Posted by: bobby363 | August 30, 2016

Ty Tessmann wins at JBRL Nitro Series Rd5

Ty Tessmann wins at JBRL Nitro Series Rd5

Round five of this year’s Jimmy Babcock Racing League Nitro Off-road Series was held at R/C Tracks of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. The race marked the second time the otherwise SoCal-based series headed to Nevada and the round would be one of the biggest of the year as many drivers tried to get some more laps under their belts in preparation for the forthcoming IFMAR World Championships. In the premier Expert Buggy class HB Racing’s Ty Tessmann came out fastest from Mugen’s Adam Drake and Kyosho factory driver Cody King.

Ty Tessmann wins at JBRL Nitro Series Rd5

Intermediate Buggy saw Anthony Westergaard coming out fastest in the main final from Carlos Arredondo in second and Austin Pannone in third.

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The Intermediate Truggy class win was captured by Carlos Arredondo from Cameron Neff and Camden Lime in second and third respectively.

Ty Tessmann wins at JBRL Nitro Series Rd5

The Sportman Buggy win went to young Jermaine Robinson with A.J. Schumacher taking the runner-up spot and Christopher Vincent completing the top 3.

Ty Tessmann wins at JBRL Nitro Series Rd5

In Sportsman Truggy it was A.J. Schumacher to take the win from second placed Krash Worthing and Jermanie Robinson.

Ty Tessmann wins at JBRL Nitro Series Rd5

Elsewhere in 40+ Nitro Buggy it was former World Champion, Greg Degani to take the day’s win from another former World Champion, Yuichi Kanai and off-road icon Richard Saxton.

Ty Tessmann wins at JBRL Nitro Series Rd5

Finally in 1/8th E-Buggy it was Steve Harris who came out fastest from Carlos Arredondo and Dwayne Smith in second and third respectively.

Source: JBRL [jimmybabcock.com]

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Posted by: bobby363 | August 29, 2016

Jörn Neumann wins German Nitro Buggy Championships

Jörn Neumann wins German Nitro Buggy Championships

The MRC Meiningen club played host to the second round of the German Nitro Buggy National Championship this past weekend. The opening event was won by Serpent’s Jörn Neumann but round two was dominated by young Agama driver Burak Kilic who came out fastest in the 40 minute main final one lap ahead of Philipp Guschl (Mugen) while Jörn ended the race some 7 seconds down on Philipp in third. The final podium spot was still enough for Jörn to take the overall title from Burak Kilic while SWorkz’ Micha Widmaier rounded out the National’s top 3 in third.

Source: Serpent [serpent.com]

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Posted by: bobby363 | August 29, 2016

Dominic Greiner takes German 200mm National title

Dominic Greiner takes German 200mm National title

Newly-crowned IFMAR 1/10th 200mm Nitro Touring Car World Champion, Dominic Greiner (Serpent) was able to take over the momentum to last weekend’s German 200mm Nitro On-road Nationals as he brought home a popular win from Mugen’s Robert Pietsch and Capricorn driver Rico Kröber. Held in Ettlingen in the South of the country, the event’s practice rounds were dominated by Robert Pietsch and the former World and European Champion would also be on top of the timing sheets after the qualifiers, in front of Dominic, but the main final would then see the 2016 World Champion coming out successful some eight seconds in front of Robert while Rico had to settle for third four laps down.

Source: Serpent [serpent.com]

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Posted by: bobby363 | August 22, 2016

Adrian Wicaksono TQs & wins at Jakarta Regional Rd4

Adrian Wicaksono TQs & wins at Jakarta Regional Rd4

This past weekend round four of the Jakarta regional Buggy Championship was hosted by the Graha Raya track, in Serpong, West Java. A total of 53 drivers attended this event with the race format being three rounds of ten minutes qualifying of which the best two would count. For the finals the best five drivers would bump up and after the three rounds of qualifying it was Adrian Wicaksono (Mugen/Reds Racing) who took the TQ honours. In the 45-minute main final it was again Adrian who came out fastest with John Agus (Kyosho/O.S.) taking the runner-up spot some 10 seconds down. In third Rama Tribudiman (Team Associated/O.S.) completed the podium result.

