Team Yokomo’s Ronald Volker has left his rivals scratching their heads in early practice at the Touring Car World Championships in the Netherlands with the German setting a fastest lap time that was over 4/10th faster than that of the next quickest driver which was Tamiya’s Viktor Wilck. How impressive Volker’s pace is can be seen by adding the time difference between him and Wilck to the Swede’s time which covers the Top 30 drivers, former champion Andy Moore set the 30th fastest lap with a 17.482.
The fourth round of the Austrian nitro on-road nationals took place at the MORAC track in Graz, the venue of the 1/10 IC EC-A in 2013. Heavy rain on Saturday meant that only one driver tried tackle the first round of qualifiers and even the Sunday started wet, although under better conditions. As the rain stopped the track became more dry every round and nearly all drivers did their best to qualify as high in the ranking as possible. The third and final round of qualifiers took place under nearly dry conditions but mechanical problems for many of the usual top drivers meant mixed up qualifying results.
The 15th Annual HRH Shootout was held July 19th to 22nd at Hot Rod Hobbies in Saugus, California. The weather was very typical for the Shootout being in the upper 90’s all weekend long putting controllers, motors, and batteries to the ultimate test. This year’s event brought in over 300 race entries. In the Modified Truck Class it was TLR factory driver Dustin Evans taking the TQ honours. In A main number 1 TLR’s Dakotah Phend went on to take the win over his teammate Dustin Evans by one second. Steven Hartson finished 3rd. A main number 2 saw Kyosho’s Jared Tebo taking the win from the fourth starting position. Steven Hartson finished second and Dustin Evans in third. In the deciding third A main Steven Hartson would take the win, Tebo finished second only .4 seconds behind, and Dustin Evans finished third. With both Tebo and Hartson finishing with a first and second in two of the mains, the title would come down to combined laps and times as the tie-breaker. After everything was added together, it was Team Orion/Kyosho’s Jared Tebo taking the Modified Truck overall win by .1 second.
Last weekend saw the Large-scale Touring Car European Championship at Valencia. Starting from Pole Position with a dominant drive Martin Bayer/RS5 was able to defend his European Championship title he took in Leipzig/Germany last year. After a clean start Bayer stayed in front followed by Arnaldi. Then during the first lap Arnaldi tried to overtake Bayer and both cars touched with the result of a rolling RS5 of Martin and a stop and go penalty for Arnaldi. With his move the French lost his chance to fight for the title. Martin was able to pull away in the first minutes of the race and never looked back from that point on. Markus Feldmann was the only real competitor for Bayer and always stayed within a distance of five to eight seconds but ran out of fuel with two minutes to go. This gave Arnaldi handed Arnaldi the vice championship with Andrea Catalani completing the podium.
Round 3 of the BRCA 1/8th rally cross took place at HNMC with both days full and drivers waiting on the reserve list this class is very strong in the UK. With semis completed it looked like the top four would fight this out, Boots, Cragg, Bloomfield and Martin. This indeed was the case in the final with Boots and Bloomfield pulling away and Martin and Cragg fighting hard. At about 30 minutes left Bloomfield tried to stretch another lap but ran out on track leaving Boots out front with Martin second and Cragg third. The win also meant the 2012 BRCA title for the Kyosho driver.
Bliss have released their F3 .12 Tuned engine for on road 1/10 touring cars. Featuring a super lightweight cooling head, it also sports a carburetor with adjustable inserts. The crankshaft has been given the silicon insert treatment while a CNC machined billet piston and Swiss steel front & rear bearings complete the package. The cylinder is double-checked to avoid imperfections and flaws.
A new release from Spec-R is the Sport Series swing shaft. It is made from hard coated steel with a safety ring and at a lower price it is better for the beginner and for practice. Available for Xray touring cars in 50mm & 52mm and for Tamiya touring cars in 44mm & 46mm.
Tresrey have released this red clay for wheel balancing on any RC model from 1/12 Racing to 1/8 Off-road. Simply press it directly into the inside of the wheels and it will stay there. Easy for fine tuning and adjusting the weight balance. Made in the USA it is available at the end of July.