Kyle McBride wins Silver State Buggy
Australian sensation Kyle McBride made his visit to the US count as he swept to victory at the 2014 Silver State Nitro Challenge held in Boulder City Nevada, on the outskirts of the bright lights of Las Vegas. With Jared Tebo having TQ’d and starting on pole, Canadian Ty Tessmann would line up 2nd with XRAY’s Josh Wheeler 3rd, Cody King 4th hot off his Psycho Nitro Blast victory and Kyle McBride on P5 making it a Kyosho-heavy line-up upfront.
BRCA National Championship Round One - Herts
The start of our National series got underway this weekend at the immaculately prepared track at Westmill in Hertfordshire, not too far from London. This track is one of the best tracks we have here in the UK and is host for the B Euros next year. The track is a fast flowing track with lots of jumps and multi surface. Over the last few weeks the track has been baked by the surprising Mediterranean like weather and is now in great condition but very high grip and can be difficult to get good clean laps consistently as it can catch you out very easily and unexpectedly due to the high grip. The weather was looking okay for the Saturday qualifying day but not too good for Sunday finals day so our plan was to attack quickly on the Saturday as it is possible to TQ the meeting on the Saturday as we have 4 rounds and then one on Sunday morning with your best 3 rounds to count, so looking at the weather forecast it was important to do well on Saturday.
Saturday - Day One
We arrived at the track with a record number of entries. I heard that they had in the region of 15 - 20 reserve drivers so it was going to be a very busy meeting - everybody really excited for the first round and the weather looking great - sun shining. We had 2 rounds of practice so we knew basically what we were going to be using for our tyres which were the Proline Diamond Back. We were not sure what compound to run - it was either going to be X3 or X2 depending on the temperature later in the day. Practice went very well. The track was slightly different in grip level to what we had a few weeks ago at the warm-up as we had had quite a substantial amount of rain during the week leading up to the race so the track was a little loose in the morning but it wasn't long before the grip was coming back so we were pleased as now we knew what we were going to be running. Elliott decided to use Diamond Back X3 compound to start and then move on to the X2 compound. Elliott was running the new Reds R5 Team Engine with the new red cooling head which looked fantastic in the Kyosho MP9. He was also sporting the new white radio box which Kyosho have just released in limited numbers. This weekend also Elliott was to be using newly signed sponsor for his fuel for 2014 which will be Byron Fuel. The first round of qualifying Elliott unfortunately had a few bobbles and was only able to put a mediocre run in but we then made a few changes to the car which then he was able to go on to TQ the next 3 rounds of qualifying, which would give him the overall TQ, which was exactly what we had planned to do. His speed on track was amazing. On his average laps he was a second a lap faster than any other driver so he knew he had a lot of pace and felt very comfortable and had a lot of confidence knowing that he could drive at this pace without any problems.
Sunday - Day Two
We arrived on Sunday morning to a wet track so now we had one round of qualifying left we didn't have to do this round but decided, looking at the weather forecast, we needed to be trying the car on a damp track in case it rained later in the day. Elliott decided to use the M4 Holeshot which always works well in the wet and was able to TQ the last round of qualifying. This guaranteed him a place in the semi-final later in the day.
Elliott was on pole for his semi-final. The weather had now returned to a dry track back to where we were the previous day so Elliott was now using the Proline Diamond Back X2 compound and we had made no changes to the car and the Reds engine was running perfectly and had been all weekend. Elliott started off his warm-up lap, had only done a quarter of a lap where he hit the table top wrong and the car went into a series of barrel rolls which unfortunately broke the rear shock bottom with a minute to go before the start of the semi final we had now gone from a relaxed situation to full panic mode where we had to get the car back to the pits to repair it to try to make the start. With the help of Mike Craddock and Liam Galvin we were able to get the car fixed, get it started and run over to the track as the cars had just passed the main straight on their first lap. Elliott was able to join the race but was now a lap down. We were now in a very difficult position as we had to finish 7th or above to qualify for the Main A Final. Elliott got his head down and was smashing some crazy laps in and was able to un-lap himself and get the car into 5th position which guaranteed him a place in the A Final. I think everybody was totally gobsmacked that he was able to get this done in a 20 minute race with 2 fuel stops. As someone commented "Elliott Boots is a machine"!!! It was an absolutely outstanding awesome drive and determination with such great sponsors and equipment behind him I don't think he would have been able to do it with anything else.