Final results:
1. Adrian Wicaksono – Mugen/Reds Racing
2. John Agus – Kyosho/OS
3. Rama Tribudiman – Team Associated/O.S.
4. Indra Liono – Xray/SPower
5. Adrian Sutanto – TLR /O.S.
6. Aswin N – TLR/O.S.
7. Edianto – Kyosho/Reds Racing
8. Faisal Ali – Mugen/Reds Racing
9. Jason Nugroho – Xray/Novarossi
10. Darmadi K – TLR/O.S.
11. Hade Mboi – Mugen/Novarossi
12. Vindra Mboi – Mugen/Reds Racing
13. Ariathena – Xray/FX
14. Chopin – TLR/Novarossi
15. Rizky P – Xray/O.S.

Thanks to Michael Nugroho for the report.

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Posted by: bobby363 | August 22, 2016

Pichakorn & Anutin score at Huge RC Club Race Rd5

Pichakorn & Anutin score at Huge RC Club Race Rd5

Round five of this year’s Huge RC Club Race series was held over the weekend. In the 1/10th 200mm Touring class Serpent’s Pichakorn would take the TQ and the A-main final would see a close fight between the TQ holder and Mugen’s Supawoot with both being never separated by more than 3 seconds the whole race. At the end Pichakorn’s driving and strategy would win him the race from Supawoot with Yingyos (Xray) taking the final podium spot.

Pichakorn & Anutin score at Huge RC Club Race Rd5

Elsewhere in the 1/8th Nitro On-road class it was Wattakorn (ARC) who took the TQ but the race was won by Anutin at his maiden 1/8th GP outing. Although not the fastest on the track Anutin showed a constant pace that won him the race from Chanchai (Xray) in second and Chatgul (Xray) in third.

Source: Serpent [serpent.com]

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Posted by: bobby363 | August 18, 2016

Mugen MBX7TR universal centre driveshafts

Mugen MBX7TR universal centre driveshafts

Mugen Seiki have introduced a two new universal centre driveshafts for the MBX7TR and 7TR Eco. Available separately for the front and the rear the driveshafts reduce the drivetrain’s friction for an overall smoother operation while also improving durability and ease of maintenance.

Source: Mugen Seiki [mugenseiki.com]

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Posted by: bobby363 | August 16, 2016

Martin Bayer successful at Czech Open Rd7

Martin Bayer successful at Czech Open Rd7

The seventh round of the Czech Open series was held on the technical Kolin track. The weekend started off with free practice on Friday followed by the qualifiers on Saturday and with overnight rain making the track more grippy it was clear that the opening qualifier would be decisive. The overall TQ then went to Xray’s Martin Bayer who posted the fastest times in all rounds from Jiri Mara (Serpent) in second and Kaja Novotny in third. Xray young guns Milan Mudra and Max Gotzl came in fourth and fifth.


The semi B then held some drama as Milan Mudra had to retire and Jiri Mara almost didn’t make the A-main while in the semi A it was Kaja who suffered from a defect tyre but a quick pitstop still allowed him to take the 2 spot on the grid behind Martin. In the final Bayer then checked out early while Kaja had a tough start. Managing a 1-lap gap on the field Martin then took an easy win from Jiri Mara in second while Kaja, following some mistakes, had to settle for third. The fourth place of Max Gotzel also won the young man the Junior class.

