RB Products have signed French racer Michael Derderian to use their engines for 2009. The former Serpent and Mega racer, and 5th place finisher at last year’s European B Championships, will use the latest .12 motor from the French manufacturer to power his Xray NT1. Michael had the following to say about the deal:
To me it was very clear, there was absolutely no doubt. RB engines dominated the A and B French championship this year, won the title in both categories and made numerous pole positions. Cherry on the cake: these engines have a very low fuel consumption and are also very easy to tune. As for the RB SpeedLine tires, I know them perfectly, I wouldn’t change for anything in the world.
Held at the new TR Speedway, the ‘TRS Mugen Open Cup’ was co-organised by City Hobby from Hong Kong and the event featured former World Champion and current Japanese national Champion Keisuke Fukuda as well as Yuruki san from Japan as well as other top drivers from Hong Kong, Macau and China. We received the following report from front running Shepherd driver Chris Lee.
X-Factory have been busy around the new year, not only has their X-60 truck conversion now gone on sale but they are finishing up the design of the X-6 squared. We have no information on the updated version of BRCA 2wd National Championship winning chassis other than the teaser picture above, but if its anything like the X-5 squared, it will have received a number of improvements throughout. More details as we get them.
We were contacted by the organisers of the 2009 KO Propo Mini-Z Grand Prix set to take place on the 7th of March this year in the San Francisco Bay area. Run at the Inside Line Racing purpose built Mini-Z facility, the event will be open to everyone with classes including F1, 2wd, AWD, Mini Sport, Super sport sedan and Sportsman Super sport sedan.
Puerto Rico recently hosted their own “big race” style event and the organizers made sure that the attendees added to that feel, with 8 pros being flown in, Jimmy Babcock running the show and nearly 250 attendees in both classes. The very large track had little maintenance performed on it during the course of the weekend and this contributed to the rough, dusty, and dry conditions with the jumps being a huge source of difficulty. Ryan Maifield continued his winning ways from the JConcepts Clash onto international soil where he was able to TQ 1/8th buggy over the likes of Adam Drake and Jesse Robbers. Maifield took control of the main early and cruised to a victory some 30 seconds clear of the Drake in 2nd place. In 1/8th truck Adam TQ’d and had the lead in the main until about 3 minutes to go when he got caught up with a lapped car. This allowed Maifield to take over first and with 1 lap to go Ryan got bit by a lapper. Even though he pushed hard, the Drake had too much of a lead to overcome in 1 lap and held of Maifield by half a second.
Fastrax have released this infrared temperature gun. Small and compact, the temperature gun can fit in your pocket, or with the included lanyard can be worn around your wrist. The included metal case ensures a safe storage space, just put it in the case and it wont be damaged in your pit bag. It can measure between 0° – 300°F and you can select between °F or °C temperature readings.
UK based decal company Decal Designs have announced that they have started to make custom transmitter skins. Unlike other companies, they offer a pure custom transmitter skin, meaning the customer can email a photo of their car and they will make a custom skin to replicate the colour scheme. They have also just appointed their first team driver, Ellis “Big E” Stafford, who is a multi-national and European championship winner and current BRCA 2wd National Champion in 1/10 off road. He will run the company’s decals and transmitter skins (above) for the 2009 season.
RC Pro and RCSignup have just introduced a nice initiative called the National Championship Club Series (NCCS). There have been a large number of tracks closing because of less club racing, so this series has been designed to bring more interest to local club racing but will also interest those racers who only race locally and who can’t or don’t travel. Any track in the U.S.A. can signup as long as they run the Slash spec class and have electronic scoring. Tracks can schedule 6 club events throughout the year that will score National Points at no cost to the tracks. Any racer can enter and score points at any track in the series and each racers best 4 results will count. The NCCS website is designed so tracks can enter their race results and the site will automatically calculate the points and display the standings for each track plus the national standings. There will be year end awards for the top 20 Nationally.