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.
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.