The Spanish nitro on-road season kicked off last weekend with the Club Automodelismo Autet holding a regional race for 1/8th, 1/10th and 1/5th scale classes. Nacho Lopez was in control of things in the 1/8th category as he took the TQ a lap in front of Ruben Olivares and he would also take the win in the half hour long A-main, some two laps in front of Ruben as Jose Gil completed the podium result from Miguel Solon 4th and Eliseo Boters 5th.
The recent Ace Cup race in Korea saw Shepherd’s Jae Kuk Yoo walking away with the TQ and win in the 1/8th nitro on-road class. Kiyong Hong and Serpent’s Yanghyeon Kim would complete the podium result as Shepherd’s Min Hee Lee rounded out the top 4.
The Cap Go Meh race was held last weekend at the Forluck RC Raceway Track in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. “Cap Go Meh” means the 15th day and the last day of the Lunar New Year celebrations for Chinese communities around the world and the race schedule saw four rounds of 10-minutes qualifying followed by bump-up finals. Xray’s Jason Nugroho would put his Novarossi-powered buggy on the TQ spot after the qualifiers and he would also come out fastest after the 45-minutes main race with Stanley Wangsanegara (HB Racing/O.S.) and Adrian Wicaksono (Mugen/O.S.) completing the top 3 podium result.
Maclan Racing have announced the signing of UK on-road front runner, Harley Eldridge, to the fast growing factory team. Harley is a super proactive young talent who will be racing for Team Maclan with MMax Pro ESC and MRR motors in 2018 ETS and BRCA events.
Last weekend the TRAP RC Venue in Pretoria, South Africa hosted the final round of the Infinity Prostock Challenge. In the Touring Modified class it was Miguel Haasbroek (Infinity) who had a strong run in qualifying to secure the overall TQ. However Jason Hillcoat (Infinity) made a few small adjustments after qualifying which Miguel had no answer to, and Jason secured the win and with it a 2nd overall for the series. John Steyn (Tamiya) stepped onto the podium for the 3rd spot on the day. Overall winner of the Modified Series went to Hein Kotze (Xray) which was secured already after round 2.
Extreme R/C Raceway of Spring Hill, Tennessee recently held a club race in preparation of the forthcoming Extreme Carpet Initiative race in two weeks time. Caleb Stevens was in control of things in the 2WD Modified and 4WD Modified classes as he took the TQs and wins for a clean sweep. Christopher Small and Scott Anderson would end the 2WD Mod race in 2nd and 3rd respectively while Scott Anderson and Steven Hicox made up the top 3 in 4WD Mod Buggy.
The recent fourth round of the Xray Racing Series Slovenia was held at the Genius Ring in Medeuzza, Italy. Since this was the final round of the series drivers made full use of Saturday’s practice in order to fine-tune their cars for Sunday’s race. The Touring Stock class saw some great battles between B.A. and Andrea as they touched a couple of times in the opening A-main and B.A. had to wait for Andrea which promoted Edoardo into the lead. In the second leg B.A. managed to somehow overtake Andrea to take the win and shift the decision for the overall win into the final A-main. Andrea was leading A3 in the opening stages but he suffered a technical issue with a motor connector coming loose, allowing B.A. to take the overall from Edoardo 2nd and Andrea 3rd.
Round 4 of the Winter Series was held at NDOR in Nottingham recently. The track is a full blown astro turf with big jumps, fast flowing rhythm sections and the added bonus of the new section with the drop off, which was added for last year’s national meeting. Robson White was off to a good start and managed to take TQ in round one and he also managed to TQ the final rounds, putting a strong 11 lapper in round 3 to show a dominant performance. The temperature was dropping even more as the finals approached but Robson decided to keep all the car settings and oils the same for the final. The start of the A-final would be clean which allowed Robson to get a way and start to pull a slight lead, the first few laps were a bit hectic as the drivers tried to get a good position, but Robson managed to get into the grove pretty quick and start to increase his lead over the chasing pack. There were a few issues with back markers throughout the 20-minute final but all in all it was great clean race. Robson chose to do two fuel stops as he was still running a new engine in, this did not impact the race as he went on to take the A-final win. Joining the young man in the A final, also with their RC8B3.1’s were Julian Jessop and Michael Isaacs. Both drivers also made the podium, making it a Team Associated podium lockout.