Having covered 1/8th and 1/10th Electric from last weekend’s Nordic Championship in Oslo, Norway we now have the report from the 1/10th 200mm class. The race was originally a 2 days event, with qualifying on Saturday and the finals running on Sunday. Saturday gave great weather but the weather forecast for Sunday was indicating over 30mm of rain. After an extended driver’s meeting it was decided that the race was to be changed to a 1 day event, with the last final running half past nine in the evening. This was not a problem since the sun is up almost until midnight in Oslo.
Kyosho/Novarossi driver Jerome Aigoin has successfully defended his French 1/8th offroad buggy title today after winning the 45 minute A-main at Rd4 of the championship in Longvic, close to Dijon. Qualifying would set the tone for the rest of the race with Jerome making his intentions known early taking the top spot ahead of Xray driver Renaud Savoya in 2nd with Yannick Aigoin (Associated) and Jerome Sartel (Agama) completing the top 4. The Semi finals would see the main contenders getting through to the main event, with Yannick having problems eventually lining up 9th. In the final Jerome Aigoin would come out victorious, with over a lap on Jerome Sartel in 2nd, with Edouard Hugon completing the podium in 3rd a lap further back. Savoya and fellow former European Champion Yannick Aigoin had troubled races and would end up 11th and 12th respectively.
The organisers of the HNMC Grand Prix, which takes place from the 24th to the 26th of August, has been in touch to tell us about their race meeting. Run at the well known Herts Nitro Model Club, host of the first round of this year’s BRCA Nationals, the race is open to 1/8th Buggy (120), E-Buggy (30) and Truggy (16), with the race proper getting underway on Saturday with practice and 1 round of qualifying, with 5 more rounds of qualifying on Sunday before a full schedule of finals on the bank holiday monday. Entry is now open and more information can be found here.
Last weekend saw the 3rd round of the Dutch 1/10th Nationals held at the Rucphen track. With a disappointingly low turnout it was round 2 winner Julius Kolff (Serpent) who would take the TQ spot with his first run of the day and while other drivers improved their times throughout the day, they couldn’t beat his original time. The first 10 minutes of the main saw a good battle between Julius and Pedro Rombouts (Xray), the pairing running closely with Pedro taking the lead after a quicker first fuel stop before the battle continued. Unfortunately Julius ran into engine troubles and lost 2 laps before getting back on track still in 2nd. The battle for 3rd was between Roy Bakker (Capricorn) and Ruud Schuitmaker (Edam) with the positions changing due to pit stops but eventually Schuitmaker would have a an issue 2 minutes from the end which would end his race. The final order was Rombouts taking the win ahead of Kolff in 2nd and Bakker 3rd.
ElectroChamps 2013 took place with great success for the third year in a row in Athens, Greece last weekend. Racers from all over the country came to compete in the yearly event that sets the National standards for electric off road. On Saturday it was 2wd time and John Papanikolaou, last year’s double Champion had some problems in qualifying but managed to save the day giving his Kyosho RB6 the win. Dimitris Amaxas had another great race starting from TQ with his mid motored C4.1 and managed second position with Nicolas Floudas and his super smooth TLR22 completing the 2wd podium.
The second race of the Belgian SCT Cup season was held last Sunday on the famous “Beach” track of the RC Electro Liège club. A great technical layout makes this track one of the best in Belgium. Rhythm is very important to get a good pace over here and during the day, a sort of slippy blue groove appeared on the racing line. The club welcomed us and organized everything smoothly in a friendly atmosphere. The race date conflicted with exam dates for the youngest racers causing some newcomers to skip on this one. In 2WD qualification, Martin Vierin took the TQ quite easily with his SC10. Nicolas Evens (TLR 22SCT), Jean-François Renard (TLR 22SCT) and Philippe Hautecoeur (SC10) followed in that order while Nicolas Graffeo (SC10) improved a lot on his B final win of the first race to take the fifth spot on the grid.
Last weekend the first round of the Mid-German Regionals took place at the MSC Kirchhain and under great weather it was Oliver Mack (Shepherd) that took the top spot in qualifying. In the final Mack’s car hit problems which allowed Serpent driver Philip Sting to take the lead and build out a large gap. He crossed the finishing line after 30 minutes in first with a lead of 3 laps over Olaf Engelman (Shepherd) in second position, with Peter Poldvere third (Xray).
Something a little different from Pro-Line is this 1966 Ford F-150 body for SC trucks with extended body mounts. Now you can have your very own custom ‘Hay Hauler’ with Pro-Line’s licensed body. The ’66 F-150 body comes with perfectly scaled details like the step-sides and huge fender flares that will bring you back to the good old days. You can even create your own version of the Class 8 Desert Truck that dominated the desert in the 1980’s.