This past weekend, the second round of 2016 Muchmore Touring China Series was held at the Shanghai-based RCI V2 indoor circuit. The rain season brought nice and cool weather to the early Summer which made for a good day of racing. In the 1/10th Touring Blinky class, local Xray driver Robert Lu was on fire right from the start. He took the TQ after the three rounds of qualifying and he would then continue to dominate in the finals by winning the first two legs to claim the overall victory early. In A3, Robert would sit out and so Xray young star Nicolas Koh took the win, securing his runner-up spot. Huang Hua finished 3rd place to round out an all-Xray podium.
Coming from Yokomo are two new drift car chassis in the form of the YD-2 and the YD-2 Plus. The RWD design offers a good balance between acceleration and stability, which can be beneficial in the Tsuiso Battle called tandem and twin races, making the car also very controllable at full counter drifting. The kit will be available in two specification with the YD-2 coming with a standard composite bathtub lower deck while the Plus kit is equipped with a carbon fibre double deck chassis. Another difference between the kits are the shock absorbers with the standard kit coming with slightly simpler shocks while the Plus includes aluminium big bore shock absorbers. Otherwise both cars feature a 4-gear transmission, aluminium motor plate, long springs, a high angle steering system, full ball bearings, rear universal driveshafts, and the ability to run standard or shorty battery packs. The standard YD-2 kit is available with our without YG-302 gyro unit while the Plus is only available without.
The Laszlo Timar memorial race was recently held at the Morac Graz track in Austria with about 80 racers from the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia in attendance. The race format saw independent races on Saturday and Sunday with the combination of both would make up the final result. Xray’s Michal Abrahamek won the Saturday portion and he would take the TQ on Sunday but due to heavy rain making it impossible to drive the main final, the results were taken from the qualifiers, handing Michal his third title in a row after winning the event in 2015 and 2014. Gergö Lehner (Shepherd) and Sagi Tamas (Serpent) would round out the top 3 result.
Coming from JConcepts and made for the TLR 8ight-E 4.0 is the Fin titanium turnbuckle set. The base of the six main suspension turnbuckles designed for the TLR 8ight vehicle centres around a beefy 5mm square titanium base. The light-weight yet durable material is gradually machined down and tapers into a thread base design which accepts the rod ends featured in the kit. The turnbuckle kit also includes one for the steering linkage which has been optimised and included in the 7-piece set.
The second round of the Czech 1/8th Off-road Nationals was held at the Dolni Bukovsko track. In the 1/8th Nitro Buggy class, Xray’s Kaja Novotny took the win in the opening qualifier but technical issues for Kaja in Q2 and Q3 made way for David Kukla (Xray) who left Jiri Mara (Serpent) and Max Gotzl (Xray) behind in second and third.
Coming from Extreme Racing is a carbon fibre kit for the Mugen MBX7 and MBX7R buggy. Included are front and rear shock towers with additional mounting positions for the shock absorbers and rear camber links as well as Ackermann plates for the steering knuckles and an upper plate for the steering and front bulkhead assembly. In total using the parts, that are machined from high-strength aircraft-grade carbon fibre, scrubs about 30g of weight.
The recent 2016 Winter Champs in Australia saw Aaron Lee walking away with the triple of TQ, fastest lap and new track record as well as the win in the competitive A-main event. The victory is even more impressive as this was the first outing for his new chassis sponsors after having only received the kits on the Monday before the race.
Italian company Hot Race Tyres have introduced two new rubber compounds for their 1/8th off-road tyres. The medium and hard compound will deliver increased grip especially in high ambient temperatures and they replace the previous compound. The new tyres will become available from early July.