Last weekend saw the 3rd round of the BRCA 1/8th off road championship held at Holbeach which was a one off in that it is a two day event and is run to the EFRA christmas tree finals system. Unfortunately the terrible weather that was forecast arrived and so the qualifying sessions were cut from 5 rounds to 3 and were run in very wet conditions.
Round 1 saw HoBao returnee Dave Bailey take the win followed by Nats round 1 winner Neil Cragg and HoBao new boy David Crompton, thes guys were followed by Graham Alsop and Paul Bradby completing a CML/RB engine lock out of the top 5.
Round 2 saw Neil stretch the legs of the Associated RC8 and take the round quite comfortably from Jon Hazelwood and David Crompton. In round 3 the track was shortened slighty to remove the dirt corner that had become dangerous for the marshalls. In this round Neil obliterated the opposition and raced to a time that nobody could get within a second a lap of, Paul Bradby took second in round but 7 seconds behind the rampant RC8 and the next driver was Adrian Svensson who was 10 seconds adrift.This left the top 5 with Neil Cragg, Jon Hazelwood, David Crompton, Dave Bailey and Paul Bradby.
The weather had not improved the following morning and with half the pitting area under water the decision was taken to cancel the finals and take the results from qualifying.
Back in March we were sent a link to a review of the TCS, Thermal Cooling System, which we showed you back in October of last year when it was first announced. We didnt write about the review at the time because we dont normally cover product write ups and as it was in French we decided it had limited appeal. Now it appears that the review has been translated into English and makes for some interesting reading, especially if you suffer from overheating motors as it appears that the system works very well, so be sure to check it out.
Our partners RC Infos have a full report on last weekends first round of the Swiss Nationals that was held in Wallisellen. Qualifying saw European ‘B’ finalist Beat Walti, driving the Xray NT1, take the pole position ahead of Mattia Pesenti racing the Team Magic car in 2nd with another Xray, that of Traugott SchÃ¤r lining up in 3rd. In the race Walti was able to ease away to the win while behind the battle for 2nd was fought which saw Pesenti sidelined with a broken 2nd gear on his car early in the race, allowing Dirk Stammler racing for Mugen through to take 2nd and SchÃ¤r ending the race in 3rd.
Read the full report and check out the many pictures here.
The guys at Xray have been in touch to let us know that the Xray XT8 kits are now shipping to all distributors. The kits should be available in shops within the next few weeks. The first batch is limited, so make sure to pre-order yours. If you have been looking for the XRAY XT8, please contact your local dealer or national distributor.
Last week we reported on the 1/10th scale results from the 3rd round of the South Germany regionals in Rosenheim, which saw Robert Pietsch take the win for Xray. Robert was also in action in the 1/8th scale class at the same event, and the Novarossi team driver, who has won the first 2 rounds, showed once again that he is in top form. After 4 rounds of qualification he placed his Shepherd Velox on pole position, 7 seconds faster than Mugen driver Armin Baier in 2nd with Kyosho team driver Andreas Hammerl in 3rd. The final took place under perfect weather conditions with Robert making the most of the clear track in front of him at the start and could pull out an advantage maintaining his position to the end, winning by 2 laps in front of his uncle Christoph Pietsch while 3rd place went to Andreas Hammerl, 2 laps further back.
A very brief update on the 2nd round of the Czech Nationals that was run last weekend by the RCACR. The race was won by Falcon powered Xray driver Lukas Zeman with his Xray team mate Petr Klatovsky in 2nd while 3rd place went to Jakub Musil racing for Mugen. Czech National Champion Martin Bayer had a difficult event finishing down the field in 9th.
Much More have announced the release of this simple tire balancer for 1/10th and 1/8th tires. Called the True Balance, it helps locate and fix unbalanced wheels and it will be made available in the usual Much More colours, Andy Moore purple, Marc Rheinard blue and black. Available for sale on the 6th of June.
We were sent a link about this car today and while i dont think it can be considered a competition car, it is so bizarre it deserves a mention. The concept of the Italian made Guya, is that those among us who cant decide between a 1/8th or 1/10th scale circuit car can purchase the Guya which will serve all your needs. Tired of racing 1/8th scale, loosen a few nuts, slide the chassis closed, screw in the wishbones, instant 200mm, prefer to race a 2wd or even an electric powered car, again no problem this car has it all. While the car features inboard suspension and a lay down engine, it is more of an engineering excercise than a viable product, and so we will give the maker credit for some new thinking, even if it is to find a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist.