The opening round of the new for 2017 CETC presented by Infinity officially kicked off today at the Amazing Indoor Arena in Guangzhou, and it is Infinity team driver Akio Sobie who has dominated proceedings in controlled practice to become the top seed for qualifying. The former National Champion is 0.066 faster than fellow Japanese driver Naoki Akiyama who has to settle for second. Xray driver Gary Huang who is running at his home track is running very well just 0.186 behind Akiyama, and behind the two time time Chinese National Champion it is Serpent ace Viktor Wilck and former World Champion Naoto Matsukura who take 4th and 5th respectively
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O.S. Engines have announced the signing of Silvio Hächler for the 2017 season. The Swiss frontrunner will use O.S. Speed power plants during his campaign that will include the national championship, major international races and also the IFMAR World Championships.
Coming from HB Racing are new option parts for the D817 buggy in the form of a screw-type shock pin set and several titanium turnbuckles. Starting with the shock pins, the parts were designed to securely hold the shock in the suspension arm. The new design features a hex head for easy installation, threads that go directly into the shock arm, and left hand and right hand threads to prevent the suspension arm movement from loosening the pins. The set comes with a pair of left hand threaded pins and right hand threaded pins each, all of which are machined from lightweight aluminium and coming anodised for easy identification of the thread direction.
The Australian 1/8th Off-road Nationals were hosted by the South District Model Car Club down in Adelaide, South Australia. Kyle McBride would set the TQ in the Nitro Buggy class and by the time for the semi final the track had gotten pretty difficult, along with loads of dust on the track. Still, Kyle had a very smooth and clean race and managed to lap the whole field by over 30 seconds to put him on pole for the A-Main final. By the end of the one-hour race Kyle had almost lapped the entire field up to second twice over to take his seventh Australian National Championship in a row. Aaron Stringer would come in second from Craig Laughton third.
Southside RC of Lake City, Florida recently held a club race and in the Nitro Buggy class it was Blake Raulerson (Xray) who took the TQ for the 20-minute A-main. He would then also sweep the final to take the day’s win from Mikey Griffin (Kyosho) who had to settle for second and Travis Adams (TLR) third. In the E-Buggy class Mikey Griffin (Kyosho) stroke back, taking the win from Blake Raulerson (Xray) second and Joe Barbara (TLR) third.
The opening round of the Caribbean On-road Series was held at Guaynabo RC Complex in Quaynabo city. In the 17.5T Touring class Peter Alvarado took the TQ early in the first round with a 14 laps 5:10.392 run, some 0.105s over the second placed driver. In round 2 Alvarado would improve his TQ pace to 15 laps 5:07.158, some 2.5s over second placed Ivan Garcia. In the opening A-main Peter suffered a DNF due to mechanical issues but he came back in A2 and A3 to take the overall victory from Fernando Mendes in second, while 10 years old Victor Merino obtained the final podium spot.
Serpent have introduced a 2.5mm carbon fibre main chassis and lower pod plate for the S120 LTR 1/12th scale pan car. The new chassis is meant to improve high speed steering at corner entry, the car will feel smoother throughout the corner while also carrying more corner speed. Driving feel through chicanes is also improved while rear wheel lift is reduced, making for faster acceleration and a more efficient drive at the expense of slightly harder working rear tyres, which can be overcome by moving the battery forward or using a softer centre shock spring. The chassis and pod plate are available now and they will be a running change for all S120 LTR kits from April on.
Coming from Xray and made for the XB4 line of vehicles are new 9 degree caster C-hubs moulded of graphite composite material. The rigid graphite material is suitable for most track conditions but especially for high to very high-bite surfaces while the overall design allows for easy CVD assembly swaps and no driveshaft jamming issues at high steering angles and during hard crashes. The hubs are available separately for the left and right hand side of the buggy.