According to a report by rc-car-net.de, German racer Toni Rheinard will quit his drive at Kyosho to apparentley race Hot Bodies. Toni had only signed for Kyosho, from Tamiya, last year after it was rumoured that the Japanese manufacturer couldn’t get their first choice, Toni’s brother and former World Champion Marc Rheinard away from his drive at Tamiya despite their deep pockets. This news hasn’t officially been confirmed but when we hear something more about this situation we’ll let you know.
I guess I’m not as up to date on the tire sponsors as i should be, and in buggies it is quite difficult to follow, as it seems i didnt notice the fact that European Champion and Xray team driver Yannick Aigoin has made the switch from Pro Line tyres to GRP. This news came to everyones attention yesterday as he was seen sporting the new rubber, as well as new GRP team wear, at this weekends Montpellier GP. RB Products, for whom Yannick works import both the Pro Line and GRP ranges of tyres into France.
Sunday saw the finals day at the Australian National Offroad Champs and the day that all the the titles were decided. In 1/8th buggy it was Matt Griffin (old picture above) all the way, he dominated through practice and qualifying and won the event comfortably for Kyosho with Zac Ryan taking 2nd position ahead of Justin Millan both racing for Hong Nor. In the truggy class it was Kiwi racer Nathan Toia driving a Hong Nor who took the win, 1 lap ahead of Brad Gale driving a Mugen and Craig Laughton racing for Hot Bodies in 3rd. In the Stadium truck class it was Craig Laughton who took the win ahead of Ron Mya and Zac Ryan rounding off the podium in 3rd position.
Qualifying for the 2007 Snowbirds is now complete as is the bump up B-mains that sees the winner of the B-main take the final place in the A-mains. In Touring Pro Mod it was Mike Dumas that took the top qualifying spot driving for Team Losi finishing just ahead of Dutch driver Jilles Groskamp and Paul LeMieux in 3rd, both racing for Xray. Swedish driver Joel Myrberg, racing the Associated TC5 managed to bump up after a very tense fight in the B-main to take the number 10 spot in tomorrows A-main.
In Touring 19T Foam Travis Schreven took the pole away from Associated racer Juho Levanen with Pro Mod pole man Mike Dumas in 3rd for Team Losi. Chris Tosolini bumped up after a very close and fortunate run in the B-main to take the final starting position in tomorrows A-main. In 1/12th GTP modified it was German racer, and winner of last Decembers Swedish GP, Marc Fisher that took pole position from Mike Dumas, who once again shows his amazing consistency. Walter Henderson took the 3rd position and once more Chris Tosolini managed to bump up after another fortunate B-main in which he was knocked back into the field after a first lap incident.
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Crono driver Nicolas Rodriguez has taken the top qualifying spot for the Montpellier GP, the opening off road race of the European season, in the south of France today. The Falcon powered driver managed to out qualify European Champion and Xray team driver Yannick Aigoin who in turn managed to keep Mugen racer Renaud Savoya behind him in third. The main race will take place tomorrow, Sunday, and we will bring you the results when we get them.
In the warmup race for the 1/18th scale off road Race of Champions held at RC Madness in Enfield, Conneticut in the end of January, Zack Barry dominated the event driving an Xray M18. Zack had troubles in qualifying but managed to pull it together and take the pole in both classes and then went on to win in both classes too.
Zack entered in two different classes, running his Xray M18T in 4wd truck class , and his M18MT in the mini-monster class. In the first round of qualifying he had a rough time , not completing either race. In the second round ,he came back and set the TQ in both classes , and had the only 20 lap run of the entire event [in any class] with his M18T. Zack went on to take home the first place trophies in both classes.
Once again our partners Rubedude have an update from the Australian National Offroad Champs from Shepparton, Victoria. With all qualifying done and the lower finals complete and no major surprises have been reported with the fast guys from yesterday still quick today, despite the wind picking up.
Check out the full results and final placings from the event here.