The 12th Annual Frankfurt Ice Speedway race was held at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, Germany this past weekend. Limited to a total of 50 entries the race was sold out within a couple of hours after sign-in started and as usual the event was held using HPI Super EP chassis, oldschool brushed motors and LRP NiMH batteries, all sponsored by the hosting MBC Goldstein club. A single three minute practice was followed by ten rounds of head-to-head racing in random 5-car legs. At the end the best five drivers proceeded into the A-main, place six to ten into the B-main and so on. As usual the race attracted a nice mix of internationally experienced drivers and local racers and it was ETS finalist and 3-times winner, Patrick Gassauer, who made a clean sweep in the legs to take the TQ from Daniel Anthes and Daniel Koch. Justin Gefeller and Alexander Beck complete the A-main grid. In the finals Patrick was less dominant but he still took the overall win and with it his fourth Frankfurt Ice Speedway title. Daniel Anthes, who scored a single win, came in second from local hero, Daniel Koch, who also took a win in the finals.
The Swiss Carpet Race was recently hosted by the Mini Racing Chiasso club, attracting 80 drivers from Swiss and Italy. The race format was free practice on Friday, three rounds of practice on Saturday followed by a reseeding round as well as four qualifiers and triple finals. In the Touring Modified class it was Philipp Huber (Team Durango) that walked away with the win from Yokomo driver Michele Manzo and Serpent pilot Antonio Mangiaracina.
The opening round of the WBC Cup was held at the HB/Orion Raceway in Kallinge, Sweden hosted by the Karlskrona MRK club. In the 4WD buggy class the battle for the TQ was on between Xray teammates Alexander Landen and Malin Karlsen. Malin took the opening qualifier as Alexander had a couple of moments, eventually finishing second. In round two it was Alexander’s turn while Malin came in second with the latter striking back in R3. It was now all coming down to the final qualifier and unfortunately for Alexander he lost a front wheel of his buggy, handing Malin the final qualifier and with it the overall TQ.
The 2016 Philippine Nitro Truggy Nationals were held at the Circulo Verde Track in Quezon City, Philippines. Hot and sunny weather made for a nice day of racing and right from the opening qualifier the race for the overall TQ was on between Edward Sio and Jordan Go. Edward took the opening round but Jordan came out fastest in the following qualifiers, handing him the overall TQ with a time of 7 minutes and 5 seconds. In the A-main, Jordan started from the pole position followed by Edward and Clemen Pancho. During the opening 25 minutes Jordan kept the lead with Edward on the 2 spot, about 20 seconds behind. Nani Tagle was hot on the heels of Edward and both would eventually swap positions at the pit stops until Nani had to retire after a bad landing of his truck. This promoted Clemen into third and up front and with about ten minutes to go, Jordan’s lead slowly decreased from 20 down to three seconds. About four minutes from the end, Edward was chasing Jordan hard and when the latter came in for a final splash and dash, he suffered a flame out but despite a quick restart, Edward Sio (Mugen/Novarossi/AKA) was able to take the lead and with it the win and overall title from Jordan Go (Mugen/Novarossi/AKA) in second and Clemen Pancho (Mugen/Novarossi/AKA) third.
The seventh and final round of the 2016 Speed King Tour took place at Crest Speedway indoor carpet track in Gunma prefecture last weekend. TRF driver Akio Sobue has already crowned 2016 Modified class series champion but he was still in attendance. The typical Modified and Stock touring classes were run alongside two special classes, the first one is Oval class while the other was the ‘Father and Mother’ class. Only parents of race entrant can enter this race and although some fathers were ‘racers’, some parents had no experience of driving RC cars which led to some chaos.
Revelation Raceway was the host for round 2 of the Top Notch Tour this past weekend. The event had over 100 entries including Adam Drake, Cody King, Jeremy Kortz and Joseph Quagraine. Drake was the top qualifier in both rounds of qualifying for nitro buggy and nitro truck. In the nitro buggy final, Drake, King and Kortz had a great battle the first 15 minutes of the final. Eventually Drake settled into a groove and comfortably pulled away to take the victory. King and Kortz had an intense battle until Kortz ran out of fuel only a few turns from the finish. In the nitro truck final, Drake led wire to wire and took the victory.
This past weekend Kyosho/Team Orion Factory Driver Jared Tebo would attend the 2016 JConcepts Winter Indoor Shootout & Invitational hosted by Fastlane R/C Raceway in Blue Springs, Missouri. In the Invitational 2wd/4wd Modified Buggy class, Tebo was on another level as he would finish the first day of racing with a perfect score of 4 wins in the 2wd Buggy class with his Team Orion powered RB6.6. Tebo then continued his dominance on Sunday by also taking 4 wins in 4wd Buggy with his ZX6 to finish the event with a perfect score & take the overall Championship. Kyosho America’s Jonathan Burkhalter would put in an impressive performance to finish only 4 points behind Tebo to take 2nd overall with TLR’s Mason Fuller in 3rd. In the Modified Truck class, Tebo would dominate qualifying by TQ’ing all 4 rounds and then went onto win the single 8-minute A-Main Event with his Team Orion powered RT6 by a comfortable margin to complete the clean sweep for the weekend.
The fifth and final round of the Indonesian National Buggy Championships was held at Willson track, Denpasar, Bali last Sunday. A total of 66 drivers attended this event from Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Jogjakarta, Medan, Batam, Palembang, Kendari, Balikpapan and Bali. The race format originally was to be 6 rounds of 10 minutes with 4 best rounds to count but there was heavy rain during the 3rd qualifier, so the race director took 3 best of 5 rounds. Jason Nugroho (Xray/Novarossi) took TQ honours and he converted that into the win, followed by Adrian Sutanto (TLR/Reds) in second and Stanley Wangasanegara (Mugen/OS) third.