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.
RC Racing TV’s latest episode is online with multi camera action from all 3 legs of the A final from the 2012 1/10 2WD Electric Offroad Championships in Fehring, Austria. Lee Martin goes for a Third consecutive European championship but a world class field is out to stop him!
Just over a week ago, the European federation EFRA published it’s AGM agendas for 1/8th & 1/10th Offroad, section chairman of 1/8 Offroad Carlos Gomez posted an accompanying open invitation/letter.
Dear sport friends, this is an open letter to all EFRA member countries Federations or Associations and for all their Club members and Drivers who love the 1/8th I.C. Off Road class; Industry and Media are welcome as well as receivers of this letter.
When I am at races, normally many people address me and say, “you EFRA should do this or that…”, this is rather frequent, even more, I must say it is a never ending tale.So to be clear and transparent enough, all of you, Media included, are invited to assist to our Section meeting that will take place next 3rd of November by 14:00 approx. at the Holiday Inn Hotel nearby the Brussels airport,
normally meeting last up to 19:00 maximum, so if you need to take a plane or a train or to hit the road you will be able to make it in just 1 day.
What are we going to deal with? The Agenda of our Section meeting, our member countries contacts have received it with the other EFRA AGM agendas and normally it is displayed at the EFRA web site: http://www.efra.ws as General news , package 2 for the 2012 EFRA AGM.
Read the rest @ EFRA.ws
Horizon Hobby UK have put together a very thorough post Euros interview with the Champion himself, Darren Bloomfield. Not much more to add than it’s a long one and worth a read during your coffee break. Link to Bloomfield Interview
Beta Racing reports from the recent European Championships in Fehring Austria… Last week was the 1/8th European Championships in Fehring Austria, held at the W.M.V Club who have created a fantastic facility worthy of such an event. The track is fast and flowing with big exciting jumps and a tricky technical section including a bridge. The surface was dry and dusty to start due to the intense 35c heat, however the club recruited the local fire brigade to water the track to keep the dust to a minimum. With Jerome Sartel, Daniel Vega, Robert Gustafsson and Jon Hazlewood in attendance we had a good depth of knowledge to support our customers, and having been to the warmup event in April we knew V-Max would be the tread pattern to reach for, and with the temperatures high for practice the soft compound would be the best choice. As practice ended the team’s tyre of choice for qualifying would be V-Max in the soft compound, unless it was a early morning run and then super soft were used. Jerome qualified into the semi’s, Dani made the quarter finals, Jon had a few issues that saw him qualify in the eight’s and gremlins saw Gus qualify in the sixty-fourths. Read more here.
Whilst at the Euros, we met up with the representative of a new tyre brand called ‘T-Pro’, with the company motto of ‘Tyres Professional’ hence the name, however rather than just rest on branding and image to establish a new company in such a hotly contested market T-Pro showed off an innovative new tyre insert.
The foam inserts have been in development for many months, perfecting the production technique and on-track testing, so whats so special ? Simply put, they are progressive foams, harder on this inside and softer on the outside, a very interesting development achieved by sealing two different density foams together, the result and feeling of the foam was impressive especially the join quality.
Tyre inserts are one of the few areas on a buggy which have seen some serious forward steps in recent times, moving away from the simple standard foam, to moulded foams and now progressive inserts. In addition to the obvious innovations, they are very lightweight weighing in at a featherweight 6-7g per insert.
In addition to the insert, T-Pro also brought two tyre treads along with them; the square pin Black Sugar tyre and the small pin Magic Square tyre. The larger square-pinned Black Sugar is designed to suit grippy tracks where traction is important as well as tyre durability. The smaller pin Magic Square on the other hand looks like it could be ideal for blue grooved tracks and damp racing conditions – looking at the tread pattern and flat profile they should be able to handle high speed corners as well.
T-Pro also said that they would be releasing a further two treads to compliment the line up in the near future and expect the tyre line to be publically available in September-October. The company’s website is not yet online but enquiries can be made to XXXX
We’re delighted to bring you the best quality and most detailed full length 45 minute High Def video of the 32nd European Championship main final, with multiple moving camera action complimented by static cameras in pitlane and on the track. Set aside 45mins get a drink and a snack and enjoy it, this is a final you won’t want to miss! Special thanks to our event coverage sponsors Bullitt, BittyDesign & Beta tyres
Link to video
This week, electric off-roaders from all over the nation will pack themselves into the world famous West Coast R/C Raceway (home of the Reedy IORROC) to decide whom will capture a number of different national championships. This year’s event marks the first time all electric off-road classes will be run at one event.
Well, sort of.
The “Supernationals,” as ROAR is referring to them as, is actually two sperate events. both events are comprised similarly to way they were last year, except they both will be run at the same facility during the same week (only a day separates the two events). The only real change is that short course classes have been moved to the second leg of the event where they will run along side the 1:8 classes.
Here are the dates you need to know:
August 11-14 - 1:10 2WD, 4WD, Truck
August 16-19 - 2WD/4WD SCT, 1:8 EP Buggy and Truck
Continue reading LiveRC’s SuperNats Intro or hit Read More for JConcepts’ Day 2 Update
As is tradition we bring you the car and engine stats from the Euros, predictably the most popular car was Mugen with almost 25% of the field with Kyosho not too far behind, TLR in 3rd and then XRAY. On the engine side Novarossi have themselves a nice slice with RB and OS with similar numbers, after the big 3 we have Nemo Racing’s Bullitt brand and Alpha. In terms of tyres, many brands were represented and used but AKA were far and away the most popular amongst racers.