Final results:
1. Martin Bayer – Xray
2. Jiri Mara – Serpent
3. Kaja Novotny – Xray
4. Max Gotzl – Xray
5. Martin Zicha – Mugen Seiki
6. Tomas Kapicka – Kyosho
7. Frantisek Kalenda – Xray
8. Jan Hujer – Kyosho
9. Michael Horak – Xray
10.Michal Sindelar – HB
11.Petr Klatovsky – SWorkz
12.Vaclav Broz – SWorkz

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

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Posted by: bobby363 | August 13, 2016

Greiner deserving World Champion after faultless race

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Dominic Greiner is the new Nitro Touring Car World Champion.  Widely regarding one of the world’s fastest 200mm drivers the German finally took the sport’s biggest prize heading a Serpent 1-2 in Gubbio, Italy.  Starting 3rd on the grid, he quickly made the race his own with a faultless drive eventually crossing the line one lap up on his rivals for a much deserved win. With Top Qualifier Dario Balestri’s race lasting just 9 laps due to diff failure,  Super Pole winner Alessio Mazzeo would briefly take over the lead when the problem sent his fellow countryman’s Capricorn on the grass with only 2-minutes on the clock. Staying out front for 2-laps, Alessio could match the pace of his team-mate and once Greiner went to the front the attention of the race was on who would fill the podium. With less than 10-minutes to go, that would be decided in an epic three way battle between crowd favourite Mazzeo, Simon Kurzbuch and Bruno Coelho. On the last lap it looked like Mazzeo would throw away 2nd but while Kurzbuch would get him into the corner the Italian had better traction to the line snatching the runner-up spot by 6/100ths of a second and sending the large attendance into a frenzy.  Covering a race distance of 209 laps of the fast Miniautodromo Internazionale M.Rosati track, a bad last lap would result in Coelho missing the podium by 1.7-seconds. The best non-European finisher Takaaki Shimo would complete the Top 5 with only one car failing to finish the race.

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A driver who has strived so hard to be No.1 and always regarded anything else as a failure by his own standards, Greiner’s raw emotion of becoming World Champion showed just how much he wanted it.  Roaring with the joy & relief as he crossed the finish line, the 2014 Top Qualifier and podium finisher was overcome by the win.  Commenting on the race having no time to let the fact settle in as a stream of people looked to get a selfie with the new World Champion, he said, ‘What should I say, everything was perfect’.  He continued, ‘we trained so hard the last few months for this.  We practiced hundreds of tyre changes and fuel stops to make sure we had it right’.  Giving an overview of the event, he said, ‘the week started very good but then we struggled a bit in the heat but in the end we found the perfect set-up’.  In the race he said ‘after the first tyre stop at that point I could drive just 90% to make it safe’.  Opting to run less camber for the final he said while making the car slightly slower it was ‘better for the long run’ as it meant less tyre wear.  With mechanic Thomas Günsel seen by many as the key to turning Greiner from being one of the fastest drivers into also a race winner, Greiner himself acknowledging his input over the last two years. He said, ‘Thomas is the best help I can have.  This is not only my thing its a team win’.  Also thanking Daniele Ielasi for his help in the pits and also with his Novarossi engines, Greiner said the 1-2 for the 748 today was down to ‘good team work all round’.

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‘An amazing race. Today maybe 700 people cheer for me, what an amazing sensation’, was Mazzeo’s reaction to finishing on the podium on his World Championship final debut. Asked about his final lap which had the Italian crowd biting the nails, the popular 24-year-old said, ‘my heart, I just did my best and I’m so happy with second’.  Asked for an overview of the final, he started by saying, ‘I’m sorry for Dario, he is one of the best’.  He continued, ‘For my car they were not good conditions, it was hard to drive because of the temperature.  The strategy for the race was good but I made a mistake by myself and lost time. Dominic got first and I got second so I’m happy’.

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Kurzbuch summed up his podium finish with, ‘It was a super good race.  What Bruno, Mazzeo and me showed here was amazing’.  The reigning 1:8 World Champion felt time lost during the first of his two tyres stops cost him a chance at the win – all the front runners stopped on 20 and 40-minutes for a complete four tyres change.  ‘We lost a bit of time in the pits when we dropped a wheel nut’.  Failing to stay in the nut spinner, the Shepherd driver added, ‘you win together & you lose together but we never gave up’.  He continued, ‘my brother was shouting at me to push as hard as I can and we were able to come back in the race and we won third place’.  Team Shepherd’s sole representative in the final, he concluded, ‘we showed the car is good and put on a great race so I’m happy’.

