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January 21, 2017

Phend leads Reedy Race overnight with 3rd win

Dakotah Phend is the overnight leader at the end of the first day’s racing at the Reedy Race of Champions.  The defending champion took an impressive third win in the closing race which was to prove the most entertaining of the day’s 16 races. Starting on pole it was his former TLR team-mate Dustin Evans who lined up beside him who would get the better start.  Battling clear of the pack out front, the pair would make contact on the main straight allowing Alex Kosciuszek with Jared Tebo in toe to go to the front setting up for a thrilling showdown.  Tebo’s chances of a first win however where short lived as he made an error and it wasn’t long before Kosciuszek followed suit with Phend there to pick up the pieces for an important win ahead of Cole Tolland.  With drivers allowed one dropped score, as it stands this leaves Phend with the perfect score with two 4WD races remaining as he heads Ty Tessmann and Ryan Cavalieri who sit joint second in the points.  The fourth round would see Tessmann become the only other multiple race winner of the day as he notched up a second win ahead of Ryan Maifield and Cavalieri. Claiming the first European win, Lee Martin was the other winner of the round after getting around Malin Karlsen, the Norwegian teenager making history as the first female to compete at the Reedy Race in the Invitational class.

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January 21, 2017

2017 Chi-Town Shootout – Announcement

The 2017 edition of the Chi-Town Shootout will be held March 2nd to 5th at Leisure Hours Raceway and Hobbies in Joliet, Illinois. The four-day event will see mainly 1/10th scale racing in modified and stock classes as well as an 1/8th E-Buggy class with Dash-for-Cash and King of the Hill special events held on Saturday. Further details are available here.


January 21, 2017

Phend rebounds to become first double winner

After a tough second round, defending Reedy Race Champion Dakotah Phend rebounded to take a win and become the first driver to register two wins on the opening day of the event.  Starting from sixth on the grid, the TLR driver managed to get by former champions Ryan Cavalieri and Dustin Evans to win by a very comfortable 3.7-seconds.  Also in the same heavy hitters race starting from another P9, Ryan Maifield would hit problems having to nurse home a very noisy Yokomo to 7th, a result he will be hoping will become his one permitted 4WD throw out.  In the other encounters, Alex Kosciuszek had a great race from the middle of the pack to win Race 1 ahead of Mr. Consistent so far Joona Haatanen while Ty Tessmann got the job done in Race 2 ahead of Jared Tebo and Round 1 winner Tanner Denney.

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January 20, 2017

Maifield takes early Reedy Race lead with 1st win

Having opened with a second place from 9th on the grid, Ryan Maifield has taken an early lead at the Reedy Race of Champions after registering a win in the second round of 4WD action at OCRC Raceway.  Starting from pole, the Yokomo driver took a tone to tine win over Team Associated team-mates Dustin Evans and Spencer Rivkin despite a roll over. After making the perfect start to his title defence with a Round 1 win, Dakotah Phend had a tough race finishing 6th from 5th on the grid.  Kicking off the 2nd of the 6 scheduled rounds of 4WD action, pole sitter Kyle McBride took a relatively straight forward win over European young guns Michal Orlowski and Joona Haatanen.  In the other affair, multiple Reedy Race Champion Ryan Cavalieri would progress from 5th on the grid to win ahead of Jared Tebo after pole sitter Rob Gillespie made a mistake in the closing stages.

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January 20, 2017

Champion Phend opens Reedy Race with a win

Defending Reedy Race Champion Dakotah Phend opened the 23rd running of the event with a win, the TLR driver cruising to victory in the most heavily stacked race of the opening round of 4WD racing.  Starting from the pole, Phend was never challenged for the lead eventually able to go an extra lap to win ahead of Ryan Maifield who came through from the back of the grid.  In the other races it was Tanner Denney from 6th on the grid who won the first encounter ahead of former champion Dustin Evans while Spencer Rivkin got a late win over Cole Tollard in Race 2.

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January 20, 2017

Xray welcome Jean-Pierrick Sartel

Xray have announce the signing of French 1/8th E-Buggy National Champion, Jean-Pierrick Sartel to their team for the 2017 season. JP will race Xray’s 1/8th and 1/10th off-road platforms both on a national and international level and he has the following to say:

I am very happy to join the team Xray 2017. I chose this brand for its technical support, for the quality of its hardware but especially for its competitiveness in all the categories I will use. I have always amazed the speed of development and the dedication that the factory puts into their products. The support at international races is amazing and the premium support at the national races from the French team is also one of the main reasons I decide for Xray. I am very happy for the opportunity and I will do my best. I am looking forward to starting this season with the new team.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]


January 20, 2017

Picco V1 Race & V1 Star nitro off-road engines

Coming from Picco are the new V1 Race and V1 Star intro off-road engines. Starting with the Race engine, the power plant shares many design features with the higher-ranked Team engine such as a 5-port cylinder and long stroke design in combination with a new, stiffer crankcase but the Race edition sports a slightly different exhaust port that leads to a different power response. With the only other differences from the higher end version being a steel rear bearing instead of the ceramic one and a non DLC-coated crankshaft, the V1 Race addresses all levels of racing. The engine also features the new double bottom-end adjustment carburettor that allows for a finer tuning.

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January 20, 2017

Intellect 2017 Spec LiHV battery packs

UK Intellect distributors Schumacher have introduced the 2017 range of LiHV batteries. The new Silicon-Graphene series offers improved cycle time when charged at 1C rates and they can be charged at higher C rating, with less risk of damage to the pack. The LiHV technology has the ability to be charged to 4.35V per cell, but they can also be charged to the standard 4.2V if required. The batteries are built to meed BRCA, EFRA and ROAR rules and they are available in a range of specifications including a 4200mAh shorty (24.8mm/186g), a 5000mAh shorty (24.9mm/211g), a 6000mAh shorty (25.0mm/222g), a 3600mAh LCG shorty (18.7mm/150g), a 8200mAh 1S shorty (18.5mm/152g), a 5200mAh LCG standard size pack (22.1mm/248g), a 6000mAh LCG standard size pack (22.0mm/272g), a 8400mAh standard size pack (24.9mm/333g), as well as a 6000mAh saddle pack (24.8mm/276g) and a 6000mAh 4S stick (543g).

Source: Schumacher [racing-cars.com]