Young Scandinavian Team Associated team driver Jesper Rasmussen took TQ and the victory at the first round of the Danish DRCMU championship held in Viborg, Denmark. The conditions were difficult as the track was bumpy and very damp in the morning. However, during qualifying the track dried up and got faster allowing Jesper to win all three qualifying rounds, handing him the TQ for the A-mains. In the break between qualifying and mains it started to rain and the track turned from high grip to low grip and it was again Jesper who excelled in the conditions by winning the first two rounds of the A-main to take the overall win in the 2WD class.
The organisers of the 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Nitro Buggy World Championships have been in touch to issue an extended hotel list for the event that will take place from the 18th to 27th of September in Giardini Naxos, in the province of Messina. Beside the existing list on the organisers website there are more rooms available, which along with prices you can find below. There is also an official agency for the bookings but we understand that you can also book directly with the hotels.
Avid have new option parts for the Team Associated B5 and TLR22 series of vehicles available. First up is a pair of multi-piece shock bushings for the B5 and B5M buggies. They are a direct upgrade for the Associated parts and are made of black anodised 7075 aluminium and have a wide base to prevent bent shock mount screws. The Delrin pivot bushings can be replaced to help maintain a tight fit while two machined silver rings around the base add visual impact. The standoffs are sold as pairs and come including an Avid mini decal sheet. Also new are updated Avert aluminium spring cups for the TLR22 line of buggies and trucks. Offering heavy machining, the parts weight in at under a gram per piece while an angled slot design keeps the cups from popping off in a crash. The cups are machined from 6061-T6 aluminium, come black anodised and are sold in packs of four.
Revolution Design Racing Products’ latest aluminium option part for the Kyosho RB6 buggy is a rear aluminium bulkhead for mid motor converted vehicles. Machined from high quality 7075-T6 aluminium and coming laser-etched the part not only makes for a solid base for the upper camber link mounts but also the wing mounts resulting in overall improved durability. The part is designed to replace the original plastic bulkhead on RB6, RT6 and SC6 buggies and trucks.
Exotek have new aluminium option parts for TLR’s 22 line of buggies available in the form of shock collars, a 22-4 steering link and 22-4 clicker cover cap. Starting with the shock collars, they come as 4-piece set and offer a large knurled nut for easy grip and super smooth spring preload adjustment. The parts use the stock O-rings and come as standard black, gun metal or new yellow colour variant usable on the 22, 22T, 22SCT or 22-4. Also new is a heavy-duty high-precision steering link for the 22-4. Steel bushing inserts are used to minimise slop for smooth movement and less wear. The aluminium link comes polished in your choice of black, gun metal or yellow colour. Last but not least is the aluminium clicker cover. The part replaces the stock rubber cap and comes polished, laser-etched and in black, gun metal or yellow colour.
The racers from the Mid-West surrounding area made their way to Omaha Nebraska’s famous Hobbyplex for the 2014 JConcepts 1/8th Spring Nationals. This annual event in its 5th year has turned into the must attend racing event for the Nitro crowd. With a record number of entries at 186, this year by far surpassed the previous year record, and the track along with the program did not disappoint. As many may know, an equipment failure left Alex Sturgeon with several stitches and a broken arm during the track build. The core group of locals including the owner of the shop and his son jumped in with the guidance of a medicated Alex to make sure the event went off without a hitch. When racers arrived on Friday for practice, a fresh layout with painted infield sections awaited the drivers, and with that, the track opened and most were unaware that there was anything different.
GSpeed Raceway hosted the 2nd annual Hangin’ Judge Open Wheel Classic on a tight and twitchy indoor clay track. TLR’s JR Mitch was able to TQ the 2WD Mod and 4WD Mod class for the triple A-mains. In 2WD JR was able to win the 1st and 2nd A-main to take the overall win early. The opening 4WD main had JR falling to the back of the field after a lap one mistake but he was able to come back in A2 and A3 to take the 2nd class win of the day.
The CT State Championships was held at Wolcott Hobby and Raceway in Wolcott, Connecticut with around 100 entries. Up for grabs was the State championships for 1/8th nitro buggy, truggy, electric 8th scale buggy and 4WD SC. Leading up to the event the area experienced a few days of rain which left the track a little soft, but the Wolcott Hobby crew did a great job of prepping the track and making sure there was no standing water. Come heat 2 of nitro buggy qualifying and light rain started to fall again that quickly disappeared leaving perfect grip conditions for heat 3. Kyosho’s Kyle Rhods jumped out front early, limited his mistakes and was able to set TQ for the round. Round 2 and with an unchanged buggy but new tyres Kyle made a few mistakes early in his heat on which left him in third for a few laps but he again jumped back out front and was setting a new TQ by 6 seconds ahead of his round 1 time, but he had to pull off at the 3 minute mark, but the TQ from round 1 was fast enough to give him the overall TQ.