Following the successful running of a two race Pilot Series this year, the organisers of the Euro Nitro Series are delighted to release the calendar for a full 2014 championship. The new four round championship for 1:10 & 1:8 Onroad Nitro will begin and finish in Italy, the traditional home of nitro racing, while also taking racers to rounds in Austria and Germany.
Yaiba Racing introduce the Ver.2 rear bulkhead assembly for the Kyosho RB6. Designed to fit the mid motor variant of Kyosho’s World Championship winning buggy, the new bulkhead is of a 2-piece design with a red anodised camber link plate and a black anti-roll bar and shock tower mount. The design allows the direct use of Kyosho’s anti-rollbar set while the separate camber link plate makes for easier setup and maintenance. Weighing in at around 19g the bulkhead mimics the kit’s suspension geometry for a drop fit without the need to adjust existing setups.
Oli Meggitt and his Essex Winter Series team announce a brand new event for 2014. The inaugural International Carpet Challenge will be held over the weekend of 22nd-23rd February 2014 at the popular EWS venue in the South-East of the UK. After a record-breaking sell out year for the EWS Championship, the team have put together a special multi-day meeting to showcase the best in indoor Touring Car racing. Drawing on their experiences of organising the largest Touring Car championship in the UK, the organising team intend to bring elements of the big European races to the UK as well. The event, that has already attracted confirmed entries from European Podium finisher Elliott Harper, UK National Champion Chris Grainger, and four-time World Champion David Spashett, will run to a typical ‘big race’ format, and additionally feature a Dash For Cash event on the Saturday night. Classes will be available for 17.5 ‘Blinky’/Zero Timing, 13.5 ‘Open’ and Modified Touring Cars, as well as a special HPI Vintage Challenge class. Full details of the event, including location, hotels, rules and booking in are available here.
As expected earlier this week Team Associated introduce the completely new B5 2WD buggy platform. Coming as separate mid and rear motor kits the B5 will have purpose designed chassis, gearbox and suspension parts in order to provide the best possible performance on a large range of surfaces from slippery clay to the highest traction carpet tracks. While the rear motor B5 is ideally suited for low to medium grip tracks, the B5M who shares around 90 percent of the same parts as the B5, is purely designed for high grip and high speed tracks with its aluminium chassis, gull wing front suspension arms and a range of options to tune the platform for both dirt and multi-surface conditions. Team Associated so far only released body-on images but expect more details and information the coming days.
VBC Racing introduce a new neoprene material pit mat and new hardened steel turnbuckles for the Lightning and Flash04 on-road cars. Starting with the pit mat, the pad is made from impact absorbing neoprene material for improved parts protection when building or maintaining your car while the digitally printed VBC logo sports your passion to everything VBC. The mat measures 70x42cm and comes in red or grey colour. Also new are hardened steel turnbuckles for the VBC Lightning and Associated R5 platform as well as the VBC Flash04. The material used makes for added durability even in harsh racing conditions.
The third round of the Essex Winter Series took place the weekend before Christmas. Another capacity entry saw everyone wanting to take home the last win of 2013 and, hopefully, carry that momentum through into the new year. In the Muchmore Modified class, Schumacher’s Matt White drew first blood as he topped round one of qualifying from James Hart and multi-time World Champion, David Spashett, who was making his debut at the UK’s most popular indoor winter series. James fought back to take his Xray to the fastest time in round two, ahead of Kyle Branson and Matt. Kyle again demonstrated his pace with both electric as well as nitro racing, as he set the fastest time in the third qualifier, ahead of the defending EWS Pro Stock Champion Paul Pinkney. James Hart then took the decisive fourth round, to secure pole position from Kyle, Matt and Paul.
Available now from AKA is the Impact Evo tyre range for 1/10 off-road buggies. Designed to fit AKA’s Evo wheels the tyre features a dense small square lug pattern with offset lug rows in the centre of the tyre to deliver maximum forward traction and good wear characteristics. The two outer rows of lugs are parallel to create a circumferential groove at the edge of the tire to give the tyre very predicable side bite. This allows the car to rotate in the centre of the turn while still feeling very stable and predictable entering and exiting the turn. Available in soft and super soft compounds as tyre with red insert or as pre-mounts on white or yellow Evo wheels.
While Thailand and Bangkok downtown citizens were the middle of the large protests for democracy, in its suburbs there was still RC racing going on. The Huge RC track and its manager Surikarn kept its door open to host the Ride Cup which was organised by Ride founder and proprietor Ohe-san and his staff. It was surely a good test opportunity for the upcoming TITC, and already some of the best racers like Adachi, Groskamp, Hara, Meen, Moore and Surikarn took the chance to sniff the track challenges, with around 100 drivers in various classes enjoying the cool 25°C Winter in Thailand. The track proved have very good traction, and although slightly bumpy at some areas, it was no problem to put the horsepower down to show some impressive top and cornering speeds. Though it was not such surprise to see the 3 Touring Car World Champions taking the top 3 spots, followed by the local hero and TC GP World champ Meen, the current Touring Car World Champ Jilles Groskamp presented himself with a dominant victory for Tamiya. Driving the new updated Tamiya the Team Orion factory team member left Atsushi Hara and Andy Moore behind. Meen V. came in 4th while Shinosuke Adachi completed the top 5 result.