The 6th round of the Jimmy Babcock Racing League Electric Series made its first stop at the new Rainman’s Hobby and Raceway in Bakersfield, California. With every new facility comes the challenge of learning the surface and dialling in the vehicles. So Team Associated racers Kody Numedahl, Kevin Motter, Nick Wautlet, Jimmy Barnett and others all made the trip north of the L.A. valley to compete at the brand new facility. In the 2WD Modified class it was all Numedahl and his B4.2 Factory Team with Centro mid-motor conversion. Cody dominated the competition, taking the TQ by seven seconds and winning the main by half a lap. In the Truck Modified class, Kevin Motter and his T4.2 Factory Team got out to a good start and took over the lead early, never to relinquish the number 1 position on way to the victory. In the 2WD 13.5T Buggy Super Stock class, Nick Wautlet started from the second grid position, but made quick work to take over the lead on the way to victory. Next up is round 7 at Palm Desert R/C Raceway the weekend of September 14.
New from Zen Racing come ride height shims for the R5 1/12th chassis. They offer the same fine steps as the rear shim sets, giving adjustment all the way down to 0.15 mm. The slots have been arranged at 90 degrees to each other allowing for rapid fitment in racing conditions and the shims come in sets of ten.
Vision Racing introduce 2mm carbon fibre chassis stiffeners for the Team Associated SC10 series vehicles. This upgrade is designed to enhanced the performance of the truck’s stock chassis flex by stiffening and adding weight to the lowest point of the chassis but also keeping it centralised for improved handling characteristics. The modification is comparable to adding carbon arms and parts to the Team Associated vehicles allowing it to work much better on high bite tracks and it works well with the new anti-roll bar kit allowing it to carry even more corner speed. Included with the carbon parts come 18 4-40 x 3/16 countersunk screws for installation.
Nor Cal Hobbies will host the 2013 Off-Road Kings race on the weekend of the 8th of September. Run on a Kevin Jelich build track the race will see the attendance of Jared Tebo, Ryan Cavalieri and other pro drivers and is held in several buggy and truck classes including invitational 2WD and 4WD Open Buggy, Open and 17.5T 2WD, Open 4WD, Open Stadium Truck, 2WD and 4WD Short Course as well as an 1/8th E-buggy class. The invitational classes and the Top 21 of 17.5T Buggy will run in a Reedy Race format. More information can be found here.
The Danish 1/8th buggy nationals took place at the RC Center track in Greeve. After a strong showing at the recent EFRA GP Martin Hansen (Kyosho/Team Orion/AKA) once again excelled as took the win in the nitro buggy and also the E-buggy class. The nitro podium was completed by Oliver Fischer (Kyosho/Team Orion/AKA) and Silas Høgholt (Kyosho/OS/AKA).
Source: Kyosho [kyosho.de] | Photo: Oliver Fischer
Last weekend the Much-More UK GP English round took place at the CRMCC circuit in North West England. The English round combines with a Scottish round, which was held at the Stonehaven circuit in June, to determine the overall series champions. There were over 50 entries this year and some overall series trophies were up for grabs. The practice day on Friday and qualifying on Saturday and Sunday morning saw persistent rain and a wet weather track which meant the new Volante control tyre would have to wait until the finals on Sunday afternoon before being bolted onto the cars. The vast majority of drivers managed to pick up points from the four qualifying rounds required in the difficult conditions and then switched to the control tyre for the finals as the track quickly dried out. In 13.5T John Simpson brought home the victor with Callum Keith and Chris Mitchell completing the podium. In the Spec class Paul Davidson was the day’s winner in front of David Walter Fraser and Joe Herring. Last but but least the Mini class top three sees Paul Davidson in front with Keith Anderton and Chris Briggs in tow.
After winning the 2013 BRCA 4WD buggy national championship early during the penultimate round of the BRCA electric off-road nats Team Associated’s Neil Cragg also brought home this year’s 2WD buggy title. Leading the points coming into the final round in Oswestry Neil had the best chances to make the double and even a TQ and win of TLR’s Darren Bloomfield did not stop the former World Champion from taking home the 2WD honours. In the 4WD class it was Lee Martin who grabbed the TQ and win but as the title was already decided it was only a win for the books.
At last weekend’s 1/10th 200mm ‘A’ Euros in Austria Serpent driver Alex Thurston took the Junior Championship. After taking the 1/8th on-road Euro Junior title just weeks ago in Halifax, UK this is another important victory for the young man this year. Alex is sidelined by Serpent team mate Jörg Tiit who took the third place on the Junior’s podium.