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.
Rsector introduce the Rigid Rear System for the Tamiya F104 V2 line of chassis. The system features an extended motor mount which makes the shock tower shorter therefore offering a stiffer structure over all for the shock to work more efficiently. It also offers two wing mounting positions for more downforce when needed. Included in the set that will also fit the RM-01 chassis, are new side frames, carbon fibre braces and hardware.
The organisers of the Essex Winter Series are pleased to announce the series will return for a second season in 2012/13. The EWS quickly grew throughout its inaugural championship in 2011/12 to become one of the premier indoor series in the UK. Featuring one of the largest carpet circuits in the world with 35×22 metres, and a fully heated, spacious pitting area, the series attracted drivers from all across the UK. The 2012/13 season promises to be even better than before as we already have confirmations that a number of top UK National racers will be attending multiple rounds of the season, in an attempt to take the title from defending champion, Paul Pinkney. There are very few rule changes for the second season of the championship, reflecting the success of the series and support of the drivers. The season takes place over six 1-day rounds, starting in October 2012 and running through to March 2013. Classes are for 1/10th Electric Touring cars, with 13.5 and 21.5 turn motors, speeds ideally suited to the carpet circuit. Entries will open very soon at www.centralbooking.org, where full rules, all dates and further information can be found. For more details, please contact Oli Meggitt here.
Ryan Maifield, Dustin Evans, Steven Hartson, Chad Due, Kody Numedahl and Brent Thielke put on a great display of driving at the recent 2012 ROAR electric off-road nationals, placing their JConcepts equipped vehicles directly into the A-mains during the first half of the 2-part event. Ryan Maifield, debuting the Finnisher T4.1 body, Mono 12mm hex wheels and JC front axles on his modified truck, finished off a nice debut in 2nd place overall.
From the producers of the Psycho Nitro event, the Wicked Weekend was run in Gainesville Georgia. Sticking with their format of a horse show building, this event was another of the one-time track, using many of the same concepts that has been accustom of the Psycho event. With 257 entries of the first year event, many of the top drivers in the region were in attendance. When it came down to the trophy presentation, it was JConcepts standing on the top step. In Electric, Max Flurer owned everything and anything electric. Taking TQ and the win in the first two A mains of the triple main format. Max used his JConcepts equipped Associated SCT’s to take the top prize in Pro2 and Pro4 using Hi-Flow bodies and 3Ds wrapped Hazard wheels to claim two of the three class wins. In E-1/8, Max again having TQ and winning the main in two rounds with his Finnisher body and Hybrid tires on his RC8.2. In the Nitro class Brandon Melton starting in the 10 spot quickly moved forward and was in contention by the first fuel stop. Brandon having the lead on several occasions as the pit stops played out, with the top 3 all running close the entire race. With the end of the 30 minute main approaching, Melton continued to lead the last 5 or 6 minutes and held on to take the win. Melton’s RC8.2 was fitted with the Finnisher body and Hybrids in Blue compound.