The HTS indoor track in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia, played host to the Solo Year End Race last weekend. A total of 53 drivers from Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Jogjakarta, Medan, Batam, Kendari, Makasar, Pontianak, Balikpapan as well as local drivers attended the event. Because the track is a semi-indoor facility the rainy weather on Sunday had little to no effect on the racing action and after the six qualifying rounds it was Jason Nugroho (Xray/Novarossi) who took the TQ honours and also the win from John Agus (Kyosho/O.S.) 2nd and Adrian Sutanto (Kyosho/O.S.) 3rd.
The opening round of the Swedish WBC Cup was hosted by the Karlskrona MRK club and held at the HB/Orion Race Track in Kallinge. In the 4WD Buggy class Elias Johansson lined up 1st on the grid in front of Jesper Rasmussen, Oskar Levin, and Alexander Landen, who rounded out the top 4 after the qualifiers. In A1 and A2 it was pretty much smooth sailing for Team Associated driver Elias Johansson and after taking the day’s win early he would sit out the final A-main to make way for the other pilots who fought for the remaining podium spots. Alexander Landen (Xray) had a DNF in A1 and a 2nd place finish in A2 and so he needed a good result to finish on the podium. Therefore he started off a little bit on the safe side for the first few laps, by that Oskar and Jesper were able to get a gap of a couple of laps, and they had a battle of their own. When things had settled in and Alexander had a little bit of a gap to the 4th placed car he started to reel in on the leaders and close the gap. When he was just within striking distance, the leaders came together and Alexander could go through to take the lead and he was able to maintain it until the end and by that securing the 2nd spot overall in front of Team Associated’s Jesper Rasmussen.
For round 3 the PLMS RC & Xray Racing Series Poland the participants traveled to the town of Ścinawka Średnia. The event was held in several electric on-road classes and the fastest category, Touring Modified, was a dominated by Jakub Różycki, who was chased by Martin Korinek, Jarosław Siwek and Jakub Michalski. After some entertaining A-mains it was Jakub Różycki with the day’s win from Jarek Siwek and Jakub Michalski.
The opening round of the Xray Racing Series Italy was held at the Pista Minirace track in Casoria. More than 90 racers signed in for the six classes of Touring Modified, Touring 13.5T “Teamdriver”, Touring 13.5T Stock, Touring 17.5T Stock, Formula and 1/12th pan car. In the Touring Modified class it was Alessio Menicucci with the win from Alessio Mazzeo and Nicola Marrone. Alessio Mancini and Antonio Di Prisco would round out the top 5 results.
Round 2 of this season’s RugRacers series was held this past weekend in Ware, Herts. In the 13.5 Blinky class, Zak Finlay picked up right where he left off last round, taking FTQ to place his Xray on pole just ahead of Tony Broad’s Xray, while the 3rd place would be taken by Darren Lee for Schumacher. In the finals, both legs would be taken by Zak with Tony 2nd and Billy Fletcher of Awesomatix in 3rd after moving up from his 5th placed start.
The annual MRCZ Open International race was held in Zwevegem this past weekend. The heated event hall and the 20x30m track laid out with ETS carpet made for perfect racing conditions and the event schedule saw two rounds of practice on Saturday followed by three round of qualifiers. On Sunday two additional qualifiers and triple finals were on the agenda. Classes run included Touring Modified, Touring Stock 13.5T, Formula 21.5T, 1/12th Spec 13.5T as well as Rookie 17.5T and also the two fun classes of Ladies and Juniors & Gentlemen to add to the excitement and to attract people to get into the hobby. Tyre-wise the Touring classes relied on the proven Volante 28 while the other classes used free tyres.
Beach RC of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina played host to the 2017 Turkey Lurkey Showdown this past weekend. In the Pro 2WD Modified Buggy class it was Yokomo’s Max Flurer with the overall TQ from Griffin Hanna (Serpent) 2nd and James Heaton 3rd. In the 8-minute single A-main Max would be able to conserve his qualifying performance, bringing home the win by 1.8s in front of Griffin while Drew Heaton (Team Associated) rounded out the top 3 result.