The last round of this year’s BTCC championship was held at Mendip Model Motor Racing Club track just outside the holiday resort of Weston-Super-Mare, a track we seem to end up at most years. The weather, when we got up Sunday morning was cloudy with some fine rain not enough to dampen the track but the day didn’t look to promising. At the drivers briefing it was decided that the format for the day would be 4 rounds of round by round qualifying the best 2 to count followed by 1 final.
SMI Motorsport introduce the special edition Orcan GT3 engine kit. The .12 engine has won the recent 200mm European Championships in the hands of Manuel Huber giving Orcan its fourth championship since 2007. Designed with both low fuel consumption and highest overall performance in mind the engine is based around a Novarossi setup and refined by engine tuner Michael Heinrich according to Orcan’s Bertram Kessler specifications. The engine is available as high-end competition ‘C’ or high low end torque ‘S’ variant and comes with either the Orcan 1910 Plus or 1915 pipe, the new Orcan multifunctional bag and an Orcan hoody in the traditional orange colour and sizes from S to XXL.
The KO Propo KR-211FH 2.4GHz 2-channel micro receiver is making use of KO Propo’s FHSS transmitting technology and is useable with the RF-903FH and RF-904FH modules as well as the EX-1 KIY. It features programmable failsafe, quick binding and dimensions of 29.3×24.4x16mm and a weight of 7.8g.
The final round of the BRCA 2WD nationals took place at the Kidderminster track and it was Schumacher team driver Simon Moss who took TQ in rounds 1 and 3 by some three seconds over his closed rival. During round 4 of qualifying the weather took a turn for the worst and the track became totally flooded with no chance of a resumption in the racing. This meant that Simon, who had taken the overall TQ would win the meeting as the qualifying results would be carried over into the finals.
Last weekend the German 1/10th 200mm nitro championship was held at the legendary track in Munster. The weather forecast promised rain for the practise days but dry weather for Saturday and Sunday. The Qualification started on Saturday morning, with the best round out of five counting. The whole weekend saw a close battle between Dirk Wischnewski and Eric Dankel, but Eric was slightly faster than Dirk and could secure the TQ spot in front of him. Just like the current EFRA rules there was no direct qualifying for the top 4 spots, and everybody had to go through the 30 minutes semi finals. The A final started after a small break and Dirk was leading the field followed by Eric and Toni Gruber. For the whole run Dirk and Eric battled for the lead with the better end for Eric who could profit from a couple of smaller mistakes from Dirk. At the end the two were only separated by 13 seconds with a strong Dominic Greiner finishing in 3rd position.
The 2012 Norwegian 1/8th on-road championship was hosted by OMK at the beautiful Hvervenbukta facility in Oslo. The race was held as a one day event only saw ten drivers attending. The schedule saw one round of controlled practice followed by three rounds of qualifying and a 45 minutes final. In practice it was Frode Rasch-Olsen who set the fastest laptime with a 12.432, followed by my Stig Berntsen (12.505), Adrian Berntsen (12.506) and Lars Haugen (12.624). As the qualification started Adrian upped his pace and even though he had a mistake that cost him 13 seconds on the last lap, he still set TQ in the first round with 34 laps in front of Stig Berntsen with 32 laps and Frode Rasch-Olsen with 32 laps.
ARC release first information on the R10-W 200mm electric touring car chassis. The 1/10th scale chassis is designed to cope with scale nitro cars and features a wider 4mm rear belt, hardened spring steel diff joint cups and drive shafts, front and rear gear differentials, and thicker 1.6mm front and 1.5mm rear anti-roll bars. The car is usable with standard 200mm bodies and 28mm/30mm wider tires and will also come as conversion kit for the standard 190mm R10.
Team C adds new foam tires to their line of 1/8th scale GT on-road tires. They come pre-mounted on while multi-spoke rims and are pre-trued so they can be used instantly. They are of a medium compound and are ideal when racing GT-class vehicles on permanent tracks.