The Neo Buggy Race is becoming one of the must-attend races on the international rallycross racing scene. With big names from around the world attending and nearly every manufacturer wanting to win it, it’s also become one of the biggest races to observe online!
One of the big talking points during the race was the debut of some new parts for the Lightning 2 Pro rallycross buggy. Who would be driving the Lightning became another talking point: touring car champs Marc Rheinard and Andy Moore handling the driving duties, with ‘Papa’ Miura from Hot Bodies handling mechanic duties. With minimal experience (Andy had never raced a major rallycross event, and Marc’s last outing was at the 2005 Neo race) there were many curious spectators and racers interested to see how the pair would do during the weekend!
The race was held at the massive Harper Adams track, which has hosted big events before. They didn’t disappoint, either, with a massive indoor circuit that featured many distinctive areas, a huge rostrum for the drivers and a completely professional racing programme.
The new parts on the Lightning buggies included new shock towers front and rear, a new main chassis, improved radio plate and several other parts that combine to make up what will become the Lightning 2 Pro EVO kit, due to be released later this year! With development continuing on the Evo version, plus HB’s 4WD electric buggy in testing and Andy’s World Champion title, you can see that Hot Bodies is fully committed to continuing its racing success and pushing the boundaries of RC development and technology!
So, how did Marc and Andy do at the Neo race? They both finished in the semi-finals, just a few places away from the coveted A Final event! Not bad for a couple of touring car drivers…