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Kyosho race report

 

Kyosho's Jesse Munn Wins Big @ 2015 Cabin Fever Classic!



2015 Cabin Fever Race Report by Kyosho Team Driver: Jesse Munn

Cabin Fever 2015 Race Report – Jesse Munn
Lewiston, Idaho
Feb. 27 – March 1, 2015
Large outdoor style 1/8th track inside a huge horse arena
Classes Raced: 1/8th Ebuggy, Mod 4wd Buggy, Mod 2wd Buggy, Mod Stadium Truck

The 2015 “Cabin Fever Classic was held this past weekend at the Lewiston Round-up Fairgrounds in Lewiston, Idaho. This annual event is typically the first major event in the Pacific Northwest each year. This years event attracted racers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and even Canada.

Friday consisted of open practice, Saturday 3 rounds of qualifying using the qual points format, and Sunday was triple A-Mains for electric and 30-45 mains for nitro.

A scheduling conflict prevented me from making the Friday practice but luckily there was a short late arrival practice from 6:45 to 7:30 Saturday morning. I got to run each car one time before qualifying started. The track was extremely large, approx. 115x180’, and full of obstacles and weird angles. More practice certainly would have helped but my cars felt good.

1/8 Pro Electric Buggy
Qualifying: Saturday qualifying went great. I took round 1 TQ and a 2nd in round 2 to take the overall TQ in this class.
Main Events: Triple 10-minute mains. After early mistakes in A1, I came back from deep in the field and was fortunate enough to take the win pretty comfortably. A2 started out much the same with me making early mistakes again on the difficult track. Tyler Wilbur checked out and took the win but I secured 2nd with a last corner pass on Lee Hackney. In A3, with finishes of 1-2 in the bag, I knew that I just needed to not have Tyler win A3 if I couldn’t win it myself. Nick Buechler ended up with the win while Tyler and I battled nose to tail the whole race a few spots back.

With scores a 1st and 2nd I wrapped up the overall win! The MP9E TKI was amazing…. As always.

1. Jesse Munn (TQ) Kyosho MP9E TKI
2. Tyler Wilbur Kyosho MP9E TKI
3. Lee Hackney TLR

4wd Modified Buggy
Qualifying: The track was brutally tough for 1/10th cars. My car was really good but Nick Buechler would make less mistakes and take both of the first 2 rounds of qualifying, leaving myself and Kyosho teammate Taylor Wonders to battle it out for 2nd and 3rd on the starting grid during the 3rd round of qualifying. Taylor started strong in Q3 but had a little bad luck. I charged back towards the end and took the round TQ to qualify 2nd overall.

Main Events: Triple 6 minute mains. A1 started great and I passed Nick for the lead early. After building a decent lead I started making little mistakes and I was having a hard time with the weird angles of the track on the center jump sections. I dropped back and Nick took A1. A2 was a different story as I had a clean run and took a comfortable 10 second win to force a deciding A3. The final main started out the same as the first 2 with me getting an early lead. Buechler came charging back at the end but I held on and took the win in A3, along with the overall!

4wd Buggy is always my favorite class and this race was no different. Difficult track or not, the ZX6 was awesome.

1. Jesse Munn Kyosho ZX6
2. Nick Buechler (TQ) Hot Bodies
3. Taylor Wonders Kyosho ZX6

1/8 Pro Nitro Buggy
I also let my friend Keith Hadley borrow my Kyosho MP9 TKI3 so he could race in the Pro Nitro Buggy class. Keith was dialed all weekend and went onto take the overall Win!

1. Keith Hadley Kyosho MP9 TKI3
2. Nick Buechler (TQ) Hot Bodies
3. Ryan McCreary Hot Bodies

 

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Serpent Support Program SSP ( Benelux)

 

Serpent Support Program SSP ( Benelux)



Serpent and 2-speed make a cooperation with offroad guru Paco Raap to run the Serpent Support Program for 1/8 offroad in the Benelux.
Paco will be available trackside to help with the growing number of Serpent drivers with cars and set-ups. He will focus on the new and younger drivers, but also experienced guys can still learn ! 

 

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Radiosistemi RR8e

 

Radiosistemi published a first pic of the upcoming RR8e



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Nemo Racing race report

 

DNC 2015



The Annual Dirt Nitro Challenge saw NEMO Racing USA in attendance a year on from our debut event at the same race in 2014.

