Southern Indoor Championship report

by Lorenz Schmid

The Southern Indoor Championship was held at the R.H. Kirkpatrick Agricultural Arena in Autaugaville, AL. here is the race report from Eddy Cordoba:

"The 2017 Southern Indoor Championship was definitely an event that will be remembered. The track offered great elevation changes, fast flow, a smooth and challenging surface, major air time, and a gate start! The race directors also did a phenomenal job of putting on the race after having a power outage during qualifying day.

My dad and I arrived late on Friday to get in a few hours of practice. Right off the bat, my cars were really good and didn't need major changes. On qualifying day, I struggled in quals due to inconsistency and some lap traffic. My cars were handling the track well but I wasn't fully comfortable with the layout. I would end up qualifying 15th in Pro Nitro Truggy and 11th in Pro Nitro Buggy after 3 rounds. Being 15th in Truggy, I lined up 3rd in the 20 minute B-main. I was able to get the holeshot off the start and lead the entire main, which gave me the bump to the A-main. For the 30 minute Truggy A-main, I was able to get a good start and ran pretty consistent in 5th. I was able to get up to 4th near the end and finished there. In Pro Buggy, I was able to get another really good start. I ran mid-pack for the first part of the 30 minute main until I found myself in 5th halfway through. I would battle for 4th with Joe Bornhorst near the end of the main but he was able to pull a gap on me. I would go on to finish 5th in Pro Buggy."

Northwest Model Hobby Expo Race Report

by Lorenz Schmid

Race report by Travis Kendall:

This past weekend was another installment of the Northwest Model Hobby Expo held annually at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington. Prior to last year, this show primarily held host to a number of model boat and plane clubs, drifters, and crawlers as well. A nice slow pace for those who enjoy the detail oriented side of the RC industry. Last year at this show, however, Diehard RC, a group of individuals who sought to fill the void created by our loss of our closest clay indoor track, brought the introduction of speed.

Since the fall of 2015, Diehard RC has been traveling throughout Snohomish County. A previously astroturf, now carpet surface rolled out of a trailer and built and taken down for every scheduled race. Starting last year, Diehard started filling some space inside the Hobby Expo, and we setup for our now annual three day event.

This year's race was formatted like most three day RC racing events. Practice on Friday, Qualifiers on Saturday, Mains on Sunday. I spent all day on Friday trying things on my HB Racing D413 that I thought could help me find a balance between Speed and Stability. On Carpet, both are important, and the 4wd Buggy class is arguably the most demanding class on artificial surfaces. I found a great setup that day that I felt like was fast enough to win, and so I put my head down and got to work.

Qualifying day was very good. I opened up in Q1 with a rather slow but consistent 21/5:01 which was good enough to put me 2nd overall behind HB's Carson Phipps. It was not the time I had hoped for but I had two more runs to make work of it. Q2 went much better as I as locked in and focused on my driving more than anything and payed less attention to what the car was doing. I threw down a 23/5:13, a completely mistake free run, and set the TQ time for Q2 right in front of Northwest Hobby's own Brad Borneill who has been throwing down on carpet with us all season with his Yokomo YZ-4, and has really forced us to drive beyond our comfort zones. I felt really good to have thrown down what would be the fastest time all day. Q3 went a little less well as I started pushing a little too hard trying to find my limit and I made way too many mistakes to be close to the top. Brad would end up taking TQ in Q3, and since my Q1 time was rather slow, he would beat me in the tie-breaker for the overall TQ, so I would be starting 2nd on the grid for Triple A mains on Sunday. While my Q3 run was frustrating, it showed me where the limit was and how important consistency is as opposed to speed, so I felt very confident heading into Sunday.

There was a sense of relaxation in the air as I arrived at the Expo Sunday morning. I showed up around 7:30, racing wouldn't begin until 9am and I wasn't up until race 12 for A1 of 4wd Buggy, so I took a lot of time going over the D413 that morning. I replaced the castor blocks, assembled new front drivelines and axles, lubricated and installed new bearings, and completely redid my suspension. I felt confident in my ability to push for the win.

A1 would drop and I would get a terrible start as I was accidentally hit off the start which sent me close to the back, so I charged hard to make my way up to the front. I settled up in third where then Diehard's Tyler Wilbur and I would battle it out for the remainder of the race. I made the pass and let it stick and I would finish 2nd in A1 behind Brad Borneill.

A2 would go a little less my way. I got a great start but on the third lap I traction rolled and fell mostly to the back. I made my way up to the front again back up to third and I finished just a few tenths behind Tyler Wilbur. Brad would take A2 and lock up the overall, Wilbur 2nd, me in 3rd.

