It’s Finals Day at the EFRA 1/5th TC Euros, and we are going to crown a new European Champion – so join us on RC Racing TV for LIVE coverage of every session and every great battle for position on track!
New from Reedy is the Blackbox 1000Z+ Competition ESC/Sonic 540-M3 Spec motor combo package for 1/10 off-road vehicles. The Blackbox 1000Z+ speed controller combos include the most popular Sonic 540-M3 Modified off-road motors available. Reedy’s Blackbox 1000Z+ is a simple-to-use, economical, and powerful speed controller that features timing options for Modified class racers as well as zero-timing blinky mode for Spec class racers. Excellent throttle and brake feel, a wide range of adjustability, and robust hardware make the Blackbox 1000Z+ suitable for a variety of racing applications.
Reedy’s 540-M3 motors feature a 3-piece CNC-machined can to reduce weight while improving airflow, component fit, and bearing alignment. Heavy-duty silver-plated solder tabs reduce resistance with a cupped profile to aid soldering and are well supported to prevent internal connections from fatiguing over time. Modified racing is about controlling power. The 540-M3’s stator design optimizes mid-range feel such that when combined with the adjustability of the 1000Z+ ESC, it completes a system which both on- and off-road racers will appreciate.
Serpent have introduced new high downforce body for the Cobra SRX8. The body has high sidedams which keep the airflow more on top of the sides of the body and then onto the rear wing through the air scoops on the back-side of the body. The high downforce body is made with top quality clear polycarbonate with protective film.
Join us LIVE on RC Racing TV as we get Day 2 of the EFRA 1/5th TC Euros underway,With Qualifying finished we get a day of the action packed Lower finals (often the highlight of any RC meeting) as the drivers try to “bump up” to the main final tomorrow
This shiny new piece of kit is brand new from Serpent; a 2-speed clutch bell for their Cobra GT Nitro car. This bell is CNC machined from 7075 T6 aluminium, lightened and threaded, with a perfect bearing fit. This version is around 60% lighter compared to the steel version, and the nickel plating gives a very grippy and long wearing surface. The clutch bell can be used with the aluminium black or with the new yellow shoes, or any mixing you prefer.
Revolution Design Racing Products have introduced their all-new Ultra Shock Stand TC, a handy tool that keeps things sorted during building, rebuilding and setup of 1/10th touring car shock absorbers. Machined from aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminium the stand is usable with both standard and big bore shocks and it keeps them in a perfectly upright position, allowing to easily and conveniently fill them with shock fluid and they are also perfectly stored when waiting for those nasty shock oil bubbles to disappear. On top of this, small compartments under each shock hold small parts. Laser-etched markings also help with shock identification to avoid any mix-ups. The stand is machined from RDRP’s renown high-quality aluminium material and it comes in the five different colours of “Tamiya” light blue, “Yokomo” dark blue, black, orange and red and it features silvered chamfered edges as well as laser-etched logos and markings to make it stand out from the crowd.
Enjoy full live coverage of the first day of the EFRA 1/5th TC Euros at the Collari Raceway in Bologna, Italy, on RC Racing TV as practice gets underway. Expect some early indications on the drivers to watch for the tournament, as well as some fun and frolicks, from the RC Racing TV team!
After a strong weekend including a Superpole win, young Belgian driver Robin D’Hondt was starting to be pegged as a legitimate contender for the EFRA 1/8th IC Track European Championship in Eskilstuna, Sweden. But few believed – possibly even him – that he could defeat the odds, and more importantly, reigning IFMAR 1/8th IC World Champion Simon Kurzbuch, to claim the top prize and a maiden championship.
In sport, sometimes one makes their own luck. And after maintaining touching distance pace with Kurzbuch for 40 minutes of the 45-minute final, he pounced when misfortunate struck down the Swiss star to claim a hugely emotional victory.
He was matching Kurzbuch’s Novorossi-powered Shepherd car almost blow-for-blow throughout the Main Final with his Tesla-powered Capricorn car, but Kurzbuch was still able to edge out a few tenths of a second at vital moments to build a 10-second lead. However, a late flame-out just after the penultimate pitstop halted Kurzbuch’s seemingly inevitable charge to a European title, and not only did D’Hondt profit brilliantly, but so also did Toni Gruber (ARC/Novorossi) and veteran Italian driver Daniele Ielasi (WRC/Ielasi Tuned), who only made the final at the last possible oppurtunity by being one of the fastest 4th-place finishers in the Semi Finals. Gruber had been battling another Italian star in Dario Balestri for most of the Main Final for the final step on the podium, but found himself catapulted into second when Kurzbuch hit trouble. Kurzbuch rejoined after his issues just behind Gruber and Ielasi, and the three fought a titanic battle to the flag through the closing minutes, with Gruber holding off Ielasi for 2nd and Kurzbuch being denied a podium by inches.
Behind was Carmine Raiola, having moved up to 5th from a 10th place starting spot, ahead of Robert Pietsch and Lamberto Collari. Balestri’s car hit problems after 74 laps, whilst Teemu Leino and Bruno Coehlo also had mechanical problems curtail strong performances for them respectively.
Last year, it was Oliver Mack who was the surprise feelgood story who pounced on misfortunate for the favourite to claim a maiden European championship. Today, his attempt to defend his title faltered at the semi-finals after a valiant charge up from the 1/8th finals – but the man who assumes his mantle fought hard and won it in very similar style.
IFMAR 1/8th IC Track World Champion Simon Kurzbuch concluded qualifying at the 2016 EFRA 1/8th IC Track European Championships in Sweden in a familiar position for him; the TQ spot. After four rain-disrupted rounds of qualifying, the 2015 TQ of this event had posted some hugely impressive laptimes with his Novorossi powered Shepherd car, running as low as 26.15s in the second round of qualifying, to sweep qualifying and fend off all challengers. It was a tough second day of action at Eskilstuna Motorstadion, with rain cancelling Round 3 of qualifying and postponing events for over three hours, but once action resumed, Kurzbuch resumed right where he left off.
After the four completed rounds, we were left with Dario Balestri (Capricorn), Robin D’Hondt (Capricorn), Silvio Haechler (ARC) and Robert Pietsch (Mugen) to move into the Superpole session. And what a heart-stopper it was.
Pietsch went first and set the benchmark with a 26.362 best lap, but Haechler trumped him on his final lap of six with a 26.355 – just one hundredth of a second quicker. D’Hondt went one hundredth quicker still, also on HIS final lap, with a 26.341, in an incredible session of unbelievable tension. Balestri came incredibly close to clinching it on the final run of four, but his 26.372 was not enough, and D’Hondt celebrated a nerve-wracking Superpole victory, with only 0.03s seperating all four drivers – unbelievable!
Kurzbuch and D’Hondt clinch the first two spots in Saturday’s Main Final, with the others moving into the semi-finals, and other drivers will have to fight up from the lower finals; all the action starts on Saturday in Eskilstuna at 9am CET.