The second round of the BRCA 1/10th IC circuit championship was held at the Halifax track. In qualifying it was Capricorn’s Kyle Branson who managed to take the TQ and set a new track record ahead of Joe Kerry, followed by Alex Thurston in 3rd and Mark Green in 4th. The final got under way with Kyle managing to pull a gap early on from Mark, who managed to get into 2nd in the opening laps. A great battle was going on from around the 10 minute mark with Alex and Mark fighting for the 2nd spot for almost the remainder of the race. After 30 minutes it was Kyle who took the win with his Capricorn car nearly two laps ahead of the two Serpents of Mark in 2nd and Alex in 3rd.
Round 8 of the 1/8th Nitro Buggy Israeli League was held at the Omer Ring track in fantastic weather conditions. After the four rounds of qualifying it was Ido Carmon to take the TQ honours. At the start of the 40-minutes main final Ido was not able to take profit of his pole position as he had a bad start which dropped him down the field. This allowed Yaniv Sivan, who came from the 2 spot on the grid, to take over the lead and to open a gap on the field. It wasn’t for long though as a few mishaps and a flame out promoted Ofir Avitan into the lead. However Yaniv managed to recover and to hold onto the 2nd position while Ido Carmon had fuel flame out which he could not recover from. Meanwhile there was a battle between Aviv Maymon and Or Balulu for 3rd. Aviv had some issues and lost valuable time which promoted Or Balulu into 3rd as Asi Bitton and Gil Harush were in the fight for the 4th place. Ultimately Gil Harush had the upper hand but up front Ofir Avitan would walk away with the win from Yaniv Sivan in 2nd and Or Balulu 3rd.
A round of the German 1/8th Off-road regionals, qualifying races for the nationals later this year, was held at the Sand/Main track over the weekend. In the 1/8th Nitro Buggy class Micha Widmaier (SWorkz/SPower/ TPRO) made a clean sweep by winning all qualifiers and taking the win in the A-main from Aaron Münster (Kyosho/O.S. Speed/AKA) and Luca Rau (Kyosho/O.S. Speed/AKA). In the E-Buggy class it was again Micha who grabbed the TQ by coming out fastest in two of the three qualifiers. In the A-main finals Micha continued to set the pace and taking wins in both legs secured him the second overall win of the day, with Agama’s Markus Metsch and Kyosho driver Tim Kraus completing the E-Buggy podium.
This past weekend the first round of the Swedish National Cup was held at the Green Hill race track with the event being hosted by the MHF Skarpnäck club. The cold weather made things slightly unpleasant but at least it stayed dry all days which was a plus. In the 4WD Buggy class local driver Niclas Mansson would take the TQ with young Alexander Landen lining up in 2nd.
Round one of the Swiss 1/10th Electric Off-road national championship was held at the Islikon track over the weekend. Team Associated’s Patrick Hofer was in control of things all weekend long, taking double TQs and wins in the 2WD Modified and 4WD Modified Buggy classes. In the 2WD Modified category, Nico Schmid (Xray) and Philipp Huber (Team Durango) would round out the top 3 result while the 4WD Modified podium was completed by the Xray duo of Nico and Florian Schmid.
The opening round of the Austrian 1/10th and 1/8th Nationals was held at the Sollenau track and it was Gerhard Kandelhart who took home the biggest trophy although it was his team mate Leonardo Varga who claimed the TQ spot after qualifying. In the main final Leo was in the lead for quite some time but a crash with a back marker forced him to get his car repaired in the pits. Gerhard Kandelhart took over the lead after Leo’s incident andhe never looked back, crossing the finishing line in 1st position in front of Kurt Hubeny while Leo fought his way back to the front to complete the podium.
Round 1 of the SIS Challenge was held at the SIS circuit in Jakarta and in the two classes of Touring Modified class and Mini. Bowie Ginting would take the overall TQ in the Touring Modified class by coming out fastest in Q2 and Q3 while Q1 belonged to Muhammad Izzah, which gave him the 2 spot on the A-main grid as Christian Mamesah lined up in 3rd. In the opening A-main disaster stroke for both Bowie and Izzah as they were struck by diff problems which promoted Peter Anthonijsz from 7th to 1st while Christian and Denny Pangestu came in 2nd and 3rd.
The second round of the Belgian FBA Electric On-road national championship was held at the fast and flowing track of the MAC de Baanbrekers in Rucphen. The race attracted 55 drivers, divided over the classes of Rookie, Formula, Touring Stock and Touring Modified. The weekend started off with free practice on Saturday and thanks to the warm weather the grip level was excellent whereas on Sunday the track was damp with ambient temperatures of only about 11 degree Celsius, meaning Saturday’s setup was pretty much obsolete. In the premier Touring Modified class Ollie Ollie Buyltinck (Awesomatix) was had his first outing at the nationals and everyone was keen to see if up and coming Mitchell Van Ess (Awesomatix) would be able to challenge the veteran racer.