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JC Indoor National Series heads west

JC Indoor Nats

JConcepts national tour visits AMain.com’s Outback Raceway for the fifth consecutive time July 9-12 for the Summer Indoor Nationals. The national-caliber race draws over 300 entries with several factory drivers mixing it up in the modified divisions. The Outback Raceway facility is air-conditioned, features over 140 permanent pit spots, large TVs for live timing and scoring, and racers can conveniently order parts directly from AMain. Last year, racers from California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Indiana and Florida made the trip to Chico, California for Northern California’s most popular electric off-road race.

Racers are encouraged to sign up early, as this race will sell out. Register for the JConcepts Summer Indoor Nationals HERE!

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VanDalen & Jones win 1/8 Spring Nats

Seth VanDalen

This past weekend hosted the JConcepts 1/8 Spring Nationals at the Hobbytown USA Hobbyplex facility in Omaha, Nebraska. 150+ of the midwest’s best racers gathered to do battle in both nitro and electric 1/8 divisions. All eyes were on the Expert Nitro Buggy and Expert Nitro Truggy classes, where the young guns would go head-to-head out front. In the end it was TLR’s Tyler Jones who snatched the win in Nitro Buggy with VanDalen and Derek Wood second and third. Seth VanDalen made his mark in Nitro Truggy by taking the win over Jones and Tony Sletten.  Read more…

EURO Contest track rebuild underway

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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.

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Karlsen continues Grenland Cup win streak

Malin Karlsen

Last weekend hosted Round 2 of the Grenland Cup in Skien, Norway. The event organizers chose to use a control tire for the event, which resulted in racers using much of morning practice to properly adjust to the single tire choice. Little miss Malin Karlsen found herself atop the leaderboard after two rounds of qualifying, and would go on to take TQ in the 1/8 E-Buggy division. Malin was unshaken in the finals and went on to sweep A1, A2, AND A3 for another overall Grenland Cup victory. The Mugen’s of Erik Fink and Petter Strand would finish second and third on the day.

Source: XRAY

 

Rakasiwi edges out Nugroho in Bali

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The 2nd round of the Indonesian National Buggy Championship was held over the weekend at the WillSon Track in Bali. Drivers from Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Jogjakarta, Medan, Balikpapan, Kendari and Bali attended the race. The race format was 6 rounds of 7 minute qualifying times, with the 4 best rounds to count. The finals started from 1/8 main final with 5 drivers bumping up .

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XRAY’s Jason Nugroho grabbed the TQ position after qualifying, and secured the number one start spot in the final. Nugroho was clearly on pace to win, however, at the 20-minute mark BOTH rear tires came un-glued from the rims. Nugroho gambled with remaining on the track, as opposed to making a tire change pit stop. As the race came down to the final few laps, Reza Rakasiwi inched his way into the lead. Reza would take the win .584 seconds ahead of Nugroho, with Indra Liono third.

Source: XRAY

Martin Bayer sweeps Czech Nats Rd.1

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This past weekend hosted Round 1 of the Czech 1/8 Nitro and Electric Nationals. The event was held in Horni Jeleni. A rainy forecast led up to the event, but forecasters were wrong (imagine that), as the event saw good weather and great racing. XRAY’s Martin Bayer made a clean sweep on the competition, taking the win in both nitro and electric buggy classes. He was followed by Jiří Mára and Jan Zámiš in nitro, and Karel Novotný
and Vaclav Broz in electric.

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Batlle dominates Spanish Nats Rd.2

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This past weekend hosted Round 2 of the Spanish 1/8 Nitro Offroad Nationals. As expected, the man to beat was Mugen Seiki’s Robert Batlle. Batlle dominated the event, winning by two laps, and once again showed why he has been crowned Spanish National Champion 9 years in a row. Jaume Figuls would cross the line for a second place finish on the day, with Daniel Bernabé finishing in third.


 
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Carlos Duraes wins Portuguese Rd 3: Title all to play for

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Report by Carlos Duraes
The 3rd round of the Portuguese Nats headed to Viela last weekend, we arrived at the track on Saturday to practice, after the some laps I felt my car was really good and I was the fastest guy on the track. After the practice I was super confident on the car as our speed was much faster than the other guys, but I know that one thing is practice and other thing is racing when the clock is counting…

The track on Sunday morning was wet as the organizers put water on it in order to reduce dust… I won the first qualification but there was a problem with the timing system of the organizers and we had to repeat the heat. This time i drove bad with lot of mistakes and finished 6th i think…Q2 went really well for me and i TQ. Last qualification i was batlling for the TQ but a stupid mistake cost me the overall TQ which went to Ricardo Monteiro.

I won my semi-final and lapped everyone even if we compares the time with the other semi final. It meant that i would start in P1 for the final. I had a clean start but after the second lap i made a mistake and Monteiro got the lead. I started driving faster and two laps after i was already behind him and overtook him.

At the 30min mark i had almost a lap over the rest of the field so i started driving more safety and not pushing as much as before. While i was overtaking the slow guys i had 3 crashes on the same lap as some of them wasn’t opening for me and when i put an eye back i saw Matias behind him… I made a mistake with 7 min to go and Matias overtook me. I was thinking to myself ” I was leading the a-main since the beginning i can’t lose it now”   Well i started pushing as before and after a couple of laps i was behind Matias with 2 min to go. Me and Matias went to the big jump almost together and at the landing i could overtake him. 2 more laps and i crossed the line and could take a breath :)

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Marco Natale surprise winner at Italian Nats Rd 2

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Round 2 of the 2015 Italian Nationals headed south to the Naxos World track in Sicily, some of our more ‘grey-matter gifted’ readers may recall this track hosted last year’s IFMAR World Championships – scene of Ty Tessmann’s dominating performance. Anyway back onto more topical news, round 2 of the Italian nats produced a thrillingly close finish, with the top 6 runners all finishing on the lead lap.

Reports of a last lap crash between Zanchettin and Berton have come in but unable to confirm this, The story of the race was a dominating show by Riccardo Berton in the first 30 mins as he was a lap up on 2nd place, however disaster struck Berton’s Kyosho buggy as a car returning to the track hit him resulting in a cut pressure tube and despite a very slow lap and pitstop he returned in the lead only to suffer ‘contact’ with Alex Zanchettin which put him in the grass, demoting Berton to 3rd, Natale taking the win and Zanchettin 2nd.

Despite the controversy, a win by 8/10ths of a second by Marco Natale comes as a surprise – the best result to date for the young Kyosho racer.

Disappointment for many of the other better-known Italian stars – Davide Ongaro bowing out early, despite setting the fastest lap and starting on pole, perhaps his luck will come at the Euros on his home track ? Also for round 1 winner Berton, who likely would have fancied his chances to win given his #2 starting position and being a lap up after 30 mins.

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