Event tough we wrote about Travis Amezcua joining HB already, we will mention it again because Hot Bodies have only now officially announced his arrival at the company and along with the announcement they have outlined his role at the company.
Travis will be spearheading the Hot Bodies team assault on 1/10th scale and 1/8th scale off-road events around the US, using the new D4 buggy, the 1/8th scale Lightning 2 Evo buggy and Lightning Stadium truggy. Travis brings with him the experience of 6 National Champion titles and 3 A-Main finals at the World Championships. His addition to the HB team is another great step forward for the HB team into the off-road classes. In addition to Team Supervisor, Travis will also be a key factor in the development and testing of Hot Bodies racing products, and provide input for future racing products. Look for Travis and the HB team at upcoming off-roads events!
K Factory, the optional parts wing of Team Magic, have announced the release of some new optional parts for the Team Magic M1B 1/8th scale buggy. First up (above) is a replacement for the original composite servo saver linkage mount, which has been made from aluminium with composite inserts, that increases the strength and durability in this vital area. Also new are some rather cool looking chassis stiffeners, for both the front and the rear of the car, that have been made from aluminium and carbon fibre which are super lightweight and additionally keep the centre of gravity of the M1B as low as possible. And finally is a set of center diff mount stiffening rods, which work with the chassis stiffeners to remove all flex from around the center diff that could reduce the life of the parts in this area.
Last weekend saw the 2nd round of the Danish championship held at the SOS track south of Copenhagen. Qualifying saw Xray racer Peter Harder take the top spot while Hong Nor racer Tim Culmsee lined up 2nd with his brother CEN driver Steffen Culmsee ending up in 3rd. The final saw a close fight between Steffen and Peter for the full 30 minutes with Tim only 5 secinds behind until his engine flamed out dropping him back and giving Steffen the chance to shake Peter of. Pushing hard the CEN driver could break away and take the win, with Peter Harder dropping back to 3rd in the closing stages, allowing Kyosho racer Lars Alex up to 2nd.
HARD Racing, the Taiwanese brand, has announced the release of this rather nice and stylish tool bag. Despite the small size of the HARD Tool Bag, the inside has been designed to hold up to a total of 10 wrenches. Special attention has been paid making the bag as compact as possible to save space while taking extra care that the tools are safely stored. Inside the bag the tools are nicely presented and held securely in place wrapped in holders made out of styrofoam material. The same high quality protective material has been used for the middle part that separates the two sides of the tool bag and the tools from each other to make sure there is no risk of damaging the tools.
Last weekend saw the 2nd stop of the 19T BRCA Nationals take place, in great weather conditions, at the tricky West London track. In qualifying records were set and as the dust settled it was round 1 winner Chris Kerswell driving the Corally Phi that took pole position from his team mate Christopher Delves with Schumacher racer Russell Williams in 3rd.
The first leg saw both Chris’s battle it out for the lead, after Williams made a small mistake that dropped him back, with Delves finally taking the win after a small mistake by Kerswell in the closing stages of the final. In the 2nd leg Kerswell was able to pull away in the lead from the start, leaving all the action behind as Stuart Cann, Williams and Delves battled it out wit, though a small mistake from Williams meant he dropped to 4th, where he finished the leg, while Cann took the 2nd spot with Delves close behind in 3rd. This result gave Kerswell his second overall out of 2 rounds with team mate Delves in 2nd and Russell Williams in 3rd.
Our partners Neo Buggy have a report from the first round of the UK Truggy Pro Championships that took place last weekend at the MaxBashing track near Guildford in the south of England. Xray XT8 driver Jon Hazlewood, set the TQ time in qualifying, smashing the lap record on the way, qualifying ahead of 2nd place Matt Perry driving for Losi with Kyosho driver Tommy Chung lining up 3rd. At the start of the 30 minute A final, Matt Perry took the holeshot but only until lap 3 when Graham Alsop driving for HoBao took over at the front, while pole man Jon Hazlewood, who had started badly, was now at the rear of the field. By lap 10 however Jon had recovered, and aided by and engine flame out from Alsop, could take the lead on lap 20 from which he never looked back, winning the race convincingly on lap 51 in front of 2nd placed Alsop, more than a lap down, while HoBao racer John Holmes took 3rd.
Report by Mark Christopher – The weekend of 13th and 14th May saw racers attend the fantastic Cotswold track, where they were greeted to a dry Saturday for open practice. Conditions cahnged however and Sunday saw the racers and crew welcomed by a cool damp morning and as everyone was setting up their pit areas the rain began to fall, leaving a damp slippery surface.
In the rubber class Mathew Thompson set TQ with his Serpent 720 showing his local knowledge of the track while in the trucks Craig Nutting got a clean run with his Team Magic car. By the end of round two of qualifying the rain was now showing no mercy and the track was covered in water, due to the design of the Cotswold track there were no deep puddles. Even so many drivers decided to wait for the finals and only a few ventured out to do a few laps to check their water proofing and tyre choice.
Spanish HoBao racer Robert Batlle has won the latest round of the Championship of Catalunya which was held last weekend at the Ripoll circuit. Batlle won ahead of Crono racer Adrian Hernandez who came home in 2nd place while Mugen driver Carlos Pinenda ended the race in 3rd.