The 2014/15 season of the popular Mibosport Cup Winter Series will kick off on the weekend of the 1st of November in the city of Hrotovice, host of the opening round of the 2014/15 ETS. Attracting 299 drivers in total including the likes of Ronald Völker, Marc Rheinard, Marc Fischer, Martin Bayer and Marek Cerny last year’s series was great success. This year’s series is run in the six classes of Touring Car Modified, Stock LRP, Formula 1, 1/12 and 2WD and 4WD Buggy. More information can be found here.
The penultimate round of the Belgian SCT Cup was held at the BRTC club’s track, the place SC racing started in Belgium some years ago. The race marked the final outdoor event of the year and despite a sunny start into the weekend, on race day the track was very wet. A few brave drivers tackled the first qualifier anyway only to find that the trucks would collect loads of dirt but as time went by the track started to dry, making for better conditions and allowing more drivers to start into the second round of qualifiers.
Round 1 of the Danish Touring Car Indoor Nationals was held in the city of Randers using a purpose built track in a sports hall. The track itself had a nice and flowing layout but the long pile carpet made for some strange car behaviour, low grip and loads of broken ball bearings. During Saturday’s practice Mike Gosvig was able to pull the fastest laps but come race Sunday he started to make some mistakes allowing Patrick Hornum to take the TQ and the pole position for the A-mains.
Spec-R have two new carbon fibre option parts for the R1 touring car available. First up is a 2.25mm main chassis that offers a less waisted shape than the Pro Spec item for improved flex characteristics. Also new is a 2.0mm upper deck for the R1. The part helps to adjust chassis flex to you liking by mixing and matching it with the different chassis types.
Tacoma R/C Raceway hosted the annual Gold Cup event to kick off the fall/winter racing season and this year’s special guest was none other than former National Champion and previous Reedy Race Champion, Dustin Evans. When the JConcepts tour came into town last spring, it wasn’t sure if the track ever see any other big names come back. For those who don’t know, racing at TRCR isn’’t easy as the local fast guys are extremely fast. Countless hours of practice results in critical knowledge of the dirt, car setup, and layout of this awesome racing facility.
The last round of the 2014 1/10th Nitro On-road British Nationals was at the Mendip track last weekend. Saturday started out wet and it took until 2pm for the track to dry out. At the end of practice Joe Kerry was fastest in 200mm Touring with a 16.9 second laps, 0.5 seconds quicker than team mates Mark Green and Alex Thurston. Glyn Beal and Andrew Hastings lead the field in 220mm GT.
X Factory release the next part in its new Infinity line of option parts in the form of a carbon fibre front shock tower for the TLR 22 buggy. Made of 4mm fibre material, the tower is stronger than moulded plastic and almost 20 percent lighter, helping to scrub around 2 grams of weight in the front of the car.
Naoto Matsukura has cruised his way to an unchallenged fourth consecutive 1:12 World Championship TQ wrapping up qualifying in Florida early with another fastest run in the fourth of the six scheduled qualifiers. The Yokomo driver was again the only driver to turn 53 laps of the Minnreg Hall making it four from four by taking Q4 from rapid American Donny Lia who set a new track record with an 8.822 lap time. Matsukura’s Yokomo team-mate Masatsugu Ido would complete the Top 3. Such was Matsukura’s pace that over the 8-minutes he ran a full lap more than that of fourth place finisher Hideo Kitazawa.
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