Last weekend the second round of the French 1/8 On-Road Nationals was held in Longic near Dijon. Free practice on Friday and Saturday was rained out so everybody had to start qualifying with only a few laps of practice which made it very challenging for Richard Volta to set up his Velox V8 “eleven” as he had no experience on this track. Finally the sun came out and the rest of the race was held under good weather conditions. With a safe qualifying Richard managed to finish the qualifying in 2nd position just one second behind the pole-setter Romain Picard. Starting from the front in the semi-final B he easily took the win claiming the pole-position of the main final as his time was faster than winner’s time of the semi-final A. At the start of the final he could defend his lead, but a few laps into the race Richard made a small mistake dropping him down to second. In the following laps Richard was able to catch up and took over the lead again. With his safe driving style he controlled the race at the front crossing the finishing line in first position ahead of Thomas Eytard in 2nd and Christophe Louis 3rd.
Last weekend the LVDM Club organised the 2nd round of the French 1/10th EP buggy nationals. In the 2wd class it would be Associated/Orion driver Yannick Aigoin that would take the overall victory, with wins in the first 2 legs to take home the victory ahead of Antoine Rossetti in 2nd for Durango and Alexandre Desbrosses 3rd for X-Factory. In the 4wd class Yannick would TQ and win again to complete the perfect weekend ahead of Xray driver Lorenzo Crolla in 2nd and Antoine Rossetti in 3rd.
New from Revolution Design Racing Products comes the Plus11 chassis for the Team Durango DEX210 buggy. The chassis is designed to replace the kit chassis with an 11 millimeter longer variant. Extensive testing showed that the Plus11 chassis outperforms both the standard length kit as well as all original or aftermarket +8mm chassis in terms of weight balance, jumping characteristics, handling and overall performance by creating a buggy that is easier to drive and easier to set-up. Precision CNC-machined from 7075-T6 aluminium and anodised black for a more durable finish the RDRP Plus11 chassis is more than twice as rigid as the Team Durango standard chassis for a more precise on-track feeling and improved durability.
Reigning 1:8 Onroad World Champion Robert Pietsch is to contest both races in the Euro Nitro Series ‘Pilot Series’, the factory Mugen driver confirming that he will race both 1:8 and 1:10 Touring in Germany and Austria. A strong advocate of the creation of the new series after making his electric touring car debut at a round of the Euro Touring Series in 2011, the German will head to Race 1 as the pre-event favorite having TQ’d and won the European Nitro Challenge at the Hockenheim track last, an event that lead to the establishment of the ENS.
Organised by the touring car section of the BRCA the Gloucester Quays Grand Prix took place at the weekend and saw victory in the race of champions section for Hot Bodies driver Andy Moore. The grand prix was held in a shopping centre and due to its high profile nature promoting the sport was a high priority, the BRCA offered the public the opportunity on the hour to drive Schumacher Superstox and the event received massive media coverage.On track the Reedy style race saw some close racing but from early on it was clear the title would be between Andy Moore and Associated team driver Olly Jefferies. Olly took TQ with his TC6.1 and the top thirty two qualifiers were split off for the remaining touring car drivers to contest the race of champions.
Last weekend the first round of the German-West nationals took place in Sinzig and Michael Salven made this report. ‘I was really looking forward to it, since I was eager to get more running with the all new 977 Viper. Saturday was very busy with 74 drivers trying to get their cars working for this track. It is a technical track with a very fast sweeper at the end of the straight. That very corner gave me a lot of headaches, since I knew we could do it full throttle last year. For some reason I could not do it, I had too much understeer while all the rest of the track was fine. I tried a few things but I still had an issue there. Finally The solution was to run the car narrower in the front and a softer front anti-roll bar. I also moved the weight as far back as possible and while it still was not perfect, it was very good. I managed to take TQ, but my teammate Rene Püpke gave me a hard time taking second spot with his Viper. Semifinal went well for me, while Rene had to retire with a lost c-clips on his two speed. We still had four 977 Vipers in the final. Right from the start I could manage to drive away from the pack, followed by Karl-Heinz Meister also with the Viper and later by John Ermen when Karl-Heinz was hit by engine troubles. After ten minutes I made sure I keep the lead and took no risk, winning the race with two laps in front of Steven Cuypers. An excellent third place by Christian Wurst with the first race back in the Serpent camp made a perfect start for the Viper in Germany.’
The new Sonic V.12RS is the further development of the successful V.12T engine. Featuring a completely new designed 3 port sleeve with teardrop work and a domed piston for a better combustion, the overall performance of the engine is improved notably. Additionally the engine is equipped with a “knife edged” conrod and a balanced crankshaft with a red silicone insert to reduce inner turbulence and optimize the fuel flow. Like the new 3,5ccm engine the V.12RS is equipped with Swiss ball bearings, a fuel-flow optimized back plate, an ultra lightweight cooling head and a composite valve carburetor with a 5.4mm aluminium venturi.
Australian NSW State Championships were held recently at Moorebank Raceway in Sydney. Capricorn driver Peter Jovanovic dominated qualifying taking the top spot in both 1/8th and 1/0th scale. In the 1/10th final, using his Lab C02, Lab SQR-R engine & Capricorn tires, he took the win by less than a lap ahead of Jessie Davis in 2nd and Jeff Hamon in 3rd. In the 1/8th final he was equally fast but a mistake as well as his engine running too rich causing it to run out of fuel, meant he only finished 2nd behind winner Jeff Hamon, with Andy Bishop completing the podium in 3rd.