April 26, 2024

2024 Philippine Masters Chassis Focus Index

Last weekend Red RC made our third trip to Manila for the world class offroad event that is the Philippine Masters.  Famed as being Asia’s biggest annual 1:8 Offroad race, the Circulo Verde track is renowned for its difficulty and 3D style build with this year’s 12 edition of the race using a new method to seal the surface.  This resulted in minimal tyre wear even over the 1-hour Main final in which Team Associated’s Davide Ongaro recovered from an early flame out to take his fourth win in the capital city.  The first time Sparko was officially represented at the race, a great driver by Ryan Pavidis netted the American runner-up spot.  Great to see the legendary Atsushi Hara back racing at the the front end.  It was great to once again do a chassis focus with him, Sworkz hooking him up for the event, and it great to see the former World Champion enjoying his racing so much once again.  Attracting 205 entries from 16-nations, we got the chance to photograph buggies from 9 drivers representing 7 different manufacturers as well as the TQ & winning Sworks truggy of Bulgaria visitor Plamen Petrov which we have compiled below in our latest Chassis Focus index.

Davide Ongaro – Team Associated RC8 B4.1 (Overall TQ & Win)

Ryan Pavidis – Sparko F8 (2nd overall)

Atsushi Hara – Sworkz S35-4 EVO (3rd overall)

Joern Neumann – Sworkz S35-4 EVO (Q2 TQ)

Alex Bernadzik – Associated RC8 B4.1 (Q1 TQ)

Ryan Lutz – Kyosho MP10 TKi3

Jayden Jamieson – Xray XB8’24

Jackson Beale – Tekno NB48 2.1

Logan Toia – HB Racing


Plamen Petrov – Sworkz S35-T2 (Overall TQ and Win)


April 21, 2024

Chassis Focus – Joern Neumann (Sworkz)

Chassis – Sworkz S35-4 EVO
Engine – Nova Engines B5R EVO
Fuel – TPro
Tires – TPro Matar C4
Radio/Servo – FlySky Noble Pro / Highest B210
Body – Kit

Remarks – Joern is using the option carbon plate radio tray from Sworkz on his buggy and for the high temperature here at the Philippine Masters is using Ultra Hard Rear Arms.  The rear wing in the buggy is a prototype from Sworkz which is expected to be released soon.

April 21, 2024

Chassis Focus – Jayden Jamieson (Xray)

Chassis – Xray XB8 ’24
Engine – Protek RC Samuri RM1
Fuel – Not disclosed
Tires – TZO 501
Radio/Servo – Sanwa M17 / Protek RC 170SBL
Body – Xray with Xray wing

Remarks – Photographing Hayden buggy straight after he finish 10th in the 15 buggy 1-hour final,  the only change to the XB8 ’24 are titanium turnbuckles from T-Works.

April 21, 2024

Chassis Focus – Davide Ongaro (Associated)

Chassis – Team Associated RC8 B4.1
Engine – O.S. Speed ONG World Champion Edition
Fuel – Energy
Tires – Matrix Blackhole
Radio/Servo – Sanwa EXZES ZZ / Sanwa PGS-XBII (Steering)/PGS-XRII (Throttle)
Body – Matrix Aria

Remarks – Davide’s buggy features a number of parts from his ONG brand including the Wing Mount, Shock Caps and Shock Pins.  It is also fitted with JConcepts turnbuckles and a titanium screw set from T-Works.

April 21, 2024

Chassis Focus – Plamen Petrov (Sworkz)

Chassis – Sworkz S35-T2
Engine – Reds Racing 721 Superveloce Gen3
Fuel – TPro
Tires – 6mik Scratch
Radio/Servo – Flutaba 10PX / Savox SB2292 (Steering) / SRT BH9027
Body – Bruggy

Remarks – From Bulgaria, this was Plamen’s first Philippine Masters with him quickly getting to grips with the track securing the TQ and win in the 30-minute final.  While doing the chassis focus after his win, he noticed he was a little lucky to finish given he was down to three engine mount screws!

April 20, 2024

Chassis Focus – Ryan Pavidis (Sparko)

Chassis – Sparko F8
Engine – O.S. Speed 2104
Fuel – Not disclosed
Tires – Hotrace Sahara
Radio/Servo – Futaba 10PX / MKS 599
Body – JConcepts S15 / Protek RC Wing

Remarks – Ryan has built his buggy using Klinik titanium turnbuckles and screws.  He is also using front spindles from AMR and shocks caps & DLC coated shock shafts from RC Project.