A number of premier nitro off-road drivers will make their way to Chico, California next month (October 18th- 21st) as A Main Hobbies hosts the U.S. Nitro Worlds Warm-Up at the recently completed Silver Dollar R/C Raceway. The action promises to be fast and furious with team drivers from Kyosho, Mugen Seiki, Team Losi Racing, Team Associated, Hot Bodies, Durango, JQ, and A Main Hobbies expected to compete in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Nitro World Championships in Argentina. To sign up simply log onto RCSignup.com here and register.
The 5th and final round of the French 1/8th Classique championship took place on the brand new Ingrande track last weekend. There was very good weather but the track conditions were not very good and so it was quite difficult to find the right set-up. Local driver Romain Delaunay found the perfect setup and put his Motonica on pole position ahead of Serge Christiany in 2nd and Julen Mathieu in 3rd. The beginning of the 45 minute final was difficult for Romain Delaunay and ended up at the back of the field but he fought back and took over the lead at the half way point in the race. Both Serge and Romain changed rear tires during this final and that is the order it would finish as Delaunay took the win 2 laps in front of Christiany in 2nd while Jean-François Rouanet was 3rd. This result gave Serge Christiany the French National title.
The final round of the French Cup for 1/8th scale was held on the Amiens track, which while is not technical is very demanding for engines with 70% max power. The National title was already won by Ramella Pairin in the 4th round but in the Elite class Christophe Louis and Anthony Abisset were still in with a chance of taking the title. In the National qualifications it was Maxime Tenet, Stéphane Bertrand and Faisal Affejee taking the top three places. In the Elite class it wasn’t until the 3rd round of qualifying when Richard Volta, back after a one year break, set the pole position time. For other drivers the 3rd round was also quickest at temperatures improved, with Romain Picard taking second place, followed by Anthony Abisset and Christophe Louis who were only 0.3 seconds apart.
Here we have this weeks round up of product releases and race reports from our site sponsors Xray. Our summary includes everything published by the Slovakian manufacturer on their own website in the past week, so if you didn’t find the time to visit, be sure to read on. This weeks round up includes the following stories.
– New XB9 Glued Brake Pad Set – Ultra-Efficient (4)
– XB9 Wins 2012 Czech Nationals R4
– T3’12 Wins 2012 German Championship – Stock
– XB9 Wins North Greece Championship R3
– XB9 Wins 2012 Swiss Championship
– NT1 wins 2012 Swedish Nationals
– NT1 2nd @ German 1/10 200mm Nitro Championship
– T3’12 Wins the EP TC Portuguese Nationals R4
– T3’12 Wins ATTIKO Championship R1
– NT1 Wins 2012 Norwegian Championship
The last round of the Swedish Cup was held at the great Vetlanda nitro arena, a high speed 1/8th clay track with carpet sections. In 2wd, practice started with Otto, Oskar, Niclas and David running similar lap times, the day was set for some close racing. Otto TQ’d the first and second round but was outpaced on lap times by the young superstar Ronnefalk. After a change to another type of driveshafts the pace was found and after the qualifier it was a TQ for Otto, with Oskar in second heading TLR/Advanced Electronics in front of the Orion powered RB-6 of David Ronnefalk.
Team Associated have announced their new, highly anticipated 12mm Big Bore shocks. The shocks are precision CNC machined, hard anodized aluminium with aluminium shock caps, threaded collars and seal caps. These shocks have been tested and developed by Team Associated’s top drivers to provide a plush and consistent feel for the 1:10 off-road fleet of Team Associated vehicles. Since their winning debut in prototype form at the 2012 Cactus Classic, the team has used them to win every major event in the US, including a dominating performance by Ryan Cavalieri at the ROAR 1:10 Off-Road Super Nationals in 2WD and 4WD Modified.
Protoform sent us this sneak peek of their latest new on road project. We know nothing more than you guys and can only make assumptions based on the image provided, which looking at the very distinctive rear lights we would guess it is a new Lexus LFA body shell. We will find out for sure on Monday when the new shell will be officially released.
JConcepts has released a number of new aftermarket parts to their line with the release of the steering system on the B4.1, T4.1 and SC10. This servo saver-less blue anodised aluminium steering system is CNC-machined and replaces the stock plastic bell-cranks providing a more rigid steering system with increased steering feel and response. The fit of the new bell-cranks has been improved by the positioning of the bearings to help eliminate binding when assembled. Also new is a beefed up aluminium rear wing / body mount for the rear of the B4 and T4. CNC-machined and available in blue or black, these mounts are designed in a creative but functional way to add rigidity to a high-impact area. Finally there is a pair of aluminium battery hold down thumb / wrench nuts available in blue and black.