The opening round of the Dutch 200mm Nationals took place in the north of the country in Groningen. This class has been struggling for a number of years and even after merging the NK and Nomac classes together could barely reach a dozen entrants. The one day event started cold but got warmer as the sun came out. Qualifying would see Pedro Rombouts was quickest, in front of Sander Borghoff, Ruud Schuitmaker and Roy Bakker. In the final the order stayed pretty much the same with Pedro winning by 6 laps ahead of Bakker in 2nd, while Schuitmaker was 3rd having been in a comfortable 2nd before a flameout 3 minutes from the end, dropped him down the order.
TLR and OMP driver Andrew Gillott has taken the 2013 Modified 2WD EP Australian National Title over the weekend. The Nationals were held in the regional city of Mildura, Victoria, with a fantastic high grip track prepared by the host club and perfect weather throughout proceedings. Gillott took the top qualifying position in the fourth and final round of qualifying with Josh Pain, Ashley Peeler, Matt Griffen and Ray Munday all vying for TQ leading into the final round. The TQ was important leading into the A-finals given the tight and flowing nature of the Mildura facility. Josh Pain had consistent pace all weekend and was always going to make the win harder for Gillott particularly with nerves of P1 in the first leg of the finals, however he managed to hold the lead for the full 5-minutes and take A1. Gillott then managed a fast start in A2 to secure the win in a comfortable victory in the second leg of the three main finals series. Final results saw first place going to Andrew, second to Josh Pain and third place to Ashley Peeler.
Reigning 2WD & 4WD Electric Offroad World Champion Ryan Cavalieri will compete in the season finale of the ‘TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby’ in Dortmund, Germany, this weekend (12-14 April) with the American super star set for his first experience of European style indoor offroad racing. Cavalieri is part of a strong line-up of Team Associated drivers traveling to the fourth & final round of the 2012/13 EOS which again runs as part of of Europe’s largest consumer hobby show ‘Intermodellbau Dortmund’ and is expected to attract over 85,000 visitors.
The opening round of the Spanish 1/8th National series took place last weekend in Lebrija Jose Maria RC track in the very south west of the country near Seville. Robert Batlle would take 3 of the 4 rounds of qualifying to start the semi on pole position with Oscar Baldo taking the 4th and final round and line up on pole for the second semi. With the Semis over, and Daniel Vega and Borja Hernandez out, the World Champion would lead away from pole and easily take the win by nearly 3 laps from Ignacio Candel in 2nd with Oscar Baldo completing the podium in 3rd.
Cody King has won expert buggy and expert truggy, and Tim Long the 40+ class, for a Kyosho clean sweep at JBRL round 1. The race was held at Thunder Alley RC Raceway in Beaumont California in the USA. This track was the site of multiple ROAR Nationals and one of the more popular circuits in the United States. There were 250 entries for this one day race, and thanks to expert handling of the program by Jimmy Babcock, the race was completed by 10pm local time. The completely fresh track design was done by Levi Jackson of Sik Track Designs (Rob Jackson’s son) and it got rave reviews. The over/under cross over section was brilliant as it launched the cars up in the air over the speeding traffic below. The layout was smooth, fast and flowing with lap times in the low to mid 30 second range for most drivers. The track was watered every couple races and it kept the surface smooth and easy on the tires. As the sun went down and temps cooled off, there was plenty of moisture in the track and watering wasn’t necessary. The surface was fair all day.
Kyosho have announced their new MP9e TKI, a kit which includes many of the features developed over the last few years for the World Champion TKI3 nitro-powered car. It includes the shorter rear shock tower and the medium length shocks and the shocks feature threaded spring pre-load adjusters and the popular genuine Kyosho Matched light blue springs. It also includes the heavy-duty driveshafts, reinforced bulkheads, stronger upper arms, milled and anodized adjustable motor mount, milled aluminum rear hub carriers and much more.
RB have released a new Limited Edition V.12 buggy engine, called the Blast. Designed for great quality at a great price it is made in Europe and has got high level competition features found in the best engines. The Blast is a long stroke motor wit a turbo 14mm balanced crankshaft, quality main & front ball bearings and a 5 port liner with 2 by pass and MES Multi Exhaust System. The turbo motor has a 9mm carb with 7mm restrictor, a big cooling head with lightening holes and is supplied with orange dust protectors.
Mugen have released the MRX-5 WC-Spec version, which is the World Championship winning chassis with a number of optionals and revised parts included as standard. The kit comes with a high traction chassis, rear body mount hard, rear lower arm mount A & B, revised front suspension arms, left and right upper bulkhead as well as the lower front bulkhead. A revised front bumper, front body mount plate, rear body mount hard and the latest clutch set are also included.