Reigning World and European touring car champion, Andy Moore (new pictures to follow), has clinched the 2007 EFRA European 1/12th scale championships that were held this weekend in Sweden. The British driver, who was starting from pole position, won the first 2 rounds of Finals, despite a stop go penalty for jumping the start in the 2nd final which saw him go nearly a lap down, to ensure that he had the title wrapped up before the 3rd round of finals which he decided to sit out. German driver Marc Fisher, finished in 2nd place with a fine run taking the win in the 3rd final and a 2nd place to claim the runner up spot ahead of Swedish driver Alexander Hagberg who claimed a 2nd and a 3rd. Reigning British Champion Andy Griffiths ended up 4th, with 5th place going to German racer Markus Mobers who was followed home by Finnish driver Simo Ahoniemi in 6th.
Following on from last months column by Juraj Hudy, comes the second part of this great insight into the development of Xrays new gas touring car, the NT1. In this part Juraj talks us through the pre production and testing phase of the car as well as highlighting the problems and the solutions to some problems that arose in testing.
With the new geometry on the suspension arms, the geometry of the steering blocks and rear uprights had to be modified too, which again required modifications to the moulds. With the changed geometry the roll center positions on the rear roll center bridge also had to be modified so after testing several different roll center positions we came up with the optimal positions.
This weekend sees another EFRA sanctioned event, this time for 1/8th scale buggy, and it is being run by the BBTTC near Bouffioulx, in Belgium. The event has attracted an entry of 48 drivers from around Europe and on the difficult track it was French Crono driver, Jerome Sartel, who has claimed the top qualifying spot for tomorrows main event. The second qualifying spot went to Christoffer Svennson from Sweden, driving for Kyosho, with another French driver, Stephane Deroch, qualifying in 3rd.
Andy Moore has continued on his top form from yesterdays practice into todays qualifying by taking the overnight pole after 5 rounds of qualifying at this years EFRA 1/12th scale European Championships. With 1 round still left to run on Sunday, my pre event favourite Marc Fisher of Germany has moved himself into 2nd place, albeit 4 seconds behind Moore after 8 minutes, with another German racer Markus Mobers 3 seconds back on Fisher, in 3rd. Finnish brothers Sakke and Simo Ahoniemi are 4th and 5th with Britsh 1/12th legend Andy Griffiths in 3rd. Tomorrow will see the 6th round of qualifying that will take place in the morning followed by the running of all the triple main finals and the crowning of the new 2007 European Champion.
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Yesterday we wrote about the South American Championships that were held near Santiago Chile last weekend that was won by Argentinian Mugen driver Adrian Castro, and today we have some videos from that hour long A-main race. These videos have been produced and uploaded by Pato Concha, who himself finished 3rd in the A-final, and they have been split into 5 videos from the main final with the first part showing above and the other 4 parts showing below.
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More new stuff from Axial Racing, this time its some new tools, with the release of this nice green anodised, machined billet aluminum, flywheel remover. Designed to fit most flywheels it allows you to easily pull the flywheel from your engine without causing any damage to the flywheel or end of the shaft. Also officially released by Axial Racing is their new set of hex driver that we showed a while back, color coded and laser etched for easier identification, these tools were designed to be easier to use than most. The handles were ergonomically designed to fit in your hand better and provide grip even when your hands are slick from oil and grease.
Axial Racing have announced the release of their 28RR Spec 1 Engine that is suitable for truggies and monster trucks. The 28RR is designed to rev higher while still maintaining superior levels of torque and the rather nice cooling head helps to lower center of gravity as well as increase cooling capacity.
The 28RR Spec 1 is a .28 cubic inch big block engine featuring a machined cast aluminum heat-sink head for extra cooling, dual bushing aluminum connecting rod, true ABC chrome sleeve construction for durability, and a three needle 9.0mm slide carburetor (including 8.0 & 8.5mm optional venturiâ€™s) with a composite body for better performance at higher temperatures. The carburetor features a factory re-set line on the high speed needle, and flush needles making re-setting, to baseline factory specifications, quick and easy.
Former French National champion Frederic Pain has joined Atomic Carbon to drive the S4 in this years French national series. Frederic, who was the French National champion in 2003 and 2004 and runner up last year, will be part of the French off road team that will be racing at the World Championships that takes place in Japan later this year.