CEN are reporting on their site that their team drivers claimed some top places at last weekends high money stakes off road Futaba Nitro Challenge event in Louisiana. Driving the Matrix Pro buggy Andrew Smolnick took 7th position whilst Gene Hickerson took the 9th spot in the Pro buggy final. They managed to do even better in the Pro truggy final, driving the new Matrix TR Arena truggy that we showed you last week, Andrew Smolnick took 2nd place while Gene Hickerson claimed the 3rd position.
Top Irish racer Clive Connolly has taken this years National 1/8th scale crown, following 3 victories during this years championship which was held at the St Annes park circuit on the outskirts of Dublin.
The six round championship saw Serpent cars take five wins with champion Clive Connolly take 3 of those victories with his 960. Vice-Champion Darragh Fox won the season opener while Dean Lacey won the fourth encounter on his way to fourth in the overall standings.
Team Jammin racer Taylor James has TQ’d and won the Pro Buggy and Pro Truggy classes at the first Futaba Nitro Challenge held in Bossier, Louisiana. In taking pole in both classes, Taylor also got to walk away with both $1000 Top qualifier prizes, not bad for a days work. Second place in the buggy race went to Quincy Hughes with Ray Norte ending the race in third whilst in truggy it was Andrew Smolnick and Gene Hickerson that took second and third.
Oople.com got a close up look at the ‘under development’ Atomic Carbon S4 4wd buggy at last weekends race at the CML Raceway.
An evolution of the original “Slim 4”, this latest pre-production car is owned by Chris Doughty – former European Champion. Chris left a factory drive at Losi to drive the S4 for Atomic Carbon (and B4 for CML).
More than just a new name, the car actually has a unique chassis – a thick and very trick looking carbon fibre moulded tub design. This eliminates the need for an upper deck and also does a good job of sealing out the dirt.
Tamiya have a report on their site from their recent Asian cup that was held in Bangkok, Thailand in September. Staged in the centre of southeast Asia’s busiest shopping mall, the event not only attracted 104 racers from six countries but also large crowds of spectators, some 20,000 during the weekdays and over 50,000 on the weekend.
Oople.com have some amazing shots taken at last weekends opening race at the equally amazing new CML raceway in the UK. The event saw Ellis Stafford win the 4wd event ahead of Paul Bradby and Alec Springer while in 2wd the event was won by Neil Cragg with Chris Rowcliffe in 2nd and Lee Martin in 3rd.
You can view the full results from the event here. [doughtyuk.net]
UPDATE: You can read Jimmy Storey’s (Oople) full race report here.
You can check out some more pics from the CML track after the jump… content
This years Kyosho Masters race, held in Nagano, is over and at the end it was former World Champion Yuichi Kanai who won the Pro event, ahead of fellow Japanese driver Atsushi Kawamoto with Raul Peris Eugenio of Spain rounding out the top 3. Of course the racing at this type of event in itself isn’t so important, but good for building team moral as well as building a few egos and settling some inter team rivalry.
The Reedy Truck Race of Champions is finished and it was a close race in the Electric mod truck class with Jared Tebo and Ryan Cavalieri tied for points after the 3 finals so the title had to be decided by shortest overall times, and so Tebo won, in a repeat of the 1-2 at the recent US 4wd buggy Nats.
In the Gas truck class it was Ryan Mayfield who won ahead of the ever present Tebo.