Chris Kerswell does British National double

Chris Kerswell does British National double

The final round of this seasons BRCA 12th scale nationals took place last weekend at the home of British 12th scale racing; Chesterfield. Going into the meeting there were 6 drivers still in contention for the stock championship, while any one of 3 could still win modified. Chris Kerswell came to the meeting on a crest of form after winning the EFRA stock Euro’s 2 weeks previously and looked to be one of the favourites to take the BRCA stock championship with his GM powered V-Dezign car. Qualifying was all about 2 drivers. Andy Moore and Chris Kerswell were the class of the field with Chris’s pole time being over a lap clear of 3rd place. With Mark Stiles in 5th, Andy Griffith 6th and Matt White 9th, once again V-Dezign proved to be the most popular chassis in the A final.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Lamberto Collari takes victory at Euros Warmup

Lamberto Collari takes victory at Euros Warmup

The warm up race for the 1/8th scale European Championships took place last weekend under cold weather conditions in the south of Italy at the Locorotondo track, host of this year’s main event. Qualifying saw Worlds top qualifier Robert Pietsch put his Mugen on pole position ahead of new Motonica signing Walter Salemi in 2nd, with 9 time World Champion Lamberto Collari in 3rd and Dario Balestri taking the final direct qualifying spot in 4th. In the final Collari drove a flawless race while Pietsch hit trouble, as did Salemi, allowing the Kyosho driver a simple run to the win. He crossed the finish line a lap in front of Dario Balestri, who had a fast closing Andrea Cristiani only 1.5 seconds behind. Belgian Serpent driver Ilia van Gastel set the fastest lap in the final with a 15.277, 6/100s quicker than pole man Pietsch.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Joaquin Desoto Jr dominates Ipanema GT Worlds

Joaquin Desoto Jr dominates Ipanema GT Worlds

Last weekend the Homestead RC Raceway in Florida, host of next year’s 1/8th World Championships, played host to the Ipanema GT Worlds. Qualifying saw Joaquin Desoto Jr dominate qualifying turning a 13 laps in 5:03, about 4 seconds ahead of 2nd place qualifier Joerg Schaedler. Desoto, driving a Novarossi powered stock OFNA DM-1 was the only driver to turn laps in the 22 sec. range. In the finals it was a close race between the Joaquin Jr and Schaedler, with Desoto leading the way. Different pit strategies and tire choices made the race interesting and exciting to watch with Joaquin going with harder tires for the final, making his car a little slower but very consistent in the long final. Good pitwork and smart driving allowed him to manage the gap to 2nd place without having to overheat the tires and he took the win by about a 12 seconds ahead of Schaedler in 2nd, with Mike Lyday taking the final step of the podium in 3rd.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

ST Racing Concepts SC options & tool updates

ST Racing Concepts SC options & tool updates

ST Racing Concepts has released a complete steering bellcrank set for the HPI Blitz. Because of the type of nylon composite material used on the Blitz, while durable for suspension components, it tends to make the steering components flex under heavy load or from high-torque servos. STRC’s aluminium steering bellcrank system add great precision to the steering and take away any flex. A full set of 4 ball bearings are also included to make sure the bellcrank system operate smoothly and it is available in orange, gun metal, silver and limited edition red. STRC have also introduced a CNC machined aluminium adjustable position battery plate for the OFNA Hyper 10SC that allows owners to adjust the weight distribution of the battery side on the truck. The plate allows for 10mm, 20mm, 30mm move back towards the rear of the truck from stock battery position (In 10mm increments). Available in gun metal or limited edition silver. Finally on to tools where the CNC machined aluminium 4mm/5mm universal turnbuckle wrench is now available in anodized Black, while their popular shock shaft pliers are now available in limited edition blue. Also the CNC machined aluminum 17mm/23mm combo wrench is also now available in red and black.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Dirk Wischnewski joins Matrix Tires

Dirk Wischnewski joins Matrix Tires

Matrix Tires in Italy have added another top name to their driver roster with the signing of current 1/10th scale 200mm European Champion Dirk Wischnewski. The German driver, who has also previously won the European 1/10th scale 200mm ‘B’ title, has completed a deal that sees him join a team which includes current World Champion Daniele Ielasi, Worlds TQ Jilles Groskamp, former World Champion Adrien Bertin, Alexander Hagberg, Martin Hudy and Paolo Morganti to name a few. Dirk will be looking to defend his European title in Sweden this summer with his Matrix shod Xray NT1 as well as aiming for the title at this year’s World Championship in Houston, Texas.

Source: Matrix Tires [matrixtires.it]

Monday, March 22, 2010

Adrian Bernsten wins Rd5 to take Norwegian Winter Series title

Adrian Bernsten wins Rd5 to take Norwegian Winter Series title

The 5th and final round of the Norwegian national winter series was held in Moss, a city 50 km south from Oslo the weekend of March 14th and we received a report from European Indoor Junior Champion Adrian Bernsten. The race was held at Borg Miniracing clubs new permanent track and that meant that the drivers had an opportunity to do some pre-testing before the race. Due to the technical layout, I didn’t have a good feeling before the race, because I hadn’t managed the layout were well on earlier practice.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Xray 2010 Hooded Sweater & Cap

Xray 2010 Hooded Sweater & Cap

New from Xray is their authentic hooded team sweater, which is made from high-quality 100% cotton fabric in a classy blue hue. The new hooded sweater is very comfortable to wear and has soft elasticized cuffs at the ends of the full-length arms and is emblazoned with the Xray Racing Team logos front and back. Xray have also released a new dark blue flex-fit system cap made from 100% cotton for great look & feel and high durability. Sporting a cool 3D embossed “Xray” logo on the front and rear it will be available in 2 sizes, S-M and L-XL.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Renaud Savoya takes Australian National title

Renaud Savoya takes Australian National title

The Australian buggy Nationals took place last week at the SDMCC track in Adelaide. It was French Mugen/RB driver Renaud Savoya, who is currently residing in Australia, that took the TQ spot following qualifying having also led the way in practice. The semi finals was more of the same from the double European Champion, who cruised through his race to take the pole position for the main event lining up ahead of Kyle McBride who had won the other semi. In the main Renaud didn’t have it all his own way at the start with fellow Mugen racer McBride piling on the pressure. It wasn’t to last though and by the closing stages Renaud had lapped the field as early contender Craig Luaghton dropped out with a flat RX pack, and McBride had his transponder stop counting. The final two laps however were to add a bit of drama as the French man damaged his car and had to limp it home allowing 2nd place finisher Matt Griffin to claw a lap back, but there wasn’t enough time to do more and the positions remained the same. Andrew Gillot driving a Losi 8ight took the final step on the podium.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

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