Panther factory drivers Doug Nielsen and Justin Lew would be two men on a mission at Round 3 of the JBRL Electric series. Round 3 was held at Rainman’s Hobby & Raceway and Justin would TQ the heavily contested Pro 4 SC Class with teammate Doug Nielsen right behind him on the grid with both drivers having super consistent runs. In the A-main Justin got out of the gate fast, but a few mistakes was all it took for teammate Doug ‘Casper’ Nielsen to get around and take the win. Justin would finish right on his heels in 2nd place for a Panther Tires TQ 1-2 domination.
The Electroliege club has put on their Grand Prix for several years now in Liege, Belgium, and this year they spent much time and effort improving the track and putting in a challenging new lay-out for the annual race. The dirt track featured several good sized jump sections this year. Practice was Sunday April 29, and the race was Tuesday May 1, a holiday in Belgium. It rained Monday night and the track was super-slippery as Tuesday dawned. Morning practice was non-existent, and there was just one qualifier. In these conditions, the slightest mistake was truly costly, and X Factory’s Bruno ‘Elvo’ Heremans drove carefully to second on the grid, just three seconds behind the X-6 Squared of privateer and TQ Martin Vierin, but 5 seconds clear of third. The track began to dry as the triple-A mains began, but was still quite slippery. Elvo pulled easily away from the field right from the start to take a 9 second win in A-1. Same story in A-2 as Heremans sealed up the Grand Prix trophy with another 9-sec win. Elvo also won A-3 to complete a dominating X Factory performance, TQ and all three mains.
Last weekend saw the first of 3 legs that makes up the 2012 Austrian nationals for 1:8 Offroad and it was held at the A-Team Graz race track attracting 110 entries. Mugen/Novarossi driver Dominic Bauer was the man of the weekend, winning all practice heats, 3 of 4 qualifier, the Semi final and most importantly the final. For second place there was a very close fight between Hupo Honigl, Martin Wollanka and Thomas Mayr which was finally decided by the better fuel mileage of Hupo in front of Martin and Thomas.
During the past weekend the fifth round of the Puerto Rico Nitro On Road Series (NOS) was run at the Barceloneta RC Track. Andy Báez took TQ with 19 laps in 7:08.333 but the sedan main was to be full of drama. Andy took the lead from the start of the race followed closely by José Martínez, but a mistake in the pits saw Baez fall to four position. During that time Juan Rodríguez took the lead but a flame out took him to fourth. Baez was able to recover even with just one gear to the first spot, but lost both gears in his MTX5, taking out of the race and giving young Capricorn driver Franco Machado the win.
The Road Race track in Riccione last weekend hosted the Italian AMSCI Championship for Classic 1/8th scale category. After a nice sunny Saturday of free practice, the 4 qualification heats of 7 minutes on Sunday morning begin under a cloudy sky but still run under dry weather conditions. At the end of the morning the pole position was taken by Muccini for the under 16 category, by Betankova for the over 40 category and for the 1/8 classic the 4 direct finalist were Giordano Simone (25 laps 7.08.312) followed by Gaggiola Paolo (25 laps 7.08.605) Burato Enrico (25 laps 7.12.486) and Ometto Nicola (25 laps 7.13.032).
Zeppin Racing have announced the release of some new 7075 aluminium parts for the Xray T3, which are more durable than the stock plastic versions. There are some front steering knuckles and 0 degree rear hubs, both of which have been lightened, weighing in at only 12.2g/pair for the knuckles and only 9g/pair for the rear hubs, yet are still strong enough to withstand heavy impacts. There is also a -2mm upper clamp with adjustable roll center which have the inboard upper links lowered by 2mm in order to make the roll center higher. Finally for the Associated TC6.1 there is a new 1.8mm extra flex top deck which aims to greatly enhance the car’s overall traction.
The Sour Grapes Race took place last weekend in Fort Myers, Florida. This race is a tradition for the end of the Forgass season each year. On Saturday night there was a dinner to award winners on each class. This year’s Florida State Champions were Capricorn drivers Roniel Regaldo in 1/8 scale and DJ Apolaro in sedan. The Sour Grapes race saw Paolo Morganti as the top qualifier in sedan with the new Serpent 747 and George Martinez in 1/8 scale. In the sedan race Rino Lino took the win, Steve Mc Nichols 2nd and Joaquin Desoto 3rd. In 1/8 Scale Chuck Moon was 1st, Tony Rice 2nd and George Martinez 3rd.
Last weekend saw the Lostallo track host the 2nd Round of the Swiss Championships and Mattia Pesenti sent us this report. The weather forecast wasn’t good but on Friday we could practice on dry conditions and the car was very good and easy to drive with good grip. Also the other Xray drivers were very fast and happy with the new car. Unfortunately on Saturday the rain came and we had to choose if use the ‘rain car’ or the ‘dry car’. We chose the ‘rain car’ and so we had to use it for the whole day.