The first round of the Swiss Racing Cup was recently held at the iconic Lostallo track. Xray’s Michael Schäfer took the TQ after the qualifiers from Xray team mate Patrick Fankhauser in second. The main final then was a pretty difficult affair as it started to rain some eight minutes into the race but it only was a short shower of a couple of minutes and so the track started to dry soon after. At the end Michael was able to bring home the win in front of Stefan Wüthrich (Xray) and Philipp Bühler (Xray), making it an Xray podium lock-out.
The second round of the SRS 2016 series was held on a glorious day at Herts over the weekend. Warm and sunny weather and a recently revamped track brought the drivers out in their droves for this round and they would not be disappointed, with excellent track conditions and great weather. The main Nitro buggy class was, as is always the case at Herts, a very closely fought competition and it was a bunch of juniors who dominated the qualifying sessions with Callum Niblett coming out on top, with Ollie Currie second and Jonny Skidmore third. The times were ever so close however, as Callum took round two by only 2/10’s of a second from Jonny would prove. Tony Truman was having a low key day, but he was still in the main final and would be a threat come final time.
Sonic Nitro Engines have introduced their new competition buggy engine called the SB.21-5T. All components have been made from the finest materials to ensure high durability and reliability. Equipped with a 5 port sleeve and a CNC machined flat piston, the engine provides great power over the entire RPM range while having a very efficient fuel consumption which is crucial in the finals. The 14mm turbo crankshaft is equipped with two high density weights to improve the overall balance and filled with a silicone insert to reduce the inertia and improve the fuel flow. The special back plate, the optimized crankcase and the “knife edged” aerodynamic conrod help to further reduce turbulence inside the engine. A special lightweight cooling head ensures excellent heat dispersion to keep the engine temperature at a good level. High quality Swiss ball bearings, a dust protected front bearing, a modern composite valve carburettor and venturis in 6.5mm, 7.0mm and 8.0mm made of aluminium complete this new high competition engine.
The season opening round of the Belgian SCT Cup was held at the RC@CZ club whose track is located within the full scale Zolder Circuit. A big track surrounded by pine trees the facility made for a perfect place to start the new season that also attracted a record entry of drivers. In the Pro2 class, Samuel Castel (TLR) took the opening qualifier with Géry Ledocq (Kyosho) coming out fastest in the second round while Nicolas Evens (TLR) TQ’d the third and final qualifier. Overall the pole position for the finals would be taken by Nicolas with Géry and Samuel lining up in second and third. The three drivers had quite a similar pace with Tom Pierard (TLR), Laurent Halluin (TeamC) and Philippe Hautecoeur (Team Associated) battling for the 4th spot.
New from Exotek come two aluminium option parts for the Xray XB2 series of 2WD buggies. First up is the rear alloy camber mount for the Carpet Edition kit. The part is machined from 7075 aluminium and special countersunk mounting holes insure that the camber angle does not change in hard tumbles. It also helps keep camber plate alignment the same in case the plate is taken off for cleaning or maintenance purposes. A direct fit on the buggy the camber mount is available in orange or black colour. Also new and made for all XB2 series buggies are heavy duty 7075 aluminium rear hubs. Extra durable for high-power applications the parts are polished, anodised in orange or black and they are machined a second time to insure precise bearing fit. The hubs are rounded out by set screw holes for optional M3 grub screws.
Team Magic have introduced two new aluminium fan mounts tailor-made for the E4RS III Plus electric touring car. Coming in two variants for 25mm and 30mm as well as 40mm fans, the mounts are a direct fit on the E4RS III and E4RS III Plus chassis thanks to pre-drilled mounting holes. The fan mounts are usable with most of today’s fans of the respective size and they make for secure yet lightweight mounting of the units.
The recent fourth round of the French Electric On-road Nationals was held in Ingrandes in central France. Almost 70 drivers signed in to compete in the four classes of Touring Modified, Touring 10.5T, Touring 13.5T and Formula 21.5T. In the Touring 10.5T class it was Steve Favrelle who took the TQ after a rained out qualification in front of Pierre Delorme and Romain Delaunay. The finals were run on Sunday afternoon in sunny and dry conditions and it was pole position holder Steve Favrelle who grabbed the overall win by coming out successful in A1 and A3. Alexandre Duchet ended the day in second while Jeremy Delalondre completed the top 3 result.
Coming from Cox and made for the Kyosho Optima 2016 vintage 4WD re-release buggy are several carbon fibre option parts. The range includes a 2mm radio plate, 2.5mm rear and 2mm front side plates, 2.5mm front and rear shock stays as well as a 2.5mm front suspension and 2mm rear belt cover plate. All parts are cut from high-quality carbon fibre, they are direct replacements for the stock items and not only add visual impact but also make for a lower overall weight and they do away with bending issues associated with the original alloy parts.