This year’s JConcepts Indoor National Series’ final round was hosted by Beach RC and Hobbies located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With the race being in December, this summer hotspot was cool as a cucumber, but nonetheless, a great opportunity to visit one of the best indoor tracks on the east coast. With the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall editions of the INS8 already accounted for, this was the last chance racers had to improve their results for a chance at the highly coveted overall class championships. Uniquely known for its square track dimensions, Beach RC has quickly become a racer’s favorite and some are even calling it a ‘bucket list‘ track. One of the beauties about Beach RC is the awesome clay dirt that provides a ton of grip with very little dust. The direct result is a killer driving experience for all drivers from beginner to expert. When the track was green, you broke out the treads and when the track started drying throughout the weekend, you ran ghost pins or slicks. It was pretty easy.
Available now from Scorpion are special ball bearing and one-way lubricants. The oils were developed by German nitro on-road frontrunner Toni Gruber and Italy’s Pepe Group, ensuring maximum performance and protection. The ball bearing oil will deliver exceptional lubrication, protection and care even for the highly stressed bearings of 1/8th nitro on-road cars but it is also perfect for all other applications including off-road vehicles. The one-way oil is ideal for delicate roller bearings, offering perfect protection and lubrication while preventing outdrive slippage. Both oils come in 16ml bottles.
New for the Xray X1 formula pan cars is the WTC wing-to-chassis mount from RC-Carbonstore’s Rebellion-RC brand. The carbon fibre and aluminium assembly will ensure increased rear end grip, better handling, improved stability on bumpy tracks and more predictable cornering. The mount moves the rear wing mount from the power pod to the centre chassis area, reducing unsprung weight. The design ensures only 20g of added weight and it offers three mounting positions for the side tubes.
The second round of the popular MRC Longwy Winter Series was held in Longwy, France last weekend. In the Touring Modified class it was Freddy Südhoff with the TQ from Lucas Urbain in 2nd and Remi Callens on P3. After the triple A-mains it was again Freddy Südhoff on the top spot as Remi and Lucas swapped places in the final order. Cyril N’diaye came in 4th.
Xray have introduced a graphite-reinforced centre diff mounting plate set for the XB8 1/8th scale buggy. The specially formulated composite material offers increased strength and a lower weight while being extremely heat resistant, offering improved stability then running long mains or when the ambient temperatures are high. The sets includes a single bulkhead side, consisting of an upper and lower case, as well as a brake disc guide.
Coming soon from SkyRC is their new Toro TS150 Pro brushless speed controller for 1/8th scale vehicles. Designed for buggies, trucks and monster trucks but also usable for 1/8th on-road kits, the 150A-rated controller offers an aluminium heatsink case, a 6V high-power BEC system with up to 8A, as well as a multitude of software features that include adjustable timing as well as throttle and brake curve adjustment to name just a few. The controller is adjustable using SkyRC’s Progbox or WiFi module and it comes including a heavy duty fan unit that is meant to be a lot more durable compared to standard fans – even when running in demanding track conditions and on track with large jumps.
The third round of the 2018/19 BRCA 1/12th nationals took place in Tamworth last weekend. The Tamworth club laid a fantastic looking track on their new Primafelt carpet and with a capacity entry of 80 drivers everyone was treated to a fantastic weekend of highly competitive 12th circuit racing. On Saturday racers competed in the 13.5 blinky stock championship with the field split into F1, F2 and F3 grades. In the F1 class Andy Murray broke the dominance of David Spashett and Ollie Payne with their Roche cars by putting his Schumacher onto pole position. Ollie lined up second with David, a very close third, seven tenths of a second behind. Mark Stiles and Ben Vincent were also on the same lap and with the top five covered by five seconds it was sure to be a close fought race.
Available from Toni Gruber’s Scorpion brand are competition-grade after run and air filter oils. Both were developed in cooperation with the Pepe Group with the after run oil ensuring maximised engine life as it keeps the engine internals in best possible shape when the engine is not in use for a longer time, for example over the winter season. The chemical neutralises corrosive residue, preventing harming rust build-up. As for the air filter oil, the sticky sauce prevents dust from entering the engine, ensuring prolonged engine life while ensuring best possible airflow at the same time. Both oils are available in 50ml bottles.