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YouTube – Racer Tips from a World Champion!

Multiple World Champ Atsushi Hara says if you want to win like him then you need to get a grip! Setting your tyres up right is both basic and essential. Watch his hot tyre tips now..


If you’re in the United States and looking for something to do this weekend, or you feel like taking a break from the weekend races to check out what’s on in RC, look no further than the RCX 2011. Held at Fairplex, Pomona, the is THE place to be if you care even an ounce about your hobby. There’ll be lots of 1/5 scale action this year, with Zenoah Engine’s  NATC Championship Series, and even a charity raffle for a highly-modded Baja 5T by Baja Addicts (I wrote about this earlier at Donate $2 to win a $10,000 fully-modded, custom-built HPI Baja 5T! Best thing is… You don’t have to be at the event to participate in it… World-wide hobbyists, read the post to find out how you can be a part of the raffle), it’s no wonder why Large Scale News is doing LIVE coverage of this event. RCP tracks will also be dishing out their mettle for Crawler demos and Kyosho & Auldey Mini-Z racing.  There’s just so much going on..


Read about it from the organizers Air Age Media themselves:

Via RCX Official Website

Horizon Try-Me Track!
Test your skills with hot new products and a hands-on experience!

NASCAR/Lionel Raffle
Enter to win the autographed hood from Tony Stewart’s custom NASCAR racer. Recognized as “one of the finest racers of his generation”, Stewart has won titles in Indy and stock cars, as well as midget, sprint and USAC Silver Crown cars.

Baja Raffle
Sponsored by Baja Addicts. Enter to win a one-of-a-kind Baja 5B! All proceeds from this raffle will go to the American Red Cross.

Traxxas Try-Me Track!
Take a test-drive with Traxxas’ new Monster Jam models—Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Maximum Destruction, and Grinder! Everyone’s welcome to take a spin—and you just might take a Monster Jam truck home in Traxxas’ daily giveaway!

MHRA Drag Racing
Watch as pro dragsters reach speeds in excess of 115mph!

RC Tractor Pull
Sponsored by Outlaw Hobbies. Watch as nitro tractors pull sleds weighing 400+ lbs. across the dirt!

Drift Track – Sponsored by HPI
Check out mind blowing driving skills and amazing precision as talented gymkhana-style racers tear up the RCX drift track.

Sizzling Supercross Race and Demos!
Come watch the pros compete in this RC Car Action invitational race featuring the best nitro racers in trucks and buggies. Top manufacturers will also be showcasing their hottest new cars throughout the show.

Crawl Mountain!
Sponsored by RCP Tracks.
RC rock crawling is back at RCX 2011! Check out the pros as they climb a 30’x40′ mountain in amazing competition and scale rock crawling.

Die Cast X Collector’s Expo
Buying? Selling? Trading? Collecting? It’s all here at the International Die Cast X Collectors’s Expo! Special collector only ticket package includes one-of-a-kind giveaways, collector’s hours, 2 day admission and raffle entries. Click here

Model Airplane News Expo
Check out the hottest plane and micro heli demonstrations, races and aerobatics both indoors and out! Click here

RCP West Coast Challenge
Sponsored by RCP Tracks.
Some of the world’s most advanced micro RC drivers compete in head to head action on a huge 40′ x 25′ RCP Track.

HPI Drift Challenge #4
2 days of drift battles galore, time attack madness and freestyle drift sessions!

The NATC Championship Series presented by Zenoah
5th Scale racing ventures to RCX for 2-days of pulse-pounding RC action on the outdoor track! All fuel scales, 1/10th, 1/8th, 1/8th GT, 1/5th scale electric motor cycle, 1/5th Super Touring, 1/5th T2 (sportsman) and 1/5th Formula 1.

RCX Boat Pond sponsored by Venom
Take your turn at the helm in the large outdoor boat pond!

The Southwest Armor Group
1/6 scale radio control AFV club brings their light, medium and heavy tanks to RCX! Come experience the sound, smoke and most of all the ability to crush things. Watch as model cars, tanks, cans and whatever else we can run over gets crushed by the large scale armor. Here are some of the vendors who’ll be exhibiting at the RCX 2011. These ones pictured are also event sponsors, so expect to see large displays and great bargains from them. This list excludes the smaller booth-occupiers whom I don’t know about yet.

