Paolo Morganti (another old picture) has TQ’d the US Open Fuel Sedan Championships being held this weekend at the Kissimmee track in Florida. Paolo, driving a Serpent 720 dominated the qualifyng, having benefited from a lot of track time at last weekends Regional event held at the same track, which he won. In second position was German driver Michael Salven, the only European at the event with DJ Apolaro in third followed by young ‘Serpent Development Driver’ Scotty Gray in 4th, making a complete block out at the front for Serpents new 720 chassis. In fifth position we saw current US national champion and World Championship top qualifier Chris Tosolini driving a Kyosho.
The weather was starting to look bad as qualifying drew to a close and with the finals due for tomorrow everyone will be hoping they dont need to make use of the spare day on Sunday to run the mains.
After 2 rounds of qualifying for the 1/8th scale Japanese Nationals being held at the Hokusei Circuit in Japan, Masao Tanaka heads the leaderboard. The Kawahara driver, and Worlds finalist, is in 1st position just ahead of current Japanese national champion and Worlds finalist, Takaaki Shimo. In the next two spots are the Sahashi brothers with younger Tadahiko in 3rd, the Japanese 1/10th national champion just ahead of his brother Sukenari. World 1/10th scale champion Keisuke Fukuda is just outside the top 4 in fifth position with the top 6 racers doing 17 lap runs on this 340 meter long track.
Qualifying continues tomorrow and we will bring you the news as we get it.
Xray have just announced the RTR version of their popular little 1/18th scale Micro Nitro Monster and Stadium trucks. These are pretty wicked little cars and of course come with the usual Xray quality feel.
– There are two versions available: truck (#380740) and monster truck
– RTR is fully assembled by XRAY in Europe and is the most premium and luxury RTR in the market with a very affordable price
– RTR features all the premium equipment and electronics: 2x metal gear servo, receiver battery pack, XT1 Transmitter + XR1 Receiver, all cables and switch.
– RTR comes with nicely painted and trimmed body with all the stickers applied.
– There are 4 different colors available from every paint scheme.
– There is FREE Hudy Start-box for every RTR kit
Very similar to the bag of Team Magic, this new black and blue bag from optional parts makers 3 Racing seems to be a very nice product. Transporting your stuff to the track is made easy with the supplied wheels and a pull handle and all your racing parts will be safely contained within the 2 large and 2 small inner carrying boxes.
Robert over at RC50.com has posted the results, pictures and even some videos on his site of last weekends Halloween Classic held at ‘The Gate’ in Cleveland. This was a very big race with both 1/10th Sedan and 1/12th classes being run and over 260+ competitors. In the premier event, the Touring car modified, it was Bobby Flack who took the win ahead of Barry Baker with Paul Lemieux in third, making it a 1-2-3 for the Xray T2007.
You can view all the results list here.
You can view the event images here.
The last race was held in Slavkov u Brna on a new track. This race attended 43 drivers, the champion was already knowed from the previous race so now the drivers battled for 2nd and 3rd place in the 1/8 Czech Off-road Championship, there were especially Martin Pater a LukÃ¡Å¡ Zeman.
You can read Martin’s write up on the last 2 events here.
Italian news site RC Bazar have written about the 2006 Italian Champion in Senior Rally, Giuseppe De Fuoco. In only his first year in the class, having normally raced 1/8 on road before this, the Team SPM driver used his Technokit chassis to great success by taking 2 wins on his way to the title.
Top Swedish Xray racer Alex Hagberg has won the recent Nordic Championships event held in a large sports hall in Sarpsborg, Norway. The event was well attended with top racers from Sweden and Norway and Alex has his report up on the Xray site.
The third and deciding final was coming up. It was really tense as the drivers got together for the third main. The start went smoothly, and it was really close, during the second lap, I hit a dot and soon Helge took the lead in front of Niclas. The two got together so I could pass. I had the lead and started to pull away for the Nordic Championship win.