Last weekend saw the 4th round of the Russian Electric off road cup run in the countries capital, Moscow. Qualifying for the event saw Victor Spiridonov take the TQ spot in the 4wd class with this JConcepts BJ WE, while in the 2wd class it saw Associated B4 racer Dmitriy Malyshko in pole position for the final. In the 4wd class final there was a close battle between the first 3 qualifiers with the pole man Spiridonov taking the overall win ahead of last years National Champion, Ivan Laptev, driving a Kyosho ZX-5 in 2nd with 3rd place going to Dmitriy Malyshkot with the BJ WE. The 2wd final saw a very close battle right to the end between the B4s of Volkov Konstantin and pole man Malyshko with Volkov eventually taking the win from Malyshko in 2nd, with 3rd spot going to young racer Ilya Plahotnik, in his first race.
Another report from Xray, this time from the 2nd round of the Estonian Off road Cup, held on a brand new track in Tartu. Qualifying for the buggy class saw the pole position go to Rando Mere, while in the truggy event the top spot went to Jaanus Kesküla, racing the new Xray XT8. In the buggy final the battle was between pole man Rando Mere and Jaanus Kesküla, but an engine stall from Kesküla dropped him out of contention and the win went to Mere, followed by Keskula in 2nd with Taivo Murumäe in 3rd. In the truggy final it was a battle between the Xray team mates Kesküla and Andres Käver until a loose servo horn on the 21st lap dropped Käver back to the middle of the pack as he had the problem fixed. Back on the track and Andres could push his truggy and managed to make his way back to 2nd where he finished, 5 laps down on Kesküla who took the win, while 3rd spot belonged to Martti Siimsen.
The 2nd round of the Slovenian Nationals for gas off road took place at the weekend in Ljubljana under very hot weather, with the temperature reaching over 33 degrees. Qualifying saw Mugen racer Nejc Drole take the pole position and in the race he lead from start to finish taking the win by 4 laps from round 1 winner Zdenko Gačar driving a Laro, while his team mate Izidor Tratnik came home in 3rd on the same lap. In the 1/6th scale category it was a win for round 1 winner Rok Bizjak from 2nd place Anže Černe with the 3rd place going to Jakopin Tilen, all top 3 drivers racing the HPI Baja. There will now be a break for the summer with the next round to be held in Maribor on the 30th of September.
Italian tire makers, GRP, have announced that they will release an additional range of wheels for truggy racers, to be sold alongside their current versions. The new wheels have a bigger Offset (1/2′), compared to the original versions that come with a standard offset, which ensures that all the different models of truggy currently present on the market are covered. Also announced is that both standard and bigger offset wheels are available in the original fluorescent yellow and now also in while, meaning there are now 4 different types of truggy wheel from GRP.
The first round of the German truggy Nationals was run last weekend in Oberahusen and it attracted a lot of the top stars from the German buggy scene who, it turned out, could easily adapt to the bigger cars. In qualifying it was Mugen racer Marcel Guske that took the TQ from Kyosho racer Daniel Reckward in 2nd, while in 3rd it was Dario Vita for Mugen. Whit the semi finals finished it was onto the final where there was a close battle between Guske and Reckward, which ended in a pitlane crash that badly damaged the car of Reckward, leaving him out of contention, while Guske suffered shock damage which he had to drive the rest of the race with. After the crash it was Vita that took over at the top and who went on to take the win from Guske in 2nd, while 3rd spot fell to Tobias Schellen, making a podium sweep for Mugen.
The guys from Live RC asked us to tell you about their free live coverage from this weekends ROAR 1/8th Nitro Buggy Nationals, which is held at the St. Louis Dirt Burners track in Missouri.
This year’s U.S. ROAR 1/8th Nitro Buggy Nationals will have one of the largest turnouts for this class in ROAR history. The buggy and truck nationals have been separated this year, and there are currently nearly 300 entries for the 1/8th Scale Buggy class. With this year being the qualifier for the upcoming IFMAR World Championships, which will be held in the USA, all of the top names from around the country are in attendance.
All of the action with live scoring, live audio, and live video will be broadcasted on LiveRC.com. The audio will be streamed live, free of charge to all viewers courtesy of ROAR. Video will be streamed free of charge to all viewers courtesy of Pro-Line Racing.
Check out the Live RC coverage on their site here.
We briefly wrote about the Top End Nitro Challenge that was run last weekend at at the OCR Raceway, and which allowed OCM racer Ian Haley to take home $3000 in prize money for winning the overall event. Well now thanks to our Aussie pals Rube Dude, we have some videos from that event in which we see Haley on his big cash run with the first part in the player above while the 2nd part can be seen below.
X-Factory have released detailed information on the sequel to the companies competitive X-5 4wd buggy platform, called the X-5 Squared. The changes are to the cars molded tub chassis which receives 15 little tweaks for extra strength and better durability and all round fine tuning while the material for the chassis has also been changed to make the overall car stiffer. These changes came about from listening to their team drivers experiences and if you look in the pictures below you can see the changes to the tub highlighted in blue.