Xray have a report on their site from the recently held Estonian Championship which were run for 1/8th buggy and truggy classes. In qualifying it was Xray driver Jaanus Kesküla that took the top qualifying spot in both classes and in the truggy final he could easily win the event, despite some technical problems late into the race, finishing in front of team mates Marek Männing and Allar Rebane in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the buggy final it was more of the same for Jaanus who ran away with the event to win from Rando Mere in 2nd and Siim Sildver in 3rd.
New from OCM Racing is this mat for your pit area allowing you to show your allegiance to OCM while keeping your work space in order. Made from hard wearing black material, similar to door mats, it features a tribal design in the lower corners along with the OCM Racing logo in the center.
Austrian driver Hupo Hupo Hönigl has just won the 4wd European Electric buggy Championships, run today in Vassa, Finland. The Tamiya driver who was quickest overnight had carried forward his form to claim the event TQ ahead of Richard Taylor in 2nd and 2wd Champion Neil Cragg in 3rd. In the finals it was a great start for Cragg, the Yokomo driver claiming the first win and going on to record two 2nd places as well, but it was still not enough as Hönigl, who had a bad first result with a 4th, got his head down and took the win the in 2nd and 3rd final and with only 2 rounds from the 3 counting, this was enough for the crown. Neil Cragg with his consistent run claimed 2nd spot while JConcepts racer Richard Cree claimed 3rd position, while on the same points as Neumann with the Durango, his 2nd position in the first round meant the decision went in his favour.
With the 2wd class at this years Euros in Finland finished, the racers have gotten out their 4wd buggies to go at it for the next title up for grabs, that of 4wd European Champion. As we reported previously, practice for this class started yesterday with Jörn Neumann setting the pace, along with Neil Cragg and Hupo Hönigl and today that was again the case but some did better than others in turning that pace into a result during qualifying. After 3 of 5 rounds of qualifying already completed, and with only 3 counting, it is Austrian Tamiya racer Hupo Hönigl that is in the hot seat claiming a 1st, a 2nd and a 4th postion while in 2nd overnight is Lee Martin, who also has a win and a 4th but had a bad run in the 3rd qualifier and ended with a 19th. In 3rd position is Richard Barton, while Neil Cragg is in 4th and Neumann who has shown pace since 4wd began managed the bag the win in the 3rd final, but poor results in the 1st and 2nd heats sees him down in 10th with some work to do tomorrow to secure his place in the A-final.
Kyosho have announced the release of some new products for both the Inferno 1/8th scale buggy and truggy as well as a new piece for the V-One RRR 1/10th 200mm. First up is the release of the long anticipated big bore shocks for the Inferno which were first seen at the Silver State race in March and caused great excitement amonst Kyosho racers. Released with these shocks are a number of new pistons and also new shock springs that have a larger diameter to fit on the new shock bodies and they are available in purple (look blue to me) and light green for both the front and rear. For the V-One RRR there is a new front solid axle giving racers a wider variety of setup options to suit different track layouts.
Team Orion are reporting on last weekends Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout in Saugus, California, which was being held for the 10th year in its history. This race, for most US drivers, is the last big off-road race before Septemers IFMAR off-road electric world championships in Japan, and due to this there was a large presence of top drivers and factory teams. At the end of qualifying, it was Associated driver Ryan Cavalieri who was sitting on the pole position in all 3 modified classes with his Team Orion powered rides and he duly went on to win the first two A mains in the modified truck class to give him his first title of the weekend, the other two classes going down to the 3rd final. In the 4wd Modified A3 Main, Ryan pulled away from the field at the start and never looked back winning by a considerable margin giving Ryan his second championship of the weekend. The last title up for grabs was in the 2wd Modified class in which Ryan drove a very smart race, finishing 2nd and giving him the overall win and his 3rd championship of the weekend.
Team Xtreme, owners of the TTech buggy project, have released details about a number of upgrade packs for X10 owners to update their car to the latest X11 spec. Available in a number of different sets, the X Brace pack (shown above) includes new front X brace, front rockers, top diff cover as well as new cross member pins and bearings, while the Steering pack includes new ball raced steering link, left and right steering arms and other small parts needed to complete the update. Xtreme also have the new wheels, wing mounts and rear gearbox top with adjustable droop screws available from their site.
Xtreme Racing have announced the release of their new carbon fibre shock tower for the CEN Matrix TR Arena truggy. Made from 4mm thick carbon fiber this tower replaces the original aluminum version and while it is much lighter than the original tower, it is still extremely strong.