Last weekend, round 3 of the Spanish 1/8th EP Offroad Nationals was held at the Serracines track. The practice rounds were run on a very dusty track, without a clean racing line but for the first qualifying rounds, the grip was higher and the temperature over 30ºC, so you had to have a good package to be really competitive. Alberto Garcia TQ’d the first three qualifying rounds, ensuring the overall TQ, using the last two rounds to test different things looking for the main finals. For the final, Garcia could manage his speed and win the first two finals, taking the overall victory with his Serpent Cobra 811 Be and getting an important advantage for the championship. Agama driver Daniel Vega was 2nd with Sergio Martínez, also driving a Serpent, in 3rd.
Jilles Groskamp has won Round 2 of the Euro Nitro Series ‘Pilot Series’ in Austria, the Shepherd driver taking the victory over Round 1 winner Eric Dankel, just 3-seconds separating them at the end of the 45-minute encounter. Former European Champion Dirk Wischnewski competed the Top 3 for the race which saw Top Qualifier Robert Pietsch suffer two on-track engine flame outs, the first of which happened on lap 3 while the Mugen driver was leading the 12-car field. Eventually finishing 8th, there was some consolation for the German as he claimed victory in 1:8 ahead of former European Champion Jernej Vuga.
The guys from Warehouse 3 Indoor R/C and Hobby shop in Peoria Arizona have gotten touch to promote the Pro-Line Arizona Indoor Champs which they are running at their new facility from the 16th to the 18th of August. The race is open to all 1/10th scale electric classes with bump ups and 10 minute A-mains. More details on the event and signup information can be found here.
Team MIP team driver Matthew Olson, winner of most Pro4 Short Course races in the USA this past year has joined Team Zombie USA. Matt will be using their newest design 7200mah Rampire series which is made to provide 10 plus minutes of run time for all of the heavy 4wd Short Course trucks on the market. We are proud to Have Matthew joining the team. Olson had this to say:
Thank you so much Team Zombie and Felix Law for the opportunity to represent Zombie Batteries for 2013 and beyond. My first outing with Zombie packs was beyond outstanding at this years ShortCourse Showdown held at Holeshot raceway were I TQ’d and Won 4×4 Short Course over Trinity driver JR Mitch! The ultra powerful 7200mah 75c 2-Cell Zombie packs held up to the Florida humidity and 7 min A-Main event. The batteries never faded and had plenty of juice left, to even finish a 10 min main if needed. Thank you again Zombie Batteries for providing me the power to top the charts.
Robert Pietsch is the Top Qualifier for Race 2 of the Euro Nitro Series ‘Pilot Series’ taking place in Austria after he completed a hat trick of TQ runs in the third round of qualifying to wrap up early pole position for the tomorrow’s 1:10 and 1:8 A-Main finals. The German’s closest rivals in the opening two qualifiers, Jilles Groskamp and Eric Dankel, both crashed in Q3 and retired allowing him to take the round unchallenged ahead of Serpent’s Dominic Greiner and a much improved Dirk Wischnewski. In 1:8 which is lacking the dept of field seen at Race 1 in Hockenheim, Pietsch was easily the class of the field topping the times by over 6-seconds from the Shepherd of Euro B Champion Daniel Sieber and Xray’s Jernej Vuga.
Robert Pietsch set the pace in the opening round of qualifying at Race 2 of the the Euro Nitro Series in Austria this morning, the Mugen driver topping the 4-minute qualifier ahead of Shepherd’s Jilles Groskamp. The only drivers to record 14 laps of the Stöhr-Ring track, the pair were separated by just 3/10ths with Capricorn’s Eric Dankel the fastest driver on 13 laps in third. Pietsch would make it the perfect morning by also topping the times in 1:8 from Serpent’s Toni Gruber with the Xray of former European Champion Jernej Vuga completing the Top 3.
Round 4 of the 2013 JBRL Series headed to the high desert community of Palmdale, California. After winning round one, Jimmy Barnett sought to return to the top step of the podium on the smooth blue-groove surface at Controlled Chaos Raceway. With two rounds of qualifying completed in the 4wd modified class, Barnett was on top of the time sheets and would start the single six-minute A Main from the pole. Taking full advantage of his grid position, Jimmy posted the win after a very close race that saw the top three drivers cross the line within two seconds. Jimmy’s victory marks the fourth straight win for the Reedy team and gives him a commanding point lead into round five at West Coast R/C.
Robert Pietsch ended Day 1 of the Euro Nitro Series in Austria as the man to beat, the Mugen driver setting the pace in controlled practice in both 1:8 and 1:10 at the Stöhr-Ring track. In 1:8, the reigning World Champion set the pace over 3-consecutive laps from newly crowned European B Champion Daniel Sieber but it is the German’s pace in the highly competitive 1:10 class in which he was fastest from ENS Hockenheim race winner Eric Dankel that is the big news from Kirchberg.