Rain dominates ROAR Nats Quali

Can you say Rain?  That was the word of the day here at the 1/8th Scale Fuel Offroad Nationals.

Everyone woke up to dark and gloomy skies in the morning.  Many racers opted to stay at the hotel and catch some extra sleep while it rained.  Overnight the track crew covered the track with one very large tarp, which helped to keep much of the water off the surface.  On arriving the team were pumping water from the pits and some of the track into there drain system all of which ended up down at the Mugen pits!

Another rainstorm soon came through and dumped even more water on the covered track.  Around noon it looked like we were finally getting a break in the weather so StateLine Raceway’s track crew sprung to action removing the track cover.  Underneath some sections were totally soaked while others looked good.  The crew worked hard for the next several hours prepping the surface to race.  The call was finally made to start racing again at 2pm and at 1:59 Mother Nature had other plans and once again we were on RAIN DELAY… but only for 20mins and then we were underway!

They did one more practice round which was more or less a track cleaning round.  In less that 2 hours we had run all 27 heats and it was time to start Qualifying.

The track seemed to be doing pretty well overall many sections were even getting dry and dusty by the later rounds.  In the Top Seeded heat it was Ty Tessmann looking fastest only to get it wrong over one of the doubles on the front stretch.  This would hand the lead over to Jared Tebo.  Ty would recover to take second with Ryan Lutz in 3rd.

In Truggy it was Mugen’s Ryan Maifield taking the top spot by less than 1 second over Ty Tessman and Joe Bornhorst in 3rd.  . After Round 1 race control needed a little bit of time to do a re-sort of buggy so many hit the track for a track walk.  It was obvious that the track was taking a beating after the Truggy’s had run.  Many sections developing huge holes and many jump faces showing the wear of a day’s worth of weather and racing.

Round 2 of Buggy Qualifying started in the early evening and the early heats faired well before moisture, track wear and lighting would slow down the later heats.  Joe Bornhorst would benefit from an early heat and hold TQ until the last heat of the day.  This time it would be Team Associated’s Spencer Rivkin doing the only 10 lap run of round 2 followed by Ryan lutz and Ty Tessmann in 3rd.  Bornhorst the early TQ would end up in 6th overall for the round.

Tomorrow morning Truggy will start the day with there 2nd round of qualifying and the continuation of both classes afterwards.

THE Dominican RC Fest 2017 report

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Recently JQ headed over to the Dominican Republic for an event, that produced some never before seen action, including live music and flame throwers during the nitro main, a one handed 1:10th truck race to victory, while drinking a 1 liter beer, and some very very fat whips. It was a great event, and one which should be back next year. Below you have a short report from the organisers, DRC Speedway.

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Helder Barros wins at Portuguese Regionals Rd3

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This past weekend was held the third round of the Portuguese Regionals at the Ortigosa track. In the nitro buggy final TLR driver Helder Barros took the win in front of Mugen’s Ricardo Simão in second and coming from the 9 spot on the grid XRAY’s Pedro Gomes in third.

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Pro-Line unveils unnamed 1/8 tyres

Our friend Steve Burgess from Rugspin Graphix talked over with HB Racing’s Cody King about the forthcoming 1/8 tyre from Pro-Line at the Stateline R/C track where the ROAR Nats take place this week. You want to know more about this unnamed tyres? Just watch the video with Cody.

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Tessmann in total control of ROAR Nats Practice

Weather, Tires and track conditions are pretty much staple conversation topics for RC racers the world over and it proved no different today during official practice at the ROAR Offroad Nats.

The day started off very overcast and even with a little drizzle in the morning.  1st run on the track today was official practice so all cars had to make it though ROAR’s inspection before hitting the track. Overall inspections seemed to be going pretty smooth, a couple of manufactures were having to trim down the size of the wing plates as they were oversized according to ROAR rules.

After all 27 heats were done with the 1st round on the track it was time for a full drivers meeting followed by the 1st round of seeding.  Seeding would be comprised of the best 3 consecutive laps during a 5 min run and the best of 2 rounds to make up the qualifying heats.  During buggy Ty Tessmann set the time to beat by nearly 2 seconds as he was in one of the earlier heats under the clouds.  As the sun dipped in and out and the clouds started to burn off many of the latter runs would slow down by up to 2 seconds per lap compared to the cloudy and moist track found earlier.  Other factors were the inconsistency of the water being put down between heats.  Several times whole sections or lanes were either skipped or over watered making the track very different from 1 heat to the next.

In Truggy, Tessmann would once again set the TQ but only by 2/100 of a second over Spencer Rivkin, in fact the top 4 all posted similar lap times.

During the 2nd round of seeding Mother Nature would come into play stopping all racing.  The rain came down hard and fast during the 11th heat out of 15 in buggy giving ROAR the tough decision as to what to do.  After about an hour an announcement was made that they would continue to try to run all heats to give the racers equal track time but seeding would be based only on the 1st round..  Many racers packed it up for the day, while others prepped to run.  The weather would once again attack and shut things down for the night.

Weather outlook for Fridays qualifying doesn’t look good as a storm appears to be heading our way at about 3am and with rain forecasted though the early afternoon ROAR and Track will have some tough decisions to make in order to get through this weeks program.

 

Antix by LRP 9000mAh 7.6V LiHV LiPo battery pack

LRP’s Antix brand have introduced an update of their very first product with the 7.6V 9000mAh LiHV LiPo battery pack. Already known from high-end Competition LiPo batteries, the HV-LiPo GRAPHENE battery cell technology now also gained entry into their high-quality budget Antix by LRP LiPo battery line. The Antix GRAPHENE cells enable charging up to 8.7V (2S), greatly increasing the power output and run- time.

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Andrew Grunkemeyer wins at JC Points Rd2

See: XRAY

Last weekend was held the second round of the JC Summer point series at the DORCOT RC raceway in Ohio. After the rounds of qualifying in Nitro buggy it was TLR’s Andrew Grunkemeyer who took the overall TQ after fighting with XRAY’s Justin Chambers. During the main both drivers battled for 20 solid minutes but Andrew will have to make an extra stop which did not make Andrew’s task any easier. He ended up in second only about 8 seconds behin Andrew while Team Associated driver Rob Mangold rounded out the top 3.

Team Associated B6 slim profile front wheels

Coming from Team Associated and made for the B6 and B6D are slim front wheels. They are designed for use with all popular carpet and AstroTurf(TM) surface tyres and features the same offset as the popular #9691 and #9690 2WD front wheels, only with an optimized profile. The wheels are textured on the gluing surface for secure tyre mounting and have a smooth polished face for a factory team look. They are lightweight, yet stiff to reduce wheel deflection under hard cornering. Available in pairs in yellow or white colour.

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