The Pro-Line 2012 Challenge took place at the HNMC track and offered three days of racing with international drivers, a new track layout with option section, a junior race and mechanics race, 138 nitro buggies, 11 nitro truggies and 12 E-buggies. The club had taken this race on short notice so the organization for the event was a bit rushed, the HNMC team did the best they could and put their effort into building the best track yet. The weather for the event did not look good the week of the event but luckily only the Saturday would suffer with heavy showers thunder and lightning with qualifying being scrapped. Practice rounds were TQ’d by Elliot Boots and Tony Truman with Ryan Cavalieri and Joseph Quagraine finding there rhythm round the track. On Sunday drivers were greeted by a damp track that was drying nicely offering perfect conditions. Nitro buggy saw Elliot Booth and Ryan Cavalieri battling for the top position while the truggy class saw Jon Hazlewood in front followed by Callum Niblett and Jon Howells. In E-buggy again Jon Hazlewood took the top spot followed by Craig Drescher and Mike Cradock. In the final Jon was not able to conserve his form with Elliot Booth taking the top podium spot followed by Craig Drescher and Karl Jackson.
The Duratrax Onyx 150 AC/DC Balancing LiPo Charger is designed for balanced charging 1S to 3S LiPo packs. A built-in power supply makes it easy to take it along while the charger features switch-selectable charging rates, a tri-color status LED and it also includes a balancing port for balancing and charging 3S packs, plus an adapter for 2S packs and it comes with Deans and Traxxas TRX-type battery connectors.
Duratrax has just released pre-mounted tires and wheels designed for the Team Associated SC10 4×4 and Team Losi SCTE 4×4 trucks. The scale tire sets come mounted on lightweight, durable black rims and are available in several tread patterns, including the new Bandito tires designed for asphalt, concrete and other hard, smooth surfaces. Sets for both vehicles are available in soft C2 and super-soft C3 compound and include inserts. Also available are Wheel sets for both vehicles in white and yellow as well as black colour.
Serpent report that David Ehrbar has recently joined their team. The German will race the S411 and also help to further develop Serpent’s 1/10th touring car platform. His first race will be the first round of the 2012/13 ETS in Mühlheim-Kärlich on the weekend of the 12th to 14th of October.
Last weekend the penultimate leg of the Austrian nitro on-road nationals took place at the Aigen/Schlaegl track, the venue for next year’s IC 1/8th on-road B European Championships. Wet track conditions on Saturday made for a very quiet practice. Later in the afternoon the track started to become dry and all drivers tried to get as much track time as possible. The first qualifying round on Saturday was run at good track conditions and was dominated by Michael Klausner in 1/8th and Manual Singer in the 1/10th class. On Sunday the predicted bad weather meant that nobody was able to improve times and drivers like Lubischa Paunovic, Alain Levy, Harald Wendy, Peter Grandinger and Erich Scharler not even made it into the final.
Much More Racing release two new balancing harnesses for the use with 2S LiPo battery packs. The first is an adapter cable to use standard packs with 4mm bullet type connectors and 2mm balancer port in combination with Traxxas high-current connectors. The second is a 300mm long 2S extension cable with Tamiya and JST XH-7 connectors.
Exotek Racing introduce more aluminium option parts for the Team Durango ‘210 series of buggies and trucks such as the DEX210 and DEST210. Available soon are a finned 7075 motor mount as well as shock parts such as threaded shock mounts, big bore shock collars and bottom caps. The parts are a direct replacement for the stock parts, are made from high-quality aluminium and shock accessories come gold anodised. The shock parts also fit all other Team Durango kits with big bore shock absorbers.
Last weekend the German Nationals 4WD and Pro4 Short Course were held in Dortmund. JConcepts team driver Jörn Neumann raced in both classes. The track was clay with astroturf over the jumps and well prepared from the club. On Saturday, three rounds of controlled practice and three rounds of qualifying for every driver. Jörn tried a few different set-ups on his cars and noted that his cars worked great from the beginning. Unfortunately the weather forecast for Sunday was really bad, and it rained a lot, just small breaks without rainshowers. Round 4 of qualifying started with Short Course. After that 7 minute drive Jörn’s Short Course was about 500g heavier. The organizers decided to cancel qualifying round 5 and go straight to the finals. The finals got underway under extremly wet/muddy conditions. Jörn had good runs and was able to win A1 and A2 in both classes. Giving him two more National Championships.