The 4th annual JConcepts 1:8 Spring Nationals is this weekend at the famous HobbyTown USA Hobbyplex in Omaha, Nebraska. Track designer and race director Alex Sturgeon has created another great layout complete with tricky moguls, off-camber sections and the Plex’s trademark elevation changes. Almost 200 of the mid-west’s best drivers are expected to be in attendance including past winners Kendall Welch, Jason Porter, and Tyler Jones as well as JConcepts driver Barry Pettit, who’s been flown in from the deep south. Practice starts early on Friday, with qualifying on Saturday and mains on Sunday.
X Factory driver Vinny Pedersoli has swept 13.5 short course at the Southwest Indoor Points Challenge held at Tucson’s great Competition Hobbies track, driving his SCX – 60CF to the win in all six events. Most of the quick drivers in Arizona attended the six-race series held over the past two months and Pedersoli TQed five of the races. Pedersoli had fastest lap and race time in every race, but in the final event, held Sunday May 19, Vinny re-set his fastest lap and fastest race time, turning a 20.7 to better his previous best of 21.1 en route to lowering his best qualifying time by a full 10 seconds. In the A main, TQ Pedersoli survived early-race battles with several other drivers, including X Factory team mate Alex Krieg, then pulled away in the closing minutes to nail down his perfect record for the series. Krieg, who fought hard with Pedersoli throughout the series, finished second.
At the inaugural Top Gear Hobbies Spring Shootout, a unique combination of “Reedy Race” style competition and traditional qualifying/main events set this event apart from others. In 2WD Modified, 30 of the top Pacific Northwest racers competed against a Team Associated star, Ryan Cavalieri and his B4.2 Factory Team buggy to see if they had what it takes to go up against the 2013 Reedy Race Champion in eight heads-up rounds of racing.
Even on the extremely high-grip surface, Cavalieri’s B4.2 Factory Team was no match for the competition, where he went a perfect 8 for 8 and swept the 2WD event. In 4WD the results were the same, with Cavalieri’s B44.2 Factory Team setting the TQ in all 4 rounds of qualifying and winning A1 and A2 to claim the 4WD Modified title as well.
The German outdoor season starts with the first of eight Hessencup races which also act as qualifying for the German Nationals. The first round took place at MAC Dannstadt’s new facility and despite having a few problems with the timekeeping in the heats and starting in the quarters Xray team driver, Simon Eser managed to lap the competition during the A final, claiming the overall victory. The second round took place in Rodgau in which Simon Eser won again with his XB9’13 ahead of Tom Wiesner and Benjamin Queisser. Find out more here.
The past weekend the Euro warm up was held in Reims, France – on Saturday night the weather took a turn for the worse and it rained all of Sunday, having seen some of the photos watch a short video of the first semi final by RC Mag – illustrating the amount of standing water on track begging the question why even go out, perhaps cancelling the finals would have saved some money for drivers and companies ? Have a watch below, we counted 8 flame outs in the first two minutes… One wonders why the finals even went ahead.
Our friends at the Midwest Nitro Series have shared with us a teaser video of an upcoming documentary called, “R/C Racers”. The documentary is being filmed and produced by racer Logan Hall, and shows the world what R/C racing is really all about. Majority of the footage is based off of the Midwest Nitro Series events and racers.
The Oswestry round of the 2WD Mid-West BRCA regional series took place this past Sunday on their permanent outdoor grass / asto track. With around 80 drivers in attendance it was Tom Yardy who claimed overall victory with Mat Dodd in second and Tony Bishop completing the podium. Photos from the event can be found here.
Round 4 of the Grass Roots Racing Series was held on the 4th and 5th of May at Palm Desert R/C Raceway which attracted around 100 entries for both Saturday/Electric day and Sunday/Nitro day. On the Saturday Chris Marrale raced E-buggy, and qualified 2nd, in between Radiopost team manager Brian Sullivan and Greg Mcglothlin. During the final Chris was 3rd until the halfway point when he took over the lead and never looked back.
This past weekend saw the first round of the TLT series take place at the LAMBC racetrack in Carinthia, Austria. A total of 90 drivers attended the race which was divided into electric, sport and top class. Alpha team driver Dominic Bauer attended the event along with Christian Schuster and Gerhard Rupp. The weather on the Saturday was nice all day allowing practice to be run in dry conditions. Dominic started the race with his Alpha Ryan edition engine however later changed to the Alpha A830 Dragon which better suited the smaller track. The three rounds of qualifying took place on Sunday in which Dominic managed to TQ the 3rd round.