about 11 hours ago by Phil
Agama’s factory team at the Worlds are here in force through the professional representation of Jon Hazlewood’s well recognised outfit; Nemo Racing. The team are officially debuting their ‘new’ car provisionally called the ‘A215’ – replacing the current A8 Evo model as well. We caught up with Jon and team drivers Jeremy Kortz & Darren Bloomfield who waxed lyrical about the new car’s improved handling, calling it ‘night & day’ compared to the old car. Bloomfield, recently crowned BRCA Champion has driven the new car ‘geometry’ wise since back in April whilst Kortz got the new car 2 weeks ago and is loving it.
With such a short time with his car Kortz was overjoyed with the much wider and 2mm longer chassis, finding it much more balanced, easier to drive, jump with, less bottoming out and at the end of day 1 confessing to his team mates in true Kortz stlye, “my car makes me feel horny”!
80% of the car is all new, lower shock towers, brand new shorter shocks (new springs, bladders the whole lot), despite some initial trepidation concerning 17mm diameter shocks Kortz has been won over. New items include the steering rack & geometry, gearboxes, only 4 screws are required to remove the centre diff, the plastics are better, tighter tolerances and of course a 1 piece radio tray – all contributing to a much easier and faster car to work on.
The wider chassis also features a small kick up towards the rear, however a ‘droopy’ rear toe plate ensures that the hinge pin locations remain constant, the result both drivers saying that the car is much easier to drive. Tuning options will be available such as carbon or even bronze inserts for the wishbones, in order to increase stiffness if required as well as the elegant kingpin weights we’ve previously seen.
We stopped by the Nemo Racing tent just after Sunday’s first round of practice with Bloomfield having set a time good enough for 2nd overall, just a few tenths behind reigning World Champion Robert Batlle. Expect the new car to be ready in time for a 2015 release given the provisional name.
08 September 2014 15:41 by Mike
The last RCCAOI National took place this past weekend at the astro track in Navan, Ireland. With excellent weather all weekend, the grip was mighty. Qualifying was a pretty close affair with little time separating the drivers . The 45 min final saw Gary Baird take the lead at the 20 min point with Barkley Abernethy 2nd and Alan Scroggie 3rd. 14 seconds separated the 3 drivers after 45 minutes. An impressive weekend for the NEMO Racing team as all three were running the Agama /Bullitt/ Piranha package.
08 September 2014 14:40 by Mike
The final round of the BRCA 1/8 Offroad National Championship was held this past weekend, where Mugen Seiki’s Lee Martin drove his way to a solid TQ and victory over the hard charging field. With the win, Martin tied in points with championship leader Darren Bloomfield. Drivers anxiously awaited to hear the overall winner of the 2014 championship as officials narrowed it down to tie-breakers. When it was all said and done, NEMO Racing/Agama driver Darren Bloomfield claimed the 2014 BRCA 1/8 Offroad Championship win! Lee Martin finished a respectable second with Kyosho’s Elliott Boots finishing up third.
04 September 2014 16:09 by Mike
This past weekend hosted the annual Summer French Cup in Saint Quentin, France. 130+ of France’s top offroad racers made the trip. Among those racers were factory racers and family members Jerome Sartel, JP Sartel, Yannick Aigoin, and Jerome Aigoin. After some close racing in qualifying, the four prepared for an all-out brawl in the final. Jerome Sartel would take the early lead, capitalizing on a switch malfunction for Yannick. Sartel slowly stretched out his lead to take the overall victory with Jerome Aigoin taking second, and JP Sartel finishing up third. Read more…
02 September 2014 16:18 by Mike
NEMO Racing and HNMC presented the BETA GP this past weekend. The tyre of choice for this event would be BETA Tykytaka soft or super soft for Buggy, E buggy and any BETA tyre for Truggy class. 112 racers from Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe entered the meeting. Driving the all-new Agama 1/8 buggy, Darren Bloomfield managed to take the overall win in the Buggy class by taking TQ in qualifying before the rainy weather cancelled the main events. The Truggy class belonged to Tony Truman, while Callum Niblett would win the E-Buggy and Junior Class.
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27 August 2014 14:56 by Mike
The 4th round of the BRCA National Championship was held at Coventry, originally scheduled to be the 2nd round but cancelled for weather reasons earlier in the season. NEMO Racing’s Darren Bloomfield put in an astonishing performance, walking away the winner after a hard fought battle throughout the weekend with the likes of Elliott Boots, Neil Cragg, and Lee Martin.
NEMO Racing has recapped the exciting weekend of racing in an in-depth race report, highlighting Darren’s successful weekend from start to finish!
18 August 2014 18:11 by Mike
Round 4 of the Irish Nationals took place this past weekend. It would be Gary Baird who captured the win after a long 45-minute final. Alan Scroggie crossed the line in second, with Bradley Baird finishing up in third. With four rounds and three different winners, the final round in Navan is set to be the ultimate showdown for the championship title!
11 August 2014 15:33 by Mike
Answer RC has just released their updated TLR 8IGHT Ackermann plate set. The new set now includes bushings to allow for use on the Agama A8 buggy as well! Prior to this update, users were forced to drill the bushings, which is easier said than done. The CNC machined Ackermann plates add strength, and the bearing support makes for smoother steering, reduced wear, and improved consistency.
Source: Answer RC
29 July 2014 17:12 by Mike
The 3rd round of the BRCA National series took place at the Kent track just outside Maidstone, and witnessed the first victory in a BRCA National for the Agama brand! The weather was very hot and humid on Saturday which made it pretty hard work for all the drivers as they got used to the excellent but very technical track layout that had been set down. In response to the track breaking up at recent races, the club had added oil to the dirt mix in many areas, and this held the dirt together well, providing a contrast in surfaces.
01 July 2014 19:21 by Mike
The recently re-developed Kent track held a round of their summer series on Sunday, and with a BRCA National around the corner, several of the top drivers were in attendance to gain some useful knowledge prior to that event.
From the NEMO stable, Darren Bloomfield, Jonny Skidmore and Ollie Currie were all there to gain knowledge and enjoyed the excellent track. Darren would have a close battle with Elliott Boots in qualifying as the two guys traded times, but it would be Darren that would go on to take the victory in the main final after an excellent display. Elliot fell victim to some errors while trying to maintain the relentless pace that Darren was able to set. The NEMO young guns put on a great show to battle over third and the final step on the podium. Jonny Skidmore would eventually edge out friend and team mate Ollie Currie to take that position.
All the drivers were quick to compliment the club for an excellent improvement on their track, and now we look forward to both the Truggy/E-Buggy National and the Nitro Buggy National at the same venue shortly.
Source: NEMO Racing