TLR and JConcepts driver’s Frank Root was on hand at the 3rd round of the 2012 JBRL Saturday at Rainman’s Hobby Shop & Raceway in Bakersfield, CA. The track had fantastic traction and a very fast layout. The entry count was very strong at 235, especially strong for the Bakersfield Round of the series which is traditionally the smallest. There were two 12 car heats of modified 2wd buggy and the qualifying action was intense. JConcepts driver Jimmy Barnett had a great round 1, and snuck out the TQ from Frank Root. Frank would charge back hard in round 2 with a fast, clean run to take a strong TQ by 5 seconds. When the tone went off, Root jumped out to a quick start to gap the field. About 2 minutes in, Frank had a slight interaction with traffic and surrendered the lead. Frank quickly got back on the wheel, and retook the lead with a clean pass over the backside double the very next lap. Hometown hero, Zach Rogers, moved into second place with a strong mid race charge. After regaining the lead, Frank pulled out to a comfortable lead and made it by for an extra lap to cruise home for the win with Zach Rogers finishing second and Brent Fiege 3rd.
With the Bank Holiday weekend up on us it was to West London Racing Centre for their Annual GP for 2012 being sponsored by Schumacher Racing. Entries were a little disappointing, maybe due to the adverse weather conditions that we have been recently experiencing in the UK. There were a total of 61 entries for this event and this being split between 17.5 Blinky, 13.5 Open and 10.5 Open.
The first round of the Brazilian on-road nitro nationals was dominated by Team Shepherd Brazil with victories in all three classes. Additionally more than 70% of the attending drivers were using a Velox V10, an impressive result of the hard work of Brazilian driver and distributor Eduardo Dulac who provided a tent and seats for all attending Shepherd drivers. In the “Masters” category it was current Touring B champion Luciano Aquino who crossed the finishing line in first position. He was joined on the podium by his new team-mate Edson Lima in third position who changed to Shepherd in late 2011. In the “Touring B” category Evandro Rocchie took the victory for Team Shepherd finishing 5 laps over the second placed driver while in the “Touring A” category it was Shepherd driver Gabriel Brito finishing 5 laps in front of second placed driver with Shepherd team mate Vitor Ohta competing the podium.
The second round of the British 200mm Championship was held at the superb Stonehaven circuit in Aberdeen, Scotland. The weather was very cold over the weekend and we even had a little snow during Saturdays practice. Mark Green was fastest with his Serpent 747 at the end of practice and actually set a new lap record of 15.1 seconds. New Capricorn signing Adam Catchpole was just behind Mark, running his LAB-C02 for the very first time. After Adam and Mark it was very close between the other top drivers of Simon Wood, Alex Thurston, Joe Kerry, Andrew Hastings, Matthew Cook, and Irish Champion Chris Steele who had made the trip.
Indonesian Team Associated and Reedy products distributor Pegasus RC & Hobby Shop have announced the signing of Bowie Ginting. The 18 year old has numerous national titles in 1/10 GP, 1/8 GP and 1/10 EP and is Indonesia’s leading driver in the on road scene. Bowie is said to be delighted to run the brand new AE TC6.1 along with Reedy Electronics for the rest of the 2012 season.
The 2nd race of the Dutch 2012 season took place on the circuit of Mach One in Helmond last week end. Practice day was rained out, and it even rained lightly on Sunday, race day, but the track was astro turf, so the race was run. Drivers were searching for the right setup and / or tires but it soon became clear that whatever you did, the track was slippery. The qualifications were a real spectacle of pirouettes and slides and JQ-driver Jorg Van Leuken was fastest. In the afternoon the rain stopped and the final was run on a dry track. In the main final, Jorg van Leuken took off from pole and drove fast. He was never really threatened and drove unchallenged to his first win of the season. After his poor start Jeffrey Halsema took the second spot. The third place was a very consistent Paul Geelen.
Round 6 of the Florida State Electric State Series (FSEARA) was held at Superior Hobbies in Orlando, FL. Superior Hobbies is one of the premier hobby shops in Florida and their parking lot track always provides for good racing and a strong amount of race entries. Despite the constant threat of Florida weather, with almost a 100% chance of rain forecasted, it did not rain at all and the program ran smoothly all day.
VP Pro have announced the signing of 2-times European Champion Davide Tortorici to their factory squad for the 2012 season. The Mugen/Bliss racer was top qualifier at last weekend’s Italian National season opener and won the rain shortened Euros warmup in Fehring Austria in late April.