Chassis – Xray XB8 ’17 Engine – OS Speed XZB Spec II Tyres – Pro-Line Electro Shot X2 Fuel – Nitro Lux Fuel 25% Radio/Servos – Futaba 4PXR / Ko Propo RSX Body – Bitty Design Force Remarks – Now in her 7th year of racing, young Shania Yulo is an up and coming 17-year-old female racer who is making a name for herself as of late. At the 2014 Philippine Masters, she bumped from the C, B, and to the A and even went on to win the hour main event to claim her first PM Championship in Truggy. Without a home track, the Valencia City, Philippines native has to fly 2 hours to race.
Chassis – Team Associated RC8T3 Engine – Novarossi Mito 7 Tyres – Pro-Line Blockade X2 compound Fuel – VP Racing Fuel 30% Radio/Servos – Sanwa M12s / Reedy RT2207A Body – Pro-Line Enforcer Remarks – The 2-time attendee to the Philippine Masters, Team Associated’s Kyle McBride makes his debut in the truggy class this year and sits on top after 5 rounds of qualifying. The 7 time Australian National Champion said he’s running a basic RC8T3, apart from a few minor changes he’s made from his home track setup at Pine Hills in Australia.
Chassis – Mugen MBX-7TR Engine – Novarossi Drake Special Edition Tyres – AKA Impact Fuel – Flashpoint Fuel 30% Radio/Servos – Sanwa M12s / Sanwa SRG-BZX Body – Mugen kit Remarks – Being one of the long time regulars at Circulo Verde Offroad Track, Mugen’s Edward Sio is always a fan favorite and this year has stepped up his efforts in organizing the Philippine Masters 2017. With 2017 being his 8th year in attendance, Sio wanted to make this year’s PM a success and his extremely happy with the way things have gone with many professional drivers making the trip over to highlight the event making it the biggest race in the history of the Philippines.
Chassis – Mugen MBX-7R Engine – OS Speed B2101 Tyres – Pro-Line X2 Fugitives Fuel – Flashpoint Fuel 30% Radio/Servos – Hitec Lynx 4S / Hitec HSB-9370TH Body – Pro-Line Predator Remarks – Making his 3rd appearance to the Philippine Masters, Mugen’s Adam Drake is one of the original professional drivers to race the PM. Drake’s MBX-7R has a few minor modifications like the Flashpoint brass pistons and newly designed engine mount. Also following the trend of upping shock oils and diff oils, Drake commented that his car isn’t much different from what he normally runs and has mostly been testing tires, running a different set every run on his buggy.
Chassis – Team Associated RC8B3.1 Engine – OS Speed B2101 Tyres – Pro-Line Blockade X2 compound Fuel – VP Racing Fuel 25% Radio/Servos – Futaba 4PX / Reedy RT2207A Body – AE kit body Remarks – ‘The King’, Richard Saxton has made the journey from California to participate in this year’s Philippine Masters and who is enjoying his first ever trip to the Philippines commented that ‘the people are really nice, the track is fun, and I’m having a really great time here.’ Saxton’s Team Associated RC8B3.1 is kit stock besides the Fast Race shock caps, which utilizes a different bladder and have no volume behind the bladder and was seen on Spencer Rivkin’s buggy at the Neo. Also, Saxton is using a +5mm rear shock standoff to fine tune the rear end of the buggy, however Saxton also remarked that he was going to try Kyle McBride’s emulsion shock package in round 4 of qualifying to see which was better.
Chassis – Xray XB8 ’17 Engine – OS Speed B2102 Tyres – Pro-Line Electro Shot silver compound Fuel – VP Racing Fuel 25% Radio/Servos – Sanwa M12s / MKS HBL599 Body – Xray Remarks – Making his first trip to the Philippines, Xray’s Ty Tessmann’s late arrival has put the former World Champion on the back foot, but he is starting to show great form and rival the pace. Having to go up in diff and shock oil, this hotter climate and high grip surface is all new to Tessman and his XB8 ’17. The only modifications to his XB8 ’17 are the addition of Lunsford titanium screws throughout.