The 37th annual U.S. Indoor Championship were held in Cleveland, Ohio and the 1/12th scale 17.5 saw a handout tire rule to be implemented on the field for the first time in the event’s history. All competitors received their purple stripe tires at sign up and NY driver, Tom Firsching would be taking TQ with Dana Bailes and John Tortorice starting second and third. In the final, Tom took the win in a great battle with second place finisher Dana Bailes.
T-Works have introduced a new hard foam bumper suitable for the Yokomo BD7, BD7’16, & BD8. The new bumper extends 6mm further out the front to eliminate the need to apply additional foam pieces when the body shell is mounted further forward on the car.
Italian company BMT have introduced a new range of tools, including a turnbuckle tool, wrench set and glow plug spanner. Made from high quality materials, the turnbuckle tool set includes changeable tips with M3, M4 and M5 included, while the hex head wrench set including 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 & 3.0mm wrenches, all with a knurled easy to grip handle. Finally, the glow plug tool is your standard affair with 8.0mm and 10mm socket wrenches as well as a 5.0mm hexagon wrench.
The team signings and departures are coming thick and fast with the announcement by Kyosho Europe that Jerome Aigoin has left their team. Following 10 years together in which they won the very competitive French Nationals 3 times in a row between 2012 and 2014 as well as finishing runner up at the 2011 Euros, the time has come for the two parties to go their separate ways. The statement from Kyosho Europe states:
Over the last 10 years Team Kyosho International have relied on Jerome’s good image and qualities, he has represented the Kyosho brand at multiple occasions on the worldwide racing scene. His speed, knowledge and driving skills allowed him to remain competitive on many international and national 1/8 offroad races and championships, winning sever national crowns. Jerome joined Team Kyosho International early 2007 and immediately entered the highest level in the ranking list of pro drivers. Working tightly with Kyosho Japan, as well as Kyosho Europe, he has been a great ambassador for every brand distributed by the group over the years. With 2017 new season in the loop, this 10 year close relationship is coming to its end, Kyosho Corporation and Kyosho Europe would like to thank Jerome and are wishing him the best for his future, on and off the track.
Up and coming Italian racer and star of the recent World Championships in Las Vegas Davide Ongaro has announced today that he will part ways with Mugen. Davide said, “After three years of a successful cooperation with Mugen Seiki Europe that peaked with the brilliant results at the Vegas Worlds, it is time for me and my team to try a new adventure. My new destination will be announced shortly. I would like to take the chance to thank Stefan at MSE, Sanada San and Osaka San at Mugen Japan, and my team mates Adam Drake and Robert Batlle for all the support they gave me. Your help is something I’ll be forever grateful for.” Whats next for the young racer? It will all be confirmed soon.
Samix have introduced their aluminium outer driveshaft set for the Axial SCX10-2. Made from high quality aluminium and anodised in 3 different colours, the new part helps improve both the rigidity and durability of the drive train.
Winter Jumps Round 2 was held by Fullspeed RC at capital of Finland, Helsinki. Race was held from Saturday to Sunday. Track surface was familiar EOS carpet. In 2wd level was pretty high with many top drivers from Finland and over 60 entries. Samppa Orhanen was TQ after three rounds of qualifying, Joel Valander was starting second and Joona Haatanen third. In first A.final Samppa got stop and go penalty for early start as he moved little bit on the grid. Joel and Joona had a nice battle but Joel won A1 0.5s front of Joona Haatanen. Samppa dominated A2 as Joel and Joona crashed out. Last final came and Samppa crashed early, Joel went to the lead and never looked back and Joona wasn’t able to catch.
The final race of the 2016 season at Urban PlaySpace was the year-end Race Party this past weekend. A total of 40 entries made this the year’s biggest race, and a fitting conclusion to an action packed racing year. In the Touring Stock Class (17.5T Blinky), a total of 30 racers battled for honours. Fresh from his big win in Xiamen, China, Nicholas Lee would secure TQ with 2 wins in the 3 qualifying rounds. In the A-main, Nicholas maintained his momentum and rolled to 2 wins in the first 2 legs. Dominic Quek showed great pace at the start of each leg but ultimately had to be satisfied with 2nd after winning Leg 3 of the A-main which Nicholas sat out. YS Heng was in a close battle with the rest of the field for the final podium spot, and finally secured 3rd.