Following last week’s release of optional front anti-roll bars, Xray now also have new rear swaybars for the RX8 available. Coming as thinner 2.6mm and thicker 3.0mm variant, the two new anti-roll bars complement the standard 2.8mm part to allow for increased tuning capabilities. The wires come manufactured from a special spring steel material, they are black in colour and sport laser-etched size markings.
The final round of the Austrian 1/8th off-road national championship took place in Graz. Bad weather on Saturday meant the race would actually start on Sunday. In the main final Martin Wollanka (Xray/FX) took the win from tone to tone for a clean sweep of the championship as he won each of the national rounds this year.
The final round of this year’s BRCA 1/8th nitro buggy nationals took place at Slough Remote World Model Car Club. Kyosho’s Elliott Boots put his Reds-powered buggy on pole position for the 45 minute final in front of TQ Lee Martin (Mugen/Beat) and Neil Cragg (Team Associated/LRP). In the main Neil only managed to turn 3 laps until he had to retire making way for a battle between Lee and Elliott. Both ended the final being separated by only 6 seconds with the better end for Lee. Jack Embling (Mugen/Novarossi) came in 3rd to complete the podium. Graham Alsop (Hot Bodied/Bullitt) finished in 4th position while championship favourite Darren Bloomfield (Agama/Bullitt) had to settle for 5th. In the overall championship Darren then ended tie on points with Lee Martin but a better tie-breaker handed Darren the overall title from Lee in 2nd and Elliott Boots who ended his 2014 BRCA campaign in 3rd overall.
Made for the Team Losi Mini 8ight Truggy are three new carbon fibre option parts from Xtreme Racing in the form of a front and rear shock tower as well as mud guards for the rear A-arms. The shock towers come made from 3mm carbon fibre and replace the stock aluminium towers. They mimic the standard suspension geometry and offer several mounting positions for the shocks and camber links. The rear wheel guards are again made from high quality carbon fibre material and prevent excessive dirt build-up around the driveshafts and shocks when running Team Losi’s mini truck off-road.
Coming soon from Team C is an aluminium main chassis plate for the TC10 and TR10 touring cars. Cut from 2mm aluminium the part is designed to replace the standard fibre chassis with an alloy version that makes for different torsional flex characteristics which can be a benefit on a variety of surfaces including high grip carpet tracks. The black anodised aluminium chassis is a direct replacement and should become available soon.
Last weekend the Halifax Track in Yorkshire hosted the sixth round of the BRCA 1/10th IC Championship. The Saturday free practice started out damp but quickly dried allowing fast laps to be set. Mark Green led the way in the 200mm class with his Serpent 748 Natrix ahead of the European Junior Champion, Alex Thurston, with his Serpent 747. Joe Kerry was very close behind, running his Serpent 748 Natrix for the first time. In the Sports GT class, again Glyn Beal was setting the pace with his new Serpent 748 Natrix with Peter Hellawell and Paul Bellinger his closest competitors with their Serpent cars.
The official 2014 1/10th 200mm Pre Worlds took place this weekend at the Huge RC circuit in Bangkok, Thailand which will host the Worlds event in November. A small but quality field would attend and it was reigning World Champion Meen Vejrak who took the pole position for KM Racing, to secure the only direct spot in the final ahead of Xray’s Alexander Hagberg, Shepherd’s Jilles Groskamp with Chavit Singupta and Takaaki Shimo completing the top 5. In the first semi final it would be Jilles Groskamp that took the win by 2 laps ahead of HB driver Andy Moore in 2nd with Mongkolpan Lomrose 3rd and US driver JJ Wang (Mugen) in 4th, bumping into the main after a troubled qualifying. In the second semi Hagberg would take the win, his faster time giving him 2nd on the grid behind Meen, with Sinnosuke Yokoyama in 2nd, Suruth V in 3rd, Ongsanit Simaraks 4th with Chavit Sirigupta taking the final main position in 5th. In the final it was Hagberg who jumped into the lead at the start and lead for the first third of the race, in what was very difficult high traction conditions, in front of Groskamp before his car became difficult to driver and started to spin out. This allowed the Dutch driver Groskamp to the front where he could win by 3 laps ahead of Hagberg with Thai driver Mongkolpan Lomrose 2 laps further back in 3rd.
From VBC Racing for their new Firebolt DM buggy is a new front suspension arm mount and hardened integrated front axles. The arm mount has been made from lightweight aircraft grade 7075 aluminium alloy, weighing only 11 grams, and features an extra attachment hole for mounting a brass weight which is sold separately. The hardened integrated front axles feature a one piece design and are made using ultra strong spring steel with integrated drive hex.