Having set the pace in practice and then struggled in early qualifying Alexander Hagberg finally returned to form to take the 6th & final round of qualifying at the 1:12 World Championship in Florida. Posting the fastest 8-minute run of the event, the Xray driver just missed out on a 55-lap run by 1/10th of a second as he topped the time sheets by 2-seconds from Donny Lia. Having sat 7th in the overnight standings the TQ run will see the Swede start the A-Main from 4th on the grd behind Lia, Marc Rheinard and Top Qualifier Naoto Matsukura. Posting his best qualifier, Jilles Groskamp would ran the third fastest time of Q6 to go from sitting 21st overnight to securing his 6th consecutive 1:12 World Championship A-Main appearance, the 2012 podium finisher set to start 7th.
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Team Associated’s Patrick Hofer successfully ended his campaign in this year’s Swiss 1/10th Buggy Championship by taking the 2WD and 4WD Buggy class titles. Patrick won all rounds this season on his way to grab his 11th Swiss Championship title in a row.
The 2014 Reedy Truck Race of Champions was hosted by Hot Rod Hobbies and Raceway located in Southern California with the truck-only event bringing out the best competition for Short Course and Stadium Truck racers of all ages at a two day event. In Modified Truck Steve Hartson and Kevin Motter went 1-2 while in Modified 2WD Short Course, Kevin and Steven were also on the podium finishing 2nd and 3rd behind Cody Turner.
TLR/JConcepts driver Tyler Jones wrapped a very successful summer season this past weekend when the young gun attended the Midwest Nitro Series finals at Leisure Hours raceway in Joliet,IL. Rain and cold weather scared some off but still a great turnout. With the rain, the organisers were forced to run on the indoor track and the crew had a great track for the drivers. Tyler was able to TQ both the Pro Nitro Buggy and Truggy classes again, with the only 19 lap runs in Pro Nitro Buggy.
Sanwa have announced at the 1:12 World Championships in Florida the signing of lead Xray team driver Alexander Hagberg. A direct factory deal with the famous Japanese radio manufacturer, it will see the Swede use both the company’s radios and servos, his choice of transmitter being the M12. While Sanwa also produce speedos, the European 1:12 Champion will continue to run ORCA electrics in all his cars. Announcing the deal with Sanwa’s Akimasa Uchida, Hagberg said ‘with my KO contract up I took the opportunity to try all the different radios which included buying a Sanwa which I really liked and its great that we are now able to work together on an official deal’. Statistics provided by Sanwa show that at the 1:12 Worlds their radio is the most popular choice with a 59% share of the field of which over half are the M12. The second most popular radio with just shy of a quarter of racer using it is KO Propo with Futaba third with 16% usage.
JConcept’s IFMAR World Championship winning Hi-Clearance 1/10th buggy wing is now available as a drop-on fit for the RC10B5 and RC10B5M. Debuted at the 2011 IFMAR Worlds, the Hi-Clearance wing design has been used with success on medium to large sized tracks where fast, at-speed handling is required. Moulded in exclusive and durable polycarbonate, the wing features a beefy feel but light-weight enough to be considered a race wing. It comes pre-trimmed with clean, smooth edges and it is ready to become decorated or scuffed to your liking. The wing is available specifically drilled for the B5 or B5M.
The 2014/15 season of the popular Mibosport Cup Winter Series will kick off on the weekend of the 1st of November in the city of Hrotovice, host of the opening round of the 2014/15 ETS. Attracting 299 drivers in total including the likes of Ronald Völker, Marc Rheinard, Marc Fischer, Martin Bayer and Marek Cerny last year’s series was great success. This year’s series is run in the six classes of Touring Car Modified, Stock LRP, Formula 1, 1/12 and 2WD and 4WD Buggy. More information can be found here.
The penultimate round of the Belgian SCT Cup was held at the BRTC club’s track, the place SC racing started in Belgium some years ago. The race marked the final outdoor event of the year and despite a sunny start into the weekend, on race day the track was very wet. A few brave drivers tackled the first qualifier anyway only to find that the trucks would collect loads of dirt but as time went by the track started to dry, making for better conditions and allowing more drivers to start into the second round of qualifiers.