LRP have introduced the new B3-STX Deluxe 3-channel 2.4GHz radio system. Based off of the popular B3-STX the Deluxe variant makes use of the same case but it features a reinforced steering wheel segment to do away with reliability issues. Another new feature is the transmitter battery configuration that now uses 4-cell battery packs over the former 8-cell types, greatly reducing the overall weight. Other features include a back-lit display, 15-model memory, fail save as well as end-point adjustment beside other adjustments. Included comes a 4-channel B4-RX-Pro receiver.
A round of the French League 9 championship was recently held in Beaumont-Monteux. Fabien Valantin would make a clean sweep by taking the TQ, win and fastest lap from Julien Jost and Patrice Carpano in second and third respectively. Briac Berthoud and Walter Pollet-Villard rounded out the top 5 result.
Coming from LRP are the all-new ZR.32 Spec.4 and ZR.30 Spec.4 nitro off-road engines for 1/8th buggies and trucks. Starting with the ZR.32 Spec.4, the 5.24cc engine is based off of the popular ZR.32 and it features a completely redesigned carburettor for better efficiency and adjustability, resulting in improved idling, better throttle response and increased torque. The heavy-duty CoolDownMax cooling head also makes for upped heat dissipation even in high ambient temperatures. The 5+1 port engine comes with a reliable pull starter and it fits all .21 engine mounts.
Round four of the InterTrack Challenge was held in Kvetoslav, Slovakia. In the 1/8th Nitro Buggy class Mark Zilinsky (TLR) would take the win from the Xray duo of Erik Margony and Ondra Kulhanek while in the triple 10-minute E-Buggy A-mains, Jarda Valder (Xray) came out successful in A1 and A2, starting from the 7 spot on the grid. Radim Siska (Xray) completed the day on the runner-up spot while Martin Rytir (TLR) rounded out the top 3 result.
This past weekend the Bali Fun Race was held at the popular WillSon track in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. A total of 25 drivers attended from Jakarta, Surabaya, Batam, Kendari, Medan and Bali with the race format being four rounds of ten minutes qualifying with the three best rounds to count but due to rain pouring down in time for Q4, the race director decided to count the two best rounds out of three. This would hand Jason Nugroho (Xray/Novarossi) the TQ but unfortunately for him, Jason would suffer from two flameouts in the 45-minute A-main, promoting Indra Liono (Xray/SPower) into the lead that he would convert into a win from Jason while Yoko Sumarto (SWorkz/SPower) completed the podium result.
Xray have introduced carbon fibre shock towers for the XB8 1/8th off-road buggy. The front shock stay is cut from 4mm material while the rear variant is made using slightly thinner 3.5mm material, adding to the already existing 4mm variant. All offer an extra-strong heavy duty design, they allow the use of multiple inner ballstud positions in the rear and the standard composite inserts in the front and the 3.5mm rear tower is especially recommended for lower traction surfaces due to being softer in flex than the standard shock stay.
The 2016 UISP Italian Outdoor Touring Championships were held at the Miniautodromo Ca’ De Mandorli over the weekend with 25 drivers signing in for the 13.5T Stock class and 22 entries for Touring Modified. The Stock class saw 14-years old Gabriele Berselli securing the TQ and the pole position for the triple A-mains of which he would win the opening two to grab the overall title early. Davide Bertuzzi in A1 and Simone Alleotti in A2 gave Gabriele a hard time in the mains but with some clever driving the young man would succeed. Overall Simone Alleotti would finish on the runner-up spot from team mate Nico Catelani in third, making it an all-Yokomo podium.
Round three of the Dutch 1/10th 200mm National Championship was held at the MAC de Baanbrekers club in Rucphen. Saturday’s weather permitted any dry track practice so most drivers used the day to prepare their rain cars and help out others. Luckily Sunday started off dry but with the previous heavy rainfall the grip level was pretty low and it had to build up over the day. Without any practice and with the changing track conditions the three qualifiers would be an interesting affair for all competitors that had to run mandatory Novarossi Sturm engines, Hipex low-noise pipes and Enneti hand-out tyres. In the National class Daan Jacobs took a close TQ, one second in front of Pedro Rombouts (Xray) and Julius Kolf (Serpent). Roy Bakker (Shepherd) would round out the top 4. In the slightly slower Nomac class, Bas Bakker lead Jos Remmerde and Arjan Versteeg for a Kyosho 1-2-3. Jurmin Etnel (Serpent) completed the top 4.