As ever, the entry list was huge and Joey had built an exciting and challenging track for everybody, although this year was certainly more drivable than last.

Practice was delayed hugely as something like 300 entries were taken on the morning of the event, which resulted in everybody competing only getting 1 practice heat with each car instead of 2. Not only does this put visiting drivers on the back foot, it is a bit of a kick in the teeth having spent untold amounts of money to get there for ‘avoidable’ issues to result in lost track time. Nobody minds if it is freak rain or something beyond the control of the organisers that creates this situation, but simply because entries aren’t concluded prior to the event is actually not acceptable. Drivers were also allowed to enter multiple classes based on ability to gain more track time. Surely if the classes are graded on ability, you are either a Sportsman, an Expert or a Pro? It seems not at this race...

Anyway, When the race finally got underway Darren was happy with all 3 of his cars in the one run he had, and headed into qualifying pretty confident he could make a good start.

The second day is always E-buggy and Truggy qualifying and in Truggy Darren got off to a decent start with a clean run. His pace had got faster and faster throughout the run and by the end of the run he was running top 10 lap times, but the slow start had cost him. Round 2 wasn’t very good, but in round 3 he confirmed his pace by taking 9th in the round and securing a place in the B final and good chance to bump into the main.

E-buggy, started off well with a 9th in round also, Darren running a converted A215 chassis into the configuration Agama will release an all new A215 based E-buggy later…the new car was having its first outing and Darren was happy with its pace. Two scrappy runs later in the day meant he couldn’t get the place in the main final his pace probably deserved, again a B final spot was his and a chance to make the bump.

Buggy qualifying started great, Darren drove great in rounds 1 & 2 to take 5th and 9th respectively and all but secure his place in the main final with a round to spare. He took the opportunity to make a bit of set up change in round 3 to see if he could improve the car, but that didn’t work out leaving him relying on his original scores. As it turned out they were good enough, and he took the 12th and final direct qualify spot for the main although the gap back to the 13th driver was 7 points so he wasn’t really in any danger.

More delays due to power outages, meant the schedule was running over badly again and and they actually switched the schedule so the Pro guys ran 1st rather than last in a round so the guys running multiple classes ran later. This meant some pretty savage days for the track crew and some of the competitors as I think the racing didn’t finish until 3.30 in the morning on one occasion.

Shout out to Mark Pavidis whose son Ryan was in the last heat in the early hours of one morning, around 03.30a.m. and Mark himself was in the 1st heat the following day at 07.00 a.m.!

Darren's E-buggy main got off to the worst possible start when Darren went right round the outside at turn 1 only for a car to shoot out of the pack and flip on his lid between the two peals of the first double. The marshals didn’t see him and he was 10 seconds off the back of the pack before he had really got underway….still he produced some good lap times to get himself back in the pack, but the 3 leaders had broken away at the start avoiding the carnage and were abel to see it out.

The Truggy B main was a great drive from Darren and he was in contention for a top 3 position all the way through. A couple of mistakes in the whoops dropped him to 5th but still with a chance, but it wasn’t to be…the competition level is so high that any mistakes are punished heavily.

With Darren qualifying directly into the main final, he wasn’t due to be on track until 15.00 in the afternoon for main final practice, where he tried some different ideas set up wise which again he wasn’t convinced with, so he reverted back to what had served him well in qualifying for the main final.

He had a decent start and was able to run fast lap times, but Darren was finding the car a little edgy and would sometimes catch him out. After a long and tough final we were convinced that we had chosen too soft a compound for the tyres. We confirmed this with some running at the track on the Monday after the event, where we found Soft compound to be way easier to drive than the Supersofts Darren had used the previous day. With such limited track time, it feels like a real gamble to try different options in this respect when you are so in the moment, but it was great result for such a young team with limited experience in these conditions…

Overall we were delighted with the performance of all 3 cars, and the results showed how far we have developed in the 12 months since last year. The team worked wonderfully together and although tiny in comparison to all the other manufacture teams the Nemo spirit and have fun outlook was ever present. A special thank you to Hunter, his dad Russ and Billy Tylaska for the hospitality and for representing NemoRacing USA so well...

Darren will now compete at the Silverstate Race in Las Vegas in late March, where he will once again hook up with his USA team mates. This year has the added importance of being the track for the 2016 Worlds and will no doubt serve as an early indication of the conditions that we will encounter for that event...

 

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