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
VP PowerMaster would like to welcome our new addition to the team, 2006 IFMAR Nitro Off-Road World Champion, Mark Pavidis. Mark is one of the most widely-known and accredited off-road racers in the R/C racing world. Mark’s name is also synonymous with AKA Products, the championship winning tires and accessory company he co-founded with two other R/C legends, Joel Johnson and Gil Losi Jr. Mark knows a thing or two about R/C and what it takes to win at the highest levels of R/C nitro racing. He chose VP PowerMaster to give him solid performance and incredible fuel economy. In Mark’s first race out on VP PowerMaster he brought home the TQ and win in the 1/8 Buggy Masters class at this year’s 2013 Nitro Challenge race in Arizona and then did it all again at the 2013 Silver State Off-road Challenge in Vegas.
Source: VP [powermasterfuels.com]
Wednesday, May 22, 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
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 French EFRA GP, warm-up for the 1/8th off-road European Championship A, took place in Reims this weekend. The racing was held under terrible weather conditions and had to be cancelled 10 minutes into the first semi final, which was being led by Renaud Savoya, due to pouring rain and a flooded track. The decision was made to base the final results on qualifying awarding 2012 World Champion Robert Battle with the win. Second place went to Jerome Aigoin who was tied on points with Jerome Sartel. Lee Martin and Renaud Savoya ended up fourth and fifth respectively.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 - add a comment
The second round of the East German nitro on-road Championship took place at the fast track of Leipzig. A total of 22 drivers found the way to Leipzig with Shepherd racer Michael Kammer being one of them to score for the East German Championship. On Saturday the whole day the track was wet so the qualifying took place on Sunday morning under better weather conditions. In the last round of qualifying Michael secured himself the TQ spot to start the 30-minutes finale from the pole-position in front of reigning German 1/8 Champion Toni Gruber. At the start he could defend his lead chased be Toni Gruber close behind him. After a few laps Toni made a driving error followed by an unscheduled visit in the pitlane which cost a lot of time. Increasing his lead lap by lap Michael never looked back and crossed the finishing line four laps in front of Toni with Wilfried Stecker completing the podium.
Source: Shepherd [team-shepherd.com]
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Our friends at 1:8 Offroad racing club BADMCC in Northern Ireland have been in contact to let us now about their upcoming (25-26 May) Paddy Piston Race which is now in its fifth year. Held at the club’s impressive track in Graigavon, on which they have carried out extensive work in preparation for the big event, former winners of the race include European Champion Darren Bloomfield, Richard Cree and Graham Alsop who returns this year in search of a hat trick of wins having won the event for the past two years. With the emphasis on offering drivers a great weekend of value, fun and hospitality, the race format will see all drivers get almost 2-hours of track time and on Saturday night the club will host a BBQ, which we have heard can run late into the night. Restricted to 84 drivers, the race uses a controlled tyre with a set, along with inserts and wheels included in the entry fee. A small number of places are still available for the Paddy Piston Race and interested drivers should contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: BADMCC [badmcc.com]
Saturday, May 18, 2013