The 1st round of the BRCA National Truggy Championships was held at Herts over the weekend. With the UK once again experiencing clear, sunny weather the competitors for the opening round of the Truggy and E-Buggy Nationals were in for a treat with the track having been rolled and prepared since the previous weekend. In Truggy qualifying Darren Bloomfield spent the time adjusting his car after the previous event in the US where servo issues had prevented a good result, but here he was thankfully able to concentrate on improving the set up and improving his lap times. He would eventually end up qualifying in 2nd place on the grid behind Mugen’s Jack Embling and in a good place to challenge for the main final. Darren’s Agama teammates Ollie Currie and Jon Hazlewood started directly behind Bloomfield in 3rd and 4th respectively on the grid.
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The first round of the BRCA Truggy and E-Buggy nationals took place at the Herts Nitro Model Club last weekend. In the E-Buggy class Lee Martin (Mugen) took the TQ from Elliott Boots (Kyosho). Jack Embling (Mugen) came in third while Simon Willetts (Mugen) and Simon Reeves (TLR) completed the top 5. In the A-final Elliott passed Lee after he had a coming together with another driver in the first few laps. Elliott then kept his cool and drove his own race and won by about 10 seconds having to drive smoothly to get to the end due to the long A-main and worrying about battery capacity. Lee Martin came in second, Jack Embling finished third some 20 seconds down.
Ryan Maifield has pulled off a fourth consecutive 4WD Buggy title at the Pro-Line Cactus Classic, taking second in the deciding third A-Main behind Top Qualifier Joern Neumann securing him the overall win at SRS Raceway in Scottsdale, Arizona. Finishing third in A3, having run ahead of Maifield for 5-laps, HB’s Ty Tessmann claimed the overall runner-up spot with newly crowned 2WD Buggy Champion Dakotah Phend completing the podium on the event’s final visit to the popular location which since 1993 has been home to America’s longest running offroad race.
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Last weekend the final round of the famous Swedish VBC off-road indoor cup took place at Team Associated Sweden’s own track. The cup is based on 5 races, with the best 3 to count. In the 2WD class Mikael Johansson had a very mixed qualifying and finals with A1 being a bit of a disaster followed by a flawless run in the second leg. In the final A-main he got involved in a big start crash and he lost a good amount of time but following some fast laps he started to race Niclas Mansson and with one minute left Niclas did a mistake allowing Mikael to pass and to take the second victory handing him the day’s win. With two round wins and a second place Mikael also took the overall championship in front of Oskar Levin and Niclas Mansson.
The March Madness race in Lugoff, South Carolina attracted nearly 140 drivers. The race format saw two 5 minute qualifiers followed by a 10 minute main. In the 2WD Modified Buggy class Serpent driver Griffin Hanna set TQ in the first round with the only 9 lap run. The track started to really groove up for the second round and Griffin beat his TQ run by 7 seconds. In the main Griffin took off and never looked back taking the win from John Michael McGinty and Chales Yates who completed the podium.
The final round of the Essex Winter Series championship took place this weekend. With the series now firmly established as the most popular indoor touring car series in the UK, the championship finale was the last opportunity for drivers to prove their skills on carpet circuits, before turning their focus to the outdoor summer season. With nice weather forecast, a few drivers took the opportunity to head outside to begin their tarmac running early, but all the main championship contenders were will in attendance, joined by some new names for the last round of the series.
Robert Batlle (Mugen) has taken the win at the Rd3 round of the IBR Champions League race in Italy. Alex Zanchettin (TLR) and Federico Ruggeri (Kyosho) completed the podium for a Novarossi 1-2-3. Fabrizio Teghesi (Kyosho) and Davide Ongaro (TLR) came in 4th and 5th respectively.