Last weekend the Swedish 1/10th Buggy Championship was held at the Orebro Radio Bil Club race track. The track is of a very 1990’s style dirt design which always produces exciting racing in a different style than is the common norm today. To this added a very high temperature of over 30°C, adding another factor the racers had to cope with. In the 4WD class there was a showdown going into the final qualifier as both Alexander Landen and Wilhelm Skjoldebrand were in the mix for the overall TQ. Both drivers produced more or less flawless runs, while setting the two fastest runs of the day. Wilhelm however managed to slightly edge out Alexander, so Wilhelm would take the TQ.
Coming soon from Yokomo are their new Racing Performer M4 brushless Modified and Stock motors. The motor adapts the latest open can design for maximised cooling, lower fading throughout the run and a lower overall weight, making it ideal for competition on-road and off-road racing alike. The M4 will be available as modified variant, with the extremely powerful 3.5T and 4.5T motors offering greater performance as the already existing M3 series, and also as dedicated Stock motors with the JMRCA Stock Spec 13.5T and 21.5T motors coming with a specially-designed stator for smoother yet more powerful acceleration feeling. The M4 motors will hit stores from end of July.
Coming from JConcepts is their new Aero rear diffusor for the Team Associated B6.1 series vehicles. A rear diffuser is a huge part of full-scale race car aerodynamic grip which has shown to improve performance. In off-road racing, ride-height, ground clearance and suspension travel substantially affect handling and are routinely adjusted to benefit one section of the track or another. It is difficult to install low-mounted aerodynamic features because of the general abuse off-road vehicles endure, however, JConcepts has taken on the task to mount another aero option. For the all-important balance between flat track tuning and elevation off-road features, JC has moved the diffuser into a higher position. The position, although not traditional, still provides affects of aerodynamics without limiting rear clearance. The item includes two pieces and can be fitted easily to popular vehicles like the B6.1, T6.1 and SC6.1. The aerodynamic device uses the same 3mm hardware as the rear ball-stud mount and it installs on top and is secure with the same screws.
The Big Apple OS Speed Challenge was held at Barnstormers Raceway in New York this past weekend. The track was blown out and dusty but after a heavy rain shower the track was flooded, forcing the organisers to call it a day meaning the finishing order would be based on qualifying, handing the 1/8 Nitro Buggy win to top qualifier, Mark Sousa (Xray). HB Racing’s Cole Ogden came in 2nd from Serpent racer, Adam Johnson in 3rd.
Now available from Leadfinger Racing is the newly updated A2 Tactic body for the Kyosho Inferno TKI4 nitro buggy. The A2 body design for the MP9 TKI4 is the second generation to the original Assassin. Track conditions can have a drastic change over long race weekends, making the A2 the perfect choice for added tuning as the sleek and aggressive styling gives an all around balanced feel.The windshield has been given less rake then that of the original Assassin, easing steering slightly. Additional height has been taken out of the cab and widened front to rear, helping to lower the centre of gravity, and giving the car a more planted feel. The rear swoop behind the cab has also been lowered, with additional down force added to the top of the side pods. Bump outs have been added for throttle linkage and fuel tank clearance. The A2 body for the Kyosho TKI4 is made of thicker lexan, comes clear and ready for paint with window masks and stickers provided.
Carlos Sikora has taken the win in the E-Buggy class at Los CoCos RC in the a Dominican Republic this past weekend. Sikora would drive his JQRacing buggy to victory in the hot, rough and challenging conditions as Francis Ortiz (TLR) would claim 2nd and Luis Garcia (Kyosho) came in 3rd.
Round 9 of the Nitro X Cross series was geld at the East Shrewsbury club this past weekend. In the 1/8th Nitro Buggy class it was HB Racing’s Graham Alsop with the win a lap in front of runner-up, Agama’s Jonathan Skidmore. Mike Lewis (Team Associated) in 3rd would round out the podium result as Matt Lewis and Jon Howells completed the top 5 result.
Racing action returned to the Singapore-based Urban PlaySpace astroturf buggy track this past weekend with round 4 of the Astro Buggy Champs. Overnight storms saw racers greeted by a very wet track. However, the quick-dry surface meant that the track was fully raceable after just a short delay to the race programme. The day’s racing action would be in the 2WD class only, with the 4WD event rescheduled to another day. Qualifying was as usual super close on this difficult circuit. Racers were having trouble making mistake-free runs. Taking Q1 was Don Cheo, with young gun Sean Lee in 2nd. Fazly Ibrahim would come back to as the drier track yielded its first 19-lap run, while Jody Long recovered from a bad Q1 to take 2nd for the round. TQ would be determined in Q3, and it was Jody who finally TQ-ed a round of qualifying, with another 19-lapper, while Fazly finished 2nd. With both Jody and Fazly tied on overall points, it was Fazly who secured the overall TQ on the tiebreak.