Banham wins at North Island Champs

Chris Banham reports after his recent victory at the 2014 North Island Champs which took place in New Zealand… I received my new XB8 buggy just a bit over 2 weeks before the North Islands and the pressure was on to get it built/setup and running to see what this new beast could do! After a 4.5 hour drive we arrived at the track on the Thursday before racing started on Friday and I could see Taranaki Radio Control car club had put together a really nice looking challenging track and they had managed to time it so the weather was supposed to be amazing for the entire weekend – Awesome!

After practice on Friday morning I had come to grips with the layout of the track and was starting to get confident enough to push the XB8 and XT9 harder. The XT9 I had only just finished building a few days before the event so it was to be the first run of the car. We started in to the first round of qualifying just after lunch on the Friday, the first two heats in buggy went really well. In the first two rounds I managed to complete 2 x 10 lap runs in buggy with no other cars able to complete 10 laps that afternoon. In Truggy I managed 2 second place runs in the first two heats working out what I wanted to change to find a bit more speed. Continue reading here.