Posted by: bobby363 | September 22, 2016

PSM quick change aluminium pivot ball shims

PSM quick change aluminium pivot ball shims

German brand PSM have introduced their new aluminium quick change pivot ball shims for 1/8th buggies such as the Mugen MBX7R and the Team Associated RC8B3. The set includes two 0.4mm, 0.7mm and 0.8mm shims each that are inserted between the upper suspension ball stud and the upper arm, allowing for fast and precise camber adjustments. The C-shaped shims are made from high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium and they come with a black semi-gloss finish.

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Posted by: bobby363 | September 20, 2016

Ty Tessmann doubles at Southern Indoor Nationals

Ty Tessmann doubles at Southern Indoor Nationals

The Southern Nationals Indoor Off-road Race was held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, Louisiana this past weekend. The event attracted both internationally experienced racers and local talent and in Nitro Buggy and Nitro Truggy it was reigning World Champion, Ty Tessmann (HB Racing) who locked down the prestigious TQ positions and he would also bring home popular wins in both classes from Tekno RC’s Joe Bornhorst. Mugen’s Cole Ogden would take the final podium spot in Nitro Buggy and Nitro Truggy while elsewhere in the 1/8th E-Buggy class it was Joe Bornhorst who top qualified and won the race.


Ty Tessmann doubles at Southern Indoor Nationals

Ty Tessmann doubles at Southern Indoor Nationals

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Posted by: bobby363 | September 20, 2016

Joao Figueiredo takes Portuguese regional champs

Joao Figueiredo takes Portuguese regional champs

The fifth and final round of the Portuguese Northern regional championship was held at the Vilela track, home of the final round of the national championship later this year. Kyosho’s Joao Figueiredo would take the TQ after the qualifiers and he would come out successful in the 45-minute main final also as he took the win some three laps in front of Mugen racer Fernando Almeida and third placed Joao Andre Rodrigues. With the win Joao Figueiredo added another regional title to his previous two.

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Posted by: bobby363 | September 20, 2016

Wicaksono wins rain-affected Graha Raya Fun Race

Wicaksono wins rain-affected Graha Raya Fun Race

The Graha Raya Fun Race was held last weekend at the Graha Raya track in Tangerang, West Java, Indonesia. A total of 58 drivers attended from Jakarta, Surabaya, Batam, Kendari, Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Palangkaraya and Medan. The event saw the attendance of two special guests in the form of Kyosho’s very own Yuichi Kanai from Japan, and Shania Yulo, the Kyosho racer girl from the Philippines. Unfortunately, the weather was pretty unpleasant. When Kanai san arrived on Friday the track was wet and muddy and more rain came in the afternoon. Practice was possible from Saturday noon on and on Sunday morning the drivers would be even greeted by the sun but after three of the four qualifiers it started to rain heavily leaving the race directer with no choice but to call it a day and to take two of the three qualifying rounds to determine the overall result that then saw Adrian Wicaksono (Mugen/Reds Racing) taking the win from Adrian Sutanto (TLR/O.S.) and Jason Nugroho (Xray/Novarossi).


Wicaksono wins rain-affected Graha Raya Fun Race

Final results:
1. Adrian Wicaksono – Mugen/Reds Racing
2. Adrian Sutanto – TLR/O.S.
3. Jason Nugroho – Xray/Novarossi
4. Yuichi Kanai – Kyosho/Reds Racing
5. Kenji Liono – SWorkz/SPower
6. John Agus – Kyosho/O.S.
7. Yudha – Mugen/Picco
8. Aswin N – TLR/O.S.
9. Andre I – Mugen/O.S.
10.Vindra Mboi – Kyosho/O.S.
11.Faisal Ali – Mugen/Reds Racing
12.Ery S – Kyosho/O.S.
13.Ariathena – Xray/FX
14.Darmadi – TLR/O.S.
15.Wie Wen – Mugen/O.S.

Wicaksono wins rain-affected Graha Raya Fun Race
Thanks to Michael Nugroho for the report.

