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Feature & Poll: Will Kyosho’s Worlds wait come to an end in Las Vegas?


 “Long gone are the years where Kyosho
would make up over half of the cars in the final…”

Kyosho, a name synonymous with 1/8 Offroad Racing, not dissimilar in relation to the history, pedigree and relationship between Ferrari and Formula 1. Both companies make up the fabric of the ‘sport’ they race in – just as it’s nigh inconceivable to imagine Formula 1 without Ferrari, Kyosho occupies a similar pedestal position within RC Racing’s hardest class to compete in.

Their 8 World Championship titles tell a story themselves; winning over half of the 15 Official IFMAR World Championships ever staged thus far, a decade-long winning streak from 1992 to 2002 yielded six consecutive titles, even witnessing their own designer Yuichi Kanai pick up a long overdue popular title in 2000.


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Ronnefalk TQ’s Q3, sets fastest run of the day


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Results & Live timing | Live Video

David Ronnefalk stepped up in Q3 to make it three different qualifiers three rounds in so far as the top 5 all went sub 6/5:20. Bryan Baldo again set the pace in heat 1, but would be beaten, the Spaniard working tirelessly to ensure the Euros runs smooth, coping with the wind picking up towards the end of the day battering the last heats and causing minor havoc. Heat 2 witnessed another super fast-looking run from Elliott Boots; you get the impression Bootsy isn’t pushing too hard to achieve the times he has, but despite being beaten to TQ in the latter two rounds, he is a secure ‘in’ for the top 3 in any round, with a first, second and third.


Q2 TQ Davide Ongaro wasn’t quite able to match his stunning Q2 pace, clicking off low 53 sec laps, enough to put him 5th in the standings, what is interesting is the lack of ‘new names’ occupying the top 5-6 (in no order… Boots, Batlle, Bloomfield, Ronnefalk not qualifying outside the top 5 so far… it suggests they’re not European Champions by accident).

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More photos in Thursday’s gallery

Heat 3 and what was dubbed as the stacked heat with Bloomers, David and Robert all doing well, the Agama of Bloomfield and HB of Ronnefalk both coming flying out of the blocks with mid 52 sec laps, the pair were both on lightning pace, Bloomers finishing strongly whilst Ronnefalk kept the middle part of his run very fast and consisitent – contributing to setting the fastest run of the day so far with a 5:17.757, less than 1/10th of a second faster than Mr Davide Ongaro.



Under the Hood: Marco Baruffolo


Marco Baruffolo, 18 (Italy)

Chassis: TLR 8ight 4.0
Engine: Picco STB-Team, EFRA 2133 pipe
Fuel: Runner Time
Tyres: Hot Race Tyres
Radio & Servos: KO EX2 | KO RSX2 servos
Body & Wing: Stock TLR 4.0 Body & wing / Lexan wing
Event: 2016 EURO Contest, Barco
Note: Fioroni option parts: Ergal Steering Upper Plate, Rear gearbox moved back from increased stability (see chassis shots), running 2.7mm rear swaybar.

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Boots weathers dust storm to go fastest in Q1


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The first round of qualifying on day 3 of the 2016 Euros at RC Redovan, Spain witnessed cooler conditions as an overcast sky greeted racers, the morning’s shakedown round allowed everyone to ensure that their setups were on point and tyre choice spot on, despite claps of thunder nearby and the very occasional drop of rain, nothing more ever materialised and the top guys heat the track in heats 1-4.

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Heat 1 saw Practice TQ Dani Bernabe bookend his run with mistakes, one on his last lap costing him a good 4 secs, however he didn’t display the same blistering lap pace as yesterday, Neil Cragg would win the heat with 5:23.598.coveragesponsors

Heat 2 opened with a huge gust of wind which brought on a pretty serious cloud of sand and dust threatening the drivers with low visibility and loss of concentration, however Elliott Boots put in a very impressive run saving his best for the last lap with a 52.611, a laptime unmatched by other runners in Q1.

Don’t Miss Elliott Boots’ Q1  TQ Run video

Heat 3 saw a photo finish between Bloomfield, Batlle and Ronnefalk, all within 4/10ths of each other and the latter two separated by only 1/100th of a second. Bloomfield clearly extremely happy with his start to qualifying, likewise Robert Batlle who showed consistency. Ronnefalk said he was pleased with the run, the top 4 (incidentally all made up of past and present European Champions  – sharing 6 Championships between them) separated by only 1.3 seconds despite the size, speed and nature of the track and tricky windy conditions. The standout performance however went to Joao Figueiredo claiming 5th overall and Marco Baruffolo in 8th climbing up the rankings after a slow start to the Euros.

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Ultimately, this is the first time the race shifts to ranking based on 5 mins, so the change in drivers is only natural as some are perhaps better suited at 3 lap pace vs. 5 mins, which on this mammoth track equates to only 6 laps.


Makin’ Noise with Jack Embling


British rising star Jack Embling takes over and interviews some of his mates after the Euros opening ceremony. Featuring Jamie Clancy, Jonny Skidmore, Mitchell Booth, Neil Cragg, Alan Dell & John Skidmore..


Video: Practice Rd 2, Baldo Brothers


More laps with Bryan and Oscar Baldo during controlled Practice Rd 2, its their home track and they are pretty rapid round here. Enjoy


Under the Hoods: Jorn Neumann


Jörn Neumann (Germany), 25

Chassis: Serpent SRX8
Engine: MX B2R
Fuel: Maxima
Tyres: Pro-Line
Radio & Servos: Sanwa / K Power HBL836
Body & Wing: Serpent High Downforce body & stock wing
Event: 2016 European Championships – RC Redovan, Spain

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Under the Hood: Lee Martin


Lee Martin (UK), 31

Chassis: Mugen Seiki MBX7R
Engine: RC Concept Mc5R
Fuel: Nitrolux
Tyres:  Pro-Line
Radio & Servos: Sanwa | Xpert
Body & Wing: Pro-Line Phantom, stock wing
Event: 2016 European Championships – RC Redovan, Spain
Notes: Running CVD not universal driveshafts

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Under the Hood: Neil Cragg


Neil Cragg (UK), 33

Chassis: Team Associated RC8B3
Engine: LRP ZZ.21C Long Stroke
Fuel: LRP
Tyres: Pro-Line Lockdown
Radio & Servos: KO | KoPropo
Body & Wing: Stock Associated, Pro-Line Lexan wing
Event: 2016 European Championships – RC Redovan, Spain

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Under the Hood: Elliott Boots


Elliott Boots, 23 – UK

Chassis: Kyosho MP9 TKI4
Engine: REDS R7 Evoke ECI5
Fuel: Byron Gen2 Worlds Blend
Radio & Servos: 
Body & Wing: 
Kyosho stock TKI4
2016 Euros

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