Serpent are reporting on the achievements of their South African team, which scored an important victory for the S400 as the three man Serpent squad of Dave Wiseman, Mike Wiseman and Tony D’ Oliviera took overall victory in the Nosram Six Series, an endurance series that takes in three 6 hour races run over a two month period. The first event at the tight Umhlanga Gateway Raceway, saw a tight fight right to the end, with the S400 car of Mike, Dave and Tony D’Oliviera, taking the win by just one lap, approx 16 seconds, after 6 hours of racing. The 2nd event took place at another tight track at Camperdown but unfortunately this event had to be cut short at the midway point when the heavens opened up over the track. The final round was held at the Southway track in Durban where three S400 cars were running. Again a tight struggle until the final two hours when the Wiseman/D’Oliviera team moved clear to take the win and with it secured overall series victory. Second in the final went to another S400 in the hands of Shaun & Mike White, driving with Neil Robinson while in the overall standings Serpent’s EP touring car took a 1-2 with Brandon May, Kim Hein and Shane Sudbury taking their example to 2nd in the final standings.
Mirage Racing in the UK have announced that top 200mm racer, and European finalist, Darren Johnson has joined Xray to race the NT1. Darren brings to the team countless National victories and immense knowledge & experience which will help the rest of the team, which consists of Ben Cosgrove, Mark Gilliland and Robin Hammett. Darren, who previously raced for Team Magic, will also run the complete line of GRP tyres.
Serpent have a report on their site from the first round of the Sao Paolo Championship held at the Sam’s Club track in Santo Andre, a city within Greater Sao Paulo, the State’s Capital. The format saw each driver get just a single qualifying round followed by four heats, the best three of which determine the overall result. Starting from pole the two first wins came easy for Serpent racer Felipe Franceschi but his team mate Thiago ‘Poldo’ Podolsky, although very fast, faced mechanical problems with the breakage of his front belt followed by the rear preventing him from getting a good score. In the third heat it would be Felipe’s turn suffer a broken belt, the team putting these failures down to the debris on a number of dirty spots on the track. With Felipe out, Poldo was the favorite but his back luck continued as a prototype aluminum central axle that is currently being developed by the team broke. The fourth and final heat saw Felipe take his third win of the day and with overall victory in the opening round of the championship in front of Corally racer Lincoln Almeida in 2nd and Xray driver Marcos Mayer in 3rd
Losi have announced the release of the Mini-Late Model, an electric powered 1/18th scale RTR dirt oval racer. Featuring a chassis that is longer than their Mini-Slider, the Mini-Late Model incorporates unique design elements including multiple battery mounting locations, side safety bars and a heavy-impact front bumper that make it ready to go right out of the box. The racing body is detailed in one of four available colour schemes, ensuring a beautiful blur as it rips around the track. As for its performance, the Mini-Late Model is crammed with ball bearings, oil-filled shocks, an upgraded RX-280 motor and a Losi radio system with 2.4GHz DSM technology, making it one of the industry’s most exciting and versatile mini RC vehicles. The Mini-Late Model’s size and handling will have you speeding through the corners anywhere and everywhere.
Law weekend saw a round of the qualification series for the German 1/10th EP Touring car Nationals held in Langenfeld, Germany. Top Team Corally driver, and current National Champion, Marc Fischer was on form TQ’ing the modified class and going on to win the race with his RDX Phi. In the first final Marc was able to lap all other competitors, while in the 2nd final he won by by just 4 seconds, to take the overall win in front of team mate Lars Treder, with Pascal Schonrock in 3rd. In the stock class it was Patrick Pasch that took the win also driving the Corally RDX Phi.
The first round of the Belgian 1/10th scale EP on road Nationals was run last weekend indoor in Charleroi. The event had 38 drivers in two classes, EFRA and 19 turn, and they were presented with a very fast but also technical track to contend with. After a tough battle in the EFRA class, it was Olivier Bultynck with his Corally Phi who took the win in front of Xray driver Benoit Thomaes in 2nd, while the 3rd spot went to Demsey Jacob driving a Tamiya 416. In the 19 turn class, it was again a Corally driver that was the overall winner, with Urbain Swijsen placing in front of runners up Rico Claeys and Thomas Stockman.
Serpent have a brief report from their young team driver Niclas Nilsson, who was in action again last weekend with his S400 for the 7th round of the Middle Swedish Cup where he took another win. A leading force in the Swedish EP Touring Car scene, Nilsson and his S400 had the pace throughout the event winning all legs of the A-main to take the overall victory over 2nd placed Kenneth Malksson and Niklas Filnk in 3rd.
The Opening round of the Spanish 1/10th 200mm National Championships was run last weekend at the RC Club Santa Oliva in the east of Spain. The race was held in dry conditions and after qualifying it was Eduardo Escandon that took the pole position ahead of Josue Artiles in 2nd and Ramon Guash 3rd. The beginning of the final saw a good start for Martin Sevilla, who moved into the lead early on with pole man Escandon having some problems and dropping down the order. A steady beginning from Juanito Hidalgo saw him move up the order to take the lead from Sevilla around the 10 minute mark and then proceeded to pull out a lap lead by the end of the race, taking the win from Ramon Guash in 2nd with Jonnhy Pastor in 3rd, a further 2 laps back.