September 20, 2022

Feldmann crowned IFMAR 1:5 Touring World Champion

Markus Feldmann is the 2022 IFMAR 1:5 Touring Car World Champion, the German becoming the first repeat champion in the category. As the ISTC World Championship was taking place in Italy, across the Atlantic the large scale World Championships was taking place at Steel City R/C Speedway, Fontana, USA, the same venue that hosted the 2019 1:8 Onroad World Championship. In qualifying it was Marius Hetland who secured the TQ with his fastest time from the six rounds of qualifying coming in Round 5. Also setting his best time in Q5, 2013 Champion Feldmann qualified P2 to book his place directly into the 1-hour A-Main. Having qualified 6th, track owner Kyle Goodwine would win the first of the Semi Finals ahead of 2019 Champion Marko Grigic and Martelli Gianmarco. In the 2nd Semi Final, pole sitter Andrea Catalani would retire from the lead with less than 10 minutes to go allowing Edoardo Repetti to take the win ahead of Austin Sarnelle. The 11th running of the championship, in the final Feldmann would go to the front after just a few laps and while Hetland got back to the lead twice, Feldmann stayed at the front for the second half of the race to take the title. Enjoying a strong performance on home soil, Goodwine would finish on the same lap as Feldmann to become Vice-Champion with Martelli Gianmarco third for an all Mecatech podium.  Hetland would eventually finish 5th after late issues.

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September 20, 2022

Reds 721 Superveloce Pro Silver Edition

Reds Racing has released a new Ultra Tuned version of 721 Superveloce (Superfast) Pro 3.5cc off-road engine. This tuned engine is a limited edition of only 300 units all around the World. This is the same engine used by Reds Factory Team at the 2022 IFMAR Worlds in Redovan together with our new 2113 X-One pipe. Reds’ main goal was to develop a faster engine compared to the Superveloce which is able to guarantee good fuel mileage. Thanks to the special modification to the sleeve and crankshaft we managed to make it even faster than the Superveloce and at the same time drivable. Furthermore, the combination with the new 2113 X-One pipe allowed them to create this new monster tuned engine. This engine is suitable for tracks where a more powerful unit will give you an advantage. The Superveloce is a classic 3.5cc 7 ports engine, a feature that has now become REDS Racing trademark, it can be used for both 1/8 buggy and truggy. Thanks to the AirBoost backplate and Extra Tuning by Mario Rossi the new engine has an extremely linear power delivery, which makes it super powerful but at the same time drivable.

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September 19, 2022

Montech 308 Mini bodyshell

Montech have introduced their new 308 mini bodyshell for the M-Chassis category. It has a pitch of 210mm and a width of 165mm. Made from premium quality lexan polycarbonate, the kit includes the window masks, headlight & grille stickers and the fixing screws for the rear wing.

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September 18, 2022

Coelho defies ‘the haters’ with successful World Title defence in Italy

Having waited 4-years, Bruno Coelho has successful defended his ISTC World Championship Title with yet another dominant drive in A-Main No.2 in Gubbio, Italy.  Topping the time sheets from the first time cars hit the track on Wednesday and right through the event, Coelho again won A2 from Christopher Krapp to become to retain the crown he won in South Africa in 2018.  A driver who has faced much allegations regarding his speed advantage on this track, the Portuguese driver took shot at his detractors saying, ‘It is a huge relief not only for the World Title but almost for all “the haters” who are not able to understand the hard work behind this result’.  Winning A3 from 9th place starter Marc Rheinard, Christopher Krapp would finally get his much deserved first World Championship podium finish with the Top 3 for the 11th running of the championship being completed by Akio Sobue.

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September 18, 2022

Coelho cruises to A1 win at World Championship

Bruno Coelho has cruised to victory in the opening A-Main of the ISTC World Championship in Gubbio, Italy.  The one delay in proceedings at the 11th running of the championship had no effect on the pace show by the defending Champion in qualifying.  Taking all 6 qualifiers, from the pole position Coelho was able to pull clear of his rivals, the closest of those being No.2 Christopher Krapp,  Krapp in turn had a big advantage of Akio Sobue who finished third ahead of Ronald Volker, who came through from 8th on the grid.

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September 18, 2022

JConcepts Hawk/Animal tyres for Losi Mini-B/Mini-T 2.0

JConcepts has released a new front and rear tyre for the Losi Mini-B. The new Hawk front tyre and Animal rear offer one of the best ways to attack the dirt and sand. JConcepts’ narrowed carcass on the Hawk has strategically placed radius ribs in a step-up fashion to give turning traction during different depths of surface conditions while the Animal carcass has strategically placed upper paddles with a scoop shape to thrust into any patch of terrain. One of the most important functions of driving in loose dirt is the ability to track the vehicle in a straight-line. The Hawk is cut to perform during long straight sections of bashing and flat-out high-speed runs across the RC sand dunes. The Animal is cut from the tooth of all JConcepts performance tires and excel during long straight sections of bashing and flat-out high-speed runs across the RC sand dunes. Both tyres are built in the durable and grippy green compound which gives support and traction in mixed conditions and is held with an open cell insert for extra cushion during jump landing.

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September 17, 2022

JConcepts F2I 1:8 Buggy/Truck Wing

JConcepts has released their new F2l 1:8 Buggy/Truck wing.  With their drivers routinely searching for the ultimate aero package on the 1:8 off-road scene, JConcepts is directly on top of the latest trends with the release of the F2I rear wing. F2I relates to Finnisher related items morphing into a 2nd generation and this new wing fits the bill perfectly. Adding the “I” relates to it being IFMAR competition legal in terms of its side-dams being large enough to comply with rules and procedure on the world-wide racing scene.

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September 16, 2022

Grid Set for 11th ISTC World Championship

The grid for the 11th running of the IFMAR ISTC World Championship is set with Christopher Krapp securing the No.2 spot on the grid behind defending Champion Bruno Coelho. Despite the heavy rains that played havoc with the timetable, the organisers managed to get all six rounds of qualifying completed just before the arrival of yet more downpours this evening. A grid comprising of seven different manufacturers and 4 World Champions, the big question on everyone’s mind for the finals is what conditions they will face. Currently it is looking like a wet finals day here in Gubbio, Italy, something many of the drivers have never experienced before.

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