Xray have a report from team driver Ben Cosgrove on the recent 2nd round of the British Indoor Winter Series that was held on the rubber surface Don Valley track. Qualifying saw Ben Cosgrove take the pole position, after a quick run in round 2, in front of new Xray team mate Sam Smith with Hot Bodies racer Elliot Harper in 3rd. The finals were held over 2 races with the fastest final time taking the overall win on the day and both finals saw a very close battle between Ben and Elliott finishing less than a second apart in both legs. Ben eventually took the win from Harper in 2nd and Phil Chambers in 3rd.
Fermoy Model Car Club hosted the first ever Munster Grand Prix over the weekend in Cork, Ireland with 35 drivers from around the country taking part in the indoor tarmac event. Biggest of the classes was 27T in which Top Qualifier Chris Lawlor took his S400 to victory over Serpent team-mate Keith Dempsey. Lawlor won the first Leg of the A Final from Dempsey but in Leg 2 the result was reversed leaving the pair equal on points however as Lawlor was the fastest qualifier he was declared Munster GP Champion. Completing the podium was local racer Michael O’Leary who finished 3rd in both Legs. In the 19T class Team Associated team driver Alan Bickerstaff dominated proceedings. Starting from the pole he won both Legs of the A Final easily to win overall ahead of fellow Assocated driver Johnny Dunn with Andrew Rennick driving a Corally taking third. The first major EP Touring Car event to be held in Ireland for some time, the Munster GP looks set to become an annual event on the Irish R/C Racing calendar as the 190mm class goes from strength to strength.
LRP have announced the release of their all new Speed Master 2 tires, created to help make the company’s Shark-18 perform on tarmac and other road surfaces. This tire is suitable for the Shark-18 Race Monster Truck, Nitro Monster or ATV and has been developed to meet the needs of on road enthusiasts by providing high-levels of grip, easy handling and high traction in both wet and dry conditions. Extra soft inserts included.
The 3rd round of the BRCA 1/12th scale Nationals was held last weekend on the Cramlington track, which replaced the Teesside event that had been on the calendar for a number of years. Saturday’s 19T turn event saw Keith Robertson take the pole position from Chris Kerswell in 2nd and Andy Griffiths in 3rd. In the final it was the top 4 that got away cleanly but a mistake from Griffiths dropped him down the order, and then Keith hit a back marker that knocked him out of the race. This left Chris up in front and he was able to take his first 12th National win from Russ Williams in 2nd and a recovering Andy Griffiths in 3rd. In the Modified race on Sunday Adny Griffiths took the pole position and in the final dominated the race, winning from Russ Williams in 2nd, who was well clear of Chris Kerswell in 3rd.
The Xray NT1 seems to be the ‘After market parts’ manufacturer’s car of choice at the moment with almost all parts of the 200mm available in different variations of aluminium and carbon. Japanese company Rony, who have released a number of NT1 parts previously, have now released even more new additions to their range starting off with this aluminium front anti-roll bar lever set. Also new is a lightweight titanium middle shaft, a machined 18T aluminium pulley, aluminium servo saver set with adjustble ackermann, lightweight upper engine mounts and finally an aluminium chassis stiffener.
Following on from the announcement that Belgian club Roeselare would not be able to host the 2008 1/8th scale European Championships, due to problems from the locals about noise levels, EFRA have selected a new venue for next years race. A call was made for alternative venues from within EFRA and then with votes taken from all the governing bodies it has been decided that the Associacio D’Automodelisme Autet Almussafes in Valencia, Spain will be the host of the prestigious event next year. This is a great modern track which has a history of hosting rounds of the Spanish Nationals and has even played host to the first Serpent Nations Cup event in 2005. We believe that the event will be run on the same weekend as originally planned for Belgium, and so will take place on the 26th-27th of July.
Xray have a report on their site from the Much More Touring car Championships that were run recently in South Korea. Qualifying saw Nam Dong Woo take the event TQ ahead of top Xray driver Goo Ki Bon in 2nd and 3rd spot going to Goo Sung Mo. After preserving his control tires in the qualifying session Goo Ki Bon was able to dominate the finals with fresher tires, winning all rounds to take the overall championship win in front of race TQ Nam Dong Woo in 2nd & Kim Byung Whan coming home in 3rd.
RC50.com are in Cleveland at the moment for the US Indoor Champs and have managed to bag themselves the exclusive first photos of the prototype RC12L5 from Team Associated. Featuring lots of one off parts, including a completely new front end, central shock absorber as well as new carbon and aluminium parts, it seems that this car is completely new. The rear end is now very different looking much stiffer than the RC12L4 and with space for a BL motor, while the T-bar configured chassis sports a single laterally mounted centre damper, in addition to the conventional inline shock absorber. The cells also now sit in line with the direction of the car, while there is so much new on the front end it is hard to pinpoint exactly what is different.