Yeh i know, even more stuff from Upgrade RC, but this time ill keep it short and just inform you that the masters of customization have released this Joker themed decal kit thats suitable for truggies.
More JConcepts news, this time is to report that the BJ4 has won the 4wd class at the recently run New Zealand Nationals at the hands of Josh Pain, who also won the 2wd Nationals too. Josh’s 1st place BJ4 was not alone, 6 other BJ4’s were in the A-final with 4 finishing in the top 5. Josh Pain, Michael Harlow, Ben Panic and Andrew Molkenton finishing 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively. Josh reported that the track was extremely rough and loamy and the BJ4 just sucked it all up in stride.
The debut for the all new JConcepts off road tires took place at last months Nitro Challenge and on its debut race they took the win in the hands of top off road racer Ryan Maifield. In the hotly contested 45 minute A-main event, Maifield made it a debut to remember by winning the Pro Gas Truck class A-main with his Associated GT2 running on JConcepts “Double Dees” tires in Sticky Green Compound. In 1/8th scale buggy, Maifield also blitzed the track in Round 2 of qualifying with his Associated RC8 by laying down a TQ run using the 1/8th scale version of the “Double Dees”.
A while back we wrote about top US driver Jason Ashton making the surprise move to Spanish manufacturer Sidorf to race their S-1 buggy. Well Jason is doing pretty well with the car Stateside and recently he showed his car off sporting some new Fioroni made aluminium optionals that include shock towers, uprights, shock bodies and more. The parts look good, especially the anodised / machined look, but no word was given on the release date of these parts, but we have learned that the Sidorf that will be released in the US will be called the M-5, but its unclear whether this is a new car or just a new name.
As in qualifying, the racing at this years Cactus Classic was dominated by the Team Associated pairing of Ryan Cavalieri and Ryan Maifield, between them picking up all the big trophies in the modified classes. In the 4wd buggy mod class it was Cavalieri who took the win despite a disastrous 1st main where he only finished 9th allowing Masami Hirosaka to take the round win, but Ryan was able to pull it back together to take the wins in the final 2 mains to take the overall win, with Yokomo racer Hirosaka ending up in 2nd, with Maifield in 3rd. In 2wd mod, the Ryans were reversed with Maifield taking the win despite a seemingly more consistent run by Cavalieri, but wins count and Maifield took 2 and with it the overall win ahead of Cavalieri in 2nd and Team Losi driver Jesse Robbers in 3rd. In Truck mod the top 4 from 2wd mod were repeated with Maifield taking the win ahead of 2nd placed Cavalieri with Jesse Robbers in 3rd and Jared Tebo, as he finished in 2wd buggy mod, in 4th.
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Above is a great video biography of top US racer, 2007 Silver State Champ and World Championship finalist, Mugen racer Scott Hughes. This video is a produced in association with the US Pro Cup and the Dirt Racing and gives a great insight into the life of this top driver who also works for Pro Line, in their Marketing department.
This weekend sees the first big international electric off road race of the year, the 21st Annual Cactus Classic race that is taking place at Scottsdale RC Speedway in Arizona. Qualifying is over and its the Ryans that are topping the timing sheets in the modified classes with Associated drivers Ryan Maifield taking the TQ spot in truck mod ahead of Ryan Cavalieri in 2nd and current ROAR National class champion Jared Tebo in 3rd. In buggy mod its Cavalieri that has taken the pole spot ahead of Tebo in 2nd, with Japanese legend Masami Hirosaka driving for Yokomo in 3rd while In 2wd buggy mod its a repeat of the top 3 in truck with Maifield in the pole followed by Cavalieri and Tebo in 2nd and 3rd with British driver, and current World Champion, Neil Cragg in 4th. Racing takes place today, Sunday, and we hope to bring you the results when we get them.
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A few months ago we showed you images of the new BX-1 1/8th scale buggy from Italian company Blade Racing, well now they have announced the first team drivers for this car. Italians Gianluca D’Orazio and Francesco Ciriello have both agreed to race the car for the coming season and will form the official team that will represent the marque at major races.