AKA introduce the new Evo line of 1/10th buggy wheels along suitable tyres and updated closed cell inserts. The Evo wheels adapt the L-shaped 1/8 buggy bead to the smaller 1/10 wheels in order to make tyre mounting much easier. Giving a wider and easily accessible gluing surface ensures a stronger bond between the tyre and wheel making them ideal for modified and stock racing alike. The Evo wheel has been redesigned to be stronger, stiffer, and also features pre-punched vent holes in the wheel. Along with the redesigned wheel AKA have reworked their popular Red inserts to fit the new tyre package. The rims will become available from November in yellow and while colour an as specific variants for Associated, Kyosho and TLR 2WD and 4WD vehicles. As for the tyres, first up for is the Slingshot, a very low tread pattern optimised for hard-packed indoor tracks. The new carcass features the 1/8 style bead, a refined tread profile, and is available in the race proven Clay and Super Soft compounds.
The 7th and final round of the Belgian electric buggy championship took place at the Sprimont track, close to the famous Spa Francorchamps race track. The clay tray, that is considered to be one of the best in Belgium, is set to close soon so the meeting marked something like a farewell race. The weather was perfect for racing, light rain in the morning kept the dust away and in 2WD it was Nicolas Risser (Kyosho) who took the title in front of X Factory driver Bruno Heremans with John Debacquer taking third with his Yokomo. In 4WD Xray driver Jean-Yves Konings took home the title after having a battle with David Pauwels (Xray) and Martin Kampeneers (SWorkz).
The International Romanian Nitro Cup took place last weekend at the new Hobby Arena circuit near Bucharest. The new built track shares many of the facilities you will find rather on a F1 circuit: Big scale scoreboard, displays everywhere, everything you could imagine and some more you would not expect on a regular RC track. As traction additives were strictly forbidden the track itself was treated giving the brand new asphalt layer a good amount of grip. The race schedule had Friday and Saturday for free practice, controlled practice, qualifications and the first round of semifinals for both 1/10 and 1/8.
Team Losi Racing’s Darren Bloomfield set the outright pace in the 6th & final round of free practice at the 1:10 Electric Offroad World Championships, the British driver just a fraction faster over a single lap of the Silver Dollar track than Team Associated’s Ryan Maifield who posted the quickest race time for the round. Tamiya’s Lee Martin made it three different manufacturers at the top with a best lap that was just 3/1000th quicker than TLR’s Dustin Evans.
With the first half of free practice for the 1:10 Electric Offroad world Championships complete in Chico, California, it is Team Yokomo’s Naoto Matsukura who set the outright pace posting a 28.629 lap of the Silver Dollar R/C Raceway. The Japanese ace was one of only four drivers to break into the 28-second lap times in FP3 with Associated’s Ryan Maifield second fastest followed by Kyosho pairing David Ronnefalk and Jared Tebo. In terms of total laps, and consistency, it was Associated’s Kody Numedahl who set the overall pace with 10 laps in a 4:56.156 with reigning champion Ryan Cavalieri the only other driver to clock up 10 laps.
After a 7-hour delay in order to allow the track to dry after heavy rain two days ago, the 15th 1:10 Electric Offroad World Championships finally got underway at Silver Dollar R/C Raceway in Chico, California, with the track coming in for a positive reaction from drivers. While the opening of the seven practice rounds that make up the Day 1 schedule was very much a track cleaning exercise, it was HB’s Ty Tessman who posted the fastest run time while in terms of outright pace its was TLR’s Darren Bloomfield who set the bench mark with a 29.350. For reigning Champion Ryan Cavalieri it was not a great start to his title defense as he suffered a rear suspension arm failure early in his run.
UPDATE (10:30 local time) – Due to the track having not fully dried the start has been now put back a further 2-hours to 13:00 local time. We have been informed too by Masami that a recommendation has been made that timed practice be determined over 2-consecutive laps as the lap times are expected to be in excess of 30-secs. The second delay to the start of the event means Day 1 will run under flood lighting so as to allow them get fully through the already reduced 7 rounds of practice.
New to our event coverage we will post a short update under the heading ‘From Race Control’ at the start of each day giving a short run down of what lies ahead for the drivers. Today is the first day of action at the 15th IFMAR 1:10 Electric Offroad World Championships here in Chico, California with seven 5-minute practice rounds on the schedule, down from the 10 rounds originally planned. Due to heavy rain two days ago which resulted in the Silver Dollar RC Raceway track surface requiring to be repaired and sugar treated, the start of the first day of 2WD action has been delayed until 11:00am local time to allow the track to dry.
Last weekend the 3rd round of the Cyprian nitro buggy championship was held at the Navounita track in Pafos. Last year’s champion, Savvakis Milikouris (Xray) managed to take an easy TQ but in the final Milikouris made a mistake and his teammate Antros Lemesianos took the lead. With a perfect and error-free driving he managed to take the win in front of Sotiris Taifas (Xray) who took the second place in front of Savvakis Milikouris. The 2013 championship will be decided at the next and final round, at the moment both Savvakis Milikouris and Antros Lemesianos are leading the championship.