This weekend sees the JMRCA Japanese National Championships for 1:10 Offroad taking place at the indoor RC Park Gojo track in the Nara Prefecture in central Japan. Opening with 2WD Qualifying, it is Team Yokomo’s defending Champion Yui Kaino who is the Top Qualifier ahead of the Team Associated of reigning 4WD Champion Kouki Kato. Kaino secured pole for the 2WD finals with TQ runs in 2 of the 3 qualifiers after Kato TQ’d the opening round. With almost 60 entries for 2WD, behind the two champions it is Yusuke Sugiura with the new Mugen MSB1 who will start 3rd followed by the buggy’s designer Shin Adachi. The same track at which the 2022 National titles where decided, in 4WD Kato, star of the recent 1:8 Onroad World Championships in Japan, topped all three qualifiers with Kato set to start second followed by Kai Kikuchi and the Xray of Nana Kaiho.
Schumacher Racing’s Michal Orlowski has opened the defence of his EOS titles with 2WD victory at the season opener in Germany today. Fresh from being crowned champion of the JConcepts Florida Carpet Championships last weekend in the US, the Polish ace led a one-two for the British manufacturer in Hann with Daniel Kobbevik securing second on the podium that was completed by Xray’s Bruno Coelho. Qualifying for the opening round of the reduced 2 round 2023/24 EOS season saw new Xray signing David Ronnefalk take the opening qualifier. Q2 and Q3 however went to Orlowski giving him the overall TQ. Taking the fourth & final round Kobbevik would start P2 ahead of fellow Scandinavian Ronnefalk with Coelho 4th and Schumacher’s Lee Martin lining up 5th. In the finals, Orlowski won the opening A-Main from Ronnefalk and sealed the overall win with victory in A2 ahead of Coelho. In A3 it was Kobbevik who took the win having being passed early on by Coelho for an overall 1-2 for the new Cougar LD3 ahead of Coelho’s new XB2 ’24.
After a successful debut performance at the JConcepts Florida Carpet Championships last weekend, Xray has officially unveiled its latest 1:10 2WD Buggy, the XB2 ’24. Key new features of the buggy, which is sold in Carpet and Dirt spec kits, include a new one-piece chassis design with integrated kick-up that eliminates the lower brace and improves suspension geometry. The wider chassis shape fits the latest batteries and has a milled pocket under the servo area for improved flex and optional weight placement. The kits’ chassis lengths are selected to match typical track conditions – Medium for Carpet or Short for Dirt. New elevated side braces improve flex characteristics and integrate with the new front upper deck. A completely new front upper deck’s bridge design integrates with the new steering system and moves the shock tower forward with the shocks behind the tower. The new anti-roll bar mounting system eliminates play for more consistent handling. Another improvement on the ’24 model is new steering plate, steering arms and posts that provide a wider range of geometry adjustments and improved steering response for easier control.
Brilliant RC, the accessories brand created by Nitro Onroad chassis manufacturer Shepherd Micro Racing, has released a new Tyre Additive Roller for 1:8 and 1:10 use. A light weight compact and slim design, it features light weight drilled finger wheel nuts with an adjustable heat source each side. The tyre tension/pressure is adjustable with options for forward or backward tyre rotation. Coming with both 1:8 and 1:10 axles, it runs on 12-14V max and comes in a carry bag for ease of transportation and which id fitted with foam inlay for safe storage.
Having unveiled the 1:12 Phantom EP 4WD Ext Gold 60th Anniversary Limited Edition back in May, Kyosho has released a wheel wrench specifically designed for use with its iconic chain drive 1:12 kit series. The 12mm socket on the main body is used for attaching and detaching the wheel. By inserting the included 5/5.5mm adapter into the 12mm socket, you can change it to a 5mm or 5.5mm box wrench. 5mm can be used to adjust the ball differential (EFW007), and 5.5mm can be used to remove and install the gear differential fixing nut. In addition to the Fantom series, the 5.5mm socket can also be used to attach and detach 4.8mm ball studs. The 5/5.5mm adapter can be stored in the main unit by opening the back cap of the main unit, making it compact and portable. The main body and adapter are red anodised, and the Fantom logo and size are laser engraved on the side of the main body and each socket.
Team Yokomo’s Indonesian National Touring Car Champion Bowie Ginting is the latest factory driver to be confirmed for the Foshan International Invitational RC Championship in China on December 15-17. Joining the Japanese manufacturer at the beginning of the 2023 season, the 29-year-old joins team-mate & Australian Champion Simon Nicholson for the inaugural event at the new 800 square metres GDC Indoor track located in the in central Guangdong Province. The TITC Open Class A-Finalist and recent winner of the Indonesia Year End Race is the 5th nationality of driver to be confirmed for FIRC which the organisers hope will become an annual event on the International Touring Car race calendar. Other high profile entries confirmed for the Foshan International Invitational RC Championship include former World Champion Ronald Volker from Mugen Seiki and Xpress team driver & 1:12 World Finalist Yugo Nagashima.
New from Italian bodyshell producer Mon-Tech Racing is the P-963 1:10 190mm body. The latest addition to their range of Hyper Car LMH series based bodies, the P-963 has can be mounted on all the latest generation 1:10 Touring Cars and on the Formula chassis with a 260mm wheelbase. The kit includes all the stickers, the masking along with the fixing screws for the wing.
New from Yeah Racing is this Tweak Wheel Set for 1:8 Onroad use. The set allows you to accurately check if your car has any form of tweak with this set of bearing supported weighted setup wheels. Place your car on a flat surface and rotate the weights on their side. Slowly lift your chassis and if a side rotates first it means that corresponding side is tweaked. Adjust your spring preload accordingly.