Round two of the Force Series was held in Perry, Florida at Blue Rock Raceway. With other races being scheduled at the same time, the turnout was uncertain, but the Force Series didn’t disappoint on Saturday with a total entry count over 125. The Blue Rock track conditions, a mix of hard packed blue groove areas with some dust mixed in, stayed about the same for round one of practice but the mains saw an increase of more dust at the beginning and it tapered off as the sun would fall and the race finished under the lights. Both A1’s for E-Buggy and E-Truggy saw JR Mitch and John Bernard both found wins, but it was only John who came back in A2 with a win, as Griffin Hanna won A2 in E-Buggy which gave him the overall win.
ARC USA have announced the signing of current 13.5 Reedy Race of Champions winner, Alan Hewitt. Alan will be using the ARC R11 chassis for the 2016 race season starting with the Reedy Race of Champions this month and he also will attend the ROAR Paved Nationals, IIC and several international races including the Asian On-road Championships. About the move to ARC Alan says:
I am overjoyed and filled with excitement to join Team ARC USA. The quality, fit and finish of the car is excellent. The car has so much corner speed and responds very well to setup changes. I would like to thank Paul Dabao and Willie Chung for this opportunity and hope to continue to learn and progress with the team.
This past weekend the third round of the French Electric Off-road Nationals was held at the Mutzig astro turf track. The weather was nice and sunny with high temperatures making for a lot of traction. In the 2WD class Lorenzo Crolla and Nico Risser battled for the TQ with the better end for Nico while in 4WD, after a troubled start, Lorenzo would take the TQ from Armand Lanthaume.
At the recent second round of the ESBRC Summer series Matt Box (Kyosho) grabbed the win on a very fast and thirsty track. Matt had the confidence to 2-stop the 25 minute A-main where others were opting for a 3-stop strategy, giving him the edge despite a late charge from 2nd placed TLR driver Matt Slaney with Xray’s Ashlee Owen completing the podium.
The 2016 Worlds Warm-Up Race was held this past weekend at RC Tracks of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. The schedule saw open practice on Wednesday, controlled and seeding practice on Thursday, four rounds of qualifying on Friday and the final qualifier and the A-main events on Saturday. In the supporting 1/8th E-Buggy class Ty Tessmann would dominate qualifying to take the overall TQ honors while Jorn Neumann would qualify 2nd, and Ryan Cavalieri 3rd. The single 10-minute A-main event was ran early Saturday afternoon. At the start of the race, a small mistake by Tessmann would allow Neumann by for the lead with Cavalieri moving to 2nd. The very next corner Cavalieri would make the pass on Neumann for the lead and Tessmann would go from 3rd to 2nd. Tessmann and Neumann would have a great battle for most of the race in 2nd and 3rd. As the A-Main came to an end, Tessmann was charging hard to catch Cavalieri who was out front by a comfortable margin. Cavalieri would go onto cross the finish line first to take the win. Tessmann would put in a great drive to finish only 2 seconds back from Cavalieri for 2nd. Neumann would complete the podium by finishing 3rd.
Having completed an awesome event in round 1 from Boston’s RC Excitement event, the Scotty Ernst Offroad Showdown tour made its way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for round 2 on May 8th – 9th. 3 years ago, Track owner Brent Densford undertook the ultimate task of creating one of the best RC facilities in the United States and is slowly, but surely progressing his way towards the dream. At the heart of Beach RC is the fantastic, fully stocked hobby shop that carries parts from almost every major manufacturer as well as all the killer upgrades from Schelle, MIP, Avid, etc… needless to say the hobby shop did not disappoint. Not one bit. Separated from the hobby shop, the dialled track area was ironically clean and has all the amenities one could ask for. Beach RC is definitely one of the best new facilities to surface in the last few years.
The opening round of the Dutch 1/8th Nitro On-road National Championship was held last weekend at the Real 80 track in Groningen in the North of the Netherlands. 51 drivers where welcomed with sunny weather conditions which lasted the whole weekend. This year the Dutch championship is run under a different racing format. Both (Premier) NK and (secondary) Nomac class, drive together in a combined “ABC” system. After the combined race, seperate championship points are given to the drivers in their respective class. After qualification all drivers are divided in this ABC system, and per lower final 2 bump up spots are available for the 2 fastest drivers to bump up to the next final. Because of this system, there where very nice battles in almost al lower finals to be seen between drivers fighting for these 2 bump-up spots. After all finals where run, Rick Vrielijnck won the A-Final, and came out as winner of the premier NK class. 2nd spot went to Joey Sorber, and 3rd to Jeffrey Rietveld.
The Xray X-Race Grand Final was held last weekend at the company’s on site facility, the Hudy Arena and Alexander Hagberg gave this report. ‘Great weather, and a great atmosphere as always, gave the racers that came to Trencin this past weekend a really enjoyable experience. Drivers were able to compete in 6 different categories, at the beautiful Hudy Arena outdoor circuit! Practice ran all Friday, with qualifiers on Saturday, and finals on Sunday as always.