Ron Maya, driving his Xray XB8TQ buggy has won last weekends New Zealand 1/8th buggy nationals. Held in difficult conditions at the Harewood Radio Control car club, based in Christchurch, the event attracted 55 buggies and 30 truggies all set to battle for the National title. Conditions deteriorated after qualifying when the rain started to pour down during the 1 hour main final making driving very difficult.
By now the clouds had opened and rain fell over most of the track, the back straight section was sheltered by trees so didnâ€™t receive quite as much water. Small puddles started to form leaving some cars to slide off the track. However Ron maintained his cool driving his XB8 TQ very consistently, in fact his lap times were same even near the end of the race when the track was extremely wet as he drove at the start when the track was damp!
You can read the full report and see more pictures here.
Axial Racing has released these new 1/8th scale buggy tires called Cubes which are “created for medium packed track conditions, but works well on all surfaces. The blocks allow for great bite and are far enough apart to allow for good clean out in soft loamy conditions. They are sized to fit standard buggy wheels. Low profile sidewall reduces flex in, and is available in two compounds”.
Super sticky soft race compound
Best suited for medium packed track conditions
Low profile sidewall reduces flex in turns
Outside Diameter â€“ 111mm
Inside Diameter â€“ 81mm
Width â€“ 43mm
Alex Racing have released this great looking 190mm body, the LX-250 which was debuted at the recent 2006 Japanese EP National Championships at the Yatabe Arena by former World Champion Atsushi Hara. This new body features a narrow windscreen for better top speed and is low to help the center of gravity, plus i think it looks very close to a Group C, especially around the back so thats got to help too.
A quick update on the Winter Series being run at the CML Raceway which saw round 2 run last weekend at this great new facility. In 2wd it was Lee Martin, who finished 3rd in round 1, that took the win whilst in 4wd Adam Skelding, who missed the first round, that took the top spot in this class. Below is the top 3 positions from each class.
1. Lee Martin
2. Chris Doughty
3. Kevin Lee
1. Adam Skelding
2. Paul Bradby
3. Lewis Strong
HPI Racing have announced the release of the Firestorm, a new 2wd stadium truck. Available as a RTR car, this car features all-new design specifications, cool racing attributes and a fresh direction for HPI’s high quality entry level nitro truck line-up!
Designer Erik Shauver put all his design experience from designing HPI’s high performance cars, like the Hellfire and the Pro 4, into the Firestorm. It combines the latest advances in RC racing truck technology and suspension design to set a new benchmark in 2WD stadium trucks.
During last weekends Cars & Details off road race, run alongside a toy fair in Hamburg, SÃ¶nke Matz in his last race for Kyosho dominated proceedings and took the event win by 6 laps ahead of Marcell Guske with a Mugen in 2nd and Rene KÃ¶nig driving for Xray in 3rd.
You can view some other pics of the event here and here.
Some enterprising Italian has decided that his MZ1 Rally Game chassis needed front brakes so he set about making it and then telling us how he did it. What he has essentially done is add a brake disk to the middle lay shaft and then mounted a braking system to the lower side of the radio plate which is activated by the throttle servo through a lever. The article does points out what i believe to be the big problem with this, stripping the front belt and pulley, but they say that this isnt a problem because of the way they have done it, also the Rally Game rubber tyres probably dont bite as much under braking as foam so the pressure will be less. They also state that it will require a very heavy duty front steering servo to handle the extra strain caused by the front wheel brakes.
Check out the article (in Italian) with lots of pictures here.
Last weekend saw the ‘Alcobendas el 5Âº Open PSF’ run in Madrid in very wet conditions, on the track that will host next years European 1/10th scale ‘A’ Championships. The race itself was won in 1/8th scale by my good friend Carlos Peracho and in 1/10th scale by Diego Palaces, brave drivers considering the terrible conditions.