The final round of the Irish National On road Nitro Championships took place yesterday at the St. Annes track in Dublin with the main attention being on the 1:10 200mm class with the title still up for grabs. Team Serpent Ireland driver Clive Connolly, who wrapped up the 1:8 title and won the 1:10 A Final to go top of the standings at the previous round, was absent from the season finale meaning Xray driver Eoin Doran had the opportunity to snatch the title on tie break if he could take Round 6 victory, but it wasn’t to be. In qualifying it was top UK Championship racer Mark Gilliland that would TQ ahead of his Xray team-mate Doran with Team Serpent Ireland’s Keith Dempsey third. In the Final however both Gilliland and Doran would hit problems allowing Dempsey to take his first ever national win ahead of fellow Serpent 720 racer Chris Lawlor, who claimed his fourth podium of the season to finish 3rd in the final standings. Doran would eventually finish in the final podium placing but up front Dempsey’s win ensured the perfect 2008 National campaign for Connolly as he defended his 1:8 title and secured the 1:10 title at his first attempt. In the 1:8 Final Kyosho driver Austin Elliott TQ’d but his race ended on the opening lap after contact with another car broke his throttle servo. This allowed Colin Whelan’s Kyosho to go on to take the win from the Serpent pairing of Darragh Fox and Sean Doyle.
The 2008 Coupe de France took place this weekend in Les Andelys, North West of Paris. Qualifying for the 4wd class saw Nicolas Rodriguez take the pole position ahead of Yannick Aigoin in 2nd and Jerome Aigoin in 3rd. Following the semi finals, that were each won by Jerome Aigoin and brother Yannick, it was the Jerome, driving the new Inferno MP9 that would line up on pole position for the main final. In the 45 minute final Jerome unfortunately ran into some problems that saw him finish down in 6th, 4 laps down on the eventual winner Yannick Aigoin driving a Losi 8ight, with current European Champion Renaud Savoya in 2nd for Mugen, while Xray driver Jerome Sartel claimed the last step of the podium in 3rd.
Carson Modelsports have released its first generation LiPo car batteries. Especially developed for extreme power delivery and run time, just charge and drive. With high capacities like 3600mAh, 4000mAh and 4600mAh, these new packs feature a hard case to keep the cells from being damaged during use and feature the same measurements as 6-cell Sub C battery cells ensuring they will fit in all standard 1/10th scale on road and off road cars.
Robitronic have released a number of new items including these aluminum servo arms, which have been designed with clamp-on style mounting system. The two side screws will clamp onto the sevo tab along with the top screw, which prevents the servo arm from coming loose during high stress situation. Also new are these 2 new LiPo batteries that can be used as a receiver battery pack or can be used for powering rock crawlers. Available in 1500mAh or 2700mAh hump configuration, their small size is perfect for mounting on the front servo plate of Axial AX10, providing even balance over the front axle.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Read the oOple review of the XB808 & Pred X11 – Link [oople.com]
> XB808 wins South German Champs Rd2 – Link [teamxray.com]
> Victory in Luxembourg for Hepp – Link [serpent.com]
> Suliandy wins Indonesia Nationals Rd3 – Link [teamxray.com]
> View the LRP S18 Touring Car video – Link [lrp.cc]
> The Apolaro Report – Podium at GLC – Link [serpent.com]
> MP9 and ST-RR Sweep RC Pro West – Link [kyoshoamerica.com]
> Interview with Jilles Groskamp – Link [rc-junkies.net]
We were contacted by our good friend Scotty Ernst, who wished to inform us about an event he started a few years ago that has grown into one of their signature events at Trackside. Kicking off the 2008/09 indoor season, on October 3,4 & 5th, will be the Much More supported Stock Rubber Tire Nationals. The SRTN will feature the new Sweep tires, which have made their mark in Europe at the European Touring Series and will soon be coming to the USA. Many great things are planned for participants in the SRTN and this includes some great Much More products.
New from Duratrax are these two 7.4V LiPo Car Packs, in 3700mAh (25C) and 5400mAh (20C) which claim to offer superior LiPo performance for electric cars, buggies and trucks and are designed to work equally well for both sport and racing applications. The packs are protected inside an impact and puncture resistant ABS case and are wired for balancing, with gold-plated bullet connectors for all terminals, both packs come with a battery lead with a standard connector.
JConcepts new Max-ups 1/8th buggy wheel joins the latest craze in 1/8th off-road in using large diameter wheels for blue and black grooved conditions. Max-ups refer to the bead mounting diameter being 3.5mm larger than standard size wheels and this increase in size brings the new wheels in slightly under the maximum allowed size under ROAR and IFMAR rules. Max-ups buggy wheels make a statement with their large appearance, convex dish shaped design and superior inner rib design and also incorporate an outer glue catch that resists excess glue from running down the wheel face during the gluing process. Also new from JConcepts are Rulux 1/8th truck wheels featuring standard offset as well as new Rulux front and rear truck wheel suitable for the RC10T4 and GT.