Becoming champion of your country is usually one of the first goals drivers aspire too. Only a select few will achieve the goal and even fewer will successfully defend the title of being the best in their country. Over the weekend however Neil Cragg (file pic) made it four different decades of holding a national title. Claiming his first ever title back in 1999, one of the sport’s most down to earth and unassuming racers clinched his 26th British National crown when he secured the 2022 BRCA 1:10 2WD Offroad Championship with P2 in Round 5 at the TORCH astro track. The former World Champion admitted it has been a tough season against the ‘young guns’ and dedicated his latest title to his dad, Mick as well known around the world as Neil, and his sponsors who have supported him. A lifelong factory Team Associated driver, we think just like they proudly display their latest World Championship win tally (currently 30) on their official team clothing that maybe it’s time for a Neil Cragg ’26 and still counting’ special edition champions t-shirt release!!
Awesomatix have announced the addition of British Pan Car specialist Matthew Varah to their factory team. He joins Pan Car stalwart and fellow countryman Mark Stiles who was announced by the team in June.
The BRCA national winner and runner up at the 2020 IFMAR 1/12 Spec class World Championship will represent Awesomatix at all major events in the UK along with racing the A12 chassis at the European & World Championships. Commenting on his move to the team Matthew said:
‘[I am] Really happy to be joining the Awesomatix team! It’s a pleasure to be part of a new and exciting team within the UK. The A12 has already proven to be a super competitive platform and I look forward to contributing to the ongoing development. The quality of the A12 components is second to none whilst proving to be super robust. Please come and say hello at all events and I’ll be more than happy to provide any assistance with your AMX cars’.
Marcus Kaerup has joined the Ruddog Racing team. Marcus’ Team Associated RC8B4 buggy will be powered by the Ruddog Racing RNX22.3 nitro engine, and the newly crowned EFRA 4WD European Champion will tap into the wide range of Ruddog accessories to prepare and maintain all his cars.
Awesomatix have announced the addition of UK Pancar ace Mark Stiles to their Factory Team. The 10x EFRA 1/12 EC A-Finalist brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Team. Together with James Stewart and their UK distributor they aim to further extend and improve support for racers and Mark is a great addition to those future plans. Mark will attend all major events in the UK as well as the European & World Champs. Mark had this to about joining the team:
I’m excited to join Awesomatix and drive the A12 as part of a team being assembled in the UK. It is refreshing to see a manufacturer taking an innovative approach to chassis design in the 1/12 category and so far I have been impressed with the level of quality and precision in the car. As a team our aim is to compete at the sharp end of the club, national and international races we attend whilst sharing our collective passion and experience in a fun environment. We will work to develop the A12 platform whilst supporting other drivers using the car in the hope that competitors at all levels can enjoy racing it.
Power HD have announced the signing of Spanish top driver Edu Escandón to their factory team. Edu is a World Championship podium finisher, European vice-champion and multiple Spanish Champion, he will equip his 1/10th & 1/8th nitro car with Power HD programmable servos S15 & S25. He plans to attend the upcoming Spanish Nationals and the European Championship 1/8, and also the Worlds 1/10 in Thailand.
German 1/8 scale frontrunner Timo Schröder has joined the Merlin McFly factory team. He joins a whole bunch of world class drivers like Dominic Greiner, Lars Hoppe, Konstantinos Saritsaklis, just to name a few. This is what Timo has to say about the deal, ‘I’m super happy to join the Merlin McFly team now officially. I’ve been using their products like ‘Whole Day Pipe Protection’ and the ‘Plug Inspection Monocle’ for years during my racing campaigns. I like the stuff, its innovative and cool. The pallet of gadgets makes the maintenance and inspection of cars and engines super easy.’
Power HD has announced the signing of the Kilic brothers from Germany, who are among the top drivers in the world. Burak Kilic and his younger brother Berkan Kilic focus on the 1/8th nitro, 1/8th EP and 1/10th off-road classes and have shown many national and international successes including multiple German championship titles, European championship 3rd place as well as countless other international final participations or podium. Burak and Berkan will use Power HD high end brushless servos S15, S25, S35 and T50 in the forthcoming local or international racing events.
T-Works have announced the signing of former European Champion Michal Orlowski. The Polish Schumacher driver will use the complete range of products from the Asian manufacturer and had the following to say about the deal:
I am very excited to be joining the T-Works team. I can’t wait to equip my Schumacher cars with their titanium screws to reduce the overall weight and add some more bling to it. Thank you to Wilson and everyone at T-Works for this opportunity.