On Friday we travelled down to one of our favorite astro tracks located in Skien, Norway for round #2 of the Norwegian National Series. This would be Malin’s first National Series race in Norway. Saturday morning started with a 1.5 hour free practice session in 2WD to test tires and adjust setup. Weather was colder than our last visits to the track and the forecast said rain was coming. We got 3 qualifying rounds in the dry where she ended up 2nd behind the very fast local driver Joakim Nicolaisen.
The 2nd round of 1/10 buggy Czech nationals took place last weekend on a beautiful track in Janovice. After more than two years organizers decided to bring 1/10 class back to its roots – clay, for which I owe them my thanks. Home club did amazing job and prepared really amazing track for us, thank you very much!
On Friday we had a free practice where I concentrated more on my driving than on setting my cars as this was my first time ever with XRAY cars on clay. At the end of the day I was quite happy with both cars and was looking forward for qualifications. In 2wd qualifications Martin Bayer was the fastest man on track as he TQed all three qualifications and so gained overall TQ with my XB2 finishing 2nd in all rounds and Zdenek Miksovsky lining up 3rd for the mains (all three with XB2)!
XRAY driver Kaja Novotny is going to attend RC Mafia off-road series in Nowa Gadka, Poland coming weekend 28. – 29. May to teach you some tips & tricks on XRAY XB2, XB8 & XB8E. The Work.Shop is for free and everyone is welcomed. Be a part of Team XRAY and enjoy the premium support.
First round of Finnish 1/10 off-road Nationals were held at Hyvinkää in Finland. Weather was pretty warm and sunny, and that made the track pretty dusty. In 2wd Joel Valander took the TQ with two first places. Joona Haatanen was starting second followed by Karri Salmela in third. Finals were thrilling between top three guys as they were lot quicker than rest of the field. Joel won first and last leg of triple A-mains.
I attended the Nitro vs Electric Shootout at TARCAR Raceway in Toledo,OH. First time to this track and it didn’t disappoint! Layout was fast, technical, and flowing. The shootout would take the top 5 nitro qualifiers and top 5 electric qualifiers for buggy and truggy and put them in a triple A main format. The rest of the nitro and electric cars would run regular main formats. TLR factory driver Dakota Phend was in attendance and that made me happy. This would give me a chance to judge my speed with my new team for 2016.
This last weekend Triton driver Collin Weatherholt attended the first round of the Monsters of the Midwest series back at the Ohio RC Factory. Weatherholt was able to secure the TQ in Nitro Buggy and able to lead the thirty minute main wire to wire taking first place in Pro Buggy.
“The 8ight 4.0 buggies worked flawlessly all day on the Pro-Line tires and the Triton L3 ran amazing as usual providing me with awesome power and fuel mileage. My Spektrum DX4R radio and servos let me drive with confidence. Thanks to all my sponsors for the support.” – Collin Weatherholt
The third round of the Danish Nationals was held at the great track in Greve. In Truggy Nitro class, HB driver Pelle Culmsee will TQ all qualification rounds. He is followed by HB teammates Oliver Fischer and Peter Harder. Culmsee keeps going and wins the semi final and places his Team Orion-powered truggy on the pole position. After an hard fight throughout the final, Culmsee wins the race in front of Oliver Fischer second and Peter Harder third. In the Nitro Buggy class Culmsee will win once again the TQ ahead Oliver Fischer and Peter Harder. The young HB driver wins the semi and also start on pole for the main final. In the final Culmsee has a bad start because the engine flamed out just before the start tone. He come back to the track with half a lap down and manage to take the first place after 35 minutes. Culmsee wins again with a 20 seconds gap on Fischer and Harder, second and third respectively.
This past weekend took place the second round of Portuguese Nationals (the first one was cancelled by heavy rain). The qualifications are dominated by Carlos Durães and his Serpent Cobra SRX8 by TQing all the three rounds. In the 45 minute main final Durães will lose first place because his engine flamed out one time. TLR driver Ricardo Monteiro wins the race in front of Durães and HB driver Miguel Matias.
Past weekend took place round two of the Spanish National Championship in El Alamo, Madrid. Robert Batlle Juan Carlos Canas will take a surprising TQ ahead Bryan Baldo and Albert Garcia. Robert Batlle only 4th after the qualifications will take his revenge in the semifinals and goes on the grid in pole position for the main final. In the 45 minute final Batlle will have issues and Juan Carlos will take a maximum profit of the situation to take the first position. Batlle managed to keep the second position and Bryan Baldo will complete the podium.
The 2016 BRCA Nationals series is in full swing with the entourage heading down to sunny/rainy Kent, qualifying on Saturday was dominated by Elliot Boots and his Reds powered Kyosho running Pro-Line tyres. This being one of Elliot’s home tracks before his most recent move to Italy and you could see he was at home and on the pace straight away.
The main event saw a great 3 way battle out front between Elliot Boots, Team Associated driver Neil Cragg in a Kyosho sandwich with Jack Embling also in the thick of the action, lasting nearly the full 45mins. Elliott would lead for the first part but a few mistakes would allow Neil through. Neil managed to hold the lead with Elliott in second swapping fast laps all the way until a issue, would see Elliott have to make his way into the pits. This allowed Neil to hold the lead, promote Jack up to 2nd and long time 4th place Mugen driver Lee Martin to snatch 3rd.