The third round of Xray Racing Series Slovakia was held at the Hudy Arena. In the 2WD Buggy class it was Martin Bayer who took a pretty easy TQ with Max Gotzl in 2nd after great run in Q3 and Kaja Novotny in 3rd. 4WD Buggy was a different story with Martin and Kaja swapping the lead multiple times during the qualifiersn and eventually it was Martin who took overall TQ. Few seconds back each run was another duo of Adam Izsay and Max Gotzl fighting for 3rd place and in the end Adam prevailed. In the Truck class Martin was on another level and took his third TQ of the day with Kaja Novotny in 2nd place and Max Gotzl starting 3rd.
The annual East RC Invitational Year End Race was held at East Speedway, Jakarta with Touring Open Brushless as the primary class of the race. It was Yokomo’s Charlee Phutiyotin who secured the pole position for A-main by one second ahead of fellow Yokomo racer Bowie Ginting. Former ISTC World Champ Surikarn Chaidajsuriya (Destiny) would be line up 3rd ahead of local Christian Mamesah (Serpent) and Arya Seta (Mugen). The main final was run under the lights and Charlee would convert his pole position into an overall win ahead of Bowie and Muhammad Izzah (Xray).
Coming from T-Works and made for the Mugen MTC1 electric touring car kit are twin-type spring spool outdrives and a titanium hinge pin set. Staring with the outdrives, they are machined from high-quality spring steel for exceptional durability and it is understood that they feature a twin-type design, meaning they are usable with both C-blade or “pin-only” driveshafts to create different on-power characteristics. The parts are a direct replacement and they come including hardware. Also new is a set of 64-grade titanium hinge pins for the MTC1. The shafts replace the standard steel items for lighter ones.
The first ever 200mm Nitro GFR Le Grande Finale Race took place this past weekend in Athens, Greece with guest drivers Thilo Tödtmann and Sures Velauthapillai attending the event. This event was the first race on controlled tyres, supplied by Matrix, in Greece and with an ENS style format it was greatly appreciated by all 28 drivers. Germany’s Thilo Tödtmann (Shepherd) took the TQ but in the finals Tödtmann was given a hard time by Greek National Champion Bill Likaris (Shepherd) with the two staying within a couple of metres during the whole race and only swapping positions during the pit stops. Originally Tödtmann had planned a right hand side tyre stop but he did discard the plans during the final was he wasn’t able to pull away. This cause him problems later on as he had to nurse the car over the finish line with hardly any rubber left on the wheels and being only 0.2s in front of Likaris. In 3rd, Lambros Tsiklitiras (BMT) rounded out the podium some four laps down.
The UCP Fun Race was held last weekend at the Urban Community Park in Cisauk, West Java, Indonesia. This new track is located about 60km from the Jakarta city centre and the event a was trial race before the track owners will hold the grand opening race. A total of 45 drivers from Jakarta, Bandung, Gresik, Solo and Pontianak attended and the event kicked off in good weather in the morning, however by midday there was rain after qualifying and caused a delay for the finals. After qualifying, Jason Nugroho (Xray/Novarossi) took the TQ honours and he also secured the 1st position after the 45-minute main final, follow by Chopin Yusuf (TLR/O.S.) and Edianto Ong (Kyosho/O.S.) in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The fifth running of the EWS International saw Ronald Völker, Max Mächler and David Ehrbar take the overall victories respectively in the Modified, Super Stock and Formula classes. In the previous four editions, it had always been a British driver standing atop the podium in every class, but this time signalled a changing of the guard, as a strong international field prevented any UK drivers from taking victory this time out.
Following a first teaser image Mugen have revealed first images and information on the forthcoming MBX8 nitro off-road buggy. Successor of the World and European Championship winning MBX7 platform, the MBX8 chassis features a new design that improves traction and stability in bumpy conditions and on the exit of corners. The steering post are also keyed into the chassis for easier maintenance.
Ronald Volker has taken the honours of being the first non-British driver to secure the overall pole position at the EWS International as Yokomo continued their strong showing from practice, in both Modified and Super Stock classes, as qualifying got underway. The fifth running of the race, now firmly established as the highlight of the UK racing scene and a fixture on the European calendar, saw the TQ position confirmed for the current World Champion after he set the pace in all three rounds of Qualifying held today. “All the qualifiers went well” was Volker’s reaction. Explaining that his focus had been on trying different springs throughout the day, he is searching for confidence with the car to make it as “comfortable on the bumps” as possible.