January 1, 2023

Hagberg to race Nosram batteries in 2023

Nosram has announced that factory Xray driver Alexander Hagberg will race their batteries in 2023.  The former 1:12 World Champion joins Nosram after a four year stint with Sunpadow RC.  Announcing the news Nosram said they were, ‘Thrilled to announce that Team Xray’s Superstar Alexander Hagberg joins Team Nosram and will use Nosram batteries in all his rides!!  IFMAR World Champion Alexander Hagberg brings a wealth of experience to the team and will not only race Nosram batteries but will assist in product development. A very warm welcome to Team Nosram Alexander.  We are really looking forward to the bright future together!’  On his social media the Swedish driver posted, ‘I’m really happy to announce that I will use Nosram batteries from now on! After seeing the growing popularity of these packs, as well as their superb performance, it became an easy choice! Furthermore, I’m happy to be working with Jürgen Lautenbach again after several years! Thank you for this opportunity! Will be posting technical info soon about these great products!’.

Source: Nosram [Facebook]

December 30, 2022

20-years of Touring Car bodyshell evolution by Jilles Groskamp – Video

World Champion Electric Touring Car ace Jilles Groskamp has wrapped up 2022 with an interesting video showing the evolution of the electric touring car body shell over the last 20-years.   Having gathered together of his old race bodies, which have been in storage in his father Frank’s house, the collection includes many that we here at Red RC have had the pleasure of photographing in the heat of battle.  Most notable of these are his 2009 European winning Protoform Speed 6 and his 2012 World Championship winning Protoform LTC-R.  Interestingly, the factory Infinity driver concludes the video on the topic of how the so called ‘Touring Car bodyshell’ no longer has any resemblance to an actual touring car and adds he hopes the rules will be adapted to try bring them back to resembling the real thing in the future.  Another interesting point is how the bodyshell is now almost half the weight of that of two decades ago.

Watch Jilles recount his 20-years of bodyshells here

December 28, 2022

Goto and Yokomo part ways

Leading Japanese Electric Touring Car racer Souta Goto is departing Yokomo with the news that his contract will expire at the end of this month.  Claiming the All Japan Touring Car Championship and representing the manufacturer on the international stage, most recent of which was competing at IFMAR World Championship in Italy, Goto joined Yokomo in 2015.  Announcing the news, Goto said, “At the end of December 2022 I will be terminating my driver contract with Mr. Yokomo, Ltd.  Yokomo has given me valuable experience for 7 years and 3 months since joining the team.  Ever since I joined the team, I was able to experience things that I couldn’t achieve on my own, winning the JMRCA All-Japan Championship, challenging the IFMAR World Championship, and winning the SPEED KING TOUR series title.  I’m beyond thankful to Yokomo Co., Ltd. for supporting my immature self.  And I would like to express my gratitude again to Mr. Fujii, the former president, who invited Team Yokomo at the time.  I will continue to work hard in the radio-containing industry to achieve a big goal, so I ask for your continued support.

Source: Souta Goto [Facebook]

December 22, 2022

MIBO International Race – Schedule & Classes

Following on from the recent announcement of the new MIBO International Race that will take place in the Czech Republic on March 3-5, details of the race weekend schedule and the classes have been published.  The international indoor event will bring together both offroad and onroad as it presents two separate tracks at the Sport V Hotel in Hrotovice.  A venue that always proved hugely popular with racers for the sheer convenience of being able to race, eat and sleep all under one roof.   the Mibo International Race is also node to the past when individual international race weekends were once common and made up the indoor season.   Onroad, the racing action will cater for Modified, 13.5 Stock & FWD Touring cars plus Formula.  Offroad will cater for 2WD and 4WD Buggy as well an open class of ‘Offroad Kids’ that will give the future stars of racing an opportunity to be a part of this international event.

View Race Weekend schedule and classes here

December 21, 2022

Richardson & Kilgariff take Stoke RCMCC Autumn Series

Sam Richardson (17.5 Touring) and Andrew Kilgariff (Mini) have taken the overall wins of the Stoke RCMCC Autumn Series.  They earned the top spot after 14 weeks of racing in the Monitex Racing support series with both titles being decide at the final round.  In Touring Car, Xray driver Richardson would see off son and father pairing Adam and Steve Ball.  In the Mini Class, which is limited to Mardave Mini Assassin or Kamtec Ministock, Kilgariff would also see of the challenge off Adam and Steve with their similar Mardave Minis.

View Mini podium and results here

December 21, 2022

Lougheed crowned Irish 1:8 Onroad Champion

2022 would see Infinity driver Graeme Lougheed crowned Ireland’s National 1:8 Onroad Champion.  The IF18/ASM Nuclear/Eirerc driver claimed the overall title following 2 victories and a second place, all three round being hosted by the ORCA Club at Ireland’s only 1:8 Onroad track in St Annes Park on the outskirts of the capital city of Dublin.  It was a tough battle between Lougheed and Austin Elliot (Shepherd Velox v8.2/Ielasi Tuned) all year with both setting blistering times and both dominating every round.  In the end it all boiled down to the last race as each driver came into the event with one win a piece. With Elliot fresh back from the European Championship, and all to play for going into the last round, it was a tough ask for Lougheed but he was able to TQ and set the fastest lap of the year to clinch the 1:8 National title.

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December 18, 2022

Matsukura hosts 1st Naoto Cup

It is nice to see one of the great drivers of RC racing Naoto Matsukura giving back to the sport that has served him well by hosting the 1st Naoto Cup in his native country of Japan over the weekend.  The multiple 1:12 World Champion and both Electric & Nitro Touring Car World Champion, held the race at New Next Rush Circuit in Chiba Prefecture, where he was joined by his mentor and legend of the sport Masami Hirosaka.  Masami was instrumental in bringing a very young Naoto onto the international stage as a Yokomo driver.  The first of hopefully many Naoto Cup events for years to come, after attending Naoto Cup the 14 time World Champion paid tribute to the now factory Infinity driver.

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December 14, 2022

Schumacher Winter Series Rnd 4 – Report

December 11th would play host to round 4 of the Schumacher Winter Series presented by the Louth Radio Control Car Club.  On offer was the 17.5 blinky touring car class and support class, with 50 drivers assembling at the venue in Lincolnshire in the U.K.  Plunging temperatures outside but some hot action on track as the racers took on four qualifying rounds before a single legged final. After four rounds the TQ spot went to Alex Brocklebank, his Schumacher mi8 the car to beat all day.  Alex would take 3 of the four qualifying rounds to take the top spot. Second on the grid was returning racer Ricky Lee and his Awesomatix, Ricky the only driver to put a TQ round together apart from Alex.  Another Schumacher of Daniel Burks would line up third on the grid, from Vulcan rc racer Callum Chapman who would secure fourth.  Top lmp racer Adam Mackman would make a return to touring cars with his Schumacher Mi8 and would line up 5th with some consistent runs, and Daniel Leonard would round out the top six and take the final a final spot with his Awesomatix.  Daniel would show the pace in the final quaking round to take 2nd in the run.

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