After winner three of the four rounds of the recently concluded Cyprus LRCC Championship, held solely in Limassol, Andreas Thrasyvoulou took the overall title. The Agama duo of Andeas Theodotou and Marios Christodoulou came in second and third respectively while Andreas Sykas (Agama) and Simos Tikkis (Mugen) completed the top 5 result.
The fourth and final round of the MRC Longwy Winter Series was held at the MRC Longwy club and it again attracted some of the fastest racers of the region. In the premier Touring Modified class it was Olivier Bultnyck who took the day’s win from Lucas Urbain in second and Remi Callens third.
Coming from Factory RC and made for Yokomo’s YZ-4 4WD buggy are new carbon fibre shock towers and a shorty battery brace. Starting with the shock towers, available soon is a “flat” front tower as well as a rear item that offers additional shock mounting holes while also allowing to adjust the rear wing height. Both are cut from high-quality 4mm carbon fibre. Also new is a shorty LiPo brace for sideways mounted batteries and designed for the use with Factory RC’s delrin battery stoppers. All parts are available soon.
Round three of the West/Central German division Tonisport Onroad Series was held at the new Arena33 indoor facility. In the Formula class, that attracted a total of 24 entries, Patrick Schäfer took the TQ tie on points with Marcel Ellissen and Michael Schröder with the better tie-breaker handing Patrick the pole position for the A-mains. In the finals the fast local drivers gave Patrick a hard time but he was able to win the decisive A-final by about 0.3s to take the day’s win from Elmar Krause in second and Thilo Tödtmann in third.
HB Racing have announced the addition of 2010 IFMAR 1/8 Nitro Buggy World Champion, Cody King to their team. The former long-time Kyosho driver was linked to HB Racing for some time now but it took until the week of the 2017 The Dirt Nitro Challenge to officially announce the deal. Cody has the following to say:
It’s exciting to join the HB Racing team, and be reunited with Philippe Neidhart, Adrien Bertin, and David Ronnefalk. Clearly the platform has potential after winning 3 of the last 5 Worlds, including the last 2 in a row. The Team Orion engines have only improved over the last few years, and I won the Pattaya Worlds with Team Orion power. It feels like a fresh start with a great team, and I’m looking forward to 2017 and beyond.
JQRacing have released first images and information on the forthcoming Black Edition THECar 1/8th nitro buggy kit. Optimised in all aspects, the 2017 variant will feature a new longer wheelbase 3mm Ergal chassis as well as a range of new suspension parts such as crash resistant hinge pins, an updated caster angle, an updated king pin angle, new carbon fibre steering plates, a new 2.0 Ackermann plate with steel bushings, and it the kit will include special laser-etched alloy parts and a new bodyshell. The buggy is available for pre-order soon with the official release date being set for the April 1st.
175RC.com have introduced a range of under LiPo weights for shorty battery packs. Made from heavy brass material and coming in four different designs the weights allow not only to up the overall weight of the vehicle but also to simply adjust the weight distribution. Type A is a plain weight available as 18g or 36g variant while Type B, available as 12g and 23g versions, is very versatile. It can be run in 2WD buggies and flipping the plate forth and back allows to adjust the front to rear weight bias while in 4WD buggies it can be used to bring more weight to the inside or outside. The Type C weight, with outer cut outs, makes for a more centralised weight balance while Type D put more weight to the outer sections. The latter two are available as 12g or 23g versions.
The sixth round of the Lestr Cup was recently held in Prague, Czech Republic. Young Milan Mudra was on fire and able to take the overall TQs in both 2WD and 4WD buggy. Milan would also sweep the A-mains to take the 2WD win from Arnold Lorenz in second and Honza Kapicka in third. In 4WD it was again all about Milan who took another overall victory from Marek Ornst and Frantisek Kalenda in second and third respectively.