Round 1 of the 2008 Irish 1:8 Off Road National Championship kicked off over the weekend with the Nitro Navan Nuts club hosting Round 1 of the 4 round series on their astroturf surface track in county Meath. Attracting a large entry of top drivers from North and South of the country it was Michael Todd that laid down the marker for this year’s title battle as he took his KSR Racing prepared Losi to victory in the 45-minute A Final. Securing the TQ position Todd took his Novarossi powered Eight to a convincing 2 lap winning margin over Hobao driver Mark Harron who was followed home closely by the Xray of Barkley Abernethy. Defending Champion Darren Hill took sixth having had to work his way up from the B Final but the Kyosho driver will be hoping for a better performance in Round 2 which will run on his local Galway track. In the Truggy class it was youngster Bradley Baird driving a Hot Bodies Lightning that took top honour from Top Qualifier Christopher McCauley with Frank McGoey completing the podium.
The 3rd round of the French 1/8th scale buggy Nationals was held this weekend at the Montceau track, in the East of the country. Qualifying went the way of Team Losi driver Yannick Aigoin, who placed his 8ight on pole position for semi final A, while Mugen racer Renaud Savoya was 2nd quickest and would start on pole for semi final B. The main final saw the order stay the same as Yannick was able to take the win, completing a dominant event, while 2nd spot went to Savoya and the final podium spot to Kyosho driver Jerome Aigoin.
The 2nd round of the Italian 1/8th scale buggy Nationals has taken place this weekend at the Blue Rabbits track in Empoli. Qualifying for Sunday’s race saw Losi racer Riccardo Rabitti take the pole position ahead of round 1 winner, Crono racer Davide Tortorici in 2nd and Fabio Boero, driving a Mugen in 3rd. Sunday’s F1 class final saw little change at the front with Rabitti taking the win from Boero in 2nd, who managed to get passed Tortorici who ended the race in 3rd. In the F2 category it was a win for Mugen driver Eugenio Berti, while Alessandro Stocco took the runner up spot for Losi and Helmuth Aufderklamm rounding out the top 3, again for Mugen.
Nanda Racing have announced details about the new team version of their NRB-3 1/8th scale buggy, called the NRB-3R. Set to be released in June, the car is sold with a number of option parts as standard to strengthen and improve performance. Some of the new parts include a new chassis, big bore shock absorbers, new front shock tower, new engine mount, aluminum steering blocks, uprights and suspension brackets as well as a number of different anti-roll bars. As a neat addition the car is supplied in a handy NB-3R branded carry case.
The JConcepts J82 Challenge will take place as an exhibition class at the ROAR Offroad Electric Nats at Hot Rod Hobbies in California this summer. If you think you can really wheel an RC Car, JConcepts wants you to win big, J82 big! You could win the big prize! Drivers are invited to enter the J82 class at the Nationals, August 13-17, 2008, to compete in the exhibition 1/8th Electric 2wd class, the winner will receive an American Express gift card courtesy of JConcepts.
DE Racing, the new company we wrote about in March, that makes unique rear skid plates that protect your expensive 1/8 scale buggy or truggy chassis have added a new manufacturer to their range. Now available for the Hobao/OFNA Hyper 8 & 8.5, these U.S. made items wear like aluminum but at a fraction of the cost and weight and are ultra thin, eliminating the need for longer screws.
Kyosho Germany have confirmed that front running Italian buggy racer Fabrizio Teghesi has joined their team to race the Japanese company’s buggy and truggy. Starting his racing career with buggies in 2000, the Italian racer was runner up in the National Championships last year, racing for Crono, and will this year compete for Kyosho at both National and International level, including the World Championships in the USA.
More new tires from JConcepts, this time for 1/8th scale buggies. Called the Hit Men, the unique pyramid lug design combined with sticky compounds like yellow and blue allow the flexibility necessary to compete on a multitude of the most demanding surfaces for an extended period of time. They are a special breed, designed for maximum performance when new or used as the design allows even wear all the way down to the tire body. Incorporating a compact tire body with a crisp tread pattern with precise separation for intense racing competition, they excel in new condition on soft surfaces with either dry or wet conditions, while worn they excel on indoor or outdoor clay tracks where a slight groove has formed.