February 3, 2023

Champlin impresses to take TQ on EOS debut

One way to impress your sponsors when they fly you half way across the World is to perform well and Broc Champlin has exceeded that by securing the overall TQ at the season finale of the Euro Offroad Series in Germany.  Making his debut in the series, the American took his LRP powered Schumacher to the fastest time in all three rounds of 2WD Buggy qualifying on the carpet track.  In Q1, Champlin topped the times from new team-mate and former series Champion Lee Martin and Sworkz Micha Widmaier.  In the second round, the visitor was even quicker, this time fastest from Widmaier and European Champion Tommy Hall.  Wrapping up the first day of action in Daun, Champlin made it three from three becoming the only driver to record 18 laps.  Behind, Team Associated’s Marcus Kaerup posted the second fastest time of Q3 with reigning EOS Champion Michal Orlowski third fastest.  With the 20-year-old from Las Vegas making his EOS debut from pole position, behind him Widmaier starts second with Martin 3rd followed by Orlowski, Kaerup and Hall.

Image: Jurgen Lautenbach [Facebook]

February 3, 2023

1:8 GT World Championship Stage 1 Report

New South Wales Radio Control Racing Car Club has published its Stage 1 for the IFMAR 1:8 GT World Championships it will host later this year in Australia.  Only the second running of a World Championship for the category,  the event takes place from the 8-15th of October at the ‘The John Grant International Raceway’.  Renowned as the most technically challenging and fast flowing RC racing track in Australia, it is located approximately 28km from Sydney International Airport.  The World Championship will have both controlled fuel and tyres with both being provided by Italian companies.  The 16% nitro fuel will be supplied by RunnerTime while PMT will supply their Rally 1:8 Q03 tyre to competitors.  While designated a Nitro World Championship, the host Country, with support from IFMAR, may, if sufficient interest is found, accommodate an Electric Powered GT class into the event.  Joern Neumann is the reigning inaugural 1:8 GT World Champion, taking the title for Sworkz in Florida in January 2020.  1:8 GT has proven a growth area for a number of manufacturers with it enjoying strong levels of racing in certain countries.  With plenty of different manufacturers with interests in the class, it is hoped that there will be strong support for the World Championship in Australia so the event can showcase the category.  Red RC plan to be on hand to report on all the racing news from Down Under.  To view Stage 1 report document click here.

Source: IFMAR [imfar.org] 

February 3, 2023

Coelho to contest 1:12 World title

In a major boost for the IFMAR 1:12 World Championship, reigning Touring Car World Champion Bruno Coelho has announced his intentions to travel to Florida for the 21st running of the IFMAR’s second longest running World Championships.  The factory Xray star unveiled his intentions at the famous Snowbirds National which is taking place this week when he revealed that in addition to racing Touring Car he would be also contest 1:12 at the iconic Florida race.  Known for his ultra successful relationship with Francesco Martini of MonacoRC as his mechanic in Touring Car, the Portuguese driver has teamed up with 1:12 expert Paul Ciccarello to guide him through his first foray into the pan car category.  Known for his versatility that includes being the reigning 4WD Buggy World Champion, Coelho has had no trouble adapting to 1:12 as he claimed a TQ run in the opening round of qualifying together with a TQ run in Touring Car.  In the past 1:12 kicked off the week of onroad electric World Championships action and most of the touring car stars raced for the title but after South Africa in 2018, where Alexander Hagberg was the only touring car front runner to take on the event, which he duly won, it became a standalone event.  In 2020, touring car legend Marc Rheinard took the title in England for a second time.  With the US, where Marc won his first 1:12 title in 2014 ending Naoto Matsukura’s 6 year reigning of the category, a hot spot for 1:12 and now Coelho committing to the event, the category looks set to garner plenty of additional attention in 2023.  Red RC will as part of our extensive 2023 World Championship coverage be travelling to Florida to tell the story of how the race unfolds.

Image: Xray [Facebook]

February 3, 2023

T-Works B74 Spring Steel Center Dogbone Transmission Set

New from T-works is this Spring Steel Center Dogbone Transmission Set for Team Associated RC10 B74.2/74.1 1:10 4WD Buggy.  Made from high-quality spring steel for maximum durability, the set consists of a 64mm Front Centre Dogbone, 96.5mm Rear Centre Dogbone and outdrives.  All parts are also available individually.

Source: T-Works [rc-tworks.com]

February 2, 2023

The Drake Racing LED Tuning Screw Driver

Adam Drake’s The Drake Racing has released this LED Tuning Screwdriver which has been created by his longtime friend and accomplished racer Billy Fisher.  Featuring glossy carbon fibre housing, the lightweight design has is fitted with 3 bright LEDs controlled by a recessed 2 step push button switch.  The lights are powered by LR44 button cell batteries and it accepts 4mm diameter tips. You can purchase the complete screwdriver, driver only, or tip only.

Source: The Drake Racing [thedrakeracing.com]

February 2, 2023

R1 Wurks Super Short 13.5 motor

New from California company R1 Wurks is their new ROAR approved Super Short 13.5 motor.  The stator on this motor is 6mm shorter than their V21-S motors, allowing for the weight to be more towards the middle of your chassis for a better centre of gravity.  Both a 17.5 and 21.5 turn Super Short motor will be added to the range shortly.

View more images here

February 2, 2023

Bayer leaves Hobbywing

Former European Offroad Champion Martin Bayer has announced he has parted company with long time electrics sponsors Hobbywing.  A racer who transitioned from team driver to the role of head designer for Xray’s offroad chassis offerings, he originally joined the Hobbywing in 2017.  Making the announcement on social media the Czech driver said, ‘One chapter ends. I am so thankful for the years I spent under Hobbywing. Today I am officially leaving Hobbywing. Thanks to everyone in the factory and especially to Salton Dong for his support. I wish them all the best in the future and best of luck on race track. This weekend I will be still running Hobbywing on EOS but soon I will announce my future’.

Source: Martin Bayer [Facebook]

February 2, 2023

Willspeed 4.7lbs & 4.9lbs Front Springs

1:10 offroad specialist manufacturer Willspeed has extended its range of 12mm springs with the addition of two harder front options, green (4.7lbs) and blue (4.9lbs).   The comprehensive spring range covers all demands and requirements faced within 1/10th buggy racing with the springs manufactured from tempered high carbon steel with a zinc coating for guaranteed style and longevity.   With the extension of the range Willspeed has also updated their spring chart.

View spring chart here