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Posted by: bobby363 | September 20, 2016

Adam Drake wins at Pro-Line Jackpot Series Rd5

Adam Drake wins at Pro-Line Jackpot Series Rd5

This past weekend Dialed In Raceway in Victorville, California hosted the fifth and final round of the Pro-Line Jackpot Series. Adam Drake was the top qualifier in both rounds of qualifying for Nitro Buggy and he also went wire to wire and won the 20-minute final by more then a lap to round out  a perfect racing day.

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Posted by: bobby363 | September 16, 2016

Homestead hosts 2018 200mm Nitro On-road Worlds

Homestead hosts 2018 200mm Nitro On-road Worlds

Homestead RC Raceway of Florida, USA, was selected to host the 2018 IFMAR 200mm Nitro On-road World Championships. Home of the 2011 1/8th Worlds that gave Mugen Seiki’s Robert Pietsch his first IFMAR title, the club is used to organising high-class events on his long 305 metres track with the next one being the 2016 ROAR Fuel On-road Nationals in October.

Homestead hosts 2018 200mm Nitro On-road Worlds

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Posted by: bobby363 | September 15, 2016

Xray Turkish On-road Championships Rd6 – Report

Xray Turkish On-road Championships Rd6 – Report

The sixth and final round of the Xray Turkish On-road Championships were held at the Bursa Bumod track. This was actually the fifth round this year as round five was cancelled due to sanctions all of the country at that time. The 1/10th 200mm Nitro A-main saw Mustafa Alp loosing the lead in the opening stages as he took off a little bit late which allowed P2 starter, Halit Körpe to jumbo into the lead. Mustafa though was able to soon pass Halit for the lead and he started to pull away right away. At about 6 minutes into the race Alp already started to lap the field and from that moment on the went into cruise mode. About 50 laps into the race, Halit ran into issues and he had to retire, promoting Alain into second place. A planned stop for tyres didn’t change anything up front and so Mustafa took an easy win some six laps ahead of Alan with Onur rounding out the top 3 result. Overall in the championship Mustafa brought home the tittle from Halit Körpe on the runner-up spot and Alain Sarafyan who completed the championship podium.

200mm Nitro Touring final results:
1. Mustafa Alp – Xray
2. Alain Sarafyan – Xray
3. Onur Vardar – Xray
4. Ceniz Sönmezler – Xray
5. Mert Ekinci – Mugen
6. Serdar Sakallıoğlu – Xray
7. Batuhan Özdemir – Xray
8. Sertaç Palaz – Mugen
9 .Halit Körpe – Xray
10.Mert Köroğlu – Xray

Xray Turkish On-road Championships Rd6 – Report

The Electric Touring Modified class win went to Erol Ucar (Xray) from Cem Nizamogullari (Xray) and Deyvi Levitas (Xray). Overall in the championship it was also Erol who took the win from Fatih Kaja (Xray) in second and Kayhan Ketenci (Xray) in third.

Xray Turkish On-road Championships Rd6 – Report

The Touring Stock win at the final round went to Ahmet Kasap from Kagan Aydin and Hakan Altiparmak (all Xray) but overall it was Mustafa Alp who took the title for another double title in the Turkish championship. Ahmet Kasap came in second, Kagan Aydin rounded out the championship podium.

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Posted by: bobby363 | September 15, 2016

David Ronnefalk wins EFRA 1/8th E-Buggy Euros

David Ronnefalk wins EFRA 1/8th E-Buggy Euros

This past weekend the EFRA 1/8th Electric Buggy European Championships were held in Malaga, Spain. HB Racing’s David Ronnefalk, piloting his Team Orion powered E817 buggy prototype, took the title from up and coming Spaniard Juan Carlos Canas (Mugen/LRP). Reigning 1/10th 4WD Buggy World Champion, Bruno Coelho (Xray/Hobbywing) completed the podium result in third. Italy’s Marco Baruffolo (TLR/EZ Power) and Davide Ongaro (Mugen/LRP) rounded out the top 5 result.

