The 3rd Annual Northeast World GT-R Championships were held at CRC Raceway in Rome, New York last weekend. With over 30 entries in World GT-R only, the race was well attended with drivers from Ohio, Canada, Western New York as well as a great group from central NY in attendance. In addition to World GT-R, drivers would do battle in 1/12th scale, Legends and Euro Trucks. The race featured CRC’s race point format that allows any racer to be on top by winning their heat with drivers of near equal ability. Race control re-sort every round by the fastest three consecutive laps so that every heat is stacked with drivers of near equal ability. To win the event overall, the drivers in their respective heat have to be beaten. The scoring system rewards consistency and “driving to your ability”. Going into the final round, the format produced a number of racers that could win the overall. In the end it was Tom Firsching (CRC) with the overall victory from Julianna Roman (CRC) and Kevin Large (Speedmerchant). Dan Holcomb (CRC) and Christopher Howard (CRC) would round out the top 5.
The opening round of the 6-race MRCP Arena Winter Championship was held at the newly designed MRCP Arena indoor race track in Dagmersellen, Switzerland. The event was held in the three categories of Touring ProStock, Formula and Race Truck and in ProStock it was Norwegian driver Andreas Daving taking the win in front of Nuno Huber and Boris Siladi. It was a very strong and clear win for Andreas but behind there was nothing decided until final A-main.
Muchmore have introduced their new 180A-rated Fleta M8 V2 brushless speed controller for 1/8th scale applications. Usable with up to 6S LiPo input the ESC supports 2-pole, 4-pole and 6-pole motors, it features a 6V/7.2V programmable 8A BEC system and it measures 50x47x37mm while weighing in at 156g. The sensored speed also utilises a built-in on/off switch and an integrated programming port.
RC Target have introduced the RC12 2.1cc nitro on-road engine, the first in their line of engines. The power plant comes already hand-modified, with ceramic rear bearing, a composite carburettor and larger cooling surface. The 3-port long-stroke engine is available from now on.
Coming from Creation Model are two new optional parts for the Infinity IF14 electric touring car. The first of the new releases are aluminium shock spring retaining collars. Made of precision machined aluminium, and featuring a black-anodised finish, they are extremely light and help the shock absorber and the shock spring work more efficiently. They are supplied in a set of four.
The fourth round of the Andalusian Championships was hosted by the San Jose de la Rinconda club and held at the Fernando Robles track last weekend. Mugen’s Juan Carlos Canas was on a high all weekend long, taking the overall TQ and win in the 45-minute A-main event. Francisco Hidalgo came in 2nd from Zacarias Villalba, who had a troubled A-main, starting from the 2 spot on the grid, but rewarded himself with the final podium spot.
Round 4 of the Indonesian Electric Off-road Series as held at the SDC track in Tangerang, West Java recently. The race format saw two rounds of 5-minute qualifiers followed by triple 5-minute A-mains. Jason Nugroho took the overall 4WD Modified Buggy TQ but in A1 he got a bad start any only finished in 2nd place. With wins in A2 and A3 however he locked the overall win from teammate Rizki Pradana 2nd and Yuri in 3rd.
Coming soon from Tamiya is the Dynahead 6×6 G6-01TR 6-wheeler off-road trail truck. Based on the popular G6-01 chassis the TR version features portal hub reduction axles that up the final drive ratio to 37.35:1 for improving climbing performance, 15mm greater ground clearance and cool looks. The martially looking body shell was designed by Takayuki Yamazaki of PDC Design-works and the truck comes with 5-spoke wheels and V-tread block tyres for astonishing looks. The 453mm long truck is 4WS capable using a capable transmitter and optional rear axle parts. Included with the kit comes a 540-size brushless motor and the kit is set for a release this Winter.