Main A Final
With his 5th position finish it put Elliott 7th on the grid, which was mid pack. He knew he had to be careful at the start not to get tangled up and was able to make a good start and kept out of trouble and started to set some fast laps and then within 4.5 minutes of the race starting he was able to take the lead. At that point Elliott took full control of the race and was pulling away into a commanding lead for this 45 minute final. He now had a nice comfortable lead and was able to relax a little bit. His fuel stops were all perfect - his Reds R5 Team Engine was working perfectly with his new Byron fuel - the Kyosho MP9 was looking fantastic throughout the race and Elliott was able to lap the whole field and finish in first place to take the first round of the series and take command of the Championship. Elliott was still using Proline Diamond Back X2 Tyre which worked perfect from start to finish.
The next round is Coventry in May where hopefully we can repeat the same result. Elliott would like to thank all his sponsors for all their help and support.
Chris and Elliott Boots
Race Meeting at Kent Track
Elliott headed down to the Weald of Kent on Sunday to one of the oldest tracks we visit. The Kent Club has been awarded a round of the BRCA National Championships this year so it was going to attract a lot of drivers, Some of Elliott’s National contenders raced including Lee Martin and Darren Bloomfield in preparation for the National later in July. The track is quite small and compact, a nice layout and was quite dusty with all the dry weather we have been having.
Elliott was to star practice with his Kyosho MP9 fitted with Bowtie X4 Compound Proline, which we knew would work well on this track being quite loose and dusty. There was going to be 3 rounds of qualifying, 2 to count for the TQ spot. In the first round we had the car working quite well but not as well as he would have liked, still able to claim 3rd spot but in the next 2 rounds, with a few changes to the car, was able to secure both TQ's for rounds 2 and 3, and was the only driver to be able to get into the 10 laps.
The final was to be over 20 minutes and would be a good race as the track was very tight and small. Elliott made a good start and was able to get away but being the nature of the track it made very close racing and was swapping the lead with Lee Martin and Darren Bloomfield, but after the last fuel stop Elliott was able to make the break and get a good lead from Lee Martin and then was able to settle down to come home in first place. Elliott was really pleased with his MP9, working very well with his Proline tyres and his Reds R5 Team Edition Engine - it made for a great race meeting and look forward to the National here in July.
Chris and Elliott Boots
Elliotts Boots wins 1st Round Ebuggy in Herts
We started our National campaign last weekend with glorious weather and a hard packed track with lots of grip for the first round of the BRCA Electric 1:8 National Championship. Elliott was using his Kyosho MP9 TKI3 E with a very similar setup that he uses on his Nitro car which is always very good. We were really excited about this event as it kicks off our campaign for 2014.
Elliott had one change for 2014 for his E Buggy and that was the super fast Tekin equipment. Elliot was using the new RX8 Gen 2 Electronic Speed Controller and a 1900 KV Tekin Motor which ran all weekend with super power and nice power delivery and was able to compete in a 12 minute final very easily with plenty of power in reserve.
In qualifying Elliott was extremely fast. Unfortunately due to a couple of bobbles here and there on a very demanding track and a couple of back marker problems, secured second place for the final. Elliott had been running the Proline Diamond Back X2 Tyre which was extremely fast and lots of traction and was his tyre choice for the main final.
Elliott was on second row of the grid for the main 12 minute A Final in which he made a fantastic start and was able to take the lead very quickly from Lee Martin. Elliott then put in some outstanding laps and was able to give himself a nice gap from second place and the rest of the pack. He was able to back off his pace a little to save using all his power up as it was a large track and we wanted to make sure we finished the race, which he was able to do comfortably and take his first BRCA Championship win of the year.
We would like to thank all the sponsors for all their help and support and hope this continues on through 2014.
Next round is in Coventry in April.
Chris and Elliott Boots
BRCA National Warmup Report by Boots Family
We were blessed with some Mediterranean weather for our National warm-up race at our local Herts track - the track was in great shape, very fast flowing multi-surface with lots of jump sections. We arrived on the Saturday to test our car with the engine and tyre setup. We had a great day's testing - got the car really dialled into the track and Elliott feeling very confident with his 2014 package.
We arrived on Sunday morning, again to glorious weather - sun shining and blue skies - something we haven't been used to for a while. The track conditions were dry but very hard packed and with over 150 drivers in attendance it was an amazing turn out for the sport as it is important at these races to put a good show on as there are a lot of good customers needing help and advice. Qualifying was to be 3 rounds, 2 to count for TQ.
Qualifying went very, very well. Elliott was able to TQ all 3 rounds, setting some stunning lap times and with some small errors along the way was able to stay in front at all times. We were running our new Reds R5 engine with Byron fuel which ran faultlessly all weekend and we were testing various tyres and we opted for Proline Diamond Back in X3 Compound which gave us the best traction and were very, very fast on this track. We did try some Big Blocks which worked extremely well but for the sheer speed of the tyre the Diamond Back was the best for our car. Our Kyosho MP9 TKI3 was stunning all weekend. We made a few small setup changes but generally it felt fast and stable all weekend.
