The final round of the Xray Racing Series Slovenia was held at the Pik Hala track in Maribor. The event attracted drivers from four different countries to compete in the classes of Touring Stock 13.5T, Formula 21.5T and 1/12th scale. The weekend started off with practice on Saturday with the actual race day being the Sunday. In the premier class of Touring Stock it was Jan Popic taking the TQ closely followed by Rok Rudl and Jan Pernarčič. The Formula class had Luca Conte taking the TQ in front of Daniele Conte and local driver Dejan Šabeder, who came back after an 8-year break. Finally in 1/12th scale it was Alojzij Osvald in front of Stefan Hois.
The Venezuelan ISTC National Championship opener was held this past weekend and the event saw Armando Lenzi (Xray) taking the overall TQ in the Electric Touring class thanks to round wins in Q1 and Q2. In the A-main the battle was on between Armando and Xray team mate Miguel Blanco with the latter taking wins in A1 and A2 while also scoring the fastest lap of the race, leaving Armando with the second place in A1 and A2. Alberto Trigo (Team Durango) completed the podium with a fine third place.
Round five of the Czech Open Challenge was held this past Sunday in Prague. The usually low-grip track offered a very easy layout this time which was welcomed by most of the drivers. In the 2WD Buggy class Xray’s Kaja Novotny was on fire and he would grab the overall TQ and after the finals he would also come out on top. Michal Blahovsky (SWorkz), who was able to challenge Kaja in the opening stages of each leg, ended the day on the 2 spot from Team Associated driver Arnold Lorenz in third.
XRD have introduced the F.T. Line Atomic .21 nitro on-road engine. The 3.5cc power plant features a completely redesigned sleeve and updated crankcase ports. The new cooling head is machined to sit lower on the crankcase for a low centre of gravity effect and the carburettor is equipped with reshaped needles for improved mixture flow. As with every F.T. Line engine, the unit comes hand-checked with an individual certificate of authenticity.
Italian company Capricorn have introduced a 1-piece engine mount for the C803 1/8th nitro on-road car. The rigid construction not only reduces flex of the chassis centre section, it also keeps the engine’s crankcase from becoming twisted for an overall improved bearing and engine life. On top of this the engine mount makes for easier gear mesh adjustment.
Pendle in the UK recently held a round of their Winter series and in qualifying Dave Crompton would walk away with the TQ from Ashlee Owen and Mick Butler. Going into finals Ashlee started clean but Dave pulled away. Ashlee continued to push hard as the conditions become more slippery with the falling rain and before the second fuel stop, Dave ran out of fuel, providing Ashlee with an opening to contend for the win. Up until the second to last lap Ashlee managed to hold onto to the lead until traffic caused him some issues in the very late stages, handing Dave the win from Ashlee and Mick, who ran an electric-powered buggy.
Exotek have introduced the version 2 heavy duty turnbuckle set for the HPI Racing RS4 Sport 3 touring car. The V2 set includes special polished gun metal finish steel turnbuckles whose 4mm section allows for easy adjustment of the camber and front toe settings using an optional 4mm turnbuckle wrench. Also updated are the heavy duty v2 nylon ball cups for toughness and greater durability as well a perfect fit on the stock ball ends. The set includes a total of six links with the single servo link being not included.
The final round of the MSIG Wintercup series was held this past weekend and it saw Thomas Disselbacher (Xray) walking away with a double win in the 2WD and 4WD Buggy classes. Coming from the TQ spots, Thomas would sweep the A-mains to take the win from Fridolin Hager (Xray) and Christian Wukonig (Team Associated) in the 2WD class while Andreas Mayr (Team Associated) and Michael Langgruber (Xray) completed the podium in 4WD. Overall in the championship and with two of the three rounds to count, Thomas would also grab the series’ titles. Fridolin Hager and Christian Wukonig competed the top 3 result in 2WD while Andreas Mayr and Daniel Gumpoltsberger (Xray) rounded out the top 3 in 4WD.