In their latest column VRC Pro report about their forthcoming 1/8th scale GT3 class, their new bump-up finals race format and the upcoming VRC Worlds. Starting with the GT3 class, the vehicles use front and rear differentials and rubber tyres to create a different driving experience at about 90 percent of the performance level of the 1/8 nitro sportscar class. This new class should be easy and fun to drive and therefore will have very limited setup options. VRC expect to see some very exciting and close racing in this new class. Release is planned for the 2017 VRC Worlds starting middle of November 2017.
VRC are working on an alternative race format with bump-up semi-finals. In short, after qualifying the top 1 to 4 will proceed directly to the main final, the other competitors will be split up in two to six semi-finals of ten cars each from which the winners or first two will proceed to the Super Final. VRC are designing the new format in such a way that they are flexible in the number of direct main finalists and number of semi-finals. It is expected that this new bump-up format will inject strong enthusiasm into their online competitions and will have a long lasting effect for the VRC Pro platform. VRC plan to run a few test events in October and to have it fully implemented and ready to be used for the 2017 VRC Worlds for the first time.
The traditional 2017 VRC Worlds are just 6 weeks away, time to start preparing for the annual grand finale. The 2017 VRC Worlds will start on November 18th and will finish on December 31st. All WC events will be using the bump-up event mode with one Super Final for the best ten racers. The Spec classes will be raced first and will be raced in Club, Sport and Pro racer classes. The Modified classes will be raced with all racer classes combined.
VRC will introduce three new tracks: Fuencarral, Spain for the 1:8 nitro and electric buggies and short course trucks, VRC Carpet 7 for the 1/10 and 1/12 electric on-road classes, and RallyX 3, a new track for the popular RallyX class.
The brand-new 1/8 nitro on-road GT3 class will be raced for the first time, with Cincinnatti as the track of choice. This new class will be raced in Club, Sport and Pro racer classes. The other nitro on-road classes will have their Worlds on the famous Luxembourg track. The tracks for the three Nascar truck classes will be announced at a later date. The 2017 VRC World events will be published early November.
This year there will be no free tracks. VRC members with an all-inclusive membership will automatically get access to the new tracks and cars, free2play members can purchase the new tracks and cars with vEuro credits. We suggest to get one of the all-inclusive memberships now and start preparing yourself for 6 action packed weeks of RC racing.