The 2018 IFMAR Electric On-road World Championships are held in Welkom, South Africa this week, hosted by the amazing Welkom RC Arena. The facility was built especially for the event and it is a true world-class one. The event kicked off with the 1/12th scale classes with an open Modified and supporting Stock 13.5T class being run at the event. Unfortunately only 29 entries were received for both categories, giving the feeling of a club race event with international participation. Despite the very low turnout racing was tight, however in the Modified it was Xray’s Alexander Hagberg who stood out by making a clean sweep in qualifying to take an easy overall TQ from Morotech’s Hideo Kitazawa and Xray’s Florian Joos.
T-Works have introduced their new yellow material clutch shoes for the 1/8th on-road kits of ARC, Mugen and Serpent. The high-quality material ensures reliable clutch performance even in long mains and great durability over a long time. The yellow clutch shoe is available separately for kits such as the ARC R8, Mugen MRX and Serpent S9xx series cars.
PSM from Germany have introduced their new carbon fibre chassis conversion kit for the Tamiya TA07 touring car. The carbon fibre chassis kit was designed to improve the TA07’s overall performance, adding a more precise handling and stiffer torsional flex for faster cornering. It is a complete new performance experience compared to the kit included plastic chassis design. Designed to work great on low to medium grip tracks, this conversion can also be used indoors and be upgraded with PSM’s forthcoming aluminium chassis. The kit includes the 2.25mm main chassis, upper deck, front and rear support braces, adjustable battery braces as well as all necessary hardware and it is recommended for use with the TA07 R version, but will work with the Pro version as well.
Coming from JConcepts is their new 2014 Chevy 1500 MT single cab monster truck body shell. Designed for 12” to 12.5” trucks the shell offers the unmistakable Chevy single cab design with the exterior design blends a strong and study look while refining the details reserved for modern aesthetics. The muscle was chiseled into the tyre openings while the aerodynamics remain for the truck to hold its own in a straight-line. A twin-port grille, full-width bumper and dual power hump hood create a strong presence, which is carried through in sculpted body sides and fender flares. The grille area has not been compromised and accepts the detailed JConcepts decal sheet and includes two different grille and headlight options. The front fascia is strong and while the large tire openings swoop through, the bumper has recessed areas for side-marker lights and air inlet. The tailgate is rigid in appearance with a slight undercut that is so common on the Chevrolet trucks. The 2014 Silverado’s bed features a slight recess which painters can leave clear or detail to their specification on any build. No race truck would be complete without a bobbed rear bedside to give racers extra clearance and an unmistakable visual rake. Each package includes window mask, new 2014 generation Chevy Silverado specific decal sheet and clear polycarbonate body.
The recent round 2 of the VRC 2018 Season 2 Nitro Buggies Series, run at the at the 2012 Psycho Nitro Blast track, saw the closest 3-way finish ever recorded in VRC history. Tom Rinderknecht (USA) came out on top just 0.031 seconds ahead of Marshal Kirkholm (USA), and 0.071 seconds ahead of Robert Hillman from Sweden. Hillman led most of the race but was passed in the final stretch from the Works wall to the finish line. View all the action from this exciting final here.
Round 7 of the BRCA 1/8th Circuit National Championship was held at the Cotswold track over the weekend. In the 1/8th Nitro class and after qualifying on P6, Daniel Blake could finally bring home his first win at a 1/8 Circuit National race. Overtaking many of the top-class drivers during the rain affected final, Daniel took the win with a comfortable lead of three laps in front of teammate Tim Wood while Chris Snell completed the podium in 3rd place.
Round 5 of the 2018 JBRL Nitro Series was held at Empire RC in Brentwood, California this past weekend. The event had a great turnout with 160 entries and Mugen’s Adam Drake was in control all day as he took the overall TQs in Nitro Buggy, Electric Buggy and Open Truggy. Drake then also went on to sweep the A-mains as in Expert Buggy Adam would take the win with a lap margin over Team Associated’s Kyle Layton in 2nd and Tekno RC’s Carlos Arredondo rounded out the top 3.
The final round of the 2018 Schumacher BTCC took place at the weekend at the fabulous new Bedworth venue. Unfortunately the UK weather was not the kindest with a damp track all day on the Sunday. In the Modified class Olly Jefferies showed us why he is BRCA Champion with a comfortable victory from Elliott Harper and Matt White.