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Posted by: bobby363 | September 15, 2016

Mugen MTX-6R 1/10th 200mm nitro touring car

Mugen MTX-6R 1/10th 200mm nitro touring car

Seen for the first time in pre-production stages at the recent IFMAR 1/10th 200mm Nitro Touring Car World Championships, Mugen have now officially introduced their latest top-of-the-foodchain 200mm nitro touring car kit. The MTX-6R sports many improvements and refinements in the suspension and steering areas, starting with a new chassis that allows to easily mount two centre weights to improve stability. The chassis also has improved rigidity that makes the car precise while increasing rear traction. The kit is also outfitted with a new thickened bulkhead brace to help with rear-end stability. The new upper rear bulkhead allows to use a longer upper arm to improve stability and the new front and rear lower arms are made with a new material to improve steering response and durability. Also part of the package is a new front shock tower that is stronger for improved stability while corning. Last but not least comes a new front bumper that helps to adjust the weight balance of the vehicle.


Mugen MTX-6R 1/10th 200mm nitro touring car

Features:
– New chassis that allows to easily mount two centre weights
– New thickened bulkhead brace
– New rear lower arm mount B for improved corning
– New rear upper bulkhead allows to use a long upper arm
– New front lower arm made with a new harder material to improve steering response
– New rear lower arm made with a harder material to traction and stability
– New front shock tower is stronger and will reduce flex to improve stability during cornering
– New front bumper allows to adjust the weight balance of the vehicle

Mugen MTX-6R 1/10th 200mm nitro touring car

Mugen MTX-6R 1/10th 200mm nitro touring car

Mugen MTX-6R 1/10th 200mm nitro touring car

Mugen MTX-6R 1/10th 200mm nitro touring car

Mugen MTX-6R 1/10th 200mm nitro touring car

Mugen MTX-6R 1/10th 200mm nitro touring car

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Posted by: bobby363 | September 15, 2016

SARDA On-Road Gas Nationals Rd3 – Report

SARDA On-Road Gas Nationals Rd3 – Report

The third round of the South African Gas On-road National Championships was held at the long and testing DMCC race track in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal.  Conditions for the weekend would prove a little bit unpredictable with rain for most of official practice on Friday. Driver’s setups made in open practice would need to be tweaked with very little time to get ready for Saturday qualifiers. 1/8 Scale would see the battle between Jacques Liebenberg (Capricorn) and Wayne Joelson (Mugen) be hotly contested. With both drivers equal on qualifying points, the decider would come down to last round with Liebenberg taking it to a tie breaker and the TQ with only 0.3 seconds ahead of Joelson. Harold van Eeden (Capricorn) who has been showing his metal this year would claim the last top 3 spot.


TQ for 200mm Nitro Touring would go to reigning South African Champion, Conrad Liebenberg (Capricorn) who without rival Rowan Bower to contend with would dominate the qualifying rounds. Marius Stols (Capricorn) would easily fill in the second spot, a driver who was not due to attend the event, but managed to enter at the last minute. With a borrowed chassis and motor, he still proved his pace. 3rd place would go to local favourite and DMCC stalwart Dave Wiseman (Serpent). Qualifiers would not be without some contention from Patrick Lester (Mugen) and Ivan Fergusan (Serpent) who would take the tie breaker for 4th to 0.02 of a second, handing 4th to Lester.

GT8 would see some new names coming into this event with Nico Venter and his new Serpent Cobra and Lourens Badenhorst in his Mugen MGT7. Nico would prove to have the pace in the GT class securing a TQ in his debut event. Followed closely by Lourens Badenhorst (2nd) and Peter Plint (Hong Nor) in 3rd.

