The first round of the South African national championship was held at the Welkom RC Raceway in Welkom, South Africa. Racing was super competitive in all classes that were run over the weekend. Team Xray SA dominated the competition by taking away almost all the silverware. The 13.5T touring class was dominated by Antonio Caroli who took TQ and the first place in his class followed by Xray team mate Anderton Smith. Third place went to Shaun Schutte. In the 17.5T class Xray’s Andre Greef took TQ honours but was not able to defend his position in the finals. It was Gerrie Myburg (Xray) who ended up on the top podium spot followed by Andre in second and Justin Cloete (Xray) in third place. In the Modified class it was again Antonio Caroli who not only took the TQ honours but also ended on the top sport. He was followed by Anderton Smitch who had Xray team mate Deon Gove in tow for third place.
Team SpeedMerchant have released their new Associated TC6 front and rear lowered shock towers. Designed to fit the new style TC6 or 6.1 with the vertical ball stud bearing caps/bulkheads, both towers have had the shock mounting positions lowered by 2mm. On the front tower they removed the inner most and outer most stock position mounting holes, while the rear tower has had the 2 outer most holes removed, but they have added 2 new Inner holes for mounting your shocks. The rear tower also has a lowered rear body mount position by exactly 1 body clip hole, but the post is in the same location as the stock tower for a painless change over. The towers were lowered as much as possible while still being able to use the stock Associated springs giving your sedan a lower CG, and by utilizing the new mounting positions on the rear tower your TC6 will gain a ton of rotation. They are machined out of 2.5mm quasi-isotropic carbon fiber for superior rigidity and durability.
LRP’s revolutionary Vector X20 brushless motors have set new benchmarks in electric motor performance and have quickly become the motor to beat for high-level racing competition. Now the same level of performance and technology has been created for Spec class racing. With the all-new Vector X20 Stock Spec motors, even more performance is at your disposal. Together with the improved throttle response, higher efficiency and better control-ability, these new motors are a clear advancement. Available from April in 10.5, 13.5, 17.5 & 21.5 turn versions.
Xray have been in touch to invite racers to the series of the Xray Challenge races around the Europe. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen in the calendar below with more events to be added to the calendar throughout the year. Each race will have a separate and detailed leaflet published, so watch the Xray site for more details to come.
This weekend (March 1-3) the Yokomo Euro Touring Series marks its 30th event traveling to the popular Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria for the first outdoor race of the 2012/13 season. Making its debut on the ETS calendar 12-months ago, the race produced one of the most popular wins of the season when Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp notched up his first victory in the World famous electric touring car championship.
Bittydesign continue to update their Force line of bodyshells, this time the RC8.2 shell getting an update to the Force 2.0. With the first version of the body working really well, Yannick Aigoin running the body at recent races, the changes have been exclusively aesthetic. They have given the cab a modern look more in line with other Force bodies and they reinforced the front part near the clip mounting area and finally changing the design of later big air scoop and improving the 3 fins on the roof that are now more detailed. As usual the body is produced with 1mm original Lexan polycarbonate and it comes complete with protective film, decal sheet and window mask.
The first round of the Spanish 2WD electric buggy Championship took place last weekend in the Andalusian town of Jerez, in southern Spain. It is the second consecutive year that the club CDRC Jerez hosts a national championship and they put on a great effort to prepare the track from all rain and bad weather the week leading up to the event. Yet again the series saw a great attendance with drivers from every corner of the country. Electric racing is getting pretty popular in Spain, and many drivers from nitro classes are trying their luck in the electric classes. One of them is current 1/8th World champion Robert Batlle who raced his first ever electric race in Jerez.
iRacing have released their new line of high performance glow plugs. Featuring a high quality stainless steel casing, with perfectly isolated pin, the platinum wire has been precision welded at the correct length to achieve best performance and durability. Sold in a blister pack, the standard plug is available in N°3, N°4, N°5, N°6 and N°7, the Turbo in N°5, N°6 and N°7 while for High Competition the line includes a N°6, N°7 and N°5.