The second round of the Mid-German onroad regionals took place in Kirchhain last weekend with 46 drivers in attendance with sunny weather on Saturday. Rain on Sunday however meant that for the third and fourth rounds of qualification most of the drivers decided not to drive. In 1/8th the only drivers who were able to make the 25 laps in qualifying were pole man Oliver Mack and Merlin Depta, with Patrick Schäfer lining up on the grid in 3rd position.
Continuing on with our World Champion interview series, Red RC’s Oli Meggitt talks with reigning IFMAR 2wd Buggy World Champion Spencer Rivkin about his surprise World title win in Japan, his life since and the upcoming Worlds in China.
The ADAC-Ring at Haltern in the north of the Ruhr region in Western Germany was the venue for round two of the Nitro-West-Masters (NWM) on the Pentecost weekend. 55 participants meant a new record entry since the comeback of this old outdoor circuit in 2012 which is located inside a driver safety training centre and well known for its unique atmosphere with tents in the non-covered paddock. The Nitro-West family enjoyed a great weekend as rain didn’t hit the track as forecasted, only a shower during practice on late Saturday afternoon and some drops during a sub-final.
The third round of the 2017 Speed King Tour took place at RC Stadium Sodegaura outdoor tarmac track in Chiba prefecture last weekend. With a renewed track surface just before the event and also a completely new track layout. the organisers also decided to introduce controlled tyres with each driver getting 2 sets of Rush brand tyres for the event. In the Modified class, Yokomo driver Naoki Akiyama took TQ after three rounds of qualifying, but with eight drivers within one second it was looking to be an exciting A-final. In the Oval class Kamata took the win and in Stock Kannno dominated, while the youngest driver Ion also took a podium spot. In Mod, Akiyama made a good start and kept his position from start to finish to win ahead of another Yokomo driver Yugo Nagashima in second. Destiny driver Jin Sawada, fresh from winning the open mod class at the Reedy Race took third position. Next round of Speed King tour 2017 will take place at Crest Speedway indoor carpet track in Gunma prefecture on the 9th of July.
Last Saturday saw the first race of the Slovakian Electric 1/10 Nationals, which was held at the XXL Bratislava Buggy Club under very hot and dusty conditions. In 2WD it was Rössler Thomas (Associated) who took the TQ spot in front of local Nagy Michal (Xray) and Javorcik Pavel (Associated) while in 4WD it was again Rössler Thomas who took the top spot but followed closely by Toth Lacko (Xray) and Svihran Milos (Xray). The 2WD finals saw an easy win for Rössler who took all three finals with Nagy (2nd) and Javorcik (3rd) joining him on the podium.
Last weekend MAC Vlijmen in the Netherlands hosted the event ‘Race real dirt!’, a three-day event opening with a day of open practice followed by a day of 2wd buggys and a day of 4wd buggys. As the event name suggests it was driven on dirt and the track crew did an amazing job by laying down an awesome clay track. The layout was a good mix of fast and tight corners and jumps, which made for good and close racing. Saturday there was a possibility for free practice to get the right setup and get a feel for the track. During the day the track grooved up, so the grip was right on point for the actual race. On Sunday in 2wd, after 4 rounds of qualifying Wesley van Helmond from the Netherlands took the TQ spot by taking 3 of 4 rounds, followed by Bruno Heremans from Belgium and Paul Dijkstra also from the Netherlands. During the first final, it was immediately clear that the battle for the win would be between Wesley and Bruno. Although Bruno took over the lead a couple of times during the finals, it was Wesley finishing first in all three finals that took the win. Bruno took second place with the best of the rest Tom van Drunen, who was able to squeeze himself between Wesley and Bruno in the last final securing the third spot.
Round 2 of the Danish 1/8th Off-road Nationals was held in Skanderborg with the Truggy class run on Saturday and Buggy on Sunday. Pelle Culmsee would TQ three of the four Truggy qualifying rounds to take the overall TQ and by winning the semifinals he also put himself on pole position for the main final. Just before the main rain began to fall that would endure the whole race but this did not stop Pelle Culmsee from taking the win after having to recover from a bad start. Maguns Frandsen came in 2nd while Jan D. Hansen had to settle for 3rd.
This past weekend the first annual Pan Car Masters was held at the world renown MRTM Lostallo track in Switzerland. The event was held in the six classes of Pro10 Modified, Pro10 Stock 10.5, Swiss GT 13.5T, Formula 21.5T as well as 1/8th Electric Modified 6S and 1/8th Electric Stock 4S. The weather forecast for the weekend wasn’t the best but the weather proofed to be pretty ok, much to the pleasure of the about 60 drivers from Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The event kicked off with free practice on Friday, followed by reseeding practice on Saturday and the first two of four qualifiers. Rain was on the forecast for Sunday but thankfully the shower came during the night and thanks to nice during the day the track dried up quickly.