The 1/8th scale A-mains would not reflect the previous rounds with the top three contenders, Jacques Liebenberg (Capricorn), Wayne Joelson (Mugen) and Antonio Cairoli (Xray) all with the pace to win. Joelson would not be able to compete in the A-final due to his early flight for his ENS Austria campaign and Cairoli would not be attending the event as a whole. This left a lot of space for reigning champion Jacques Liebenberg to solidify his 2016 season, with only one round left and a clean sweep of all previous rounds, Jacques sealed the season with a clean drive from start to finish. 3rd place qualifier Harold van Eeden (Capricorn) would follow suit and keep it clean to bring in a well-deserved second. Dave Wiseman (Serpent) would still prove his metal as one of SA’s top drivers and veterans to the sport claiming the third spot only two laps behind Van Eeden. fourth place was of notable mention with Sheldon van Heerden (who qualified eleventh) keeping his times consistent to finish over the 100-lap mark.

1/8th final results:
1. Jacques Liebenberg – 112 laps 45m12.617
2. Harold Van Eeden – 107 laps 45m20.375
3. Dave Wiseman – 105 laps 45m13.331
4. Sheldon van Heerden – 101 laps 45m16.986
5. Michael Meyers – 92 laps 45m01.452
6. Peter Plint – 90 laps 45m27.343
7. Joseph Schauerte – 84 laps 45m24.191
8. Errol Warner – 71 laps 35m16.735
9. Beyers Hattingh – 66 laps 30m40.799
10.Tony George – 64 laps 35m46.795
11.Steven Smit – 55 laps 27m40.660
12.Wayne Sayers – 28 laps 15m13.824

The 200mm A-main was full of talent across the entire grid. The race however would be missing championship contender Rowan Bower (Mugen) and Willie du Plooy (Xray) who both bring that little bit extra to the field. This gave Conrad Liebenberg (Capricorn) the breathing room to put the lid on his 2016 championship campaign with a great drive and great win to secure his season. Without Bower, Maris Stols (Capricorn) was also able to put in the laps to secure second in his borrowed car. Dave Wiseman (Serpent) would have a good start to the race in leading the first few laps. His race in would be halted due to a run away and his hopes of a top 3 finish were ended. Lower down saw a great start for Brent Alexander in his new Capricorn C03 taking third into the first corner, but this would be short-lived after an exhaust failure on lap 5. The battle for third spot would be between qualifying rivals Pat Lester (Mugen) and Ivan Ferguson (Serpent). Pat would be running on rims in the last few laps of the 30 minute main with Ferguson hot on his tail and putting in consistent lap times. Lester would hold out and claim third five seconds ahead of Ferguson.

SARDA On-Road Gas Nationals Rd3 – Report

200mm final results:
1. Conrad Liebenberg – 68 laps 30m23.097
2. Marius Stols – 64 laps 30m19.725
3. Patrick Lester – 61 laps 30m01.192
4. Ivan Ferguson – 61 laps 30m06.768
5. Errol Warner – 50 laps 30m28.808
6. Bjorn Boogaard – 46 laps 23m22.738
7. Dave Wiseman – 41 laps 19m09.958
8. Brent Alexander – 41 laps 22m58.221
9. Nico Venter – 32 laps 30m27.811
10.Trevor Smit – 28 laps 30m16.947

The GT8 main race would see some good racing from the two new names in the class, Lourens Badenhorst (Mugen) and Nico Venter (Serpent). Venter definitely had that little bit of extra pace over Badenhorts consistency, but a tucked exhaust stinger and stop-go penalty would hand the lead to Badenhorst and inevitably the victory. Nico would have to settle for 2nd followed by Wayne Breytenbach (Mugen).

SARDA On-Road Gas Nationals Rd3 – Report

GT8 final results:
1. Lourens Badenhorst – 60 laps  30m20.155
2. Nico Venter – 58 laps 30m00.432
3. Wayne Breytenbach – 56 laps 30m03.129
4. Peter Plint – 52 laps 30m17.722

With most of the champions already decided going into the final round in Middleburg on the 12th and 13th of November, the other two spots will be down to the wire.

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