Team Associated have signed Former Portuguese National Champion, Nuno Ribeiro, for the 2009 season. Competing with the RC8, Ribeiro will also utilize the soon to be released Reedy VR .21 engine. He joins Spanish star Robert Batlle as the latest European driver to join the 23 time World Championship team. Identified by Team Associated as an opportunistic sector, the European market will now have more representation on the top level for the World Championship Pole Position RC8. Ribeiro brings numerous Portuguese titles and races locally at Trofa, just 15 km from Oporto.