For the 25th year in a row, the April Fools Classic has been a staple in the electric off-road racing community. Boasting “the best dirt on earth,” the Intermountain R/C Raceway located just outside of Salt Lake City, UT brought together over 200 entries vying for a title across a wide spectrum of classes. In the top classes of 2WD and 4WD Modified it was Team Associated/Reedy/LRP’s Rob Gillespie Jr. that brought home the TQ and victory with his B4.2 Factory Team and B44.2 Factory Team, both were Reedy/LRP equipped vehicles. Joining him in the winner’s circle was Scott Brown and his SC10 4×4 Factory Team, again equipped with Reedy/LRP electronics.
A Main Hobbies is excited to announce that multiple National and European Champion Lee Martin has joined the A Main Hobbies and ProTek RC racing team. Martin is not only one of Europe’s top racers, but he is also one of the most-respected. Martin’s decorated resume includes 6 national championships, 4 European Championships and 4 IFMAR World Championship finals. You’ll be able to catch Martin racing with his new ProTek RC gear and A Main Hobbies threads at the BRCA National series as well as the Worlds, Euros and other major international events.
I’m excited at the prospect of joining the most powerful and largest RC shop in the world! The guys at A Main and ProTek RC are always aiming to be the best at what they do and their enthusiasm definitely rubs off onto their drivers. I’m looking forward to taking full advantage of their great products and support for the big up and coming races in 2013.
The first race of the Dutch nationals was held on the MRG track in Genk, Belgium. With a small line of grip and slippery as ice if you go outside it is a very tricky track, even with the use of tire additives which is legal this racing season. In the NK we had 23 drivers and now following EFRA there is no direct finalists. While this track is a Belgian track it was Dutchman John Ermen setting the fastsest qualification time folowed by RickV and behind them the Belgian drivers Gunther v. Steay and Robin d’Hondt. In the half finals John had a collision and had to retire. The new construction of the finals has directly proven that the normal 4 fastest drivers have to race for a final place and is creating less room for errors. In the other half final it was RickV winning the race without problems making pole position for the final. After an hard race it was RickV taking the win followed by Robin d’Hondt with just 8 seconds distance and with a huge 4 laps distance on the 3rd podium spot Steven Cuypers.
Last weekend the Xray Challenge Italy was held at the great facilities of RC Landia, in Scandiano, Emilia Romagna, Italy and Alexander Hagberg sent this report. The event was booked out in few days due the limit of 100 entries maximum. The race was split in three classes: 1/12, Touring Car Stock and Modified. Drivers from Italy and surrouding countries entered the race. Xray had most of its European team present, with team leader Martin Hudy, Marek Černý from the Czech Republic, myself, Magnus Vässmar and Niclas Nilsson from Sweden, Marco Kaufmann from Germany as well as the Italian stars Francesco Martini and Alessio Menicucci.
The 2013 JConcepts Spring Indoor Nationals is quickly approaching (19th – 21st April). The first of its kind, the Indoor National Series sponsored by JConcepts will converge in Carrollton, TX, for the 2nd leg of the popular series. For the 2nd year in a row, Mike’s Hobby Shop will host the Spring event and with entries expected to reach a peak capacity, Steven Hartson will look to defend his 2012 titles against some of the nation’s best drivers. Winter round 1 TQ and champion Ryan Maifield, fresh off his Cactus Classic success, will attend the Texas event for the very first time looking to take on last year’s champion Steven Hartson, as well as Team Associated teammate Brent Thielke and challengers from TLR include Dustin Evans, JR Mitch and Taylor Larsen. Red RC will be in attendance bringing you live coverage throughout the event. Signups are available at www.rccarcal.com
This past weekend, HobbyTown USA Hobbyplex in Omaha, NE hosted the first round of the RC Pro Series North Division. With a good number of entries to start the series, Team Associated’s Nick Gibson qualified his Team Associated RC8.2 in the number 2 spot behind Jared Tebo. Settling in to second place and overcoming adversity with a bent servo horn, Nick was able to solidify a gap over third place Associated teammate Chad Parks. At the 33-minute mark and with just over 10 minutes to go, leader Tebo flamed out. Gibson capitalized on Tebo’s misfortune, taking the lead and holding off a late race charge by Parks and Tebo, taking the win with just a 5-second margin.
The Racers Edge Cube200 is a quad output 50-watt per channel DC only multi-chemistry balance charger. Featuring a compact footprint that allows you to stack the batteries you are charging in a secure c-channel battery rack, a bright LED backlit LCD screen that is at an inclined angle for easy charge monitoring, independent USB charge port and a sleek aluminium carrying case that adds extra protection from the elements. A full aluminium case with heat sink and built in cooling fans keep temperatures in check while the amps are flowing. Built in balance software, a complete lineup of adapters, along with their unique Pro Bullet Harness, takes care of everything in your stable. The Cube200 is capable at charging at 6amps at 50watts per channel. Discharge current is 4 x 5watts up to 1amps. 1-6cell LiPo and 1-15cell NiCd/NiMH.
Last weekend the 2nd round of the Portuguese 1/8th offroad Nationals was held in the north of the country and Xray driver Bruno Coelho gave this report. ‘The weather conditions were not so good with a lot of rain during the final. On Sunday, during the morning qualifications we are very close to the T.Q. Bruno was always faster making the fastest laps but the track is hard and very bumpy and a small mistake caused Bruno to lose the top qualifying position and he decided to not push too hard. So after the qualifying we were in third position for semis. Bruno won his semifinal with a very consistent race and two laps ahead of the second driver. Bruno take very careful start at the beginning of the final and started improving his lap times lap after lap. At the end of 4th lap he was in the lead and kept it until the finish. Ricardo Monteiro finished 2nd with TLR team mate Miguel Matias in the 3rd.’