The first round of the East German regionals was held at the Bernau Motodrom. In the Electric Touring 13.5T class Stefan Schulz took the TQ and he easily won the A-main in front of Robert Komfort and Ralph Schmidt. The Formula class had Kai-Oliver Gutschau putting his car on the 1 spot for the finals but it was again Stefan Schulz who came out successful. Kai-O had to settle for second while Uwe Sieber completed the top 3 result. Elsewhere in the 1/8th Nitro On-road class Wilfried Stecker took the day’s win from Kosta Saritsaklis.
The second round of the Portuguese 1/8th Off-road Nationals was held this past weekend in Guarda following a rained out and cancelled round one. Serpent driver Carlos Duares (Serpent) set the TQ in the qualifiers by winning all three rounds with Miguel Matias (HB) coming in second. In the 45 minute A-main the TQ holder suffered a flame-out which cost him dearly as Ricardo Monteiro (TLR) was able to take the win one lap ahead of Carlos. Miguel Matias took the third spot some 6 seconds short of the runner-up.
Round two of the Swiss Touring Nationals was held at the Schaffhausen track and in the Touring Pro Stock class it was Noah Asendorf (Xray) who grabbed the day’s win from second placed Marco Siegenthaler (HB). In third Marco Balmer (Team Magic), coming from the 4 spot on the grid, rounded out the podium result.
Coming from HRC Racing is the TSW LiPo safety bag. The industry-standard bag allows to store up to two 2S packs and it is made from fire-resistant material to reduce harm created in case a LiPo battery goes boom during charging, discharging or storage. Safety bags line this are mandatory at many tracks with the HRC variant sporting red and white logos all over it for easy recognition.
Round 2 of the Team Associated Summer Series at the Hobby Plex in Omaha, NE had another good turnout, with 177 entrants competing on a fast and technical layout. Racers from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota were on hand to battle it out for the top steps of the podium, and a chance to advance in the points standings. Alex Vanderbeek and Tom Rinderknecht took victories in all three of the premier Modified classes. Tom set the TQ in Mod 4WD, and took a commanding win over the field, “throwing big whips along the way,” in his words.
Round two of the Spanish 1/8th Nitro Buggy National Championship was held in El Alamo, Madrid over the weekend. Mugen’s up and coming Juan Carlos Canas would take a popular overall TQ from team mate Bryan Baldo and SWorkz’ Albert Garcia. Multi-time national champion, Robert Batlle (Mugen) had to settle for fourth but he put things straight for the A-main when he placed his Ultimate-powered buggy on the pole position in front of Oscar Baldo, Juan Carlos and Bryan Baldo. The 45 minute main final held some nice battles for the front runner and the mid-pack and with pole position holder Robert running into trouble at some point it was Juan Carlos who took maximum profit of the situation, taking a great win over Robert Batlle with Bryan Baldo rounding out the podium result.
Round two of the BRCA 1/8th Nitro Buggy Nationals was held at Kent this past weekend. Qualifying on Saturday was dominated by Elliot Boots and his reds powered Kyosho. This being one of Elliot’s home tracks before his most recent move to Italy and you could see he felt at home straight away. The main event saw a great 3-way battle out front between Elliot Boots, Neil Cragg (Team Associated/LRP) and Jack Embling (Kyosho/Reds Racing), lasting nearly the full 45 minutes. Elliot would lead for the first part but a few mistakes would allow Neil through. Neil managed to hold the lead with Elliot in second swapping fast laps all the way until an issue would see Elliot have to make his way into the pits. This allowed Neil to hold the lead, promoted Jack up to 2nd and long time 4th place man Lee Martin (Mugen/RC Concepts) to snatch 3rd.
The 2016 Summer Shootout was held in Lake City, Florida this past weekend. Mugen’s Cole Ogden would TQ and win Pro Nitro Buggy and he ended tie on points with John Michael Mcginty in E-Buggy but in the end a better tie-breaker handed Cole his second title of the weekend. To finish off a successful day Cole then also won the Dash for Cash. Being the Pro Nitro Buggy TQ he had to start dead last from the 10th spot but he was able to work his way up for another win.