Serpent have announced the signing of Felix Law to their Asian team. One of the friendliest and loudest in the pits, Felix, also known as “More Powa” will be driving both on-road and off-road classes throughout Asia. With the knowledge of multi-platform racing Felix will also support all Serpent customers and stage some race clinics too. Felix has the following to say about the deal:
After a long thinkover, I have finally decided to join Team Serpent for upcoming seasons and start this exciting adventure. I have to thank Serpent and Mr. Lau for giving me the chance to work with Team Serpent to expand all of their upcoming projects and ideas. For anyone out there, feel free I contact me on Facebook if you have any question, I will do my best to help.
Following their departure from long-term sponsors Mugen and Modelix Racing, Bryan and Oscar Baldo have announced TLR and Horizon Hobby as their new home. The two Spanish 1/8th buggy specialists will use TLR’s 8ight buggies in their campaign and they have the following to say about the move:
We are very excited to collaborate with Horizon Hobby and we want to thank everyone who made it possible, Jerome Sartel, Kevin Gahan and Todd Hodge, besides the own company for this opportunity. After 8 years with minor changes in our brands, we face this new challenge very excited and looking forward to start the season to start racing with this great team.
Alexander Hagberg has topped seeding at the opening round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in the Czech Republic. Only 11th fastest in the first of the two timed practices, the Xray driver would find much improvement on his second attempt to set the fastest 3-consecutive laps by 0.138 of a second from Tamiya’s Akio Sobue, the Japanese driver also finding a chunk of time. Having been second fastest in TP1, reigning champion Bruno Coelho would better his time but such was Hagberg & Sobue’s improvement he would drop to third. Topping the first practice, Ronald Volker would slide to 6th, the Top 6 separated by just under 4/10ths of a second.
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RC Concept have announced the signing of Australian Off-road frontrunner, Ben Sterling. Ben is well known around the world and brings in some 16 years of knowledge in the industry. The 2016 Victorian State Titles holder will work together with the Australian RC Concept distributor to support all RC Concept users in Australia and he had this to say:
Firstly I would like to thank Alpha for the past 3 years. It has been an absolute pleasure working with them and evolving their company and product. Thanks so much for RC Concept for giving me this opportunity to run their great engines and also 1/8 EP electronics for the 2017/2018 seasons. I can’t wait to race this awesome package.
Destiny have announced the signing of up and coming Japanese drivers Shin and Jin Sawada. At 17 years old, Jin already made several A-mains at the Japanese Nationals while 12 years old Shin already showed some very impressive speed and results. The first big race for the two was the recent AOC finale at Yatabe arena where Jin achieved a fine third place after the qualifiers.
The driver market is in full swing these days and the latest pilot to swap teams is Italy’s Dario Balestri. The long-time Capricorn factory driver, multiple European Champion and Worlds A-finalist will teamed up with Creation Model and will be campaign Infinity’s 1/8th and 1/10th nitro on-road cars while helping with future developments. Dario says:
It’s a great pleasure for me to be chosen as part of Infinity “dream team”; I join a group of friendly and dedicated guys that shares my same passion for r/c world. I wanna express my gratitude to Kenji San that believes in my skills giving me this opportunity. I’m so excited to start this new chapter of my professional career and I will do my best to help the entire staff to realize the best products for the customers. See you at the track!
The team signings and departures are coming thick and fast with the announcement by Kyosho Europe that Jerome Aigoin has left their team. Following 10 years together in which they won the very competitive French Nationals 3 times in a row between 2012 and 2014 as well as finishing runner up at the 2011 Euros, the time has come for the two parties to go their separate ways. The statement from Kyosho Europe states:
Over the last 10 years Team Kyosho International have relied on Jerome’s good image and qualities, he has represented the Kyosho brand at multiple occasions on the worldwide racing scene. His speed, knowledge and driving skills allowed him to remain competitive on many international and national 1/8 offroad races and championships, winning sever national crowns. Jerome joined Team Kyosho International early 2007 and immediately entered the highest level in the ranking list of pro drivers. Working tightly with Kyosho Japan, as well as Kyosho Europe, he has been a great ambassador for every brand distributed by the group over the years. With 2017 new season in the loop, this 10 year close relationship is coming to its end, Kyosho Corporation and Kyosho Europe would like to thank Jerome and are wishing him the best for his future, on and off the track.
Up and coming Italian racer and star of the recent World Championships in Las Vegas Davide Ongaro has announced today that he will part ways with Mugen. Davide said, “After three years of a successful cooperation with Mugen Seiki Europe that peaked with the brilliant results at the Vegas Worlds, it is time for me and my team to try a new adventure. My new destination will be announced shortly. I would like to take the chance to thank Stefan at MSE, Sanada San and Osaka San at Mugen Japan, and my team mates Adam Drake and Robert Batlle for all the support they gave me. Your help is something I’ll be forever grateful for.” Whats next for the young racer? It will all be confirmed soon.