Leisure Hours Raceway hosted the 4th Annual Factory Tracks Invitational in Will County, Illinois this past weekend. While in its fourth year running, each year has crowned a new champion from FTR’s Aydin, Austin, and Allen Horne having all won the overall 2WD/4WD combined championship. The FTR Invitational uses the all out, racing format of the Reedy Race of Champions with points decided by five runs in 2WD and five runs in 4WD allowing for one drop in each class. Running alongside the FTR Invitational was the 2017 JConcepts Shootout, which consisted of the more standard four rounds of qualifying and single A-Main format to decide the winner.
The 6th annual Spring Classic race was hosted by Bluegroove Hobbies and Raceway over the Easter weekend. The 3-day event opened with controlled practice on Friday, three rounds of qualifying on Saturday, a fourth round of qualifying on Sunday, and then all of the mains. There were eight classes to compete in with the largest class being 17.5 2wd buggy with 38 entries. The track layout used a mix of straights, table tops, off-camber sections, and a small rhythm section. The last race of the weekend was the Modified 2WD Buggy class, and after the final lap had been counted Alex Vanderbeek took home the win, privateer Drew Rubenking captured 2nd place, and team mate Mason Fuller would take the 3rd place on the podium.
After 10 years, the Psycho Nitro Blast has built itself to become one of the most recognizable racing events in the United States. From its 24hr practice schedule to the massive 900+ entries, make for an event that is profoundly unforgettable and an experience like no other. Known to have one of the craziest layouts hosted in a massive arena, the stories have been legendary and the dedication to participate in such an event is enormous. Not only did the 2017 PNB test the drivers, but also their equipment’s durability as the grueling condition was relentless on all fronts. This past weekend in White Pine, Tennesse, the 10th Annual PNBlast drew in some of the biggest names in the game to compete on a jaw-dropping, massive track featuring perhaps one of the longest jumps in 1/8th off-road racing known as the Dragon’s Tail. This triple was 60ft long from tip to tip and took the lives of many 1/8th scale buggies and truggies along with it.
Made for Losi’s forthcoming Tenacity 1/10th short course truck is Spektrum’s new DX2e Active Speedometer Bundle. The set combines all the necessary components to upgrade the truck and radio to utilise active speed feedback and it works exclusively with the DX2e Active transmitter. Included in the package are the speedometer, the DSMR telemetry module and an RPM telemetry sensor. The set will become available in late May.
Losi have introduced their new Tenacity SCT RTR 1/10th scale 4WD short course truck. The vehicle takes design features of the proven TEN platform with the kit being actually based off of the TEN MT truck, sporting a tough 4WD drivetrain, 12mm shock absorbers with plastic bodies and a fixed link suspension. The truck is powered by a 3S LiPo-compatible 550-class 4-pole 3800kv motor and a 130A speed controller, its electronic components are waterproof for go-everywhere ability and the truck is rounded out by MAXXIS Razr MT tyres and a pre-decorated bodyshell which is available in two colour schemes. Also included in the package is a genuine Spektrum DX2e Active radio system with Active Vehicle Control technology with the transmitter being usable with optional telemetry features like the Spektrum Dashboard app or an LED speedometer.
The April Fool’s Classic has a deep history in the world of R/C off-road racing. Known as R/C’s 2nd longest running race and the premier race in Utah, over the years it has attracted some of the industry’s best drivers to compete on a high-bite, clay track better known as Intermountain R/C Raceway. Last weekend IRCR hosted the 29th Annual April Fool’s Classic and since the new ownership under Murfdog, has seen a significant resurgence of a genuine classic. The grip is always high at IRCR and by the mains, the fastest tires are ghost pins or slicks in the rear with low tread up front. With that kind of bite, navigating the flowy layout filled with technical elevated corners and jumps wasn’t an easy feat. Perhaps the hardest part on the track was the big triple that landed into a 180-degree turn coming onto the straightaway. The more precise you could land the jump while still maintaining a tight line and corner speed, the more time you could shave off your lap.
The Russian Grand Prix 2017 will be held from the 14th to 16th of April at the Hobby Exhibition in Moscow, Russia. The 3-day event will be held in 1/10th 2WD and 4WD Buggy, Stadium Truck, 2WD and 4WD Short Course as well as 1/8th E-Buggy and 1/18th Monster Truck classes with over 150 driver from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus having already signed in for the event. More information can be found here.
The recent 3rd Annual Thumb RC Mini Nationals was hosted by ROVE and in the 1/14 Buggy class Team LC Racing USA driver Jeff Hutchinson had a good battle with John Taz Motors. After the eight minute A-main was over, Jeff finished with a two lap lead on the field. Taz came home in second with his Losi Mini Eight. Sven took third and finished on the same lap as Taz. Ben Klein running a Caster Racing S16B took fourth and Steven Motors fifth.