New from Avid comes the shock and turnbuckle tool for 1/10th Kyosho vehicles. The wrench made from 6061 aluminium fits the lower shock cartridges on Kyosho’s 12mm big-bore shocks while the large handle is easy to hold and won’t slip or spin like the kit’s plastic tool. The ends have a 3.5 and 5.5 mm wrench built-in which fits both size Kyosho turnbuckles as well as 5.5mm hex nuts.
AKA introduce their famous closed cell inserts for the 1/10th stadium truck class. The insert was designed to decrease the lateral deflection of the tire while at the same time increasing the vertical impact absorption therefore providing better handling in the bumps. Lateral grooves allow the insert to flex vertically to absorb the large impacts while still maintaining lateral stability and overall durability. The inserts are usable in the front and the rear.
Montech Racing from Italy introduce a new touring car wing made from 1.0mm polycarbonate. Designed to give great stability the wing sports two cutting lines for 40x25mm and 40x20mm dimensions and comes including hardware in the form of screws, nuts and conical large diameter washers.
The seventh round of the HNMC Winter series took place at the HNMC’s Astro turf track rather than the dirt track due to very bad weather. Qualifying was dominated by Tony Truman but he had bad luck with water in a switch in the main final, this allowed Gary Brace to take a good win from Callum Niblett and Bart Banach 3rd. In the truggy class is was Richard Cousins who took the win from Harry Philips and Rod Adams.
Xray announce that 200mm Nitro World Champion Ralph Burch will stay with the Slovakian manufacturer trough 2013 and that the US super star will participate in all on-road classes this year. Additionally he will race electric off-road races with the new XB4. Ralph says:
I have been racing with Xray team since the very beginning since I have started to race the very first T1 more than 12 years ago. Over the years we have built a very effective team work & cooperation which has resulted into some of my best achievements in my racing career including the World Champion title. I am very proud to represent this finest company and I am very happy that our cooperation will continue and I hope some more great results will come either for me or for anyone at the Xray team. I have been available to any Xray drivers with any their questions or comments and I am looking forward to see you all during the 2013 at the races.
HPI Racing introduce a new option part for the R10 200mm nitro on-road car in the form of an optional belt pulley. The part is designed to give another tuning option for the drivetrain as it will replace the standard 25T pulley with a slightly larger one, slowing down the front wheels in relation to the rear one in order to fine-tune the car. CNC-machined from high-quality aluminium the pulley comes laser-etched for easy identification.
Paolo Morganti put the new Serpent Viper 977 on top of the podium at the FSS Race in Florida this past weekend. The race was used as a test for the upcoming Winternats that will take place at the Fort Meyers based track this February. The FSS Race also saw the growing group of 1/8 GT racers run their cars, and Desoto was able to win the race with Serpent Cobra GT, followed by his team-mate in 2nd.
The 2nd round of the Norwegian National Series was held at the Vianett Raceway in Moss. The track is a small indoor track with a tight but flowing layout. The pace was set at the first qualifier with Petter setting laps as fast as he did in practice. Magnus Guttormsen, a 10 year old local driver, was just behind finishing second despite some close encounters with the track barriers. In the second qualifier Petter was even faster and Magnus hit trouble when a battery connector came loose. In the third qualifier Petter was still lightning fast, with Magnus just a few seconds behind. The third spot went to Rune Svestol who pulled 33 laps just like Magnus.