Hobby Pro USA have introduced their new 24K gold-plated stainless steel screws. Made from high-grade 12.9 steel for reduced wear and sporting a 24K gold-coating the 3mm fasteners are available as counter sunk or button head variant in six different dimensions and as 10-piece packs, covering most 1/10th scale applications.
Coming from TLR and suitable for the 22 range of off-road vehicles is a 3-gear conversion kit. It fits the 22 2.0, 22T 2.0 and 22SCT 2.0 and allows to run the somewhat ageing vehicles with a more modern 3-gear setup as it is preferred by most mid motor drivers today. Included in the set are the gearbox halves, suitable waterfalls, a new idler gear and a spacer tube. The kit will become available in June.
The first Comstock Challenge was held at the newly reopened Track Time Hobbies and Raceway located in Reno, Nevada. This year’s race saw people travelling from as far as Sacramento and Las Vegas to compete in the 122 entry race. The weekend started off with a club race on Friday night followed by practice and the first qualifiers on Saturday with a final qualifier and the mains on Sunday. The 4WD Modified Buggy A-main was then won by Rudy Rico while the Modified Truck class had JR Mitch coming out successful. In 4×4 SCT Matt Olson would end the day on top of the podium.
Made for TLR’s 22 3.0 buggy is a range of new option parts from Exotek. First up is the vented Flite motor plate, specifically designed for indoor off-road racing. Excessive machining results in maximised motor cooling with the plate offering large cooling openings to reduce the motor and slipper clutch temperatures. Weighing in at 14 gram the plate also makes for a lower centre of gravity while still maintaining the critical motor mounting areas for solid motor mounting and gear mesh.
Avid have introduced updated aluminium steering bellcranks for the Team Associated B5-series of buggies and trucks. They offer a revised design and material with the left bellcrank now being made of 7075-T6 alloy in order to improve reliability which was an issue with the older specification especially in truck applications. The new bellcranks still are of a lightweight design for minimal weight gain and they are strong enough to withstand the rigours of racing even on high-bite surfaces and with today’s high-power servos. The set includes the left and right bellcrank and two aluminium crush tubes and it fits all AE fifth generation vehicles such as the B5, B5M, T5M and SC5M.
The 2nd running of the Kyosho 3 Lap Challenge took place at Nor-Cal Hobbies in San Jose, California this past weekend. In a break from the traditional qualifying format, the fastest three consecutive laps comprised the contestants’ times. To add even more challenges, dirt engineer Anton Aaroe designed a track layout specifically for this event, complete with a wicked challenging large quad jump that tripped up many drivers and shone a spotlight on those that conquered it. It was an accomplishment for drivers to complete one fast lap, let alone three, making for an exciting and unpredictable race. In Modified 2WD Buggy, Tanner Day held TQ over fellow team mate Charlie Cavalier by 1.9 seconds. In the main event, a mistake by Tanner in the quad jump put Charlie in the lead, but only for a minute. The 17-year old regained the lead and won with Charlie 2nd, and Antonio Counsil 3rd.
The second round of the 2016 JBRL Electric Series was held at SDRC Raceway in San Diego, California this past Saturday. Once again the race attracted a good mixture of local talent and internationally experienced racers and in the 2WD Open Buggy class it was 2013 IFMAR 4WD Buggy World Champion, Steven Hartson who took the overall win from Brent Thielke in second and Casey Becica in third.
The 3rd annual JConcepts Factory Tracks Invitational was hosted by RC Clubhouse and attracted 360+ entries. RC Clubhouse and Al Horne’s Factory Tracks crew put together an amazing track that worked very well for the heads-up Invitational racing. For the Invite class, they would run the Reedy format with 2 Wheel on Saturday and 4 Wheel on Sunday, with five rounds each day and one throw out. Teammates Austin Horne and Mason Fuller would have a great 3-way battle with California native Rudy Rico throughout 2WD and 4WD. After the dust settled, Austin Horne would take his vehicles to the top of the podium with a winning score of 12 points. Mason Fuller and Rudy Rico would finished tied with 15 points, but Rudy edge out Mason on the tie breaker.