The final round of the Essex Winter Series took place this weekend. With both championships up for grabs in the UK’s most popular on-road championship, the finale promised to be a fitting end to a great season. In the Zen Racing Modified class, Stefan Chodzynski had one hand on the title, with his Capricorn team-mate Kyle Branson needing to take a maximum points haul, and Stefan to struggle at this final meeting, for the title to go any other way. In the VBC Super Stock standings, Jimmy Maddison needed to TQ and Win the meeting to prevent Tony Broad taking his first EWS title.
Xray is happy to welcome the young talented British driver Zak Finlay back to Xray team. The multiple UK National and Schumacher BTCC Champion has in previous years successfully raced Xray as a private driver and after short break now returns back to the Xray team. Zak is fully focused on the electric touring racing and will race the T4 in 2015. Zak had this to say:
I am happy to be back at Xray where the best cars and best support is. Having the chance to join the Xray factory team is an amazing opportunity that I could not let pass. Xray’s products and support are of the highest quality and for me to continue to improve and achieve great results, I am proud to be part of their team. I would like to thank all at Xray and the Hudy family for this brilliant opportunity.
Schumacher together with their factory race team have been hard at work to develop new Mi5 Evo shock towers for the 2015 racing season. The new towers give a small change in wheel rate giving a slightly softer feeling with drivers experiencing better precision through the corners giving improved lap times. They were used with great success at the recent ICC race in Essex by Schumacher drivers Elliott Harper and Michal Orlowski to take 3rd and 5th place against some tough competition.
Team Durango off-road star and North American Field Representative, Travis Amezcua, has returned from the 2015 Chi Town Shootout with a win and TQ in 2WD Buggy. Racing the DEX210v2 against fast competition, Travis was really happy to add to his previous Chi Town successes by taking the TQ for Team Durango. He then powered home in the 2WD ‘A’ Main final to lift the coveted Shootout trophy once again ahead of Austin Horne in 2nd and Chad Due in 3rd.
The Italian Rally Legends line-up has been expanded further with the addition of the great looking Fiat Abarth Assetto Corse clear lexan body kit. This body is compatible with all the 1:10 190mm touring and drift chassis that is currently on the market and come supplied with all the decals as well as molded rear wing, mirrors and windscreen wipers.
New from Wild Turbo Fan is this ‘Blow Them All’ ESC fan mount. From studying the air flow patten of modern day ESC they found that no matter how powerful the ESC fan is, if the air flow is restricted the cooling will not be effective. By placing the ESC fan at an angle suddenly the cooling air can reach the ESC casing, soldering terminal and front area of the motor. The effect is like having extra cooling fans that also effectively cool the ESC at the same time without any extra wiring and power consumption, and best of all the fan mount only weighs 2 grams. Tested at the recent TITC race in Thailand, drivers reported that both the ESC and Motor were cooler by 10 degree C with the new fan mount.
French company RB introduce their 2015 line of nitro engines for off-road and on-road applications. The range will include three .21 off-road, two .21 on-road, four .12 on-road and one Rally/GT engine, starting with the BXR LS5 Plus off-road engine. The high-level off-road competition engine uses a long stroke design with 5-port MES technology, a 14.5mm silicone-balanced lightweight crankshaft and a ceramic main bearing. The newly developed carburettor is using double adjustment with an extra spraybar for improved idling and adjustment. The new cooling head is of a low centre of gravity design yet large enough to provide efficient cooling. The BXR LS5 Plus offers a unique combination of power and consumption and the engine is ideal for both tight and open tracks with high grip and a good amount of jumps.
The organisers of the IFMAR 1/10 Electric Buggy World Championships have released an updated schedule regarding the JMRCA 1/10 EP National Championship that is also the Warm-up race for the Worlds. Following a request made by the JMRCA to not provide practice days prior to the JMRCA Nationals, the practice days prior to the Warm-up race have now been cancelled. Practice is now scheduled for the week following the Nationals which is June 8th to 14th.