Each year, racers in Southern California flock to OCRC Raceway for the annual Surf City Classic. A combination of Pro drivers, out of town racers, OCRC loyalists and a great rookie class make the Surf City a great location for all racers. A fresh track layout and state of the art overhead misting system, and announcing by Nick “the suit” Black sets this track apart. A revamped and updated hobby shop managed by the one and only Jake “Jackie” Thayer, you couldn’t ask for a better staffed event. Straight out of the gates the JConcepts team came out swinging taking several TQ’s. The Bar Codes in gold compound provided the grip on the challenging track for most including TLR/JConcepts and AE/JConcepts drivers Dustin Evans and Steven Hartson who looked unbeatable in their respective classes. Drivers scrambled as track conditions changed throughout the weekend but the round 1 quick drivers remained up front and took the overall TQ positions, Dustin Evans (2wd modified), Steven Hartson (4wd modified and 1/8th E-buggy), Kody Numedahl (2wd SCT), Kevin Motter (2wd and truck stock) and Brent Thielke (modified truck – Finnisher T4.1 body).
Jörn Neumann attended the 2nd and final round of the 1/8 Buggy German Nationals last weekend. The race was held at the MAC Brombachsee Club located in Pleinfeld, Germany. It was another great turnout with just over 100 drivers. The track this time around was a mixture of astroturf, a stone part and plastic mats. It rained most of the day Thursday before the event and the track was very slippery for the first practice run. It got better each round and the lap times dropped. After a few minor set up changes, Jörn was ready to hit the track. On Saturday there were 4 rounds of qualifying and he was able to qualify 2nd overall and was able to set the fastest time in Q3.
Team Associated introduce the SC10RS RTR truck with a new body shell design resembling the team Hart and Huntington. Making use of the 2010 to 2012 ROAR National Championship winning SC10 chassis truck is equipped with oil-filled shock absorbers, a highly adjustable race-suspension and a 2.6:1 gearbox with gear differential. Also included are a 3300kv brushless system, JConcepts racing compound rear tires, and a pre-painted body shell with large decal sheet to create one four different designs.
Kyosho introduce the Mini-Z Bike Ducati Desmosedici GP11. The 1/18th scale bike with brushless motor, gyro and a length of 118mm resembles Valentino Rossi’s Moto GP bike and now that he will leave the Italian manufacture by the end of the season the Kyosho replica will sure be a piece of history. The bike comes with a 2.4GHz transmitter 3.7V 120mAh LiPo battery, charger and tools.
The 7th Petit RC Race will take place at the Mustit Raceway in Moss/Norway from the 11th to 13th of January. After successful events in France and the UK, both run on carpet tracks, the Petit RC crew will create something completely new as the 2013 race will be held on an US-style indoor clay track. Find all information about the seventh running here.
The 9th Sidewinder Nitro Explosion took place at the ARC Raceway in Temecula, California. Taking the top grid position in the expert nitro truck, expert nitro buggy, and expert electric buggy class was TLR driver Adam Drake. He was able to TQ eight out of nine rounds of qualifying. Only Ryan Maifield was able to to grab one round in nitro buggy class over Drake. The 45 minutes truck final was a battle between Drake, Cavalieri, and Maifield. Cavalieri lead most of the race, but Drake took over the lead with four minutes to go. Shortly after Cavalieri had problems and Drake cruised to victory with Josh Wheeler in second and Carson Wernimont in third position.
The fourth round of the Portuguese TC nationals took place in Sintra. The fast and flowing track lacked grip due to the fact that the circuit was closed for all of August but the conditions were the same for everyone although some teams struggled to get the cars running properly. Come Sunday morning the qualifying heats started and Francisco Henriques showed a very good pace and qualified 2nd for the A-main with Hugo Miguel setting TQ. Both were chased by José Carvalho. Come the finals Francisco Henriques had some troubles in the first main but managed to secure the win in the second and third run handing him the win with Hugo Miguel in second and José Carvalho in third overall position.
Last weekend, A Main Hobbies debuted its much-anticipated world-class outdoor off-road racing complex, Silver Dollar R/C Raceway, as host of the 5th Annual Labor Day Shootout in Chico, California. The facility, which will host the 2013 IFMAR Electric Off-Road World Championships, saw “… a great debut for the new track” said CEO Kendall Bennett, “I don’t believe the RC community was prepared for a world-class track of this caliber.”