Elliott was on pole for the Main A Final - due to the amount of drivers the final was cut short as it was beginning to get dark. Elliott was able to lead off the pack and make a good gap between second place but unfortunately made a small error coming through the chicane which demoted him back to third but with some fast lap times set was able to recover very quickly and was able to move back into the lead and then he was able to settle down into the race, pulling away from the rest of the following pack. He then was able to back off his pace as he had the race under full control and felt very comfortable knowing he had plenty in reserve if needed.
We now have a return to this track next weekend for the start of our BRCA National Campaign for the 1:8 Electric, which we are really looking forward to as we will be running with our new Tekin equipment and will be setting the car similar to our Nitro car.
We would also like to say that anyone that needs any help or advice on tyres, engines or car setup please don't hesitate to come over and see us at any time - there is always someone around with good advice if needed.
Elliott would like to thank all his sponsors for all their help and support for his 2014 race season.
Chris and Elliott Boots
Tony Evdoka Report – NCRC 8th and 9th March 2014
The Northern Cyprus Racing Club in Nicosia Cyprus is a fairly new club with a good base of touring car members and drivers. Many of the drivers also like the 1/8th scene where they travel over the Turkish regions and compete.
David Ronnefalk became the first European winner at the world famous Dirt Nitro Challenge
Today our team driver David Ronnefalk managed to win the prestigious Dirt Nitro Challenge 1/8e race using the full package of Team Orion electronics. Redrc summarized the great achievement of the 17-years old driver as follows:
"Team Kyosho ace David Ronnefalk became the first European winner at the world famous Dirt Nitro Challenge as he took his Orion powered MP9 to a convincing win in the eBuggy A-Main. Attracting its most competitive field yet since its introduction, the Swedish ace moved to the front on lap 3 when he blasted passed the Mugen of Top Qualifier Drew Moller on the back straight. Quickly pulling clear at the front of the 15-car field, the 17-year old would take the win by over 10 seconds from fellow teenager Moller who saw off a race long challenge from the TLR of reigning US National Champion Dakotah Phend." redrc.net, 23.2.2014
David used the following products for his victory:
Team Orion VST2 690size Motors: click here
Team Orion Brushless Speed Controller: click here
Team Orion LiPo Batteries: click here
Team Orion Advantage Touch Chargers: click here
1.(3) David Ronnefalk – Kyosho/Orion – 12/8:18.666
2.(1) Drew Moller – Mugen/LRP – 12/8:29.034
3.(4) Dakotah Phend – TLR/Orion – 12/8:30.366
4.(9) Cody King – Kyosho/Orion – 12/8:33.924
5.(6) Carson Wernimont – Mugen/Reedy – 12/8:35.364
6.(7) Ty Tessmann – HB/Orion – 12/8:38.883
7.(8) Josh Wheeler – Xray/Tekin – 12/8:41.489
8.(14)Martin Bayer – Xray/LRP – 12/8:41.631
9.(13)Austin Blair – Kyosho/Tekin – 12/8:42.926
10.(2)Ryan Lutz – Durango/Tekin – 12/8:43.311
11.(5)Jared Tebo – Kyosho/Orion – 11/8:00.767
12.(10)Billy Fischer – TLR/Novak – 11/8:02.625
13.(15)Barry Pettit – Mugen/Tekin – 11/8:04.777
14.(11)Mike Truhe – Serpent/Novak – 11/8:05.804
15.(12)Adam Drake – TLR/Tekin – 2/1:02.572
Congratulations, David, Pierre, Adrien and Joe for this great succes. Also, congratulations to Dakotah, Cody, Ty and Jared for your good results!
A Kyosho Project by Isabel Gibson
This is Isabel Gibson (Izzy) she is 11 years old and travels most weekends with her Mother & Father to racing with the Kyosho camp to watch her father Shaun or Gibba to those who know him race and she desided to do this as a school project i i think it turnrd out rather well please read.
Team Orion & Tebo Win Modified Truck @ CRCRC!
The 2014 CRCRC Winter Mid-West Championships were held this past weekend at The Ohio R/C Factory in Jeffersonville, Ohio. With frigid temperatures and snow hitting hard a few days before the event, it was unclear how the turnout at this years event would be. Once again, the Mid-West showed their dedication to R/C Racing as over 450 entries were counted making it one of the biggest races in CRCRC's history!