Team Orion have issued a release about their team driver Ari Bakla capturing the 2007 Australian National Titles, that took place this past weekend. The event attracted nearly 200 entrants and the competition down under was exceptional. In a dominating display of driving, Bakla finished qualifying on the top of the time sheets in both modified classes and then went on to take advantage of his front row starts to claim the double victory.
A while ago we announced on our site the creation of the South African RC Pro Series, and even prior to that announcement the first round of that championships was won in which Jonathon Ment won the buggy class and Carl Hein Fommann won the truggy. Just over a week ago was round 2 of this series and it took place at Avion Raceway in Kempton Park South Africa and 70 racers were in attendance. Below is a report from the organisers from this event.
While we may have given you a brief report of what went on at the Pro Line Indoor Nitro Challenge last weekend, nothing beats actually being there and absolutely nothing beats an oOple report. Jimmy and Vicky, the dynamic duo, were at it again last weekend and as well as reporting on the event in full on a day by day basis they have loads of interviews with some really top racers such as Neumann, Maifield, Hughes, Cree and more, and of course as its oOple the photos are always top notch. The image gallery from the event is now online so be sure to check them out also.
All Mod, the optional parts brand from MID in Germany, have added two new items to their current product line up. First up, which you can see above, is this grey anodised aluminium air filter carrier for .21 and .28 off road engines which claims to allow 40% more air into the engine, while not compromising the filtering process. Also from All Mod are some new capped wheel nuts that are suitable for all off road axles with a 17mm thread.
German Thunder Tiger racer Joern Neumann has won the Pro Line Indoor Challenge race after a strong race in 2nd position, which became the first position after then leader Scott Hughes had a mechanical failure just near the end of the race dropping him down the field and allowing Neumann take the lead. Second position went to Portugese Kyosho racer Miguel Matias with US racer Greg Dagani, driving a HoBao buggy in 3rd. Scott Hughes eventually finished 4th while pole position sitter Ryan Maifield had a difficult race finishing 5 laps down in 8th position and didnt finish the event.
In the truggy class it was a bit of an upset as Kyosho racer Linus Thern from Sweden took the win despite a late chase by HoBao racer Graham Alsop who finished only 3 seconds down on Thern after a mistake in the closing stages, Xray driver Lee Taylor came home in 3rd. Pole position man Scott Hughes was out after 21 minutes having broken a lower wishbone coming out of the pitlane while 2nd placed qualifier Joern Neumann had his engine stop before the start of the race, dropping him down the order.
Our Australian friends, Rube Dude, have sent us this video from the recent AWJ Nitro Challenge that shows some truggy action from Race 1, Heat 2. This is where Ari Bakla broke the track record the first time and then came back the next day and broke that again. Check it out above.
Japanese company, Team Azarashi, have announced their new lightweight rear buggy wing that will be available for sale in May. 20% lighter than the standard version this new wing will aid those racers that are looking for the smallest fraction of seconds to improve their performance. This product is sold as a set, that contains both the round-type (above) for technical courses and a straight type for high-speed courses.
Qualifying is over for this years Proline Indoor Challenge, held at the Harper Adams agricultural college in the UK. The Team Associated RC8 which proved very competitive following timed practice yesterday has gone on to take the overall TQ at the event, in the hand of top US off roader Ryan Maifield. Equal in score with Mugen racer Scott Hughes, Ryan took the TQ thanks to an extra dropped 2nd place to break the difference of 2 wins and a second each. That leaves Hughes in 2nd position with another RC8 of current World 2wd Champion Neil Cragg in 3rd just in front of yet another RC8, this time belonging to US racer Richard Saxton.
In the truggy class it is Mugen racer Scott Hughes that takes the top spot for tomorrow with young German racer Joern Neumann, also driving Mugen in the truggy class, in 2nd spot with HoBao racer Graham Alsop taking the 3rd qualifying spot in front of Linus Thern driving a Kyosho.