Now normally I wouldn’t write about such cars as I find them a bit toyish, but these ones are cute and are made by the grandaddy of RC competition, Team Associated, so they are deserving of mention. The RC18R is a little 1/18th scale electric rally car that is based on Associated’s popular and already available ready-to-run 1/18th scale buggies and truggies but then are adapted to suit the narrower width.
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At the recently run indoor off road race at the Stuttgart hobby fair, Team Thunder Tiger won both the Buggy and Truggy classes. In the Buggy class the young Andreas Ertl lead home a top 7 positions clean sweep for the manufacturer with Michael Guard in 2nd followed by Stefan Ippy in third.
In the Truggy class they didnt have it all their own way but still took the class win with Michael Guard winning with GS racer Hans Dieter Plepp bringing the fight to Guard followed by Rentel in third.
You can view more pictures and read the reports (in German) here.
2006 Winternats Champion (picture), and top international racer, Paolo Morganti has won the US Open Nats warm up race that was held at the Kissimmee track in Florida last weekend in preperation for the main event which takes place this weekend. The new Serpent 720 took 8 of the 12 main positions and as well as taking the win also took the fastest lap too.
Main Final Results
1. Paolo Morganti – 97L / 30:12.006
2. Robert Maestry – 93L / 30:04.078
3. Andrew Duperrouzel – 91L / 30:01.670
4. Art Carbonel – 91L / 30:15.757
5. Rafael Angulo – 87L / 30:06.130
6. Austin Wolfe – 86L / 30:03.699
7. Luke Whitaker – 75L / 24:34.476
8. Ken Cambbell – 73L / 30:01.386
9. Geovannie Gonzalez Gomez – 65L / 30:04.729
10. Dan Oleski – 54L / 30:15.344
11. Scotty Gray – 39L / 13:11.000
12. Gianni Giorgio – 20L / 6:58.674
RB Products have a write up on their site on last weekends RB Meeting race that took place in Italy, in which European Champion Yannick Aigoin took the victory. You can view the article, results and pictures here.
CEN are reporting on their site that their team drivers claimed some top places at last weekends high money stakes off road Futaba Nitro Challenge event in Louisiana. Driving the Matrix Pro buggy Andrew Smolnick took 7th position whilst Gene Hickerson took the 9th spot in the Pro buggy final. They managed to do even better in the Pro truggy final, driving the new Matrix TR Arena truggy that we showed you last week, Andrew Smolnick took 2nd place while Gene Hickerson claimed the 3rd position.
Top Irish racer Clive Connolly has taken this years National 1/8th scale crown, following 3 victories during this years championship which was held at the St Annes park circuit on the outskirts of Dublin.
The six round championship saw Serpent cars take five wins with champion Clive Connolly take 3 of those victories with his 960. Vice-Champion Darragh Fox won the season opener while Dean Lacey won the fourth encounter on his way to fourth in the overall standings.
Team Jammin racer Taylor James has TQ’d and won the Pro Buggy and Pro Truggy classes at the first Futaba Nitro Challenge held in Bossier, Louisiana. In taking pole in both classes, Taylor also got to walk away with both $1000 Top qualifier prizes, not bad for a days work. Second place in the buggy race went to Quincy Hughes with Ray Norte ending the race in third whilst in truggy it was Andrew Smolnick and Gene Hickerson that took second and third.
Oople.com got a close up look at the ‘under development’ Atomic Carbon S4 4wd buggy at last weekends race at the CML Raceway.
An evolution of the original “Slim 4”, this latest pre-production car is owned by Chris Doughty – former European Champion. Chris left a factory drive at Losi to drive the S4 for Atomic Carbon (and B4 for CML).
More than just a new name, the car actually has a unique chassis – a thick and very trick looking carbon fibre moulded tub design. This eliminates the need for an upper deck and also does a good job of sealing out the dirt.