April 15, 2024

2024 Speed King Tour Rd1 – Report

The opening round of the Speed King Tour 2024 was held recently at Super RC Omiya indoor tarmac track in Saitama prefecture Japan with Infinity driver Jin Sawada taking the main win from Axon’s Hayato Ishioka.  The popular and competitive electric touring car series is now in its 11th year sand consisting of six rounds travels to circuits across Japan.  Host of Round 1,  the Super RC Omiya track is known for its high bite and the Speed King Tour specific rules specify controlled tyres and prohibit the use of tyre warmer, which are highly favoured by racers in Japan.  A major boost for the series was the participation of RC legend Atsushi Hara at the controls of soon to be release limiteds edition Xpress Execute XQ11 Hara Edition.

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April 15, 2024

Ishikawa joins Yokomo

Yokomo has officially announced that young Japanese talent and reigning Stock Touring Car Japanese National Champion Mahiro Ishikawa has joined its Racing Factory team.  A former IRIS driver, the 14-year-old will campaign the Japanese manufacturer’s new MS1.0 that is due for general release at the end of this month.  A race winner in TC1 class of the popular & competitive Japanese based Speed King Tour, Ishikawa has stepped up to the top level TC0 class making his debut for Team Yokomo at the recent 2024 season opener held at Super RC Omiya indoor tarmac track in Saitama.

Source: Yokomo [teamyokomo.com]

April 15, 2024

Cragg & Hall win at British Championship opener

Chasing his 28th British National Championship title, reigning BRCA 1:10 2WD Offoad Champion Neil Cragg made the perfect start to his quest with victory at the season opener held at Robin Hood Raceway.  In 4WD it was reigning Champion and Team Associated team-mate Tommy Hall who took the win for the perfect start to the 6 round championship.  In 2WD qualifying it was Schumacher’s Josh Holdsworth who secured the TQ from Hall, both drivers topping 2 round each, while behind Cragg secured P3 on the grid ahead of Schumacher’s Lee Martin.  While Holdsworth took A1 from Cragg, the rest of his day didn’t fair well and he ended up 5th overall.  A2 saw a win for Cragg while Hall led them home in A3 but with a 1st & P2 it was Cragg with the overall win from Martin with a pair of second places while Hall’s win and P4 from A1 saw him complete the podium.  Switching to 4WD, it was former European Champion Hall who secured the TQ from Martin, both drivers posting two TQ runs each with Cragg again lining up P3 ahead of Ben Smith.  Despite Martin’s best efforts in A1, Hall took the first two encounters to wrap up the win with Martin get the A3 win to finish runner-up ahead of Cragg.

Image: Schumacher [racing-cars.com] 

April 15, 2024

Ment & Bakla win NSW State Titles

Boasting one of the largest entries for a state titles event in Australia, the 1:10 Offroad NSW State titles took place over the weekend at 2025 IFMAR Offroad World Championship host track Hills Off Road RC Car Club where Team Associated’s Jarod Ment (2WD) and Xray’s Ari Bakla (4WD) took the two big titles up for grabs.  A low/med grip level track using molasses to bind the surface to maintain consistency throughout the day whilst reducing the need for water/blowing of the track, the State Titles attracted in excess of 220 entries with 60+ Mod drivers spread over the 3 day event.  In Saturday’s 4WD action it was Bakla who secured the TQ ahead of the Q1 topping Team Associated of Lachlan Donnelly after he took the remaining 3 of the four rounds as Ment completed the Top 3. In the triple finals Bakla maintained that form to secure the title in A2 with the rest of the podium order ending up the same as how they qualified.  Switching to 2WD on Sunday, qualifying saw three different drivers TQ a round but with his Q4 it was again Bakla on pole followed by Donnelly and Ment.  In the finals however A1 would Donnelly force a pass in the final 30-second to snatch the win from the Top Qualifier.  A2 would see the Top 2 again go at it but contact would drop them both down the order with Ment taking late win.  With all on the line in A3, Bakla would make some early mistakes dropping down the field and releasing the 3 young talents of Donnelly, Ment and Jordan Isergin.  With just over a minute remaining Ment would pull off one of the best passes of the weekend finding a line up the inside after the doubles. Donnelly would hassle Ment for the position right until the final lap where a small mistake would allow Jordan Isergin to take second.  The result gave Ment the title ahead of Donnelly and Bakla.

Source: Mitch on the Mic [Facebook]

April 15, 2024

JConcepts Razor polycarbonate 1:8 wing

JConcepts has released its latest technically advanced alternative 2-piece wing for 1:8 racing with its new untrimmed polycarbonate Razor.  The Razor polycarbonate wing features a brand-new design mimicking the injection molded Razor as closely as possible.  Incorporating a multi-height layout which allows the wing to sit in a lower stance and the center section allows the included center divider to be added as another tuning option.  The wing is extremely light weight, formed in 1mm polycarbonate, and includes a centre divider together on the same part.  The wing is refined with taller side-dams, and taller rear gurney with trim lines and dimples finished on the part.  Angular sections blend nicely into the high-performance shape giving a location for that initial step and transition to the wing’s gurney position.  At the base of the wing rests the “fangs” that have become so popular on the 1:10 off-road carpet | turf | dirt wing.  Since the wing has a lowered section in the centre, some 1:8 buggies may have interfering geometry which will need to be trimmed or cut to allow the wing to drop down on the wing mounts.

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April 14, 2024

Orlowski takes back European 1:12 title

Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski has taken back his 1:12 EFRA European Championship title in Sicily, Italy.  Having lost his 2022 title to 8-time Champion Alexander Hagberg last year in Great Britain, the reigning World Champion put in a pretty dominant performance at the Paradise RC Arena securing the TQ ahead of team-mate Ollie Payne as Hagberg’s Xray lined up third for his title defence.  Winning A1 by a convincing margin over former World & European Champion Marc Rheinard, Orlowski wrapped up the title with another win in A2, this time over Hagberg.  With A3 a battle for the other two podium placings, it initially looked like Hagberg would finish runner-up ahead of Rheinard as he crossed the line first but an earlier incident in the race with Payne was reviewed with race officials handing Hagerg 5-second penalty that promoted Rheinard to the A3 win and demoted the Swede to third on the overall podium.  In 1:12 Spec, Simon Lauter secured the TQ with his Awesomatix from Payne and Jan Ratheisky.  In the finals, Ratheisky’s Xray took the first 8-minute encounter.  Lauter was able to convert his pole position into a win in A2 but it was then Payne who won the decider.  In the end, Lauter got the title on tie break from Payne with Ratheisky completing the podium.

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April 12, 2024

PN Racing Mini-Z V2 Tire Gluer Pro

Mini-Z racing specialists PN Racing has released its all new v2 tyre gluer.  Designed to work with Mini-z 2WD & AWD wheels in 8.5mm/11mm/14mm width, the V2 Tire Gluer Pro offers an easy and efficient tyre gluing solution for the 1:28 scale category.

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April 12, 2024

Xray GTX8‘24 1:8 GT

Xray has just presented the latest version of it 1:8 GT competition chassis with the new GTX8’24.  The 2024 iteration get a complete aluminium front & rear suspension sets included in the kit in addition to the standard composite suspension parts. These front aluminium c-hubs and steering blocks increase overall steering and improve consistency while the rear alu uprights increase stability on- and off-power. Larger super-lightweight ventilated brake disks significantly improve brake cooling and ensure vibration-free operation while reducing rotating mass without sacrificing strength or durability. A graphite horizontal body backstop set reinforces the rear section of the body and provides additional protection in a crash.

View the full GTX8’24 presentation here