The New South Wales Off-road State Championships were held recently and it was Aden Young who took the overall TQ after the four 2WD Stock Buggy qualifiers. In the opening A-main Aden would have a great race and finished 1st only to suffer from a bad start in A2 as he clipped a pipe. But keeping his head down Aden was able to recover and ultimately he would come out on top in the second main too to grab the NSW 2WD Stock Junior championship title. With another win in A3 he would round out a perfect 2WD portion of the event, scoring seven 1st place finished in seven races that day.
RC Speed Secrets have introduced their new Next Level hybrid ceramic bearing kit for the Tekno EB410 4WD off-road buggy. The set includes 18 high-quality ball races that will greatly reduce the drag of the drivetrain for increased acceleration, corner speed and a reduction in operation temperatures across the entire car. The set comes pre-oiled and ready for installation.
The final round of the BRCA Touring Car Series was hosted by Cotswold Model Car club and despite two of the classes already being decided this did not distract from a classic race meeting. The Modified class had already been decided in favour of Xray driver Olly Jefferies, but he was attempting now to win all five rounds of the series. In qualifying he was pushed hard by Schumacher’s Elliott Harper but Jefferies took TQ. In the two leg finals the crowd were treated to some tense close racing as Harper joined by Chris Grainger (Team Associated) piled the pressure on Jefferies. Harper was rarely more than a cars length of the bumper of Jefferies for both finals but Jefferies held on to take the win ahead of Harper and Team Associated’s Matt White.
T-Works have introduced a range of aluminium centre driveshafts for the Team Associated B64 series of buggies. Available are 82mm and 95mm front as well as 110mm and 102mm rear dogbones that come separately or as 82mm/110mm FW or 95mm/102mm BW sets to suit the respective centre diff position settings. All shafts are made from high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium making for more than 50 percent of weight saving compared to the standard steel shafts, they sport a black surface treatment for wear and looks and come with laser-etched markings for easy identification.
Coming from Radtec is a range of white S3M low-friction belts for many of today’s 1/10th electric touring cars. Available are 507/169T, 510/170T, 513/171T and 516/172T front as well as 180/60T, 186/62T and 189/63T rear belt that fit cars such as the Yokomo BD8, BD8SV, Serpent 4X/S411, Xray T4, Awesomatix A800, Destiny RX-10S and Infinity IF14. The Japanese-made and Radtec-branded belts will greatly improve the overall drivetrain efficiency due to offering as softer feel and lower friction than most standard black belts.
Traxxas have introduced a range of aluminium parts anodised in bright green colour. Made as a direct replacement for the standard parts the items will give the truck a whole new look with the range including pre-built aluminium GTX shock absorbers, aluminium GTX shock caps, threaded shock bodies, aluminium spring pre-load nuts, stub axles, wheel hubs, wheel nuts and motor mount washers.
Coming from Samix and made for the Axial SCX10 II trail truck are lower shock and suspension link mounts made from brass. They weigh a combined 43g and thus add a good amount of weight to the lower part of the chassis which will lead to improved climb performance. Due to the rigidity of the material they also eliminate flex of the lower shock mounting for optimised suspension efficiency. The parts come machined from high-quality brass material, they sport a black coating for wear and looks and come in sets of four.
Simon Kurzbuch is set to defend his World title this evening in France, the Shepherd driver winning his Semi Final to progress to the 1-hour final that will decide the winner of the 21st running of 1:8 Onroad World Championships. Starting from pole in the second of the Semi encounters have lost out on the TQ to Dario Balestri and the Super Pole to Naoto Matsukura, Kurzbuch would win the 30-minute encounter from Jilles Groskamp and Silvio Hachler with the fastest race time to secure 3rd on the grid. Winner of the first Semi ahead of fellow Japanese driver Shoki Takahata, Takaaki Shimo will line up third ahead with Takahata completing the top half of the grid ahead of Groskamp, Hachler, Alberto Picco, Alessio Mazzeo and Lars Hoppe. Coming into the event as one of the pre-event favourites along Kurzbuch and Balestri, there was cruel luck for Bruno Coelho. Starting from pole the Xray driver was in clear control of the race until he suffered a suspected partial engine seize at the end of the straight. While the engine fired back up in the pits he title hopes were done. Also suffering similar faith was former World Champion Adrien Bertin. With the large French crowd fully behind the HB driver, cheering loudly his every pass, he worked his way to the front leading for a time but with 8-minutes to go his engine stopped. A heartbreaking end to what was to be the veteran racers retirement from competitive racing.
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