A3 would put me first on the starting grid since Brad could not run A3 as he had already won A1 and A2. This race would determine what the podium would look like as mathematically it could only be Tyler and I on the podium. This race would determine the final order. I got a clean start and drove solid and consistent, trying to make sure I didn't push too hard and start making mistakes. I could tell Tyler had made his way up to 2nd but I still decided to keep doing what I was doing. Towards the end of the race Tyler had a few rough laps and that would give me a lot of space where I could just cruise to victory. It felt good going a whole main without making a mistake, and as such I would finish 2nd overall for the day with Tyler in 3rd.

It was an awesome weekend and even though we didn't get the job done, I learned a lot. Next stop is Cabin Fever 2017 in Lewiston, Idaho in less than two weeks, so it's time to get the cars ready for dirt!

D413: most notable changes:

- I had previously stiffened my rear shocks up to 50wt TLR in the rear which helped a lot with keeping the rear end calm. Something I noticed though is that the rear was way stiffer than the front with 1000cst oil. Now I don't know what the direct conversion is but I know that 50wt should not equal out to 1000 cst (At least I don't think). When I went to go do my suspension work Sunday morning before mains, I noticed that the ball in the shock rod end would barely move. Turns out the rod end had been too far up on the shaft thus the shaft was forcing the plastic onto the ball and limiting how free the ball moved. I backed it off just enough and what ended up happening in the mains is the rear end was just barely too edgy. So I can either go 60wt and try that or go with more internal limiters. Not entirely sure yet but I plan to try both anyways to see how it works.

- Something that I tried out of curiosity more than anything was putting the "C" spec tower on the rear of the D413. What I found out is that it gave me great stability at high speed, which is what I understand the carbon tower on the 817 series to be doing as well. I had wondered if the same principle applied on high bite as well as high speed so I threw it on and I was amazed at the different it had made. It completely changed the feel of the car which made it comfortable to drive really fast while keeping it stable. I plan on trying the shorter front tower for the D413 and the short towers for the 216 as well. I would be curious to see how those respond.

- This one is going to sound really dumb, but I put new tires on for the first time in a while and it made a huge difference. They were fairly edgy but the speed was there that I had been looking for. The tricky thing about carpet I have learned is that even though tires last a really long time, it's only maybe two/three race days that you can utilize their effectiveness as once they lose their edge then they are pretty much useless.

Tiny's Twisted Nitro Challenge Report

by Lorenz Schmid

Last weekend took place the Tiny's twisted nitro challenge in Kingman, AZ. Here is the race report by Paul Somarriba:

"Morning track temps where below freezing as open practice was underway, Heavy rain throughout the week made for a slightly muddy and soft track once the dirt started to thaw around noon. For the first qualifier i decided to go with super soft AKA i-beams in buggy, I had to much grip resulting in traction rolling alot and couldn't really drive normally. For truggy I stuck with super soft AKA gridiron II and put in a good run finishing 2nd and 1st for the 2nd qualifier no changes were made, for the 2nd buggy qualifier i switched to ultra soft gridiron II and went to a white rear spring, i was putting in a decent run until my receiver pack discharged completely. Once the 30 min Mains came around the temp outside was 37f , Truggy main was up1st, my truck felt planted and very easy to drive the whole main never changing how it felt from start to finish with my base setup. For the buggy main i started at the back of the pack, I cruised for the first lap being careful not to get tangled up or needing to be marshaled with 10 cars on a smaller track. I worked my way up to 3rd by the first pit stop and inherited to lead mid race, my car felt amazing the whole race being very predictable and consistent."

Rosario Giaimo joins HB Racing

by Lorenz Schmid

HB Racing is pleased to announce the signing of italian rising star Rosario Giaimo. Schepis driver will use the R8 1/8 on-road car at major events in Italy including Italian championship.

HB Racing D817 World Champion Buggy

by Lorenz Schmid

HB Racing proudly presents the World Championship winning 1/8 Nitro Off-Road Buggy, the brand new D817! Download the World Premiere PDF by clicking here!

These are some key features of the new kit:

  • Long Wheelbase 3mm Aluminum Chassis
  • Fine Adjustment Aluminum D-Mount
  • Reinforced & Enclosed Radio Tray
  • Revised Rear Upright Geometry
  • Universal & CVA Compatibility
  • Pro-Line Predator Body
  • Pro-Line Trifecta Wing
  • New Universal Joints
  • HB Monocoque Suspension Arms
  • Sintered Brake Pads

You can find the D817 production model at the booth of our new distributor for Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg at the 2017 Toy Fair in Nuremberg: Absima (Hall 7A Booth D-119).

