T&T Speedway in Shreveport, Louisiana was host of the Red River Spring Fling. The 3-day race brought together some of the best talent from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. In qualifying, the high grip clay provided fast and extremely close qualifying in all classes. In Modified 4WD, Tyler Keel was able to take overall TQ honors by setting the fastest time in both round 1 and round 2. In Modified Truck, it was a back and forth battle over the three rounds between Cody Avant and Tyler Keel. Avant made two consistent runs to Keel’s one and took the overall TQ honors followed by Keel. The closest qualifying took place in Modified 2WD with Tyler Keel missing round 1 TQ by a few seconds. In round 2 Tyler Keel laid down the only 15 lap run in qualifying taking the TQ in that round followed by Mike Stoll and Drew Spurgeon. In round 3, with Keel and Brian Henn having one TQ each, they would battle it out for the entire 5 minute qualifier. Swapping back and forth throughout the race it came down to the final lap where Keel edged out Henn by a few seconds to take the overall TQ honors in Modified 2WD.
Shortly after the opening round of the 2016 RC Lemans Series the championship continued with round two held at the RACO 2000 club in Utrecht. Different from round one the race was held in dry weather which was of course well received by the drivers. In the LMP 1 modified class and after the three rounds of qualifying, Tobias Weist took the TQ from championship leader Tim Altmann and his brother Kai Altmann. Joachim Behnken and Timo Schad lined up in fourth and fifth respectively.
Ielasi Tuned have announced the signing of Germany’s Kerstin and Christian Bessler to their off-road team. The couple will power their Team Associated buggies using the new Ielasi Tuned buggy engines in this year’s campaign that will include the German National Championship, the European Championships A as well as during selected Italian events such as the Bitty Contest in Bologna.
The BRCA Electric Touring Car Championship got underway over the weekend with round one at the popular Cotswolds track. Nine heats were run, five for the Stock 13.5 class and four Modified heats. Mixed weather conditions on day one provided a tough test for the drivers but thankfully day two was blessed with dry conditions for the finals. Defending champions from last year were present in the form of Schumacher’s Elliott Harper and Xray’s Zak Finlay, and a top class Modified entry included Xray’s Alex Hagberg who it is hoped will contest a handful of UK nationals this season.
The recent Russian Grand Prix was held in Moscow with the event attracting some of the fastest Russian drivers to compete on a purpose-built, complex, and high-bite carpet indoor track. In the 4WD Buggy class ETS A-finalist Maxim Laverychev and Dmitry Malyshko battled for the TQ with the better end for Dmitry but Maxim stroke back in the finals as he was able to come out fastest in A1 and A2 to grab the overall win early.
Round one of the Dutch BL-Cup was held at the RC de Fivelcrossers track in Appingedam. After a week of rain and cold weather the drivers were greeted by a dry and sunny weekend and a track that soon started to dry once the opening round of qualifiers was done. Bart Mullink would come out fastest in the qualifiers from Kris la Gasse and Wintercup winner Patrick Carels. For 2016 the organisers introduced a new last change heat for the 12 dropouts before the main final and Mike Plekkepoel and Tim Donk were the first to enjoy this new opportunity. The main final then saw Bart dropping the second early but the lap after Bart took over the lead from Kris and from that moment on he never looked back to take the win with a 15 seconds gap on Kris while Patrick rounded out the top 3 result.
The first inaugural Le Mans and Historic RC meeting was held at the Hudy Racing Arena in Trencin, Slovakia. The one day event attracted about 50 drivers from three countries to compete in the three classes of vintage 1/8th on-road, Le Mans and Formula. In the Historic RC Veteran Tour class, vintage 1/8th cars line the SG Futura, SG Columbia, Cumis, Graupner or Hudy were raced with Jarda Beran driving an original Juraj Hudy constructed car taking the TQ with 31 laps ahead of Pekarek and Blaha, both using very nice home-made BMW CSL bodyshells on their Cumis chassis. The quickest car was a McLaren M8F on a Graupner Club 90 chassis driven by Roman Krejci but unfortunately he did not finish this heat.
Yokomo have announced that Germany’s Marc Rheinard will run the company’s all-new YRX12 1/12th pan car at the forthcoming IFMAR 1/12th scale World Championships in Beijing, China. The Tamiya Factory driver already chooses Yokomo buggies for his 1/10th off-road outings and he will now also run the Japanese manufacturer’s competition on-road pan car at an international level.