This past weekend Track Time Hobbies of Reno, Nevada held their annual Race for Your Lives event. Racers from as far as Arizona made the trek to Track Time Hobbies to race on the latest layout made with some of the most consistent dirt on the West Coast. Nearly 80 entries meant there would be some additional time and this would also allow for an additional 4th round of Ifmar qualifying for the racers who attended along with double A-main formats for the more heavily entered classes. Lower B-Mains were run first allowing the two bump up drivers to bump into their respective A-mains.
The 8th and final round of the 2016 JBRL Electric Series was recently held at Hot Rod Hobbies in Saugus, California. In the premier 2WD Open Buggy Steven Hartson would walk away with the win from Jake Mayo and Tyler Fenster but overall in the championship it was Jake who took the title honours from teammate Steven. David Jenson would round out the championship top 3 result.
Tekno have introduced the high roll centre HRC rear hubs for the SCT.3 and SL kits. By lowering the hinge pin location compared to the stock rear hubs the HRC uprights offer a raised the rear roll centre. Using the hubs increase on-power traction and stability while decreasing body roll. All of this with improved rotation into a corner and no compromise in on-power steering. To reduce wear and increase part lifespan, the hubs are moulded from durable nylon and they are for the use on the SCT410.3 and EB48SL vehicles.
The fifth and final round of the Off-road Showdown Tour by Scotty Ernst rolled into town hosted by Superior Hobbies/Beachline Raceway this past weekend. Beachline Raceway is an amazing facility housing one of the largest 1/10th indoor scale off-road tracks, and plenty of indoor pitting. The track surface is sealed/glued orange clay making it very unique as it provides plenty of traction and is very consistent from start to finish. The track opened for official practice Friday morning and racers took full advantage as they dialed in their vehicles for the super high bite surface. Practice buttoned up around 7pm giving racers plenty of time for dinner and race day prep.
Murf’s Intermountain RC Raceway will play host to the Utah State Championships November 3rd through the 6th. Home of the April Fools Classic, the famous clay racing surface will have a fresh layout for this event. The schedule includes a round of seating practice on Thursday evening, one round of qualifying on Friday, three rounds of qualifying on Saturday and the mains on Sunday. There will be a resort of qualifying after the second round for anyone that can’t make Thursday’s seating practice round. Categories run include Modified and Stock Buggy, Truck and SCT as well as 1/8th E-Buggy. More information including the schedule and rules can be found here.
The Silverstone Winter Series kicked off with a great day’s racing at Moulton College in Northampton, UK. The main 2WD class featured 100 drivers. With brand new EOS style carpet and with Schumacher Minipin 1 or Minipin 2 control tyres there was plenty of grip and negligible tyre wear.
Veteran racer Ellis Stafford took the 2WD win with his TLR buggy, closely followed by Schumacher drivers Greg Williams and Charlie Ware.
The penultimate round of the 2016 Belgium SCT Cup was hosted by the Buggy Club Seraing. After loosing their previous track as the rental contract was not renewed, the club set up a great temporary track including rostrum, catering and a really nice layout. Unfortunately, as in far too many occasions this year, the weather is not with the organizers and drivers and the day would start under rain. Thankfully the wet stuff stopped before the qualifiers but came back in time for the finals, making the race really challenging for both men and machines. The opening qualifier of the Pro2 class saw Géry Ledocq (Kyosho) and Nicolas Evens (TLR) having a close run, separated by one tenth of a second at the end of the 6 minutes race. Stéphane Vanyper (Team Associated) was already 10 seconds behind. For the second round Géry found lots of pace and he took a clear win ahead of Nicolas and fast newcomer Didier Delférière (Kyosho). In last round, the scenario up front was pretty much the same while youngster Guillaume Laffut (TeamC) took a brilliant third place to line up third on the grid behind Géry and Nicolas.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the upgraded ECX line of 1/10th 2WD off-road RTR vehicles. The 2WD trucks, equipped with adjustable oil-filled shock absorbers, tough gearboxes with adjustable slipper clutch and gear differential as well as nylon composite chassis and long-travel suspension come with a new Dynamite 1800mAh LiPo battery and 800mA LiPo balance charger. The kits are rounded out by a Spektrum STX FHSS 2.4GHz radio system, 15T brushed motor, water-proof electronics and pre-painted bodyshells. Available are the Circuit stadium, Torment SC and Ruckus monster truck.