Following on from Saturday’s exciting truggy final in which the winner was decided in the very dying moments of the race, Sunday saw the turn of the buggy racers to have their finals. Starting off from pole position in the main Jared Tebo battled early on with Mike Truhe and Ryan Maifield, until Truhe made a break for it with his Losi 8ight. Mike controlled the race for a long time until Tebo managed to claw his way to the front in the late stages forcing the 2 of them to battle it out. With 5 minutes to go, disaster struck for Truhe having to retire with technical issues and following this it looked as if the Kyosho/Orion driver had it in the bag. Ryan Maifield had other plans though and was catching the leader, and when Tebo flipped the car and lost time, Ryan was right on his tail and after some close racing Maifield snatched the lead away and won by just over a second, with Tebo 2nd and truggy winner Ryan Cavalieri in 3rd.
The 2nd round of the Japanese based F1 RCGP series, organised by Hideo Kitizawa, took place last weekend at the RC Stadium Sodegaura in Chiba under cloudy but not so cold conditions as round 1. In qualifying for the F1GP class it was Ishikawa who started from pole, but it was his Rush team mate Sato Nobuyuki that lead the race followed by Hiroshi Kamibayashi and Miura Masayuki. When the temperature dropped during the race it caused most of the cars to oversteer and the biggest casualty was race leader Sato who couldn’t manage to keep the pace and was overtaken by Kamibayashi who went on to win, with Nobuyuki taking 2nd and Miura Masayuki taking 3rd, while pole man Ishikawa ended the race in 4th.
Korean company Much More have released their diff master, a tool which helps you rebuild the ball differential on your touring car. These smart tools have two functions, the first is a diff ring holder, with a small magnet on one side, so the diff ring can be attached and held easily for sanding smooth again. The other side of the tool can be used as a diff stand, securely holding the ball diff and stabilizing it while you insert the small diff balls and it also has a pin or a small block to hold the diff nut or screw, so you can reassemble the ball diff very easily. Available in 3 different versions for 3 different cars, the blue version is suitable for the Tamiya TRF416 & TA05, the purple version for the HB Cyclone and the black version for the Xray T2’008 & 009.
2008 Buggy World Champion and former Touring car World Champion Atsushi Hara has won this years TITC, held at the Radio Control Speedway in Bangkok, Thailand. It was World Champion Marc Rheinard that started from pole position ahead of the Hot Bodies driver, with Viktor Wilck starting his Tamiya from 3rd spot just in front of team mate Jilles Groskamp. In the finals it was Marc Rheinard that won the first leg, but 2 poor finishes in the 2nd and 3rd legs, and with Hara winning the final legs, it was Hara that took the win in front of Rheinard in 2nd, who was tied with Wilck on points, but his win in leg 1 giving him the edge and knocking Wilck back to 3rd.
The organizers of the Much More backed European Touring Series, which sees its 3rd round of the 08/09 series take place in Warsaw Poland have confirmed that top Xray Factory team driver Teemu Leino has entered the event that takes place from the 6th – 8th of March. The Finnish driver will make his ETS debut in 2 weeks time and joins other top drivers like World Champion Marc Rheinard, Jilles Groskamp and Paul Lemieux, who is making the trip accross the Atlantic for the event.
For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on the ETS site here.
The finals for the truggy racers took place on Saturday, following their qualifying runs on Thursday which saw Team Associated//Orion driver Ryan Cavalieri take pole position. The start of the A-main saw trouble for 6th placed starter Ryan Maifield, whose Associated RC8 required some attention just prior to the start, but even so was able to jump into the lead early in the race, with pole main Cavalieri giving chase. The final stayed in this order until the last lap when RC, who had pulled in a substantial gap, was able to make the move, which stuck, and led the most important lap of the race to take the win, with Maifield taking 2nd and Losi driver Adam Drake coming up to 3rd.
French company 6MIK have announced the release of their new larger diameter Fusion rim. Its new size allows an optimized pattern to the tire’s shape, without changing its overall diameter, with the width and thickness having been chosen after many tests to find the best compromise between a great corner speed, driving comfort and precision. These very light wheels, only 34grams, still including gluing lips to guarantee the best gluing security and its genuine curved pattern allows a more comfortable driving feeling on bumpy tracks, with a unique look too.
K-Factory have released this pair of lightweight differentials for the Team Magic G4. The differential cover is now hard coated lightweight aluminium and have been precision machined and lightened to reduce rotational mass, improving acceleration and deceleration. The bevel gears within the differential have also been redesigned to precise specifications creating an ultra smooth and efficient meshing. Finally K Factory has reduced tolerances during engineering to provide precision specifications and a perfect fit into the bulkheads, this improves the power delivery to the drive system without the losses of efficiency incurred by a loose or sloppy fit.