January 26, 2023

Xray enter Coelho for inaugural MIBO International Race

Xray has confirmed that it will be sending Bruno Coelho to the inaugural MIBO International Race in the Czech Republic.  The exciting new indoor event on March 3-5th, will feature both onroad and offroad racing action with Coelho set to focus his attentions on the Offroad competition.  Kicking off his 2023 season with victory at the annual GP3F in France last weekend, the reigning Touring Car World Champion will use the event to work alongside Xray’s offroad designer Martin Bayer as the duo begin preparations for what is a big year for 1:10 Offroad.  In September, the two time 4WD Buggy World Champion will travel to the US to contest the IFMAR 1:10 Offroad World Championship with one of Bayer’s creations.  Xray will also be officially represented at the MIBO International in onroad with Martin Hudy, who is responsible for Xray’s onroad car design, contesting the Modified Touring Car class at the inaugural Michal Bok created event.

Source: MIBO [mibosport.com]

January 25, 2023

Batlle confirmed for Philippine Masters

New Mayako team signing Robert Batlle has been confirmed as another star entry for the return of the annual Philippine Masters.  The former World Champion joins reigning World Champion Davide Ongaro in returning to the beautiful Circulo Verde track located in the heart of capital city Manila.  Taking place on April 28-30th, the Philippine Masters has established itself as one of Asia’s most high profile international events with 2023 marking the 11th running of the QCRCCC hosted event.  Again directed by the voice of RC, Scotty Ernst, the draw of both the racing and hospitality in Manila means the sell out event will see drivers representing 14 different nationalities battle it for the 2023 Philippine Masters title.

Source: Philippine Masters [philippinemastersrc.com]

January 25, 2023

BRCA LMP12 Nationals Rd 1 & 2 – Report

Rounds 1 and 2 of the BRCA LMP12 Nationals were held last weekend in Eastbourne. The start of the new season was eagerly anticipated and a capacity entry of 80 drivers attended the event. This year’s championship offers 13.5 Stock and Modified classes and consists of six rounds with four counting rounds. The Eastbourne club laid out a large track at their Robertsbridge facility. The track design was a tale of two halves with a faster flowing section on the drivers right with a tricky technical section with a challenging entry to the main straight on the left. The layout certainly gave the drivers a challenge and an error free run was essential for a fast time.

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January 23, 2023

Rivkin wins TNR Fuels A-Main Challenge

With the majority of America’s Pro Offroad team drivers in action at the TNR Fuels A-Main Challenge at Thunder Alley RC Raceway over the weekend, it was Spencer Rivkin who the big win.  In 1:8 Nitro Buggy Qualifying it was HB Racing’s Cole Ogden who claimed the TQ on a tie breaker with Rivkin, each counting a TQ and 2nd fastest run from the three qualifiers.  Tekno’s Ryan Maifield also managed a TQ run opening quaifying with the fastest time and together with a 3 from Q2, secured him 3rd on the grid for the 25-minute A-Main.  Ogden lead away the field but would drop to P3 allowing Rivkin to go to the front where he would stay til the finish.  While Ogden got back up to second he would lose the position back to Maifield in the closing laps.  Behind them Mayako’s Jared Tebo would finish 4th from 6th on the grid.  Rivkin would make it a double Buggy victory securing the eBuggy win from Top Qualifier Maifield with the podium again completed by Ogden.  In Truggy, Maifield took both the TQ and the win followed home by young gun Phi-Long Nguyen, Ryan Pavidis and Ryan Cavalieri.

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January 22, 2023

Coelho wins GP3F

Bruno Coelho has won the GP3F leading home an Xray 1-2 at the French classic.  The 18th running of the race, Coelho would snatch the overall TQ from team-mate Alexander Hagberg.  The Swede held the overnight TQ in Longwy but Sunday morning’s fourth & final qualifier saw Coelho put in the fastest run to take the TQ honours on the tie-breaker with his team-mate.  Behind, Mugen’s Ronald Volker lined up third with defending Champion Marc Rheinard’s Awesomatix carrying the no.4.  In the triple A-mains, Coelho took the the first encounter from a very fast Hagberg, the former 1:12 World Champion laying down the fastest lap of the race as he tried to get to the front.  In A2, World Champion Coelho again took the win from Hagberg to go one better than 2022 and secure the overall victory.  Hagberg got his win in A3 with a 1-second winning margin over Volker, the German completing the overall podium.  In Pro Stock, Alexandre Duchet made it also an win for Xray, taking opening two A-mains from P2 on the grid.  Top Qualified Tim Benson would win A3 to secure second with Adam Izsay making up the Top 3.  In Front Wheel Drive it was Luxembourg’s Jacques Libar took the win.

Image: MRC Longwy [Facebook]

January 21, 2023

Hagberg holds overnight TQ at GP3F

Alexander Hagberg is the overnight TQ holder at the annual GP3F in France.  The first major international touring car race of the new season, the Swede heads the qualification ranking having TQ’d 2 of the 3 rounds on the opening day’s schedule in Longwy.  Xray team-mate Bruno Coelho set the early pace taking the first of the four rounds of qualifying from Awesomatix’s Marc Rheinard.  In Q2, Hagberg found his form topping the times ahead of Mugen’s Ronald Volker who was top seed having set the fastest 3-consecutive laps in practice.  Round 3 was a repeat performance with Hagberg posting the fastest time of the day from Volker while Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski posted a Top 3 run.  With the overall Modified TQ still to be decided in the fourth & final qualifier Sunday morning, in Pro Stock its already confirmed that Tim Benson will start from pole position, the German having completed a clean sweep of all three qualifiers topping each round ahead of Adam Izsay.

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January 20, 2023

Mugen’s Volker confirmed for MIBO International

Factory Mugen Seiki touring car ace Ronald Volker will contest the inaugural MIBO International Race.  The former World Champion will represent the Japanese manufacturer at the Czech Republic event on March 3-5 marking a return to the venue where the German has enjoyed much previous success.  The multiple ETS Champion has clocked up numerous championship race wins at the Sport V Hotel including kicking of his long run of title defences with victory in Hrotovice.  The MIBO International Race will see separate onroad and offroad tracks provide two stages for a full weekend of racing action and with drivers like Volker and Yokomo’s Christopher Krapp already confirmed, it is sure to witness some of the great touring car battles of the past relived in this exciting new chapter in Hrotovice’s racing history.

Source: MIBO [mibosport.com]

January 19, 2023

’23 IFMAR 1:10 Off-Road World C/ships Stage 1 Report

Hobby Action has issued the Stage 1 Report for its hosting of the 2023 IFMAR 1:10 Offroad World Championships.  The best drivers in the World will descend on the indoor track in Arizona from September 9-16th to battle it out for both the 2WD and 4WD title honours of what will be the 19th running of the World Championships.  A 20,000 square feet facility and track that already has its own established major annual event in the Desert Classic (March 1-5), the Stage 1 Report confirms the traditional Worlds Warm-up Race will take place on May 27/28th.

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