November 5, 2006

Keisuke Fukuda is Japanese 1/8th National Champion

2006 Japanese Nationals Podium

1/10th scale World Champion Keisuke Fukuda has won the 2006 Japanese 1/8th Scale National Championships. Starting his Mugen/Ninja from 2nd on the grid Keisuke managed to take the win by a full lap ahead of Takaaki Shimo to claim his first 1/8th National title. Second placed Shimo for Kyosho had a 4 lap advantage over the third place racer 由留木一也 after the 45 minute final. Pole position man Tadahiko Sahashi had problems in the race, as did Tanaka who went out after 15 minutes.

You can view the final results here and you can view some more pictures here (day 1), here (day 2) and here (finals).

Image: Hokusei []

November 4, 2006

EFRA to run 5 cell in Touring class

Cell debates

European governing body EFRA, at their AGM in Brussels, has passed a Swedish proposal to reduce the cell numbers in the Touring car class from 6 to 4 cells, which was then amended to 5. With Japan having already made the change to go to 4 cells and the US, and Europe until today, on 6 cells, it was thought that the EFRA would go with 4. This makes a strange situation where the 3 main governing bodies are now using 3 different sets of rules, not to mention the headaches for manufacturers and international drivers.

In other rule changes EFRA reduced the minimum Touring car weight from 1500 to 1350 grams and also approved the use of Sintered Mags and Delta windings.

Source: RC Tech []

November 4, 2006

Paolo Morganti wins the US Open Fuel Sedan Champs

Kissimmee factory Podium

Paolo Morganti (old pic once more), driving a Serpent 720, has won the US Open Fuel Sedan Championships held this weekend at the Kissimmee track in Florida. With the results taken from three 20 minute main finals of which the best 2 counted, consistency was the order of the day. Pole position man Paolo had trouble in his first round, after some mechanical problem, fought back in the second and third rounds to take 2 wins. Michael Salven who had won the 1st round managed a 2nd in the second round and another 2nd in the final round to take 2nd overall, whilst Chris Tosolini who also had problems in the 1st round fought back with a 3rd place finish in the second round and an unfortunate 3rd position in the third round, after flaming out whilst close to Paolo in 2nd position, to take third overall at the event.

Check out the final mains results here (PDF).

Results from Live RC [] Image: Pdub []

November 4, 2006

HoBao Hyper ST Truggy

HoBao Hyper ST

HoBao have entered the Truggy market with this rather nice RTR, the Hyper ST. According to Philip over at Neo-Buggy – “The Hyper ST is a mix of the best of the Hyper 7 coupled with new parts from the Hyper 8”. So there you have it, head on over to Neo-Buggy for more images.

Source: Neo-Buggy []

November 4, 2006

Lopukhin Artem wins Rd 1 of Russian Nats

Russian Nationals Round 1

Xray have a report on their site about the first round of the Russian Indoor Electric nationals in which the Xray car TQ’d and won the event with driver Lopukhin Artem.

The first round of the Russian Nationals was held in Vladimir. The most interesting competition was in TC10 and Team XRAY did very well. It’s very important to win at the start of the season.

You can read the full report here.

Source: Xray []

November 4, 2006

Tadahiko Sahashi takes TQ for Japanese Nationals

Cars of Sahashi brothers

Young Japanese driver, and 1/10th National Champion, Tadahiko Sahashi has taken the TQ spot for this years Japanese 1/8th scale Nationals being held at the Hokusei circuit in Japan. The Serpent 960 driver moved up from 3rd overnight to take the pole ahead of 1/10th World Champion Keisuke Fukuda driving a Mugen in 2nd. In 3rd is the current Japanese 1/8th National champion Takaaki Shimo for Kyosho with the older brother of Tadahiko and also Serpent racer Sukenari Sahashi in 4th. Overnight pole man Masao Tanaka slipped to 5th having not managed to improve on his round 1 qualifying time.

You can download the full results in Japanese here (PDF).

The finals take place tomorrow with the main final itself starting at 14.10 local time. We will give you the results as we get them.

November 4, 2006

CRC dominate 1/12th at the Halloween Classic

Mike Blackstock and Todd Hodge

Something that seemed to slip our radar, mainly due to my lack of knowledge with regards 1/12th scale, is the fact that the all new CRC (Calandra Racing Concepts) Carpet Knife Generation X kicked ass at the Halloween Classic in Cleveland. While we only brought you the Touring modified results, it seemed that the real racing at this event was happening in the comeback class, 1/12th. Mark Smyka TQ’d and won in the 19T class, whilst in modified it was Mike Blackstock who took the TQ and the win.

Head on over to CRC for the full report.

November 4, 2006

HPI Battery Level Indicator

HPI Battery level indicator

Now this is a cool little gizmo, simple and easy to use and essential for all those non racers out there who just want to drive their car, in this case a HPI, and have fun. Its a battery meter that gives you an indication of the power left in the receiver battery when you turn your car on. Your transmitter has a meter to tell you when it needs charging so it seems pretty natural that your car should have one too and if it prevents a Savage tearing off into a crowd of girl guides, or other random targets, then that can only be a good thing. Good thinking from the guys at HPI.

Source: HPI []