The opening round of the Catalonia Pro10 Championship was held at the Santa Oliva track Spain this past weekend. In the sole Modified class, qualifying was pretty entertaining with Marc Valero taking the TQ in round 1 while Isaac Amoros came out fastest in round 2. Finally Jaime Lacuesta would take the third and final qualifier and he would also come out on top after the A-mains to take the day’s win from Isaac Amoros in second and Sergio Lacuesta third.
The Extreme Carpet Initiative was held at Extreme R/C Raceway in Spring Hill, Tennessee with the single day carpet race attracting a total of 150 entries. JR Mitch was on fire and would go on to TQ and win the 2WD Modified, 4WD Modified and Modified Truck classes. Jeremy Daniel and Caleb Stevens would sideline JR on both the 2WD and 4WD podium while Caleb Stevens and Scott Anderson rounded out the Truck top 3.
Arizona has a long history and considered a definitive hotspot in the world of RC racing hosting some of the best, well-known racing events like the Dirt Nitro Challenge and the Cactus Classic. However, since the Cactus Classic was moved to the indoor facility, things have never been the same. Racers were missing the Cactus vibe and the excitement that once captivated the RC World was gone. Coming to the rescue was the Desert Classic hosted by Hobby Action R/C Raceway. The track was going to be a learning experience as the grand opening of Hobby Action R/C Raceway was only 10 days prior to the Desert Classic event.
The 2017 ROAR Carpet Nationals were held at 360V2 RC Raceway in New Rochelle, New York over the weekend. Modified Touring Car was the most exciting class of the weekend, with several National Champions in the building locked and loaded for some close racing. After four rounds of Rocket Round qualifying, it was the Xray of Paul Lemieux with a perfect drive to take the pole, followed closely by the Team Associated ride of Keven Hebert and the Awesomatix of Sam Isaacs rounding out the top 3 starting spots.
Singapore’s Urban Touring Series ran its third round this past weekend. While some of the top names were missing this time, there remained plenty of fast drivers to make it another racing showpiece. Despite the grim start to the day with overnight rain, the hard work of the track crew, together with the help of racers, ensured that racing could get under way by late morning. Dominic Quek (Xray) took the TQ honours in qualifying round 1 by five seconds over Leonard Sim (Awesomatix). Despite a slightly damp track due to a slight drizzle in Q2, Dominic Quek improved on his Q1 result by two laps, securing overall TQ. In Q3, YS Heng (Yokomo) secured the TQ for the round to lock-down a P2 grid position for the finals. Leonard Sim would qualify 3rd overall.
The sixth round of the Danish DRCMU Indoor Electric On-road Nationals was recently held at the Djurs RC club. In the Touring Modified class Yokomo’s Frederik Hovgaard was the quickest driver from the get go, coming out fastest in the controlled practice by about a tenth of a second in front of Mike Gosvig (Xray), and Frederik would also take the opening two qualifiers to grab the pole position for the triple A-mains from Mike Gosvig and Mike Hansen (Schumacher). In the opening A-main the race for the win was on between Frederik and Mike Gosvig as both had a good start but problems with backmarkers meant Frederik would be allowed to cruise to the win in A1. After another good start and with a fast pace, the Yokomo driver would then also come out fastest in A2 to take the day’s win from A3 winner, Mike Gosvig in second and Mike Hansen third.
The opening round of the Czech Electric Off-road National Championship was held in Olomouc over the weekend. Kaja Novotny would sweep the qualifiers in the 2WD Buggy, 4WD Buggy and 2WD Truck classes to take the pole positions in all three categories. In the 2WD mains Kaja continued to dominate, taking wins in all three A-mains to grab the overall from Milan Mudra in second and Marek Schiller third.
The Czech-based HIT 130 electric on-road series is in its final stages of the 2016/17 season with the recent round attracting a good amount of national and even international drivers. The event was an unofficial warm-up for the forthcoming Czech National Championship and so head track designer, Martin Babovsky created a pretty challenging layout that separated the boys from the men. In Touring Stock young Oliver Havranek took the TQ and he also came out on top of the field after the A-mains to grab the day’s win from a chasing Ludvik Kurecka on the runner-up spot. Behind the two Karel Kratochvil secured himself the final podium spot from son Martin.