Event Coverage News

The Dirt Nitro Challenge Returns!

Oh those Arizona sunsets… how we long for you.

Once more the season cycle gets underway with our first flyaway race, the annual Dirt Nitro Challenge (or DNC) held at the Fear Farm RC Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona USA. NeoBuggy will be present at the event with live coverage and reports from Thursday directly with 1/8 Truck qualifying.

Here’s a little reminder of what’s to come later this week, tune in to Neo to see how all the winter silly season swaps pan out with the likes of Ty Tessmann entering his first ‘big race’ under the XRAY banner, Ryan Maifield now in post TLR-Exile with Mugen Seiki, World Champion David Ronnefalk and defending Champion Ryan Cavalieri both now wheeling JConcepts rubber and the return of Robert Batlle to the DNC after missing the event for many years. It’s gonna be good!

Re-Watch last year’s Final

Robert Batlle wins crazy final at the GP de Montpellier 2017

I miss the words … it is certainly the most intense and incredible final that I have ever attended. The first half hour will be a demonstration of mastery of David Ronnefalk, already under the joint threat of Davide Ongaro and Robert Batlle. But after 30 minutes of racing David will make a mistake that will make him back down to second position behind Robert and once deconcentrated, he will accumulate some mistakes that will make him lose contact with Davide and Robert. He will finish 3rd. The duo of ex-teammates will exchange their heads a few times until Robert takes advantage of a big fault of Davide and worn tyres to widen a sufficient distance to cross the finish line at the first place ! This is the end of this rainy and cold edition, but which reserved us a sublime final and dry.

Montpellier GP: David Ronnefalk rise in power in Semi-Final B

Despite a few laps on the track due to the rainy conditions, World champion David Ronnefalk is getting stronger and winning in the semi-final. He will start on pole in the final. David has committed a few mistakes but his speed allows him to compensate without too many problems despite Davide Ongaro fast and determined to show that he will be a fierce opponent in the final. Behind Davide we find Robert Batlle who as usual after a period of “running in” begins to become faster and more dangerous. Behind the trio, we have a quartet in a handkerchief: Joao Figueiredo well in rhythm, Jérôme Aigoin who makes his first race with his XRAY, Ignatio Candel on HB Racing recently and Tom Robin 7th.

Montpellier GP: Semi-Final A under control of Elliott Boots

The semi-final A was won by the Kyosho’s Elliott Boots. Elliott will quickly takes the lead and control the attacks of Yannick Aigoin very dangerous and never far behind in second position. Attention will go to the battle for the 3rd position where Reno Savoya and Thomas Musso will engage in a great fight. Reno will arrive to finish in front by accelerating the rhythm in spite of the impetuosity of Thomas fast and without complex. It is noteworthy that Riccardo Rabitti and Marco Baruffolo were very fast and fighting for the 3rd place but they will stop because of mechanical problems. In fourth position Juan Carlos Canas will make a regular race. Two French drivers, Eliot Marcon and Edouard Hugon, in ambush will benefit from drivers’s surrender to reach the top 7.

Under the Hood: Dani Batlle

Dani Batlle – Spain

Chassis: Soar 998 – TD1
Engine: SOAR TRS – 21 Tuned
Fuel: Runner Time
Tyres: AKA
Radio & Servos: Futaba 4PK-S & Highest D1000 servos
Body & Wing: Stock
Event: 2017 Montpellier GP, France


Under the Hood: Elliott Boots

Elliott Boots, 23 – UK

Chassis: Kyosho MP9 TKI4
Engine: REDS R5 TTE V5.0
Fuel: MLC Fuel
Tyres: Pro-Line
Radio & Servos: Sanwa
Weight: N/A
Event: 2017 Montpellier GP, France
Notes: Elliott is running quite a few small special custom made items by pitman Mike Cradock, including a tuned pipe mount as well as small weight tacks by the front and rear gearboxes. He have also a new Bittydesign painting.


Under the Hood: Robert Batlle

Robert Batlle, 28 – Spain

Chassis: Mugen Seiki MBX7R
Engine: Picco V1
Fuel: Runner Time
Tyres: AKA
Radio & Servos: Ko Propo & Highest D1000 servos
Body & Wing: Bittydesign body & JConcepts wing
Event: 2017 Montpellier GP, France


2017 Montpellier GP day two: photos


More photos here