MIP introduce their ultra lightweight 5-40 aluminium locknuts for all TLR and Losi SCTE vehicles. Included in the set, that scrubs around 9 gram of weight, are 26 nuts for the Losi SCTE and TLR SCTE 2.0 as well as MIP Pro4mance converted trucks. The nuts are made from aircraft grade aluminium and are of course also usable on all other vehicles with imperial hardware.
IFMAR have made a surprise announcement that they will run control tires at this year’s 1/8th Worlds in Japan. This is in response to the ongoing tire treatment story which it says “…is a poison that keeps drivers at home and for sure also the reason a lot of drivers stopped in 2012. Although we are able to detect the majority of the products that are available there is still a market and this market tries to make products that are more and more difficult to detect. It is like doping in all sport activities, there will always be people that want to try it and people that produce it.” It will however not be a single brand control tire but in fact a control tire from multiple manufacturers as long as they will be supplying at least 10 drivers at the event. All tires from all brands must be identical in diameter as well as shore and they will be accepting applications from tire companies in the next 2 weeks. Read the full statement here (PDF).
This year’s Nordic Championships for 1/8th offroad will be held in Vantaan Vauhtikeskus, Finland from the 2nd to the 4th of August. Your standard Nordics format, best 2 from 4 rounds of qualifying with EFRA style finals, the track has a clay surface with approximately 5 jump combinations with lap times of about 39-40 seconds. Entries are open until the 27th of July so if you wish to compete against the best Scandinavians then get signed up. You can find more information here (PDF).
Last weekend was the annual Trofeo Novarossi took place on the fantastic Gussago track in Italy and World Champion Robert Batlle (Mugen/Novarossi/ProCircuit/Nitrolux) sent us this report. ‘We arrived on friday morning to visit Novarossi Factory as every year, amazing factory for one of the best engine manufacturers in the world. The weather on Thursday was terrible and we had to wait until Friday afternoon to start practice. We could make only 4 or 5 tanks due to the day was finished. Saturday was sunny and the race could start. There were a lot of good drivers like the well known 2013 French champion Jerome Aigoin, the 2013 European B Champion Marco “Vale tutto” Baruffolo, Italian Champion Davide Tortorici, the young Italian star Davide Ongaro, Alex Zanchettin, Alessandro Stocco, Novarossi’s engineer Federico Sala, and more… also Mrs Grazia, Mr Cesare Rossi and all Novarossi crew were watching us during the race. Qualyfing was a fight for TQ between Jerome and myself, the first round was won by Jerome, second, third and fourth went to myself, and the last round was the Italian driver Del Petre who got it. Sunday was even warmer than Saturday so we had to drive on hard compounds to be able to make a whole semi or final. There was a fight during almost all Semi A for the win between Tortorici and myself, he had a mistake which allowed me to win so Davide finished second. In Semi B the two fast guys were Aigoin and Baruffolo but both had problems so they couldn’t win, even though they were able to bump up to the main final. In the final we started really well with no mistakes while all the others got together, so we could take advantage which allowed us to win this race. Second spot went for Jerome Aigoin and third the young Ongaro.’
Last weekend was the 23rd running of the annual Belgium GP, under its new name ‘International Race Kampenhout’. The event is very popular, with many people requesting entries, but due to the nature of the event and venue the organisers keep an entry limit of 80 in 2wd and 70 in 4wd, allowing reasonable length days and plenty of track time, with open practice in the days preceding the event. It really is a great event, very relaxed atmosphere and a showcase for RC racing with is location in a park, where many activities take place over the weekend, drawing in many spectators and drivers from 8 countries.
Round 3 of the Jakarta Regional 1/10 EP Championship was held at the Jakarta International Twin Circuit Senayan which is normally a nitro track, but had a modification to accommodate EP cars done and then ran in counter-clockwise direction. In the primary superstock 10.5 boosted class, Bowie Ginting took the TQ spot from Teddy Syach with only 0.037 seconds separated them. Heri Susanto completed the top 3. In Stock class, Ronald Kasengkang took a comfortable TQ by 6 seconds from Robert Hendrawan and Ignatius Ryan, while young racer Muhammad Izzah also took an easy TQ in the FWD class.
The 2013 Much-More UK GP is in it’s 8th year now with this weekend’s round at the Stonehaven circuit being paired up with another round later in the year at Carlisle Radio Model Car Club on August 17/18th. Stonehaven has always attracted strong support from racers from Northern Ireland and this year, BRCA National Associated driver, Alan Bickerstaff made the long journey along with Graham Kenny (Xray), Scott Kenny (Yokomo), Austin Elliott and Martin Kenny. Close racing was guaranteed with BRCA National T.O.P. Photon EX driver, Brian Eldridge also making the long trip north from London and some strong local drivers also in the mix.
The 4th round of the 2013 Swiss championship was hosted by the MRCAL in the south-west of Switzerland. The organisation there is always excellent so we expected a nice event. The weather forecast was good for Friday and Sunday with about 24 degrees. Unfortunately Saturday was bad with rain for the whole day. On Friday morning the track was closed but we used the time to prepare all the stuff for the afternoon. The organisers prepared the track with sugar water, so we had good grip. Silvio Hächler set the new track record with 17.359 already on Friday. After the expected rain arrived on Saturday, it was decided to make to more qualification rounds on Sunday morning with all drivers happy about this decision. So we all used the Saturday to prepare our cars for the busy Sunday with qualifying and finals on the same day.