The sixth and final round of the Finnish Winter Jumps off-road series was held at Helsinki’s Hupicon fair last weekend. The concrete track was laid out with carpet-clad jumps and the event kicked off on Saturday started with the 2WD Buggy class. Some of the fastest drivers were missing due to the EOS held in Germany. The track was really slippery in the morning because there was some kind of dust layer on the concrete but as the qualifying rounds started, the track had gotten more traction. Markku Honkanen showed some strong driving in the qualifying rounds and took the pole position for the finals with Jamiel Gabrielsson being 2nd and Lauri Ruotsalainen coming in 3rd.
Last weekend the second round of the BRCA 1/8th Circuit Championship took place at the Adur circuit on the South Coast. Perhaps the most technical circuit on the calendar, it offers its own unique challenge. Saturday saw a dry day for practice with glorious weather and grip increasing nicely through the day. Sunday saw a round of practice followed by four rounds of qualifying and then finals. Qualifying saw numerous close races, between Tim Wood, Alex Thurston, David Spashett and Neil King. After round 4 it was Tim that took TQ with a new track record, followed by Alex and David. The A-final blasted away, with all ten cars getting away off the line. With the grid being very close on pace, a number of incidents occurred in the first few laps. Tim Wood (Shepherd) led the field from lap one, with close battles all down the field. Neil King (Capricorn) emerged in 2nd after a handful of laps which he never lost, and after a close race John Carr (Shepherd) claimed the final podium position from Jason Frost at the end of the 30 minutes.
TMG Speed have introduced their new Reactor Pistons for the popular PR Racing 1/10th scale buggies. These pistons have been used with great success by the likes of Neil Cragg and Lewis Jones in their Team Associated cars and they will shortly be available for PR Racing’s line of 2WD and 4WD buggies also.
The Antas track in Almeria, Spain played host to the second round of the Andalusian Championship last weekend. Juan Carlos Canas was in control of things and he brought home the win in the 45-minute main final one lap ahead of Zacarias Villalba 2nd while Albert Pelaez rounded out the top 3 result another lap down.
Yeah Racing have introduced a range of carbon fibre option parts for the Yokomo BD8-2018 and 2017 models. First up is a 2.25mm equal flex chassis for the 2018 kit. The full face main plate is of a fully symmetrical design with the high-weave carbon fibre ensuring controlled flex characteristics and thus optimised traction in a variety of track conditions.
Last weekend the Trofeo Shepherd was held at Ca De Mandorli track in Bologna, Italy. A total of 32 Shepherd drivers attended the event that was held under perfect Italian spring weather. In the 1/8th class Alberto Tedeschi was first beaten by Michele Romagnoli starting from pole. In the main final Alberto took over the lead after Michaele lost an entire lap in an incident. In the end, Alberto was able bring home the win as Michele saved a 2nd place and Jonathan Gandin completed the podium in 3rd.
Coming from Schumacher is the Contact Tyres A30 carpet spec touring car rubber tyre. It is a pre-glued tyre build designed for indoor carpet racing and it has been developed and tested by Schumacher Racing’s staff and team drivers to provide excellent traction and wear rates for the vigour’s of carpet racing. The A30 is built on a Schumacher Revlite 24mm wheel and lightweight black foam insert usually found in other popular carpet spec tyres and it comes in packs of four.
Mugen have introduced a purpose-designed turnbuckle wrench for the MTC-1 electric touring car. The tool is machined from aluminium and it comes with a hard-coated surface for wear and it features a 4mm wrench for the steering and rear camber turnbuckles on one side and a pin for the captured front upper camber turnbuckles on the other side. The wrench will hit stores at end of April.