The fourth round of the French Electric On-road Nationals was held at Tournefeuille, near Toulouse, in southwest of France. In the Touring Modified class, current championship leader Thomas Vigneron scored a popular win, also turning the fastest lap of the event, in front of Maxime Favrelle and Jeremy Limoges.
Round three of the South German Nitro On-road regionals, the qualifying series for the German Nationals, was held this past weekend at the popular Türkheim track. In the premier 1/8th Nitro On-road class 1, Tobias Kerler (ARC) brought home the win after taking the TQ while in the slightly slower class 2 it was Alex Bremberger who came out fastest after the qualifiers, but ultimately it was Bernhard Hummel who took the win in the main final. In 1/10th 200mm Serpent’s Dominic Greiner TQ’ed and won the event while in the 1/8th electric class it was Klaus Lechner (ARC) who took the TQ and winning honours.
The third round of the Italian AMSCI 1/8th Buggy Championship was held in the city of Ruffano this past weekend. TLR’s Alex Zanchettin would place his buggy on the 1 spot for the Expert final but he would run into troubles in the 45-minute encounter, allowing Kyosho’s Riccardo Berton to take the win some 17 seconds in front of Riccardo Rabitti (Radiosistemi) while Marco Natale (Kyosho) rounded out the top 3 result another 17 seconds down. In the championship and with one round to go it is now Marco Baruffolo in the lead from Alex Zanchettin and Riccardo Berton with all three having so far scored a win each this year.
During the last weekend the Italian Gubbio track hosted the IFMAR 200mm World Championship warm-up race in very hot weather conditions. The qualifiers gave Dario Balestri the TQ as he came out fastest in the opening two rounds. Robert Pietsch lined up in second from fellow countryman Dirk Wischnewski. The Superpole race then had Pietsch holding the upper hand over Mazzeo, Wischnewski and Eboli, allowing him to proceed directly into the main final. The hour-long main event then went to Dario Balestri (Capricorn) who laid down a flawless run to take the victory one lap ahead of Robert Pietsch (Mugen) while Alessio Mazzeo (Serpent) completed the top 3 result another five laps down. The very hot weather conditions in the main final, that are also expected for the actual Worlds, lead to several DNFs with Dirk Wischnewski, Leo Arnold, Francesco Eboli and Patrick Schäfer all suffering problems during the 60 minute race.
CRC have introduced their new Gen-X 10 R/T World GT-R pan car kit. Building on the proven Gen-X 10 200mm World-GT car the R/T features design tweaks especially aimed at the rubber tyre GT-R class. The kit features a slider rear pod for rear axle height adjustments without shims or insets, the chassis allows for multiple battery configurations including 2S shorty, saddle, square and full packs while using a 1S battery allows for inline, transverse, forward and back mounting positions. Other features include a fully adjustable front end including width, caster, camber and toe settings, with the front width being adjustable using different hole positions in the front end plates. The EZ-center servo mount helps to perfectly centre the steering servo and the middle shock absorber can be placed in several positions. Finally comes the full carbon Pro-Diff axle for low rotational masses. The kit will ship from early July.
The 2016 Party Rock Cash Race was held this past weekend at LCRC in Oakland Mills, Pennsylvania. Kyosho America team driver Jamie Grayek would attend this annual event and compete in the 1/8th Nitro Buggy class that he would go onto take the overall TQ after all three rounds of qualifying were complete. In the 25-minute A-main event Jamie continued to dominate, taking the win from HB Racing’s Chad Phillips and Mugen’s Ron Gereshenski. Elsewhere in the 1/8th E-Buggy class, privateer Ofir Komerian (Kyosho) would take an impressive TQ an win.
This weekend the 7th Annual Alabama Manufacturers Cup, also known as AMS 7.0 was held with a new record amount of entries at 620. Last up for the night was the Pro Buggy Main. The start to this one was pretty crazy. A battle ensued between the top 5 with the lead changing almost every lap. After a few people had issues, Joe Bornhorst found himself in the lead with a lap lead and only 7 minutes to go. Ultimately Joe kept it clean and brought home the win from Josh Wheeler and JR Mitch.
This weekend was the second round of the Quebec RC Series held in Charlevoix, north of Quebec City and with more than 80 entries the series is getting more popular every round. The really technical track was designed and build by Levi Jackson from Sik Track Design. In Nitro Buggy, the battle was tight for the overall top qualifier with a different TQ every round. At the end Carl Boulianne took the TQ in front of AF Blanchette and Jonathan Mongeau. In the main Carl Boulianne (TLR) took the early lead while Team Associated’s Eric Deschenes was battling mid-pack. With 10 minutes to go Eric and Carl started to battle for the win. After a great show by both drivers and at the end, Eric Deschenes took the win in front of Carl Boulianne and William St-Laurent (Mugen).