The first and second rounds of the BRCA GT12 National Series 2018 were hosted by the Eastbourne Electric Car Club at the Robertsbridge Community Sports Hall, Robertsbridge Community College, East Sussex. This is a new format this year for the BRCA GT12 National series with three venues hosting two rounds each over a weekend. Saturday saw 75 drivers attending round 1 with 73 drivers attending round 2 on Sunday with most drivers electing to attend both days. The race format for both days was a practice heat, four qualifying rounds and one final. The track was laid on ETS carpet with the introduction of orange dots to mark each apex which guided drivers to the racing line around the track.
The opening round of the Bolivian 1/8th Off-road Nationals was held in La Paz this past weekend. Due to the location of the track, high above sea level, engine tuning was very difficult for the nitro drivers as were the weather conditions with rain making for a muddy track at times. In the end it was Carlos Guerra who made the best out of the conditions to bring home the win in the Nitro Buggy class from Bryan Bohrt 2nd and Jorge Zamora 3rd, making it an all JQ Racing top 3. Over in E-Buggy it was again Carlos Guerra with the win as Jorge Zamora and Wilson Cuellar rounded out the top 3 results for another JQ Racing 1-2-3 finish.
Round 4 of the Finnish FinTrack Tour took place at the Äänekoski indoor track last weekend. The facility offers both permanent on and off-road tracks and the club did a great job again hosting the indoor season finale. In the Touring Modified class, run on Saturday, Viljami Kutvonen took the win from Joel Valander and Georgy Chmigal in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The championship has three rounds ahead with the battle for the top 3 spots still being on between the 55 drivers that attended so far.
With snow covering most of the UK the Herts Nitro venue was lucky and only received a light dust so the team were able to get the track cleared and ready to race round 12 of this season’s Winter Series. Only 26 diehard racers braved the sub-zero temperatures and all had an enjoyable but cold day. Qualifying was dominated by Simon Reeves with Dylan Saunders not far behind. With only two finals the finals would be a pit lane start as the straight was the only part of the track which was soft and in the end it was Simon Reeves with the A-main win from Dylan Saunders 2nd and Steve Johnson 3rd. The opening round of the HNMC Summer Series will be held on the 1st of April.
The final round of this Winter’s WBC Cup was held at the Netto RC Arena over the weekend. Many of Sweden’s top off-road drivers signed up to battle it out on the demanding track that offers a mix of high speed and tight corners, table top jumps, singles and many more. In 2WD Elias Johansson (Team Associated) took the TQ in front of Jessica Pålsson (Kyosho) and Hampus Berg (Team Associated).
Ryan Lutz has taken an expected win in the 1/8th nitro buggy class in Xiamen China, but he didn’t have it all his own way. Looking at the results one would think the race was a procession but at various stages of the 1 hour main there was plenty of excitement at the front of the field. Yusuke Suguira looked to have the faster car throughout the race, especially in the early part, but too many mistakes meant he couldn’t capitalise, while in their own league, behind the leading pair Kaja Novotny took home 3rd after a long and exciting battle with Wataru Takashiro who ended up just off the podium in 4th.
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The final round of the 2017/18 Essex Winter Series took place this weekend. As the UK was affected by another freezing and snow-filled weekend, it was great to see another almost capacity entry to round out a busy year, which was also bolstered by a “guest heat” of the popular Tamiya Trucks. With the Modified title already decided, Olly Jefferies decided to sit out this round, but still was trackside to cheer on his team and help them out for the finals. It was therefore Elliott Harper, who already had one hand firmly on the championship runner-up trophy, who got proceedings underway by topping the first two rounds of qualifying for Schumacher. Alexander Hagberg, who took his first ever EWS win at the previous event, was close to Elliott but had to settle for 2nd each time. The fight for third was much closer, however, with the top five in Q1 being filled out by the Yokomo of new Maclan signing Harley Eldridge, Team Associated’s Chris Grainger, and the Schumacher of former series champion Stefan Chodzynski. The second qualifier saw Matt White take 3rd for Associated, in front of Harley and Stefan.
The opening round of the 2018 Santa Perpetua Championship for 1/8 Electric Buggies was held this past weekend and it was Agama driver Alex García Aguilera with the TQ and win. Martí Prat (Mugen) came in 2nd from David Tonijuan (Team Associated) in 3rd.
Thanks to Alejandro García Aguilera for the report.