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Sturdy crowned VRC SC World Champ


Surprise from ‘down under’: Chris Sturdy is the new VRC World Champion Open Class SC Trucks! A fantastic drive for this CLUB level racer, beating the very best PRO racers in this class! The 18 year old Aussie was a big unknown, finishing just 69th in the Season 3 Series, but at this Worlds he got his act together to finish 1 lap clear of Wollanka and Loriot who made up the podium.

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IFMAR green light for astro Worlds


The ‘Astrogate’ story continues today as an official announcement from IFMAR has been made regarding the surface rules for the 2015 IFMAR 1/10 World Championships at Yatabe Arena. The controversy as to whether or not the event can be held on an all astro covered track has been decided by majority vote.

The existing IFMAR rule states: 

Pack able rock free dirt – preferably sifted top soil/clay compound with minimum amounts of sand. Surface should be able to be easily broken and repaired to ensure a consistent and wide racing line. Such conditions have shown to yield excellent racing due to width and consistency of the racing line. Additionally qualifying is fairer as the ability to maintain a consistent surface gives all competitors an equal track that can be enjoyed by those in heats before as well as after his own.”

(Photo by Fuminori Saito)

IFMAR then issued a ‘revised’ ruling for the surface of the track which states:

The track surface can be dirt, or else partially or entirely covered with artificial turf. (Commonly referred to as Astro turf) Other materials can be used in sections of the track such as table tops and jumps to assure the durability of those sections for the entire event. Such other materials must be limited to less than 20% of the total track length. Dirt sections should be of screened top soil / clay free from rocks and debris with only a minimum amount of sand and hard packed to provide a durable consistent racing surface for the duration of the event.”

(Photo by Masami Hirosaka)

The revised ruling was sent to the various sanctioning blocs to be voted on whether or not it should replace the existing surface rule. No surprise (as there are very few astro tracks in North America) ROAR voted against the rule change, however, EFRA, FAMAR, and FEMCA all voted ‘YES’ to changing the rules. IFMAR decided by majority vote that the rule will in fact be changed, and allows for what could become the first all astro offroad Worlds in 2015 at Yatabe Arena.

NeoX: 10 Years of The Neo Race

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Neo Buggy & DXR are pleased to officially announce NeoX, entry opens December 10th – known collectively as the ‘1/8 buggy Indoor Worlds’ by those who attend the event year after year.

The 10th anniversary of the Neo Race organised by NeoBuggy & DXR sees the event once again run on it’s classic Easter weekend: 3-6th April 2015.

The Agricultural University Harper Adams in Shropshire continues as the venue for the event, once again a 4 days event – running Friday – Monday. The event’s capacity has been slightly increased in size with the blossoming 1/8 Electric buggy class making a return – now limited to 60 drivers, the main nitro buggy class is limited to 240 entries.

Qualifying will use 6 minute heats. After the success of the special one-off races in the past they return with a few additions; juniors final, oldies final, the Dash4Cash for the top qualifiers, Last Chance Qualifier – more details revealed soon.

The organisers hope to once again welcome some of the finest 1/8 Buggy drivers to attend this prestigious annual event. Enter via www.RC411.net, see the ‘Sign Up page’ for details how to enter, entry opens December 10th.

Further details available on www.theneorace.com | Contact info@theneorace.com


Come Drive With Us – IFMAR Worlds


5150 Media Productions, together with Pro-Line Racing, is proud to present the 2014 IFMAR Nitro Buggy World Championships!

Held in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Giardini-Naxos Italy, these worlds did not disappoint. The track was challenging, the weather was ever changing & the competition was fierce. Take a behind the scenes look at what really goes on at a Nitro World Championship. Narrated by Mike Garrison (Neobuggy.net & RCNews.net), this “Come Drive With Us” Movie focuses on Lee Martin, Mike Truhe & once again, Ty Tessmann.

5150 says, “Special Thanks go out to Lee Martin, Mike Truhe, the Tessmann family and Mike Garrison. Last, but not least, we would like to thank Pro-Line for sponsoring this episode. Without their support we couldn’t bring you this story!”

