The 2016 Stock Wars race was hosted by Blue Groove Hobbies in West Des Moines, Iowa. This event used the unique Reedy Race style format with five rounds of heads up racing in each class, giving each driver one round to throw-out. In 2WD Stock Buggy Kyle Holmberg (Kyosho) would go onto take the overall win with a perfect score of four wins. Kyosho America’s Taylor Timmerman would finish a close second with 5 points while Drew Rubenking (Team Associated) completed the top 3.
The ROAR Region 12 Championships were held in Carson, California and hosted by the Greater LA RC Club with the total number of entries topple the century mark. After an early rain delay on Saturday which pushed qualifying back 5 hours, Walter Diaz was able to take the Top Qualifying honors in 1/10 Sedan with his Capricorn, narrowly edging out his teammate and up and coming racer Bryce Butterfield by just over one second. Walter would also pilot is Capricorn car to a P3 starting position for the 45 Minute 1/8th final.
LCRC Raceway in Oakland Mills, Pennsylvania played host to the The Big One race over the weekend. 1/8 Nitro Buggy and 1/8 Nitro Truggy qualifying was dominated by Jamie Grayek who took TQs in both classes. Grayek would then go onto dominate both 30-Minute A-mains to cap off a perfect weekend. On the Nitro Buggy podium Jamie would be sidelined by TLR’s Jason Schreffler and Team Associated driver Alex Miller while the Truggy top 3 was completed by Anthony Mazzara (TLR) and Cowboy Risser (Mugen).
The first X-Race UK was held at the beautiful Cotswolds circuit in Kemble, Gloucestershire. On Saturday a workshop was held by Alexander Hagberg, Olly Jefferies, Greg Hill, Jimmy Maddison and Zak Finlay and as soon as the track had dried up all driver tried to put some practice in, making use of the tips and tricks taught by the factory Xray drivers. Sunday started off with a wet track, and thus, the first rounds of qualifying were run in tricky conditions. Eventually the sun came out, and the track dried up well in time for the final and deciding Q4 round. Alexander Hagberg would TQ the Touring Modified and Nitro Touring classes while Jimmy Maddison was quickest in Touring Stock, just in front of Zak Finlay.
The Spessart Cup, a 5-hour 1/8th nitro buggy team race, was recently held at the Spessart Race Park in Germany. Practice was open on Saturday morning and the actual race would start at mid-day. Shortly before the take off it began to rain but nevertheless the organisers decided to start the race. Team Just-RC.DE of Vanessa and Marcus Wende, Sebastian Fenske, Christian Ackva, Andreas Heublein and Denis Schwarz would be in thrilling fights with team Semmelbrösel with both being separated by only four laps after the 5-hour encounter. Team Die Rodgauer would round out the podium result in third.
For the third round of the Swiss 1/10th Buggy Nationals racer travelled to the astro turf track of the Härkingen club. Wet weather made for an unpleasant race day and in the 2WD class it was Philip Jeisy (Yokomo) who made the best out of the conditions with Patrick Hofer (Team Associated) coming in second while Xray’s Nico Schmid completed the top 3 result.
Round three of the BRCA 1/10th Buggy Nationals was held at Eden Park Raceway in mixed weather conditions. The 2WD race started out dry and everyone was running laydown cars but once the rain came out, drivers switched to stand up gearboxes for the last round of qualifier and the finals. Old dude Ellis Stafford (TLR) would make the best out of the conditions, beating young guns Neil Cragg (Team Associated) and Lee Martin (Yokomo).
Round two of the Argentine Touring and GT Championships was held in Cordoba City, Argentine. In the 1/10th Nitro Touring class Sebastian Recio came out fastest from Juan Golobic in second and Maxi Danieli in third. The 1/10th Touring Master class had Beto Artesi coming out successful from Pato Cruceno and Luis Martinez in second and third respectively. Finally in the 1/8th GT category it was Roberto Zigon who grabbed the day’s win from Maxi Danieli and Nicolas Crocett in second and third respectively.