Round 4 of the Britsh 1/8th scale National Championship was held at the Mendip Circuit in Wetern Super Mare last weekend with very good weather all weekend for the first time this season. In qualification it was Mark Green who was TQ with a blistering 20 Laps in 309 using the DS2 Picco engine and new Efra 2007 tuned pipe and manifold. Second and 3rd were team mates Tim Wood and Pete Hastings with a 20 lap and a very quick 19 laps respectively. Andy North was the quickest non Serpent with 19 Laps in 304 closely followed by Gareth Bell and Neil Diver, while round 3 winner and Championship leader Richard Hicklin was 7th. The final started with the racers maintaining their grid order until a crash towards the rear of the pack and a bad couple of corners from Andy North dropped him down the field. Mark Green meanwhile extended his lead quite comfortably up front, while the first retirement was team mate Richard Hicklin followed by Jason Frost and Tim Wood, who had gearbox problems. Whilst in a podium position, Neil Diver ran out of fuel and dropped down the order from which he recovered to finish a creditable 5th. Gareth Bell’s consistency ensured 4th position, while Chris Heath again drove a faultless race to finish 3rd, after doing one less fuel stop due to his very efficient Sirio powered Motonica. Peter Hastings continued his strong qualifying pace to take a fine 2nd place behind team leader and race winner Mark Green.
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Not really showing much more detail, Kyosho France have some pictures of the new Inferno MP9 ahead of its official unveiling at this weekends Kyosho Masters in France. We expected to have more close ups and detailed shots by the end of the week.
We received this report from the first round of the Northeast RC Pro Series held at CRC Raceway in Rome, NY. As it has been with almost every out door race in the nitro offroad series this year weather tried to play a part in the event. Saturday it didn’t look like we would get all 4 rounds of qualifying in because of rain rolling in from the west but each time it came close to town it would disappear. So we managed to get all the qualifying in even though the weather reports estimated an 80% chance of rain. Sunday was supposed to be better with only a 20% chance. Sunday was a beautiful day until we started the last main – the Expert Buggy A Main – dark clouds rolled in from the west just south of the track.
Xray have a report from their team driver Paul Lemieux on last weeks Capitol Classic race held at the 301 Raceway in Maryland. With rain early on in the week limiting track time, by Thursday the weather had improved and racers could fine tune their setups. Qualifying saw Ralph Burch take pole position ahead of fellow Xray driver Josh Cyrul in 2nd and Vincent Jackson in 3rd. In the final there were no surprises as Burch got a jump on the rest of the field and stretched out a lead, helped by early problems for Cyrul and Mike Blackstock. Serpent racer DJ Apolaro was having a good battle together with Chris Tosolini for 2nd until issues forced him to retire, leaving Chris alone in 2nd. The race ended this way, as Burch won by a comfortable margin ahead of Tosolini in 2nd, with Jimmy Deprez taking 3rd.
The Extreme 24 hour race was held last weekend on Celakovice race track near Prague in the Czech Republic. The race format was inspired by the real Le Mans, and so the start was scheduled for the same day and time as famous French race. Eight teams of six drivers and pit men fought it out over 24 hours battling exhaustion while trying to keep their equipment running. The race rules were strict to ensure an equal chance to all participating teams and so only Tamiya F-103 chassis, stock 540 motor, LRP tires and Le Mans style bodies were allowed. After 24 hours it was MPM Hobbyteams that took the win with 3749 laps, some 850km of running, finishing in front of Team RC DRiFT, only 56 laps back and RC Celakovice, the host team, 3rd with 3643 laps.
Xray have released a new range of clutch bells for the XB808, manufactured on a precision manual gear machine from Hudy gear steel, a material specially formulated and developed for use in gears. Heat treated for highest strength, minimal wear and extra-long lifespan, the XB808 clutch bell features unique oversized ball-bearings designed and engineered by Xray. Replacing the standard 5×10 bearings with 1.3mm balls, the oversized 808 clutch bearings are 5×12 with 2.0mm balls and extra-thick bearing walls. This translates to higher load-carrying capabilities which will increase the life of the bearings and reduce the risk of clutch bearing failure during long final runs. The bearings come with special high-temperature resistant grease to ensure proper lubrication during high-revving engine operations and long runs. Available in sizes of 15T, 16T, 17T and 18T.
RB Concept in France have released the new ST, a .28 big block mill using the same design as their RT line-up. The engine features an ABC 3 port liner and comes with the strong, resilient MSC reinforced crankcase. Also a standard feature included is a roto-start system for ease of operation. The adjustable position of the starting nuts allows for the engine to be mounted in practically all chassis’.
Losi have released this 16 oz. insulated tumbler, which is perfect for your daily drive to the track. The stainless steel exterior and foam-insulated polypropylene interior will keep your hot or cold beverage at the proper temperature, while the leak-resistant stainless steel lid features a sliding top for easy drinking. This tumbler is available in a gun metal finish and features the Losi logo.