It took a while but we eventually got the results from last weekends Offroad Meeting that was held at the Monsummano Terme track in Italy. Adam Drake got the job done in the Senior buggy class, his Losi 8ight was the class of the field on the fast, dusty and punishing track and he won by half a lap in front of Xray racer, and Italian National round 3 winner, Alex Laffranchi in 2nd with the Crono RS03 of Fabrizio Tegheshi in 3rd, another half a lap back. In the truggy class it was another visitor that took the win, Finnish racer Joseph Quagraine took the win for HoBao by over a lap from Mugen racer Fabio Boero in 2nd with the American Adam Drake once again at the sharp end of the field, bring his Losi 8ight truggy home in 3rd.
HoBao have announced on their brand new site, the introduction of the new Pro version of their Hyper ST Truggy. The new Pro version features improved, stronger, lighter materials for the demands of heavy racing, coupled with a more streamlined and racy profile, to set the ST Truggy apart. The aggressive, unique body styling has been further refined for a truly stand alone look.
It was pretty awesome when HPI raced their Baja 5B the 120 miles across the Desert earlier this year, but that event will now seem like a small little test run compared to the new challenge facing this all terrain buggy. HPI will drive the Baja continuously around the entire island of Iceland, a round trip of 870 miles (1400km), that will take 4 days, the team will have a police escort and the whole thing will be covered by Icelandic television Channel 2, two newspapers and Bilar&sport magazine. Two thumbs up to HPI for attempting this and bringing RC sport to the masses.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Nicholas Zachariades wins latest round of Cyprus 1/10th Nats – Link [serpent.com]
> Hold It – the invention that will change your life forever – Link [radiocontrolzone.com]
> Report from the 3rd round of the Norwegian Off road cup – Link [teamxray.com]
> 2007 Indonesia Truggy Nats, Series points after 4 rounds – Link [buggy-sport.info]
> CML have a report on their driver, KM winner, Elliot Boots – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> Setups from top Kyosho racers at the Kysoho Masters – Link [kyoshofrance.com]
Xray are reporting on their site from the 2nd round of the Paranaense Championships held at the S.T.A.R. track. This event was run for electric and 200mm gas touring and in the Modified touring class it was Otávio Langowski that took the top qualifying spot from Fabiano Franco and Flavio Salinet. In the 5 round final however it was Xray racer Flavio Salinet that came out on top in front of pole man Otávio Langowski in 2nd with Jonas Ferstemberg in 3rd. The gas touring race saw Gabriel Brito claim the pole position ahead of Kenedi Quequi and Felipe Stuani while in the final Brito could win easily from first time gas racer Fabiano Franco in 2nd while 3rd spot went to Kenedi Quequi.
Last weekend at the Houthalen track in Belgium it was 14 year old Maxim Claes that took the class 2 win at the 3rd round of the Belgian National Championships for 1/10th 200mm. After qualifying 5th overall, Maxim was well placed in the semi final to take a spot in the main, but not before a broken shock absorber forced him to fight back from last to eventually finish 2nd. In the 30 minute main final the young Serpent driver lined up 8th on the grid and when the race started he could work his way to the front and take the lead, from where he went on to win the race by 3 laps.
RC Mag have again produced some great videos from the 2007 Kyosho Masters, held in France last weekend. As you can see from these videos of the Elite buggy final, it was really wet and this probably explains why the British racer Elliot Boots was able to win easily, using all those skills gained racing in the often wet and miserable UK Nationals. Check out the first part of the final above and watch the second video below.
East, the Japanese modified parts maker, has begun selling these new middle bearing blocks for the Mugen MRX4-R, the Kyosho Evolva and the Kyosho V-One RRR, which because of their construction prevent twisting and therefore reduce damage to the front belt. Made using high grade aluminum, each part is anodised and comes in a range of different colours with all sets supplied with ceramic bearings that help increase the drivetrain efficiency. The V-One RRR set comes with an additional titanium center pulley shaft, which is very light yet extremely strong.