As a racer, sometimes you need to take some time away from the racing scene and catch some fresh air. That is exactly what I have done for the last month or two. This past weekend I attended the ROAR 1/8 Regional Championships in my division, marking my first race back since taking my ‘vacation’ from R/C. While I knew I would be a bit rusty, I had no idea how quickly rust builds, and how hard it is to shake off. I know I am not the only one who takes vacation’s away from R/C racing from time to time, and to save you a bit of trouble when you return to racing, I have put together my top 10 list of things to remember BEFORE heading to the track (all of which I learned this past weekend).
Event Coverage News
Race Report by Colton Kiefer
The 2015 Futaba/ O.S. Nitro Challenge is in the books and it was an incredible event. This year featured an excellent but challenging track from Sik Track Designs (aka Levi Jackson). With all the top guns from the Midwest and factory drivers Ryan Lutz, Joe Bornhorst, Josh Wheeler, Matt Gosch, and Michael Paige, the competition was going to be tough.
The format for this race is different than most races. Practice on Thursday evening, and on Friday. With the first round of qualifying on Friday night under the lights. The final 2 round of qualifying on Saturday and the raffle, Dash for Cash, and all the mains on Sunday. This race features double A Mains for both Pro Buggy, Pro Truck, and E Buggy. With over 230 drivers in attendance , a very challenging track and the extreme heat and humidity, it was a true accomplishment for both the cars and the drivers just to make it into the A Mains…and for the pros with the double A Main format, it was even more grueling!
The 1/10 European Championships are right around the corner, held at Robin Hood Raceway in the UK.
Follow Team HB at the 2015 1/10th EP Off Road Championship. You’ll find daily reports, results, in-depth tech info, setup sheets and interviews of Team HB factory drivers on HBEurope’s blog throughout the event. Stay tuned.
See HB Europe Blog
Source: HB Europe
Team HB Europe have come along way in the 6 months since they signed the likes of David Ronnefalk and Reno Savoya – last weekend at the 2015 Euros they had the more cars in the main final than anyone else (3), with David Ronnefalk claiming 2nd overall. The team have just now helpfully uploaded their final setups from the event which are available here.
See also David Ronnefalk’s Under the Hood
The 2nd annual Quebec Classic took place the weekend before last with title sponsor AKA’s own Ryan Cavalieri making the trip north across the border and taking a double victory, the organisers have posted full length final videos of both the buggy A main and truck A main (read more).
As one of our main sponsors of last week’s extensive Euros coverage, Graupner SOAR attended with their star driver Dani Bernabe as well as team support and SOAR Seiki boss Didian Ho, the team kindly allowed us to shoot their 998 buggy for a little updated Under the Hood segment.
Congratulations to Elliott Boots on the big win at the Euros! Boots put in a great drive to take the win over the defending champion and #4 ranked driver in the world David Ronnefalk. Not a lot of movement on the list after this weekend, but we welcome the return of Jorn Neumann and Mike Truhe back on the top 25 list. It was great to see some young talent start to really emerge with Alex Zanchettin finishing 3rd and Davide Ongaro finishing 4th, but clearly had the most speed in the final. Neither driver has broken into the top 25, but look for them soon.
The nearly man is no more.
A major international title that so elusively eluded Elliott Boots is finally his – winner of the 35th EFRA European Championships held in Sacile, Northern Italy. The story started out in the semis as TQ man Boots started on pole only to suffer a minor flame out in the pits whilst refuelling, he would fall back into a tight fight but recover enough to take 2nd behind Ronnefalk. The 2nd semi was one of the most eventful races we’ve ever witnessed, with 7 drivers in contention of taking 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th – bump positions in the final. It proved messy with Alessandro Stocco losing out, as well as Martin Bayer, having made an
opportunistically robust move up the inside of Marco Baruffolo driving towards the line on the last lap, he hit Baruffolo who went flying and the referees deemed it Bayer’s fault, handing him a penalty and promoting Baruffolo to the main. Subsequently having seen replayed video footage of the incident, Bayer had his nose infront when contact was made and the exclusion penalty seems very very harsh indeed…
The Drama didn’t stop there, as Ref Dallas gave an impromptu lesson to the final marshals, on how to marshal, but rather for Robert Batlle who himself had suffered a flameout but just after the loop managed to recover – as his father Carles set his car down on the grid, he immediately knew something was wrong – a grub screw in the front center driveshaft coming out – DNS for Batlle.
Major title favourite OUT already…
David Ronnefalk would lead them round with Elliott Boots gapping him and Zanchettin, Ongaro all in the mix, the track at this stage had taken a huge battering, and no drivers were risking a small double on the left side – it started out pretty fair and square, Ongaro looking very racy indeed but making small mistakes.
Ronnefalk would hold the lead, briefly challenged by Boots, before Boots dropped back, Zanchettin in the mix, but despite his rather thirsty engine, Boots kept himself in the fight, Ronnefalk out front but only gapping the others via their mistakes, not looking faster – it would play out as Ronnefalk had a pitstop in hand over Ongaro and Boots.
Halfway through Boots made a big error, followed by another one – advantage Ronnefalk, a 3rd Euro title looked a possibility, until 15 secs where a costly mistake reduced the gap back down, after that, Boots was able to keep a faster pace, Pro-Line’s Fugitive tyres coming into their own – the X2 compound his team chose hanging on remarkably better than his competitors. Boots would pass Ronnefalk and start sailing away into the distance to a very deserved first European Championship title – behind him Alex Zanchettin grabbed the last podium spot as Boots passed the loop for a victory lap, Ronnefalk missing out on a 3rd consecutive title and home track boy Davide Ongaro coming home in 4th to the delights of the crowd.
Semi A: 13:50 – 14:10 Semi B: 14:15 – 14:35
Main Final 16:15
(Local time – GMT+1)