Chassis – Team Associated RC8B3.1 Engine – Novarossi Mito 4 Tyres – Pro-Line Blockade X2 compound Fuel – VP Racing Fuel 30% Radio/Servos – Sanwa M12s / Reedy RT2207A Body – Pro-Line Prototype Remarks – The 2015 Philippine Masters Champion, Team Associated’s Kyle McBride makes his return to Manila after missing last year’s event and shows up with the newest rendition of the RC8 in basic stock form. Kyle has gone with harder compound tires which better suit the hotter weather along with a drop in ride height from his normal because of the higher grip than what he’s accustomed to.
Chassis – HB Racing D8TE Engine – OS Speed 21XZ-B Spec II Tyres – Pro-Line Blockade X3 Compound Fuel – Tornado 25% Radio/Servos – Futaba 4PX / Futaba S9373SV Body – Pro-Line Enforcer Remarks – The ever popular, and fan favourite, Atsushi Hara has decided to make a return home to long-time chassis sponsor, HB Racing, and choosing to run both the HB racing 1/8th buggy and truggy as a chassis privateer for this event. Remarking that his D8TE ‘Tessman Edition’ has worked well that ‘it’s been a while for truggy’, the only added modification over the stock kit comes in the form of Avid carbon fibre arm inserts for the extreme heat here in the Philippines.
Chassis – HB Racing D817 Engine – Team Orion CRF Factory RS V3 WC Tyres – JConcepts Detox R2 Compound Fuel – Runner Time Top 25 Radio/Servos – Sanwa/ Highest D1000 Body – JConcepts Silencer Remarks – The current IFMAR 1:8th World Champion, David Ronnefalk, is making his first appearance at the Philippine Masters and has displayed very enthusiastic emotions about being here and racing in Asia. The WC is running a basic version of the D817 with the addition of hard arms and carbon fibre stiffener inserts to give him the feel and response that he needs on this sugar/molasses coated track. With the temperatures near 32C, Ronnefalk has gone up in shock oil and diff oil to adjust for the hotter climates here in Manila.
Chassis – Destiny RC-10S Motor – LRP X20 4.5T ESC – LRP Flow X TC Spec Battery – LRP 5600mAh Tires (handout) – Sweep Radio/Servo – KO Propo Body – Protoform LTC-R
Remarks – Young Japanese driver Jin Sawada was running the Destiny RC-10S in Thailand with a number of new, soon to be released, parts as well as some already available option parts. The main new items are the new suspension mounts that now using inserts instead of ball for better tuning possibilities, 1mm lower bulkheads , a motor mount that is 1.5mm closer to the centre line and smaller diff and spool pulleys. In terms of setup he started with his standard setup and just played with the shock package, finally settling on softer springs and harder oil.
Chassis – Spice BD7 Single Belt Conversion Motor – Scorpion 17.5T ESC – Hobbywing Battery – G Style 6000mAh Tires (handout) – Ride Radio/Servo – Sanwa Body – Tamiya
Remarks – Spice designer Yukinori Kagayama is running his own designed single belt conversion for the Yokomo BD7. Suitable for up to 10.5 turn non boost or 13.5 turn boost touring car, the single belt design, which replaces the original 2 belt configuration, gives the car a more linear feel on both throttle and brake due to the lack of slack in the belts. The conversion itself comprises of the single piece motor mount and belt tensioner, the tope deck and the single belt. An updated version soon to be released will allow the motor mount position to be adjusted and with a single belt design there is no need to different belts for each motor position.
Remarks – Infinity team driver and Bangkok resident Jilles Groskamp is using the Infinity SMJ Prototype to take the first 3 qualifiers here at the TITC. Using the same car he received at the Sunpadow GP in China late last year he has since worked on making the car lighter so that he can better strategically place weight. Since testing for the TITC began he has tried both different flex top decks as well as an aluminium chassis but has reverted back to the configuration he used to win the Ride Cup some weeks ago. Deciding to stick with a carbon chassis while others have gone for aluminium he believes it to have a wider range of traction for the changing conditions while the metal version only really suits the higher traction.