The Norwegian EP Touring car Nationals got under way last weekend at Farsund rc club’s track in the South of Norway. In qualifying it was Xray driver Helge Johannessen that took the pole position in front of Tamiya racer Eirik Andreassen in 2nd and Hot Bodies driver Tommy Svaasand in 3rd. In the finals it was a battle between Helge Johannesen and Eirik Adreassen, who were in a leauge of their own, leaving the rest behind to battle for the lower places. In the end if was Helge Johannessen that took the win from 2nd placed Eirik Andreassen, with Tommy Svaasand claiming 3rd overall.
The 2nd round of the French Nationals for 1/8th scale buggies was held last weekend at the Viglain track in the centre of the country. In qualifying, it was Mugen racer Renaud Savoya that took the top qualifying spot in front of Xray racer Jerome Sartel in 2nd, while Kyosho driver Jerome Aigoin took 3rd ahead of his brother Yannick Aigoin, driving a Losi, in 4th. It was Sartel that won the semi final to take the pole position for the main final, ahead of the Aigoin brothers, with Jerome getting the upper hand once again. In the final there was a close battle between the front 3 drivers with Jerome Aigoin eventually taking the win by just over a second from his brother Yannick, who was 11 seconds ahead of Renaud Savoya in 3rd, while pole man Sartel dropped to 4th, finishing 1 lap down.
The 2nd round of the Spanish 1/8th scale buggy Nationals was run at the weekend at the Silla track in Valencia. Qualifying saw round 1 winner Robert Batlle stamp his authority on the event by taking the top qualifying spot from Richi Gomez in 2nd and Borja Hernandez 3rd. After the semi finals it was Robert who would start from pole in the main final and with a clear track in front of him he could claim the lead from the start. The Hobao driver would eventually take the win at the end of the 45 minute final by only 6 seconds from the battling pair of Richi Gomez and Borja Hernandez, Gomez taking the runner up spot by just over half a second in front of Borja.
Neo Buggy are reporting on a fantastic weekend for Christoffer Svensson at the Nordic Xray Challenge, who dominated the whole race from start to finish with double TQ, double pole position and wins in both the buggy and truggy classes. In the buggy main, Svensson took the lead from pole before dropping to 2nd on lap 2, and then retaking the lead before driving away. Hazlewood battled early on with Gustafsson, with Gus eventually opening a gap from Hazlewood, but was unable to fully catch a hard-charging Svensson. In the end Gustafsson was denied a worthy second place by clutch issues and this left Hazlewood in 2nd and Mikael Palsson in 3rd. In the truggy class Svensson started out front but was passed early by Hazlewood, and then proceeded to battle each other for a while, but fast consistent driving and good pit stops gifted Svensson the lead on lap 16. Hazlewood had 2nd place wrapped up until lap 38 where center diff issues forced him to retire and this allowed Henrik Nilsson up into 2nd and Niclas Brunsberg in 3rd.
The finals at this years Pre Worlds in Thailand have been run under dry conditions as the expected rains didnt show up. Leg 1 of the main final saw Masami Hirosaka take the win for Yokomo as early leader Viktor Wilck clipped a kerb which allowed following pair of Marc Rheinard and Masami through, though Marc went wide leaving Hirosaka into the lead and on to take the win. The 2nd leg saw a good battle at the front as Atsushi Hara worked his way to the front after some great passing moves, and the Hot Bodies racer continued to lead until 1 minute to go when his car shut down, allowing Wilck back into the lead followed by Rheinard and Serpent driver Billy Easton. This all meant the winner would be decided in leg 3 and it was Viktor Wilck that jumped straight into the lead with Hara in2nd, managing to get past Rheinard early on. This was how it stayed until again close to the end, when Hara had another shut down, leaving Marc up into 2nd and Hayato Matsuzaki up into 3rd. This result gave Viktor Wilck the overall win ahead of Tamiya team mate Marc Rheinard in 2nd, while Masami Hirosaka took 3rd after a tie break with Matsuzaki and Easton.
Another car based on their successful Factory Team TC5, Team Associated have also released the TC5R, an electric touring car chassis that has been optimized for lower traction, rubber tire racing. The components that make up the TC5R have the desired attributes that are sought after for indoor and/or outdoor racing with rubber tires, making the TC5R an even more lethal racing machine. The TC5R starts with a full ball bearing, dual belt-drive system that transfers all the power from the motor smoothlyand efficiently. With today’s motors and batteries delivering more power than ever before, the belt-drive system gives the TC5R a very predictable throttle response and feel, making it easier to drive fast and carry more speed through the corners. The blue aluminum ball differentials are super light for reduced rotational mass. Reducing the weight of the diffs lets the TC5R accelerate harder out of the corners. Hardened-steel CVAs with cross-pin retaining clips and blue aluminum clamping wheel hexes offer reliable service getting all the power to the wheels.
Based on the successful Factory Team TC5, Team Associated have released the TC5F, an electric touring car chassis that has been optimized for high traction, foam tire racing. The TC5F starts with a full ball bearing, dual belt-drive system that transfers all the power from the motor smoothly and efficiently. With today’s motors and batteries delivering more power than ever before, the belt-drive system gives the TC5F a very predictable throttle response and feel, making it easier to drive fast and carry more speed through the corners. The blue aluminum ball differentials are super light for reduced rotational mass. Reducing the weight of the diffs lets the TC5F accelerate harder out of the corners. Hardenedsteel CVAs with cross-pin retaining clips and blue aluminum clamping wheel hexes offer reliable service getting all the power to the wheels.
Qualifying for this weekend’s Pre Worlds in Thailand has taken place and despite the rain coming down last night, and threatening to come down later on in qualifying, the organisers managed to get 5 rounds of qualifying in, with the best 3 counting. In the end it was Swedish Tamiya driver Viktor Wilck that has come out on top, ahead of his team mate, and former World Champion Marc Rheinard in 2nd. Next up was Atsushi Hara, quickest after controlled practice, he will start tomorrow’s triple mains from 3rd, just ahead of Hot Bodies team mate and 2wd buggy World Champion Hayato Matsuzaki in 4th. Notable drivers not to make the final are current World Champion Andy Moore who is sitting in 12th, and Kyosho driver Shin Adachi, who was 2nd quickest in controlled practice but only ended up in 14th after qualifying. Tomorrow will see all mains run, but unfortunately the weather is not looking so good.