Introducing ‘LiveTime’ Scoring Engine


Year after year we continually see new releases in the form of cars, option parts, etc. One area that does not often see a new release is the scoring software department. After months of preparation, testing, and development, our good friends at LiveRC.com have officially launched their all-new ‘LiveTime’ scoring software today. This innovative new scoring software provides track owners and race promoters an affordable way to provide their racers one of the highest quality and easy to use scoring software to date.

“After years of running races with other software programs, we set out to provide an all-inclusive solution that’s simple to learn, and even simpler to use…”

LiveTime is designed to integrate seamlessly with LiveRC to broadcast scoring, video, and results to viewers around the world via real-time cloud synchronization. LiveTime also interfaces with a global driver database that allows users to view their results archives from any track in the world.

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Maifield & Lutz star at Battle of the SiKest


Ryan Maifield proved the class of the field at the maiden ‘Battle of the Sikest’ event held at Fear Farm RC Raceway in Phoenix Arizona, the event organised by Levi Jackson of SiK Track Designs saw Maifield TQ the 1/8 Nitro Buggy main and win the first 2 A mains. Then coming out and completely showed the field why he was the champion this weekend. Lapping all but 4 drivers in the final 20 minute A main! Adam Drake taking 2nd and Lutz 3rd.

In Pro Truggy & EL Buggy Ryan Lutz took a double debut victory after joining Tekno RC, Lutz capitalising on Maifield hitting trouble in A1 & A2 of truggy but winning A3, Lutz taking the win in front of Reno Savoya and Tanner Stees both now running for HB HPI.

In EL Buggy Lutz brought home a Tekno 1,2 with Joe Bornhorst (formerly with Serpent) taking 2nd infront of Kyosho’s Cody King. Elsewhere the 40+ nitro buggy win went to Mark Pavidis and showing his future potential, son Ryan Pavidis TQ’d and won intermediate truggy class.

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Hernandez takes Spanish Nats final


The final round of the Spanish 1/8 Offroad Nationals took place this past weekend. Despite the abscence of Robert Batlle, the racing was still hot as Spain’s went to war one final time for 2014. It would be Oscar Baldo who would take TQ in qualifying, and started first on the grid in the A-Final. As the final got under way, Baldo would drop back, allowing an exciting race for the lead unfold between Borja Hernandez and Andres Marcelino. In the end, Hernandez would capture the win with Marcelino and Oscar Navarro second and third.

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Overall Worlds results posted


We’ve watched like a hawk the official results page for a few days now, eager to see if the overall results would be posted from the Worlds in Messina, however we’ve managed to get hold of them first! Here they are:

Overall Results 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Offroad Worlds [PDF]

The Worlds: An afterthought


I write this post Worlds blog after surviving the longest race we’ve ever attended and covered, some of the pre-event concerns turned out to be the best thing about the event whilst others proved controversial.

Despite hearsay that NeoBuggy weren’t entirely welcome at the Worlds, we set off undaunted, boarding the flight to Catania on the beautiful island of Sicily, still basking in the late summer sunshine that departed Northern Europe many weeks ago. As is usual practice, in the build up to past Worlds, any news concerning the host track is always of general interest to our worldwide viewer-base and we duly obliged when some photos arrived of the track facility back in June – looking a bit unloved and not quite fit to host a race of Worlds stature.

How that would change however, as organising mastermind Salvatore Schepis and his dedicated team put in countless manhours to transform the Giardini Naxos track into a truly worldclass RC racing facility. The concrete track was overlaid with a dirt and resin mixture which given 10 days of pretty intense racing, held up astoundingly well, they did a wonderful job there, delivering a surface that was consistent, and raceable despite a couple of night’s troublesome weather. Credit to them.

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2014 IFMAR Worlds Final video

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Its finally here, the full length 60 minute IFMAR Worlds final video with full commentary provided by in-house MC Tony Truman, enjoy!