April 5, 2007

Alberto Picco wins Rd1 of Italian Nats

Alberto Picco wins Rd1 of Italian Nats

Last weekend saw the first round of the 1/8th scale Italian Nationals held at the Angri track, which stepped in to host the round after the Messina track pulled out a few weeks before the event was due to be run. As it is a World Championship year the Italian Nationals are being run in Worlds format, which means 10 minute qualifiers and 1 hour main finals and when the qualifying was over it was Alberto Picco, driving a Mugen, that took the TQ spot ahead of Serpent racer Massimo Fantini, Danielle Ielasi for Kyosho in 3rd and another Serpent of Andrea Cristiani in 4th.

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April 4, 2007

Fernando Almeida wins Rd2 Portuguese Nats – Ortigosa, Leiria

Fernando Almeida wins Rd2 Portuguese Nats

Last weekend, the second round of the 2007 Portuguese 1/8th scale off road National Championships took place on the Ortigosa track in Leiria. After qualifying it was Crono racer Nuno Casal Ribeiro that took the pole position spot for the main final, but just after the start he got hit by another car, damaging his exhaust badly and loosing him 2 laps in the pits getting it fixed. Getting back onto the track he drove a great recovery drive to bring himself back up to 3rd by the end of the race just behind 2nd place Kyosho driver Miguel Matias with Mugen racer Fernando Almeida taking the overall win.

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April 3, 2007

SMI announce German NT1 Team

German NT1 Team

SMI, the German importers of Xray cars, has announced on their site the 11 strong team that will contest the German Nationals driving the Slovakian manufacturers new 200mm chassis, the NT1. For the southern region they have Alexander Stocker, Thomas Günsel, Michael Heinrich and Robert Pietsch, the latter if you recall is the designer of the Shepherd Velox 07. For central Germany they will have Dirk Wischnewski and Patrik Garbi, in east Germany they will have Wilfried Stecker and finally in the west they will be represented by European 235mm Champion Alain Levy, Alex Piperato and the brother team of Jörg and Uwe Baldes who recently signed to Motonica in 1/8th scale.

Source: SMI [smi-motorsport.de]


April 3, 2007

Ian Haley wins 2007 Ballajura Masters

2007 Ballajura Masters

Last weekend saw the 2007 Radio Rally Club’s Ballajura Masters Trophy Day run on the clubs temporary track in Perth, Western Australia. The event attracted 48 drivers which were spread over 3 classes which included 1/8 scale buggies, truggies and Monster trucks, and the most competitive class, the buggy class, was won by OCM driver Ian Haley who finished 2 laps ahead of 2nd placed Clint Van Esch with Rob Ralston finishing in 3rd.

Go here for the full race report and more pictures.

Source: Rube Dude [rubeduderc.com]


April 3, 2007

Richi Gomez leaves Axe Rossi

Richi Gomez leaves Axe Rossi

The continuing saga of Richi Gomez and his engine supplier continues, as he was recently spotted back running RB motors after apparently stepping out of his high profile deal to run with Axe Rossi motors, which was announced earlier this year. Richi, a GS racer, had raced for RB motors prior to his new deal with Axe Rossi but had only stayed with the French Manufacturer for a short time and prior to that had run with Novarossi. According to our site partners Neo Buggy, his return to RB engines is a deal brokered through Richi and the Spanish RB distributor, and not direct the factory as his prior deals were.

Image: AECAR [aecarandalucia.org]


April 2, 2007

Mark Green wins Rd1 of 200mm UK Nats

Mark Green wins Rd1 of 200mm UK Nats

Mark Green has won the first round of the 1/10th 200mm Foam National Championships held last weekend at the fast sweeping Tibshelf track. With around 80 drivers present for this opening round Mark Green showed his intentions for this year by going out and winning the race, one lap ahead of Kyosho racer Chris Slater who finished in 2nd position with Steve Brown claiming the 3rd spot also for Kyosho. In 4th spot was 13 year old Serpent SDD driver Kyle Branson who after qualifying 6th, moved up the field during the race to claimed 4th at the chequered flag.

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April 2, 2007

Neil Cragg wins Rd1 BRCA Rally X Nats

Neil Cragg

World buggy Champion Neil Cragg has won the first round of the 2007 BRCA Rallycross Nationals held last weekend at Sandy track’s in Bedfordshire and our partners Racer Magazine where there to bring us this report: Qualifying was shared between three drivers with Tommy Chung winning the first round with his Sirio powered Kyosho before David Crompton won round two with his new Team Magic M1-B/RB combination. The third and final round was dominated by Neil Cragg with the only Associated RC8 at the meeting as he set a blistering time that marked his card for the half hour final.

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April 2, 2007

Gomez Salmeron wins Rd1 of Spanish Nats

Gomez Salmeron wins Rd1 of Spanish Nats

Last weekend saw the 2007 Spanish National Championship ,for 1/8th scale off road, get underway with over 100 racers taking to the track in Lebrija. Richi Gomez claimed the top starting position followed by Borja Hernandez and Antonio Gomez Salmeron in 2nd and 3rd respectively but in the main race it was a quick exit for Axe Rossi racer Richi Gomez, who was out after only 4 laps, which left the front group battle it out for the top spot. Gomez Salmeron who had dropped back to 7th at the start managed to keep a consistently quick pace throughout the race and eventually took the lead from Mugen racer Daniel Vega on the 44th lap of the race and never looked back to take the win for HoBao. Vega managed to bring it home in 2nd position, only 12 seconds back, while Kyosho racer Adrien Perez Mayoral finished 3rd, just over 10 seconds back on Vega.

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