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‘For sure an amazing final. After 1-hour three drivers are still fighting for second’, was Coelho’s summary of the race.  The Xray driver continued, ‘OK we did not win but it was still amazing, I don’t see this like a fourth place’.  Offering his congratulating to Greiner he said the new World Champion ‘was stronger than us and could pull away at the beginning’.  Commenting on the performance of his Max powered NT1, the Portuguese driver who goes to China next week as one of the favourites for the Electric Touring Car World title said, ‘Everything was perfect, the car, the engine, tyre stops’.

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Commenting on his retirement, having made the final for the first time since 2008 in Portugal, Balestri said, ‘the first time after 3-years’ a reference to his rear diff failure adding ‘and today it broke after 7 laps’.  Having fitted a new diff to his Tesla powered LAB CO3 in preparation for the 60-minute final, the Italian said, ‘After four laps I knew I had a problem as the car was strange’, it shooting out of the lead and onto the grass 4-laps later.

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Elsewhere 2010 Top Qualifier Robert Pietsch said his ‘race was done after 3-minutes’.  The factory Mugen/Picco driver would suffer with his engine going lean and while he would pit for tuning the ‘plug was already broken’.  Rejoining the race to finish 8th, the 2011 1:8 World Champion said ‘I’m really disappointed as my lap times were really competitive’, only Kurzbuch setting a faster lap time in the race.  For 2012 World Champion Meen Vejrak, who had been battling with Kurzbuch early on, a flame out as his Capricorn was released from it’s first refuelling would end the Thai driver’s challenge, him eventually classified 9th.

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Posted by: bobby363 | August 13, 2016

Grid set for 7th Nitro Touring WC decider

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The 10 drivers that will battle for the honours of becoming the Nitro Touring Car World Champion is decided with the line-up including one former champion in Meen Vejrak, the 2012 Champion coming through the second of the two 30-minute Semi finals.  The seventh running of the World Championship, where for the first time two drivers directly qualified for the final, joining Top Qualifier Dario Balestri and Super Pole winner Alessio Mazzeo are only two 2014 Finalists in Vejrak and Dominic Greiner.  The 2014 Top Qualifier, Greiner would book his place in the 1-hour final with a win over Bruno Coelho and Carmine Riola in the first encounter.  In the second Simon Kurzbuch controlled the race throughout to book the 1:8 World Champions first 1:10 Final start.  The Shepherd driver would take a comfortable win over 2010 Top Qualifier Robert Pietsch with Vejrak seeing off a last lap charge from Takaaki Shimo to complete the Top 3.  Shimo would still make the final, together with Semi B fourth place finisher Kyle Branson, the British driver surviving a last lap spin to claim the last spot with the second fastest time of the non Top 3 finishers.  Dramas for those that didn’t progress include a flame out during his tyre stop for Team Infinity’s Jilles Groskamp.  The 2012 Electric Touring Car World Champion said afterwards, ‘unbelievable, the bad luck continues.  I felt I was driving a controlled race’.

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Summing up booking a place in the Main, having been the only direct qualifier in 2014, Geiner said, ‘everything was perfect’.  The German continued ‘I made a good start and could pull a gap and then after the first stop I could drive to safe the tyres’.  Pitting one lap later than his rivals giving him a clear pitlane, he said this was intentional for that reason.  The only one of the Top 3 to change all four tyres, the stop came just after the half way mark with former World Champion Daniele Ielasi on hand to assist his regular pitman Thomas Günsel for ‘a perfect stop’.  Looking to the final, the Bangkok podium finisher said in terms of the car he would change nothing but planned to check over his Novarossi engine describing it as feeling a ‘bit strange’ during the Semi.

