Round 2 of the British LMP National series took place at Birtley, just outside of Newcastle in the North East of England. Racing took place over two days, with Saturday seeing all drivers competing in the 13.5 fixed timings class. Sunday saw drivers split into 6.5, fixed timing, Modified and 13.5, fixed timing, Sports Modified. The Birtley team laid out a very challenging high-speed track, with a very narrow racing line and limited grip. Most drivers struggled to find a set-up that carried speed whilst also having the stability needed for the high speed direction changes.
The final round of the 2017 South-African ORE 1/12th national championship series was held at the Welkom RC Arena over weekend this past weekend. With the new track build for the IFMAR 2018 worlds on track, this was the last official event to be hosted at the current indoor facility. To make the weekend more special, the 1/12th Nationals was combined with a Nandos Challenge in the style of a Reedy Format racing for Touring Modified and Pro-Stock class. The 1/12th Modified qualifying rounds showed great racing by the Xray team mates Shaun Schutte, Antonio Caroli and Hein Kotze and it was Antonio who managed to take the TQ honours followed by Shaun Schutte and Hein Kotze for the grid.
Xray have introduced an adjustable graphite and brass battery holder for the T4 touring car. The design with adjustable carbon fibre clamps and adjustable brass fore and aft stops allows to precisely position the battery pack while adding 7.5g of weight at the same time. The construction allows to shift the battery in a range of 4mm in order to fine-tune the car’s weight distribution while the design of the battery mount eliminates any negative chassis flex.
This past weekend was the debut of the Boronia Spring Bash in Melbourne, Australia. The event was conceived only recently to cater for popular alternative racing classes. The weather was definitely summer hot but rain and a late thunderstorm changed plans for the practice and qualifying days. However Sunday was only sunshine and heat for the finals. In the VTA class, Brian Stewart (Race Opt) eventually claimed the TQ but made costly early mistakes in A1 and A2 to the benefit of Scott Rawlings (Yokomo) with Brett Marshall (Awesomatix) in third.
Roche have introduced the P12-2017 USA Spec 1/12th scale pan car kit. The USA Spec kit is based on the standard P12-2017 and includes an alloy chassis plate, hard front end parts, lowered rear axle height adjusters and a full range of optional centre shock springs to create a package that is ready to tackle the highest grip carpet surfaces. The kit has already proven its performance by taking a podium spot at the recent IIC and the TQ at the Halloween Classic race.
The outdoor season ending Portuguese Cup was held at the Travessas track in S. João da Madeira located in the south of Porto. In the 1/8th Nitro On-road class it was José Areias with the win after some 45 minutes of intense racing. Vasco Sousa would follow on a hard-fought 2nd place while Raul Prata had to settle for 3rd overall.
The opening round of the MRC Longwy Winter Series was held at the MRC Longwy club in France this past weekend. The event usually attracts racers from all over Europe and round 1 made no exception. In the Touring Stock Expert class, attracting 50 drivers, it was Germany’s Thilo Tödtmann with the overall TQ after some 2.7 seconds in front of Luxembourg racer, Jacques Libar. Dennis Kalinowski came in 3rd some two seconds short of Jacques’ time. After the triple A-mains the top 3 result would remain the same after Thilo made a clean sweep to leave Jacques and Dennis behind in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The inaugural season of the 2017/18 Italian GT12 Series kicked off in Remedello di Sopra on the very technical indoor asphalt track of Angiolino Minispeedway. The series will unfold through six rounds across northern Italy and will see drivers chasing the crown of the GT12 class, which recently saw growing interest in the country thanks to its performance, simplicity and contained costs. The qualification rounds, held during the morning, saw Mattia Dall’Oca confirming his status of a GT12 specialist he and laid down three TQs marked by a very consistent pace and a record-breaking 13.366 seconds lap that finally proved unbeatable for the rest of the day. Locking the first row for the finals, Alessandro Rampini clinched P2 with a faultless drive in Q3, while his brother, Roberto Rampini was a very close third.