French tire brand 6MIK have announced the signing of Marcus Kaerup as an official team driver for 2022. The 14-year-old Danish talent joins the team on the back of a very successful Summer in which he became EFRA European 4WD Champion having finished runner-up in 2WD earlier in the same week. The son of former European Electric Touring Car Champion Jonas Kaerup, the Team Associated driver will represent 6MIK on the sport’s biggest stage when he makes his 1:8 Offroad World Championship debut in Redovan, Spain in early September.
David Ronnefalk winning the Swedish National Championships has become a bit of annual tradition, his record of wins speaks for itself, but his latest national titles mark the first with Mayako. Joining the offroad newcomers last December after a long stint with HB Racing and Kyosho before that, Ronnefalk took both the nitro ad EP titles over the weekend at Hässleholm RC Club situated in the South of the country. With EP Buggy contested over a Reedy Race format, he would win all six encounters to claim the electric title for the 21st time. Securing the TQ in Nitro, the newly crowned European Champion would win the 1 hour final by only less than half a lap from Hampus Berg for title number 20. Victor Gunnarsson would finish third to make it an all Mayako podium.
Factory Schumacher driver Joern Neumann completed the double at the German National Championships over the weekend. Racing at the MAC Hütschenhausen astro track in the western part of the country, the event would decide the 1:10 4WD and Truck titles. Securing TQ honours in both classes after fastest times for 3 of the 5 rounds of qualifying, the multiple European Champion took both title victories ahead of fellow Schumacher driver Marcel Schneider. Joining them on the podium on both occasions was Jens Becker, the Xray driver having also qualified third for both triple A-Mains.
Becoming champion of your country is usually one of the first goals drivers aspire too. Only a select few will achieve the goal and even fewer will successfully defend the title of being the best in their country. Over the weekend however Neil Cragg (file pic) made it four different decades of holding a national title. Claiming his first ever title back in 1999, one of the sport’s most down to earth and unassuming racers clinched his 26th British National crown when he secured the 2022 BRCA 1:10 2WD Offroad Championship with P2 in Round 5 at the TORCH astro track. The former World Champion admitted it has been a tough season against the ‘young guns’ and dedicated his latest title to his dad, Mick as well known around the world as Neil, and his sponsors who have supported him. A lifelong factory Team Associated driver, we think just like they proudly display their latest World Championship win tally (currently 30) on their official team clothing that maybe it’s time for a Neil Cragg ’26 and still counting’ special edition champions t-shirt release!!
The 1:8 Nitro Buggy German Nationals saw a dominant performance from the Kilic brothers over the weekend with the older of the two, Burak, taking the title from Berkan. Travelling to the northeastern part of the country to championship hosts Modellclub Schwedt, the Mugen team drivers stamped their authority on the event taking all five qualifiers. Managing 3 TQ runs it was Berkan who came out as Top Qualifier from Burak with Sworkz’ Joern Nuemann best of the rest in third. In the final it was Burak who would take the win for the popular brothers 1-2 finish with an impressive drive from Max Hesse netting him a podium finish. Forced to miss the first two days of the events, the Sworkz driver started last of the 64 entries before clocking up 5 finals en route to a well earned podium ahead of Marcel Kruger and Neumann.
Michal Orlowski is the 2022 British 1:10 4WD Offroad Champion. The factory Schumacher driver clinched the title with one round to spare after he took his second win of the season at the fifth round at Torch in Southampton. Having won the previous round at Stotfold last month, it would be a dominant performance for former European Champion, who topped all four rounds of qualifying to secure the overall TQ. Continuing that form in the finals, he would win all three A-Mains for the victory at the penultimate round ahead of Team Associated’s Neil Cragg and Paul Crompton.
With just one month to go until the 1:8 Offroad World Championships, IFMAR have today released the entry list of who will be travelling to Spain at the beginning of September for the week long intense racing action. Originally scheduled for Brazil in 2020, the 18th running of the World Championship now takes place at the RC-Redován track where, after a long four year wait, Davide Ongaro will aim to defend his title. Winning in Perth, Australia, for Team Associated in 2018, the Italian became the youngest ever winner of the sport’s highest accolade taking over the crown from fellow European David Ronnefalk. The Swede denied the powerhouse nation of offroad racing, North America, a home win when he took the win ahead Spain’s Robert Batlle in Las Vegas in 2016.
The question is can the European’s make it three in a row or can the American’s or a certain Canadian bring RC’s biggest prize back across the Atlantic. The last time Europe hosted the Worlds, that’s exactly what happened when Ty Tessmann took the win with Ryan Cavalieri and Carson Vernimont making it an all North American podium in Sicily, Italian, in 2014. While house hold names, the title has so far eluded Ryan Maifield, Spencer Rivkin but to name a few of the US team announced by ROAR, so you can be sure they will be making the trip with their sights firmly set on becoming the ROAR Blocs fourth driver to become the World No.1. Either way, following its 2 year pandemic induced delay, it is going to be one very exciting Worlds and as they have proven before the Baldo’s family who own the track are sure to provide a great stage for the return of the sports biggest battle.
To view entry list as published on the IFMAR Facebook page click here
The big offroad race action in the US over the weekend saw all the top drivers travel to Gainesville, Georgia, for Racetime Entertainment’s ‘The Wicked Weekend’, where Mugen’s Ryan Maifield was very much the man on form. In qualifying the JConcepts driver would produce a TQ triple securing the top spot on the grid in Pro Nitro Truggy, E-Buggy and the big one Pro Nitro Buggy. While the Truggy win would escape him, a great battle with Dakotah Phend seeing the TLR driver get ahead of him to come out on top, Maifield took both Buggy finals. While TLR’s Ryan Cavalieri started P2 in the E-Buggy ahead of Kyosho’s Ryan Lutz, it was to be 5th place qualifier Phend who came through for second behind Maifield with 3rd going to Lutz. In the Pro Nitro Buggy class, Maifield’s win came after a great battle that went the distance with second place qualifier Lutz. HB Racing’s Mason Fuller completed the Top 3 ahead of team-mate Cole Ogden and Sworkz Joe Bornhorst.