Atomic Carbon, makers of the as yet unreleased S4 tub chassis 4wd buggy driven by former European Champion Chris Doughty, have been working on a 2wd buggy called the S2 and the prototype car was photographed up close and personal by oOple at Kidderminster last weekend. The S2 is a mid motor buggy using some B4 parts and plenty of custom made carbon parts, along with some home-brew prototype bits.
Our mates down under at RubeDude RC have got a full report on last weekends AWJ Civil Nitro Challenge that took place on the Liverpool track with racers battling for serious prize money, always a great motivator. The racing was spread over 4 classes and in the Buggy class it was Steve Drygalla driving his Novarossi powered Kyosho that took the win and with it the $1000 prize money. Runner up spot went to Joe Porfida in 2nd with OCM racer Steve Haley getting the final step of the podium in 3rd. In the truggy class, CEN racer Ari Balkla absolutely dominated the event with TQ, lap record and the win, and with it he took home the $750 prize money while 2nd spot went to Craig Lewis with Allan Boyer claiming 3rd.
The first round of the French electric buggy Nationals took place this weekend at an indoor track in Rapport de Cloture. The race was split amongst several classes and in the 4wd Mod class it was Linonel Labez that took the win ahead of Tamiya driver Cedric Devilliers who finished 2nd with 3rd place going to new X-Factory driver Antoine Rossetti. In the 2wd Modified class it was Ligue 10 round 1 winner Xavier Ansellem that took the win ahead of Losi racer and event TQ Geoffrey Petit who finished 2nd, just ahead of 3rd placed Alexander Valente.
Robinson Racing Products have announced their latest addition to their extensive line of high-performance precision gears and drive related accessories with the introduction of these extra hard steel spur gears and clutch bells for the Team Losi 8ight buggy. The spur gear and clutch bell are precision CNC machined from steel and then hardened for the ultimate in performance and durability and are available to buy now.
Top German off road racer Patrick Feschtschenko has joined the LRP Nitro team for 2007 and will exclusively use LRP Nitro products in this years racing campaign. A World finalist, Feschtschenko was also chosen by LRP to help develop the range of LRP Nitro products using his extensive knowledge and experience that has seen him win many International events.
Recently we reported that long time Mugen racer Stuart Wilcox had signed to race for Team Losi for the 2007 season to race with their 8ight buggy. Well it seems that it will be all change for Stuart this year with the announcement by Mirage R/C Enterprises that he has now signed to use GRP tires as well.
Stuart is excited about using the GRP tyre line up for the up and coming season. Stuart will be in close relationship with GRP to develop new tread patterns and compounds throughout the season! Models in Motion drivers Darren Cole and Steven Childerhouse are also joining the Mirage/GRP team for 2007! Models in Motion will be supporting GRP trackside at all events so you don’t have to look far for mega traction!
Trevor Clement has won the RC Pro Arizona Series, claiming more podium finishes than any other driver on his way to the crown. Racing in the Arena truck class, Clement used a Kyosho ST-R truggy to drive his way to his successes in a series which enjoyed some serious competition from top factory drivers leading up to the running of The Dirt Nitro Challenge that was held 2 weeks ago. In the sportsman buggy class it was Paul Yaun, piloting a 777 SP2, that took the overall title and in doing so won a 777 ST-R donated by Kyosho America.
Our partners Neo Buggy have written an introduction to the US Pro Cup which is a five race series that covers the 5 major professional attended races of the year including the “The Nitro Challenge”, the “Silver State”, the “ROAR Gas Nationals” (buggy and truggy), along with two, as of yet, unconfirmed major races. Mike Truhe now leads the series in both the Pro buggy and Pro truggy thanks to his double win and TQ in the buggy class at the Nitro Challenge race.
To find out more about this series and the full current standings go here.