We received word from the organisers of the DHI Cup, an event that Red RC will cover live, that they have decided to change the control-tires because Much More could not guarantee a sufficient supply of their AT-32 tire. So for the 2008 edition of the DHI-CUP, racers will use the Much More Sweep LHS carpet tire with JB foam inserts and pre-glued on JB X-tra Hard wheels. The sweep tires are a new development made especially for carpet racing and tested by Much More team-drivers. To supplement the tires the organisers have also bought the same carpet as used at the ISTW race in October.
JConcepts contacted us to tell us about their great JConcepts Clash that was run recently in Lake Park, Tampa, Florida. As promised “The Powers Exploded” and a unique event, which featured electric and nitro vehicles competing on the same day, was launched. The event was open to sportsman and expert classes thus catering to drivers of all skill levels. Ryan Maifield driving his Team Associated RC10B4, B44 and RC8 vehicles dominated the extended A-main events using JConcepts Racing Tires. In the 2wd Modified class Ryan used on his RC10B4 to win the 10-minute A-main event, while UK National 4wd Champion Lee Martin TQ’d the event. In the 4wd Modified class Ryan took his B44 to a convincing victory in this highly competitive class, while in the 1/8th buggy class Ryan took his Team Associated RC8 to victory in this prestigious class, while once more it was Lee Martin that took the overall TQ.
The New Zealand Nationals for 1/8th scale buggies and truggies was held over the weekend and it was Australian driver Wayne Walker that came away with the 2007 National buggy title. Having lined up first for the hour long final, the Mugen racer was able to pull out a lead ahead of 2nd placed HongNor racer Peter Brimmer to finish 2 laps ahead at the end of the race with Associated racer Ryan O’Connor in 3rd. In the truggy class it was pole man Peter Brimmer, racing the HongNor X1CRT, that took the win by 2 laps in front of Kyosho driver Mike Stratford with 3rd placed Tim McKay, driving the Xray XT8, a few seconds further back at the end of the hour final.
Rising UK touring car star Elliott Harper has made the switch from Hot Bodies to Team Xray with whom he will race the T2’008 EU 5-cell spec chassis. Elliott is a well know touring car driver with some impressive results that include winning the modified class at the 2006/7 BIWS as well as being crowned the 2007 BTCC Modified Champion, he backed those results up with an impressive performance in this year modified BRCA Nationals where he finished 5th overall amongst some really tough competition. Elliot will be using Nosram Matrix Evolution ISTC speed controls, Matrix Storm Evolution Motors, VTEC Big Mama 4200 cells with the Nosram Stealth Evolution Charger.
GRP were in touch to let us know about their new GRP engine line, born from an innovative and well-advanced industrial project with the direct technical direction of Mario Rossi. GRP have established a technological and futuristic research centre, which has allowed the production of their very first projects such as the Ninja, Falcon and Boss motors, and that in the future will allow constant product development. All engines designs in the range have been studied with the most up-date and advanced mechanical simulation software to reproduce the normal working conditions of the engines and to check all components and materials for deformations at high temperature.
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LRP have announced the release of a number of new additions to their VTEC LiPo range, including this massive 8000mAh 7.4V pack. Also releasing a 5300mAh 7.2V pack and a 1300mAh 11.1V pack, these new packs offer extremely high capacity, an unbelievable 25C discharge rate and less weight than standard NiMH or NiCd batteries. Featuring a soft casing, each pack comes complete with power plug and a balancer port.
Some news from earlier in the week that saw Jamie Corrado confirmed as joining the Twister Tire USA team, having been a part of Twister since September. Jamie is a well known racer in the northeast part of the country and will be Twister’s liaison for that area. His achievements include winning the 2006 Great Lakes Challenge, he was a 2007 Winternats finalist and winner of the 2007 I-95 Showdown. This announcement follows on from the recent signing of DJ Apolaro (shown above right) to the same team.
Xray have a brief report on their site from the second LRP Islikon Masters held last weekend in Switzerland. The qualification rounds on Sunday saw Sacha Lnenicka TQ ahead of his Xray team mate and brother Ronny in 2nd place with Serpent racer Markus Geisendorf in 3rd. The finals were dominated by Sacha and he managed to win all three finals with Ronny ending up in 2nd, with Geisendorf taking the last podium spot in 3rd.