Serpent hosted the first official Grand Prix event for their unique F180 formula car over the weekend as part of the annual Serpent Nations Cup event which took place at the Monsanto track in Lisbon, Portugal. Eight drivers travelled from France, Sweden, Netherlands and Portugal to attend the event and were greeted by glorious weather as they hit the track for practice on Friday. On both race days it was Jacky Mouton that topped qualifying and on Saturday it was local ace Luis Simoes that lined up on 2nd while on Sunday it was Dutchman Rob Kuyper who came shared the front row with the French man.
In Saturday’s Leg 1 Final, held under floodlights, Mouton led home fellow countryman Benoit Enicolo for a French 1-2 with Simoes completing the podium. The fastest car on the track was that of Stanley Bauer setting a best lap time of 21.537 seconds with the distinctive orange coloured F180 eventually crossing the finish line in fourth. Sunday’s second final saw the Toyota F1 finished F180 of Dutch driver Michel Nijman capitalise on a late problem to hit Mouton to claim victory. Nijman was on the pace throughout the weekend but in Saturday’s final an early race incident cost him over 2-minutes and despite a strong recovery drive he could only manage fifth but the combined result was still enough for him to claim the overall runners up spot behind Mouton while Enicolo secured third.
Shepherd Micro Racing have sent us further information on their soon to be released 1/8th scale circuit car, the Velox. Focusing on the car’s “Direct-V-Brake system” they tell us that they had to check many material combinations to find the very best result that they have now. To get durable braking without brake fading, or even complete loss of braking, they had to find the right material, which they did with a special hardware that resulted in great braking efficiency, durable braking, long life brake pads and simple maintanance. With this braking system you can brake hard, with maximum control, and because the brake doesn’t need any complicated adjustments, you can simply assemble the parts in the right place and the brake will work perfectly from the beginning.
Continuing on with the release of hop up parts for the Xray NT1, comes yet another part from KM Racing. This 2-speed gearbox shaft is a direct replacement for the stock version and has been made from a solid piece of lightweight, yet very strong, titanium which helps the overall weight of the car as well as helping reduce rotating mass.
We have received some more bad news concerning RC racing, following the immediate halt to EP racing in Norway, and that is that the 2008 European 1/8th scale ‘A’ Championships and preceeding 1/8th scale EFRA GP, to have been held in Roeselare, Belgium have been cancelled. We received the letter from Franky Noens, 1/10th scale section chairman in EFRA and secretary of the Belgian association, saying that due to problems with noise and no immediate solution the events have been cancelled. What hasn’t been said is if they will be held somewhere else or just left off the calendar next year, we would presume that they will find another venue. Roeselare played host to this years European 1/10th scale ‘B’ Championships.
Xray have a report on their site from the first round of the Northwest Indoor Championship Series that was held at the Seattle Indoor Raceway, which saw just under 100 racers in attendance. With a groove formed after practice and the Friday night club race, Saturday’s qualifying was very quick and saw Darren Shank place first in both TC Mod Foam and 1/12th 19T, while the TQ in the other classes went to Frank Mirabelli in TC stock foam, Marcos Garcia in rubber stock class, Randy Sides the 19T Foam class and Brian Bodine the 19T TC Rubber class. The races ended the very same with all the TC top qualifiers taking their pace into the final and winning it, giving Xray top honours across the board, while in 1/12th 19T, it was Sean Maybell that took the win.
WinZax RC have announced the release of this solid front axle for the Mugen MTX-4 1/10th scale 200mm touring car. Made from high quality stainless steel, the axle is very hard and durable, yet light weight and claims to provide much more responsive acceleration, more stability coming out of corners or during heavy braking and it enables higher overall speed around twisty tracks.
Exotek Racing have released this foam tire truer arbor for micros and minis, designed to work with any foam tire truer that has an 8mm shaft such as those made by Hudy, Ofna, Corally or Integy. Not only that but the Exotek Micro Arbor is modular in that you select the wheel lock that matches your vehicle having designed 3 different styles to work with many different vehicles and each of the 3 styles are available separately. The blue wheel lock is suitable for the RC18T, RC18B, RC18R, MINI T (front and rear), Mini Slider (front and rear), MINI LST, Mini Inferno and Vendetta, while the yellow wheel lock works with the M18T, M18 PRO, M18 (requires M18 wheel hub) and MICRO RS4 (requires M18 wheel hub) and finally the red wheel lock works with the Scalpel and Recoil.
Jerome Renaux is the 2007 Belgian 1/10th 200mm Champion after a year long battle with rival Nick Cuypers. The Kyosho racer managed to take 3 race wins as well as 2 podium finishes from 6 races and in qualifying he also showed great pace claiming 4 pole postions throughout the season. With Jerome taking the title, it was Serpent racer Nick Cuypers that was 2nd overall with the 3rd spot going to Jonathan Sanza racing a Xray NT1.