Category Archives: Team Drivers

Keilor Cup Results and Photos

The Keilor Cup is arguably a big event on the Off Road racing calendar in Australia, and results and photos from the event are starting to filter through. Let’s start with the results themselves which can be found complete at , and with over 160 entries, there is a few results there!

Photos, I’ll start with the one I am biased towards, President of the club I am a member of, Sam Wells, took out the win in 4wd Modified Buggy at the cup and had this to say about it;

Very happy with my results at the recent Keilor cup. My Xray Xb4, running Proline holeshot m3 2.0 tyres was hooked up and faultless all weekend allowing me to take the win in 4wd modified.

I always enjoy coming over to Vic and racing at the Keilor Offroad RC Club. I had a close battle with Glen Bonetti in A1 and Ray Munday in A2 who was charging hard. Well done to all the other competitors and thankyou to the Keilor club for hosting another fantastic event. With 160 entries they did very well get through it all in 1 day.

I would like to thank Ari Bakla from Xray and Proline Australia for the opportunity to run such great equipment, Nicola Poltronieri from Gforce Australia for the super smooth and easy to use ESC and Jeff Schroeder and the team from Fantom motors for building such powerful and reliable motors.

A special thanks to John Watkins and Amy for there hospitality. Without them i wouldn’t be able to do these events.

Sam Wells from Team Xray Australia and his 1st place trophy for 4wd Modified Buggy

Proline Australia posted on their facebook page about the PRO-2 SCT’s participation in the event here;

he Proline Pro-2 SCT in action this past weekend at the Keilor Cup! Over 20 entries in SCT and 170 in total for all classes! The Pro-2 got 3rd over all with 2 Pro-2 trucks making the main!

Team Kyosho Australia posted on their facebook page this photo of one of their team drivers and his new Lazer ZX-6.

A great photo of Team driver Ben Sterling at the Keilor Cup steering the new ZX6! Now available in Australia! First shipment is selling fast! (Thanks BJ Louey for the Pic)

Model engines posted a host of photos from the event on their facebook page, so rather than me reposting them here, head over to their page directly to see them at

Ray Munday, a well known and highly respected racer, posted a photo of his B5M from the event on facebook as well as a link to the setup sheet for the B5M for the event

Ray Munday’s B5M whose setup can be found at the Keilor RC Website.

Cameron Zammit was also racing at the event and posted a roundup with some photos on his facebook page here


Keilor Cup 2014.
What a awesome day of racing at the Keilor cup for the 2014 Driver Series Round 3.
In 2wd Stock, qualified (TQ) I finished 2nd for the day in a field of 35 racers.
In 4wd stock, qualified 2nd and finished 1st for the day in a field of 36.
I would like to thank my family for coming out on the day to support me and also the Keilor club for a great event. Also I would like to thanks my sponsors Ace Hobbies and Team Associated.


Team Argo change to the Schumacher Mi5 Evo

There are very few RC Racing Teams in Australia, and many of the big name drivers are not nearly recognisable as they should be for the incredible level of skill that they display, and that was one of the reasons I started Aussie RC, to help raise that profile a little. This is one of those instances.

Team Argo is a group of mates teamed together in Queensland who race regularly at events and club meets alike.  They made an announcement a couple of days ago that they would be changing platforms to the Schumacher MI5 Evo platform, which given it’s design and results so far, isn’t a bad move at all.  The original release on their facebook page stated:

Winston Churchill once said ‘To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often’. Team ARGO is continuing on it’s path of change by today announcing that the team is moving to the Schumacher MI5 Evo. The crew at Action RC has taken care of the numbers and arranged a package that will see Terry, B1, B2 and myself racing this package for the 2014/15 race year. We have been impressed by the Evo since it’s launch and look forward to running this equipment in the near future. Let the sledging begin.

The news was also shared by Action RC, their Schumacher supplier in a statement on their website here in an article titles What to Say?

For more information on Team Argo RC, check out their facebook page here

Aussie RC Drivers Facebook Wrapup

With so many sponsored drivers about the place it can be very hard to keep track of who is who and where, so facebook is a great way of keeping up to date with what your favourite local, national or international Driver, Club, Event or Manufacturer is up to.

Of course Aussie RC News on facebook should be your first stop for Australian RC News (shameless plug ), however there are a few others worth checking out.

I am not going down to the club level of facebook pages today, maybe another day, but on Facebook as a page we can only follow other Pages, so facebook groups for clubs, and personal profiles for drivers we can not follow.  So you know of any clubs, drivers or australian companies or teams that we have not listed, just drop us a line and let us know via email or facebook.

Australian Drivers

We always want to know about the facebook pages for Australian Drivers, so if you know of any, please let us know! The ones that we do have are mostly the very young drivers.

  • Aaron Dexter –
  • Caleb Noble –
  • Cameron Zammit –

Australian Teams / Brands

I don’t profess to have listed everybody, but here are a few worth watching

  • Rally Legends Australia –
  • TLR Australia –
  • Durang Fansite run by an Australian –
  • Bezerk RC, a Melbourne based company making CF parts –
  • Kyosho Australia –
  • Kyosho South East Queensland –
  • Team Xray Australia –
  • Proline Australia –
  • Team JQ Australia –
  • Onmyway Racing –
  • Team Schumacher Australia –
  • Team Yokomo Australia –
  • Serpent Racing Australia –
  • Tyson Walsh Racing –

International Drivers

Most of these need no introduction, so here is the list!

  • Lee Martin –
  • Adam Drake –
  • Ty Tessmann –
  • Marc Rheinard –
  • Mike Truhe –
  • Reno Savoya –
  • Jorn Neumann –
  • Carson Wernimont –
  • Ryan Lutz –

I thought I would throw in a couple of extra links at the end. THe Queensland Model Drag Association and always fascinating Euro Offroad Series more commonly known as EOS

Ari Bakla continues with XRAY

From the Xray website, it’s pretty rare to see much about australian drivers on the manufacturers websites.

XRAY is happy to announce that multiple Australian National Champion Ari Bakla will continue to race with XRAY in 2014 season. Ari has been the main leader of the Australian XRAY team racing in all the classes with great success and countless victories. Ari will continue in 2014 to race with T4, XB8, XT9 & XB4.

Ari’s best achievements:
• 11x Australian National Champion
• 40x State Champion
• 2013 EP Off-road State Champion 2WD & 4WD
• 2013 GP Off-road PROLINE Challenge winner
• 2012 4WD EP Off-road National Champion
• 2012 EP On road National Champion
• 2012 3rd Place GP Truggy Nationals
• 2012 A-Main Finish GP Buggy Nationals

Ari says:
“To work with XRAY team is a true pleasure. The 2013 racing season was successful for me and our Australian team and I am sure the 2014 will be another successful year and we will do our best. I’m 100% confident in the XRAY company and their products, they can get me to the winners circle once again. In 2014 I will be traveling to all major Australian races to support our XRAY team and I will be happy to help anyone, just stop by to see me.”

Ari will in 2014 race at all the major events in Australia including:
• GP Off-road Nationals
• GP Off-road NSW States
• GP Off-road Proline Challenge Series (5 Races)
• EP On road Nationals
• EP On road States
• EP Off-road NSW State Proline Challenge Series (5 Races)

Source: Team Xray