The last round of the Irish Nationals took place the past weekend but wet weather spoiled the fun. A number of rounds have been run in the year but Monaghan has been subject to unfortunate weather conditions consistently. The second round there was rained off mid way and unfortunately the rerun was also. Most of the guys where sad as the track team had made the place more comfortable and consistent, the track would have made for a great race final. So the championship fall back to 2/3 scoring rounds and as ever was tight at the top. Ultimately Alan Scoggie took the title of Irish national champion from Gary Baird on the second place and young Andrew McClean (all Agama/Bullitt) third. In Electric Buggy Gary Baird (Agama) took the title with Barkley (Agama) second.
T-Works have expanded their range of optional aluminium and titanium parts by several sets for VBC Racing’s new Wildfire D09 touring car kit. Available soon are a hybrid titanium and aluminium turnbuckle set, an all-titanium turnbuckle set, a 64-grade ball end kit, 64-grade UFO and standard head screw kits, black or red anodised 7075-T6 aluminium screw kits, mixed titanium and aluminium screw sets with black or red alloy fasteners as well as a set of gold-plated steel screws. As usual the titanium and aluminium parts offer a lighter weight and improved looks over the standard steel parts while the golden screws are for looks in the first place.
The inaugural Cen*Cal Challenge was held over the weekend at Hobby Town in Fresno, California. There were a total of 143 entries making it the second largest outdoor electric race in the USA for 2016. After four rounds of qualifying the Touring Modified TQ honors was claimed by EJ Evans followed by Ethan Erchinger and Brian Bosley. Early in the main Evans and Erchinger pulled a slight gap over the rest of the field. Ethan Erchinger applied pressure early, but after about one minute EJ Evans was able to maintain a two second gap for the victory. Brian Bosley and Fred Hubbard had a hard fought battle for the third spot and in the end Hubbard was able to claim the final podium position.
Coming from Xray are three new 64 pitch aluminium pinion gears. Made from lightweight yet durable duraluminium and offering a narrow design the gears are about 15 percent lighter than standard width pinion gears while the hard-coated surface makes for exceptional durability. With the introduction of the 39T, 43T and 47T pinion, Xray now offers a full range of gears from 28T up to 50T.
Last weekend saw the first round of the 2016/17 BRCA 1/12th scale Nationals take place in Eastbourne, UK. The events southern location resulted in a lower turnout than is normal for these events as some drivers from the north of England chose not to make the long trip south. Despite this the event promised to be very competitive with all of the main contenders for the series in attendance. This season sees a change to the classes offered, with a single 13.5T blinky class for everyone on Saturday while on Sunday drivers have a choice of 13.5T blinky and modified, which for this season sees the introduction of a 6.5T motor limit and “blinky” speed controllers.
The Lovan RC Challenge kicked off this past weekend with the opening round taking place at the new Velocitatem Arena, a permanent and pretty technical indoor track in Ingelmunster, in the western part of Belgium. The series is run in the four classes of Touring Superstock 10.5T blinky, Touring Stock 17.5T blinky, 1/12th scale 10.5T and Formula 21.5T. Tyres are limited to one set of Ride tyres for the Formula class and a set of Sorex, Volante, Ride or LRP tyres for the Touring classes. As for the schedule, an opening round of qualifying was held on Saturday with the remainder of the qualifiers were run on Sunday followed by triple mains for everyone. In Superstock Awesomatix’s Ollie Bultynck took a convincing pole position, one lap in front of Florian Joos (Tamiya), with the latter suffering transponder issues, and the Xray of Eric Denolf. The finals were a bit more exciting and Florian would put his Tamiya a bit closer to Ollie’s Awesomatix but ultimately Olivier would take the win from Florian while Kristof Dehert, an off-road aficionado, took his brand new WRC to a fine third place overall, all three running Volante 28 tyres.
Coming from Serpent are updated diff internals for the Eryx 411 touring car. Already used in the company’s all-new Project 4-X tourer, the redesigned gears make for a significantly smoother diff action, resulting in improved overall performance. The composite gears are available separately as a 6-piece set to update existing units and they are also included in the V3 gear differential kit.
The final round of the Spanish 1/8th Nitro Buggy championship was held this past weekend in Montjuic. Rainy weather made for challenging conditions but this did not keep 2016 vice World Champion, Robert Batlle from taking the TQ after the qualifiers from his brother Dani while Bryan Baldo completed an all-Mugen top 3. In the main final and after some battles with Juan Carlos Canas it was again Robert who came on top, taking the day’s win and with it his 11th consecutive national title. Juan Carlos Canas ended the day on the 2 spot from Joan Espasa in third.