Southern Indoor Championship report

by Lorenz Schmid

Race report by Monty Reeder:

"Traveled to Alabama to race the Southern Indoor Championship this weekend. Got there around 8:00pm friday night and ran a couple of packs through my new e817. Track conditions where a little slick and dusty but overall the car felt stable and easy to drive. Based on practice i made some changes to shock oil and off we went into gualifing. For this race they offered a +40 ebuggy class. So i ran that, along with pro ebuggy. The event lost power saturday due to some severe storms and tornados in the area. So the promoters ran the electric classes in the dark with only the sunlight shinning in the doors from outside. This proved to be detrimental to my effort in pro buggy putting me in the Cmain. In this race a starting gate was featured and needless to say it didnt work out for me breaking on the first lap. In +40 the story was a success. The buggy performed flawlessly and and i was able to earn a start from 3rd on the grid. They ran triple A mains and i was able to finish 2nd overall with a 4,2,1 in the mains. I ran m4 fugitives in main 2 and 3 to get my lap times down respectively and was able to showcase what the car is capable of. Thank you HB racing."

30th Winter Midwest Championships - report

by Lorenz Schmid

Austin Weeks went to The Ohio RC Factory for the 30th Winter Midwest Championships it was a 3 day event. Practice was started on Friday, qualifiers on Saturday, and mains on Sunday. They had 198 entries, it was a great turn out. Practice fir day was great, Austin learned the track and tried every tire we had, we made no changes to the car and picked the tires JConcept green reflex for both the qualifiers and the main. Saturday Austin felt very confident, his first qualifier he got TQ and was very happy with the car. The second qualifier didn't go as planned, he made some mistakes but still had TQ by Sundays main.

Austin started the 30 minute main driving with every fast pace and half a lap lead on second. When he made a driver error and jumped and landed off the track he missed the scoring line and had to go back over the pipe. The marshal had to throw him back on the track and he had to turn around again, by this time he lost the lead. Austin drove his lines and caught first. The lead changed 11 times, it all came down to the last pit stop. Austin had the fastest pit of anyone and came out ahead of the leader. He ended up putting a lap on the field to take the win. The cool thing was that he was the only one who drove HB in the final.

HB Racing welcomes Morgan Renzi

by Lorenz Schmid

HB Racing is happy to confirm Morgan Renzi in his official team for 2017. The young talented driver will attend the major race in italy and drive his R8 prepared by Alessandro Sabatini. Both will provide support on the track and help for the development of the car.

11th Annual Colonel’s Winter Classic report

by Lorenz Schmid

Race report from Eddy Cordoba:

"This past weekend, my father and I traveled down on Friday to Phil Hurd Raceway in Savannah, GA for the Colonel's Winter Classic. My intentions were to run Pro Nitro Buggy and Pro Nitro Truggy. Practice was on Friday and immediately my cars were really good so I did not make many setup changes. I only went down in shock oil in both cars because of the cold temperatures (32-42 degrees). The average lap time was around 25-26 seconds long. The track was pretty high speed with small jumps and was not too hard. With this being said, you had to be very consistent in order to do well. The surface was relatively smooth with a groove in the middle and some dust along the edges. I found that Holeshots in M4 worked very well throughout the weekend.

Going into Saturday, we were going to run 3 rounds of Qual Points style qualifying but we got delayed because of rain Saturday morning. Since the track was so wet at one point, I decided to just run Pro Nitro Buggy and let my truggy wait until SIC. So, we ended up running one round of qualifying Saturday evening and one round of qualifying on Sunday. After qualifying, I ended up 4th on the grid for the 30 minute long A-main. I had the speed but made too many mistakes throughout my qualifiers.

Going into the main, I decided to go to a softer clutch setting for more traction and moved my steering tie rods forward on the ackerman plates in order to get more steering. I believe these changes helped me a lot because I was able to stay more consistent throughout the main. At the start of the main, I didn't get a great start. I believe I was around 5th or 6th for a few laps. I was able to gain a few positions within 5 minutes and found myself in 1st. I would battle hard with Jim Kvidera for the first 20 minutes of the race until I was able to pull a bit of a gap. In the last 5 minutes, I was able to stretch out my lead and take the win after the 30 minute A-main. "

Christmas Clash Race report

by Lorenz Schmid

Race report by Scott Robert:

"This weekend I attended the Christmas Clash at R/C Kinetics indoor turf track in Troy NY. This was a special event as it was also a drop off point for the Toys for Tots foundation. I packed up my HB racing sleigh with a bunch of goodies for the less fortunate and headed to the track. This race would be on a turf track which is not as common in the US. After some practice and some adjustments, I found myself sitting in the TQ position. My HB Racing's buggy speed and durability would go unmatched on this day granting me the victory, but more importantly, I was able to help bring holiday cheer to those in need."