The second round of the Portuguese nitro on-road championship took place at the Mini Autódromo track in Torres Novas, the track that will host the European Championship 2013 in August. Recently signed Xray team driver, Bruno Coelho, is the man to beat in the championship and this race meant no exception as Bruno took TQ for the main his NT1’13. The final was a different affair though as Portuguese rising star Pedro Sousa showed his potential. With a faultless race he crossed the finish line in first place after 30 minutes some four laps ahead of Bruno. Mario Miranda grabbed the remaining podium spot.
ST Racing Concepts introduce a line of carbon fibre and aluminium option parts for the Team Durango ‘210 series of vehicles such as the DEX210, DESC210 and DEST210. Starting with the carbon fibre parts, available will be 4mm front and rear shock towers with the front items coming with the needed aluminium stand-offs. The shock stays are CNC-machined from high-quality carbon fibre and available as DEX210 and DESC/DEST210 specific variant. Also new comes a lightweight graphite battery strap that is useable with the kit as well as aftermarket thumb screws. Swinging over to the aluminium parts, useable for all ‘210s is the finned aluminium heat-sink motor plate. The finned design helps to dissipate heat from the motor and the clean look adds that special touch to the chassis. Last but not least come several shock parts in the form of upper shock caps with bleed screw, lower shock caps, shock collars and spring retainers. The parts are designed to increase durability and to make working on the shocks easier. All alloy parts are available in a range of colours including black, gun metal and gold.
San Diego RC Raceway played host to the JBRL Round 2 this past weekend. A brand new track layout was put in and made the race an even playing field for all and Tekno RC made their presence known. In the 1/8 buggy class, the Tekno RC EB48 swept the podium and 4th place. Barry Baker finished 1st, followed by Pres Ilog in 2nd, Josh Bertrand in 3rd, and Chad Panek in 4th. In the Pro4 Short Course class Tekno RC again dominated the podium. Matthew Olson from MIP running Tekno RC driveshafts came in 1st place followed by Tekno RC’s Barry Baker and Chad Panek to round out the top 3 spots. Rudy Rico and his SCT410 would finish in 5th place. There were more SCT410’s in the top 5 and in the A Main than any other truck.
Vampire Racing’s Darren Bloomfield was on fire at the recent first round of the 2013 BRCA electric off-road nationals. He TQ’d the rain affected 2WD race on Saturday with his Vampire Racing-powered TLR 22 buggy. Darren was able to take a clean win in A final one and two handing him the day’s win in front of Schumacher Racing’s Simon Moss and Team Associated’s Neil Cragg. Darren used Vampire Racing’s new Type AB+ V2 brushless motors, the SR1+ speed controller and Vampire Racing’s latest 2013 spec LiPo batteries to win in style.
AKA have released a new addition to the popular Handlebar line-up with the 1:10 buggy Handlebar STD. It feature the same tread pattern as the previously released Handlebar tire with the exception of taller treads. The Handlebar STD has been designed for hard packed outdoor blue groove tracks and the STD tread depth provides all the traction you can handle with longer tire life. They are available in AKA’s championship winning Super soft, Soft, and Clay compounds and available as premounts on white or yellow HEXlite wheels with the industry standard red inserts.
As we reported earlier the first round of the German West National series got underway last weekend in Sinzig and for the 1/10th 200mm class Dirk Wischnewski wrote this report. ‘The weather forecast was very good for the whole weekend, so the starter field with almost 70 entries was quite big. The field was separated in 3 categories 1:8 class 1, 1:8 class 2 and 1:10 scale. For me it was the first German race of the new season, further it was the first race with the brand new NT1 2013 spec. So everybody was excited to see how the new car will handle under race conditions. For me it was also a special race as over the winter quite a view things changed about my equipment so I wanted to see how I can perform in this new situation.
Following a teaser last week, Schumacher have released the full details on their all new Mi5 EP touring car. The car is equipped with some revolutionary design features that enable the racer total flexibility for both carpet and asphalt tracks. Featuring an ultra low centre of gravity which gives the car fantastic corner speed capability combined with the radical vertical top deck, the Mi5 achieves both a responsive and nimble feel, yet is forgiving and consistent to drive. The major highlights of the package include, the first Schumacher designed touring car gear differential, fully in-line mounted motor and servo, lightweight low CofG carbon fibre wishbones, perfect Ackerman steering rack and micro castor pivot system. The chassis offers excellent balance and poise, with an extremely wide window of set up, enabling drivers of all levels to easily achieve the best results from the car.
From Shepherd to further improve the seal of the Velox V10 differentials they have released a new differential seal made from a special rubber. The new seal fits perfectly and guarantees a long life of the differentials. Sold in a pair of two they are available now.