As suggested yesterday, Spanish racer Robert Batlle has been confirmed as the 3rd member of the International Axe Rossi team for the 2007 season, lining up alongside Richi Gomez and Raul Daras to make a very strong off road team.
Our good friends at the RC Pro Series have asked us to remind you all that the 2007 RC Pro Florida Nitro Off-road Series begins on the first weekend May at DC R/C Park and runs for 3 rounds culminating in a Finals event in October. The entry is limited to 150 for the rounds, 200 for the Finals, so it is best to get your entry in now if you want to ensure that you get a place.
You can download the flyer of the event here (PDF).
Multiple Spanish National Champion Richi Gomez has been confirmed as the latest signing to the Italian Axe Rossi engine squad for 2007. Signing a 2 year deal, Richi was a suprise member of the team having just joined RB Products 4 months ago. Richi joins previous signing and fellow Spaniard Raul Daras who was confirmed last week with the 3rd signing expected to be Robert Batlle but we will have to wait for confirmation of this.
Buggy-Sport.info are reporting that CEN team driver Gene Hickerson has won both the buggy and truggy classes at last weekends, record attended (204 entrants), ROAR Florida State Series. In his first race drving the production version of the Matrix TR Arena, Gene also managed to TQ the truggy event before going on to take the win. In buggy he didnt have it all his own way with JR Mitch taking the pole but in the race Gene once again managed to get out front and take the win with his CEN Matrix FRE.
Chris Doughty has a report on his site on the successful shake down of his new ride, the Atomic Carbon S4 that we have shown you here previously. The race took place at the Kidderminster track and although only a regional race, the competition was tough and included a World Champion, a Worlds A finalist, a Euros A finalist and 2 of the best 3 racers in the National series.
Chris managed to put the car 4th on the grid behind Neil Cragg (TQ), Tom Yardy and Paul Bradby. Chris managed to get up to 3rd off the line, get into the lead mid-race then hold onto the lead to cross the line to take the win.
Xray have a report on their site from the second round of the the 2007 Israeli League that was held at the Ramat-eishay track in Israel. After qualifying 3rd Dan Price managed to fight to the top and take the win by 4.5 seconds ahead of Nir Sivan who finished 2nd with Yaniv Levi rounding out the podium.
At some point I overtook Yaniv only to be passed by him a few corners later in midair; he jumped and landed a few centimeters ahead of meâ€¦ one of the best moments of the day! After mid-race Yaniv developed brake problems so he backed off a bit which left me and Nir to fight for the lead.
Pro Line have extended their pre mounted range of off road buggy tires to include the very popular M2 Crime Fighter and M2 Bow Tie tires. Coming pre glued on yellow Velocity wheels, it ensures you have more time for tuning your car and spend less time doing tire prep. All tires come with Pro Line insert and are also available mounted on white Velocity wheels.
As expected, Xray have announced their Truggy to follow the trend of almost all 1/8th scale buggy manufacturers in releasing a car for this growing class. Not much else is known about the truggy, other than it being most definitely based on the XB8 but with the usual truggy updates such as longer wishbones, driveshafts and perhaps a different chassis plate. More details will be known when it is shown at the Nurnberg Toy fair next month. It should be a busy fair for Xray with the official unveiling of the NT1 also expected at the show.