EZ Power from Italy have announced the signing of young Norwegian, Daniel Kobbevik to their team. The Xray factory driver and IFMAR Worlds finalist will use EZ Power batteries and accessories throughout the 2018 season and he has the following to say about the deal:
I am superhappy to get the opportunity to run EZ batteries, the performance is supernice, and I am very excited for the 2018 season! Big thanks to Lorenzo Ristori for the chance to use the EZ products.
Pro-Line have announced the signing of Mark and Ryan Pavidis to their factory team. The name Pavidis and Pro-Line are synonymous with a long history of winning titles. Mark has won three World Titles spread across 1/8 buggy, 1/10 4WD off-road, 1/10 nitro touring car as well as numerous national championships while being hooked up by Pro-Line. Mark was introduced to the hobby with his father in the mid 1980’s and now Mark is sharing his racing craft with his son Ryan who is already giving the competition fits. For the 2018 racing season, the father and son combo are choosing Pro-Line to continue their winning ways.
Sunpadow have announced the signing of Sweden’s Alexander Hagberg to their factory team. The former long-time ORCA factory driver will power all of his Xray rides using Sunpadow’s high-performance batteries while also assisting with Research and Development. Alexander says:
In recent years, Sunpadow batteries have shown its high performances and reliability in the competitive racing industry. I am highly motivated to be using their range of batteries to compete from now on.
T-Works have announced the signing of Sweden’s David Ronnefalk to their factory team. The 2016 IFMAR 1/8th Buggy World Champion will be using T-Works accessories in all of his HB Racing vehicles and he has the following to say about the deal:
I’m very happy to be representing T-Works for 2018 and beyond. As I didn’t make any official announcement during 2017 it was time to do so now. I want to thank Mr. Wilson Woo for the opportunity to use his high quality accessories on all my HB Racing vehicles. The unique “UFO” screws look really cool and they are also very strong compared to many others I have tried. If you haven’t given them a try yet, I really recommend you to do and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
Robert Pietsch has announced that he has joined the O.S. Engines factory team. The Mugen Seiki designer and former IFMAR 1/8th Nitro On-road World Champion was Picco-powered before but switched to O.S. engines for the Worlds last year. From January he is now an official member of the Japanese squad and has the following to say about the deal:
I’m happy to announce to join OS factory team up from now. I want to thank everybody in OS company and especially Mr Shimazaki, giving me the chance to team up with this highly prestigious company. I’m greatly motivated and excited to race all major events the upcoming season. Last but not least a big thanks goes to the Picco brothers for all the support in the past. See you at the racetrack!
Power HD have announced the signing of Thailand’s Meen Vejrak to their factory team. The former IFMAR 200mm World Champion will be using the company’s Storm series of servos in both his nitro and electric rides and while competing at all major races such as the Worlds, ETS, TITC, Reedy Race, AOC and more, he will be also assist with product development and he has the following to say:
I feel honored to be part of the PowerHD Team. After the trial, I know that it is the servo that I will be proud to represent for both EP & GP models. Thank you, Mr.Harma Ye, for providing me with amazing servo.
Modelix Racing have announced the signing of João “Litos” Figueiredo to their 2018 world racing team. João is a well-known and very talented Portuguese off-road driver who will be using the Nitrolux Ultimate Fuel generation by for the 2018 and 2019 season.
In what has come as a big shock, Yukijiro Umino has announced his departure from Japanese company Yokomo. Yukijiro, a top racer in his own right, is best known for his role as chief designer of the company’s touring car platform and for being Ronald Völker’s race engineer. One of the most successful partnerships in RC, the pair dominated the ETS for 5 seasons between 2010 and 2015, took numerous European, Reedy race and National titles and finally took a long awaited and well-deserved IFMAR World title back in 2016. Yukijiro has yet to announce his new destination but has released the following statement:
I wish to announce that after 22 great years with the company, from the 25th of January I will no longer be working for Yokomo. I want to give a big thank you to everyone at Team Yokomo, my co-workers, team and especially to Tom Yokobori for what has been an amazing opportunity. I also want to give a special thank you to Ronald Volker with whom I have worked so closely over the past 9 year and achieved so much together. And finally I want to thank my family for their support throughout this journey. I wish to let everyone know that, as I have always done, I will never stop challenging and never give up. See you all at the track soon.