The list:
– Hitec (RC Transmitters, Receivers, Servos)
– Castle Creations (The top-acclaimed producer of great brushless motors and escs).
– NitroRCX (The owners and official distributors of the high-performance, low-cost “ExceedRC” line of cars.)
– Horizon Hobby (Major rc product retailer)
– Pro-Line Racing (Makers of the most sophisticated RC wheels and tires)
– Assurance RC Distributor
– Hextronik (A.k.a. The guys of – Turnigy Batteries & Chargers)
– Team Losi (Top RC racing brand)
– Venom Racing
– The Dirt
– Max Amps (Batteries)
– Byron Fuel
– RC Car Action (Magazine by RCX Organizer, Air Age Media)
– Model Airplane News (Sister magazine to RC Car Action)
– Diecast X
– Liposack (Lipo Battery accessories)
– Align
– Viper
– Traxxas (“The Fastest Name in RC” or so they say..)

What I saw when I visited the Pattaya Powerboat RC Track was a rosy front- a large complex with ample cleaning facilities and workshop area, and not forgetting the great, undulating track with one of the tallest jumps around. I thought it was possibly the best offroad rc track in the world. However, this field journalist from RC Car Action obviously did a better research and walkabout, and revealed a couple of areas that could have done with more planning.

2010 1/8-scale Off-road World Championships Days 1, 2, & 3 RC Car Action.

Nov 10, 2010 No Comments by RC Car Action
Timed practice and opening ceremonies
Its 8am here in Pattaya as everyone is walking the track to see the maintenance performed last night. What was assumed to be concrete patches on the track look like a mixture of sand and oil. Almost all of the off camber corners have a fresh coat of this concoction and the rest of the track looks like it has a new coat of oil. Most drivers are happy to see the ruts smoothed over but I see a lot of people scratching their heads wondering if this is going to last.
Race format update: Each driver will run two 10 minute practice heats. Each heat will have a 3 minute warmup. The best 3 consecutive  laps will combine to seed the driver for tomorrow’s qualifying events.
After the first 5 heats of practice, once again, Jared Tebo is setting the pace with a blistering 44.8 second lap.  Other notable heat winners from round 1 are Ryan Maifield, Travis Amezcua, and Cody King.  The track is holding up rather well so far but the corners are looking more like oil slicks than dirt.

Few choice tires: Proline M3 Snipers, Jconcepts Green Sub-Cultures
Every heat had a handful of cars limp off the track with broken camber links, a-arms, shock stand-offs and missing wheels.  It turns out that full speed triples and epic concrete capped doubles take its toll on these cars even with the world’s best drivers.
The oil was soaked into the track for round 2, traction picked up and lap times dropped. Lines around the track have essentially stayed the same with the exception of the 4 staggered bumps section. As soon as traction picked up many of the drivers started to double the inside set and it took off almost a second per lap.

Cavalieri struggled a bit in his first round of practice today. After making a few changes to his setup and switching to Proline Holeshots, it looks like he was back to his old ways and running up top. Maifield has been putting down fast laps all day long and definitely brought his A-game to the worlds this year. Tebo’s car looks absolutely dialed. His confidence is high being fan favorite and it doesn’t look like he is going to disappoint anyone quite yet. Drake didn’t set any laptime records but is Mr. Consistent and definitely deserves his higher seed. Top seed honors goes to Matt Castellano. He was putting down clean lap after clean lap with his Losi car.

Top overall times:
Matt Castellano
Jared Tebo
Ryan Maifield
Adam drake
Mike truhe
Jesse robbers
Ryan cavalieri

The track is looking fast and got a few much needed cement patches last night. The dirt doesn’t look like it got anymore oil but isnt super dry quite yet. Traction is really good and I would guess drivers will start going to harder compound tires for tomorrow as the track will most likely dry out. After the first 5 heats of round 1:

1 Ryan Maifield 14/10:37.89
2 Cody King 14/10:45.12
3 Renaud Savoya 13/10:04.36
4 Adam Drake 13/10:04.684
5 Robert Batlle 13/10:08.18
6 Jorn Neumann 13/10:08.20
7 Jared Tebo 13/10:08.80
8 Ryan Cavalieri 13/10:11.73
9 Matt Castellano 13/10:12.32
10 Miguel Matias 13/10:12.69
11 Taylor Peterson 13/10:12.86
12 Joseph Quagraine 13/10:13.17
13 Darren Bloomfield 13/10:16.1
14 Ty Tessmann 13/10:16.40
15 Mark Pavidis 13/10:16.70

Ryan Maifield is on fire setting the early TQ to beat. Fast lap braggin rights of round one go to Cody King putting down a blistering fast 43.77. The Kyosho cars of Tebo and King are looking fast around the track. King had one costly crash and Tebo made a few mistakes. Keep an eye on those cars to stay up top. Top seed, Matt Castellano ,made quite a few mistakes but still finished up with a respectable run. Renaud Savoya is the top European driver sitting in the 3rd qualifier.

