Ty Tessmann to leave HB Racing?


2014 IFMAR World Champion Ty Tessmann looks increasingly likely to  be heading towards a long-rumoured exit from HB Racing.

Tessmann has spent his entire career with HB, a decade-long career which has been punctuated by numerous ROAR National titles, multiple Worlds podium finishes and countless race victories.

The story of Ty’s departure appears to stem from the change in ownership of HB, changing hands from founder Tatsuro Wantanbe to present owner Philippe Neidhart, after the initial chaos, it appears however that things were looking up as former HB designer Torrance Deguzman joined once more to continue the development and design of his now two-time World Champion buggy.


Despite a strong showing in Vegas; starting on pole, leading the final and taking 3rd, rumours of a departure swelled.

At last week’s Winter Cup in Padova, Italy our reporter had a chance to speak with Ty’s father Gord on the topic of moves.

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Bryan & Oscar Baldo join TLR & Horizon Hobby


After creating a surprise leaving Mugen and Modelix Racing after many years of partnership, Bryan and Oscar Baldo have announced that they signed with TLR and Horizon Hobby. The Baldo brothers will use the 8ight 4.0, the 8ight 4.0e and maybe now they will also run in the 1/10th class. Bryan and Oscar have the following to say about their new deal:

“We are very excited to collaborate with Horizon Hobby and we want to thank everyone who made it possible, Jerome Sartel, Kevin Gahan and Todd Hodge, besides the own company for this opportunity. After 8 years with minor changes in our brands, we face this new challenge very excited and looking forward to start the season to start racing with this great team.”

JQRacing announce $150 000+ contingency program for 2017


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For the new 2017 season JQRacing have decided to give back to the JQRacing drivers worldwide. JQRacing have set up a contingency program for everyone running a JQ car, not only for the sponsored drivers. So anyone racing a JQ Racing buggy has a chance to win cash money, or store credit to go towards JQ kits, spares or option parts. Please click here  for the current list of races for which the contingency applies. As we near the 2017 season the race list will be updated with more detailed information.

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Team Magic B8ER “ARR” version


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Team Magic have introduced the B8ER “ARR” version. The B8ER comes factory assembled by Team Magic and comes with many aluminum parts like the chassis, shock towers, steering linkage plates, chassis stiffener, motor mount and shocks. it is equipped with fully adjustable turnbuckles rod, rubber sealed ball bearings and HRC BullDog tyres. Available without electronics and motor, to allow you to choose the combo of your choice.

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T-Work’s RC8B3 aluminum CVA axles


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T-Work’s have introduced aluminum CVA axles for the Team Associated RC8B3 and RC8B3E. Their hard coated surface in combination with high quality aluminum make them very durable. Package includes two axles that can be used in the front or rear position.

SPOWER S6 Pro Tuned .21 engine


See: MW RC Cars

MW RC Cars have introduced the SPower S6 Pro Tuned .21 engine. Manufactured by Picco in italy, the SPower S6 Pro Tuned .21 comes with a multi exhaust system to ensure top of the line performance throughout the engine’s upper RPM band. With a 5 port design the engine performs exceptionally well at the bottom end – a characteristic crucial to handle today’s track designs with short sharp blasts followed by jumps.This balance of power and drivability give you what’s needed for fast and consistent lap times. Combine all this with it’s super stable tuning, excellent fuel mileage and SPower’s legendary quality this makes it the total package in a Pro level buggy or truggy engine. The SPower S6 Pro Tuned .21 has a new 14mm balanced and silicone filled crankshaft to improve overall performance, a larger more efficient cooling head, new crankcase design allows more clearance for different flywheels, super strong “knife edged” aerodynamic connecting rod, lightened piston CNC machined from high percentage silicone alloy billet, and a “Swiss” made rear bearing tops off the list of all the high end features.

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Clancy, McDonnell & Sivins win HNMC Winter Rd5



Last weekend was held the 5th round of the HNMC Winter. Very Cold but dry was the order of the day, 60 drivers braved the cold conditions again the track was in great shape. Lee Martin and Jack Embling were in attendance driving their new cars for 2017. Lee martin took TQ in Nitro Buggy, James Tatlow TQ in Truggy and Richard Cousins in E-Buggy. In Nitro Buggy Jamie Clancy took the win in front of Lee Martin and Lewis Jones while in Truggy Mark McDonnell grabed the win ahead Steve Chantler in second and James Tatlow in third. Neil Sivins took the win in E-Buggy from Richard Cousins in second. All results here.

Truggy podium here

Rafael Panayi TQ & win At RCE Championship Rd5



Round 5 of the RCE Championship took place on a rough track with a few high grip corners and a very technical layout in Cyprus. XRAY driver Rafael Panayi took the overall TQ, the fastest lap time and an easy win in front of Pantelis Makrides in second and his teammate Savvas Savva in third.