April 17, 2023

Groskamp wins Dutch 1:8 Onroad Nationals Opener

The NOMAC Dutch National Championship for Onroad Nitro took place over the weekend at the RACO2000 circuit in Utreacht with Jilles Groskamp taking the 1:8 win.  The Team Infinity driver secured the TQ with fastest time in the third of the three 4-minute qualifying rounds with Robbin Hertong, Jesse Keller and Joey Sober lining up behind him on the starting grid for the 30-minute final.  From the front, and setting the fastest lap of the race, the former European Champion of the class pulled clear to win from the Serpent pairing of Keller and another former European Champion Michael Salven.  Having start in electric touring car which took his career international and only later turned his hand to nitro racing,  the race was Groskamp’s first at Dutch Nationals outing in 1:8.  In 1:10, the win went to the Infinity of Kristof Sielaff from Thomas van Duin and Marcell van Buël.

Image: Jilles Groskamp [Facebook]

April 4, 2023

Hamon wins 1:8 GT Worlds Warm-up Race

Serpent team driver Jeff Hamon took the win at a rain effect 1:8 GT World Championship Warm-up Race  over the weekend.  The 1:10 and 1:8 Nitro Onroad World finalist, would top 4 of the 6 rounds of qualifying at the John Grant International Raceway in Sydney to secure the overall TQ ahead of another of Australia’s international nitro racers and World finalists Peter Jovanovic.  The Capricorn driver topping Q2 with the Xray of Michael Stone the only other driver to top a round when he was fastest in the final qualifier.  Posting three Top 3 runs Tim Moylan’s Mugen would qualify third and unfortunately the arrival of rain meant racing couldn’t progress passed the Semi Finals and so the result was declared on qualifying.  As well being the official Warm-up Race for the second running of the IFMAR 1:8 GT World Championships which are scheduled for October 08-15, the race was also the NSW Onroad State Title decider.  In 1:10 Brayden Stanley took his Infinity to the win in the 30 minute final ahead of David Chen and Tate Firth while in 1:8 Jovanovic took the title based off qualifying from Leigh Dytor and Tim Moylan.

Image: NSWRCRCC [Facebook]

April 3, 2023

Wood wins British 1:8 Onroad Nationals opener

Tim Wood has won the opening round of the 2023 BRCA British 1:8 Onroad National Championships.  Hosted by the Cotswold Model Car Club over the weekend, the first encounter of the 6 round championship would see the Team Shepherd driver top all four rounds of qualifying but it was his run in Q3 that secured him the TQ honours.  Behind, Andrew Hastings would line-up second with his Capricorn after he posted his fastest time in Q2.  John Carr completed the Top 3 posting his quickest run in the penultimate qualifier.  In the 30-minute final it would be a repeat of last year’s penultimate round visit to the Cotswolds track, as Wood secured a comfortable win with his Hasi Tuned powered Velox V8.2s.  Hastings would finish second while the Serpent of Matthieu Dambrine, fifth fastest in qualifying, completed the podium as Carr retired after 8-minutes.

Image: BRCA [Facebook]

April 2, 2023

Tironi & Branson winners at Ielasi Tuned Trophy

Francesco Tironi and British visitor Kyle Branson were the winners of the 2023 Ielasi Tuned Trophy.  First hosted by former World Champion Daniele Ielasi in 2O15, the annual Ielasi Tuned Trophy again attracted a quality international field to the Northern Italian Leno track.  Unfortunately rain meant no finals could be run with the final results being declared on the outcome of qualifying.  In 1:8, it would be the Infinity of Tironi that had the edge over Mugen’s Robert Pietsch over the 4-minute qualifiers.  Former Trophy winner Toni Gruber managed P3 with his Capricorn just ahead of team-mate Mirko Salemi.  In 1:10, it was the Xray of Branson who set the pace in qualifying to be the Top Qualifying ahead of the Serpent of Matteo Passetti and Capricorn of Stefan Chodzynski.

