Bruno Coelho is the top seed for 2WD qualifying at the fourth round of the Euro Offroad Series in Slovakia. The Xray driver set the fastest 3-consecutive laps on a tighter than usual Hudy Arena track layout in the 2nd of the two controlled practices run to top the seeding from Michal Orlowski and Martin Bayer, with championship leader Lee Martin sixth fastest. It was a somewhat controversial start to the weekend when it was discovered a high number of laps were completed on the track yesterday. On EOS race weekends the track is not open until the first free practice on Friday morning kick starts the weekend for all drivers in order to create a level playing field. On investigation of the laps and transponder numbers, it was discovered the car completing the greatest number of laps was that of Daniel Kobbevik. Race Director Scotty Ernst raised the issue with Xray team manager Martin Bayer who explained that Kobbevik’s car was being used to finalise the layout of the jumps and was driven by a number drivers including Xray boss Juraj Hudy but none of the team’s championship contenders. The other cars were driven by non EOS competitors. With Bayer confirming Kobbevik still drove approximately 30-laps in total, albeit not on the final race layout and many in the opposite direction, the decision was taken that the Norwegian would be forced to sit out CP2 – the matter still having been under investigation during CP1.
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This year’s ROAR Carpet Nationals were held at ProLevel RC in Chesterfield, Missouri last weekend. There were five touring car classes ranging from Modified to 25.5 VTA and Awesomatix drivers were at the top of all classes throughout the event. Seating rounds occurred on Thursday. 21.5 Touring Car would have Awesomatix lock out the top 5 spots with Michael Toth taking 1st, Brent Klingforth 2nd and Dustin Layne 3rd. USGT would see Awesomatix lock out the top 6 spots with Kemp Anderson 1st, Clayton Young 2nd, and Chris Kemper 3rd. Last, but not least, VTA would see Clayton Young (Awesomatix) taking the top spot with David Panter (Xray) 2nd and Myron Kinnard (Team Associated) 3rd.
ARC’s recently introduced screw-type shock shaft are now also available in a Ti-coated variant. The coating will ensure smoother damper action while ensuring less wear to the surface and the shaft’s screw-type design does away with the standard E-clip mounting, ensuring better piston seat with eliminated axial play. The shafts come in sets of four including suitable screws.
Redworks from France have introduced new carbon fibre optionals for the Xray XB2 and XB4 off-road buggies. First up is the L4 rear shock tower for the XB2, a low-profile variant for the use with pre-2018 rear shocks of the XB2 or XB4. The updated geometry offers less droop and a lower centre of gravity which can be beneficial in certain track conditions. Next up and also made for the XB2 is a flex battery hold down that allows for a softer chassis flex setting while doing away with the need to use battery foam spacers thanks to multiple battery stop positions. Another flex battery strap come for the XB4 4WD buggy – the updated design results in a softer chassis flex setting for improved drivability in a variety of conditions. Last but not least comes a small carbon fibre electronics mounting plate that ensures quick and easy mounting and removing of the buggy’s electronics. All parts are machined from high-quality carbon fibre and they are available now.
RCON Design have introduced their RC.One body shell for 1/10th formula pan cars. The body is moulded from high-quality polycarbonate and understood to fit most 1/10th formula chassis with respective trimming of the front suspension and rear power pod areas and it comes including a decal sheet and a helmet. When pre-ordered via RCON’s social media page, the package will also include scale accessories such as a Halo, roof and side camera.
The 2019 Batam Challenge was held at the Banana RC Track in Batam City, Indonesia last weekend. A total of 35 drivers from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Jakarta, Medan, Banjarmasin, Padang, Pontianak as well as local drivers attended the event that saw five rounds of 10-minutes qualifying with the three best to count. In the end it was Jason Nugroho (Xray/Novarossi) ho took the TQ honours and he also secured the win in the 60-minute main final, some five laps in front of Adrian Wicaksono (Mugen/O.S.) on the runner-up spot and John Agus (Kyosho/O.S.) in 3rd. Andre Supriyatna (Mugen/O.S.) and Rama Danindro (HB Racing/Novarossi) would round out the top 5 results.
Coming from T-Works are two sets of DLC-coated lower arm shafts for the Kyosho Inferno MP10 buggy. The exclusive coating with ensure smooth suspension action due to less friction between the shaft and the arm all while making for improved wear resistance. Available are 4.5x65mm front and 4.5x69mm rear pin sets.
Last weekend the Swedish Cup series kicked off its new season. The event was hosted by the Karlskrona MRK club and held at their indoor facility in Kallinge. In 4WD Buggy qualifying it was evident that several drivers were really quick, but in the end it was Elias Johansson who came out on top with David Ronnefalk lining up 2nd and Alexander Landen 3rd. In the opening A-main Alexander stayed with the front pack for the first two laps, but then went just a bit tight on a track marker and got slightly stuck, and had to let Wilhelm Skjöldebrand by. They had a really good battle together for a few laps before a small mistake where Wilhelm left the door slightly open after the straight, gave Alexander the possibility to re-take 3rd position.