The 1/8th scale EFRA European ‘B’ Championships were held this week at MAV Raceway in Aigen, Austria, the first EFRA Nitro Championship to use single brand hand out tires. With 91 drivers in attendance they had to deal with not only unseasonal single figure temperatures but also on and off rain throughout the event. Qualifying would go the way of Shepherd/Sonic driver Daniel Sieber claiming the only 20 lap run to claim the TQ spot with Maxi Vogl (Shepherd/Sonic) and Rene Püpke (Serpent/Xceed) completing an all German top 3 with Switzerland’s Claudio Pasquin taking 4th. Semi A would see Sieber cruise through to take the pole position for the main while Semi B would see the end of the meeting for Vogl and Pasquin, Nejc Mihelic taking the win. In the final it was to be a close finish with Sieber again being the man to beat, taking the win and European ‘B’ title ahead of Spain’s Nacho Lopez (Serpent/Xceed) in 2nd, 3 seconds behind the winner, with Michael Klausner (Mugen/Novarossi) claiming the final podium spot 3 tenths of a second back for an amazingly close finish.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - add a comment
Chula Vista R/C Race Club hosted round four of the AKA Spring Series last Saturday with the event attracting 100 entries. Adam Drake TQ’d truck and buggy with his Novarossi powered 8ight 3.0 and 8ight T 2.0 equipped with Pro-Line tires. In the buggy class, Mark Pavidis lined up second for the thirty minute final followed by Carson Wernimont in third. Drake took the victory in both finals by more than a lap with Pavidis and fellow TLR driver Don Vinkemulder completing the podium in Pro buggy.
Source: TLR [tlracing.com]
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 1 comment so far
Last weekend the first race of the Spanish Federation Championship in Electric Touring Modified and Stock categories was held at the Villareal Nitro 15 club in the south of Spain, host of the 2008 European Championships. With a total of 45 entries, this event was run under fantastic weather and a friendly atmosphere. The race was dominated in both classes by the veteran driver Vicente Eres who took the wins from pole position in the stock class and from second in modified.
Friday, May 24, 2013 - add a comment
DJ Apolaro report from last weekend’s Annual KO Grand Prix Race in California where there was a very good turn out with the Nationals being later this year at the same track. ‘They must have had over 140 racers between all classes. Kenny Ives and myself showed up Friday morning like most of the out of towner’s to practice and they also run 1 qualifier on Friday as well. My 1/8 scale felt really good from the start and my sedan was needing some work. With racers like Swauger, Burch, Paolo and others, it was a good time to see how our package compared and what we needed to improve. For sure the racers that make 5 minutes have a great advantage. In sedan I had no issues with run time, but with 1/8 scale the stars had to align to make this happen.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 1 comment so far
The Johor Indoor Carpet Master 2013 was held recently at Pontian, a small town in the south western Peninsula of Malaysia an this report come from P.Y. Tang. ‘Organized by Mr. Ken Ng, a local resident and Xray driver, the event was very successful attracting over 80 entries with many fast drivers attending from the Peninsula Malaysia, East Malaysia and Singapore. Open Brushless 13.5T took center stage as two other classes 1:12 Pan and 1:10 FF was cancelled. The carpet track was newly prepared in a school’s open-air multi-purpose hall on Thursday and the layout was very technical which was similar to the 2012 LRP TCM. No practice was allowed until Friday, with 2 control practice and 4 qualifying rounds on Saturday, followed by 1 more qualifying round and 3 finals on Sunday. As asphalt races are more common in this region, the JICM carpet race attracted many drivers and was a must-go event.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 1 comment so far
The first round of the Swiss Nationals was held on the very nice race track in Schaffhausen. The drivers had to deal with unpredictable weather conditions over the whole weekend. After two dry and two wet qualifying rounds, it was Mario Rigert who secured pole position in modified class in front of Michele Manzo and Florian Hauser. All three finals which could be raced under dry conditions saw a start to finish victory for Mario Rigert. Second and third place overall went to Fabian Widmer and Florian Hauser.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - add a comment
Last weekend hundreds of racers descended on A Main Hobbies’ Silver Dollar RC Raceway to compete in the Inaugural Silver Dollar Off-Road Challenge on the new Joey Christensen 1/8-scale layout. The track took center stage during the weekend’s race, but when it was all said and done two of A Main Hobbies’ rising stars, Austin Blair and Dylan Rodriguez stole the show. Blair and Rodriguez wrapped up the coveted pro classes proving that the two of them are quickly approaching “elite speed” and becoming contenders at every race they attend.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - add a comment
The 1st Annual Top Gear Hobbies Spring Shootout was held this past weekend in Clackamas, OR. This is the home track of Team Orion USA Team Manager Joe Pillars. Making the trip out for this event was Team Orion’s current 2wd & 4wd IFMAR World Champion Ryan Cavalieri. The North-West’s fastest racers would all be in attendance to test their skills against the 4-Time World Champ. The Invitational Class would consist of 30 racers that were divided up into 4 heats of 8 in random order. All drivers would use 2wd Modified Buggies for all 8 rounds. 4 rounds of heads up racing were ran on Saturday and another 4 rounds on Sunday. Each driver was given 2 throw-outs, using their best 6 finishes. Tie-breakers were determined by the number of 1st place finishes, 2nd place finishes, and on using the 6 counted points. If still a tie, each drivers 2 fastest runs would be combined by laps and times to decide the higher finisher.
Monday, May 20, 2013 - add a comment