View 1:10 Trophy presentation image here

March 27, 2023

Balestri wins Italian 1:8 Onroad National opener

Dario Balestri opened the AMSCI Italian 1:8 Onroad National Championship over the weekend with a dominant winning performance at Locorotondo.  The former World Champion would take three of the four qualifiers to secure the overall TQ from the Xray of rising talent Filippo Domanin who was quickest in Q3 with Carmine Raiola securing third on the grid.  With reigning European Champion Dominic Greiner taking part, qualifying his Capricorn 5th, in the half hour final Balestri took control of proceeding setting the fastest lap of the race en route to winning by lap as his Infinity team-mates Raiola and eight place qualifier Francesco Tironi battled for second.  With Domanin retiring after 12-minutes, Raiola held off Tironi by just 2/10th of a second at the finish.  Having qualified 6th, Jonathan Gandin took his Serpent to fourth followed home by Davide Caporossi and Shepherd’s Luca Romagnoli.

Image: Francesco Tironi [Facebook]

March 19, 2023

D’angelo wins Italian 1:8 GT Championship opener

Alex D’angelo has won the opening round of the AMSCI 1:8 GT Italian National Championship.  The Genius Racing team driver lead a 1-2 for the GTc8.23 and Gimar engine combo, taking the win at the Naxos World track in Sicily from 1:8 Buggy World Champion Davide Ongaro.  A track that will host the EFRA 1:10 Nitro Onroad European Championships later this year, in qualifying it was Natanaele Senesi who would take the overall TQ ahead of Alessio Mazzeo’s Capricorn with D’angelo P3.  Senesi took two of the four rounds of qualifying with his Ielasi Tuned powered Xray but would hit trouble early on in the 45-minute final retiring after just 6-minutes.  Upfront and recording the fastest lap D’angelo would win by 2-laps from Ongaro with the new Raptor Max23 of Loris Luise completing the podium.  In the Nitro Sport Category Fernando Campeti took the win while in electric Andrea Muscolino was the winner.

Source: Alessio Mazzeo / Image: Alex D’angelo

March 19, 2023

Jeff Wang crowned FEMCA 1:8 Buggy Champion

Taiwanese driver Jeff Wang is the 2023 FEMCA 1:8 Buggy Champion, the Ming Yang team driver winning the prestigious Asian title from the Xray of young Korean talent Hyunkyu Jung.  Hosted by Taiwan Radio Control Car Association at the 66 RC Racing Track, named after its location under the No.66 highway bridge, the event attracted an entry of 142 drivers representing 10 countries from the FEMCA Bloc.  In qualifying 23-year-old Wang would secure the overall TQ after topping three of the 6 rounds with Hyunkyu Jung classified second with two TQ runs.  The only other to top the timing sheets, Taiwan’s Wang Guan Ling would complete the Top 3.  Wining his Semi final from Thailand’s Witsarut R., 13-year-old Hyunkyu Jung would be on pole for the 50-minute final with a faster winning time than that of Wang who won his 30-minute encounter from the Sparkco buggy of 11-year-old Huang Han Ping.  In the 50-minute Main Final, it would be Wang who would come out on top with his SH Engines powered MY1 having 2-lap margin over Jung.  Winner of the separately run 20-minute ‘Teenage Final’ held earlier in the day,  Jung crossed the finish just 1.1-seconds ahead of Wang Guan Ling who completed podium in Taoyuan.

Image: Tiger Chang Lien Sheng

March 17, 2023

J-Tech High Competition Fuel

The Italian brand J-Tech, owned by the Marchetti Model Service and born in 2008 with onroad tyres, has introduced its new high-competition blend of fuel for model cars following two years of testing.  The product and its packaging complies with all directives concerning flammable products and is available in two formulas.  The Power formula contains a mix of synthetic castor oils with relative specific additives for the high performance and carburation stability required by the onroad engines. The second formula is Team. This contains a mix of very high quality lubricating oils with relative specific additives for offroad engines guaranteeing performance and greater autonomy with tank and piston cleaning.

Source: J-tech Tyres [Facebook]