The Infinity Euro Nitro Series concludes this weekend (21-23 September) and while the new for 2018 1:8 40+ class champion is already confirmed, the overall 1:10 and 1:8 titles are still to be decided. One of the world’s most popular tracks among drivers both for its layout, facilities and unique atmosphere, Fiorano is once again the venue for the season finale, the race marking the 20th ENS Championship race and the conclusion of Season #5. With the 1:10 World Championships in the US just one month away the fourth stop on the ENS calendar carries even greater significance this year as it is the last major international race before the Worlds and an opportunity for teams and drivers to gauge form for next month. Given the year that is in it, 1:10 has been ultra competitive this season and former champion Jilles Groskamp comes into the weekend leading the points with reigning World Champion Dominic Greiner set to challenge him for the title. In 1:8, the title fight is between three drivers with Simon Kurzbuch also facing competition from the reigning World Champion in the form of Dario Balestri and Toni Gruber.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the new ECX Micro Roost 1/28th scale 2WD ready-to-run buggy. The factory-assembled, palm-sized vehicle comes fully ready to run out of the box with nothing to add prior to turning every office space, living room or other small-sized places into full-breed racing tracks. Grippy all-terrain rubber tyres ensure exceptional handling characteristics as does the locked drivetrain that makes for better low speed off-road use. A full range transmitter is included in the package as is a removable 200mAh 1S LiPo battery pack. The Micro Roost is available in two liveries from November.
The fifth and final round of the Czech IC Track Championships was held at the ARC Slavkov track last weekend. In the 1/8th class it was Xray’s Tomas Liptak with the overall TQ after the four qualifiers and he also took an easy win in the 30-minutes main final to grab the win from Tono Sloboda (Xray) in 2nd and Filip Uher (Xray) 3rd.
Think RC have introduced new option parts for their MTC1.e conversion kit in the form of a thinner top deck and new upper servo plates. Starting with the top deck, the part is a thinner version of the updated top deck included with the TH-502 chassis conversion kit. Made from quality 1.6mm carbon fibre the upper deck is ideal for low traction conditions, or when used with the aluminium flex chassis on ETS-style carpet. Also new is the servo mount plate made from 2.5mm thick carbon fibre for increased stiffness. This servo mount plate matches the steering post positions on the chassis plate included in the TH-502 Chassis conversion kit. To run the A2309 steering collars with the conversion kit, owners need this part. The second option plate is a simplified version, removing the floating steering option for a clean and simple look to the chassis. Also made from quality 2.5mm thick carbon fibre to improve the rigidity of the mounting.
The 9th Annual Top Gun Race was held at NORCAL Hobbies in San Jose, California recently. The surface was on a parking lot however it was prepped well and VHT was used for spraying the track. Saturday was open practice and Sunday saw two qualifiers and the A-main. In the Touring Modified class it was Lex Tyler with the TQ and win as EJ Evans and Aaron Lewis came in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Blitz have introduced the Cruze-M body shell for 1/10th M-type cars. Designed for FWD and 4WD chassis with 210mm to 225mm wheelbase, the 170mm wide body will fit most 1/10th M-class cars. The highly aerodynamic lid is available in standard 0.8mm and lightweight 0.7mm thickness and it comes including window masks, and a detailed decal sheet with lights and grille stickers.
Coming this October are new option parts for Tamiya’s popular T3-01 Dancing Rider trike. Included in the release are an adjustable link arm set for a wider range of setups and easier adaption do different steering servos, chrome-plated front fork B parts for looks as well as a front caramel block tyre and wide rear semi-slick tyres for looks and performance. The range is rounded out by a chrome-plated rear wheel set for the semi-slick tyres and a 14-piece ball bearing set to up precision and reduce the natural drivetrain drag.
Round 8 of the 2018 BRCA IC Track Nationals was held at the Wombwell track last weekend. Tim Wood (Shepherd) was the man to beat in qualifying with Alex Thurston (Serpent) in a close 2nd. In time for the main final a heavy down pour soaked the track and after a 10-minutes delay the race would finally start off. At first Alex was dropping back due to an aggressive clutch setting, however after putting full rain tyres on he was able to significantly up his pace and ultimately he brought home the win by over five laps after the 30-minutes final. Andy Hastings (Shepherd) came in 2nd while Michael Walton (Xray) rounded out the top 3.