A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Check out our coverage of the European 1/10th scale Champs – Link [events.redrc.net]
> Tony Newland joins OCM Racing in the US – Link [neo-buggy.net]
> Report from the 4wd regional race in Batley – Link [oople.com]
> Ian Whittingham takes his third Torc title – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> GRP Consespike clean sweep at Batley Regional – Link [mirageracing.com]
> Report from the 2wd regional race in Batley – Link [oople.com]
> Jon Howells wraps up the RRCI 1/8th Rallycross series – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
Our site sponsors, The Border, have contacted us to tell everyone that they are now taking orders for the new long awaited Serpent Powerstart. Due in stock this week, this starter box is ultra compact, can be used with normal circuit cars as well as buggies and comes supplied in its own canvas carry case. Stocks are limited so be sure to get your order in straight away.
The weekend just gone saw the 5th round of the Ceara State Championships held in Braczil on the countries best track, and host of the 10th running of the Brazilian off road Nationals later in the year, the Asa Branca Speedway. In qualifying for the buggy class it was a TQ for CEN racer Rafael Felicio who also TQ’d the truggy class and he went on the win both classes, beating out Jesus Fernandes and Francisco Alcantara in the buggy class and Cleyton Viana and Joao Bruno in the truggy class. With this win Rafael Felicio becomes the 2007 Ceara State truggy Champion with 4 TQ’s and wins from 5 rounds while in the buggy class he is the leader in the series but has yet to clinch the title, battling with CEN team mate Francisco Junior who currently lies in 2nd place with 2 rounds still left.
Much More have released these new Hard Chrome turnbuckle wrenches in a number of colours and sizes. For the Xray cars there is a black anodised 3mm wrench, Tamiya and Tech Racing with their 3.5mm turnbuckles get a blue and a black wrench while for HPI, Hotbodies as well as Lunsford type 4mm turnbuckles you can choose from purple or black.
More from Xray who have confirmed the impending release of their newest chassis, the T2008, which was seen and used at the Euros in France 2 weeks ago. No official information was given by Xray on the new car, but spy shots taken in Montbrison and talk from people who have seen it confirm that it is quite different from the T2007. The car will now sport the front and rear belts on opposite sides of the centre spur gear, as opposed to both on one side, which allows the motor to be moved more to the center of the chassis. The chassis will also be different with a new top deck and other changes, all of which of course will be confirmed in time.
The 11th installment in the Xray column from Xray owner and chief designer Juraj Hudy is now online. In this months column, Juraj talks about after market parts and goes about justifying the use of genuine performance enhancing parts from Xray as opposed to those anodised bling bling parts from other companies.
After the huge initial success of the NT1 worldwide, aftermarket companies jumped right in and introduced plenty of aftermarket “bling-bling” option parts for the NT1. Looking at the parts I just can only say one thing: “You get what you pay for.” Of course anybody is free to produce any parts they want and every customer is free to purchase any product they want, but here are my tips and explanations why Authentic XRAY Products are the best products for your XRAY car.
The first round of the West German 1/8th scale off road qualification races for the 2008 Nationals took place last weekend at the MAC Essen track. The event was open to both buggy and truggy classes and in the buggy class it was a win for Kyosho racer Daniel Reckward ahead of team mate Denis Macek in 2nd and Mugen driver Frank Derksen completing the podium in 3rd. Daniel managed to do the double for Kyosho, taking the win in the truggy class also in front of 2nd placed Mugen driver Alexander Munsch and Team Losi racer Thomas Wüller in 3rd.
The 5th round of the 1/8th scale Dutch Nationals was run at the weekend on the MACH circuit in Heemstede, near Amsterdam. Qualifying saw Belgian Kyosho racer Ilia van Gastel take the pole position ahead of Serpent racer John Ermen in 2nd and Mugen factory racer Rick V. in 3rd. Just before the main final it started to rain and with little time to prepare before the race started, a lot of drivers were not prepared and some didn’t race. As the race started a number of drivers were out almost straight away including Ermen, but Rick V had no troubles and was able to work his way out to the front where he stayed for the entire race, taking the win and finishing ahead of Motonica driver Daniel Van der Drift in 2nd with Serpent driver Stanley Bauer in 3rd.