After a successful campaign with FDL, Kyosho and Tekin Racing UK top driver Kevin Lee will join Team C, Absima and SMD to run Team C’s latest electric off-road cars and Absima electronics. This is what Kevin has to say about the deal:
It’s an exciting and busy time for Team C/Absima/SMD at the moment with lots of TM4 development work and many other plans in the pipeline. I wanted a piece of this, and that’s why I am so happy to have agreed a 2 year contract to run Team C cars and Absima Revenge electronics. Thanks to all at Team C/Absima/SMD for making it possible. I plan on attending the EOS, European Championships and Japan Worlds in 2015, so it’s definitely going to be an a fun time with a great team. I’d like to thank my previous sponsors FDL/Kyosho/Orion and Tekin Racing. They have helped me so much over the last few years for which I am extremely grateful. I will still be using Spektrum Radio equipment, Rudebits accessories, Puppy Paint, and products from my own shop, Inside Line Racing.
The Merlin Race 2013 for 1/8th Nitro Buggy will take place at the Fuencarral Circuit, near Madrid. The circuit has been recently renewed with a new layout designed by a famous BMX pilot, and the Merlin Race will mark the grand track re-opening. All the drivers attending the race will have the chance of winning prices in a raffle and Merlin will provide free fuel for everyone. Most of the top Spanish drivers will attend the race and some big international names will also be soon revealed. Further information can be found here.
Yokomo announce the addition of Italian 1/8th nitro off-road driver Davide Ongaro to their talented team of factory drivers. Davide TQ’d this year’s European B Championship and ended in 5th place while also achieving a very good result at the Euro A in Reims. This is what Davide has to say about the deal:
I am extremely grateful to Team Yokomo for offering me this stimulating opportunity to start this new adventure and I thank the Italian Yokomo distributor – FRAMEGA for their support.”
This year’s JMRCA 1/8th nitro buggy nationals were held at the RC Land 23 track in Matsuzaka-city. Kyosho’s Wataru Takashiro took TQ and but at the end of the 60 minute final multi Japanese champion Atsushi Kawamoto (Kyosho) crossed the finish line as the 2013 champion some five seconds in front of Itaru Kawamoto (Kyosho) and Kazuya Tanaka (Kyosho) who was further 8 seconds down. Takuya Kimura (Kyosho) and Wataru Takashiro (Kyosho) completed the top 5.
Asian option parts specialists Spec-R released preview images of their forthcoming line of optional parts for the Team Durango DEX410 buggy. The portfolio will include several aluminium parts such as hard-coated centre driveshafts, big bore shock caps, 14mm wheel hex adapters, rear hubs as well as shock nuts and spring holders. Also coming are spring steel double joint driveshafts, shock screws and a spring steel slipper nut as well as a brass 33g skid plate weight. All parts are direct replacements for the stock items on the DEX410 buggy.
Beside the eBuggy and 40+ class The Dual race at Pro-Line’s test track in Banning, CA and at Thunder Alley Raceway in Beaumont, CA also had an 1/8th Invitational and Expert class to offer. The Invitational was run in the Reedy Race style format that would see three 15-minute races in each class consisting of 1/8 Nitro Buggy and 1/8 Nitro Truggy on each track. The 2 best points from each class, each day would count towards the overall win using a total of 8 finishes. With one full heat of Invitational drivers, each race was very exciting. For each main the starting grid was decided by each driver picking a number out of a bowl, so completely random. The starting position did not dictate how the drivers would finish in the race due to racing incidents and pit strategy. In the start of each of the mains, it was a crap shoot as everyone was in hot pursuit of each other. Some of the races were clean and some of them were not. After day 1 at Pro-Line, Kyosho’s Drew Moller ended up with a 2-2 finish in Buggy and a 3-1 finish in Truggy that gave him a total of 8pts. This would put Drew 3rd overall going into Sunday as Ty Tessman was leading with 6pts, and Ryan Maifield in 2nd with 7pts.
The Dual is an exciting new event which made its debut last weekend. Instead of the typical qualifying and main event format utilised at nitro races, racers competed head to head in six races spread out over two days on two completely different tracks. Drivers scored points for their finishing positions, with their best two finishes at each track used to determine their overall finishing position. Pro-Line Raceway in Banning, CA hosted Saturday’s action with Thunder Alley Raceway in Beaumont, CA hosting Sunday’s finale. A variety of 1:8 nitro buggy and truggy classes were offered as well as an 1:8 eBuggy class. With nitro races running 15 minutes and e-Buggy races running 10 minutes, everyone received plenty of track time and equal opportunity to gain positions on their competitors. Team Associated’s Richard Saxton has been racing his eBuggy on a regular basis and the track time really paid off at The Dual. Saxton showed off a brilliant performance with his Reedy-powered RC8.2e by finishing with a perfect score to take the overall win. Saxton was even more dominant with his RC8.2. Richard clinched the overall victory in the 40+ Nitro Buggy class with a win in round five, which meant he could slip on his flip-flops and enjoy round six as a spectator.
This year’s Turkey Touring Series, a six round championship, culminated at the carpet track of the Team NCRC Arena. After five rounds run on asphalt the drivers had to adapt to the unknown surface and at the end it was Mustafa Alp who took the winning honours of the final round in the Modified class in front of the Xray duo of Erol Uçar and Halit Körpe. In the overall championship the second place was enough for Erol to grab the 2013 title in front of Mustafa and Halit.