Coming from Pro-Line are several pre-cut chassis protector decals for the Team Associated B44.3, B5M and the TLR 22 3.0. They are made using extra thick 0.5mm material and prevent excessive chassis wear as well as dirt build-up in the chassis screws and unused screw holes. The decals are manufactured by Upgrade RC and they are available in the Pro-Line Team or Pro-Line Black design with a plain, un-cut and clear sheet also being available.
Coming from Pro-Line is the Enforcer bodyshell for the Team Associated RC8T3 1/8th truggy. The body is a standard standard item in the AE kit and originally comes from the mind of Ty Tessmann to offer a meaner and more angular front end look with swooping roof and bed sections for improved airflow and high-speed stability. The hood of the truck is steeper to create more down force over the front wheels for more steering and faster lap times. As usual the body comes clear, including window masks and decal sheet.
The season opening round 1 of the popular RC LeMans Series was held this past weekend at the Dutch Appeldoorn track. The weekend started out in cold but dry weather on Saturday but it turned to the worst on Sunday with rain, snow, hail, wind and sun making for challenging track conditions. After the rocket round qualifiers Tim Altmann would grab the TQ in the Modified LMP1 class from Kai Altmann and Tobias Weist. Reinder Wilms and Ben Voorhaar completed the top 5 result. In the Stock LMP2 category, 2015 championship runner-up, Mathijs Hermens beat 2015 champion, Sascha Lennartz for the pole position. In the Modified A-main finals Tim would take leg wins in a wet A1 and a dry A3 to take the overall win from Kai and Reinder while in the Stock class, TQ holder Mathijs came out fastest from Franz-Jakob Reinartz and Sascha Lennartz.
The opening round of the Austrian 1/8th E-Buggy national championship was held at the famous and European Championship approved Fehring multi-surface track. The qualifiers saw Christian Landl (Mugen) taking the TQ honours by TQing two of the five rounds to leave Thomas Mayr (SWorkz) and Hupo Hönigl (Xray) behind in second and third. After the triple A-mains Thomas would then come out successful thanks to wins in A2 and A3, leaving Jürgen Trieb (SWorkz) behind in second place. TQ Christian Landl had to settle for third overall.
For the second round of the Indonesia National Buggy Championship the racers travelled to Maribaya, Lembang to compete at the Maxspin track. TLR driver Reza Rakasiwi would take his Maxmia-powered buggy to TQ honours and he would also come out fastest in the hour long A-main final that he would win with a 2-lap margin from Mugen/O.S. driver Stanley Wangsanegara on the runner-up spot. Adrian (TLR/O.S.) came in third another lap down while Ivan B. (Kyosho/Maxima) and Chopin Y. (TLR/Novarossi) rounded out the top 5 result.
Round two of the popular Czech Open series for 1/8th nitro buggies was held at the Horni Jeleni track over the weekend. The qualifying was a very tight affair with local star Max Götzl, Jiri Mara, Tomkas Kapicka and Kaja Novotny all being in the mix for the overall TQ. Eventually Jiri would come out fastest after the qualifiers from Max and Kaja in second and third respectively. After a couple of changes for the semifinal Kaja, who struggled a bit with overall grip, managed to take the pole position for the A-main that saw the top 4 drivers quickly pulling away from the field. Around the 15 minute mark Jiri and Kaja had opened a gap on the chasing pack with both swapping positions several times. Some 26 minutes into the race Kaja had to let Jiri go as the Xray driver encountered a small drivetrain problem with a stone in the clutch bell hindering his car’s performance. This meant Jiri Mara (Serpent) would be able to cruise to the win with Kaja taking the runner-up spot from Tomas Kapicka (Kyosho).
The opening round of the Italian Nitro Buggy National Championship was held at the Pista Le Pescine track in Rosignano. TLR’s Alex Zanchettin was on a mission all weekend, taking the TQ after the three rounds of qualifying and grabbing the win in the main final, ending a long winning drought. The runner-up spot was snatched by Riccardo Berton (Kyosho) who ended the A-main only 3 seconds shy of Alex. The final podium spot was obtained by TLR’s Marco Baruffolo who recovered back to third after a troubled start.
Available now from Upgrade RC are the Bermudas aluminium wing buttons. A one size fits all for both 1/8th and 1/10th scale vehicles the mounting plates are machined from high-quality aluminium with the unique triangular design being a welcomed alternative to the majority of round wing buttons. The wing mounts use either flat or button head M3 screws and they are available in black or blue anodising.