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.
Kyosho Germany released first information on the new Scorpion XXL VE 1/7th 2WD buggy. Making use of the iconic Scorpion name and coming based on a 3mm aluminium chassis the off-road vehicle sports a mid-motor layout with heavy duty gear box, adjustable slipper, widely adjustable suspension, big bore shock absorbers and 17mm wheel hex adapters. Designed for the use with one 4S or two 2S LiPo battery packs the buggy incorporates a highly adjustable battery compartment to accommodate various battery sizes and layouts and comes ready-to-run with a water-proof Team Orion Vortex Seven brushless system, 2.4GHz radio system and your choice of two body shell colours.
DJ Apolaro took his Novarossi powered and Matrix shoe’d Capricorn C02 to a TQ and win at the GLC Race in Ohio. Due to the high grip conditions DJ and his team mate Kenny Ives went for an aggressive tire change strategy and pushed the entire race with a qualifying setup. The polesetter was able to lead from the start and to make a little gap on Ralph with a larger gap on the rest of the field. After the first stop, Ralph went into problems allowing DJ to breath a little. Just after half way through the final the Capricorn pilot made his tire change and was able to extend the lead to more than two laps by the end.
The 6th round of the Swedish 1/8th on-road Cup took place at the fairly new track in Lidköping in the Western part of Sweden. The track was build a couple of years ago but up until now no rational races have been run at the challenging track that is located in the middle of a motor racing area. The track itself is a challenging combination of fast sweepers and slow corners and very narrow at times. Due to a bad weather forecast it was decided to cut the schedule to a one day event with fast qualifying rounds that were lead by Niklas Johansson in front of Marcus Lindner and Christofer Hedlung.
Kyosho America announce the Plazma Formula on-road kit. Designed for competition use in the growing Formula classes world wide the kit features a simple and effective design with inline battery position, durable independent front suspension with adjustable upper A-arms, FRP reinforced chassis, oil-filled centre shock and single roll damper, as well as a 7075 aluminium motor mount. Ride height is adjustable via spacers in five steps to accommodate various tyre diameters. The front wing provides protection for the chassis as it is made with a moulded plastic base and features a polycarbonate cover while the rear of the chassis comes with a detachable diffuser. Needed for completion are F103-size tyres, body and radio equipment.