The 2nd round of the Dutch Nationals was held on Belgian soil at the beautiful track of Model Racing Genk. This is the first time ever that the Dutch competition is running on this track just over the border. Because this track is also the homebase of some Belgium drivers they would have an advantage. On the Friday many people took the chance to run their first laps on this low grip track with only a very small gripline. The Saturday was wet and cold, and only at the end of the day it became dry and some laps were driven. The Sunday started dry but just before the start of the 1st heat it started to rain and did not stop until the main finals.
The 1st qualification (West) for the German Nationals 8th Buggy were held in Oberhausen last weekend. On Saturday it rained all day, so the organizers cancelled the day. Luckily it stopped raining during the night and racing was possible on Sunday. The schedule was 2 Rounds of qualifying and then finals. Jörn Neumann finished 2nd in Round 1 and TQ’ed Round 2. This gave Jörn overall TQ. For the semi final it started to rain, but not as much as the day before. Jörn was able to win his semi final to start 1st for the main final. After a short brake the 20 minute final was under way, Jörn made a mistake in the first corner, this cost him to fall back several positions. A couple corners later Jörn tried to pass another driver, but got caught up and needed another marshall. Jörn was dead last after the first lap. Jörn pushed really hard and fought his way back to third after the first fuel stop. The second place was not far away and Jörn closed in lap after lap. Jörn passed him for 2nd place and now was 7-8 seconds behind the leader. the leader made a mistake and Jörn closed the gap more and more. After the 2nd fuel stop 1st and 2nd were just 2 corners from each other. A few laps later the leader had to stop with a fuel tank issue. Now, Jörn was in the lead and could bring it home under the muddy conditions.
The Model Auto Club Heemstede, organizer of the 2012 IFMAR Worlds, will organize the official Worlds Warm-Up for 1:10 ISTC at the MACH track in the weekend of June 9-10. All the big aces are expected to show up, confirmed already are Dutch ace Jilles Groskamp, Andy Moore from the UK, Atsushi Hara from Japan. Many more international racers are expected to sign up as the official Warm-up is the week following the Apeldoorn leg of the 2012 Euro Touring Series which is about 1 hour drive away from Heemstede.
Capricorn RC have introduced a new pinion gear remover kit. Machined from aluminium and anodised blue it is features module 0.8 for 1/18th scale class and module 1.0 for the 1/10th scale class. This is a brand universal tool and works with Capricorn, Mugen, Shepherd, Xray and Serpent.
New from T-Work’s are these aluminium servo top cases for the Hi Volt line of Savox servos. Built specifically for the SC-1267MG and SC-1268MG they are made from high grade 7075-T6 aluminium with dual brass bushings for both gear pins providing the best possible fit and heat dissipation properties plus the extra strength will ensure racers will never again break a servo ear during a race. To solve the problem of Savox servo ears being positioned differently to Sanwa or Futaba, T-Work’s have also released a second type of the Alum Top Cap with the sole difference being the servo ears are placed in a similar position to Sanwa or Futaba servos allowing drivers to maintain the same steering exponential when running between Savox or other similar Sanwa/Futaba servos.
The opening round of the Italian offroad season took place last weekend in Sacile. Qualifying saw Davide Tortorici, driving a Bliss powered Mugen, take the top spot ahead of Kyosho pairing Davide Ongaro and Fabrizio Teghesi with Carlo Jacopini and Riccardo Perin completing the top 5. In the final it was Agama driver Perin who came through to win the 45 minute encounter just less than a lap ahead of Teghesi in 2nd with reigning Champion Riccardo Rabitti, driving a prototype Crono, completing the podium. Pole man Tortorici hit problems in the final breaking his car on pit exit and ended the race in 6th.
JQ Products have introduced THECar ‘Yellow Edition’ the follow up to their popular first buggy release. During the end of last year JQ was hard at work testing a lot of new ideas and able to improve the handling enough they felt they had to release a new car, the Yellow Edition. The changes have mostly been made in an effort to make THECar both faster, and easier to drive and include a new narrower more flexible chassis, new body shell, improved shocks and will come supplied with a number of extra tuning parts.
Vertigo Performance have introduced their own reverse type clutch for 1/8 on road cars. This configuration where the flywheel is flat and the clutch shoe has been tapered gives a progressive feel and a better more consistent engagement. The system includes a hard spring that gives plenty of punch also on high grip tracks and the set comes complete with flywheel, centrifugal shoes, reverse plate, yellow clutch shoe, locking nut, cup, spring, bearings, shims etc.