A round of the Greek 1/8th Off-road Championship was held at the Serres track in Northern Greece last weekend. Tasos Paparegas would be in control of things in the main final, bringing home the win some two and a half laps in front of runner-up, Nikos Grigoriadis. In 3rd Makis Mistakopoylos rounded out the top 3 podium result.
The final round of the Xray Racing Series Poland was held recently, marking the end of the indoor season with the drivers now moving outside in their respective classes. In the premier 2WD Buggy class it was Bartlomiej Zambrzycki with the win from Sebastian Migal and Bartosz Zalewski in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The first round of the Tropheo Easy Cup series was held at the Valletta Mini-Racetrack in Italy last weekend in several 1/10th electric on-road classes. The track is of a challenging design with lots of elevation changes and in the Touring 13.5T F1 class it was Ruggero Zanusso with the TQ, however with wins in A1 and A3 it was Awesomatix’s Davide Gianuzzi with the overall victory from A2 winner, Nicola Di Palma (Awesomatix). Yokomo driver Gianni Franzetti rounded out the top 3 podium result.
Infinity has released a new hard anodised aluminium spool outdrive set for their IF14 electric touring car. Finished with an aluminium enamel coating, this creates excellent wear-resistant. Compared to the kit standard steel version, the new 7075-T6 material spool comes in 6.8g lighter per unit. This weight saving helps achieve better throttle response. The spool works in conjunction with the T124 C-blade protector for the drive shafts.
The 30th annual April Fools Classic was held at Intermountain R/C Raceway in Salt Lake City, Utah recently with about 400 entries for a multitude of electric off-road classes. When the dust had settled after qualifying it was Xray’s CJ Jelin with the TQ in the 4WD Modified Buggy class from Team Associated’s Dustin Evans in 2nd. In the opening A-main it was Dustin with the win after he was able to get past CJ when the latter went wide on the triple. A2 and A3 then were a pretty straight forward affair for CJ who would take the overall title from Dustin Evans 2nd and Team Associated’s Jake Mayo 3rd.
Coming from T-Works and made for the Mugen MBX8 buggy are new carbon fibre front and rear shock towers as well as carbon fibre A-arm stiffeners. Starting with the shock towers, the parts are machined from high-quality 4mm carbon fibre and are understood to utilise the standard kit geometry. The towers are light of weight and due to their different flex characteristics compared to the standard items, they can improve handling on slippery surfaces. The shock stays are available separately or as a complete set including the front and rear tower. Also new are carbon fibre A-arm inserts for the MBX8. The inserts will reduce the natural flex of the arms which can be beneficial in a range of track and temperature conditions. The inserts are machined from high-quality carbon fibre and are available as a complete set or separately for the front or rear.
Round 3 and 4 of the GT12 BRCA National Championship was held last weekend hosted by the Chippenham Model Car Club in Wilshire. With this year’s format being two rounds of the series per weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday there was a lot to play for and it was championship leader, Andy Murray that would take pole position followed by new 1/12th European Champion Ollie Payne. The A-final went down to the wire with a close run battle between Andy and Ollie. A small mistake from Andy allowed Ollie to take the round 3 win, from Andy and his teammate Ben Vincent completing the podium.
The Quebec Indoor Nationals were held in Degelis, Quebec over the weekend. The track crew laid down a great track that was very technical and high speed and the slippery track surface made it even tougher. Xray’s Mark Sousa would TQ two of the three Nitro Buggy qualifiers for the overall TQ from Damian Lamy while in Nitro Truggy Mark would come out fastest in Q2 and Q3 for the overall as Q1 winner, Eric Deschenes, would take P2 after the qualifiers. Going into the finals and in Buggy Mark quickly realised that the track had a lot more grip compared to qualifying so he went into the main with his setup from qualifying but the buggy was a bit to soft, making it hard to drive so he made a few mistakes in the beginning and went back to last and after that he quickly started to make moves and get back into first. From there he was able to stretch out the lead more and more every lap and was able to take the win with Mugen’s Sam Langer in 2nd and Team Associated’s Damian Lamy in 3rd.