Bruno Coelho is the top seed for qualifying at the season finale of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Slovakia. The Xray driver took full ‘home advantage’ to set the fastest 3-consecutive laps in both rounds of practice, improving by almost 3/10ths in the second run. Behind him Infinity’s Akio Sobue was best of the rest with his first time very close to that of Coelho but he would be slower on his second attempt. Newly crowned European Champion Ronald Völker would post the 3rd fastest time, the Yokomo driver however also unable to better his opening pace in the final practice. Overall it was a strong practice for the Yokomo team with Christopher Krapp fourth quickest while Yannic Prumper completed the Top 6. In between them was Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski, the British manufacturer also showing well with Elliott Harper also in the top qualifying heat after putting in the 7th fastest time ahead of Marc Rheinard.
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Coming from Helix Designs is their new body cutout kit for 1/12th scale cars. The included tools ensure accurately marked wheel wells and lower cut lines to prevent body rub and self-induced body tucks. The 41mm wheel disk create a perfectly sized wheel well and a cube with four different ride height settings of 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, and 8.5mm allows to choose the correct lower cut lines. These sizes are specifically made for US-style black carpet from stock racing to mod racing and beside the wheel marking discs and body height cube the kit also includes a fine tip marker.
Mugen have announced the soon release of two new option parts in the form of an updated rear shock tower for the MBX8 and MBX8 Eco as well as a battery connector holder for the MBX8 and MGT. Starting with the shock tower, the item offers the same shock and camber link geometries as the standard item, however additional, raised, mounting locations for the rear wing allow to add rear stability and traction when needed. The CNC-machined aluminium shock stay comes grey anodised for wear and to match the remainder of the buggy’s alloy parts.
T-Works have introduced a set of carbon fibre servo mount spacers. The set includes three pairs of 1.0mm, 2.0mm and 2.5mm spacers that can be used to space servos away from their mounts in order to either increase overall clearance or in order to optimise steering or throttle link geometries. The set contains two spacers of each thickness and it is available now.
The Izmir EFMOD track recently played host for the 2018 Turkish On-road Nationals, a 5-day race that was held in Touring Modified, Touring Stock, 1/8th IC Track and 1/10th 200mm Nitro Touring classes. The race was affected by changing weather conditions and the level of competition was high in all classes, meaning lots of pressure for all drivers. In the Touring Modified category the race for the overall win was on between Ahmet Kasap and up and coming Atahan Yıldız. Both showed a very fast and very similar pace. Eventually Atahan took the title in his first race season while Ahmet took the runner-up spot. The podium was rounded out by Yunus Şahin.
Last weekend drivers headed to the Midlands for round 4 of the BRCA Clubman’s Championship at the Bedworth Club. Over the last year, the club has changed the location to a new and greatly improved venue. They have transformed an abandoned overgrown two tennis court area and surrounding area into a great pitting area and more importantly the flattest and grippiest track many have ever raced on in the U.K. The weather for the weekend was one of the hottest on record, with temperatures of 30ºC and track temperatures of 60ºC, something that is rarely seen in the U.K. and it would be a real test for both drivers and equipment. There was a full entry for race day and there were also 70 plus drivers practicing on Saturday with seven timed runs for all classes in heat order. So plenty of opportunity for those new to the venue to adjust to track conditions. The usual three classes were running, 17.5 Blinky, 13.5 Open and Formula.
New for the up and coming GT8 class are pre-trued foam tyres from Contact RC. The tyres were born from a collaboration with shops and drivers and they are available in the two hardnesses of 35 shore for the front and 25 shore for the rear. The tyres are trued to 103mm diameter and they are pre-glued on industry-standard 17mm hex wheels. While being created for the GT8 class the foamies are also ideal when running 1/8th off-road buggies on road surfaces.
The inaugural Xray Racing Series Japan race was held in Nagoya recently. Being the home of the 2018 All-Japan JMRCA Touring Sport class nationals many drivers took the opportunity to get some laps under their belts. The race was open for all manufacturers, however during the price giving ceremony also the top 3 Xray drivers were announced as part of a special classification. In the premier Touring Modified class it was Japanese frontrunner, Akio Sobue with the win from Kutsana and Sasaki.