The Futaba Buggy Track in Ichihara, Japan hosted the 2019 JMRCA 1/8th Buggy National Championships. Mugen’s Yusuke Sugiura grabbed the overall top qualifier spot and he would also walk away with the title after the main final, securing his third consecutive national Nitro Buggy title. Yusuke left behind his Mugen teammates, Kouki Kato and Kenji Tsuruta in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Ultra Raceway of Pretoria, South Africa was host to the 4th and final round of the SARDA National Electric Off-road Championship last weekend. Track was very challenging with a good mixture of open high speed and tight technical sections and also adding to the challenge was its bumpy high grip carpet surface while rocketing temperatures also made it tricky. All this provided the drivers with some of the most exciting racing seen this year with everyone hunting the top step of the podium. The top qualifiers would be Hein Kotze in 2WD Modified, Charles Hollander in 4WD Modified, Wikus Coetzer in Stadium Trucks and 2WD Short Course Trucks as well as Ian Cloud in 2WD Stock and Shaun Haasbroek in 4WD Stock. When the dust had settled after the A-mains, it was Charles Hollander with the win in 2WD Mod Buggy from Hein Kotze in 2nd and Abri Kohn inn 3rd.
Round 2 of the Slough Winter Series took place at the Remote World Model Car Club in Slough this past weekend. Held in low traction conditions it was Agama/Bullitt’s Jonathan Skidmore who made the best out of it, taking the TQ and also the win in the 20-minute main final, leaving behind his brother William (Agama/Bullitt) in 2nd while Simon Reeves (HB Racing/Reds Racing) came in 3rd, a lap short of Joni and William. Agama/Bullitt’s Jon Hazlewood lost what looked like a secured 3rd place finish due to some mishaps and had to settle for 4th overall.
The iconic Yatabe Arena in Tsukuba, Japan hosted the 2019 Radio Control Magazine Off-Road Challenge Cup this past weekend, attracting both national and international drivers. In 2WD Modified Buggy it was Yokomo’s Ryan Maifield who would take the overall TQ and he also walked away with the win after the A-main, leaving behind Yokomo’s Kaito Kodera and Nana Kaiho in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Over in 4WD Modified Buggy it was Yokomo’s Lee Martin with the overall TQ, however he just got edged out on the finish line by Nana Kaiho. Lee would end the race on the 2 spot and in front of teammate, Kaito Kodera.
Beachline Raceway of Cocoa, Florida hosted the inaugural Florida Carpet Championship this past weekend, attracting nearly 120 entries. In the 2WD Modified Buggy class it was Yokomo driver, Ryan Cavalieri with the overall win thanks to coming out on top in A2 and A3 as top qualifier and A1 winner, Team Associated’s Broc Champlin ended the day on the overall runner-up spot. Xray’s Daniel Kobbevik came all the way from Norway to compete against the U.S. elite and he would be awarded with the final podium spot. Tie on points with Daniel it was Tyler Jones and Cole Tollard who had to settle for 4th and 5th respectively.
Coming from Yeah Racing and made for the Tamiya SW-01 truck is a graphite upper arm connector set. The braces connect the front and rear upper arms of Tamiya’s popular stand chassis and installation is simply with only a screw for each upper arm. The connectors are machined from lightweight carbon fibre material and they include the needed mounting hardware.
Round 1 of the Swedish Indoor Buggy Masters was held at the TMK indoor track in Tomelilla this past weekend. The event used a Reedy style racing format and when the dust had settled it was HB Racing’s Hampus Berg with the overall win in the 2WD class from Otto Ausfelt (Team Associated) in 2nd while Joel Rosengren (Team Associated) completed the top 3 podium results.
The second round of the X-Factory UK Winter Series took place this past Saturday in Watford, United Kingdom, with several new faces competing at this event too. A fast, but tricky track was laid by the DMS Model Car Club and after the four rounds of qualifying it was Mark Lewis (Team Associated) who would take the TQ in the 2WD class, followed by Kevin Hunt (Team Associated) in 2nd, Chris Delves (Schumacher) in 3rd, William Venebles (Team Associated) in 4th, Joe Renton (Team Associated) in 5th and Lee Hedges (Xray) in 6th. The remaining A-final spots would be filled from the bump ups via the lower finals.