CML Distribution in the UK have announced that they will back former World finalist, European Champion and multiple British Champion Jamie Booth. One of R/C’s evergreen drivers and a true ambassador of the hobby, he has already been hooked on the performance and reliability of Byron RACE fuel and has now signed up to join the UK Pro-Line 1/8th off road team and use Pro-Line rubber throughout the coming season on his Hong Nor buggy and truggy.
Slapmaster, a company run by Brian Bodine who has 22 years of on road racing experience, have announced the release of the Brush Cavity Tool “Two”.Â If you like to use a hole in the center of a brush to further tune your motor, this might just be the easiest tool to use on the market. It will work with upright, laydown and Checkpoint brushes, and the tool comes with a 1.5mm and a 1.85mm drill bit to work with, the bits being finger operated so no power tools are required. Simply lay the brush in the slot, hold it down with your thumb, select the bit size, insert it into the hole & twist away for a perfectly centered hole in the end of your brush.
Last week we wrote about a piece we saw on Neo Buggy stating that Richi Gomez could be brought to court by Axe Rossi for breach of contract. Today our other site partners Buggy Sport received the exclusive manifesto from Ricardo Gomez, father of Richi, in which he states (in my understanding as its difficult to read) that they have upheld their side of the agreement and that Axe have not lived up to theirs. What it essentially comes down to is that Axe Rossi have not supplied them with sufficient product support and that what they have recieved has been of substandard quality and definitely not worthy of a top international racer who needs to compete at the highest level. Problems like leaking in both the combutsion chamber and carburettor, to poorly made exhaust systems, these motors have been unusable and replacements have not been forthcoming and thus to fullfill his obligations to his other sponsors he has had to source other engines, which seems fair enough.
We received a mail from the guys at CEN letting us know that at the last Florida Off-Road State Series racer CEN Racing managed to get 8 drivers, combined, into the A Main Events using their Matrix and Matrix Arena TR. CEN Racing have also announced that they have added two of Florida’s top drivers to the team, Travis Scrambling and Tony Patishall.
Travis has been racing for a while and has proven his skills at many of the nations top racing events.Â After a break from racing Travis chooses CEN Racing and the Matrix line of product to make the return to the spotlight and competitive racing. Tony Patishall is a seasoned racer and specializes in the Truggy class. His confident driving style matches perfect with the Matrix Arena TR and at Tony’s first race he showed a very promising future with the Matrix Arena TR.
Some time back we showed you the HPI Firestorm gas powered 1/10th scale truck that, amongst other things, comes as standard with a rather nice pre painted bodyshell. For those racers who want their own personalised look, HPI Racing have just released a clear unpainted version of that DSX bodyshell, which not only fits the Firestorm, but is suitable for other trucks such as the HPI Nitro Rush.
The second round of the French Nationals were held last weekend at the Besancon track, one of the oldest in France. The race was well attended with 65 drivers, split between Elite and National classes, and as with all racing last weekend in Europe the competitors were greeted with glorious sunshine. In qualifying for the Eilte class it was Mugen racer, and round 1 winner, Nicolas Guillot that claimed the top qualifying spot ahead of the Kyosho pairing of Sebastian Zatla and Adrien Siegfried in 2nd and 3rd repectively.
In the Elite main final Stephane Bouche quickly made his way to the front with pole man Guillot slotting into second followed by Siegfried, up until he lost his second gear which dropped him down to 6th. Laurent Zatla also ran into trouble losing his belt which meant that Marc Pomponio could move into 3rd and that was how it finished with Bouche taking the win by 1 lap in front of Guillot with Pomponio a further 7 laps back. In the National class it was Serpent racer Gerald Colinet that took the win, by 1 lap ahead of Mugen racer Dominique Lichtle while 3rd position went Sylvain Tolomelli, also driving for Serpent.
The past weekend saw the opening round of the Swiss 1/8th scale championships take place in Aigle, in the French part of Switzerland. In qualifying it was Serpent racer Markus Geisendorf that took the TQ spot, 2 seconds ahead of Kyosho racer Loris Pierroz with the only Motonica driver Mattia Pesenti in 3rd, less than 2 seconds further back. In the 45 minute race it was Geisendorf all the way, going on to win by a lap and a half ahead of Mugen racer Petros Diamantogiannis in 2nd with Motonica racer Pesenti in 3rd. In the Plus 38 class, held for racers that qualified 39th and lower, it was a win for Mugen racer Morier Jean-Claude who finished ahead of 2nd placed Stapf Alex also driving Mugen with 3rd position going to Serpent racer Henzi Leopold.
Hot Bodies have officially announced the RTR version of the Cyclone S, their sport version of the World Championship winning Cyclone touring car. Factory assembled to exacting specifications, the Cyclone S RTR will feature everything that makes the Cyclone S a great car, such as World Championship-winning racing geometry, reinforced composite chassis and shock towers, front and rear ball differentials, aluminium motor mount and full adjustability of critical race-tuning settings. This car comes with a pre-painted Dodge Stratus shell and all part are upgradeable to the existing Moorespeed World Championship Edition Cyclone options.