The third round of the 2017/18 WBC Series was hosted by the Boras Miniracing Klubb and held in Viskafors, Sweden on a mixed track that offered both tight and technical sections as well as high speed sweepers. Saturday was 2WD day and in the mains it was Team Associated’s Jesper Rasmussen who had found a good pace and brought home wins in the opening two A-mains to snatch the overall victory early. Wilhelm Skjöldebrand (Team Associated) came in 2nd from Niclas Mansson, who grabbed the final podium spot from Alexander Landen (Xray) on the 4th spot.
The opening round of the Thornhill Spring Series was held recently at the facility’s Jr. carpet track and in the 4WD Buggy class it was Xray’s Ethan Lefebvre with the win despite track building duties on Thornhill’s big track that weekend. Lance Myhre (Xray) would come in 2nd from 3rd placed Jason Christie who rounded out an all-Xray podium.
The 2018 Keilor Invitational, Australia’s outdoor equivalent of the Reedy Race in the US, was held at the Keilor club in Melbourne, Australia. Racers battle it out in over five heats of 2WD and five heats of 4WD for the title of champion and unique to this event is that an invite class is also held for the popular 17.5T class while open classes allow racers to compete for direct invitations to the 2019 event. A junior class is also offered for the under 16 racers in the very strong junior scene. As always the club created a brand new layout for the event, with the 2018 track being very fast and flowing with lots of undulations. This created spectacular high speed freight train racing which required patience and aggression. Mother nature threw typical Melbourne changeable weather at the track, with everything from hot sun to wind and rain, but the track grooved up spectacularly throughout and kept racers on their toes choosing the correct tyre. Racers travelled from around the country for the event, with over 120 entries received.
Coming from Xray and made for the XB2C carpet edition 1/10th 2WD buggy is a graphite composite 3-gear gearbox. The item is made from a lightweight graphite composite material, understood to be lighter than the standard material, and of a narrower design. Using the part will reduce chassis roll while increasing traction and it is a direct fit on the XB2C buggy.
Rickside Design Products from Japan have introduced new aluminium suspension balls and pivots for the Mugen MBX8 and MBX7 line of vehicles. First up is a complete set of six 7mm flanged hex balls, four 7mm balls, four 6mm hex balls as well as four 6mm shock end and four 6mm sway bar link balls. All are made of high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium and they come hard anodised for high wear resistance. Using the alloy balls will reduce the overall, and unsprung, weight of the MBX8 and MBX7 series vehicles and the different design balls are also available as separate sets for spares or repair.
The 2018 edition of the annual Rumble in the Rockies race was held at MHOR RC in Aurora, Colorado this past weekend. In the 2WD Modified Buggy class it was Dustin Evans (Team Associated) with the TQ from the TLR duo of Andrew Kurtchi and Zeke Ballinger. Over in 4WD Modified Buggy it was again Dustin with the TQ, leaving behind Zeke Ballinger in P2 and Tyler Whitt (Team Associated) in P3. In the triple 2WD Mod A-mains Dustin would continue to excel and by bringing home wins in A1 and A2 he would take the overall title early. And with the win in A3 Andrew Kurtchi would secure himself the runner-up spot from Zeke Ballinger in 3rd.
The 1st annual Panda Anniversary Bash was held at Hobby Action RC Raceway in Chandler, Arizona this past weekend. In the 2WD Modified Buggy class it was TLR’s Tanner Denney with the TQ and he would also come out fastest in the single 5-minute A-main. Kyle Defatte (Team Associated), who started from the P3 spot on the grid, would end the main in 2nd from runner-up after the qualifiers, Tommy Hinz (Xray), in 3rd.
Coming from Team Associated are the new Reedy Zappers SG Competition 4S 15.2V LiHV packs. The silicon graphene construction lowers internal resistance, increases voltage output, reduces operating temperatures, and improves cycle-life and the batteries are available in 4S 5200mAh low profile and 6400mAh high capacity versions. A high-quality, durable hardcase helps prevent damage while embedded socket connectors keep power-robbing resistance to a minimum. Male 5mm ESC connectors and a 4S balance lead are included.