CEN team driver Gene ‘The Machine’ Hickersen has been in touch and provided us with a report from the 2nd round of the RC Pro East series which was held last weekend at Lake Park in Tampa, Florida.
Drivers came down to sunny FL from as far as North Carolina to compete for the East Coat RC Pro Championship. There was around 145 entries even with a 60% chance of rain. Friday was open practice on the fast and technical layout. JR Mitch was spotted driving his Team Associated RC8 for the 1st time since the ROAR Nationals last month. I drove really bad at the Nationals, as 63rd was by far the worst I have ever done at a National race in my 21 year racing career, so I was thinking about making changes to my car to find some extra speed to get back on pace.
Xtreme Racing have announced the release of their new carbon fibre shock tower for the CEN Matrix TR Arena truggy. Made from 4mm thick carbon fiber this tower replaces the original aluminum version and while it is much lighter than the original tower, it is still extremely strong.
CEN Racing have been in touch to let us know that their new MG10MT and MG10TR will go on sale on the 12th of June. These 4WD stadium truck and truggy (above) are true performers perfect for track racing and backyard bashing and are both 4wd which is faster, easier to drive and more competitive than the current 2wd’s in this class. Also released tomorrow is the MG16 1/12 nitro monster truck, aka the Mini G-Unit, this little 12th scale is powered by a 2.5cc engine and using its full time 4 wheel drive the MG16 can reach speed of 45kph.
CEN Racing have contacted us to let us know that top Venezuelan racer Daniel Ferreira has joined their team. Daniel has established himself as one of the fastest drivers in South America with 3rd in the Venezuelan Championships for 4 consecutive years (2003-2006) and 2nd place in the 2007 South American Championship. Receiving the Matrix C-1 Factory Race Edition the night before the race, and with only 1 hour of practice, Daniel still managed to finish in 3rd position in his first big race representing CEN Racing in South America.
CEN Racing have been in touch to let us now that they are introducing a new motor for the RTR version of their Matrix TR Arena. This new .28 motor has been manufactured by SH Engines to CENâ€™s specification and reportedly pumps out 3.6 horsepower @ 28000 RPM. Available now in all current RTRs.
CEN contacted us to tell us that their man Arto Heinonen was unbeatable at the second Koski Challenge indoor race, which was held last weekend at Valkeakoski, Finland. In the buggy class Arto was able to win by a lap ahead of Markku Honkanen while in the truggy class Arto was holding strong the 3rd position until the servo broke in the A-Main resulting him 9th.
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.
CEN are reporting on their site that their team drivers claimed some top places at last weekends high money stakes off road Futaba Nitro Challenge event in Louisiana. Driving the Matrix Pro buggy Andrew Smolnick took 7th position whilst Gene Hickerson took the 9th spot in the Pro buggy final. They managed to do even better in the Pro truggy final, driving the new Matrix TR Arena truggy that we showed you last week, Andrew Smolnick took 2nd place while Gene Hickerson claimed the 3rd position.