The opening round of the Bolivian 1/8th Off-road Nationals was held in La Paz this past weekend. Due to the location of the track, high above sea level, engine tuning was very difficult for the nitro drivers as were the weather conditions with rain making for a muddy track at times. In the end it was Carlos Guerra who made the best out of the conditions to bring home the win in the Nitro Buggy class from Bryan Bohrt 2nd and Jorge Zamora 3rd, making it an all JQ Racing top 3. Over in E-Buggy it was again Carlos Guerra with the win as Jorge Zamora and Wilson Cuellar rounded out the top 3 results for another JQ Racing 1-2-3 finish.
Round 4 of the Finnish FinTrack Tour took place at the Äänekoski indoor track last weekend. The facility offers both permanent on and off-road tracks and the club did a great job again hosting the indoor season finale. In the Touring Modified class, run on Saturday, Viljami Kutvonen took the win from Joel Valander and Georgy Chmigal in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The championship has three rounds ahead with the battle for the top 3 spots still being on between the 55 drivers that attended so far.
Capricorn is continuing to release special USA Version kits of their competition on-road vehicles with the latest being the P12-C USA Version 1/12th scale pan car. The inclusion of a stiffer aluminium chassis and rear lower pod plate over the standard carbon fibre items makes the car suitable for the high-bite track conditions as they are experienced in the US, as the stiffer chassis construction improves drivability and traction. Apart from the stiffer chassis and pod plate, the kits offer the same specifications as the standard “European” editions.
T-Works have introduced an 18-piece hard-coated aluminium suspension ball set for the Mugen MBX8 buggy. The set contains pivot balls such as the 7mm hex socket and 7mm standard balls, 6mm hex socket and 6mm anti-roll bar balls beside many other to fully outfit the vehicle with lighter parts compared to the standard steel balls. All are made from high-quality 7075 alloy and they come hard-coated for wear. All ball types are also available separately in 2-piece sets.
Coming from Kyosho and made for the Inferno GT3 1/8th on-road kits is an adjustable aluminium front C-hub set. Offering 4 degrees of built-in caster the hubs make use of composite inserts to reduce the caster to 2 degrees or increase it to 6 degrees in order to fine-tune the car’s steering characteristics going in or coming out of a corner. Machined from high-quality aluminium the hubs also allow to adjust the steering knuckle height using shims, and they come in Kyosho’s signature gun metal colour to match the remainder of the car’s option parts.
With snow covering most of the UK the Herts Nitro venue was lucky and only received a light dust so the team were able to get the track cleared and ready to race round 12 of this season’s Winter Series. Only 26 diehard racers braved the sub-zero temperatures and all had an enjoyable but cold day. Qualifying was dominated by Simon Reeves with Dylan Saunders not far behind. With only two finals the finals would be a pit lane start as the straight was the only part of the track which was soft and in the end it was Simon Reeves with the A-main win from Dylan Saunders 2nd and Steve Johnson 3rd. The opening round of the HNMC Summer Series will be held on the 1st of April.
Coming from Revolution Design Racing Products is an aluminium fan mount for Yokomo’s latest 1/10th 4WD buggy. The item is machined from aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminium and attaches directly to the centre spline of the chassis by using an already existing mounting point. The mount is designed for 30mm fan units that are held in place with much greater reliability compared to just using double-sided tape while also adding visual impact and cool factory looks. The black anodised item comes laser-etched to show off the driver’s passion for everything RDRP and it only adds minimal weight.
The final round of this Winter’s WBC Cup was held at the Netto RC Arena over the weekend. Many of Sweden’s top off-road drivers signed up to battle it out on the demanding track that offers a mix of high speed and tight corners, table top jumps, singles and many more. In 2WD Elias Johansson (Team Associated) took the TQ in front of Jessica Pålsson (Kyosho) and Hampus Berg (Team Associated).