Round 3 of the North German Off-road regionals was held at the astro turf track in Celle near Hannover. The weather was great on Sunday but the challenging and bumpy track, that changes traction a lot during the day, made things difficult. Unfortunately the turnout of drivers was pretty low meaning a lot of hassle for drivers who competed in more than one class. Overall and in the stadium truck class it was John Zuber who brought home the win from Michael Bossel and Mirko Johne while the 4WD class was won by Lars Hundertmark from John Zuber 2nd and Olaf Stein 3rd.
The final day of round 2 of the EFRA GP Series started off wet due to a huge overnight rain. Race director Ernesto Camponovo would delay the official start of the day until 10.00 as the rain stopped at about 9.00. Half an hour of practice was then used to clear the track and to allow the drivers to adapt to the new conditions with the race program continuing with the lower finals at 10.30. After the semis, Kyle Branson, Daniele Ielasi, Maximilian Vogl, Stefan Hanauer, Mattia Pesenti, Nicola Marrone, Marco Vanni and Louis Christophe would bump up to the main final that was completed by reigning IFMAR World Champion, Simon Kurzbuch and 9-times IFMAR World Champion, Lamberto Collari.
Mixed weather conditions was the challenge for drivers at round three of the BRCA Touring Car Series, held at the Stafford track, with rain disrupting most of the morning’s qualifying runs and with Saturday’s practice held in the dry sunshine, this left drivers with little track data going into the meeting. Modified class championship leader, Olly Jefferies saw off a strong challenge in qualifying to take TQ with his Xray ahead of Chris Grainger’s Team Associated with Alex Gardner getting his best run at a UK national lining up third for VBC.
Coming from Radtec and made for the Yokomo BD8 touring car are a 0 degree C-hub set and a pair of 41.1mm steel double joint drive shafts. Starting with the C-hubs, the parts are machined from high-quality aluminium and they are a direct fit on the ARS rear suspension. Due to using alloy over composite material the overall stiffness and stability is greatly improved which results in increased traction and better drivability on high-traction surfaces. The hubs come black anodised and with silver edge details for looks. Also new is a set of 41.1mm front Premium spring steel drive shafts. They are of a double joint design, use lightweight centre couplers and they are a direct replacement for the stock parts.
Schelle Racing Innovations have introduced their all-new car bag for 1/10th cars and trucks as well as 1/8th buggies. Designed to hold and protect all sorts of RC gear, Schelle has taken the car bag to a whole new level in terms of design and functionality. The bag is stocked with premium padding, handles, zipper pulls and accessories. It comes with internal storage compartments for lexan wings, tyres, protectors and more and it can even accommodate a car stand and pit board when housing a 1/10th car. The bag is made of heavy duty nylon, it features an ID sleeve with card and it is available separately or as convenient 3-bag pack.
Day two of round 2 of the EFRA GP Series in Lostallo, Switzerland again saw very warm weather with more than 30 degree Celsius and high humidity. The day saw five rounds of qualifying of which three counted and in 1/8th nitro on-road it was Simon Kurzbuch who excelled and who took a pretty dominant overall TQ. Following the qualifying the Superpole races were on with Lamberto Collari, Toni Gruber, Robin D’hondt and Kyle Branson battling for the second direct qualifying spot. Unfortunately Toni had mechanical issues and wasn’t able to take part is the Superpole race while Robin and Lamberto both were in the mix. Ultimately Collari would prevail, taking the runner-up spot with a 20.334 from D’hondt with a 20.363.
The MRTM Lostallo track in Switzerland plays host to round 2 of the EFRA GP this weekend. Former home of three IFMAR World Championships as well as some EFRA Euros, the huge and fuel consuming track sets the stage for some competitive racing with 47 drivers attending in the 1/8th and 1/10th nitro classes. To the demeaning track conditions add high temperatures of about 34 degree Celsius which results in pretty high traction and in the 1/8th class it was Simon Kurzbuch (Shepherd/Novarossi) who set the early practice pace with a 1:00:150 for his best three consecutive laps. Some 0.429s down, Lamberto Collari (Infinity/O.S. M.Collari) is the only other driver to pull three laps with in the 1:00:00 range. Elsewhere in the 1/10th Touring class it is Germany’s Toni Gruber (WRC/Novarossi) who looks to be the man to beat so far with a 1:02:265.
Coming from Vigor RC and made for the Yokomo BD8 touring car is an aluminium 0 degree rear C-hub. The hub is machined from high-quality 7075 alloy, it weighs in at only 4.9g and is made to replace the composite part of the RTC system, resulting in improved precision and more traction. The C-hubs come in pairs and use a grub screw to hold the suspension pins which further adds to the overall precision.