The 2012 Jimmy Babcock Racing League (JBRL) Series kicked off earlier this year on March 3rd at OCRC Raceway in Huntington Beach, CA. With a record turnout for round #1, the stage was set for a great series. During the next 7 months, 1 race was held each month at a different location which would test each drivers ability to adapt to each track. The series finale would be held at race director Jimmy Babcock’s home track, Hot Rod Hobbies in Saugus, CA. Every year the JBRL Series has been known as one of the most competitive and popular racing series in the country with this year would be no different. Top drivers from all the major manufacturers: Kyosho, TLR, and Team Associated all were in attendance doing their best to take home a prestigious series title.
Following on from their successful T3MX chassis, Smokem Racing has now released the new 417MX chassis for the TRF417 series of electric touring cars. The 417MX is a medium flex 2.25mm thick chassis that is ideal for medium to high traction conditions. It has a wide tuning window which allows you to dial in your car over a range of temperature and track conditions. The 417MX utilizes the same distinctive carbon weave first found on the 417FX chassis and also features distinctive curved profile cutouts which improves chassis response during quick direction changes and turn-in, while maintaining maximum rear traction. With an overall width of only 88mm, scrubbing during hard cornering is minimized.
The opening round of the Norwegian national indoor series was held by the host club VMBK in Fagernes last Sunday and Adrian Berntsen sent us this report. The race saw some 43 drivers attending in four different classes, including 1:10 Modified, 1:10 Stock, 1:12 Pan Car, and M-Chassis. The track was as always in this event, big with a size of approximately 600m2 with a nice and well combined layout. Especially for me and Petter, the traction was totally different from what we were having in the ETS round in Germany one week before, so this would give us some challenges on finding a new and better setup for our ORCA powered T4’s.
JConcepts have announced that their 4wd front and racing truck front & rear Bar Codes are now available in green compound. Like the name suggests the alternating bar design combined with the addition of the Y side bars provide uncompromising support for blue and black groove conditions. Bar Codes in new condition excel on hard surfaces that have taken rubber with either dry or wet grooved conditions. Worn Bar Codes excel on indoor or outdoor clay tracks where a minimal dust groove has formed.
The Sweep Rug Racers UK series began on Sunday 7th October with Round 1 seeing some changes to last year’s series. The 13.5t Touring Championship stays as was but this year a switch to 17.5t ‘Blinky’ (or stock) was welcomed by many. As well as this the SUKRR series has also become home to the Mardave Championship this winter providing a great series for those racing a Mardave chassis. In 13.5t we had a 2 way battle between Tony Broad and Schumacher’s Ashley Wiffen. The pair would put in some great qualifying runs pushing each other all the way. It would be Tony though that would take pole for the A-Main with Ashley’s Mi4cxl right behind him in 2nd, Richard King with his Awesomatix in 3rd.
Answer-RC have introduced new engine bearings developed to suit the newer generation of Novarossi and RB Engines including the BX and BXR. They have a 14.5mm inner race and 26mm Outer Race and are available with either steel or Si3N4 Ceramic balls.
From RDRP the DEX210 TD aluminium BB shock cap & preload nut set is designed to replace the stock plastic bottom cap of the Team Durango 1/10 scale big bore shock absorbers. The aluminium part not only looks better but the tough design of the cap also allow you to tighten the cap more for better sealing shock absorbers. Also included in the set are CNC-machined spring preload nuts that are larger in diameter. The increased diameter makes ride height adjustments easier, plus the design of the nuts add that “factory” touch to your ride. The parts are CNC-machined from 7075-T6 aluminium, come anodised and are a direct replacement for the stock parts.
With the second season of the ‘TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby’ set to get underway this weekend (26-28 Oct) in Poznan, Poland, the series’ organisers are delighted to announce that the 3rd & penultimate round will take place in Austria. Expanding from three to four events for the 2012/13 season, the EOS’ first ever visit to Austria will take place in the centre of the country in the city of Leoben from March 8-10. As with the Polish and two German events on the schedule, the race will also take place indoors ensuring racers are guaranteed three days of racing irrespective of the weather.