Kyosho have released optional aluminium front suspension mounts for the Evolva M3 1/8 on-road racer, which strengthen the front suspension assembly and improve durability. The machined aluminium mounts are packaged with woven graphite 0.5mm and 1.0mm shims that are used to adjust front suspension geometry, plus all the hardware that’s needed to install the mounts.
The warm up race for this years Electric touring car European Championship was run last weekend at the host track in Vila Real, Spain and there were 40 racers in attendance, with some international racers in attendance. Qualifying for the race saw young UK rising star Elliot Harper, driving his Xray, take pole position ahead of current UK National Champion Chris Grainger in 2nd for Yokomo, while Spanish racer Toni Mateo in 3rd. The finals saw complete dominance by Harper who won all 3 legs of the A-main to take the overall win ahead of the Spanish pairing of Toni Mateo and Marc Esbri Vilar in 2nd and 3rd.
Round 3 of the Belgian Nationals took place at the tight and technical Houthalen track in dry and sunny conditions. The T1 class qualification went the way of Kyosho driver Marten Kempeneers who ended up ahead of Xray drivers Jerome Renaux, Jonathan Sanza and Steve Lambrech, while in the T2 class it was another Xray, that of Cedric Gils that took the pole position. The start of the T1 final went the way of Yerna Hugues that took the lead for the first 5 minutes, but problems dropped him down the order. This left Kempeneers in the lead which he held on to until the final 5 minutes when a lack of tires meant he was passed by Serpent driver Manuel Henriet who took the win, while Kempeneers held onto 2nd ahead of Stephane Roufosee in 3rd. The T2 class went the way of the pole man Cedric Gils who won ahead of fellow Xray drivers Renaud Gysembergh and Vazza Donato.
Team Associated have released a number of new performance parts for their TC5 electric touring car. Starting with this new Slipper spool kit which has been developed to help minimize damage to the CVA bone blade under high load conditions, such as hard impacts and large bumps. New for that spool kit are some new slipper pool pads, sold in a pair they are a direct replacement for the standard parts. Finally for the TC5, there is this bearing cam holder set that allows for more adjustment in the belt tension, specifically when a looser tension setting is required.
Planning well in advance, the organisers of the Snowbirds were in contact to tell us that the 2009 event is happening and will once more take place at the Radisson Resort in Orlando Florida.
I am very excited to announce that we have signed with the Radisson Resort once again for the 2009 Snowbird Nationals. The World’s largest RC race returns to Orlando! The room block is set, so start making those hotel reservations now! As a special Thank you from the Radisson – anyone that reserves their room in the month of June will get a FREE upgrade to a deluxe room (a $10 a night savings!). I am also excited to announce we were able to get the hotel rates the same as in 2008, with the 10 percent discount again if you stay five nights or more. Our schedule will be similar to past years, with practice Tuesday and Wednesday, with racing Thursday through Sunday. Saturday will once again be ‘Bump N’ Run’ day. Classes and complete race details will be coming out in the months ahead. We expect the best Snowbirds ever and hope you can plan on being a part it! Call the Radisson at: 407-396-1400 and mention the Snowbirds to make your room reservations.
We recieved a brief report from the 3rd round of the 1/8th scale Metropolitan Championship that took place last weekend at the Hernan Matticoli track in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The weather was good and despite the sun being out it was a bit cold. Qualifying saw Kyosho racer Sebastián Recio take the pole position from Juan Pablo Golobic in 2nd and it was Recio that took the win in the final, crossing the flag at the end of the 40 minute final 2 laps up on Gabriel Ianaca in 2nd while Hernán Lebenbaun took 3rd spot. This was the final round of the tracks Opening Championship and it was Sebastián Recio that walked away with the title.
Exotek Racing have released these fibre reinforced nylon bearing caps for the Associated TC5 touring car to loosen the front and rear belts. By lowering the layshaft 1.25mm, the tension on the belts is lessened, freeing up your drive train without the need to buy expensive after market belts. The added benefits are more diff pulley cam setting that you are able to use as well as lowered center of gravity.
The 5th round of the Southern Germany regional qualifiers were run last weekend under sunny skies at the Amberg track. Qualifying for 1/8th scale saw Shepherd driver Eric Dankel claim the pole position from the Mugen pairing of Philip Eberle and Armin Baier. The 30 minute final saw Dankel jump straight into the lead and by the 5 minute mark he had a 1 lap lead from where he could control to race to take the win ahead of Eberle and Baier in 2nd and 3rd respectively.