Day 2 in Pattaya was not off to a good start for many of the drivers.
The scene outside the Zign Hotel was a mob of drivers and mechanics waiting for the already late shuttle to transport them to the track. What was supposed to be a 25 minute ride turned into an 1:25 scenic drive since the driver made a few wrong turns. Many of the racers arrived a matter of minutes before their races and scrambled to grab their cars in a rush to the staging areas.

Track conditions started off well oiled but quickly deteriorated to dry and rutted. Pot holes and ruts became more and more prevalent throughout the day. Faces of jumps became rough and it showed as cars were flying in every which direction and car chassis were wearing thin. Saying this track is difficult is definitely an understatement.  The giant double in the back right corner of the track was always a spectacle to watch.

Jared Tebo threw done some unsurprisingly fast laps throughout practice and looks great going around the track. Frenchman Jarome Aigion set the fastest pace in today’s practice but many drivers are still trying out different tires an setups and not running the entire ten minute runs. Ryan Maifield, Atsushi Hara, Reno Savoya and Ryan Cavalieri were also throwing down some blistering fast laps in practice.

After watching many rounds of practice today, I must say that this is truly anyone’s championship. The only prediction that I’m going to make now is the winner isn’t going to be the fastest around the track. They will be the one who crashes the least and car stays in one piece. The track is absolutely brutal on both the drivers and the cars!

Tomorrow has another 2 rounds of practice in store for us. These will be timed rounds and determine seeding for the qualifiers.  The track will be getting some much-needed maintenance tonight. Once the racing starts tomorrow, the track will have to remain as-is for the rest of racing. This is getting good…

On the agenda today: registration, tech inspection, setup pits and walk the track.

There are two different pit areas. Tables setup outdoors underneath easy-ups or the air-conditioned storage containers adjacent to the track. The  weather in Pattaya is in the high 80’s and very humid. The teams setting up shop in the climate controlled containers definitely had the upper hand.

All of the drivers were required to check in and have their cars go through technical inspection. The IFMAR officials would test the overall dimensions of the car and wing in a custom-built stainless steel box, then it would be off to the next official to check the weight and fuel tank capacity. The last inspection would be to make sure all of the parts on the car follow under IFMAR guidelines and the pipe, manifold and chassis would be marked with paint or engravings after they passed. Once the drivers completed this task it was off to prep the car for tomorrows practice runs.

The track layout remains the same as the warm ups with a few exceptions. Most noticeably the dirt has been coated with a layer of oil. Many of the drivers were relieved to see this as tire wear should be greatly reduced. One other noticeable feature of the track that has been changed is the absence of carpet. All of the carpeted jumps have now been capped with a layer of concrete. After walking around the track with some of the Team Associated drivers, I had a feeling chassis wear may be more of an issue than tire wear. When speaking with Team Associated’s Richard Saxton and Kyosho’s Lanis Thern (both whom did not attend the warm up), Lanis said “I just hope I don’t break on my first lap.” Im sure this will be a thought going through many of the driver’s minds as they fly over many of the new concrete capped jumps.

>After making my rounds in the pits, I noticed a few new products being brought out today for the first time. Ryan Maifield and JR Mitch both are sporting the new JConcepts “Punisher” modular wing. I must say, this is a pretty cool new and innovative part. The center of the wing is a flat, lower down-force style wing with removable sides. They had three different choices of sides, one standard side, a vented side and one set that was bent in towards the center of the car on the bottom half.  Also creeping its way around Ryan Maifield’s pit was two new sets of Jconcepts tires, the “IFMAR 3D” and “Hybrid.” Proline had a new version the Revolver out dubbed “Revolver 2.0” which had slightly more squared pins and looks like the spacing has been changed up a bit. All of which look like they can be very promising on the hard packed, fast track here in Thailand.

I caught up with Jared Tebo while walking the track and asked him what his thoughts were with being favored to win from the online crowd. After a slight chuckle, replied, “It doesn’t get to me. I’m here to have fun. I can tell you this though, I’m going to give it my best shot.” Jared also mentioned how well his car worked during practice and seems pretty confident in himself for the race to come.

by Julian Wong @

Looking for places to buy RC parts or where to race or bash in Thailand? RC Racing Radio Control Magazine indexes all of these, complete with website references so that you may scout online for info on RC tracks in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and other parts of thailand. This current issue Vol 73/2011 also features the new FRC, or “Fashion RC” track in Srinakarin, Bangkok which comes complete with an on-road track, dining, and a RC pro shop.

You may pick up a copy of RC Racing, Radio Control Magazine at all good news stands and bookshops in Thailand.

– Julian