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‘Finally no bad luck for Xray’, a reference to team-mate & reigning champion Alexander Hagberg being crashed into while leading his 1/8 final which ended his campaign, was Coelho’s first reaction to the race.  The Portuguese driver, who changed only his outside tyres during his second fuel stop said, ‘my car was a little difficult after 10-minutes’.  Asked if only changing 2 tyres was the right decision, he said ‘it got the job done’.  Taking the lead of the race after Greiner came for his longer 4-tyre stop, the reigning European Championship said, ‘at 5-minutes to go I opened for Greiner.  It made no sense to block, we were both bumping up and its a long race so the starting position is not important’. Asked about tyres for the final, he replied ‘I can’t say’.

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Set to start 5th on the grid, Kurzbuch said, ‘we reached our first goal, and now that we are in the final we will go all in’.  Commenting on his Semi, which he started from pole having qualified second overall,  he said, ‘my pit crew did a fantastic job and that meant I just drove my own race’.  Stopping for just a fresh set of outside tyres on his Velox V10, he said ‘the car was maybe a bit too loose so we will change it for the final so I can push harder’.

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Having missed out on the Worlds final the last two times, 2010 Top Qualifier Pietsch said, ‘the car was super good but I made mistakes which dropped me back from Simon’.  Going for the same strategy as his 1:8 rival in changing just his outside tyres, the Mugen designer felt he had a quicker car than Kurzbuch saying ‘I’m happy I was able to close again to him’ after the earlier mistakes.   Describing his Picco powered MTX6 as ‘super comfortable’, for the final he said ‘it is now up to me to drive it’.

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Posted by: bobby363 | August 13, 2016

New World Champion to be crowned, Hagberg crashed out

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Nitro Touring Car will get a new World Champion this evening as defending champion Alexander Hagberg’s race came to a end on the 1/8 Finals this morning in Gubbio.  Struggling from the start of the event, never featuring strongly on the time sheets, the Xray driver would qualify 34th putting him second on the grid for the Semi B final.  With pole sitter Alessio Agostinelli flaming out on the restart, a timing issuing forcing the race to be stopped after the original 09:00 start, Hagberg took the lead of the race and looked in control.  However 12 laps in to the 20-minute final, the Swede’s race was to come to an end as Joe Kerry excited the pitlane and made contact with Hagberg.  With the contact resulting in a chunked rear tyre Hagberg would have to pit to change the tyre bringing an end to his chances of progressing.  Having struggled like Hagberg in qualifying and bumped up to the 1/8 final after winning yesterday evening’s 1/16 final ahead of Paolo Morganti, JJ Wang would again take the win ahead of his fellow US driver to progress to the 1/4 final.  Australia’s Jeff Hamon would secure what should have been the final bump up spot after holding off the recovering Agostinelli, who after setting the fastest lap of the race, was less than 2-seconds back but after the race Morganti was disqualified for a bodyshell infringement.

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‘I’m really disappointed by this kind of reckless driver’, was Hagberg’s reaction to the incident.  He continued, ‘I was leading easy and then Joe Kerry rejoined from the pitlane and crashed me while I was on the racing line.  This chunked my tyre and I had to come in to change it’.

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Commenting on his race, 2014 Finalist Wang said, ‘its been a rough week but something has pulled through for the finals’.  Fifth in Bangkok, the Mugen driver said ‘its getting better but a little too late’.  On his car he said, ‘we built a completely new car after qualifying and while it’s not the fastest car it is good for finals’.  While he didn’t suffer the same faith as Hagberg, the Shanghai based driver was also less than complimentary about the driving standards saying, ‘there are some crazy drivers out there’.

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In the second of the Semi Finals another World Champion’s campaign would come to an end with Daniele Ielasi only able to finish 6th.  Running WRC’s first touring car creation at the race, the 2008 Champion always faced a tough challenge compounded by the fact he has no team-mates with which to share set-up information.  The race would be won by Italian driver David Loppini, leading from start to finish, ahead of the similar Xray of Alessio Menicucci with Dutch Serpent driver Daan Jacobs complete magical Top 3 to bump up.

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