For the first time in Super Cup history, the JConcepts Super Cup Championship Series was held outside of the Florida State line and ventured into Savannah, Georgia’s Phil Hurd Raceway. 3-time host to the US Offroad Nationals in 91, 92, and 95, Phil Hurd Raceway is a track well known for its rich history and this year is celebrating 30 years of operation. The track is massive resembling more of a 1/8th track than 1/10th. With room to spare, lap times were in the 31 second plus range making mistake free runs extremely difficult. With heavy rain falling on Friday, Saturday morning saw a slow start to the day as the track crew fought hard to get the track race ready. As the sun came out, the track was quickly drying and racing was underway just around 2pm. The flow of the track was great and the layout extremely fun with a Phil Hurd twist. By the mains, the grip was much higher allowing cars to put the power down and made for a great night of racing under the lights.
Arrma have introduced their all-new Senton and Granite 1/10th 4×4 Mega ready-to-run trucks. Both utilise the same full-time 4WD transmission and chassis and the vehicles feature sturdy front and rear differentials, telescopic driveshafts and a slipper clutch to get the power to the ground. Large volume composite plastic shock absorbers soak up all of the terrain’s imperfections while raised chassis side rails keep dust, dirt and moisture away from the servo, receiver and steering servo. The packages are rounded off by 2.4GHz radio systems, wall chargers, 8.4V NiMH batteries and 15T brushed motors. The Senton comes with a short course truck body and grippy SC tyres while the Granite shows off a monster truck body and MT-style tyres and wheels.
The UK Short Course Nationals recently concluded with Lewis Williamson and Darren Boyle being crowned the 2017 champions. In 4WD, last season’s champion Lewis Williamson (TLR) was in unstoppable form all season long once taking podium finishes at every round and winning with a perfect 1000 point score and securing the outright series title to become National Champion for the second year in a row. Last year’s runner-up and team mate Darren Boyle (TLR) was 2nd again with Justin Kirk (Tekno) rounding out the podium result.
Reedy have introduced their new 550-SL4 sensorless brushless motor for 1/10th scale 4WD RTR vehicles. Due to its sensorless 4-pole configuration, the motor operates powerfully, efficiently, and reliably in a variety of vehicles and applications. The 3500kV rating provides plenty of speed with 2S LiPo batteries but installing a 3S LiPo battery for even greater speeds is also possible. A high-strength rotor provides plenty of torque and resists overheating better than 2-pole alternatives. The motor comes pre-wired with flexible silicone wires and 3.5mm bullet connectors to reduce power-robbing resistance and heat. Triple insulated windings, a hardened 5mm steel shaft, and oversized ball bearings that enhance reliability round out the package.
The 3rd annual JConcepts Turf Nationals was held at RC Madness in Enfield, Connecticut this past weekend. The event is ever gaining traction – literally, and within just two short years has evolved into the nation’s biggest race on astro with entries now nearing 300. Without a doubt, the North Eastern drivers have embraced astro racing with both arms wide open and with it, has created the first of the “Astro Classics” type races here in the United States.
The Fall edition of the JConcepts Super Cup Championship Series started off with a bang at Beachline Raceway in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Having already held a Spring Super Cup on the astroturf earlier in the year, Beachline learned a lot from the previous visit making a track that was more enjoyable with lower speeds, better jumps, smooth piping, and a very solid race program. The layout was a lot of fun.
Round 5 of the 2017 Belgian SCR Cup was traditionally held on the iconic MBV Kampenhout track. The flawless organisation allowed to run four instead of the usual three qualifiers, giving the drivers more opportunities to improve their lap times, on the very technical and demanding track that requires a good rhythm. The qualifiers started on a wet track but it dried up quickly with the nice and sunny weather making for good but not too high grip levels all day long.
The 2017 Surf City Classic was held at OCRC this past weekend. The event has become one of the most highly anticipated races of the calendar year with entries sold out within just minutes of open registration. OCRC puts on a show that sets the bar for 10th scale racing and well known for its laid back, Cali atmosphere and feel. As one of the premier tracks in the US and located in the hot bed of RC in So-Cal, the competition level at the Surf City Classic is among the highest in the nation challenging all racers to raise their game to the next level.