The main final of this summer edition of The Italian Job Race will be challenging for drivers and mechanics because of the blazing sun. At this elimination game one driver will combine speed, regularity and reliability: Riccardo Berton. Several drivers will lead the race for a few laps and all will fall at one time or another. The two unluckiest are Darren Blommfield, fuel line cut and David Ronnefalk which his tank does not close properly (see photos).
Darren Bloomfield starts on pole for the hour-long final here at the Italian Job Race in Alseno, Italy. Darren Bloomfield will win the most “quiet” semi final ahead Riccardo Berton. Berton lead the race but two mistakes will allow Blommfield to take the lead of the race. This will be the fastest semi final and Bloomfield perform 32 laps in 20: 26: 104. Behind the duo we find Elliott Boots who achieves the fastest lap time with 36: 428. The Kyosho driver is followed by Leonardo Valente in 4th, Jonny Skidmore in 5th after a consistent race and Alex Zanchettin who deserved better but that has to go through the pits to fix a mechanical problem.
Gradually, as the rounds go the pressure is clearly felt. In Nitro Buggy 2 drivers are neck and neck: David Ronnefalk and Riccardo Berton. If Ronnefalk with a superb 9 laps in Q4 has set the bar high, Berton certainly will not give up! Everything will be decided in the 5th and final round between the two drivers. This round will be very intense; Ronnefalk will make two small mistakes but enough for Berton grabbed the round victory and therefore the overall TQ. He beat Ronnefalk less than 2 seconds behind and Darren Bloomfield always in the top 3.
Riccardo Berton continues to impress since this morning by performing very fast chrono while he did not participate at the free practice yesterday. From the controlled practice it was clear he was going forward because he was already in the top 5. First round of qualifications he was 2 in E-Buggy and 4 in Nitro and for the second round he did the double!
“The track is opeeeeennnnnn” launched by Maurizio “Maugrafix” Fantinel to mean that the real fun began just heard in the Italian countryside. E-Buggy kicks off without Elliott Boots (see here) and while everyone expected that Alex Zanchettin to take the TQ view its speed previously he had to retire due to an electrical issue. Darren Bloomfield will crop up as a rocket and took the TQ in Q1 in front of Riccardo Berton 5 sec behind and Ollie Carrie 4 sec behind Ricky.
The Italian Job Race VS Outdoor Arena began his show on the Nicolas Offload Track deemed (rightly!) As one of the most beautiful in Italy. The track is quite big, not like Redovan track, it is well designed with good big jumps well made. The track kind where we pleased, from beginners to experienced drivers. But like any track “easy” go fast requires talent and that’s good because as usual with The Italian Job Race stars are there with multiple European Champions as Elliott Boots and David Ronnefalk, Yannick Aigoin, Darren Bloomfield and a lot of talented Italian drivers like Berton, Zanchettin, Stocco, etc …
Race report by Jared Tebo:
It’s time for the 2016 ROAR 1/10 Nationals, held in the midwest this year! It’s actually pretty close to me, so I can drive my own car to the race: Omaha, NE at The Plex at Hobby Town. I have been putting in the work for the 1/10 Nats and made a trip up in June and July to race the Summer Series they host, so I was excited for the week to start. I drove up Wednesday morning and would get there for the 10am start time of open practice. Wednesday would be open practice, Thursday controlled (seeding) practice, Friday Q1 and Q2, Saturday Q3 and Q4, and Sunday all the Mains. The track looked good, pretty technical, but nothing too difficult, looked good for racing as well.
Pro-Line Racing & 5150 Media Productions present “Come Drive With Us”. With the 2016 IFMAR Worlds coming back to the USA for the first time since 2008, professional R/C Racers are trying to win as many events as they possibly can to send a message to the competition. Ty Tessmann, looking to repeat as IFMAR world champion, is again having a less than stellar season leading up to the ROAR Nationals. Last year, he dominated this event, and with him winning the ROAR Warm-up will he walk away from this race with a win?
The impressive, covered, Thornhill Racing Circuit once again hosts the ROAR Nationals. Would we see another thrilling finish as we did in 2014 or would it once more be nothing more than a race for 2nd? Again, Mike Garrison tells the story of a very exciting ROAR Nationals.
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Tritons Mike Dana takes 1st place in Pro buggy at Round 5 of the Northwest Championship Tour Showdown held at the Xtreme R/C Club of Walla Walla, WA. Under sunny, hot skies temps reached 100 degrees and the track got more and more rough after each race to make for a challenging day. Mike used the Triton L4 to power his Associated RC8B3 buggy to victory.
Race report by Tony Evdoka (Serpent)
Last weekend was the end of year Juniors and Vets Championships. Many top quality drivers compete at these events. Some of the superstars of today actually did these events for years. Those guys are now all older and the Vets have become a tough competition to win. New Juniors are coming through and they are super quick too. Well I am not Junior so it was the Veterans class for me. To compete here one will need all their knowledge, skills and a lot more as everyone is experienced and know what to do.