Just before the NÃ¼rnberg toy fair we showed you the new product range from Motonica which amongst other things included the all new P8.0 Classic, a 2wd flat pan chassis. This was a strange choice of car to start producing, considering the numbers involved in this class which really only exists in the south of Europe, but despite this fact Motonica have created a rather attractive and i’m sure competitive car. Sporting a full carbon fibre chassis plate the car is rear wheel drive and receives the power to its back wheels through a belt from the single speed gearbox shaft. The center part of the car is taken from the P8.0 4wd chassis which includes the fuel tank as well as the cars innovative radio mounting system that sports 2 laydown servos, whilst the front of the car is mounted on top of a floating front plate, as is the norm in this class. The car looks good and there is a lot of interest in it from the Classique class faithful, so who knows perhaps we may see a new resurgence of this class in the near future.
Defending Greek National Champion John Sotiropoulos has started this year where he left off last year by taking the win in round 1 of the Greek 1/8th scale Nationals held at the Arena Racing circuit. The Serpent driver topped the timing sheets after qualifying and was able to convert that position into a win in the main final despite a problem in the race that dropped him back a lap on the leader. Sotiropoulos finished 1 lap ahead of Kyosho racer Vagelis Totomis who finished 2nd with another Serpent racer Mimis Papadopoulos in 3rd.
In the final Sotiropoulos was having a good battle with Kyosho driver Totomis but an error during his first pit stop saw the Serpent driver drop a full lap. Rejoining the race the defending Champion chased down leader Totomis and with 2 minutes of the 30 minute final remaining retook the lead.
Hot Bodies racer Bernhard Bopp has won the modified class at round 4 of the South Germany regionals that took place 2 weekends ago on the MCSS Althengstett race track. Bernhard who only started from 3rd position after qualifying behind Dominik Fleischmann and Felix Bischoff managed to win the 1st and 3rd finals to take the overall win, with Fleischmann and Bischoff finishing in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the Stock class it was Erik Dankel that took the round win after starting from the TQ spot with Reto Dobler and Florian Ring coming home in 2nd and 3rd to complete the podium.
Italian racer Fabrizio Teghesi has agreed a deal to run with Spanish after market parts specialists, Ultimate Racing for the 2007 season. The Crono racer, who was top qualifier at last years European ‘B’ Championships and who eventually finished 3rd, will use the Spanish companies parts on his Crono buggy this year in both National and International events, including this years European Championships in France.
Atomic RC continue to increase their product line for mini R/C vehicles with the introduction of these new upgrades for the Team Losi Micro-T. Among the goodies on offer are anodised aluminum driveshafts that come in grey, orange and blue and are designed for increased durability and will work great with the aliminium wheel axles that are also on offer. There is also some wicked looking adjustable aluminium shock absorbers that will improve performance and handling over the rough stuff, and combine with the front and rear aluminum spindles and you have a rock solid Micro-T racer
Marc Kreisig has shown he was the class of the field at last weekends Kyosho on road Masters held in Wiener Neustadt near Vienna, Austria. The Kyosho racer managed to win the aggregated finals to take the overall win and was followed home by Xray NT1 racer, and race TQ, Manuel Huber who finished 2nd. In third was the NT1 designer and Xray owner Juraj Hudy who had a very good result despite the tough competition and a few problems in the race itself.
Although the driver had some bad luck they were very satisfied with the car’s performance because Martin and Manuel made very fast lap times in each final and were faster than the rest of the pack. However, with the touring bodies they were not able to beat the winner Marc Kreisig who was using a Lola body. For the next race with open bodies Team XRAY will be ready with Lola body.
Our favourite personalisation specialists, Upgrade RC, have announced that they will introduce new designs to their line up as well as expanding their current offering of decals to cover a wider range of products. As well as the sweet new designs, they now offer the option of pimping your OFNA starter box as well as the new JConcepts wing and the OFNA High Downforce wing.
As we reported recently, Werks had signed their first European driver Ari Heinonen and in his first race for his new sponsor, the Valkeakoski Challenge in Finland last weekend, Ari won both the truggy and buggy classes. The HoBao driver easly won the 45 minute buggy final by over 3 laps from team mate Markku Honkanen who in turn was 2 laps ahead of 3rd place finisher Arto Heinonen. And it was a similar story in the Truggy final where Ari once again won from the pole position spot to win by a lap from Arto Heinonen and Jiri Jokinen, the Cen and HongNor drivers finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
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