August 6, Fururing Raceway, Sweden: Team Kyosho/Pro-Line driver Mark Pavidis is the man to beat as the world’s best drivers head into the sixth and final round of qualifying at the IFMAR 1/8 Off-Road World Championship. France’s Yannick Aigoin is in the second qualifying spot with his Ho Bao (Hyper 7) machine, and Sweden’s Mikael Paisson, also driving for Ho Bao, is in third as the drivers get ready for heads-up racing. Aside from Pavidis, Kyosho’s Jeremy Kortz and Mugen’s Chad Bradley are the only other Americans to qualify in the top 10. Jared Tebo just missed out and sits in 11th place, while Jason Ashton, Ryan Cavalieri, Kris Moore, and Greg Degani hold the 16-19th positions. But there’s still one more round of qualifying to go, and anything can happen. Will controversial local favorite Mikael Paisson work his home-track advantage to steal a Worlds victory? Can Pavidis hold on to hand Kyosho an incredible seventh consecutive IFMAR Worlds win? Stay tuned! For more information, visit the IFMAR Worlds thread at the RC Zone forums.
Longtime Losi racer and podium regular Ryan Cavalieri will be making the switch to the A-Team for the remainder of the 05 season. Pudge will run both gas and electric cars for Associated, but no change-ups are planned in the power department: he’s sticking with Trinity motors and batteries and Sirio engines. Ryan’s racing schedule should be booked pretty solid, as he is also running an Inferno 777 for Kyosho. Associated, Trinity, Sirio, Kyosho…thats a lot of T-shirts to pack.
Looks like Tamiya is beefing up its already strong TRF squad. David Spashett has just signed with the Big T, where he will join current IFMAR TC Champ Marc Rheinard. No shakeups in the power department for David; he’s sticking with Peak motors and batteries.
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Venom is putting the finishing touches on an all-new micro monster machine, the Mini Giant. The 4WD, ready-to-run truck features a 3-link/solid-axle suspension, gear diffs, polycarbonate body, and a unique “non-polarity” battery system–you can install the batteries in any direction! Click over to Venom Racing at www.venom-racing.com for details, more pictures, and downloadable video of the Mini Giant in action.
Team Losi cars dominated the ROAR Modified Off-Road Nationals again this year sweeping two of the three classes with sensational 1st-2nd-3rd place finishes. Ohio racer and Team Losi driver Jesse Robbers took on the best factory racers in 2WD by setting a blistering pace with his Team Losi XXX-BK2 to claim the top qualifier spot. Jesse went on to win the National Championship title with a perfect score of two wins in the triple A-main event. The 4WD class saw the fastest speeds and lap times. The nitro master Adam Drake showed he can wheel an electric buggy as fast as his nitro truck by taking the top qualifying spot with his Team Losi XXX-4. When the dust had cleared from the three A-Main event finals, it was Team Losis Jukka Steenari taking the win. Fellow XXX-4 drivers Adam Drake and Ryan Cavalieri completed yet another Team Losi 1-2-3 sweep of the podium.
Portland, Oregon recently played host to the ROAR 2004 Paved On-road Electric Nationals. The event took place in the Holiday Inn parking lot. The track was wide open with plenty of room for passing. In the end, Atsushi Hara with his Orion powered HPI Pro 4 took TQ and top honors in Touring Car Mod class, and won 1/12-scale Mod as well. Alex Lopez driving a Trinity-powered XRAY won Touring Car Stock. Paul Wynn, piloting a Reedy powered Schumacher Mi2 sedan, took top honors in the 19-turn class. Congratulations to all of the winners in all of the classes. Complete coverage of this event will appear in Car Action Magazine soon.
In the spirit of advancing the sport of R/C, Hitec USA proudly announces the 2nd. Field and Track Improvement Fund Awards. Ten, $1000 cash prizes are up for grabs, and will be awarded to the ten most deserving R/C clubs and organizations that apply. Click here.