The annual JConcepts Winter Indoor Nationals was hosted by SmacTrac in St. Louis, Missouri last weekend. The anticipation flies high for one of the best races of the year and for 2018, there was massive improvements to the clay surface that was welcomed by all. With the four extra, tandem dump truck loads of clay mixed in, the crew at SmacTrac was able to add more elevation to the layout making it, even more, three dimensional along with upping the grip by a lot. Friday practice was a lot easier to manage with the cars having extra grip and by Sunday, the track came around nicely with more than adequate amounts of traction that made for high-speed, close racing all weekend.
BMT have introduced the iRacing R18 1/8th on-road body shell. The new version of the popular R18 sports an updated front section and cockpit shape for increased steering and higher top speed. The lid is available in standard 1.0mm and lightweight 0.7mm variants, it comes clear and fits most 1/8th on-road kits.
Italian X-Grip distributors Mikimodel have announced the release of four M3 countersunk screw washer sets. The washers are machined from high-quality aluminium and they come in several colours including black, orange, bright gold and red. Each set contains six washers that are usable for a range of applications.
Following a first teaser image MCD Racing have officially introduced their new RR5-Max Pro large scale gas buggy kit. Based off of the popular RR5, the Max Pro variant includes performance parts such as a Barracuda G performance exhaust, a 1-piece CNC-machined 7075-T6 lightweight aluminium V5 long wheelbase chassis, softer spare A-arms to complement the standard fibre-reinforced items, anodised aluminium shock bodies, gear differentials with planetary gears as well as an improved front chassis stiffener, a CNC-machined engine carrier, a rear aluminium stiffener as well as the new CF Max body shell to match with the long wheelbase chassis. The kit comes without engine and radio gear and it will hit stores very soon.
The Arena33 in Andernach played host to the fifth and penultimate round of the Xray Racing Series Germany. A good amount of drivers made their entry for the second appearance of the XRS at the already famous indoor track and following an intensive days of practice, 51 drivers joined the competition. In the Touring Modified class it was Awesomatix’s Max Maechler with the overall win as the battle for the runner-up spot was on between Xray racer Patrick Mueller and Mugen racer Oliver Kaufmann. With lap times nearly identical, it was Mueller who ultimately earned the 2nd spot ahead of Kaufmann.
This past weekend was the sixth round of the Worksop Series, there was once again a great entry of 14 heats of drivers, this was across the three classes of 2WD, 4WD and a vintage buggy class. As always it was round by round qualifying as the racing format, with the best two results from four rounds of qualifying counting towards the final position. Qualifying in 2WD was dominated by Craig Collinson who took TQ in three out of four rounds, so therefore he would line up on pole.
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.