While Red RC’s first encounter with Joe Pillars was in 2010 when he was Team Manager for Kyosho and mechanic for the Japanese company’s star driver Jared Tebo, he was also a very capable driver. To mark it being 20-years since he made his World Championship debut he has just completed a personal project of building a replica of his TLR 1:10 2WD Buggy which he put into the A-Main. Sharing photos of the buggy on social media, Joe outlines the story behind the build, ‘2023 marked 20-years since I attended my first IFMAR World Championships at MINNREG in Largo, Florida. At the time I was 21 yrs old and working for Team Orion/Peak Racing building motors for the team and was also sponsored by Team Losi. I went onto qualify 7th and finished 8th overall, being my best result in R/C as a driver. A few months ago I had the idea to build a replica car like what I ran and today it’s finally finished! A big thank you goes out to Larry Doe for most of the help sourcing parts! Thanks to Kris Norlock for helping with the LRP Q2 ESC! Thanks to David Goss for the red Matt Francis ball cups that were impossible to find! I only had 1 Team Orion V2 Motor left after all these years, no better place to have it! Cavalieri Edition.’
ARC driver Jeffrey Mackie is the 2023 Speedy RC South Australian State Titles Champion for Modified Touring Car. Racing at the Radio Racing Cars SA track in Littlehampton, which is located half an hour from Adelaide City, Mackie was in dominant form taking all five rounds of qualifying to secure the overall TQ from the Awesomatix pairing of Damon Davis-Perry and Jordan Hunting. In the finals, A1 would see Davis-Perry pile the pressure on the Top Qualifier but Mackie managed to keep him at bay as the pair crossed the line separated by 0.566 of a second. A2 saw a more convincing win from the Sydney driver, the winning margin 3.7-second which secured him the overall title that he celebrated with the clean sweep by also winning A3. Managing P2 in the third encounter after bad luck saw him qualify P4, Team Yokomo’s Antoni Caretti would complete the overall podium behind Davis-Perry. In Pro Stock, Rhys Marshall took the title for Awesomatix ahead of Top Qualifier Richard Groncki with Jordan Isergin third.
Drift RC specialist Max Speed Technology has released this aluminium rear upper deck connecter for its RMX-M 1:10 RWD chassis. The optional part, on which the car’s receiver & gyro can be mounted, is available in a red or black anodised finish and is a direct replacement for the plastic connector that is supplied in the kit, ATR, and RTR versions of the car.
Newly crowned 1:10 Buggy World Champions Davide Ongaro and Tater Sontag will be travelling ‘Down Under’ to defend their titles in 2025 with the FEMCA Bloc having awarded the hosting of the 20th running of the championships to Australia. Currently making final preparations for next week’s 1:8 GT World Championship in Sydney, the awarding of the 1:10 Offroad Worlds to the RCRA (Remote Controlled Racing Australia) means three years of back to back World Championship action for the nation who will also host the 1:5 Onroad Worlds next year. Currently three tracks, one situated in Queensland and two in New South Wales, have expressed interest with RCRA in hosting the championships with the national body giving them until the end of this month (October) to respond with their capabilities against a set criteria. An official announcement of the host track is expected at the end of November. Australia has previously hosted the 1:10 Offroad Worlds when in 1989 a certain Masami Hirosaka did the double. Only the third running of the IFMAR World Championships for its second oldest category, while the St Ives track is still going today almost 35-years on, it is not one of the potential hosts for 2025.
Team Associated’s Aydin Horne and TLR’s Dakotah Phend took the big wins at the JConcepts Fall Indoor Nationals held at Hoosier RC Hobbyplex in New Albany, Indiana over the weekend. Drivers’ first event following Hobby Action RC Raceway’s superb hosting of the 1:10 Offroad World Championships two weeks ago in Arizona, in qualifying it was Worlds podium finisher Broc Champlin who took the TQ in 4WD. In 2WD the Schumacher driver would have to settle for P2 in 2WD behind former World Champion Spencer Rivkin. In the finals, 4WD produced three different winners with Phend taking A1, Rivkin A2 and Champlin finally staying out front in A3. Overall however, P2 in the third leg gave Phend the overall win from Rivkin and Champlin with Horne fourth. 2WD would open with Ryan Maifield taking A1 from fourth on the grid ahead of Horne and pole sitter Rivkin but World Finalist Horne reversed the order in A2 & 3 to lead home Maifield for the overall win. Rivkin completed the podium with Champlin and Phend rounding out the Top 5.
This year’s sell out US Carpet Off Road Championships has announced the spec tyres for the Cleveland, Ohio, based race. Now in its third year, the indoor carpet track race takes place on November 29 to December 3rd and will see racers competing in the Non Pro Buggy classes run Schumacher Cactus rear tyres combined with Cut Stagger Low Profile fronts for 2WD and Cactus Fusion 2 fronts for 4WD. For the truck classes, JConcepts will be the supplier with a Swaggers/Fuzz Bite combo for SCT and Pin Downs/Swaggers for Truck. A Scotty Ernst event, last year’s US Carpet Off Road Championships saw Schumacher’s multiple World Championship podium finisher do the Buggy double.
The third edition of the MonacoRC Race Of Champions took place in Lucca, Italy, over the weekend where Touring Car World Champion Bruno Coelho took the win. A race at which the Xray team officially presented it’s new X4′ 24, Coelho secured the TQ at the A.S.D. Minicar Lucca track taking all four rounds ahead of Xray/Hobbywing team-mate Alexander Hagberg. In the triple finals continued his sweep of the event to take the overall win ahead of Hagberg with ISTC World Championship finalist Alessio Menicucci completing the Modified podium. In Stock, Nico Catelani had the perfect weekend securing the TQ & win while in FWD it was Awesomatix driver Daniele Pacini who came away with victory. In Formula, former ETS Champion David Ehrbar was the winner.
R1 Wurks has released a number of new aluminium optional parts for its DC1 Drag car. All made from a durable 7075 T6 aluminium, the new parts include a Lightweight optional shock tower. The same weight as DC1 LCG carbon fibre laydown shock tower it has a durable black anodised finish with laser etched R1 branding. Also offered is the Drop Down Wheelie Bar Bracket which provides the option to reposition the wheelie bar to be coplanar with the lower chassis. You can also adjust the mounting offset simply by using spacers for your preferred setting. Finally R1 Wurks have added an Direct Rear Hub Body Mounting Plate.