The 5th round of the Danish 1/10th scale electric buggy Nationals took place this weekend at the multi surfaced Midtjysk RC Arena. In the 4WD class it was Kyosho driver Ulrich Rasmussen who was the fastest man from the start of the day, setting the fastest time in qualifying and then going on to win all the three A-finals to take the overall win, followed home by local Kyosho racer Torben Nielsen in 2nd and Losi driver Allan Thyme in 3rd spot. In the 2WD class it was again a win for Lars Alex with his B4 who won from local Bo Dissing with another B4 in 2nd spot, while Christer Rasmussen found himself in 3rd place after a hard battle with X6 driver Lasse Nielsen in the third final, which saw the motor of Lasse break on last lap allowing Christer to pass him. In the Stock beginner class it was Alexander Breiner who was the man to beat and he won in front of 2nd placed Jesper Rasmussen and 3rd placed Martin Kristensen.
Japanese Ansmann importers, Powers International, have begun selling the new range of pre painted 1/8th scale buggy shells. Available in a variety of different colour schemes they have been made to suit the Kyosho Inferno MP777. Ansmann also have a complete range of pre painted touring car shells available too.
Xray have a report on their site from the recently held ROAR Region 9 Off Road Championships hosted by Mike’s Hobbies and Gulf Coast Raceway. Qualifying saw the buggy TQ go to Team Losi driver Dave Mangelsdorf while in the truggy class it was again Dave Mangelsdorf that took the TQ. The Expert truggy A-main saw Branham and Mangelsdorf battling together for the first 10 minutes waiting for one or the other to make a mistake and eventually Mangelsdorf did. Branham eventually ran away with the lead to win by a lap with Mangelsdorf finishing 2nd and Jimmy Matsler in 3rd. The Expert buggy A-main saw Jason Branham crash early in the main which dropped him to the back of the pack letting Dave Mangelsdorf and David Joor to run away with the lead. After the 9 min. mark Mangelsdorf and Joor were lapping Branham as he was struggling to get back on pace. Once Branham broke away from the back of the pack and moved up through the field and got his lap back and was once again on pace and was catching the leaders in a hurry. With 5 mins to go Branham caught Mangelsdorf and passed him to take the win.
Our partners Neo Buggy have been covering the Norwegian EFRA GP held this weekend in Skien that saw HoBao racer Joesph Quagraine take the TQ in qualifying. On finals day the rain came and put a bit of a dampener on the day but pole man Quagraine picked up where he left off at the end of qualifying and took the lead from the start up until 20 minutes in when he crashed onto his roof. A confused turn marshall stopped his cars engine, thinking something was wrong, ending the hopes of a win for the Finnish driver. Chris Svensson took over the lead from Quagraine up until 4 minutes from the end when his driveshaft broke taking him out on the spot, but he came home 4th anyway. This allowed local Norwegian driver Ronny Arnesen into the lead where he could control the rest of the race and take the win from Frode Skauen in 2nd and Steffen Culmsee in 3rd.
We received a report from round 5 of the Great Lake Championships held at Niagara RC in beautiful Welland Port, which is 40 minutes from Niagara Falls. The Niagara track offered a very technical center race area with tight 45 and 90 Degree turns with challenging rhythm sections that provides some very competitive racing to watch. The track also wound out a large straight which measured at a little over 200 feet.
Robitronic have released their new entry level 1/8th scale truggy, the Mantis TXS, which is based on the companys competition truggy, the Mantis. The TXS was designed to bring high performance to beginners and racers and comes pre-built as RTR with the only thing needed are batteries for your radio and car, as well as fuel.
Xray have released more decal sets for their off road cars with the release of these rather funky looking wheel decals for the XT8 truggy. These full-colour graphic sets for XT8 dish wheels makes a bright, bold visual statement, setting your car apart from the crowd. Made from tough, self-adhesive vinyl for easy application and long wear, the stickers are die-cut so you just have to peel off the sticker and apply to the wheels. Available in various luminous colors.
Last weekend, the best electric buggy drivers from around Russia came to the RC2 track in Moscow to compete for the 2007 Russian National title. Qualifying saw Kyosho racer Ivan Laptev take the pole position from the JConcepts pairing of Dmitry Malyshko and Victor Spiridonov in 2nd and 3rd. In the race it remained the same with Laptev taking the win and the 2007 title ahead of Malyshko, who was using the MRC Models buggy wing, in 2nd and Spiridonov in 3rd.