The ERMC club played host to the opening round of the Swiss Indoor Offroad Cup in Geneva. The first of three rounds attracted nearly 100 drivers from all over the country and also neighbouring France. Cham Dassanyake would dominate the qualifiers in the 4WD class, taking the overall TQ and pole position for the A-mains. He would also take the opening A-main with fast and consistent laps and despite a few bobbles and even some marshalling and ultimately Cham would take the overall win from Cyrille Gruaz in second and Remy Bertrand after the triple mains.
Nemo Racing have released first information on the forthcoming Bullitt B221 3.5cc nitro off-road engine. The power plant builds on the proven B220 engine and is meant to produce improved bottom end and mid range power, it will feature a super smooth power curve and increased mileage. The Japan-engineered engine will hit stores by end of December.
The driver market is in full swing these days and the latest pilot to swap teams is Italy’s Dario Balestri. The long-time Capricorn factory driver, multiple European Champion and Worlds A-finalist will teamed up with Creation Model and will be campaign Infinity’s 1/8th and 1/10th nitro on-road cars while helping with future developments. Dario says:
It’s a great pleasure for me to be chosen as part of Infinity “dream team”; I join a group of friendly and dedicated guys that shares my same passion for r/c world. I wanna express my gratitude to Kenji San that believes in my skills giving me this opportunity. I’m so excited to start this new chapter of my professional career and I will do my best to help the entire staff to realize the best products for the customers. See you at the track!
MIP have introduced the limited edition Black hex driver set. It includes tool that sport the proven MIP handles and tool tips but they come in a stealthy black design over the standard translucent honey-colour appearance. The set contains 1.5mm, 2.0mm, 2.5mm and 3.0mm hex drivers and it becomes available by mid-December.
A round of the South German electric on-road regionals was held in Gottmadingen on a purpose-built track laid out with ETS-style carpet. Young Dionys Stadler would take the win in the Touring Car class, coming from the 2 spot on the grid following some problems in the qualifiers. Carl Grandel ended the day on the runner-up spot from third placed Markus Wegmann.
Coming from Yokomo and made for the YD-2 series of drift cars is a solid axle set. Sporting the standard gear diff case the set includes a solid inner block that couples the outdrives to create a solid axle setup with makes for a more aggressive drift while increasing traction at the same time. Using the axle also makes for quicker transitions on high-grip surfaces. The axle set is usable with the YD-2 and YD-2 Plus kits.
Trinity have introduced the new LiPo Factory 1S 7000mAh 90C LiPo battery pack. Made from high-performance 90C cells and coming in a protective hardcase with 5mm bullet-type connectors, the batteries target club and intermediate level racers that seek affordable yet performance driven products. The 1S pack offers standard “1/12th scale” dimensions and it is available now.
This past weekend the 2016 ROAR Region 9 1/10th Championships were held at the world-famous Thornhill racing circuit on their JR track. Last year this race had 56 entries, but this year the numbers almost doubled with 101 entries making it the biggest 1/10th only race in Texas in many years. In the 2WD Modified Buggy class the competition would be very tight as the top two would be separated by less than a second and third to seventh would be separated by three seconds. At the end Aaron Breuer would take TQ and teammate Ethan Lefebvre would take second. In the first of two mains Aaron and Ethan had a great battle throughout the main, finishing in the same order as they have had started. In the second main Aaron made a mistake over the triple and ended his race.