O-Town RC Raceway recently held their series finale and in the NitroBuggy A-main it was TLR’s Dakota Phend and Xray’s Mark Sousa who started to break away from the rest of the field early in the race. Eventually Mark was able to make a move while both were going through traffic. After that the two battled for a bit and then Dakota would have a few mistakes which would allow Sousa to pull away and open up a good lead. After some swift pitstops Mark was able to take the win with Dakota Phend 2nd and Mugen’s Sam Langer 3rd.
The 2018 RCRA New South Wales State titles saw drivers from the local club, other New South Wales clubs as well as a strong group of Queensland drivers come to race at Glen Innes, a rural town on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. A new track layout was just finished and would provide a challenge for all drivers. With the grippe track, bumps and some tricky jumps, 2WD Mod was always going to be about buggy placement and not pushing too hard in the wrong places. Current Australian 2WD Mod champ Christopher Sturdy took the TQ from Mitchell Pratt in 2nd and Jason Ryan in 3rd. A1 and A2 was all Christopher Sturdy taking the title over Mitchell Pratt in 2nd with Troy Milton coming from 5th on the grid to take 3rd.
The 2018 edition of the The Dual race, that was held in its traditional 2-day back-to-back format at the Thunder Alley and the Pro-Line raceways, saw Mugen’s Ryan Maifield walking away with the overall win in the Expert Nitro Buggy class. Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri and Spencer Rivkin would round out the overall podium result in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
First developed for the 2012 IFMAR World Championships, JConcepts’ Silencer body has been a mainstay in the JC’s product line which is available for a number of difference vehicles in the market with the latest being the Team Associated RC8B3.1. For the precise fit, the design has undergone changes to match the RC8B.1 chassis side-guards and body mount positioning. The Silencer stance cockpit allows ample fuel tank access, a smoother high-speed windshield transition and increased flow around the engine heat-sink. A deep recess around the engine compartment with dual channeling out the rear provides air escape along with rear-end stability. The Silencer side-pods have a clipped rear-end, narrowing the rear by angling just in front of the rear tyres. The extended runner features are placed on the rear-end of the body enhancing the force placed on the rear pods during high-speed acceleration. The main pods are heavily chamfered and a more heat-shrink design over the pipe, fuel tank and electrical / linkage make up the main pods. The body is capped off with a cockpit shark fin for more high-speed tracking stability and increased roof stiffness and it comes including window masks and a decal sheet.
A round of the FORCE Series was held at Strickland RC in Daytona Beach, Florida, attracting some of the region’s fastest off-road drivers. In the Pro Nitro Buggy main it was Justin Fales, coming from 5th on the grid, who battled it out with Billy Easton for the win. It was a super close affair for a great deal of the race with Justin eventually taking the win from Billy Easton 2nd and Kyle Phillipps 3rd, all running Serpent buggies. And to round out a perfect weekend, Just also took the win in the Expert E-Buggy class.
Based on the IFMAR World Championship winning YZ-2 platform comes Yokomo’s all-new YZ-2T 1/10th scale 2WD competition racing truck kit. The truck utilises a long wheelbase chassis machined from high-grade aluminium while wide track suspension components and high-capacity big bore shock absorbers soak up any surface imperfections, ensuring optimised jumping, landing and handling characteristics in a wide range of track conditions. Newly developed carbon fibre Ackermann steering plates ensure optimised steering characteristics in combination with the wide track front suspension. The centre of the chassis sees a new battery hold down system for swift and easy battery swaps while also allowing to shift the battery forth and back by about 40mm. Additionally a new electronic mounting tray helps to provide a solid base for the receiver and speed controller, all while allowing for easy removal for cleaning or maintenance purposes. In the rear the YZ-2T features a new laydown 3-gear transmission that is ideal for all high-traction surfaces such as clay, astro turf and carpet and it comes equipped with a single style slipper clutch that can be converted to a dual style clutch using separately available option parts. The transmission is rounded out by a standard ball differential and the ability to adjust the diff height in a 3mm range in order to adapt the truck to different traction levels. Last but not least come newly designed lower shock mounts for more precise adjustments, alloy suspension mounts with inserts and a JConcepts F2 body shell that provides an aggressive look with hi-downforce features resulting in increased steering and traction.
Coming from T-Works and made for the Kyosho MP9 TKI3 and TKI4 kits is a connector style on/off switch. The assembly consists of a machined carbon fibre plate that attached right to the receiver box while a jumper wire replaces the standard power switch for a more durable and reliable design that is less sensitive to dust, dirt, moisture and vibrations. The “switch” comes pre-wired with universal-type male and female connectors and it is available now.
The Autumn Cup was Robin Hood Raceway and YORCC club’s final outdoor race event of this year’s off-road season and it was held last weekend. 2WD Buggy qualifying was a showdown between Edward Callan and Ben Smith with each driver taking two rounds a piece. Coming down to countback on the fastest time, Edward missed out by just 0.1 second. In a change from the normal, traditional five minutes, the finals were run over six. Managing to get past Ben on the first lap due to a small mistake, Ed stayed out in front despite pressure from Ben to win and secure the Autumn Cup 2WD class.