CML Distribution in the UK have introduced this Universal Starter Box by Fastrax, called the AllStart. Its your typical starter box and is compatible with in-line or side-mounted, 1/10th and 1/8th, on or off-road cars. The starter box itself can be easily adjusted to accomodate your choice of car and the whole starting system is powered by dual 550 motors, whilst the box itself can accept two 6 cell stick packs or one 12v gel cell.
oOple.com has a report on his site from last weekends UK Micro Challenge race held at the Torc High School, home of Tamworth Radio Controlled Car Club. Raced using 1/18th and 1/16th scale off road cars, the event attracted a lot of entrants inlcuding some European and Natioanl Champions. The main event was the Pro Stock and this was won by Stephen Davis driving the popular FTX with Chris Hudson in 2nd and Chris Doughty, recovering from a lack of practice, finishing 3rd driving his Associated RC18.
Read the great full report from Jimmy and Vicky over at oOple.com here.
Even more buggy news, this time its from the 1st round of the Italian National Championships that took place last weekend at the Monsummano track. In qualifying it was reigning Italian champion Davide Tortorici that claimed the top spot for the final but the Crono / Falcon racer could only manage 3rd place in the muddy and wet conditions. The race was won by another Crono racer Fabrizio Teghesi, who we recently reported joined Ultimate Racing, with Daniele Ribaldi only 2 seconds behind in 2nd place with Tortorici ending the race in 3rd, 2 laps down on the leading pair.
Mugen RB racer, Guillaume Vray has won the first round of the French National Championships for 1/8th scale buggy held last weekend at Noeux les Mines. Vray had qualified 4th but won his semi final to line up first for the Open final where he was able stay in front to take a close win, ahead of fellow Mugen racer, and Ligue 9 Rd1 winner, Renaud Savoya who ended up 3 seconds back after 45 minutes to finish 2nd. Julien Lattanzio completed the podium in 3rd, finishing on the same lap as the leaders only 10 seconds back on Savoya.
Mike Truhe has cleaned up in Buggy and 1/10th stadium truck to take the double for Team Losi. In the buggy class Mike lead home a 1-2 for the 8ight with team mate Adam Drake coming home in 2nd with Ryan Cavalieri bringing the Team Associated RC8 home in 3rd giving the car its 2nd major podium since its introduction. In the truggy class it was Kyosho racer Cody King that took home the top honours finishing ahead of 2nd placed Taylor James driving a Jammin truggy with Adam Drake finishing in third with his Losi truggy. The 1/10th stadium truck class honours went to Losi driver Mike Truhe once more, finishing in front of current ROAR class champion Jared Tebo with Ryan Maifield bring it home in 3rd, both drivers racing the Associated GT2 truck.
Setting the brushes correctly in your motor is essential to avoid unnecessary damage to the motor and improve overall performance and so Hybrid have released these brush setters. Coming in a number of anodised colours the ‘perfect brush setter’ set aids in the setting and further running in of new brushes and is an essential tool for all electric racers that run brushed motors.
Mugen MBX-5R racer Renaud Savoya has won the first round of the Ligue 9 regional championships for 1/8th scale gas off road held last weekend at the club de Charmes sur RhÃ´ne. 70 racers were in attendance and it was Guillaume Reynier that took the top qualifying spot for the 20 minute final, but it was Savoya that could take the lead and eventually win the race by 1 lap ahead of Reynier who ended up 2nd, with Marc Milleret finishing 3rd.
Our mates down under, Rube Dude, are reporting on the Western Australian State Championships that have been run over the past few days. In the buggy class it was Hong Nor driver Zac Ryan that took the pole spot for the final and went on to win by 2 laps ahead of 2nd Dale Smulders driving a Kyosho with another Hong Nor of Martin Wolhuter in 3rd. In the truggy class it was again Hong Nor at the top with Martin Wolhuter taking the win in dominant style, 6 laps ahead of 2nd placed Logan Bruecher with Brad Smith ending the race in 3rd.