The 2016 Austrian Electric Off-road National Championship recently concluded with round five held at the WBC Hoheneich club in the north of the country. As one round was cancelled due to rain this was actually the forth round and was local hero, Roland Macho (Xray) who excelled in the 4WD Buggy class by taking the TQ in all qualifying rounds to leave Martin Kreil (TLR) and Hupo Hönigl (Xray) behind in second and third respectively.
The fourth round of the OMK Fall Classic 2WD Buggy race series was held under floodlight at the OMK astro turf track. The race format was open practice followed by three qualifiers and triple mains. Xray’s Malin Karlsen swept the qualifiers to take a dominant TQ with the only 15-laps run of the evening and she also brought home an easy win in the opening A-main. A2 was a different affair though as her buggy got hit from behind in the first corner and so she dropped down the order but with some swift laps she easily recovered to get back into the lead and to take the win and with it the overall victory at round 4 from Serpent driver Marius Kristensen and Team Associated pilot Morten Bremsrud.
Round four of the Greek Off-road National Championship was held at the Hobbytech track. Tasos Paparegas was the man to beat as he won all qualifiers to take the top qualifier position. In the main final he would smash the competition by taking home the win some two laps in front of runner-up, Makropoulos while also setting a new track record. Papanikolaou would round out the top 3 podium result.
The 2016 Southern VTA Nationals took place at Thunder RC in Nashville, Tennessee. The race has become a yearly event held shortly before the IIC and is used for a warm-up race by many. This year was no exception as the house was full of people and fast racers with over 110 entries for the several classes. Practice started on Friday morning with the pits full and lots of people getting track time on the new CRC FT2 black carpet. Everyone found out quickly that tire glue and aluminium chassis were needed in all classes. In Touring Car the fast guys were Michael Skeen, Matthew Lyons, Eric Anders and also a few other guys quickly got up to speed. In 1/12th scale 13.5 who showed fast laps from the start while in VTA Cody Armes and Myron Kinnard were up front as usual. In the USGT class Matt Lyons was the man to beat. Once qualifying started the same guys were up front with Eric Anderson being able to TQ every round of Touring Car and 12th scale. Cody took the TQ in the VTA class and Matt Lyons was able to TQ the USGT class.
Ulti Tires have announced the addition of U.S. on-road expert, Mike Swauger to their team. The former World and multiple ROAR National Champion brings years of knowledge and experience. Ulti Tires and Mike have already started testing new products at this past weekend’s KO Grand Prix where he made the debut for his new sponsor.
With the huge success from last year’s Northwest Astro Invitational, Casey Vitale of Northwest Hobbies and Kyosho America/Team Orion USA team manager Joe Pillars have brought the event back for 2016 – this time on carpet. The 2016 Northwest Carpet Off-Road Invitational will be held at the newly renovated Northwest Hobbies in Albany, Oregon on October 22nd to 23rd with the event already received sign-ups from the likes of AE’s Ryan Cavalieri, TLR’s Dustin Evans, and Kyosho’s Tanner Day to name just a few. The two day event will consist of four 5-minute qualifiers on Saturday and 5-minute triple A-main events on Sunday. Classes run are Invitational 2WD Mod, 2WD Mod, 4WD Mod, Pro Stock 17.5 non-boost, Stock 17.5T non-boost, Stock Truck 13.5T non-boost and Novice. To enter yourself in the 2WD Modified Invitational class, please email Joe Pillars (firstname.lastname@example.org). For all other classes, sign-ups will be available at the track on Friday of the event. More information, rules and the schedule can be found here.
Coming from Arrowmax are two sets of 5mm diameter titanium pivot balls. Made from high-quality 64-grade material and offering an M3 thread section of 6mm or 8mm length the pivot balls are exceptionally strong and durable and they come in sets of six pieces.
T-Works have introduced two new screw sets for the Serpent Project 4X touring car. First up is a 120-piece set of 64-grade titanium screws with the kit including both countersunk and the new UFO head button screws. The lightweight yet durable fasteners reduce the overall weight of the car while adding visual impact. The second new kit is the 141-piece gold-plated steel screw set. Made from high-grade steel the fasteners are direct replacements for the stock parts.