John Cravotta lead the X Factory team to a clean sweep of the podium in the R/C Madness Short Course Nationals this past weekend. Cravotta TQ’d all three qualifiers but bobbled just before the triple on the first lap into the A main, falling well back in the pack. Third qualifier Paul Sinclair led at the end of lap one, with Tony Phalen and Jim Edmonds right behind. On lap two, Tony tapped Paul on the off-camber. Sinclair rolled and Phalen waited for him, allowing Edmonds through into the lead, and they stayed that way through the first half of the race. Cravotta was beginning his charge up through the pack and about the three minute mark, Phalen bobbled getting on the straight, letting Cravotta through into third. Moments later at the end of the straight, Paul got by Jim, and it was a X Factory 1-2-3, Sinclair, Edmonds, Cravotta. On the next lap, Sinclair pulled a wheelie on the main straight, a gust of wind caught his truck flipping it over onto its lid, and much to the amazement of the crowd the truck slid all the way to the sweeper. Edmonds lost a bit of concentration at all this, and Cravotta vaulted into the lead, with Edmonds right behind, Sinclair falling to fourth. Knowing that his team mate was behind him, Cravotta put it on cruise control, while Sinclair worked his way into third. Two corners from the end, Paul passed Jim to finish Cravotta, Sinclair, Edmonds.
While weather issues dominated a large part of the season, the story of round 6 of the RaceWorks Elite Racing Series saw the domination of Team Tamiya SG and Alvin Koh. In qualifying, Tamiya’s Nicholas Lee secured the TQ position, followed by Team Xray Singapore’s PY Tang, with series leader Alvin Koh (Tamiya) in 3rd position. Qualifying strongly also was Team Yokomo Singapore’s Marcus Choo in 4th. Given Nicholas’ pedigree, his pole position for the first leg of the 4-leg finals was always going to be a tough one for anyone to overcome. What his racing rivals could not overcome, Nicholas’ electronics did as they shut-down after the first lap. This opened the door for Alvin to come through to take the win. Confirming the strong pace of Team Yokomo Singapore was the 2nd position finish for Alan Leung, with PY Tang in 3rd.
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After introducing the R10 200mm nitro on-road kit last year Hot Bodies now also re-enters the 1/8th class with the R8. Not much is known about the car that made a first appearance on the Facebook wall of Hot Bodies’ factory driver Teemu Leino today. By looking at the picture the car is of a pretty standard design with a slim main chassis, carbon fibre upper deck, front aluminium upper wishbone mounts but a standard front ‘blade’-type anti-roll bar whereas many of the competitors use wire-type assemblies today. It is understood that the R8 will make a first public appearance at next month’s World Championships in Japan.
The 8th running of the iconic Neo Race took place at the Harper Adams college in Shropshire last weekend. The now Summer event saw some changes compared to the previous years and the bank holiday weekend allowed for five full days of racing and loads of track time for the drivers. Run in Nitro Buggy and an Electric Buggy class the race attracted many international drivers including 4-times winner Jared Tebo, Kyosho’s Cody King, Team Durango’s Ryan Lutz, as well as virtually every of Europe’s top drivers. In the prestigious Nitro Buggy class it was Kyosho’s Jared Tebo who took TQ honours after winning three out of six qualifying rounds with team mate Cody King and Mugen’s Robert Battle lining up in second and third. Elliott Boots (Kyosho) completed the top 4.
The 2013 Pro-Line Surf City Classic was held at OC R/C Raceway in Huntington Beach, CA. This annual event is known to bring in many of the top drivers from the West Coast as well as a great local following. This years event wouldn’t disappoint with these drivers in attendance: Ryan Cavalieri, Ryan Maifield, Dustin Evans, Steven Hartson, Mike Truhe, Cody Turner, and many more. This years layout proved to be very challenging and traction was at an all time high to make for great racing. The race schedule saw open practice on Thursday and Friday with three rocket round qualifiers on Saturday and lower main bump-ups following single 10 minute A-main events on Sunday.
West Coast RC Raceway, host venue of the World Famous Reedy Offroad Race of Champions, has announced that is to close effective immediately. The announcement from track owner Danny Stojakovic will come as a shock to the racing community in Southern California with WCRC a go to track for the many quick racers in the area including 4-time WC Ryan Cavalieri to whom this track was local. Team Associated also now have the task to find a suitable new venue for the prestigious annual event which is held in January each year.
Hey Guys and Gals,
It’s with a heavy heart that I have to let everyone know that WC is closing down effective today. We appreciated spending valuable time with all of you and building amazing relationship. Please let us know if there is anything we can do or if you may have products in the consignment case or personal products @ WC that we can store for you.
Thank you again for all your support and we will miss you all.
Gravity RC now have this rechargeable spray canister available, an alternative to commonly used motor sprays and cleaners. The canister gives a similar feel and result to motor spray during use and it can be refilled with less humanly toxic and more environmentally friendly chemicals by yourself. It is rechargeable with air safely up to 200psi using any standard car tyre attachment and air hose. The container called GRC 600 comes with one extra internal rebuild, six spray nozzles and four spray tubes.