The 5th and final round of the Portuguese touring car championship was held at the Armaia track in Oporto in the North of the country. During practice and qualifying Xray’s Bruno Coelho made his intentions clear to win the race and the overall title as he was some 1.5s faster than the competition. He later took the TQ with the only 18 laps run in qualification and then went on to win the final and with it the overall championship. The podium of the final round was completed by Helder Silva (Xray) and Pedro Moura (Xray).
Reds Racing presents the new 1/8 on-road TQ exhaust system with an EFRA 2069 extra lightweight pipe and new Torque manifold. The 100 percent Italian-made pipe offers an extremely light weight and it is ideal for racers who seek the absolute maximum. The TQ pipe reaches the best performance with the new Torque L manifold which allows to increase the low and mid RPM range power with both the M7T and M7WC engines while maintaining a restrained consumption. The pipe is also doing very well in combination with the traditional M, L, and XL manifolds.
The World’s top electric touring car racers and teams will descend on the Czech Republic this weekend (1-3 Nov) for the opening round of Season #7 of the Euro Touring Series. Once again defending champions Yokomo are to be title sponsors of the world famous championship and the Japanese manufacturer will be looking to get the start of their title defense off to the perfect start just as they have done by winning the opening race of the last three seasons. With Ronald Volker chasing a fourth consecutive ETS title, in addition to ETS race winner Yannic Prumper Yokomo have bolstered their team for Round 1 by entering their reigning 3-time 1:12 World Champion Naoto Matsukura. However once again Volker’s biggest challenger is set to be fellow German Marc Rheinard, Tamiya’s 3-time former World Champion having finished runner up for the past three seasons having been champion of the 2009/10 season.
The first round of the Middle Swedish Cup for electric touring cars and 1/12 scale cars was held at the brand new permanent carpet track of Swedish Xray distributors Minicars. The track is fairly big compared to the old one and allowed for some fast paced racing in all classes. The race saw some 70 entrants divided in three different classes. In Modified there was very close racing between Alexander Hagberg and Niklas Johansson, battling it out for the TQ position. In the end Alex managed to snatch the TQ spot with only a few hundreds. Magnus Vässmar and Niclas Nilsson qualified 3rd and 4th respectively. In the finals, Alex managed to win the first two finals with ease. The others would battle it out for the remaining podium spots. Niklas Johansson drove a flawless A3 to take the runner-up spot in front of Niclas and Magnus.
The beautiful Gubbio track hosted the 2013 edition of the famous Novarossi Trophy, a race that every year gathers some of the best on-road drivers on Italian soil. This year’s edition attracted some 106 participants and once again the race proofed to be one of the biggest classics at the end of the season. Despite a bit of fog that slowed down the start of the event, the race went on flawlessly thanks to the great job done by the Gubbio track staff, supported in the best way by Novarossi representatives. Qualifying saw Novarossi drivers De Felici and Balestri TQ’ing easily in 1/10th and 1/8th respectively, opening a good gap between them the rest of the competition. In 8th scale, Balestri went on to complete a perfect race winning the final with a comfortable 6 laps lead on Rinaldi, with Puccinelli to complete the podium. Unfortunately, during the 10th scale A-main a serious crash on the main straight involving the polesitter forced Giorgio to retire and preventing him to bring home the victory honours, that then went to former World Champion Daniele Ielasi, finishing in front of Adami and Festuccia.
Serpent introduce hard composite suspension parts for the 977 Viper on-road car. The newly designed material will increase grip, steering and responsiveness of the car in certain track conditions and depending on the setup. The H-marked parts have been extensively tested prior to the recent World Championships in Japan with the new World Champion Tadahiko Sahashi having used the parts to win the title. All parts such as the uprights, front and rear lower and front upper wishbones are available now.
The Euro Offroad Series is pleased to confirm that Round 2 of its championship for 1:10 Electric Offroad will take place in the German capital city of Berlin over the weekend of January 17-19. After a very successful start to the third season of the EOS in Poland just two weeks ago, the opportunity to stage the second event on the four round 2013/14 calendar was only officially given the green light by the local government authorities yesterday evening.
This month’ VRC Pro Column is all about the difficulties VRC encountered during initial 1/8th nitro buggy testing. After the first tests with the new 1/8 nitro buggies early August of this year, it was obvious that Todd ‘Doc’ Wasson, the VRC Pro physics specialist, had to go back to the research lab. The buggy drove, but nothing close enough to the real car so beta testing was halted for 2 months. In these 2 months a lot has happened. A lot of research was done in understanding the dynamics of the buggy better.