November 8, 2018

Tessmann is Top Qualifier down under

Ty Tessmann is the Top Qualifier at this year’s 1:8 Offroad World Championships in Perth, Australia.  The former champion took qualifying’s top prize with the second fastest time in the final round of qualifying behind Davide Ongaro to deny defending Champion David Ronnefalk by a single point.  While Ongaro took Q6 by a considerable margin of almost 8-seconds, as the only one who could knock Tessmann off the top of the qualification ranking, Ronnefalk didn’t have the best of runs and needing only a Top 4 for the round to take the overall TQ ended up with a P5 leaving with 8 points compared to Tessmann’s 7.  With four of the six rounds of qualifying to count Ongaro’s second TQ run allowed him to drop a 16th from Q3 to end up 3rd overall.  Concluding qualifying with a P4 behind Spencer Rivkin, Ryan Maifield would move up to fourth in the final ranking ahead of Mugen team’s Robert Batlle with onroad star Naoto Matsukura completing the Top 6.

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


November 8, 2018

Xray Racing Series Australia – Announcement

Xray have announced the Xray Racing Series Australia off-road for the 1st and 2nd of December. The race will be held in a variety of 1/10th Buggy and Truck classes at the Castle Hill off-road track and more information can soon be found here.


November 8, 2018

Yeah Racing Desert Lizard 90mm piggyback shocks

Coming from Yeah Racing are their new Desert Lizard 90mm piggyback internal spring shock absorbers for trial trucks and crawlers. The scale shocks come pre-assembled for easy upgrading and they feature double O-Ring sealing cartridges which prolongs the lifespan of the O-rings inside the shock. In addition the compression and rebound is further controlled by the fully functional piggyback. Hardware required for installation is included and the shocks are available in black or red colour.

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November 8, 2018

Airflow Turbolence 1/8th off-road rear wing

Airflow have introduced their new Turbolence polycarbonate rear wing for 1/8th off-road buggies and trucks. Produced from high-quality 1.5mm Lexan material the wing utilises a built-in wicker, aerodynamic performance enhancing dimples and large, EFRA-legal, side dams. An optional centre fin allows to fine-tune the straight line stability and the wing does not require the use of additional washers or screws for fixing, making it very lightweight.

Source: Airflow [airflowbodies.com]


November 8, 2018

Ronnefalk opens final day of qualifying with second TQ run

After a tough day yesterday, David Ronnefalk has opened the final day of qualifying at the 1:8 Offroad World Championships with a TQ run.  Having kicked off the event with a TQ in Q1, the HB Racing driver topped the times for a second time in the penultimate round ahead of last night’s Q4 winner Davide Ongaro.  Building on his big improvement in the fourth round, Spencer Rivkin completed the Top 3 being just 0.034 behind Associated team-mate Ongaro.  Robert Batlle would be the best of the Mugen runners setting the fourth fastest time ahead of top Xray for the round CJ Jelin while Jared Tebo once again completed the Top 6.  Having held the overnight TQ, it was a rough round for Ty Tessmann who made a number of mistakes that resulted in being 7th fastest – his first time being outside the Top 6.

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November 7, 2018

AKA P1 1/8th buggy tyre

AKA have released a first image of their new tyre for 1/8th buggies, the P1. AKA’s latest addition to the lineup slots in between the GridIron and the Impact. The target for the tyre was to achieve longer wear than the GridIron II while keeping a small pin to perform well in the dust. To achieve this the P1 has a more dense tread pattern than the Grid II by using a similar pin size and grouping them closer together. The result is a tyre that has more forward bite and life span than the GridIron II. Sidebite is good and allows the car to rotate well in the turns. The P1 also has a smoother off centre feel than the GridIron. The profile of the carcass is the same as the World Champion Double Down which will keep the car flatter in the turns and keep the transitions left to right smooth. The tyre will hit stores in February 2019.

Source: AKA [raceaka.com]


November 7, 2018

Ongaro comes good to take Q4 in Perth

Davide Ongaro came good on his Top Seeding at the 1:8 Offroad World Championships to TQ the fourth round of qualifying in Perth.  The Italian led a Team Associated 1-2 in the evening run with Ryan Cavalieri enjoying a much improved performance as the American manufacturer’s drivers on the whole showed strong.  Having failed to run inside the Top 10 in the opening three qualifiers, Spencer Rivkin would take his RC8 to the fourth fastest time.  For defending champion David Ronnefalk, who broke in the previous round, his day was not to get any better as he suffered a plug failure during Q4.  Another of the title contenders to hit problems was reigning 1:10 electric Offroad World Champion Ryan Maifield who suffered a flame out after he was released from his fuel stop during the 1o-minute heat. Naoto Matsukura would set the third fastest time for the round with his second Top 3 of the event.  Behind him and Rivkin, Jared Tebo would have his best result so far with P5 ahead of Ty Tessmann, who having topped his heat was later demoted to 6th.

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


November 7, 2018

HB Racing D418 aluminium rear hubs

HB Racing have introduced an optional aluminium rear hub set for D418 buggies. The new rear hubs feature a revised geometry that includes new camber link attachment points and vertical ball studs for fine camber link adjustments and precise roll center tuning. The set includes a pair of rear hubs that are precision machined from high-quality aluminium with a hard-anodised black finish for wear and looks.

Source: HB Racing [hbracing.com]