January 26, 2023

Xray enter Coelho for inaugural MIBO International Race

Xray has confirmed that it will be sending Bruno Coelho to the inaugural MIBO International Race in the Czech Republic.  The exciting new indoor event on March 3-5th, will feature both onroad and offroad racing action with Coelho set to focus his attentions on the Offroad competition.  Kicking off his 2023 season with victory at the annual GP3F in France last weekend, the reigning Touring Car World Champion will use the event to work alongside Xray’s offroad designer Martin Bayer as the duo begin preparations for what is a big year for 1:10 Offroad.  In September, the two time 4WD Buggy World Champion will travel to the US to contest the IFMAR 1:10 Offroad World Championship with one of Bayer’s creations.  Xray will also be officially represented at the MIBO International in onroad with Martin Hudy, who is responsible for Xray’s onroad car design, contesting the Modified Touring Car class at the inaugural Michal Bok created event.

Source: MIBO [mibosport.com]

January 26, 2023

Former World Champ bringing RC to schools

We’ve all heard it said that ‘youth are the future of tomorrow’.  This is why it is great to see well decorated offroad racing champion Daniel Reckward doing his bit to give something back to the hobby and try to bring in the next generation of racer in a time when RC Racing faces much more competition in an ever increasing high tech screen distracted era.  One of the brothers behind the successful German based RC distributor RMV and always a gentleman to deal with during our coverage of races he attended, the former World and multiple European 1:8 Buggy Champion has been bringing RC into schools.  Now after a successful pilot run of the concept, he is looking to grow the idea with others.  In a positive move, he has already had initial negotiations with EFRA, the governing body of RC Racing in Europe about implementing the idea across its national federations.

Read the full article on Daniel’s efforts to-date here (originally in German/use Google Translate).

Source: RMV [Facebook]

January 25, 2023

Batlle confirmed for Philippine Masters

New Mayako team signing Robert Batlle has been confirmed as another star entry for the return of the annual Philippine Masters.  The former World Champion joins reigning World Champion Davide Ongaro in returning to the beautiful Circulo Verde track located in the heart of capital city Manila.  Taking place on April 28-30th, the Philippine Masters has established itself as one of Asia’s most high profile international events with 2023 marking the 11th running of the QCRCCC hosted event.  Again directed by the voice of RC, Scotty Ernst, the draw of both the racing and hospitality in Manila means the sell out event will see drivers representing 14 different nationalities battle it for the 2023 Philippine Masters title.

Source: Philippine Masters [philippinemastersrc.com]

January 24, 2023

Corsatec CTX-10RS 1:10 Racing ESC

Corsatec has released its first 1:10 racing Electronic Speed Control, the CTX-10RS.  Developed with best performance, consistency and reliability in mind, it features a light-weight CNC alloy fan and case to achieve the lowest centre of gravity possible.  The new ultra lightweight super-cool fan-case combo design maintains operating temperatures at lowest levels, while our XSS-HDT grants immaculate control to the Racer in on-road and off-road applications.  Combined with Corsatec’s Intelligent Data Electronic Algorithm Logging (IDEAL) and the wireless remote programming options via our own Corsatec APP, racers can fine tune each setting to perfection and optimise their drive feeling.  Lower operating temperatures, low centre of gravity, easy installation and software settings updates to share from their World Championship winning Team drivers will let you experience the ultimate drive feeling.

January 23, 2023

Rivkin wins TNR Fuels A-Main Challenge

With the majority of America’s Pro Offroad team drivers in action at the TNR Fuels A-Main Challenge at Thunder Alley RC Raceway over the weekend, it was Spencer Rivkin who the big win.  In 1:8 Nitro Buggy Qualifying it was HB Racing’s Cole Ogden who claimed the TQ on a tie breaker with Rivkin, each counting a TQ and 2nd fastest run from the three qualifiers.  Tekno’s Ryan Maifield also managed a TQ run opening quaifying with the fastest time and together with a 3 from Q2, secured him 3rd on the grid for the 25-minute A-Main.  Ogden lead away the field but would drop to P3 allowing Rivkin to go to the front where he would stay til the finish.  While Ogden got back up to second he would lose the position back to Maifield in the closing laps.  Behind them Mayako’s Jared Tebo would finish 4th from 6th on the grid.  Rivkin would make it a double Buggy victory securing the eBuggy win from Top Qualifier Maifield with the podium again completed by Ogden.  In Truggy, Maifield took both the TQ and the win followed home by young gun Phi-Long Nguyen, Ryan Pavidis and Ryan Cavalieri.

Image: Team Associated [Facebook]

January 19, 2023

’23 IFMAR 1:10 Off-Road World C/ships Stage 1 Report

Hobby Action has issued the Stage 1 Report for its hosting of the 2023 IFMAR 1:10 Offroad World Championships.  The best drivers in the World will descend on the indoor track in Arizona from September 9-16th to battle it out for both the 2WD and 4WD title honours of what will be the 19th running of the World Championships.  A 20,000 square feet facility and track that already has its own established major annual event in the Desert Classic (March 1-5), the Stage 1 Report confirms the traditional Worlds Warm-up Race will take place on May 27/28th.

View Stage Report pages here

January 19, 2023

Ronnefalk to run Matrix Tires

David Ronnefalk is to run Matrix Tires as part of his 2023 campaign, with the Italian tyre manufacturer announcing it has signed the former World Champion.  Joining the new offroad market entrant, the factory Mayako driver and reigning European Champion, who has run previously without a tyre sponsor, said, “I’m very happy to announce that I have joined the Matrix Racing Factory team for 2023 and beyond.  Excited to be a part of another new project and to be able to work and develop the products together with everyone in the Matrix team!  Matrix has been around for a long time and for 2023 they have decided to take the step into the offroad market of tires.  It will be a learning process for everyone involved, but I have no doubt we will reach our goals very quickly with the dedication, experience and knowledge I’ve seen from the group of guys in the development department. Last but not least I would like to thank Cristian and everyone at Matrix for the opportunity to be a part of this journey! Let’s go racing.”

Source: Matrix [matrixtires.it]

January 18, 2023

Hobbywing Stock Spec Nationals – Announcement

PDX RC Underground has announced it will be hosting the inaugural Hobbywing Stock Spec Nationals.  The unique event will see all classes use handout Hobbywing Justock fixed timing motors.  The brainchild of this event, and the owner of PDX Underground Kevin Focht explains, “We started running 17.5 spec at the track, and I was thinking that there has never been a national event where everyone was running a handout motor. The thought of having everyone going the same speed intrigued me, and I thought it would be a true racers event. I immediately hit up Hobbywing, and they were excitedly on board!”  There will only be 4 classes for the event – 17.5 Buggy, 13.5 4wd Buggy, 13.5 Stadium Truck and 13.5 Short Course Truck.  All will be using handout Hobbywing Justock motors. Esc’s will be blinky and all other ROAR rules apply. Entries will be limited due to the hand out motors.  PDX RC Underground are excited to announce that 4 time World Champion Ryan Cavalieri will be attending and racing the event.

Source: PDX Underground [pdxrcunderground.com]