New from LRP, their R&D team and team drivers have specially developed a new thread design with special pin design featuring an additional reinforcement pattern for optimal driving response and perfect stability. The VTEC Banzai tire provides high grip and low wear based on a special compound of high-quality rubber and is perfect for tracks with only a little dust or dust free conditions. In combination with the moulded foam tire inserts, tire wear is reduced to a minimum. Released in super soft, soft and medium compound and they come loose or pre mounted.
TQ Racing sent us the video above showing some ‘top secret’ testing of their soon to be released SX8 Evo buggy. Following the series of tests they have declared themselves very happy with the progress and feel that they have zeroed in on a strong platform.
Last weekend saw the first round of the 3 race RC Pro series Mountain division held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Rd2 held in June in Amarillo, Texas and the series final race going to Burlington, Colorado in September. Local favorite and Team Associated/Proline driver Scott Spear completed a good weekend by winning Pro Buggy ahead of Adrian Redding and Vincent Ringler, Pro Truggy in front of Chris Peralta and again Vincent Ringler as well as the Electric Buggy class.
Tamiya have made their race debut with the new prototype electric powered 801X, called the 801Xe. Being driven at the Canadian Indoor Shootout in its maiden race by team drivers Steve Bortolotti and Tom Wright, it performed well amongst fierce competition, leading the way for most of qualifying before electrical problems hampered their progress. In the mains it was again a solid performance, with only some bad luck and race incidents keeping the car out of winners circle. According to those driving the prototype buggy, the design of the car and layout give incredible on-power traction as you exit the corners and is very stable as you accelerate. More information as we get it.
As has become the norm in recent years, the Frankley Model Car Club played host to the opening round of the BRCA 1/8th Off-Road series. The main reason for having the astro turf tracks at the beginning of the championship is to guard against inclement weather, however this year the sun was out and it was T-shirt and shorts weather, which is pretty rare in April. Qualifying got underway with last year’s Champion Neil Cragg starting where he left off, by taking the first round win of the new season in convincing style with his Reedy/Byron powered RC8B. The new ST Reedy engine looking particularly strong at this fast track where power is a factor. Team mate Craig Drescher backed Neil up in second with his sister car and with Dave Bailey’s RB powered RC8B in fourth the Associated team were fast out of the blocks.
The Spanish 1/8th buggy Nationals kicked off last weekend in Lebrija, in the very south of the country, close to Seville. Qualifying for this event saw defending champion Robert Batlle place his Associated chassis on the TQ spot in front of Miguel Martin, Borja Hernandez, Bryan Baldo and Dani Bernabe completing the top 5. Following the Semi Finals it was Batlle who would line up on pole position for the 45 minute final with Antonio Salmeron lining up 2nd. From the off Batlle dropped down the order allowing Salmeron into the lead followed closely by Hernandez. The pair would battle hard until lap 14 when Salmeron dropped out of contention followed a lap later by Hernandez, all the while Batlle was moving up the order, taking the lead on lap 16, a position who wouldn’t relinquish to take the win just in front of Mugen driver Alberto Garcia in 2nd and Juanma Vera in 3rd.
Again oOple are reporting that Lee Martin sealed up a near perfect start to the 2010 BRCA 1/10th off road national series with a second day of outstanding racing giving him TQ and the win in all three legs of the A final to go along with his 2WD win the previous day. Tamiya TRF driver Lee Martin moved from Associated earlier this year, a decision which appears to be paying off, leaving round 1 in Talywain with perfect result in both classes. Expect a full report from oOple soon.
Our friends at oOple are reporting that Lee Martin took an impressive victory with the new Tamiya 2WD electric buggy, the TRF 201X, at the first BRCA off road national of 2010 at Talywain, Wales. 17th April 2010. Defending Champion Ellis Stafford took three rounds of qualifying to take overall TQ with the XFactory X6 as he looked to start another domination of the UK 2WD series. The first leg of the A saw Ellis take an easy victory without much trouble. Lee Martin took leg two and it was all down to leg three as Ellis and Lee battled it out in a very exciting final race. A last minute pass from Lee saw him take the win and with it his first National 2WD win. Ellis Stafford finished 2nd overall and Grant Williams taking third with the new Schumacher Cougar SV. Expect a full report from oOple soon.