runs from Reinder, Kai would snatch the overall TQ in the final round from Tim and Reinder. Christian Fischer and Joachim Behnken completed the top 5 result.
The second round of the Swiss Nitro On-road Nationals was held at the Aigen track in changing weather conditions. The event started off on Friday with practice rounds on a sugared track but during the afternoon it started to rain. On Saturday morning the track was still wet but it dried fast, allowing for another 20 minutes of practice to adapt the drivers and cars to the now much lower traction. Unfortunately during qualifying it started to rain again and in the 1/8th class it was Simon Kurzbuch who made the best out of the conditions to take the TQ in front of Hächler and Pesenti.
The 2017 encounter of the Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Grand Prix was held recently and in the premier 1/8th nitro on-road category it was an all Shepherd affair with Yee Kok Leong managing to secure the TQ position and leading from the start to the checkered flag with a faultless drive. Behind Yee it was Wong Yoong Keong who constantly fought his way up from his starting position at the back of the grid to finish 2nd in front of KK Lim in 3rd position.
Round 2 of the RCE Championship was held in Nicosia, Cyprus in windy and warm weather conditions. The bumpy high grip track made things interesting on the track and after the qualifiers it was Rafael Panayi who took the TQ with his Xray. Unfortunately in the main final he had to retire due to a servo problem and so it was Xray teammate Savvas Savva who obtained the top spot after the final, leaving Pantelis Makrides (Agama) and Antonis Panayiotou (Kyosho) behind in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The opening round of the Dutch Electric On-road National Championship was held at the tight and technical track of the HFCC. The event attracted about 40 entries thanks to some updated rules and in the premier Touring Modified class it was veteran racer Bart Wubben who took the day’s win courtesy of wins in A1 and A2. This allowed him to sit out the third and final main at what was his first national race in eight years, to watch the other driver battle for the remaining podium spots. Ultimately Mitchell van Es would take the runner-up spot from Peter Meurs in 3rd.
The ASMOCAN club of Elechas, Cantabria in the north of Spain recently held round 3 of the Cantabrian regional championship. The race attracted a good amount of entries with drivers from all over the region attending in the 1/10th Touring Stock and 1/5th scale classes. In the Touring Stock class young Chicha Rioja took the TQ and win but the remaining podium spots where only decided in the final A-main with Alejandro Zarate and Edgar Schultz ultimately coming in 2nd and 3rd.
This past weekend saw the popular south coast Adur circuit host round 2 of the BRCA 1/10 Touring car national series. Yet again this year the event was fully booked and the optional Saturday practice saw most drivers taking to the track to fine tune their setups. Raceday started overcast but the wind had died down overnight, releasing the car’s full potential. In the Modified class tyres again proved to dominate the driver’s strategy with defending champion Chris Grainger electing to sit out round 1 clearing the way for round 1 winner Olly Jefferies to take the first leg and then sit out round 2 himself. Chris took round 2 to even it up but Olly came back onto track to take the third leg and secure the pole. Alexander Hagberg took the final round to leave himself tied with Chris, but Chris took the second spot on the grid by virtue of a faster run time. 2016 Adur winner Elliott Harper lined up 4th on the grid with young Harley Eldridge 5th.
The first round of the Norwegian 1/8th Off-road Championship was hosted by the Honefoss RC Club this past weekend with the weather forecast promising very mixed weather. Unfortunately the forecast was right and so the event started off with rain followed by pretty heavy rain but later the sun would come out, making for good racing conditions although it was pretty tough on the track as setup and tyre choice was a real challenge for the drivers. Racing wise the opening two rounds were won by Serpent driver Daniel Kobbevik while Rune Karlsen (Kyosho) snatched round 3 and SWorkz driver Björn Ivar Haug came out fastest in Q4. Ultimately it was Daniel who took the overall TQ with two wins and a 2nd place finish.