The first round of the Peruvian National Championships was held at the Jockey Club track in the country’s capital, Lima. The race consisted of 2 heats of 20 min each and Team Magic racer Andy Ledgard won both heats. The first heat was a very tight battle until the 5 minutes mark were Andy began to speed up the pace and won with no problem. The 2nd heat was a closer race as the last 10 minutes Andy´s car was stuck in 1st gear but he held on for the win and took the overall from Leonidas Ponce in 2nd and Gabril Perez in 3rd.
The European ‘B’ Championships for 1/10th scale 200mm took place last week at the beautiful Ampuis track in France. After some rain in the practice days, qualifying got underway and it was French racer Michael Derderian, driving a Serpent, that claimed pole position from Italian Team Magic racer Mario Spiniello in 2nd followed by the Xray pairing of Thomas Eytard and Guido Barbera. The start of the main final saw Mario Spinello jump straight into the lead, but dropped back after some issues. Thomas Eyard was fastest in the final and set a new track record, but after serious interference problems his chances for the title disappeared, while around the same time that Xray driver Dirk Wischnewski was hit by another car, losing him 1 lap on the leader. Having opted to not change tires in the final, Dirk managed to work his way to the front of the field, where he could extend his lead to 1 lap, taking the victory in front of Bougnoteau in 2nd place, and Thomas Eytard in 3rd spot.
The second round of the Brazilian National Championships was held over the weekend at the Carrefour track in São Paulo. Eventual winner, Serpent 720 driver, Henrique Winik, who started from 5th on the grid, was able to set a new track record on his way to the win in the main final. Opting to not change tyres during the 45 minute race he took the win by 2 laps from Chung Min Hsu in 2nd, with Gabriel Brito in 3rd.
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Last weekend the Kirchberg track in Austria played host to the Warm-up race for the European 1/8th scale B championships. Serpent driver Daniel Tomaschko took the pole position ahead of Marco Muller with Patrick Wendy lining up in 3rd. The race saw Tomaschko take the win, while setting a new lap record, with Christian Wimberger finishing 2nd and Nejc Mihelic taking the final step of the podium in 3rd.
Last weekend saw the 3rd round of the Portuguese 1/10th EP Touring car Nationals take place at the Tomar track. This small and tight track provided a challenge for everyone and it was guest driver Toni Rheinard who won the Modified class finishing in front of Xray driver Nuno Gancho in 2nd, while the 3rd spot went to Ruben Francisco driving a Schumacher. The stock class saw Joao Miguel win with his Schumacher ahead of Xray driver Pedro Pita in 2nd and Corally racer Nuno Carrico in 3rd.
The 2nd round of the Dutch 1/8th scale Nationals took place last weekend at the Groningen track in the north of the country under sunny and dry conditions. Qualifying saw Mugen racer Rick V. take the pole postion from Daniel vd Drift in 2nd and John Ermen in 3rd. In the final Rick V. once again had the pace and could build up a lead over eventual runner up John Ermen with Rick Veenma taking the final podium spot. In the Nomac class it was strong performance by Jordy Blok who took the win in front of Jefrey Rietveld in the 2nd spot and Dennis van Lammeren in 3rd.
Tamiya have announced the upcoming release of a new thicker chassis plate for their TRF416 touring car. Made from 2.5mm thick carbon fibre, it is super stiff and ideal for high grip condition such as carpet racing. The chassis also features Tamiya’s air duct system for cooling the motor. Available at the end of June.