The annual EURO Contest in Italy is just over a week away (June 5-7th) but the Bittydesign team are busy getting everything ready with a full track rebuild just before the event. Stay tuned for the layout and updates as NeoBuggy will be covering the race live! After last year’s success, along with Italy’s top names, Reno Savoya & Joseph Quagraine add to the star-studded entrants list.
So we had the 2nd round of the BRCA Nationals this past weekend down in Kent, which might as well be in France its that far down south!
A swift 6 hour drive in my dads new favourite toy, the RV, and we finally rolled up at my hotel, I don’t mind travelling in it but I’m not slumming with him and the missus, a nice shower with a meal and a few beers in a nice hotel/restaurant thank you very much!
I arrived at the track on Saturday morning to find a lot of standing water in the surrounding areas and a pretty wet track, apparently they had a lot of rain in the last few days which meant track prep had to wait till the morning of the meeting. Not a problem for the track crew, we had plenty of time and with a bit of sawdust down, we were ready to rock.
As for the track, not to many changes from last year on an already brilliant track, I love the amount they’re managed to cram in without making it an obstacle course, a cross over that actually works, step ups, double’s and high speed rollers at the end of the main straight.
Pro-Line Racing & 5150 Media Productions are once again proud to present “Come Drive With Us”!
5150 kicks off the 2015 season at the 2015 Silver State held at the fabulous RC Tracks of Las Vegas Facility. In year past this race was held in Boulder City; which usually received mixed reviews at the best of times. What will this inaugural event at the new Venue be like? Will Ryan Maifield continue his winning ways after taking the Reedy Title as well as Nitro Buggy at the Nitro Challenge? Or would phenom Kyle McBride, Champion from last year, take the win?
Narrated once again by RCNews’ Mike Garrison this “Come Drive With Us” will not disappoint!
Ty Tessmann would go onto take a double victory at the Battle of the Sikest event staged by Levi Jackson at the Thunder Alley RC Raceway track in Beaumont, Ca. It was business as usual for Ty in the pro truck class as the Canadian star took the wins in A1 & A2, not so in pro buggy as a small issue in pitlane allowed HB team mate Drew Moller to walk away with the A1 win, undeterred however Ty would return proceedings to normal and took the overall pro buggy win as well.
Chassis: Agama A215 Engine: Mx (Maxima) Tyres: Beta VMax Medium Fuel: Rapicon Radio & Servos: Futaba, Futaba S9353HV (steering & throttle) Notes & more: 2nd place qualifier, Thai vs. Foreign race Champion @ ASIA Contest. Just received the new A215 car, having previously run the earlier Agama, no special mods apart from front and rear chassis skid plates to save the chassis. Hardened up the suspension. Diffs (F,C,R – 10K, 8K, 2K)
Round 2 of the 2015 French Nationals season headed south to the Provence track of Pierrefeu, located in the beautiful French countryside – the Aigoin brothers would share the qualifying spoils as Jerome Aigoin TQ’d Q1 & Q2 whilst Yannick would close out qualifying with a TQ, overall top qualifier: Jerome Aigoin. However it wasn’t to be for Kyosho’s man in France as he exited the A semi in last place, thus missing out on the final.
Up steps Yannick Aigoin and goes onto win the 45 minute final on his (2nd) XRAY debut by a pretty impressive and rare two lap margin over HB’s Reno Savoya – admittedly Pierrefeu is Yannick’s home track but nonetheless, on his debut with the new car… Impressive stuff, taking 3rd a lap back from Reno was TLR’s Jerome Sartel, Julien Lattanzio 4th, Lorenzo Crolla coming home in 5th.
Two time ASIA Contest Champion Atsushi Hara pulled it out of the bag in the superpole event (used to determine the final grid) – Time and time again we’ve seen Hara unleash another gear when it comes to finals day, he looked racy in the semis, crushing his semi, Witsarut R. winning the other in a slower time. Aussie Zac Ryan had a scare as a loose clutch nut stopped him from even starting his main, transferring to the main final via the LCQ along with Manabu Takashiro. However the main story so far was Hara’s 36sec laptime –
In the midst of our ASIA Contest event coverage, one of the most immediately obvious features was the ‘new look’ logo and styling from event creators Bittydesign – a fresh new looking logo complimenting the ambiance and vibe of the event not to mention underlining Bittydesign’s credentials as one of the leaders in design and brand in the RC market.
We spoke with Bittydesign frontman Davide Rabitti about the rebrand, Davide explaining that it was time for a ‘freshen up’ and a ‘big change’. With the 10-year anniversary coming next year, it was time to improve the image for a cleaner, simpler and stronger brand identity – Davide & his brother Stefano not content with the old style, not truly representing the brand ethos anymore.
The rebrand includes new distinctive logo as well as new ‘Bd’ icon – the new look a departure from the previous graffiti / grunge style and represents a new ‘higher level’, Davide going on to say, “the past is over, the rebrand is a new era – Bittydesign 2.0 – innovation will come through a full rebranding, the name is the same for the World’s #1 Italian RC body manufacturer but it is like a new company.”
Along with the rebrand is a brand new website on it’s way, Bittydesign have released a landing page which will countdown till their shiny new site goes live – its set to be a ground-up professional design with interactive features for customers and partners alike. Expect bodies galore, sweet design flowing through the brand new responsive website & more.
After 9 years the Bittydesign rebrand comes at the perfect time, the company with a worldwide reputation for high quality products – here’s hoping ‘Bittydesign 2.0’ brings even more innovation & style in the future.
Wataru Takashiro overcame a slightly sluggish start to his 6 round qualifying campaign but hit his fullspeed stride TQ’ing Q5 & Q6, the only man to manage a 12 lap run during qualifying, after switching from medium to soft AKA Impact tyres after a few drops of rain, it made his car faster and he capitalised thus denying Agama’s ‘Boy’ Witsarut R. a fairytale TQ having occupied that spot for so long until Wataru crescendo’d. Atsushi Hara lines up 3rd, under the radar as he suffered setbacks in qualifying from a broken engine to mystery issues, a recovery drive from him, questions remain as to the strength of his package, but can anyone match Hara’s long-run pace ?
Limited internet connectivity limits us to very short videos.
4th Q1 TQ Zac Ryan, the Aussie racer delighted with this morning’s result but feeling his car was finished before qualifying was over, its fair to say the PRC track is brutal on cars, high speed, large jumps, sandpaper surface, it eats chassis’ making them razor sharp with small scorings.
Round 5 and Wataru Takashiro lit the MP9’s afterburners setting the fastest time of qualifying despite the slowly deteriorating track, provisional TQ Witsarut R. looked on form however he got taken out by car #6 of Charlee P. in a bit of a robust move damaging Witsarut’s hopes of a TQ shot, ending up a strong 3rd though behind a resurgent Atsushi Hara, the first man in the top 3 not to be doing triple single, rather preferring the double double (slower) option.