Martin Bayer is the 2022 Miami Grand Prix GT8E Champion. With the electric classes kicking off the annual week long event at Homestead RC Raceway in Florida, the Xray designer secured the TQ with the fastest time in the second of the four rounds of qualifying at the 2020 GT World Championship venue. Vice Champion in both nitro and electric at the inaugural World Championship, Bayer was the only driver to manage 19-laps in qualifying securing pole for the triple A-Mains ahead of Serpent’s Jose Almonte and Capricorn’s Natanaele Sensei. In the finals, Bayer would win all three encounters with the big battle being for second between Almonte and Sensei who would finish tied on points with the former listed as P2. In 1:10 Modified Touring Car, it was also a European winner with Hotrace Tyres boss Nicola Marrone securing the TQ from Felix Law before going onto win all three A-Mains to win ahead of fellow Italian Filippo Domanin with Law completing the podium. Drivers will now turn their attentions to the Miami Nitro Grand Prix which has attracted a very strong international entry.
The opening round of the four round DMS Model Car Club Winter Series kicked off over the weekend in Watford, England. A technical and challenging layout was set for the drivers, with several sections extremely challenging to get consistent and at the same time be fast. The risk certainly returned reward on clean laps, but really (REALLY) hurt your time with an error. We had four rounds of FTD qualifying and in 2wd it was young Abe Lyons (Associated) who took the TQ with his Reedy powered B6.4. Ellis Stafford (Schumacher) lined up 2nd with his Cougar LD2 from Karl Jackson (Schumacher) in third. The rest of the guys straight into the A direct were Rich Miller (Schumacher), Shaun Garratt (Associated) and Thomas Lau (Associated), the rest would come via the bump ups.
The third round of the Schumacher Indoor Winter Series presented by the Louth Radio Control Car Club took place on Sunday and with 45 entries it was another good turnout. Four rounds of qualifying would pitch a six car field for the finals. After the first two rounds it was Schumacher pilot Alex Brocklebank who looked like he may walk away with it, q2 was close between himself and Xray driver Chris Lovey separated by 8 thousandths of a second. Chris would fight back and take TQ in round 3 and 4 and set the fastest time in the process. Callum Chapman and his Vulcan RC Xray t4 showed consistency and pace only being a few seconds back of the leading pair. Another Schumacher driver of Dan Burks would build during the day improving his round results to take 4th on the grid. Matt Cook and his Mugen would leave it until the finals qualifying rounds to solidify his place in the a final, ahead of the Awesomatix of Dan Leonard. So with the top six drivers sorted it was heads down for the single legged final.
Following the announcement last month of his departure from long time chassis sponsor Shepherd, it has been announced that Simon Kurzbuch will drive for Mugen after Mugen Seiki Europe announced the former World Champion had joined the Japanese manufacturer’s International team. Describing the Swiss driver as ‘a strong addition’ to the team, he will race their MRX6X throughout all major and international events. Commenting on the announcement Kurzbuch said, “An existing new journey ahead! I’m delighted and honoured to announce to partner up with the iconic Japanese brand Mugen Seiki for the future! The first insights have convinced me and my team entirely and we are looking forward to a close and fruitful collaboration with the whole Mugen Team, with MSE and Stefan Habbecke and of course with one of my childhood idols and car designer Robert Pietsch.”
The opening round of the popular MRC Longwy Winter Series took place over the weekend with Lucas Urbain taking the TQ and win. With a number of international drivers making the trip to France, Urbain would take his Awesomatix to victory at the first of the four scheduled rounds ahead of factory Mugen driver Ronald Volker and Yokomo’s Yannic Prumper. MRC Longwy will host the 18th edition of their famous GP3 on January 21-22 with drivers using the Winter Series as preparations for the international race. Round 2 takes place December 11.
Adding to its offering of parts for Team Associated’s B74.2 1:10 4WD Buggy platform, T-Works has release a Graphite Electronics Mounting Plate. A direct replacement for the standard ESC mounting plate, the carbon fibre plate offers a weight saving and comes complete with mounting screws and nuts.
An interesting feature by F1 broadcaster Sky Sports on the great work being done by RC Vision who are championing our sport and the need for diversity and inclusion in STEM. RC Vision is a social venture working to engage young people who are underrepresented in motorsports careers and STEM industries using the exciting sport of radio control car racing. Having cut his teeth in racing through RC, it is great to see 7-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton showing support for the work being done.
It seems RC is the big thing in the paddock at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton the latest driver to take time out from his F1 duties and enjoy a bit of RC fun in the Suzuka paddock. A video shared on the official F1 instagram page shows the 7-time World Champion driving a Tamiya Lunch Box out through his Mercedes-AMG Petronas team’s garage and into the paddock where he enjoys pulling wheelies with the iconic 80’s 1:12 truck. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team shared a photo of their star driver and the Lunch Box on their Facebook page with the simple description ‘Just out here having fun’. We already know how much fun RC is and it is great to see both iconic Japanese RC brands Kyosho and Tamiya being enjoyed by Formula 1. Hamilton famously appeared on BBC’s Blue Peter show racing an RC car well before he became one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time.