The 2020 King Of The Valley race took place at the Maitland Off-Road Radio Controlled Car Club of Maitland, New South Wales, Australia last weekend. Held over three days, the annual meeting is always a good one, and with many interstate entries it was going to be a tough race. The track is large in size and the dirt surface has vegetable oil applied to it, this makes for a super consistent surface with great grip, meaning the racing is always going to be close and tough. With a revised format the club chose to run a Reedy style system with heads up racing for all qualifiers and a 40-minute final for Nitro and triple 10-minute finals for Electric. Ultimately it was Xray driver, Michael Stone with the win in E-Buggy from HB Racing driver, Jackson Beale and Matt Seckold (Xray) in 3rd. The Nitro Truggy win belonged to Peter Seckold with Peter Eggleton and Brad Stafford rounding out the top 3.
Modelix Racing have introduced the new Procircuit V2 series of 1/8th scale buggy tyres that will include updated variants of the popular H-Block, Hot Dice, Addictive and Claymore tyres. The V2 tyres will provide increased traction, side bite and durability thanks to new, softer and more elastic compounds. The V2 series tyres will come in C1 Super Soft (white), C2 Soft (yellow), C3 Medium (orange) and C4 Hard (blue) rubber compounds while the tyre carcass has also been modified and reinforced by adding an inner cross-shaped substructure that adds to the longitudinal rips, helping the wheel, insert and tyre work together in an optimised fashion to provide maximum stability when accelerating as well as in fast corners. The V2 series also features a new insert to make maximum use of the new reinforced structure while improving overall performance with more consistent handling over bumps, effortless jumping and an easy to drive feeling. Lastly the tread patterns have also been revised in order to improve performance while the new high precision injection moulds not only provide a nice glossy surface, but also a super precise and nice finish to all V2 series tyres.
T-Works have introduced new aluminium shock standoff sets for the HB Racing D819 series of buggies. Available is a 4-piece standard length kit as well as a 2-piece +5mm set, the latter mount the shocks at an angle in relation to the shock tower and lower arms, which can be beneficial in certain track conditions. All standoffs are machined from aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminium, they come hard-anodised for wear and looks and also fit the older spec 817 and 815 kits.
Coming from Exotek is an aluminium heavy-duty 1-piece rear camber mount and bulkhead for the Kyosho Ultima RB7 and RB6 series laydown midship gear box. The part is of a machined 7075 alloy construction meaning is allows for repeated secure mounting and ensures no stripped nylon threads that change camber after big hits. Its appearance in anodised black with red contrasting chamfers makes for added visual impact and the part matches the stock geometry while sporting mounting points for the RB7 sway bars. At 10g the bulkhead is also 1.5g lighter than the stock nylon bulkhead.
Coming from Answer-RC are their new carbon fibre side guards for the Team Associated B74 buggy. The hand-laid carbon and kevlar mix side guards are both stiff and light, scrubbing about 50 percent of weight compared to the standard moulded parts. Includes in the set are all items required to fit.
Vision Racing Products have announced the release of their new V3 carbon fibre rear shock tower for the HB Racing D819 and E819 buggies. The tower features new shock mounting holes that are mid spaced, the newest mounting positions being ran on the HB buggies. Another feature added to the V3 tower is the wing mounting holes. There are sets of holes that allow to use the stock HB Racing wing mount in the stock locations as well as move them up, or use the MBX8 wing mount for a finer wing height adjustment.
The fifth round of the Xray Racing Series Slovakia was held at the Hudy Racing Arena in Trencin last weekend in several electric on-road and off-road classes. Starting with the on-road categories and in Touring Modified it was Xray’s Alexander Hagberg with the overall win after some epic battles with 2nd placed Bruno Coelho (Xray) and Xray’s own Martin Hudy.
Nemo Racing have announced the release of the Beta carbon car stand. Of a simplified design, the car stand features four holes that can be used to hold shocks or differentials during maintenance and refilling while four round foam dots protect the car stand and the car’s chassis from scratches. Rubber feet make for a secure positioning atop the setup board or pit table.