August 16, 2022

PSM 8IGHT X/E 2.0 Shock Towers

German parts manufacturer PSM have released new carbon fibre shock towers for TLR’s recently released 8IGHT X/E 2.0. The German company’s R&D team has spent quite some track-time with the TLR latest 1:8 Offroad buggy since its release and during their tests they discovered that some adjustments could be made to further improve it’s performance. The result is these new front and rear shock towers, made from genuine PSM carbon fibre, which has been proven to be very durable and a great option to create more overall traction and steering capabilities. Due to the lightweight design and material, it will lower the centre of gravity of your vehicle. In addition to that, the refined suspension geometry results in stable and predictable vehicle handling combined with easier setup due to the removal of unnecessary linkage options.

View spec and rear tower here

August 16, 2022

Motor irregularities see Bultynck promoted to European Touring Car Spec Champion

Having originally finished second at the European Championship in Spec Touring Car at the Hudy Arena in June, Olivier Bultynck has just been promoted to Champion after irregularities were found with motors of the other two drivers on the podium.  The motors of winner Alexandre Duchette and Adam Izsay were ‘found not to comply with the submitted samples to the EFRA Spec Homologation Lists.’  The positions of second and third are to remain vacant as the motors from fourth and fifth were not inspected after the final and were released from “parc ferme” meaning that no further inspection is possible.

Read the full ruling announcement from EFRA here

August 16, 2022

Coelho wins Monaco RC Race of Champions

The second edition of the Monaco RC Race of Champions took place over the weekend in Gubbio, Italy, with Bruno Coelho taking the win at the upcoming ISTC World Championship track.  The event attracted a number international drivers with the race weekend an ideal opportunity to get in some mileage in preparation for Worlds in September.  Topping all four rounds of qualifying, Coelho took the overall TQ from Xray team-mates Alexander Hagberg and Alessio Menicucci with Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski breaking up the Xray train with P4 on the grid.  In the opening final Coelho cruised to the win from Orlowski with Hagberg dropping to third.  A2 saw the Top 4 finish as they started before third in A3 behind Coelho & Hagberg allowed Orlowski to join the Xray drivers on the impressive Club Automodellistico 5 Colli podium.  Menicucci would be the top Italian in fourth ahead Britain’s Kyle Branson, France’s Cyril N’Diaye and factory Serpent driver Alessio Mazzeo.  Also running Spec Touring Car and Formula, as per the World Championships, Alexandre Duchet won Spec with David Ehrbar taking Formula.

Source: Monaco RC []

August 16, 2022

IFMAR releases final entry list for ISTC World C/ship

IFMAR, the governing body for RC racing, has today released the ‘final entry list’ for 1:10 ISTC World Championship in Italy next month.  After being forced to wait twice as long as normal for the biggest championship in our sport to come back around, the entry is noticeably lacking the world wide gathering we normally expect.  While the champions of all five previous encounters are listed to make the trip to Gubbio, with less than a month to go only two nations outside of Europe are represented, Japan and Singapore.  Travel safety concerns meant a low entry count for the previous Worlds in South Africa in 2018 despite Antonio Caroli and his crew putting on an impeccable event.  The move to Europe still only sees 54 drivers entered for Modified.  19 Formula entries and a further 32 Spec entries help bring the entry count to just over 100 racers.  While aware the resumption of air travel after the pandemic has been chaotic with lost baggage being a problem for even the biggest stars in world sport, one standout absent nation from the entry list is the United States.  Team Associated’s withdrawal from the category a few years ago has effected any factory effort but given the potential size of the North American market to other RC manufacturers it would beneficial to have the US represented on the categories biggest stage.  The ISTC World Championship runs from September 14 to 17th and RedRC will be there to cover everything as it unfolds.

To view entry list as published on the IFMAR Facebook page click here.

August 16, 2022

Marcus Kaerup joins 6MIK Team

French tire brand 6MIK have announced the signing of Marcus Kaerup as an official team driver for 2022.  The 14-year-old Danish talent joins the team on the back of a very successful Summer in which he became EFRA European 4WD Champion having finished runner-up in 2WD earlier in the same week.  The son of former European Electric Touring Car Champion Jonas Kaerup, the Team Associated driver will represent 6MIK on the sport’s biggest stage when he makes his 1:8 Offroad World Championship debut in Redovan, Spain in early September.

Source: 6Mik []

August 15, 2022

Yokomo 1:12 GT Series Pan Car

Yokomo is about to release a new chassis for its extremely successful GT series that was conceived as starting point for bringing new people into RC racing.  The category has attracted many racers since its introduction in 2010 thanks to its simple 1:12 chassis.  It was created to give a racy impression while amplifying the fun of competing.  This month, Yokomo are set to introduce a new GT series kit that has an even simpler chassis configuration than before.  Set to sell at ‘a reasonable price’, this new GT1 kit is aimed at getting the beginner up & running and enjoying racing in the shortest time possible.  In their native Japan, Yokomo are planning to hold events at circuits nationwide in order to provide a place to enjoy driving. In addition to the races sponsored by each circuit, Yokomo Grand Prix races are also planned to be co-sponsored in various places, and Yokomo drivers will participate and staff will actively support them. The regulation proposed by Yokomo will ensure a speed range that is easy to control using a newly developed 30.5T motor.

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August 15, 2022

IFMAR ISTC World Championship Stage 2 Report

With the IFMAR ISTC World Championships just one month away, hosts Club Automodellistico 5 Colli has published the Stage 2 report for the event to help drivers with their trip to the medieval town of Gubbio in central Italy.  Download the Stage 2 report (pdf file) here. 2022, the 11th running of the World Championships for electric touring car, will see three titles up for grabs with touring car’s premiere category now being joined by Formula and Spec Touring Car in having World Championship status.  At the last World Championships in 2018 in South Africa, the Formula category raced alongside the Mod Touring Car event as a World Cup race with Jan Ratheisky taking the win.  RedRC will be making the trip to Gubbio, location of the 2016 1:10 Nitro Touring WC, to bring you full coverage of the championships as Bruno Coelho aims to defend his title.

Source: IFMAR []

August 15, 2022

Ronnefalk takes first ‘Mayako’ Swedish National title

David Ronnefalk winning the Swedish National Championships has become a bit of annual tradition, his record of wins speaks for itself, but his latest national titles mark the first with Mayako.  Joining the offroad newcomers last December after a long stint with HB Racing and Kyosho before that, Ronnefalk took both the nitro ad EP titles over the weekend at Hässleholm RC Club situated in the South of the country.  With EP Buggy contested over a Reedy Race format, he would win all six encounters to claim the electric title for the 21st time.  Securing the TQ in Nitro, the newly crowned European Champion would win the 1 hour final by only less than half a lap from Hampus Berg for title number 20. Victor Gunnarsson would finish third to make it an all Mayako podium.

Source: David Ronnefalk [facebook]