November 12, 2018

Andy DiBrino wins at Winter Off-road Series Rd2

PDX RC Unground of Portland, Oregon held round 2 of their Rockstar Winter Off-road Series this past weekend. In 13.5t Stadium Truck it was Andy DiBrino with he overall TQ and he would also sweep the single 5-minute A-main event, taking the win some two laps in front of Jack Leighan in 2nd. Kevin Focht would round out the top 3 another lap down.

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November 12, 2018

T-Works Cat L1 front & rear top decks

T-Works have introduced new front and rear top decks for the Schumacher Cat L1 1/10th 4WD off-road buggy. Available separately the upper decks come in 2.0mm, 2.5mm or 3.0mm specification, allowing to fine-tune the chassis’ flex characteristics to your liking. The different thicknesses can also be mixed and matched for even greater influence on the front and rear chassis twist.

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November 12, 2018

Ongaro crowned World Champion Down under

Davide Ongaro is the new 1:8 Offroad World Champion.  The Italian became the youngest winner of the sport’s top prize with an impressive and dominant performance in Australia, to win the 1-hour final by 3/4 of a lap from Top Qualifier Ty Tessmann.  Ongaro initially battled with pole sitter Ryan Maifield after defending champion David Ronnefalk hit problems early and then Tessmann made a mistake that dropped him from 2nd to 5th.  Pulling clear of the field only alternate mistakes saw the order of the Top 2 change.  With 15-minutes on the clock, Maifield had a 4-second advantage and was looking strong but on the difficult track he relinquished that advantage on the top right side of the track and Ongaro went to the front.  From there he would take control of the race, his advantage at the midway point almost 7-seconds.  As he continued on his way to securing Team Associated’s first nitro World title, allegations of his car having a giro being proven unfounded afterwards, behind the battle hotted up between Maifield, Tessmann and the recovering Ronnefalk.  With one less stop to do than his rivals over the hour, Tessmann would secure his 4th consecutive Worlds podium taking his Xray to second, 9-seconds clear of Maifield’s Mugen.  For Ronnefalk his reign would end with 4th place the task of coming from dead last after 3-laps too much of a mountain to climb.

Continue reading this report here or view our complete event coverage here.

November 10, 2018

Maifield on pole in Australia

Ryan Maifield will line-up on pole position for the 1-hour final that will decide who leaves Australia as the 1:8 Offroad World Champion.  The Mugen driver secured the No.1 starting position of the 13 car grid with victory in the second & faster of the two half hour Semi Finals.  In the first of the encounters, it was Top Qualifier Ty Tessmann who took the win but only after two late errors by Davide Ongaro.  Ongaro’s Team Associated went to the front after two and half minutes as Tessmann made a mistake.  The Xray driver briefly went to the front 3-minutes later when Ongaro had a mistake but another mistake from Tessmann handed it right back.  Tessmann then started to come under attack from team-mate Bruno Coelho putting up little fight as the Portuguese driver went through to second. Unfortunately it was short lived as the race hit half way Coelho ran out of fuel just as he was coming around to pit.  Ongaro’s advantage was now 2.3-seconds over Tessmann but with 4-minute left on the clock the Italian made a mistake that let his rival through. A racy Ongaro tried to take back the lead but a mistake inside the final 3-minutes put an end to that.  With the Top 5 directly bumping up, there was a good battle for 3rd.  Spencer Rivkin led that until a mistake at 7-minutes dropped him 4 places with the American never recovering. In the end it was Batlle that came out on top ahead of American duo Ryan Cavalieri  and Jared Tebo.  In the second of the Semi, reigning champion David Ronnefalk would have to settle for second behind Ryan Maifield. The Electric Offroad World Champion got the jump on the pole sitter off the start and lead early on before Ronnefalk took a lengthy turn out front until a number of mistakes dropped him back to second. Behind, having bumped up from the 1/4 Finals, Kyle McBride pleased the local crowd with 3rd place ahead of Naoto Matsukura and Riccardo Berton who had also come from the 1/4 Finals.

Continue reading this report here or view our complete event coverage here.

November 9, 2018

Losi Tenacity SCT/T/DB PROformance upgrade kit

Losi have introduced the PROformace upgrade kit for the Tenacity SCT, and DB vehicles. The upgrade kit includes many items to update the Tenacity to a race-level vehicle. This includes an aluminium chassis, which provides more strength, and the items needed to convert to the upgraded chassis. It also includes aluminium front and rear shock towers which stiffen up the suspension for better handling. The aluminium shock bodies and shock caps it includes make for a smoother suspension. Finally, it includes adjustable turnbuckles and sway bars which add to the race-level experience. The set was designed for SCT, T and DB kits and dies not work with the Tenacity monster truck.

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November 9, 2018

Graham Alsop wins at HNMC Winter Series Rd3

The third round of the popular HNMC Winter Series was held last weekend. With all most 60 entries the and daylight drawing in at 16:30 race control would need to be swift. Qualifying saw Graham Alsop taking the TQ in the Nitro Buggy class while Simon Reeves TQed E-Buggy. Over in Nitro Truggy it was Neil Sivins with the TQ. In the 20-minute Nitro Buggy A-main it was Graham Alsop with the win some 15 seconds in front of Simon Reeves. Lewis Jones would round out the top 3. Over in the E-Buggy main final it was Simon Reeves with the win from Darren Hayden-Ball and Dominic Powles in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Finally in Truggy it was Neil Sivins with the win from Darren Roper and Warabe Tatekoji.

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November 9, 2018

Team Associated now available on Shapeways

Team Associated have announced their new Shapeways store for 3-D-printed products such as 6.1 and RC8B3.1 series optionals as well as scale accessories. The range includes items such as fan mounts for the B6.1, T6.1 and SC6.1, RC8B3.1 and T3.1 receiver boxes, transponder and switch mounts as well as wing splitters and also available are several scale accessories for the CR12 series of trail trucks. All parts are 3-D-printed and they are available directly through AE’s Shapeways store.

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November 9, 2018

Sweep Racing Whips 1/8th buggy tyre

Sweep Racing have officially announced their new Whips 1/8th buggy tyre. Having already made an appearance during this week’s IFMAR 1/8th Nitro Offroad World Championships in Perth, Western Australia, the tyre uses the new V6 carcass that is of an updated design with a rounder contact surface and sidewall, making it easier to drive in bumpy track conditions. The mid-sized square pins ensure exceptional traction in low grip or slippery track conditions with great forward and site bite. The tyre is available in Gold, Yellow, Silver, Blue, and Red compounds.