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September 13, 2017

Avid B6 flat front & long rear carbon fibre shock towers

Avid have introduced new front and rear carbon fibre shock towers for the Team Associated B6 series of buggies. Available are the “flat” front and “long” rear towers, both are made of 4.5mm carbon fibre material and Avid added material, pocketing, and bracing to the weak areas. The flat and long configurations are the most popular on dirt tracks and they require flat front A-arms and long 31mm shock bodies as the latter offer more volume and control in most conditions. The upper shock mount positions are in the same location as the stock geometry and the towers are available separately from now on.

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September 13, 2017

Balestri takes Q2 in France

Dario Balestri has taken the second round of qualifying at the 1:8 Onroad World Championships in France, the Italian coming good on his free practice pace from 2 days earlier.  The Infinity driver topped the round from Bruno Coelho as Q1 pace setter Simon Kurzbuch threw away a potential TQ run when he put his Shepherd on the grass. With marshalling assistance required to rejoin, the error would leave the reigning champion 17th.  Again the track showed it deserves respect with Top seed Naoto Matsukura again crashing out, only this time it ended his run less than 1-minute in. Behind Coelho, who also had a excursion, Jessie Davis completed the Top 3 making up for an error filled Q1 in which he ended up P29. Backing up his strong Q1 P6 run, Lars Hoppe would set the fourth fastest time ahead of Lamberto Collari and Teemu Leino.

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September 13, 2017

‘Perfect’ start as Kurzbuch opens title defence with TQ run

Reigning 1:8 Onroad World Champion Simon Kurzbuch has got his title defence off to the perfect start by TQ’ing the opening round of qualifying this morning in Monteux, France.  The Shepherd driver put in an error free round, capitalising on mistakes from both top seed Naoto Matsukura and Bruno Coelho to top the times from free practice pace setter Dario Balestri.  Having put his Xray on the grass while in pursuit of Matsukura’s Infinity, Coelho would recover to get a third while Matsukura stopped the clocks with the fourth fastest time despite his heavy impact with the fencing at the start of the straight.

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September 13, 2017

Tamiya TT-02 White Special Limited Edition

Coming soon from Tamiya is the TT-02 entry-level touring car in the White Special limited edition. Basically a standard TT-02 with all-white plastic parts the limited edition will also include a range of optionals although Tamiya have so far not stated which ones. More information on the features and specifications will become available in time for the release.

Source: Tamiyablog [tamiyablog.com]


September 13, 2017

Kyosho Inferno GT2 VE Audi R8 Race Spec RTR

Coming from Kyosho is the Inferno GT 2 VE Audi R8 Race Spec 1/8th electric ready-to-run kit. It combines the dynamic performance of the Inferno GT2 Race Spec with easy-to-use electric power for a race-breed GT8e car. While maintaining the full potential of the proven battle power of the Inferno GT2 chassis, the VE incorporates the 4S LiPo battery compatible Team Orion Vortex 8 brushless motor and Vortex R8 ESC as its power core. The high rigidity main chassis is equipped with side guards to strengthen impact resistance and keep dirt out to improve overall reliability and performance. The included 2.4GHz Syncro KT-331P transmitter automatically manages frequency bands and features a high visibility LCD screen and functions such as dual-rate and ABS plus safety features such as a failsafe function. Also included is the high-torque, metal-geared KS-5031-09MW servo for steering authority with the whole package being topped off by a pre-painted Audi R8 GT body shell.

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September 13, 2017

McBest Series Rd9 & Rd10 – Report

Last weekend the last two rounds of the McBest race series were held on the technical MRG Dogern track. In 1/10th Touring Marco Schwab, Dominik Denoth and Stefan Wüthrich were equal on points going into the final weekend while in 1/8th scale Martin Wenger only needed one good result to drive home his victory in the overall ranking as Beat Heiniger and Stefan Graber fought for 2nd place. The weekend started off wet on Saturday and the tyre choice was a hard one because the conditions kept changing. In 1/8th scale Stefan Wüthrich unfortunately lost a lot of time when a tyre left its rim while leading the race as Martin took the win from Beat and this meant Martin Wenger would snatch a back-to-back championship.

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