Our friends from Dansk Hobby Import have been in touch to tell us about their success over the Winter months with their newly signed driver Jonas Kaerup.
Last fall Morfars.dk chose to focus more on the competition segment of the RC market and made a deal with former European Champion Jonas Kaerup to race the Hot Bodies Cyclone for Morfars.dk. Jonas Kaerup has competed in the Danish DASU /national championship all winter in the modified category a class that has been very closely fought with some tremendous races. In the last race of the season, Jonas had to TQ and win in order to take the championship. That is exactly what he did, and after winning all 3 mains he was celebrated as the Danish National Champion 2007/08. Throughout the championship Jonas Kaerup has used GM’s Commander charger, GM Evo3 motors, GM Vis-matched cells, along with Xenon gears, Kanzen bearings, Racer magazine and Much More products, with great success. Morfars.dk wishes to congratulate Jonas Kaerup on his championship success.
Serpent are reporting on the German Regionals for the West area at which Michael Salven was in action over the weekend. The factory Serpent driver was unstoppable around the tricky and demanding Dormagen track taking the TQ and race win along with setting a new track record with his Serpent 960’08. Salven’s win was backed up by a great drive from engine tuning guru Karl Heinz Meister who claimed the runners up spot with new Shepherd signing Christian Wurst in 3rd.
Seen at last weekend’s Trofeo MLC & Tornado, run at the RME ‘Lamberto Collari’ track to celebrate Collari’s 8 World Championship titles, was the new Peugeot 908 1/8th scale body shell from MLC. Made by Bergonzoni and already appearing on the EFRA list of approved body shells for the 1/8th class, this new shell is unusual in that it has a full cockpit. This aside, the body is essentially a Lola CanAm shell, albeit a bit more stable. The race itself was won by Lamberto, who of course was running the new shell, while the version shown above belongs to Andrea Pirani who finished 3rd.
The 6th and final round of the Lithuanian National indoor championship was run last Sunday in Vilnius and we received this report. ‘The Touring Stock class was dominated all season by Tomas Riūka driving a HPI PRO4. Out of the 5 rounds counting Tomas won 4, but he said “the battle for title was not as easy as seemed. The competitors were extremely strong and put a lot of pressure on me at every race but as in any form of racing the important thing was to remain consistent and error free”. The second spot in the series was taken by Donatas Katilauskas with a Tamiya TRF415 MSX who was just behind in the overall championship, while 3rd place belonged to HB Cyclone driver Robertas Daskevičius. In 1/12th Mod it was Corally driver Mindaugas Ambrasas that won the championship after dominating the series, winning all rounds. He had this to say “I had a really bad day at 6th round but managed to win it. I also enjoy that the competition is growing stronger and the class is also growing in number. Next season won’t be easy”. The runner up spot in this class was taken by Lithuanian RC Cars Association president Evaldas Urbonas while the 3rd spot went to Latvian racer Janis Klimenkovs, who showed better speed than Urbonas, but missed number of races and therfore lost crucial amount of points.’
Xray have announced that top Australian Touring car racer Peter Jovanovic has joined Xray to race their NT1 and T2008 chassis’. One of Australia’s youngest and most celebrated on road Champions, he has a long string of State and National titles, as well as a 3rd place finish at the 2006 200mm World Championships.
Joining Team Xray has been a huge step in my racing career, I have had my eye on Xray for a while now and it is a huge relief joining and working together with such a high performance racing team. I had tested the T2008 and its smoothness and consistency was the first thing that made me know that Xray is going to make a big impact on my racing and take me another step further. Thanks to Xray and Custom Model Cars for making this all possible.
Following in the foot steps of his Tamiya team mate Jilles Groskamp, Viktor Wilck has signed a deal to use Speed Passion motors for the rest of the season, with an option for 2009. Formerly running with the Team Orion units, the Swedish driver who won the DHI Cup earlier this year, was using the new motors for the first time at last weekends LRP race in which he finished in 3rd position.
On Friday we published the list of the approved 1/10th scale body shells and informed everyone that EFRA will be very strict in checking these to ensure that they are indeed EFRA approved. We have now received a similar list of the 1/8th scale body shells, from Sander de Graaf, who also informs us that in order to compete in an EFRA sanctioned event the body homologation number must be embossed in the body, preceeded by the word “EFRA”. If this is not the case, you will not be allowed to use that bodyshell at an EFRA race, even if it had been approved in the past.
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The opening round of the BRCA 1/10th scale 200mm Nationals was held last weekend at the Aldershot track under dry but very overcast conditions. Qualifying for the 45 drivers present, saw Serpent racer Mark Green take the top qualifying position in front of new Xray signing Darren Johnson in 2nd and his team mate Mark Gilliland in 3rd. In the final it was Johnson that got the holeshot with Mark slotting into the 2nd spot, and the 2 would battle it out for the entire race, swapping the lead a number of times. It looked like it would be a super close finish but a small mistake by Darren going on to the straight allowed Mark through and he could push a bit more to extend the lead at the end to about 4 seconds in front of the Johnson, with Gilliland having a steady run in 3rd a lap further back.