The 2nd round of Annual Beat the Hype Trophy Race took place last at PCRC Raceway in Bolivar, Missouri. Matthew Pyle swept all three rounds of qualifying in both the 2WD Buggy and 4WD Buggy classes, though TQ was determined via Rocket Round. In the finals Matthew continued to dominate and he was able to bring home the wins in both categories with Scott Neeman coming in 2nd as Nick Cummins rounded out the 2WD podium.
Coming from Avid and made for Team Associated’s B6.1 based vehicles is a titanium slipper screw. Using the part will reduce the drivetrain’s rotating mass while the pre-pinned design ensures everything is staying in place. The screw is made from billet 6Al-4V titanium, it scrubs about 50 percent of weight compared to the stock steel screw and it includes a spare pin and is usable with all B6.1, T6.1 and SC6.1 kits.
The season finale of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series takes place this weekend (13-15 July) at the Hudy Arena in Slovakia.Having hosted the penultimate round of the championship last year, the World famous facility has returned to its traditional date of being not just the sixth and final round but also doubling up as the perfect venue for all the ETS’ end of season awards presentations. With 3 of the four titles already settled when the previous round saw the return of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands to the schedule, the final round will very much be an important form guide ahead of the upcoming World Championships in South Africa. Having successfully defended his ETS Modified title, Bruno Coelho will be looking to remain undefeated at his Xray team’s home track.
Last weekend drivers headed to the Midlands for round 4 of the BRCA Clubman’s Championship at the Bedworth Club. Over the last year, the club has changed the location to a new and greatly improved venue. They have transformed an abandoned overgrown two tennis court area and surrounding area into a great pitting area and more importantly the flattest and grippiest track many have ever raced on in the U.K. The weather for the weekend was one of the hottest on record, with temperatures of 30ºC and track temperatures of 60ºC, something that is rarely seen in the U.K. and it would be a real test for both drivers and equipment. There was a full entry for race day and there were also 70 plus drivers practicing on Saturday with seven timed runs for all classes in heat order. So plenty of opportunity for those new to the venue to adjust to track conditions. The usual three classes were running, 17.5 Blinky, 13.5 Open and Formula.
Coming soon from Spektrum is their new DX5 Pro 5-channel DSMR radio system. The transmitter features a new ergonomics package that allows the user to adapt the radio to better suits personal needs while a redesigned steering mechanism eliminates the centre dead zone and an updated throttle trigger with increased throw and resolutions ensures improved throttle and brake control. Included with the transmitter comes the popular drop down steering wheel conversion with 10 degrees and 15 degrees steering adapters, a small steering wheel is includes as are a 36 degrees steering cam option, multiple grip sizes and the radio allows for adjustable trigger and steering tension as well as an adjustable fore/aft and left/right trigger position adaption. Other features include built-in telemetry, advanced programming with additional mixing setups and it also sports pre-programmed Losi vehicle memories for the DBXL-E, Super Baja Ray, 3XL-E, Tenacity SCT, MT and T. The package is rounded out by the recently introduced antenna-less SR2100 receiver.
New for the up and coming GT8 class are pre-trued foam tyres from Contact RC. The tyres were born from a collaboration with shops and drivers and they are available in the two hardnesses of 35 shore for the front and 25 shore for the rear. The tyres are trued to 103mm diameter and they are pre-glued on industry-standard 17mm hex wheels. While being created for the GT8 class the foamies are also ideal when running 1/8th off-road buggies on road surfaces.
The inaugural Xray Racing Series Japan race was held in Nagoya recently. Being the home of the 2018 All-Japan JMRCA Touring Sport class nationals many drivers took the opportunity to get some laps under their belts. The race was open for all manufacturers, however during the price giving ceremony also the top 3 Xray drivers were announced as part of a special classification. In the premier Touring Modified class it was Japanese frontrunner, Akio Sobue with the win from Kutsana and Sasaki.
Xray have announced the release of their new 2-way flow Delrin shock pistons for the XB8 series of buggies, XT8 trucks and GTX on-road kits. The moulded pistons are of a special design with an additional rubber valve closing two of the given holes on up travel for increased pack of the dampers during compression. When the shock piston moved down again the rubber valves opens the two holes for quicker extraction. The result is increased stability upon landing or when tackling very rough terrain while the suspension returns quicker into normal ride height even when using a somewhat soft setup. The 2-way pistons are available in sets of two and as 5-hole, 6-hole or 8-hole variant and in the following specifications that you can view after the break.