Last weekend in Sweden saw the Nordic Championships for 1/10th and 1/8th scale cars run at the Vast-8 track in Gotheburg. In qualifying it was Kyosho racer Roland Ström that took the 1/10th scale top qualifying spot while in the 1/8th scale class it was again a Kyosho, this time driven by Marcus Lindner that took the class TQ. In the 1/10th scale final it was a win for Xray NT1 racer Martin Cristensen, who took the lead after pole man Ström ran out of fuel just before the end, while in the lead, eventually finishing 2 laps behind in the 2nd position while in 3rd spot it was a close race between eventual 3rd place finisher Niklas Håkansson and 4th placed Per Ola Hard, the latter losing a lot of time in a crash mid race. In the 1/8th scale race, a lot of the front runners like Mikael Fransson, Martin Christensen, Christoffer Hallborg and pole man Marcus Lindner all ran into problems which allowed Roland Ström, racing a Kyosho to take the win by 5 seconds from 2nd placed Serpent driver, Bengt Andersson, while Niklas Johansson came home in 3rd, 1 lap behind the leading pair.
Our Australian partners Rube Dude have a brief report from last weekends Queensland truggy State titles that were run at the Twin Cities Scale Model Motorsport Car Club in Townsville. The truggy class was TQ’d and won by HongNor racer Zac Ryan and he has also given his account of the event.
I was given a Hong Nor X1-CRT for the event, which I had never run before. Thursday I managed to work out the setup and after that I basically left the setup for the rest of meeting. By Sunday afternoon I had finished top qualifier in the semi final and went on to win the A-main by three laps.
Last weekend at the Roeselare track in Belgium saw the 2007 Benelux Championships take place for 1/8th and 1/10th scale classes. The event is open to drivers from within the Benelux – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, and despite the predicted bad weather a lot of top drivers turned up for the event. Qualifying took place on Saturday in damp conditions and in the 1/8th scale class it was Steven Cuypers that claimed the pole position, heading a Serpent 1-2-3 with John Ermen in 2nd and Robin D’hondt in 3rd. In the 1/10th scale class it was Xray driver Jilles Groskamp that took the pole position by only 3 tenths ahead of 2nd placed Jerome Renaux, racing for Kyosho.
In an eventful final at this years ROAR Gas Buggy Nationals in Missouri, it was Team Losi driver Adam Drake that walked away with the National title. Up until the half way mark of the race it seemed to look like being a dominant victory by pole man Ryan Maifield, driving the Associated RC8, but continued technical problems dropped him down the order until he finally stopped completely. Adam Drake inherited the lead because of this, and despite a late charge by O’Donnell racer Jared Tebo in the closing stages of the 60 minute race, the Drake could hold on for the win, with Tebo close behind in 2nd, while the 3rd spot went to Ryan Cavalieri, driving the Associated buggy.
Images have started to surface on the internet from the new 2wd buggy of Korean RC manufacturer, Academy. The picture above is from RC Tech and shows the complete car in CAD format and as we can see it features a moulded chassis with centrally mounted stick pack configuration while the front end sports a unique looking steering C-hub setup. Other pictures from our partners RC Forum (see below) show, the tub chassis in detail and close ups of the rear end of the car, which looks pretty conventional. No word has been given on the expected release date of this car, or even the name, but we will let you know when we find out.
Xray have released details of their new 4-hole large-bore shock pistons which have been designed specifically for use with the wider XRAY shock absorbers, that are sold for the XT8 and XB8 EC. The newly-redesigned pistons use a new production process to improve roundness, ensuring perfect piston movement in all four shocks and each of the pistons have four straight holes, in sizes of 1.3mm 1.4mm and 1.5mm, in every set. The 4-hole pistons with the same hole diameter have increased oil flow compared to pistons with fewer holes (for example, 2-hole pistons). This allows the use of thicker shock oil, which will allow for different damping characteristics.
Qualifying is over for this years ROAR Gas Buggy Nationals in Missouri, and the man who has shown great pace from the first practice session through to all the rounds of qualifying, Team Associateds Ryan Maifield, has claimed pole position for Sundays 60 minute A-main race. Taylor James, racing for Jammin lines up in 2nd position while Jared Tebo, racing the yet to be released O’Donnell buggy, did a great job after a poor first round of qualifying to bounce back and claim the 3rd starting position. We hope to bring you the final results, as we get them, from tomorrows mains.
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So we received an e-mail from our friends at RC Hobbies in Canada to let us know that the show RC Insider, which is hosted by Dirt Girl Anna Curtis and directed by Jayne Romyn, is back on air. No longer is it being shown by the Outdoor Life network in the US however, but instead it will be shown online, which is of course better for everyone. The show itself features race reports, interviews and product reviews and seems to be a good effort so we recommend you go check it out.
The first demo episode of this show can be seen here.