ARC USA have announced the signing of KO Propo Grand Prix winner Brandon Cho to their team. Brandon will campaign the 2016 ARC R8.0 1/8 scale nitro kit at major national races in the US. His first race is next month as he defends his title at the 2016 KO Propo Grand Prix. This is what Brandon has to say about the deal:
I am ecstatic to be joining Team ARC USA. The ARC R8.0 is an excellent car and the parts are made with great quality. I would like to thank Jones Chu, and also Willie Chung and Paul Dabao at Hobby Authority Distribution for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to many great results!
Arrowmax have announced the signing of former IFMAR 1/10th 200mm World Champion, Meen Vejrak to their team. The Thai frontrunner will use Arrowmax’ range of tools to build, maintain and tune his rides for this season and beyond.
Tekin have announced the addition of UK on-road ace Jimmy Maddison to the team. The Xray factory driver brings years of experience and top results to the team and he has the following to say about the deal:
I picked up a few of the latest Gen3 Redline motors for a race and was blown away by their performance right out of the box. I got great support from team manager Randy Pike even not being on the team. With his help I had great success right away and knew Tekin would be a great fit for me. I look forward to working alongside Randy and helping others around me go fast with Tekin.
Hot Race Tyres have announced the signing of Austrian racer Martin Wollanka to their team. The factory Xray left former long-termn tyre sponsors Pro-Line right before this year’s European Championships and he will be using Hot Race Tyres’ range of competition tyres from now on. Martin has the following to say about the deal:
It was time to chance some things after around 10 years with Pro-Line tires, so I looked for another option. I start to test Hot Race Tyres some months ago and Iwas really impressive how they working fine on my Xray car. I drove very good laptimes and constant too. I was also impressed by the always equal quality of the tires, and the quick adaptation of any condition of the track and temperatures during the races. Nicola showed the potential of its product in on road, now becoming one of the pioneers of the On Road industry, and I want to help him to show it in offroad too! I’m already know it. I’m happy to be part of the Hot Race team.
Creation Model has announced that British talent Kyle Branson has signed to join their factory race team. Branson, who was the runner-up at the 2013 1/8th EFRA Euros, joins a line up of experienced racers, to compete in the on-road nitro classes with Infinity’s 1/8th scale platform and the recently revealed 1/10th scale prototype. Branson will also be continuing to race electric on-road, and contributing to the development of Infinity’s future projects. Branson, a multi-time ENS and Euros A-finalist, made the top ten at this month’s IFMAR Worlds in Gubbio, has the following to say about the deal:
I’m really excited to join creation model to be running their infinity brand car’s. The dedication the team has shown in its short time to establish itself as one of the leading manufacturers is amazing, and I can’t wait to hit the track with their cars. I want to thank Kenji and every body at creation model for the opportunity to represent the team, and look forward to achieving more great results with them.
2010 IFMAR 200mm Sedan World Champion, Ralph Burch has announced his departure from long-term sponsor Xray. The veteran on-road racer gave Xray a maiden World Championship title along with many national victories. Leaving Xray and US distributor RC America behind, Ralph will now focus on new challenges and opportunities.
I would like to thank RCAmerica and Xray for the last 15 years. Together we celebrated our first world title and many national titles. I would like to also thank the team drivers and retailers for there support over these years. With that being said, I have decided to take on a new challenge and explore other opportunities.
US Xray distributor RC Amerika has this to add:
RC America would like to thank Ralph Burch for his tremendous contributions over the last 13 years. We feel privileged to have celebrated so many great and special moments with Ralph and all of his successes both on and off the race track. We wish “WG” all the best.
The 10 drivers that will battle it out for the honours of becoming the Nitro Touring Car World Champion is decided with the line-up including one former champion in Meen Vejrak, the 2012 Champion coming through the second of the two 30-minute Semi finals. The seventh running of the World Championship, where for the first time two drivers directly qualified for the final, joining Top Qualifier Dario Balestri and Super Pole winner Alessio Mazzeo are only two 2014 Finalists in Vejrak and Dominic Greiner. The 2014 Top Qualifier, Greiner would book his place in the 1-hour final with a win over Bruno Coelho and Carmine Riola in the first encounter. In the second, Simon Kurzbuch controlled the race throughout to book the 1:8 World Champions first 1:10 Final start. The Shepherd driver would take a comfortable win over 2010 Top Qualifier Robert Pietsch with Vejrak seeing off a last lap charge from Takaaki Shimo to complete the Top 3. Shimo would still make the final, together with Semi B fourth place finisher Kyle Branson, the British driver surviving a last lap spin to claim the last spot with the second fastest time of the non Top 3 finishers. Dramas for those that didn’t progress include a flame-out during his tyre stop for Team Infinity’s Jilles Groskamp. The 2012 Electric Touring Car World Champion said afterwards, ‘unbelievable, the bad luck continues. I felt I was driving a controlled race’. Team-mate and 2012 Top Qualifier Teemu Leino would crash out of his Semi while battling for second spot.
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Japanese manufacturer Axon has announced the signing of Germany’s Ronald Völker to their team. The Yokomo factory driver will use Axon products such as gears, oils and accessories. Ronald has already used Axon products to win the recent German Electric On-road Nationals with for sure more to come at the forthcoming IFMAR ISTC Worlds in China.