Returning after a 3-year break, the JMRCA All Japan Championships for 1:10 Offroad took place over the weekend where Yokomo’s Yui Kaino and Team AJ/Team Associated driver Kouki Kato where crowned the 2022 Champions. Racing at the RC Park Gojo, in 2WD qualifying it was Kaino who secured the overall TQ as he was fastest in the opening two of the three rounds. Topping Q3, double defending champion Yuusuke Sugiura would secure second on the grid with the Xray of Shoya Yamazaki lining up 3rd. 4WD qualifying saw three different drivers post TQ runs but setting the fastest outright time in Q3 it was Kato who was Top Qualifier. Behind, having topped Q2, Kaino would line-up second with Sugiura, fastest in Q1, P3 on the grid. In the finals Kaino won the opening two 2WD encounters to secure his first Japanese National title with the A3 win giving Sugiura second ahead of Kato. In 4WD, Kato would convert the TQ into overall victory with wins in A1 & 2. Winning A3, Kaino took second overall with Sugiura completing the podium.
Spencer Rivkin has wrapped up the 12th edition of the JConcepts Indoor National Series with a double buggy win at the final at Hobby Action in Arizona. Having secured the overall TQ in both 2WD & 4WD buggy, the reigning World Champion had to work for the win with both finals being decided in A1. In 2WD, TLR’s Ryan Cavalieri who qualified 4th got the win from Rivkin with Ty Tessman coming through from 5th to take 3rd. A2 would also see Rivkin finish 2nd, the win this time going to Broc Champlin with Tessman bagging another P3. With it all on the line in A3, Rivkin finally delivered the win ahead of Yokomo Ryan Maifield with Cavalieri 3rd, enough for the later to secure second overall with Tessman completing the podium. In 4WD, Rivkin took the first encounter from Associated team-mate Dustin Evans who would go one better in A2 and take the win from Champlin and Cavalieri while Rivkin got only a P6. Again when it counted most Rivkin delivered the win in A3 to do the double with Evans and Caavlieri completing the overall podium. In the Expert buggy classes it was only a double winner with Hobby Action track manager Jake Thayer taking the early wins and able to sit out A3 in both 2WD and 4WD.
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.
First started in 2018 as an initiative at the Canadian National Championships, the ‘Rising Star Program’ was awarded for the first time to an American driver over the weekend when it was decided to make a surprise announcement at the legendary U.S. Indoor Champs in Cleveland. Very passionate about the program, Ryan Combden of Team Zombie Canada, together with some other passionate RC sponsors, made the late decision to award the program to a driver during the USIC. The panel watched unaware racers as they went about their racing, paying particular attention to how they interacted with others. One driver to really stand out was Riley Drennen, his hard work and desire to learn really catching their attention. Only in his first year of racing, the 20-year is working two jobs while still going to school and this dedication struck a cord with the panel. As the latest recipient of the Rising Star Program, Riley was presented with a very impressive package from the program sponsors and USIC race promoter Scotty Ernst. As he gets ready for the 2024 season, Riley received a new kit from Destiny, new power from Team Zombie Canada, new motor and tires from Motiv and Gravity RC, a new esc from Tekin and a new body from Bitty Designs.
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.
Having officially announced his switch to Tekno RC on Friday, Ryan Maifield was straight down to business with his new fleet of cars as he took part in the US Open Championships at Adobe Mountain RC Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona. In qualifying Maifield secured the TQ in nitro buggy, nitro truggy and e-Buggy. With the event attracting 130 entries, the first race up for Maifield was the 45-minute Nitro Truggy Main which he was able to win ahead Camden Lime and Spencer Rivkin. In eBuggy, Rivkin would deny Maifield a clean sweep as he took his Associated to the win in the dying moments of the 10-minute final. Back to Nitro and Maifield was able to cap off his first race weekend in Tekno colours with a convincing win in the 1-hour Buggy Main ahead of Tanner Dennehy and Camden Lime.
AMain Hobbies’ Silver Dollar RC Raceway in Chico, California has been selected as the host track for the 2023 ROAR Fuel Off-Road 1:8 Scale National Championships, June 1-4. This is the second time Silver Dollar RC Raceway has hosted the Off-Road Fuel Nationals (previously in 2015) as well as having held the 2013 IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road World Championships and the 2017 AMain Hobbies Manufacturers Cup. Buoyed by a 12-foot high, 55-foot-long covered driver’s stand (with ADA compliant ramp), the 200-foot x 110-foot racing box features the finest dirt available in Northern California and will allow AMain Hobbies Director of Racing Kevin Jelich to mold a race layout that will feature speed, challenging turn combinations, and a variety of rollers and jumps.
Access to tracks are vital to R/C so it is great to hear about plans for a new Indoor facility in Switzerland. Through the work of onroad and offroad drivers, they are creating the ‘RC Indoor Arena’, a beautiful complex in Wädenswil. The 600m2 offroad track is equipped with new EOS carpet and while onroad drivers will also enjoy a new 720m2 ETS carpet surface. Set to open at the beginning of December, this indoor complex will be ideal for preparing for the next indoor season and will give racers a place to keep their driving skills sharp for the Winter.