The JConcepts Indoor National Series is considered to be the most successful offroad racing series in the U.S. and the 2017 season proved that the series keeps growing attracting the best racers in the nation to compete on five different tracks across America. As soon as the JConcepts INS7 Finale race registration opened for SpeedRC Raceway, spots filled up fast and soon hit the max capacity limit at 350 entries very quickly. The highly anticipated race was headlined by some of the most competitive names in the game like current 2WD and 4WD IFMAR World Champion Ryan Maifield, 4-time World Champion Ryan Cavalieri, 2015 World Champion Spencer Rivkin, former National Champion Dustin Evans, Max Flurer, JP Richards, Spencer Heckert, Griffin Hanna, Alex Kosciuszek, and Daimon Borkowicz just to name a few.
Round 3 of the WRCR Winter Series was held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Saline, Michigan. The 2017/18 season at the Washtenaw RC Raceway is drawing entries beyond the levels of the past five years. With 139 entries in nine classes, most classes had multiple heats of racing action with Stock Buggy fielding 28 cars. This round the traffic ran counter-clockwise making the back straight super fast. The Stock Buggy class continued to grow in round 3 reaching 28 entries. This round 2010 ROAR National Champion joined the party securing TQ for the event after three qualifiers. As the top group jockeyed for starting position behind Kenny, the fight to stay in the A-main continued until the last laps of the last heat. Patrick Ferris and Nat Potter made their last ditch effort to improve their qualifying times vying to bump Tom Erickson and Gary Reiser and getting into the big show. The laps clicked off with both drivers in range. Nat could not hold the pace and finished behind Gary. Patrick was able to finish strong slipping between Tom and Gary. Gary then had to edge up his times to respond. The final group ran fast and smooth which allowed Gary to set the pace he needed in the opening half. All it took was a few laps missing his marks to degrade his pace. In the end he produced his best finish of the day but was not good enough to remain in the A-main.
Tekin have launched their all-new T-series servo line of high-performance low-profile, speed and torque servos. All feature Digital Magnetic Position Encoding for accuracy, linearity and control with efficient and cool operation. The element proof design provides protection from dust, dirt and water with a 3-piece machined aluminium housing while precision-cut metal gears and dual ball bearings support a smooth, strong drive train. The range includes the T-120 (0.04s/10.1kg-cm) low-profile speed, T-180 (0.06s/15.3kg-cm) low-profile torque, T-130 (0.03s/10.7kg-cm) standard-size 1/10th scale speed, T-190 (0.05s/17.4kg-cm) standard-size 1/10th scale torque, T-250 (0.07s/22.3kg-cm) standard-size 1/8th speed, T-300 (0.08s/25.5kg-cm) standard-size 1/8th torque as well as the T-360 (0.09s/29.8kg-cm) crawler large scale and T440 (0.11s/36.2kg-cm) crawler large scale servo. All are usable with 6.0V to 8.4V input, they are programable through Tekin’s HotWire PC interface and come including an all-aluminium clamping-design Crowbar servo arm.
Team Associated have introduced the new Reedy WolfPack HV LiPo battery packs for the casual enthusiast and the club racer. Generous discharge capabilities increase overall power and top speed while high capacities extend run times far beyond what is capable with lower-quality LiPo batteries. Each battery features a moulded hard case for maximum crash protection in sizes that fit most popular 1/10th on-road and off-road vehicle configurations. High quality cell manufacturing and construction techniques result in reliable operation and maximum cycle-life. Low-resistance competition-style sockets reduce resistance and increase power output. All packs come with 5mm power and 2mm balancer ports, they are built to meet ROAR specifications and available are a 5100mAh 50C 7.6V LP stick, a 4200mAh 50C 7.6V shorty and a 3300mAh 50C 7.6V LP shorty pack.
The newly refurbished indoor track of Team Astur RC played host to the EL1TE Race 2017 recently. The race, held in Gijón, in the north of Spain, saw an attendance of 60 drivers coming from all parts of northern Spain keen to race their 1/10th 2WD Buggies and Short Course trucks. Most drivers took the opportunity to practice on Saturday morning in order to adapt their rides to the grippy and bumpy astro surface until the seeding heats started early in the afternoon. In the 2WD buggy class, it was Pablo Fernández Rodríguez (Team Associated) who set the fastest three consecutive laps followed by David Bárcena (Xray) and Vari García (Xray), ahead of a pack of drivers where laptimes were incredibly close. Qualifying would be no different as Pablo managed to set an incredible pace –being the only driver to go around the track 12 times in all the five qualifying sessions and coming ahead in four out of five qualifying heats with only David Bárcena (Xray) managing to win only one heat and setting the fastest lap as Vari García took the 3rd position.
Samix have introduced a long aluminium servo arm for a variety of applications. Machined from high-quality aluminium and coming in a total of six colour, the arm is of a clamping design for improved security when the going gets tough and it it available in 23T and 25T specification to cover most of today’s servos. The ball stud mounting holes offer 20mm and 24mm centre point distance and the servo horn is available in green, silver, gun metal, red, black or orange colour.
The final round of the Greek 1/10th Electric Off-road Championship was held recently at the FRT track in Stamata. In the 4WD class it was a total domination by Dimitris Foteinos, driving his Yokomo to the top of the podium at each race both at RC Brushless Park and FRT making him the undeniable Greek champion for the year 2017. Right behind him Nikos Katexakis (Yokomo) and 3rd placed Nicolas Floudas (Team Associated) rounded out the podium.
The final round of the Belgian SCT Cup was held at the indoor astro turf track of the Black Country Arena. For 2017 the track has been completely revamped as the new owner not only redid the track layout, but also relocated the driver stand. The new track offers a moderate grip astro surface with “stop and go” hairpins, a high steep corner, a funny winding section on painted concrete and a wooden table jump. In Pro2 qualifying, Géry Ledocq (Kyosho) took the TQ, and made a step towards the Pro2 national title, by winning the first two heats in front of Nicolas Evens (TLR) with these two drivers being the only ones achieving 15 laps. Having secured the pole position, Gery decides not to run the last heat, which was topped by Nicolas in front of Tom Vercarre (TLR) and an impressive Guillaume Laffut (TeamC) who confirmed his good performance of the second heat, where he already finished 3rd. The second place of Tom in this heat allowed him to qualify 8th overall after two heats tainted with mechanical issues. His contender for the 3rd place in the championship, Stéphane Lecomte (Team Associated) would start from the 4th spot, having also experienced some problems of his own.