July 20, 2019

Kurzbuch secures 4th ENS title with another Aigen win

Simon Kurzbuch has secured the 2019 Euro Nitro Series title after claiming his fifth consecutive win at the hillside Aigen track in Austria.  Travelling to the third round of the Euro Nitro Series on the back of his first win of the season at Round 2 in the Netherlands, the Shepherd driver collected maximum points taking the TQ and win ahead of reigning champion Dario Balestri.  With the demise of Dominic Greiner, who came into the weekend just 1-point off the Swiss ace, Kurzbuch becomes Champion of the ENS for a fourth time.  In the Round 3 encounter, it was the Infinity pairing of Balestri and Carmine Raiola who were the only ones to trouble Kurzbuch in the 45-minute Saturday night final.  Raiola was to lead for a time until he hit traffic, literally, and had to pit for body repairs.  With Kurzbuch and Balestri having the same tyre strategy but in reverse order, the latter going for all four tyres in the first stop and just the outside in the second, as the race came to a close it looked like we might see a repeat of the thrilling finish to the 1:10 A-Main.  In the end Kurzbuch calculated things perfectly crossing the line 9/10ths of a second in front of his long standing rival while Raiola came home third to complete the podium.  Off the podium, Toni Gruber would finish 4th ahead of Merlin Depta with Rick Vrielijnck rounding out the Top 6.

Continue reading this report here or view our complete event coverage here.


July 20, 2019

Leino lifts ENS title with 3 out 3 wins

Teemu Leino is the 2019 Euro Nitro Series Champion, the 2016 champion securing back to back 1:10 titles today for Infinity with a thrilling win over team-mate & outgoing Champion Jilles Groskamp.  Securing the TQ in Austria with a dominant performance in all four qualifiers, the Finn looked like he was going to continue that form in the final but in the final 5-minutes Groskamp made an impressive charge for one of the closest finishes in ENS history.  With Leino holding a steady 2-second gap for much of the race, last year’s Aigen winner hunted him down bringing the gap down to 2/10th as they crossed the line.  Having won the opening two rounds of the Championship in Italy and the Netherlands, Leino third consecutive win secures him the title with the perfect campaign.  While the two Infinity drivers the class of the field, it was Shepherd’s Melvin Diekmann who completed the Round 3 podium after battle with team-mate Thilo Tödtmann ended when he hit gearbox issues.  France’s Quentin Leroux had a good race coming from P8 to 4th over the 45-minutes ahead of Rico Kröber who had bumped up to the 12th and final spot on the A-Main from the B-Final.

Continue reading this report here or view our complete event coverage here.


July 20, 2019

WRC Racing SBX1 1/8th scale nitro buggy – Coming soon

Italian company WRC Racing, known for their popular on-road kits, have released two teaser images of their first ever nitro off-road kit, the SBX1 buggy. The images show a conventional pivot ball front end design, lightweight alloy shock towers as well as big bore shock absorbers. Full details of the 1/8th nitro kit will become available in time for the release which is expected this Summer.

View another image here


July 20, 2019

Kinwald BKlassic – Announcement

The 2019 Kinwald BKlassic will take place from the 18th to 20th of October at Hobby Action RC Raceway in Chandler, Arizona. The race is held in honour of Brian Kinwald with parts of the entry fee being donated to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Southwest Chapter. The race will be held in several 1/10th 2WD, 4WD and Short Course classes as well as a vintage 2WD category. More information can be found on social media here.


July 20, 2019

Kurzbuch on Pole at ENS Austria

Simon Kurzbuch will start Round 3 of the Infinity Euro Nitro Series on pole position, the Shepherd driver taking all three of today’s qualifiers in Austria.  Missing out on the TQ in the opening qualifier yesterday to Dario Balestri, Kurzbuch would open Saturday’s action with a comfortable TQ run over Carmine Raiola.  Q3 was to be a closer affair with the former World Champion snatching the fastest time from Balestri on the final lap.  With Q3 the rocket round this effectively sealed the deal for Kurzbuch with the hotter conditions of the final qualifier making it an impossible task for Balestri.  In the end it was Kurzbuch who topped it ahead of Balestri, albeit over 2-second slower than his previous effort.  Brought forward to tonight due to the bad weather being forecast for tomorrow, Balestri will line-up second for the A-Main ahead of Raiola, Silvio Hächler, Toni Gruber, Oliver Krähemann and ENS Italy winner Dominic Greiner.

Continue reading this report here or view our complete event coverage here.


July 20, 2019

Leino Top Qualifier at ENS Austria

Teemu Leino is the Top Qualifier at ENS Austria, the Infinity driver putting in a dominant performance to take all four rounds of qualifying at the Aigen track.  A two time winner up in the Austrian hills, the Championship leader will start ahead of team-mate Jilles Groskamp, the reigning Champion unable challenge to match the Finn’s blistering pace.  Claiming his best ever ENS qualifying result, Jakub Rozycki will start from 3rd on the grid for the 45-minute encounter, which, due to inbound rain has been rescheduled to run tonight.  Matching his 2017 qualifying result at the track, Melvin Diekmann will start 4th ahead of Milan Holthuis and 2017 podium finisher Thilo Tödtmann.

Continue reading this report here or view our complete event coverage here.


July 20, 2019

Kurzbuch takes Q2 in Austria

Simon Kurzbuch has taken the second round of qualifying at ENS Austria this morning on what is going to a be busy day for drivers.  With rain forecast for tomorrow the schedule has been revised to include the running of all finals tonight following the conclusion of the four rounds of qualifying.  Having just missed out on the TQ in yesterday evening’s opening qualifier to Dario Balestri, Kurzbuch would take Q2 by over a second from Carmine Raiola with Balestri just 3/100ths further off in third as the only drivers to 17-lap runs of the Aigen track.  New to the Shepherd team for the 2019 season, Toni Gruber posted the 4th fastest time ahead of Silvio Hächler with Merlin Depta the top Serpent after ENS Italy winner Dominic Greiner had an off while running on a Top 3 pace.

Continue reading this report here or view our complete event coverage here.


July 19, 2019

Arrowmax Medius mid-motor conversion kits

Arrowmax is the latest company to announce the release of mid-motor conversion kits for the popular Xray T4 and Yokomo BD9 touring cars. The Medius called kits base on 2.25mm US weave carbon or 2.0mm machined aluminium chassis with 2.0mm carbon fibre upper decks and they utilise redesigned single-piece 7075 alloy motor mounts and centre pulleys. Included with the kits also come chassis stiffeners that allows to adjust chassis flex to suit current track conditions or driving styles. Arrowmax promise increased cornering speed, traction and steering in addition to improved ease of driving. The kits are meant to ship by the end of the month.

View the BD9 conversion here