Just a quick update before we get the full results and images for 2 events that took place this weekend. The first up is the ‘AMT Cup Modellbau Bodensee’ indoor event held in Friedrichshafen, Germany. This event for 1/10th 200mm attracted racers from Germany, Holland and Austria and was won by Austrian Serpent racer Daniel Tomaschko with his 720. Daniel had qualified 4th for the event which saw fellow Austrian driver Gerhard Kandelhart take the pole position for the main event.
The ‘GP International De Pierrefeu’ was also held this weekened in France and this off road event saw top racers from around Europe competing for the win but in the end it was European Champion Yannick Aigoin who took the win driving his Xray XB8.
Results from France
1. Y. Aigoin
5. J. Aigoin
Xray have a brief report on their site concerning the recent Brazilian electric Carioca Championship that they are now leading after winning rounds 1 and 2.
Braz Spinato of XRAY TEAM BRASIL won all the heats and won round 2 of the Carioca Championship, and is now leading the championship with 8 points ahead the 2nd place driver Sylvio Padinha (also from XRAY TEAM BRASIL). In 3rd place is Khelmo Freitas of XRAY TEAM BRASIL, too.
Just before this weekends EFRA meeting in Brussels, Sander de Graaf of EFRA published the 30 driver A-list which is based on results from EFRA events and also IFMAR World Championship. As with the 1/10th version we mentioned before this ranking really only tells us whose not allowed race at the EFRA ‘B’ events and beyond that has little merit except perhaps braggin rights.
1/10th scale World Champion Keisuke Fukuda has won the 2006 Japanese 1/8th Scale National Championships. Starting his Mugen/Ninja from 2nd on the grid Keisuke managed to take the win by a full lap ahead of Takaaki Shimo to claim his first 1/8th National title. Second placed Shimo for Kyosho had a 4 lap advantage over the third place racer ç”±ç•™æœ¨ä¸€ä¹Ÿ after the 45 minute final. Pole position man Tadahiko Sahashi had problems in the race, as did Tanaka who went out after 15 minutes.
You can view the final results here and you can view some more pictures here (day 1), here (day 2) and here (finals).
European governing body EFRA, at their AGM in Brussels, has passed a Swedish proposal to reduce the cell numbers in the Touring car class from 6 to 4 cells, which was then amended to 5. With Japan having already made the change to go to 4 cells and the US, and Europe until today, on 6 cells, it was thought that the EFRA would go with 4. This makes a strange situation where the 3 main governing bodies are now using 3 different sets of rules, not to mention the headaches for manufacturers and international drivers.
In other rule changes EFRA reduced the minimum Touring car weight from 1500 to 1350 grams and also approved the use of Sintered Mags and Delta windings.
Paolo Morganti (old pic once more), driving a Serpent 720, has won the US Open Fuel Sedan Championships held this weekend at the Kissimmee track in Florida. With the results taken from three 20 minute main finals of which the best 2 counted, consistency was the order of the day. Pole position man Paolo had trouble in his first round, after some mechanical problem, fought back in the second and third rounds to take 2 wins. Michael Salven who had won the 1st round managed a 2nd in the second round and another 2nd in the final round to take 2nd overall, whilst Chris Tosolini who also had problems in the 1st round fought back with a 3rd place finish in the second round and an unfortunate 3rd position in the third round, after flaming out whilst close to Paolo in 2nd position, to take third overall at the event.
HoBao have entered the Truggy market with this rather nice RTR, the Hyper ST. According to Philip over at Neo-Buggy – “The Hyper ST is a mix of the best of the Hyper 7 coupled with new parts from the Hyper 8”. So there you have it, head on over to Neo-Buggy for more images.