Southern Swedish club Wäxjö MS played host to round 4 of the South Swedish Indoor Nationals. The small track with fast, grippy corners was a real challenge for everyone and even some of the fast drivers struggled to get their car’s setup right. In qualifying André Fossto ran away with the overall TQ, followed by Kenneth Carlsson in second and Stefan Svensson in third. In the first A-Main fast veteran racer Kenneth Carlsson and Stefan Svensson fought for the runner-up spot while André Fossto would cruise to an easy win. The second main was a nail biter when the top 3 drivers were fighting for the top spots halfway through the race side by side and almost hitting each other. Ultimately André Fossto would prevail to take the day’s win from Kenneth Carlsson in second and Stefan Svensson in third.
Team Titan’s Blitz TS035 1/8th scale bodyshell is now also available in a pre-cut variant. Coming in a regular 0.8mm and a lightweight 0.7mm variant the body shows up factory-cut and pre-drilled for the ARC R8.0 and R8.1, which means preparation time is greatly reduces while also guaranteeing perfectly cut wheel wells, engine and fuel tank openings. The EFRA homologated body is available now.
Japanese company Team Bomber have introduced the Type Ketter bodyshell for 1/12th scale pan cars. Designed to offer a sharp low-speed handling the body received a new nose section and front fender design for improved rotation while the cabin design and rear end shape still allow for good balance and rear traction when needed. The body is available moulded from lightweight 0.5mm polycarbonate and including window masks.
Singapore’s longest running electric off-road racing series kicked off at the RaceWorks Arena featuring a large outdoor track with a mixed surface. The hot blazing sun created quite a challenge for all racers as the heat created extremely high grip conditions on the astro-turfed sections and reduced grip where the dirt dried out. During the 4WD Buggy qualifiers, Dennis Chiang, Kum Yew and Mark Lim emerged as the drivers to beat as they battled through all three runs. As the dust settled, Lim secured TQ with Dennis in second and Kum Yew to round out the top 3 on the grid.
Chehaw Raceway of Georgia recently held the Forever Heroes Memorial race to raise money for the good cause. The small and dusty track was a challenge to any racer with the mindset, “fast is faster”. A slower, more stable vehicle was far superior and Chandler Elliott (Mugen) would take the TQ in the Pro Nitro Buggy class while Landen Lewis (Xray) came out fastest in the Pro E-Buggy qualifiers. Ultimately Landen would walk away with the win in the Pro Nitro Buggy class from Kyosho’s Mickey Griffin and TLR driver Allen Krier and Landen would also sweep the Pro E-Buggy category by taking the day’s win from Mickey Griffin (Kyosho) in second and Larry Cromontia (Mugen) in third.
The Lake Park R/C of Florida, USA recently held a club race that saw Nathan Wincek walking away with the win in the 4WD Buggy and 1/8th E-Buggy class. Coming from the 3 spot on the 4WD grid the Xray driver took the lead on the second lap and he held off the charge of Ben Pinover (Xray) and carried on for the win. Ben would come in second from third placed Josh Dasch (Team Associated). In 1/8th E-Buggy Nathan TQ’d and he was under pressure early from Jim Hess (TLR) and then later Ben Pinover (TLR) but he was able to lead from the start and go on to take the win from Ben and Jim.
The Dutch Tamiya Cup series recently kicked off at the Racing Arena Limburg indoor track. The 30x14m track laid out with ETS carpet offered a technical layout that made for some entertaining races. The event was held in six different classes including Fighter Buggy, TT01/02 Top Stock, Euro TC and Euro GT. Also run was a Formula class and of course M-Chassis. To spice up racing, the organisers decided to use a different format of two seven minute qualifiers and two mains with the first leg being a seven minute sprint, followed by a ten minute “reverse order start” leg 2 that sees the winner of the opening leg start from P6 while the sixth place driver will start from pole and so on. The whole event was held in a very relaxed and laid back atmosphere and in the fastest class of Euro GT, Florian Joos put his TRF car on pole, followed by Robert Krens. The battle for third was won by Michel van der Velden, just in front of Martijn van der Heijden.
Nicholas Lee has won the second A-Main of the TITC, the Yokomo driver benefiting from errors from race leaders Bruno Coelho and Alexander Hagberg, both incidents delaying a very unlucky Jilles Groskamp. From the start Groskamp had Coelho under intense pressure and on the fourth lap the Xray driver would roll trying to keep the door closed on the Infinity driver. Trying to avoid the Top Qualifier, Groskamp would have to take to the infield allowing third place starter Hagberg into the lead but four laps later he would do almost a carbon copy of his team-mates error. With Groskamp all over the 2015 Champion, on the exact same corner Hagberg was also to roll again, Groskamp having to take evasive action only this time it would end his challenge for both the leg win and that ‘dream’ TITC victory that eludes him. With Lee going to the front after the second incident he would pull clear to add a win to his A1 second place with Andy Moore, from 9th on the grid, finishing 2nd ahead of Infinity team-mate Chavit Sirigupta and Hagberg.
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